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muir is next. >> thanks for joining us tonight. our next newscast is at 6:00. breaking news tonight. the deadly cafe shooting and the massive manhunt. the gunman pulling a weapon out of his backpack, opening fire. the attack and panic caught on camera. at least two dead. state of emergency. parts of the midwest reaching a breaking point. homes gone, drinking water contaminated. for many, the worst is still to come. mystery inferno. the 63-story luxury hotel up in flames. new images from inside, where the fire started, and could it happen here? toxic suburb. the american neighborhood, trapped in a massive gas leak. the source of the gas leak finally revealed. families saying it's making them sick. one of the world's biggest stars
saying enough is enough. and, remembering natalie cole. ♪ unforgettable >> the grammy winning singer, daughter of music icon nat king cole, leaving her own unforgettable mark. good evening. great to have you with us as we start the new year. i'm tom llamas, in for david. we begin with the deadly attack in tel aviv. the urgent manhunt. the gunman, taking the first steps of a shooting rampage. in france, soldiers opening fire, wounding a driver that ran into them. trying to run his car into a mosque. high tensions on the first day of 2016. we start with alex marquardt. >> reporter: he seems to stop before opening fire. the next-door bar sprayed with bullets. as people try to flee. the quiet of new year's day in central tel aviv, shattered.
two dead and seven wounded. the motive is unclear. amid reports he was mentally unstable and smiled during the attack. >> hide myself under the bar, and i'm waiting that it was finished. but it was like horrible. >> reporter: israel is hardly new to violence and terror. while europe, after the paris attacks, is a continent on edge. grappling with a new reality and new possible threats. in france, soldiers guarding a mosque fired at a driver that twice tried to ram them. they wounded the attacker, who ended up in a ditch. french authorities say they're investigating the motive. munich shut down two train stations after a warning of a specific attack involving isis suicide bombers. here in london, 3,000 police officers were deployed. there were no incidents.
but there's no mistaking the jitters across europe. one top german official calling it a permanent general terrorist threat. >> alex, thank you. also breaking tonight, a terror group revealing its new propaganda video featuring donald trump. using his call to ban muslims from entering the u.s. as a recruitment tool. the very issue brought up during the last democratic debate. here's jim avila. >> muslims of the west, take heed. >> reporter: it's not from isis, but from the muslim extremist terrorist group, al shabaab, has posted recruitment video using donald trump's famous vow to ban muslims from traveling to the united states. >> calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> the video is entitled the path to paradise. it encourages african-americans in the u.s. to convert to islam
and join the jihad. trump's words are sandwiched between the recorded words of a u.s.-born cleric, killed in a u.s. drone strike four years ago. he says the west will eventually turn on its muslim citizens, and seems to use trump's words to support his premise. and hillary clinton said that isis would produce videos using the travel ban as a recruitment tool, but until tonight, there had been no evidence of that. jim avila, abc news, hawaii. now, to the flood warnings stretching from texas to illinois. the overflowing mississippi river, threatening homes and businesses south of st. louis. small signs of relief as some flood waters start to recede. making washed-out roads barely drivable. but the worst is yet to come for many. here's indra petersons. >> reporter: tonight, near st. louis, powerful flood waters ripping this house from its foundation.
floating down the mississippi river. >> it's devastating. >> reporter: in illinois, another body recovered from the flood waters. now, at least 23 deaths from the flooding in illinois and missouri. two teenagers still missing. swift currents delaying the search. illinois governor declaring a state of emergency. >> this is particularly dangerous with this kind of rain, then this kind of cold. >> reporter: in missouri, the rivers finally beginning to recede but the damage is done. >> this will take a chunk out of our funds. so what we spend on this, we won't be able to spend on road and bridge programs. >> reporter: with water treatment plants overrun, safe drinking water is a problem. flood waters are starting to recede, so is the amount of drinking water left in the tanks. soon customers here will be left without. the disaster moving south. communities all the way to louisiana bracing for more major flooding. >> in about three weeks, we'll crest here, and will have about
12 additional feet of water. on top of what you see just behind me. >> reporter: the waters are starting to recede in missouri, but it's rushing south. tomorrow, the river expected to crest at 50 feet. meanwhile, the eastern part of the country, one of the warmest decembers on record. tomorrow, waking up to what feels like the teens in chicago, d.c., boston, feeling like the 20s. >> we'll be bracing for that cold. indra, thank you. now to the towering inferno that broke out in dubai. intense flames burning up the side of the luxury hotel. crowds watching a fireworks show nearby went on as planned. today, thick smoke pouring out of windows. tonight, the photographer and his images that show he was caught up right in the middle of the fire. david wright on the investigation.
