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and hope to see you again in half an hour for the news at 6:00. >> bye, bye. tonight, the urgent effort at this hour to keep the dams from bursting. the evacuations. the death toll rising now. 62 dams being watched. how they dropped in 400 tons of rock. breaking news in the search for 28 americans after that ship went down in the hurricane. authorities making their decision a short time ago. breaking with the president. just in. hillary clinton going against president obama on a major issue. and ben carson standing by his words on the school shooting. how he answered when asked again today. the raid caught on camera. where smugglers preparing to sell nuclear material to isis. the fbi involved and you will see it for yourself. and the new headline about families avoiding the dentist because of cost. tonight here, the two simple
steps that will save your family thousands. good evening. and we begin with a very tense night ahead for tens of thousands of families who live near so many dams nearing their breaking point. because as they warned, long after the rains, the rivers now rising. tonight, the death toll growing. 19 dead. 13 dams giving way. and an all-out push to keep more than 60 others from breaching. in columbia, south carolina, chinook helicopters delivering 400 tons of rock and sandbags to reinforce the dams. even bulldozers. at one point, 1,000 people evacuated before the sun even came up. in lexington, south carolina, devastation after one dam gave way. and now, word of yet another threat. drivers ignoring signs on roadways, going around them. and tonight, a car swallowed by a caving road. two people inside found dead. abc's alex perez in south carolina. >> reporter: tonight, south carolina on the offensive.
62 dams threatening to burst. >> we're holding our breath and we're saying a prayer. >> reporter: in columbia, officials rushed to evacuate a thousand people living below the beaver dam just before dawn. >> they have gone nonstop to help prevent a major catastrophe over here. >> reporter: that 52-year-old dam holding more than 91 million gallons of water away from communities downstream. downtown columbia, chinook helicopters dropping 1-ton sandbags in the columbia canal. all to shore up this massive breach in a dike near the city's water filtration system. >> we're working around the clock to remedy this. >> reporter: at least 13 dams have failed, including this one in lexington. residents now left to clean up their water-logged homes. >> so, we're just going through it right now, hoping and praying that god watches over us. >> reporter: at least 19 have lost their lives in the carolinas since the rains began. overnight, two people killed. their truck swept away. it had reportedly driven around
a road block. another problem? the water is bringing caskets to the surface. >> why are you going in to get them? >> reporter: and in the middle of this unfolding disaster, with local station wcbd broadcasting live, a pastor retrieved one family's casket. >> if that was my momma, my dad, i'd walk through hell and high water. >> reporter: and david, this is a delicate situation. those helicopter crews we saw out here on hold for now until those power lines can be cleared out of the way. the plan is to be back out here tomorrow until the breach is plugged. david? >> alex perez leading us off again tonight. alex, thank you. and we have breaking developments in that missing cargo ship, 33 on board, 28 americans. it went down, trapped by hurricane joaquin. the search now called off tonight. the cargo ship company saying the victims shared a bond, a love of sea. some of the faces of those lost. their families pleading with officials to keep searching. it comes after search teams plucked debris from the ocean, letters, numbers visible. that search now over this
evening. abc's linzie janis, though, with new questions about the history of that ship. >> reporter: tonight, crew members' families receiving the news they were dreading. >> it's been six long days of hoping and praying. >> reporter: the exhaustive search for the 33 on board the el faro called off by the u.s. coast guard. >> any decision to suspend a search is painful. >> reporter: 25-year-old michael holland's mother thankful for the camaraderie of life at sea. >> if they can't be with this family -- >> yeah. >> then they're with their family. >> reporter: finding solace with the mother of 34-year-old danielle randolph, so proud of her job as second mate of the el faro. >> you've got to be strong and believe in god and that was what was designated to happen. >> reporter: some families don't want searchers to stop. like jackie jones sr., whose son is among the missing. >> bring some of him home, that's left of him, so i can give him a proper burial. >> reporter: tonight, the focus
now shifting to finding the el faro's voyage data recorder, or black box, attached to the ship's bridge. >> i want the families to really know how committed we were to finding their loved ones. >> reporter: david, tonight, the ntsb vowing to find that recorder and to find answers for these families who desperately want to know what went wrong. david? >> linzie, thank you. we have major new developments tonight in the race for 2016. hillary clinton a short time ago, making news, breaking with president obama on a controversial issue. this is now the fourth time in just weeks she's drawn a line with the president, as she battles to hold onto her lead. also tonight, news on joe biden, the new ad with the plea, "joe, run." how long does joe biden have before he has to make a decision? and hillary clinton disagreeing with the president. here's abc's cecilia vega live from iowa tonight. cecilia, good evening. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. that bombshell happening not long ago here in iowa, and this is hillary clinton's biggest white house split yet.
