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>> thanks for watching tonight. we'll see you ne we have breaking news tonight. trapped in the mudslides. the rescues and this evening, the massive traffic jam. after raging storms unleash crushing mud. a 45-mile stretch of highway shut down. drivers, families, crawling out of their cars. also tonight, the stunning collapse. the scaffolding crashing down in a major american city. firefighters and the frantic search for victims under the metal. the deadly traffic stop. this unarmed teenager pulled over. >> officer, what are you doing? >> the struggle, the teenager then shot seven times. tonight, his family now fighting. breaking news in the race for 2016. what donald trump is now saying about 9/11. about the world trade center and president george w. bush. jeb bush blasting trump tonight. and hillary clinton, with new words about joe biden. and, just in tonight.
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a major development in lamar odom's condition. good evening on this friday night. we begin with the slow-motion disaster unfolding all day. the major storm triggering violent mudslides. drivers trapped, their cars filling with mud. the images coming in now. a giant traffic jam in california. on the major northwest highway, the grapevine. 45 miles of highway shut down today. trucks and cars trapped, drivers somehow getting out. this video, you can see the rushing water and mud in front of the car there. this woman surrounded, struggling to get out of her car, right into the river of mud. this evening, real fears it could get worse. flood watches in effect at this hour. aditi roy in southern california. >> reporter: tonight, torrential rains pummeling drought-stricken california, combined with 60-mile-an hour winds, and golf
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ball-sized hail. setting off massive mudslides. >> i don't know know what to do, i can't -- the car can't move. >> are we stuck? >> yeah, we're sck. >> reporter: drivers on the evening commute, helpless. >> it just happened quick, so it was scary, it was scary. >> she's at least waist deep. >> reporter: just north of los angeles, this driver struggling to escape in swift currents of mud. nearby, this truck driver climbing on top of his cab as a last resort. >> everybody up here is completely landlocked in by debris flow. >> reporter: on interstate 58, near tehachapi, jose vargas, fearing for his life. >> call 911! >> reporter: watch as the cars bob in the water, smashing into each other. the rain came down fast and furious, six inches an hour, mixing with dirt and debris. the piles of mud making roads like this one impassable.
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>> stuck on the grapevine in california. >> reporter: that 45-mile stretch of north-south interstate 5, the grapevine, also impassable. the interstate, so crucial to truckers, shut down for nearly 24 hours. causing delays on other highways, too. this has been the view from harley lorano's big rig today. >> just trying to get to 41 north or south, it's ridiculous. >> reporter: traffic for miles, behind a graveyard of cars and trucks. and you can see it's still a mess here, cars buried deep. the fear now is that even more loose gravel and debris will tumble down the hillside. it's a miracle no one was killed or seriously injured. this whole area is under a flood watch again tonight. david? >> aditi, thank you. this system, stretching across the southwest and causing problems elsewhere. take a look at this. drivers blinded in chandler, arizona, this image of a dust storm, also known as a haboob.
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moving in just as we were coming on the air tonight. problems in so many places with this same system. and let's get to rob marciano. as we heard from aditi, the threat for the mud situation is only getting worse. >> the flow hasn't changed, and more areas could get hit. some of the rainfall moving to the east. you showed the dust storm, that's part of the reason the storms in phoenix are kicking up winds, 50 miles per hour, kicking up that dust. flash flood watches that include arizona, utah and nevada through the weekend. >> on the watch through the weekend. and the first real taste of winter in the center of the country and the east. >> 20 states under freeze and frost advisories. from the northeast back to the great lakes. indianapolis and cincinnati in the 20s saturday. on sunday, from the east to the northeast. pittsburgh, buffalo, and d.c. will be sub-freezing. and moving on to houston, to another emergency playing out today. an accident on a construction site. scaffolding on a seven-story
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building came crashing down. a frantic rescue followed to get the workers out. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a mangled mess of metal after a massive collapse in downtown houston. >> i got there, there was a lot of dust. >> reporter: six construction workers building a new luxury apartment complex, injured when the scaffolding came down. first responders carrying this worker away on a gurney. >> it's scary, knowing there were people working there, and it all fell down. it's really sad and really scary. >> reporter: the workers were lucky to have survived. in another scaffolding incident in march, three killed, one injured. meanwhile in houston, police say the six workers have significant injuries. the good news tonight, everyone is expected to recover. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> gio, thank you. to michigan and a troubling
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new case of a traffic stop that turned deadly. an unarmed teenager shot seven times by police. the case involving this 17-year-old pulled over for flashing his headlights. less than six minutes later, he was dead. the deputy not charged. tonight, the parents are fighting back. they are now suing. and video from the body camera will be a key piece of evidence. alex perez with what the video showed. >> pulled you over today because you flashed me. i didn't even have my brights on. >> yes, you did, sir. >> nope, i didn't, partner. >> reporter: the encounter quickly turning deadly after sergeant jonathan frost pulled over 17-year-old deven guilford in michigan for flashing his lights. >> driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance, please. >> i don't even know you're an officer. >> reporter: but instead of handing over his driver's license, the teen starts recording the february encounter with his cell phone. his video on the left. the situation heats up. >> you right now are refusing to give me your i.d.
