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us in your home tonight. have a good evening. tonight, donald trump under fire at this hour. you will hear what one of his supporters said about muslims and the president. and trump's response causing an uproar. hillary clinton wasting no time. tonight, judge for yourself. the outrage tonight. this moment recorded on video. the police officer, the baton. >> he's just a kid. >> and then the takedown. outrage on both sides. we have breaking news tonight in the case of baby doe, followed by tens of millions. the toddler now has a name, and what we know about her mother. we'll take you to the news conference. the air scare. more than a dozen passengers injured after their plane hits severe turbulence. and an abc news exclusive. the two high school football players, and that moment on the field. blindsiding the ref. did someone tell them to do it? the players right here tonight.
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good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the controversy over that moment at a donald trump event. what was said about muslims and about president obama. the republican front runner listening to a supporter. some seizing on what trump did and did not say afterward. tonight, you will hear it for yourself. you decide. as trump cancels an appearance. saying he has to close a deal. here's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump is under fire for the way he handled this question. >> we have a problem in this country, it's called muslims. we know our current president is one. you know he's not even an american. >> we need this question. this is the first question. >> but anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of it? >> we're going to be looking at
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a lot of different things. and you know, a lot of people are saying that, a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. we're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things. >> reporter: trump did not challenge the man's false claim president obama is muslim. today his campaign tells abc news he had trouble hearing the question. adding, "the bigger issue is that obama is waging war against christians in this country. their religious liberty is at stake." trump's opponents say he should not have let the question slide. >> if someone brought that up, i would say, no, before we answer, let's clear some things up for the rest of the audience. i think you have an obligation as a leader to do that. >> reporter: that's what john mccain did at a town hall in 2008 when one of his supporters called obama an arab. >> he's an arab. he's not? >> no. no, ma'am. he's a decent family man. citizen, that i just happen to have disagreements with. >> reporter: but for years trump has fanned conspiracy theories
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that obama is not american, as recently as a few months ago. >> do you accept that president obama was born in the u.s.? >> i really don't know. >> reporter: more than half the people who support trump believe obama is a muslim. today the trump campaign said the questioner was right to worry about terrorist training camps in the united states. trump insists they exist. the white house says that's absurd. >> i haven't seen anybody produce any evidence to substantiate the claim that there are. i think the vast majority of americans would take a rather dim view of those views. >> reporter: tonight trump was due to appear here in south carolina. he cancelled last minute. his campaign insists it had nothing to do with this controversy. they said it was because he was closing a significant deal. >> david, thank you. hillary clinton tweeting, trump not denouncing false statements is disturbing and wrong.
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adding, cut it out. and cecelia vega, with what else she said. >> reporter: an angry response from hillary clinton tonight. she said it's time for trump to "start behaving like a president." take a listen. >> well, i was appalled. >> reporter: hillary clinton in new hampshire, saying donald trump is now "taking a time out" so he can "think hard" about last night. >> he knew or he should have known that what that man was asking is not only way out of bounds, it was untrue. >> reporter: the democratic front runner called it prejudice that deserves an apology. what would she have done? >> well, that person would not have come to my event. but if he did, i would have called him out on it. >> cecelia vega join us us now. it would seem we're seeing a lot more of hillary clinton on national tv now. this campaign jumping on this so quickly. >> the tweet came out within minutes of trump's comments. she's really fired up about this.
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the campaign is calling this an opportunity, as she starts to do more of these interviews, watch for her to try and link trump to the rest of the gop pack. david? >> thank you. now to another outrage, a new video of police arresting a suspect, a teenager in stockton, california. this 16-year-old, accused of jaywalking. an officer trying to restrain him, and as you're about to see, the situation quickly escalates. it's now under investigation. neal karlinsky with the video. >> reporter: tonight, this 16-year-old boy and his family say police roughed him up for no good reason. >> i was thinking, what have i done to you? what have i done wrong? >> reporter: the video begins with the officer struggling with the teenager. >> stop resisting. >> reporter: at one point, apparently hitting him in the face with his baton as the two tussle with it. but what you don't see, police say, is the teenager grabbing the officer's body camera. even swearing at him.
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refusing to cooperate when he was simply asked to move to the sidewalk while walking in a bus lane. >> you're pulling me for no reason, and you bring out your baton and you're hitting me. >> reporter: it comes at a time when police departments are under a microscope. caught on camera in a number of high-profile excessive force incidents. here, eventually, more officers arrive, put the teen on the ground and arrest him. >> if people would just comply with the lawful order from a police officer and try not to grab onto or take our weapons away, force would never have to be used. >> reporter: the 16-year-old was released and cited for resisting arrest and blocking a bus lane. tonight, police are investigating to determine if the use of force was reasonable. during what should have been an ordinary encounter. david? >> thank you. now, the story of baby doe. the case followed by tens of millions.
