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for all of us here, we appreciate your time. see you again in half an hour. tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight," pope francis arrives in america. our team right there, his historic first trip to the u.s. one of the largest security operations ever here. from washington to new york to philadelphia. after the pope told us his message for the american people. also tonight, one-on-one with ben carson. the outrage and the support, after what he said about electing a muslim president. what he's now telling us. the scandal tonight affecting millions of cars on american roads. volkswagen admitting to rigging tests, 11 million vehicles. what now for the value of your car? the abc news exclusive. the county clerk refusing marriage licenses to gays. tonight, why she says the licenses handed out now are not valid. and getting answers tonight. the life-saving drug that cost $18, suddenly costing $750? we track down the ceo.
good evening tonight from washington, d.c., where pope francis made history just a short time ago here. his first visit to the united states. the world watching as the holy father touched down at joint base andrews in maryland. our team there, every step of the way. moments later, greeting the president, the first lady, the first daughters, right there, too. driving off not in a limo, but in a modest compact car to cheers of "we love francis, yes we do." pope francis hasn't shied away from making his views known, sparking new conversation and debate. abc's terry moran was on that plane when the pope was asked about the new cover of "newsweek," which asks, is the pope catholic? the pope had an answer, and terry begins our team coverage. >> reporter: as the papal plane touched down in the u.s., the crowd here started up a very
american cheer. >> hey hey, welcome to the usa! >> reporter: they rolled out the red carpet. the obamas and the bidens took their places. and there he was. the man in white who has touched so many with his gift for simplicity. on a windy afternoon, he removed his zuchetta from his head, the president greeting him warmly. a moment of laughter between the two, then meeting the families and walking past the honor guard. and when it was time to go, a signature francis moment, with the president's limo dubbed "the beast" hulking nearby, the pope squeezed himself into a fiat and began his american journey. the grand presidential greeting here just hours after francis's final moments in cuba. a meeting with families. we're boarding the papal airplane now. bound for the united states. just 90 miles across the florida straits, but a world away. onboard, the cameras were lined
up and we took off with a seatback screen view, leaving cuba behind and then francis came back to answer a few questions. declaring he would not mention the u.s. embargo of cuba in his address to congress. and taking on the conservative critique of him when he was asked specifically about this "newsweek" cover, is the pope catholic? "some people think i'm a bit leftist," he said. "but this is an error. i am certain i have not said one thing that is not within the social doctrine of the church." francis is a man who knows exactly the kind of controversy he creates, and so his mission here in america, he wants to push that progressive agenda on inequality and climate change, while at the same time reassuring skeptics on the right that it's all still part of the gospel of jesus christ. david? >> terry moran live in maryland with us. terry, thank you. pope francis telling us just a couple of weeks ago when we were invited inside the vatican that he was ready for the trip to the united states, asking americans to pray for him. well, tonight, of course, the frenzy, the preparations and the
security. and right here in washington, law makers warned, no fist bumps, no handshakes during that historic joint meeting of congress. abc's cecilia vega with us tonight. it would seem they are trying to avoid that scene that we always see when the president enters for the state of the union. this is the pope, not the president. >> reporter: that's exactly what they are trying to do. i was down there on capitol hill today. they are ready for this. they are ready all over the city, the excitement is building here. david, as you know, the largest catholic church in the country. they are expecting pope francis tomorrow. the crowd that will gather here will be so large, it's enough to fill a basketball stadium. this will be the pope's view from capitol hill. the behind the scenes look released today. but inside those halls of congress, that warning. everyone on their best behavior. tonight, washington's papal welcome mat rolled out and ready to go. from the jumbotrons to the barricades. it is choir practice here right now. but tomorrow, when pope francis says mass here, there will be so many people that in order to accommodate everyone, they'll
have 140 communion stations. the crowds on this trip ranging from large to enormous. 15,000 people at the white house. 80,000 watching the pope ride through new york's central park. up to 1 million people for sunday mass in philadelphia. the largest event of the pope's visit. now, all three cities bracing for their moment. in philly, 25 miles of streets and highways closed. new york will shut down more streets than ever before. a huge swath of the city, more than ten miles of roads on friday, closed. tonight, pope mania. from these washington monks holding a pope viewing party -- >> tune your ears, because he's coming specifically to say something, and i think that we need to be ready to hear whatever it is that he has to say. >> my baby is witnessing the pope. >> reporter: to children, hoping to catch a glimpse of him on the street. >> everyone is excited here, those people waiting on the side of the road. so, where is the pope tonight? >> reporter: he is here in washington, staying at