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refusing to give me your i.d. in a traffic stop is a misdemeanor. >> reporter: the officer calls for back-up. >> do you realize that if you would've complied with this traffic stop it would've gone a whole different way for you? >> yes, i do. >> out of the car or you're going to get tased. >> reporter: that taser ineffective, the prosecutor later finds, also saying that, at this moment that the camera gets shaky, the teen attacks the deputy, repeatedly punching him in the head, pinning him to the ground. this image shows the sergeant's injuries. then the officer opens fire seven times, killing him. the prosecutor's office declined to press charges, saying sergeant frost "reasonably believed" deven posed a threat of "serious bodily harm" or "death" and he acted in "self-defense." but tonight, the parents are suing the county and sergeant frost, saying the traffic stop was illegal in the first place. >> he didn't deserve to be shot any times, he didn't deserve to be shot with a taser, he didn't
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deserve anything bad to happen to him. >> reporter: sergeant frost is already back on the job, patrolling the roads here in eaton county. in a statement, the sheriff says they have reviewed and are evaluating how officers communicate with citizens. david? >> alex, thank you. and from cleveland now, the mother of another young man killed by a police officer spoke out today. you'll remember last november, 12-year-old tamir rice, holding a pellet gun, shot and killed by a police officer. the prosecutor releasing two reports in recent days, finding the officer's actions, quote, "reasonable." today, his mother calling for the prosecutor to step down, saying it's been almost a year now, no justice, no peace. next to the race for 2016. donald trump, and what he said about 9/11, the world trade center, and former president george w. bush. those words drawing a quick response from jeb bush. tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump making a bold accusation
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against former president george w. bush, implying he's to blame for 9/11. >> when you talk about george bush, say what you want, the world trade center came down during his time. >> you can't blame george bush for that. >> he was president. don't blame him or don't blame him, he was president. the world trade center came down during his reign. >> reporter: the comments came on bloomberg tv. after trump was asked if he had the compassion to handle events like 9/11 or the sandy hook shootings. >> help us understand who donald trump is as a man. i need to know that you will make us feel safe and proud. >> i think i have a bigger heart than all of them. i think i'm much more competent than all of them. >> reporter: trump has repeatedly called president bush a disaster, but never going this far. rival jeb bush tweeting, how pathetic for donald trump to criticize the president for 9/11. we were attacked and my brother kept us safe. so, bush and trump back at it.
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and last night, we reported how trump and carson were threatening to boycott the next debate because it was going to be too long. and tonight, cnbc agreeing to the terms. the debate will now be two hours. >> tom, thank you. and joe biden watch continues. the vice president fending off questions all week long. in a new letter to supporters, from one of his top aides, saying if he runs, he will run a campaign from the heart. suggesting he might still jump in. and meanwhile, hillary clinton asked about biden, said it was time for him to decide. today, she said this. >> certainly, i'm not in any way suggesting or recommending that the vice president accept any timetable other than the one that is clicking inside him. he has to make this decision. >> hillary clinton, the race for 2016 for tonight.
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we move on overseas to israel. a biblical site targeted by violence. joseph's tomb torched. the palestinian president condemning the act. and the death toll mounting. after a day of clashes between israeli forces and palestinians. alex marquardt, racing to put on his own protective gear. >> reporter: with violence flaring, we saw israeli soldiers firing on palestinian protesters throwing rocks. one of these protesters has been shot. the ambulance is pulling away. hamas has called for a day of rage today. all afternoon, the sound of tear gas canisters. we were doing a live report as they landed nearby. i'm going to go. hold on, i'm going to put on my gas mask. the people around us running for cover. a huge volley of tear gas. everyone has gone back.