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the little girl found on a beach not far from boston's logan airport. the sketch viewed more than 50 million times. her identity now revealed. tonight, we know her name, and word two suspects are in custody, including the girl's own mother. now facing charges. phillip mena in boston. >> reporter: tonight, a break in the case of baby doe. a toddler investigators have been trying to identify since her remains were found in a boston area park 85 days ago. >> her name was bella. >> reporter: bella bond. her mother posted this video from her daughter's second birthday celebration on facebook. >> come on, let's go. >> reporter: her mother is under arrest for accessory after the fact to murder. and charged with bella's murder, michael mccarthy, the mother's boyfriend. a tip called in 24 hours ago led police to search this home, the family's last known residence. >> they took steps to keep the death a secret, and avoid prosecution.
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>> reporter: the investigation began june 25th, when the toddler's remains were found in this park on deer island. no one reported her missing, so police used this computer-generated image to help find her. the image was viewed 50 million times. child protective services said they did have a case involving bella, but it was closed two years ago. tonight, it still remains unclear how baby bella was killed. we hope to learn more when the couple is arraigned on monday. >> thank you. and to south carolina, a second suspect charged in the massacre in an historic black church in charleston. 21-year-old joey meek, pleading not guilty of lying to investigators. prosecutors saying he withheld information about the attack.
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dylann roof accused of killing nine people at that church in june. now to the scare on the flight from honolulu to manila. passengers sent flying out of their seats. 15 injured. some of them with ice packs to their heads. the plane jolted by an invisible danger, called clear air turbulence. david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: passengers in wheelchairs with makeshift ice bags to their heads. 15 hurt when their a-340 hit that clear air turbulence after leaving hawaii. "the plane suddenly dropped like this," says this man. "my head hurts because i flew up to the ceiling," says this woman who was sleeping and not wearing her seatbelt. none of the injuries were serious. but that's not always the case. this kind of turbulence is usually associated with storms. but the philippines airlines jet was hit by an invisible force. it's called clear air turbulence because pilots can't see it. it happens when a fast and slow moving jet stream pass alongside each other. the air between those streams is disturbed, and if a jet flies through, it can get very bumpy, very quickly.
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and radar can't detect it. >> the pilots can't see it. it doesn't show up on radar, so they don't have time to warn the people in back that things will get bumpy. >> reporter: a lesson learned by some of these passengers, nursing bumps and bruises tonight. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. >> now to the car maker potentially facing billions in fines. just one day after a landmark settlement with g.m. volkswagen, accused of deliberately software to throw off emission tests. the government ordering volkswagen to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles. now to the severe weather this weekend. a tornado touching down south of chicago a short time ago. 10 million in the storm zone. flash flood watches in chicago as well. this time lapse, showing storm clouds over springfield, nebraska. powerful storms moving in. let's get right to rob marciano.
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>> all day long, the storms have been rumbling in that area. and more to come. flash flood watches in chicago, and back through kansas city. this is the current radar. let's roll through future radar. another couple of bouts of rain, maybe severe weather through chicago, rolling across lake michigan to detroit. it's a pretty strong front. the threat extending through kansas city and oklahoma city. >> rob, thanks. we turn overseas to the humanitarian crisis in central europe. the worst since world war ii. stunning new numbers, a snapshot in serbia alone, an estimated 1 in 4 children, 25,000 traveling alone, without an adult. we showed you the dramatic images near the border in croatia. this little boy doused with tear gas. tonight, the borders closed. the croatian prime minister saying they have a heart, but must also have a brain and be mindful of the security in their country.
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meanwhile, in rome, a family of four from syria arriving at the vatican tonight at the invitation of pope francis. the pope beginning his historic trip to the u.s. next week. we'll be anchoring this broadcast from each city he plans to visit. to the crisis in syria, leading to a direct phone call between russia and the pentagon. fueled by u.s. concerns over russia's growing presence in the region. trying to avoid dangerous misunderstandings between the two forces. russia lending support to the syrian president. the u.s. targeting isis. back home, a dramatic day in court for bowe bergdahl. the army sergeant held hostage by the taliban for five years. now facing desertion charges. million studying his face, blinking into the sun that day as special forces were sending him home. we did not know then what he endured. details now being revealed today in court. being called the harshest captivity in 60 years. martha raddatz tonight.
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>> reporter: after only five weeks in afghanistan, said defense witnesses today, bowe bergdahl thought the leadership problems in his unit were so severe, his fellow soldiers were in danger. the major general who investigated his actions testifying that bergdahl "felt it was his responsibility to intervene." so that night in 2009, said major general dahl, bergdahl headed down the mountain, naively believing that if he was reported missing, it would help him get an audience with a general so he could lay out his concerns. but 12 hours later, while thousands of soldiers searched desperately, bergdahl was captured by the taliban. it would be five years before bergdahl was freed. witness terrence russell today choked up, describing conditions of "absolute torture and horror." held blindfolded in a cage for nearly four years, bergdahl, he said, sustained extensive lifelong injuries. major general dahl says he does
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not believe a jail sentence would be appropriate, but bergdahl could still face life in prison. >> martha, thank you. we turn to washington. another step in the push to defund planned parenthood. house republicans today pushing through a bill to block federal funding for the organization. some conservatives threaten to shut down the government over the funding. the bill is not expected to pass in the senate. still much more ahead on "world news tonight." an abc news exclusive. you're about to hear from the high school football players. after that moment on the field. all of it caught on camera. they say someone told them to blindside the referee. we'll hear from the players coming up in just a couple of moments. new developments in what was once called the "gone girl" case. police first calling it a hoax. what we later learned. and now, what we're learning that couple is now planning to do. and the mystery in the sky. many looking up, wondering just
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realize your buying power at open.com. next tonight here, an abc news exclusive. the two high school football players now speaking out after making headlines for that play on the field. blindsiding a referee during a game. one hit right after another. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: this is the moment an otherwise ordinary texas football game made national headlines. these two players blindsiding a referee. first victor rojas then michael moreno dives into him head-first. those high school students explaining on "good morning america" they were following one of their coach's orders. >> he pulled me and another player and told us you need to hit the ref. he needs to pay the price. >> reporter: the two players alleged the referee, robert watts, used racial slurs during the game. district officials say they plan to file a formal complaint against the referee. >> one of my hispanic friends, he told him, speak english. this is america.