tonight, hillary clinton opposing one of president obama's top priorities. a political flip-flop on his 12-nation trade pack, the transpacific partnership, which she once backed as secretary of state. >> we had to have a trade agreement that would create good american jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. what i know about it, as of today, i am not in favor of what i have learned about it. >> reporter: it's clinton's fourth major split from her former boss in less than a month. from her opposition to the keystone pipeline to calling for a no-fly zone in syria and saying the administration's deportation strategy no longer works. separating from the white house and, tonight, the joe biden threat looming. he may not actually be running for president, but tonight, joe biden starring in that new campaign ad. >> things can change in a heartbeat. >> reporter: in black and white, talks about that 1972 car crash
that killed his first wife and their daughter, nearly killing his sons, too, shaping his future. >> incredible bond i have with my children is a gift i'm not sure i would have had had i not been through what i went through. >> reporter: paid for by a group of supporters, hoping to convince the vice president to enter the race. the ad hits the airwaves ahead of tuesday's first democratic debate. biden's deliberation in the wake of his son beau's death in may long and public. >> i'd be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> reporter: but a new poll shows many voters eager for a biden bid. in these key battleground states, ohio, pennsylvania and florida, clinton now winning more than 50% of the primary vote, far ahead of senator bernie sanders, but watch that lead shrink if biden jumps in. but will it last? >> thank you all very much. >> reporter: clinton suggesting that thinking about running is a lot easier than doing the real thing.
>> once you're in the political fray, then, you know, everybody begins to ask you questions and you are being pushed and pulled in many different directions. >> yes, those poll numbers can change with the scrutiny. and cecilia, vice president biden says he's not made up his mind yet, but realistically here, how much time does he have left? >> reporter: well, we're hearing his decision could stretch into the end of october. that would be well past next week's debate. the first filing deadline is coming up in alabama, november 6th. that would be to appear on that ballot there. david, if he's going to run, he's got to decide soon in order to raise that cash to seriously compete. >> all right, cecilia vega live in iowa tonight. cecilia, thank you. and on the republican side this evening, dr. ben carson, not backing down from his comments about that massacre at a community college in oregon, saying he wouldn't just stand there. tonight, what he's now saying when it was pointed out one hero didn't stand there, he rushed the gunman. and carson's biggest rival, donald trump, coming to his defense. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, dr. ben carson standing firmly behind
his comments, suggesting the victims in the oregon campus massacre could have done more. >> dr. carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun at you and says, what religion are you? that is the ultimate test of your faith. >> i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say hey guys, everybody attack him. he may shoot me but he can't get us all. >> reporter: today, carson doubling down. >> from the indications that i got, they did not rush the shooter. the shooter can only shoot one person at a time. he cannot shoot a whole group of people. >> reporter: but carson didn't seem to know about chris mintz, the army veteran who did rush the shooter and saved lives, though he was shot seven times. carson now says mintz did exactly what should be done. >> we want trump! >> reporter: and tonight, carson getting support from his top rival. donald trump says the whole carson controversy is overblown. >> i thought ben carson was treated, frankly, i thought he was treated very unfairly. >> reporter: david, tonight tomorrow trump will rally here
on the vegas strip. he owns a luxury hotel here that has windows lined with 24-karat gold. a stark difference from the other candidate who will be here, senator marco rubio. when he was a boy, his mother worked on the strip as a low hotel maid. david? >> tom llamas in nevada on the campaign trail, as well, tonight. tom, thank you. we turn now to that developing headline involving isis and nuclear material. the fbi involved in a dramatic international sting. the raid, as you can see, caught on tape. smugglers with links to russia taking down. accused of trying to sell nuclear material to isis. discovered in the front seat of that car. hazardous material that could be used to make a dirty bomb. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with the video. >> reporter: officials tonight say the dramatic new video of this police raid represents the nightmare scenario for the united states. criminal gangs with access to nuclear material from russia, like the men arrested here, prepared to sell isis these packets of uranium and radioactive cesium to build a dirty bomb targeting america.