essentially the vatican embassy here in washington, d.c. david, these digs, much fancier than the humble apartment the pope sleeps in back at the vatican. >> he gave up the papal apartment for something more modest. cecilia, great to have you with us here, as well. and we continue our coverage tonight, because this trip poses a massive security challenge. security being beefed up in the three cities the pope will visit. bomb-sniffing dogs outside the united nations right there in new york city. in philadelphia, the city maps on surveillance cameras. and here in washington, areas closed down in the shadow of the capitol. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas with the all-points bulletin that went out to the police in those three cities. pierre? >> reporter: that's right, david. there's never been a security operation this size to protect one man on u.s. soil. what makes this challenge unique is that this pope is unpredictable. as we saw in cuba, a man nearly making his way to the pontiff, security ripping him away. while there's no specific plot, police in washington, new york and philadelphia have done an assessment, looking at who might want to attack the pope. it ranges from isis to mafia,
and, of course, lone wolves who could come out of nowhere. david? >> pierre thomas with us live in washington, as well. pierre, our thanks to you. and we will have continuing coverage for every step of the pope's historic visit to the united states. much more on "nightline" and "good morning america" first thing in the morning. but we do move on tonight to the question of faith now, in the race for 2016. ben carson under fire for those controversial comments, saying the american president should not be muslim. tonight now, appearing to perhaps waiver a bit. meanwhile, the candidate surging to second place in the polls, carly fiorina, now diving into this debate, as well. abc's tom llamas reporting in tonight. >> that first christmas, we're going to have a bang up celebration at the white house. >> reporter: in ohio today, dr. ben carson touting his christian faith, but seeming to back away from these comments about muslims. >> i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation. i absolutely would not agree with that. >> reporter: carson now tells me he would have no problem with a muslim president, but they would have to prove they'd choose the
constitution over the koran. >> traditionally, islam does not separate church and state. so, they obviously are going to have to do a fairly significant departure from what they traditionally do, which is fine. >> reporter: but are you asking for a special test if a candidate was a muslim running for president? >> no. if it was a christian running for president, but they wanted to impose a theocracy, i would not support that, either. >> reporter: carson's facebook profile has grown by more than 100,000 likes since his comments sunday. but not a single candidate has come out to support him. rising star carly fiorina calling him out in late night. >> i think that's wrong. you know, it says in our constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. >> reporter: fiorina riding high since the last debate. and on the flip side, governor scott walker tweeting this picture today. back at work in wisconsin after dropping out of the race and encouraging others to do the same. >> so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative
alternative to the current front-runner. >> reporter: walker, of course, talking about donald trump. and david, now that the wisconsin governor's out of the race, many of his staffers have jumped to other campaigns, like jeb bush, senator marco rubio and senator ted cruz. what every campaign wants right now, some of those big donors that initially supported walker. david? >> tom, thank you. and we do have one more political headline tonight. democratic candidate hillary clinton today announcing she opposes the controversial keystone oil pipeline. she says the project will not help in the fight against climate change. the pipeline designed to run from canada through nebraska, down to the gulf. the obama administration has not reached a final decision. supporters of the pipeline saying it could create countless american jobs. we turn now to volkswagen tonight and the growing scandal. the new numbers coming in. the world's largest automaker now apologizing after confessing to rigging software to cheat on emission tests. tonight, the number of cars growing. half a million cars, right here in the u.s. now, 11 million cars around the world. and popular models, the beetle,
passat, jetta, the golf and the audi a-3, as well. abc's david kerley tonight with the question so many car owners are now asking. >> reporter: volkswagen's emission admission growing dramatically tonight, covering those 11 million cars worldwide, including -- >> we really wanted an environmentally responsible car. >> reporter: lisa dropkin's one month old vw golf. it's one of the half million u.s. cars with software that defeats emission tests. is it criminal? >> it does feel criminal. >> reporter: how are you feeling? >> i'm just -- i'm so disappointed and, frankly, just pissed off. >> reporter: the vw cheat begins here at an emissions testing station. since 2009, vw inserted software that sensed when one of its diesel cars is hooked up for a check. the controls limiting emissions would then switch on. but after the test, the controls switched off again, meaning the car would emit illegal levels of pollutants, up to 40 times higher than allowed.