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then to an african-american on our team, he told them the "n" word. >> reporter: something watts' attorney denied. >> they are flat-out lies. he is not in the business of using racial slurs. >> reporter: the players insist they are telling the truth. but still regret their actions. >> if you could speak with the referee, robert watts, right now, what would you say to him? >> i would apologize for the mistake that i made. >> reporter: both players are now not only suspended from the team but also the school. and the assistant coach who allegedly told the players to hit the referee is on paid leave. >> thank you. when we come back here, the new medical headline. what we just learned about this year's flu shot. and news in what was once called the "gone girl" case. what the victim and her boyfriend are about to do now. and we've been rooting for former president jimmy carter. and his battle against cancer. look at this. the moment that made so many smile. the kiss cam and the former president.
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to the "index" on a friday night. new developments in what was once called the "gone girl" case. the woman kidnapped and sexually assaulted. police at first calling it a hoax. she and her boyfriend filing a claim for damages against the city of vallejo, leading to a possible lawsuit. a suspect in the case, expected to be arraigned on monday. we have a headline about the flu shot. the cdc saying this year's vaccine should work better than last year's, which was only 13% effective against the strongest strain. they hope it will be up to 60% effective. and mysterious clouds over costa rica. some theories it was a ufo, a sign from god, some said. it's actually a condition called cloud iridescence, where sunlight bends as it passes through water droplets in clouds. and the "kiss cam" at last night's braves game in atlanta. jimmy carter and his wife rosalynn. former president carter is bravely battling cancer. when we come back, the story of a determined son, and a devoted mother.
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months old. but the cancer returned. his right eye would come next. here's what he said six years ago. >> we fought so hard and yet cancer wins. then it's like, well, i'm going to experience something that no one else can experience. >> i said, "jake, how you doing, buddy? you okay?" and he goes, "yeah, mom." he goes, "you know what?" he goes, "this is just going to be a new stage in my life." >> reporter: for jake, saturdays always meant watching usc football. when the team heard his story, they welcomed him to the field. >> go get them, guys! >> reporter: jake was at practice, the night before he would lose his sight completely. >> everything is going to be all right. >> reporter: but jake never lost hope he'd play football. >> i started thinking, you know, what position could i play that, you know, wouldn't require me to have sight. then came upon long snapper, and i was like, oh, okay. like, yeah, it's all feel. >> reporter: his high school team, helping him with signals.
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>> i clap so he knows the distance that i am. >> so i use that as a directional source. >> and then the left guard taps jake's leg and it's whenever jake wants to snap at that point. >> good snap. ball is down. the kick is up. >> reporter: and tonight, he's playing at usc, his favorite team, on a scholarship. the long snapper. defying the odds. and so we choose number 17, jake olson. we're rooting for you. thanks for watching. i'm david muir. we'll see you right back here on monday. hing. i'm david muir. we'll see you back here on monday. >>. side, a suspect goes faint after entering a plea. assessing damages to schools within the perimeter of the valley fire.
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and tonight why authorities are not ready to let people back into their homes. the staying power of the longest-running variety show in history. 53 years without a rerun. it was dubbed the real life gone girl case, but turned out to be legit. >> now, the suspect is not contesting charges in connection with another case, good evening everybody, i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. majority baits was in court and within minutes, paramedics were called to the courtroom. >> reporter: matthew muller told the judge he was well enough to enter the no contest plea. between now and monday, officials will transport muller to san francisco. no contest is the plea matthew
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muller enter forward a june home invasion. he left his cell phone behind, a key piece evidence that led investigators to his south lake tahoe home, they found more evidence linking him to a march kidnapping in vallejo. police called it a hoax. muller's attorney says the no contest plea is a strategic move. >> everything you're doing here is done with an eye. >> reporter: overlapping sentencing if found guilty. >> there is a binding agreement that he'll receive concurrent time for whatever time he gets in sacramento. >> reporter: at most, the home invasion carries 11 years but the kidnapping could send him to prison longer. >> it's decades. >> reporter: monday, muller will be arraigned on a federal complaint for the vallejo kidnapping. >> his mental space will be a component of what happens in

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