>> it's very difficult to be confident that we're stopping every one of these types of smuggling operations. >> reporter: the two raids being made public today took place with the help of the fbi. over the last ten months in the eastern european country of moldova. the amount of radioactive material sold was small, and of very low quality, and the actual buyers were not isis, but undercover agents. but the moldovan cases underscore the fact that russia's nuclear stockpiles are extremely vulnerable to theft and diversion. >> it's undeniable evidence of a failure in nuclear security, material that was supposed to be under authorized control was found outside of it. >> reporter: and adding to the concern is the fact that since the first of the year, russia has effectively stopped all cooperation with the u.s. to track down and stop the so-called loose nukes. >> if russia's not helping, it just makes the smuggling markets that much more lucrative and that much more difficult to stop.
>> and brian is with us now. and you were telling us that authorities are increasingly concerned that these smugglers see a real opportunity in selling to isis. >> reporter: that's right, david. to date, u.s. officials say isis seems more interested in chemical weapons than dirty bombs. but with all the cash isis has, and its evil intentions, officials fear it won't be long before those smugglers come knocking on the isis door. >> this is really eye-opening. brian, thank you. now to syria. a major escalation by russia, and an apparent close call with a u.s. plane after russia stepped up its aerial assault. hitting what russia claims are isis targets, and word tonight of that u.s. military aircraft forced to divert. a russian fighter plane getting too close. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary show of russian force. more than 25 cruise missiles fired from 900 miles away into syria. vladimir putin says the target was isis, but there's no evidence the terrorist group was hit. putin has been targeting
opposition forces, some of them u.s.-backed, who are fighting syrian dictator assad. the russian aerial assault coincided with a syrian ground assault aimed at those rebel positions. all creating a dangerous situation for u.s. aircraft, which have had unexpectedly close encounters with russian war planes. a few of which came within miles of a u.s. drone and at least one case where a u.s. war plane changed course because a russian jet was too close. the u.s. is still trying to get russia to talk about coordinating that air space, but until they do, u.s. war planes are trying to stay at least 20 miles away from where the russians are operating. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. martha, thank you. tonight, president obama formally apologizing now for that deadly u.s. air strike on a hospital in afghanistan, killing doctors, nurses, children. president obama calling the president of afghanistan and the head of doctors without borders.
the white house saying, quote, when the u.s. makes a mistake, we own up to it, we apologize. now, to a troubling new video from a courtroom in florida. a judge appearing to berate a domestic violence victim after she failed to appear in court and testify against her alleged abuser. here's abc's linsey davis. >> you disobeyed a court order. >> reporter: this florida judge is on the hot seat tonight, accused of revictimizing a victim of domestic abuse. >> i'm just -- my anxiety is like -- and this is every day for me. >> you think you're going to have anxiety now? you haven't even seen anxiety. >> reporter: tense exchanges during this contempt of court hearing in july from a woman who failed to show up to testify against her husband who had a prior domestic battery conviction. >> i'm, like, homeless now. i'm living at my parents' house. i'm not in a good place right now. >> reporter: her husband was accused of strangling her at knifepoint while she held their 1-year-old child. he pleaded no contest to simple battery and spent 16 days in jail.