"we are working hard to find out exactly what happened," vw's ceo said in a video statement. just last night in new york, vw celebrated with lenny kravitz. the unveiling of a new car in the midst of a crisis. vw's u.s. president -- >> our company was dishonest. and in my german words, we have totally screwed up. >> reporter: car owners are worried about the value of their vehicles, and how they will be fixed. criminal investigators are now looking into this matter, and some are wondering, david, if this vw brand with actucan a survive. >> so many more questions to come. david kerley live in our washington bureau. david, thanks. we turn now to that abc news exclusive tonight. kim davis, the kentucky county clerk, jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. rejoicing as she walked free, but tonight, facing the real possibility of going back to court. because this evening, some couples are now questioning the legality of those new marriage licenses now that davis has removed her name. it could land her back in jail, and this evening, davis telling our own paula faris, she is
prepared to go there, if necessary. >> reporter: tonight, kim davis is standing firm, still not signing those marriage licenses. though her deputies are. your name is not on those licenses. in your mind, are they still valid? >> they're not valid in god's eyes, for one. and, you know, i think the authority -- i have given no authority to write a marriage license. >> reporter: to defend that principle, davis spent six days in jail. one of the voters who finally received a marriage license said that he finally felt human. people will question, why is your moral conscience, kim, more important than someone else's happiness? >> i don't think dignity is guaranteed in the constitution. i think dignity is something that you find within yourself. i feel really sad that someone could be so unhappy with themselves as a person that they did not feel dignified as a human being until they got a piece of paper. >> reporter: it's not just a
piece of paper to some people. and it's not a piece of paper to you. >> but i mean, that's what took to make him happy. for him to feel dignified as a human being. i just, you know, i don't know. i can't -- it's really sad. >> reporter: you've been married four times. you had children in an adulterous relationship. people are calling you a hypocrite. are you? >> no. i'm forgiven. washed clean. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, morehead, kentucky. >> paula, thank you. tonight, our team getting answers after growing outrage over that life-saving drug, and the sticker shock we reported on last night here. from $18 a tablet, jumping to $750 a tablet, up 4,000% in just 24 hours? the anger aimed at one man. the 32-year-old hedge fund manager behind the price hike, defiant until now. abc's linsey davis tracking him down tonight. >> reporter: overnight,
headlines turned martin shkreli into the most hated man in america, after he raised the price of daraprim more than 4,000%. what do you say to your critics, to people who say you're just being greedy? >> i think they have a fundamental misunderstanding of the way pharmaceutical companies operate. at this price, daraprim is not a substantially profitable drug. >> reporter: that 4,000% increase got the attention of hillary clinton. she called it outrageous and, today, demanded change. >> you won't have to pay more than $250 a month for covered medications. >> reporter: but tonight, this 32-year-old ceo telling abc news exclusively, he's heard the public outcry. >> we've agreed to lower the price of daraprim to a point that is more affordable and is able to allow the company to make a profit, but a very small profit, and we think these changes will be welcomed. >> reporter: he says they still need to determine the cost, but he reiterates, they already give half of it away for free, or a dollar. for everyone else, he promises
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>> reporter: tonight, a california court is weighing whether the conduct of a young boy with autism can be considered a public nuisance. >> for us, this case is not really about autism. it's about the safety of our children. they were attacked on multiple occasions. >> reporter: the lawsuit claims the 11-year-old boy's parents didn't do enough to control their son, who allegedly hurt their children, some of them toddlers, asking for unspecified damages and an injunction requiring the parents to keep their son from attacking others. >> this has never been about driving anybody out or isolation. this has always been about addressing the safety of our community. >> reporter: the boy's family, which has since moved, didn't want to talk with reporters today. >> please respect our privacy. >> reporter: but in a statement to abc news, describes the lawsuit as a modern day witch hunt against a small disabled child and his family. the local autism society also weighing in, saying the case has moved squarely into the realm of disability eviction and discrimination. the judge was direct with the families today, telling them to
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simply that americans pray for him during this big trip. so many questions about the pope. one, how will he get around? the surprises from pope francis began the moment he stepped onto that balcony. that night, a limo waiting, he instead chose the van, riding with the very cardinals who had just named him pope. now, often riding in a ford focus, telling priests and nuns in the church to drive humble cars. we saw it while in rome, the nuns waving to us. pope francis has never used a computer, even owned a cell phone. but he is on twitter. tweets approved by him, 22 million followers. the first pope to take a selfie. "time's" person of the year. "esquire," "rolling stone." the cover reading -- "times, they are a-changin." and while here in america, the vatican telling us, he'll be riding in a jeep wrangler. the same type of jeep he used in ecuador in july. a glass front, open on the sides. and while the exact configuration is not known, we do know those jeep wranglers are made in a factory in toledo, ohio, where more than 5,000 american workers make those wranglers every day.
and we know the pope will be riding in his popemobile at least seven times. twice in washington, d.c., including his arrival at the basilica. twice in new york city along fifth avenue and through central park. and three times in philadelphia. among them, that big moment at independence hall. pope francis, riding in a wrangler. the same kind of wrangler, made by those workers with three words in mind -- made in america. we thank you for watching here tonight. and thank you to the catholic university of america for allowing us to broadcast here. i'm david muir. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night. >>. tonight the controversial legacy of junipero sera on the eve his sainthood. tragic accident in an east bay gym. a woman is killed during her8h
morning workout. a dispute among a neighborhood with autism. how a judge ruled. you can hear the roar of the crowd as pope francis comes into view this afternoon. >> the pontiff bringing a message of compassion and vision of the church of the poor to the wealthiest nation on earth. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm cheryl jennings. >> and i'm ama daetz in washington. the buzz is not about politics but the pontiff. 78-year-old pope francis is making his first visit to the united states. he arrived this afternoon, near washington to an awaiting red carpet and greetings from the first family. the president will welcome pope
francis tomorrow. he will be the first pope to address a joint meeting of congress. pope francis left by motorcade for the many tried to get closer to the building where the pope will sleep this evening. the pope will make stops in new york as well as philadelphia. tomorrow, pope francis is scheduled to bestow sainthood on the father of the california missions. here in washington, they're making last minute preparations for the ceremony. thousands of people are expected to attend the controversial rise to sainthood.