>> reporter: it was a blaze big enough to upstage the new year's fireworks at the world's tallest building. starting at the 20th floor of this high-rise, quickly engulfing the whole building. about 16 people injured, a miracle that no one was killed. this photographer had an uncomfortable close-up. >> we were at the 48th floor. address hotel happening right now. >> reporter: he had set up his cameras on the 48th floor of the hotel that burst into flames to catch the fireworks, only to be caught up in this. he put on the window washer's rig, and lowered himself over the edge. calling friends and talking to rescuers. >> yes, i can see the roundabout! >> reporter: look down -- those are his feet on the ledge. investigators don't know what caused the fire, but it's the kind of thing that gives people nightmares in new york and other cities with tall buildings. fire safety officials here say a high-rise fire is less likely to happen in our country.
that's because our building codes and fire safety procedures are designed to prevent it. >> the buildings are fire-proof buildings. the building does not burn, it's only the contents inside the building that burns. >> reporter: eventually, he was led to rescue. leading him downstairs with an oxygen mask. in dubai today, the fire is mostly out, but the building, and so many questions, still smoldering. david wright, abc news, new york. across the u.s., the new year setting off a heated debate over gun laws. president obama seeking to take executive action expanding background checks. in texas, a new open carry policy taking effect today, allowing gun owners to try to visibly carry guns in public. here's ryan owens. >> reporter: some texans spending their new year's day proudly wearing their weapons in public. as of today, it's all perfectly legal. >> a very historic day for
texas. >> reporter: registered gun owners can wear their guns in a holster in church, banks, and many other businesses. as long as they show their license, they can even visit the state capital without going through a metal detector. >> the bad guys have guns, so we should all arm ourselves, too. >> reporter: the lone star state just became the 45th and most populated state that allows gun owners to open carry. supporters say that the law will make people safer, that bad guys with think twice if they see a good guy with a gun. not everyone is convinced. >> i don't want to be a victim of someone's idiocy because they're trying to be like rambo. trying to save some people. >> reporter: others worry that 911 will be flooded with calls. >> they have a gun. >> reporter: one department producing this video to educate nervous citizens. >> is the gun out of its holster? is the person acting reckless? be open carry aware. >> reporter: any private
business can opt out of the law. plenty, including whole foods, have. they just have to put up a sign like this one. it's important to note also, you still can't carry a gun to a school or a courthouse. tom? >> ryan, thank you. now to the bill cosby sex assault case. the embattled comedian ringing in the new year with this tweet. friends and fans, thank you. the message sparking heated reaction online as the spotlight shifts to his wife, camille. here's ryan smith. >> reporter: they were married when she was just 19, together for 52 years. but tonight, bill cosby's wife camille in the hot seat. a massachusetts court forcing her to testify in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by seven women claiming the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted each of them. cosby countersuing them, denying the claims.
camille battling to stay out of the fray, saying her conversations are covered by marital privilege, but the judge saying there is no merit to the argument. arguing that camille is not just his wife, but his business manager. and could have information relevant to the case. through it all, camille, standing by her husband's side. >> how is your wife holding up? >> love and the strength of womanhood. >> reporter: only once making a public statement defending him. saying, he is the man you thought you knew. one of the accusers, beverley johnson, begging to differ. telling abc news she considered telling camille about the alleged assaults, until this encounter. >> she embraced me like you would hug your daughter. and then i decided i wasn't going to push the issue any further, because of her.
>> reporter: camille cosby could be deposed as soon as next week. as for bill cosby, he's fighting felony ack -- aggravated indecent assault charges. and is free on bail. the next court date, january 14th. >> and he could possibly enter a plea that day. >> that's right. >> thanks so much, ryan. two passings to note tonight. wayne rogers has died, remembered for "m.a.s.h.," and went on to be a real estate developer and wall state investor. he died from complications of pneumonia. he was 82. and a singer and a voice so many will always find unforgettable. grammy winner natalie cole passed away on new year's eve in los angeles. the daughter of nat king cole. her career spanning decades. t.j. holmes with a look back. >> reporter: natalie cole inherited all the right notes. her father, nat king cole. her mom, a singer for duke ellington.
but she would make her own mark. the powerful voice, belting out hits like "this will be." ♪ >> reporter: but cole hit some low notes, too. a battle with drug addiction and some serious health challenges eventually forced a kidney transplant. ♪ unforgettable that's what you are ♪ >> reporter: in 1991, her comeback hit. ♪ unforgettable though near or far ♪ >> reporter: father and daughter, those magical voices woven into a seamless duet. ♪ thinks that i am unforgettable, too ♪ >> thanks, dad. >> reporter: natalie cole was 65. >> truly unforgettable. we thank t.j. for that story. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday.
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>>. fire wakes up a vallejo family before dawn. a quiet first day to the new year but the week brings about several storm chances. i'll explain in the accu-weather forecast. highlights of the 127th tournament of roses parade featuring some local bands. plus, the bay area's new year's baby, born at the stroke of midnight. >> gunshots or fire works? hard to know what is going off next to a airport overnight. a dangerous tradition, putting pilots at risk. good evening. >> i'm ama daetz. what was captured on camera in concord represents just some of the has yards facing pilots. laura anthony has the latest now. laura?
>> reporter: hi, kristin. well, this type of gunfire has been deadly to people on the ground. a stockton police officer was grazed by a gunshot last night. here in concord. some of those in danger were actually in the sky. it started at midnight, lasting about ten minutes. fire works and gunfire near buchanan field. just as a small plane was making a final approach for landing. >> they don't want to get hit, right? >> the plane wasn't hit, but veteran pilots say it could prove deadly. >> it can kill you because it hits you. it can kill you because it disables you, and you end up breaking the airplane. it can damage the aircraft. >> reporter: planes fly at 1,000 feet or lower around