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and those that have gas masks have put them on. but most did not. this woman collapsing, carried to an ambulance. the new crackdown fueling the growing palestinian anger about irael's actions around the al aqsa mosque. today, an israeli soldier was stabbed. eight israelis and 36 palestinians killed in this wave of violence. alex marquardt, abc news, jerusalem. >> our thanks to you and our team tonight. meantime, in afghanistan, new outrage from doctors without borders. their hospital destroyed in an american air strike. now an investigation under way. the group now saying investigators showed up in an armored vehicle, smashing a
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gate, they say destroying potential evidence. back home to a farewell for u.s. airways. the final flight preparing to take off. the merger between airlines will happen tomorrow. there's been trouble for passengers with mergers before, so david kerley with an important tip if you're flying anytime soon. >> reporter: tonight, flight 1939 -- the year u.s. airways started -- is in the air. there were balloons, signs, and a 13-year-old who talked his parents into letting him fly the four-stop final flight trip. >> i really wanted to be part of aviation history. >> reporter: history memorialized in selfies, as the merger with american airlines is completed, creating the world's largest airline. it's been a decade of mergers. from nine airlines to now just four major carriers. consolidation, limiting competition, which experts say will mean higher ticket prices. >> this is not a good thing. one of the things that keeps prices down, historically, on tickets has been competition. >> reporter: american hopes to
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avoid problems as it merges all those reservation and computer systems, saying its employees have undergone a million hours of training to prepare. >> the only thing that was confusing is that we had an american ticket and they sent us to u.s. airways. >> reporter: american suggests if you're flying in the next couple of days, check in and print out a boarding pass at home before you go to the airport. >> david, thanks. still much more ahead on "world news tonight." the major development late today. news on lamar odom's condition. word coming from his family. and we want your opinion. the abc news exclusive. the teenager from a wealthy family that killed four people in a drunk driving accident, avoiding jail time. using a defense that caused national outrage. see what happens when we track him down. and prince william about what it was like to lose his mother, princess diana. a message for anyone that has ever lost a loved one.
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next tonight to an abc news exclusive. the case that made national headlines. the teenager from a wealthy family that killed four people in a drunk driving accident. he was never sent to jail, his defense triggering outrage. claiming affluenza, he was too spoiled to know right from wrong. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: at just 16, ethan couch, son of a sheet metal millionaire, is staying alone in this 4,000-square-foot villa in burleson, texas. it's june, 2013. drunk, ethan is driving seven partying friends at nearly 70 miles an hour. losing control, he crashes into a disabled vehicle, killing its driver and three good samaritans just trying to help. >> there's kids laying in ditches and street. >> reporter: his top dollar legal team claiming he's too privileged to know right from wrong. calling his malady -- >> affluenza. >> affluenza.
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>> affluenza. >> reporter: the victims' families sue the wealthy couches, who settle with all of them without admitting fault. but not before ethan and his family were forced to answer questions in depositions, obtained exclusively by abc news. >> i've taken valium, hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine. >> when's the last time you recall disciplining ethan for anything? >> i don't remember. >> reporter: couch never spent a single day behind bars. we tried to ask ethan some questions, but, again, he's gone in a flash. matt gutman, abc news, new york. >> we will have much more of matt's reporting on a special edition of "20/20" at 10:00 p.m. eastern. we'll see you then. when we come back, the new headline this evening on lamar odom's condition. the family revealing what happened inside his hospital room today. and prince william opening up with candor about losing his mother. his touching tribute to princess diana.
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>> her smile and calming presence were known by all of us here in the newsroom. she was a doctor reporting with our medical unit. behind the scenes, but what a mark she made. this past week, she posted this image on facebook. that smile, looking out off kauai. we later learned she slipped on rocks at the mouth of a river and was swept out to sea. she was just 31, but she made all of us a bit calmer in a place where nerves and deadlines usually win the day. >> teaching meditation is a passion of mine, this feels like my calling on this planet. >> she wrote, each moment of our lives is like a grain of sand in an hourglass. a finite supply. each moment is unspeakably precious. her mother saying, she loved people above all else. it was her passion to be of service.
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sweet dreams, my darling daughter. her daughter reminded us all to savor the moments. and to respect every deep breath, every pause and gap. >> we can't always choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose our response if we learn to get into the gap. thank you. [ applause ] >> we will forever remember jamie's smile. and we're thinking of her mother jordan tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. until then, have a good evening. good night. an uber strike, how it can impact your weekend plans. 200 people evacuated from a long term care facility in burlingame. >> it's crazy and selfish.
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>> thousands of gallons every day, down the drain. what the worst water wasters are saying tonight. and tonight, more rain could be on the way. we're going to take you live to southern california. >> very, simple and basic. >> it's possible you can have a tough time getting around the bay area this week. ed lots of uber drivers are on strike, calling for higher wages. good evening. >> in san francisco, and across the nation, uber drivers went on strike, some of them, anyway. has it resulted in gridlock? wayne freedman is live near highway 101 with what be described as mixed results, so far, wayne? >> well, yes. mixed results so far. drivers are hoping to send a message but they're only going to send a strong message if they get people off the road. we checked our app from this
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spot. we can have a car here, and it may not be what drivers were hoping for. in theory this, is supposed to be the day they told managers they're mad but was it a roar or whimper? >> are you disappointed? >> there should be more. >> if there was a ground 0 for the strike, you're looking at it outside of the company head quarters. >> next time, it will be bigger and better. >> as uber seize it, there cannot be a strike when drivers are private contractors. to quote a statement if a spokesman, we welcome feed back from driver partners. but this kind of feed back? >> they're not going there.


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