she says she told the state she wanted to drop the charges and move on with her life. >> i hereby find you in contempt of court. i essential test you to three days in the county jail. >> judge, i'll do anything. please. i have a 1-year-old that i'm trying to take care of by myself. i'm begging you, please. >> i've already issued my order. >> reporter: one local advocate for domestic abuse victims actually approached the judge after and told her she should have sentenced the woman to community service at a shelter rather than jail time. david? >> difficult to watch. linsey, thank you. up next here tonight, the inferno on an american highway. the tanker truck rolling over, exploding into flames. fire and smoke filling the sky. traffic backed up for miles. the new headline tonight about families avoiding the dentist because of cost. so, two simple steps that could save you thousands of dollars. and made in america is back tonight. we head into the test kitchen. can you guess the ingredients grown on american farms, and here's the question. will they end up on your dinner table tonight? don't go away.
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across our country. remember american giant and their hoodies? the cotton from fields and factories across four states. then, there was the all-american clothing company and their pledge. >> we can trace each pair of jeans back to the american farmer who grew the cotton. >> you enter the code on your jeans and it takes you straight to the farmer. so, we tested it ourselves. ordered a pair of those jeans, put in the number, and remember who we found in the field? >> hi, david, hi, america. we're the nickel family. >> and our jeans are made in america! >> winter is coming again. and tonight, after hearing of something brand new in the freezer aisle, keeping american farmers going, we went to find it. >> david. how are you? >> remember the old commercials? >> now, when you watch your weight. >> fast forward and tonight, lean cuisine now says that customers are asking for something new. organic, more protein, even gluten free. we like to say made in america, but they literally are grown in america. >> sure. helps their business, helps them to bring on more employees. >> one new recipe, the cheese and bean enchilada.
something in here comes from a farm in california. >> absolutely. >> so, we headed to that farm where 450 workers harvest those peppers for lean cuisine. and the first time they saw their product in the store? >> i was the most excited person in the frozen food aisle by leaps and bounds. >> and from that farm in california to cleveland, ohio, tonight, where lean cuisine is hiring 250 new workers to keep up with this new demand, while back in that frozen food aisle, that enchilada is ready. really good. a recipe with three words in mind. >> made in america! >> let's eat. thanks for watching on a wednesday night. i'm david muir and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. >>. all three suspects were arrested outside of a community dining hall in the city -- >> police capture three suspects accused of killing a man walking his dog in marin county. the community comes out to support the work of an artist
killed while painting a peace mural in oakland. a search for a man in handcuffs but it wasn't police who let him get away. the governor signs a bill to keep california at the fore front of climate change. why it may not be what he was hoping for. >> it sdnlt change the fact that someone great is gone. >> friends of steve carter reacting after hearing authorities arrested three people for the death of their close friend. geerngs i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. county investigators announced the arrests this afternoon. vic lee is live with reaction from close friends but theirs, let's get to wayne freedman with more on what police say was a real group effort. wayne? >> reporter: good evening, ama. the suspects, two men and a woman are in a courtroom jail, awaiting questioning by marin county sheriff deputies who are
on the way. it appears they identified the suspect early. they knew they were going to oregon. how, why, details and motives, we're still waiting for that to come out. this is a photograph from a frame of a three suspects taken in a point reyes gas station 30 minutes after the murder of 67-year-old steve carter. marin county sheriff deputies saw this, they knew they're on to something. >> these subjects were identified early on by a number of people that came forward almost immediately to report persons of suspicion. >> let's sit down and create a sacred space.tub >> reporter: he and his wife were world renowned for tantric teachings. no one knows how he ran into trouble monday night, only that deputies found him dead,