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appreciate your time. we'll see you again in half hour. >> bye-bye. breaking news tonight. the dangerous close encounter at sea. russian fighter jets coming within 30 feet of a u.s. warship. russian pilots refusing to answer radio calls from the americans. martha raddatz standing by. also breaking, donald trump goes to war with the republican party. calling the process a scam. and tonight, allegations of death threats now against delegates who could make or break trump. a major new development, after a super bowl champ is killed. we now learn he was shot seven times in the back. breaking late today, preparing for zika here in the u.s. the cdc tonight revealing troubling new evidence about what the virus can do, calling it a turning point. and made in america is back tonight. take a look.
can you guess what's coming down the line? and headed for your kitchen. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin here with that close call. russian fighter jets barrelling past a u.s. navy ship in international waters just 30 feet away. the images just coming in tonight, shot from the deck of that ship. u.s. authorities say those russian jets there simulating an attack. and to give you an idea tonight of just how close they came, look at this. one of those russian fighter jets hovering over the u.s. destroyer. we begin with abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz as we ask, what's behind the move, and how will the u.s. respond? >> reporter: it is one of the most aggressive russian actions against the u.s. military since the end of the cold war. >> look at the left one. he is on the deck. >> reporter: not just a dangerously close fly-by, within 30 feet of the u.s. destroyer, the jets flew in a way that simulated an attack.
and not just once. but again and again. over the last two days, the russian jets making more than 30 passes over the american ship in international waters. and roaring at just 100 feet off the baltic sea, the jets caused a wake in the water, as if a giant speedboat had raced by. >> when you're flying just off the water at 500 miles an hour, you're focused just out the window. if he misjudges how close he is to the ship, how far he is off the water, there's no room for error and there's lots of room for disaster. >> reporter: the americans on the destroyer repeatedly radioed the russian pilots, but the transmissions were ignored. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight. martha, what are your sources telling you? why would they be doing this, and what can the u.s. really do to stop it? >> reporter: well, there's lots of speculation, david. they may be trying to distract nato from a possible spring offensive in ukraine, but over the last few years, the russians have only gotten more aggressive with this kind of harassment and
whatever the u.s. has done behind the scenes does not seem to have worked and there are very few good options to try and deescalate this, david. >> all right, martha raddatz leading us off tonight. martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, our relationship with russia playing a huge role in the race for the white house. and tonight, a major new development there. donald trump taking on the republican party, saying the process is a scam. his family right there with him during the latest town hall, even though two of his children didn't register for the new york primary in time. and tonight, new allegations that delegates for the convention are now getting death threats from trump supporters. those delegates, of course, could make or break trump in the end. abc's tom llamas is in pittsburgh. >> reporter: tonight, the race for the republican nomination taking a dark turn. allegations of death threats against delegates and their families by trump supporters. >> this is a crooked system. these are dirty tricksters. oh, it's rigged. >> reporter: trump now insisting the republican national
committee wants him to lose. >> you're saying that you don't think the rnc wants you to get the nomination? >> no, i don't think so. i really don't. >> reporter: he points to colorado. outorganized by senator ted cruz. trump failed to win any delegates there. tonight, the chairman of the colorado republican party tells abc news he's been flooded with 3,000 angry phone calls, including, he says, death threats. >> and he said, i need you to do me a favor. get your gun, put it in your mouth, pull the trigger, i'll call you back in two minutes. if you can't do that, i'm going to send somebody over to the house and help you. >> reporter: it's not just colorado. a number of indiana delegates tell us they, too, are getting threats from trump supporters. >> very spooky, very personal, referencing things about my family. >> reporter: one e-mail saying, quote, "think before you take a step down the wrong path," warning of, quote, "a future in hiding." trump's longtime ally and confidante, strategist roger stone, has urged supporters to vent their anger at the republican convention in cleveland. >> we will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those
delegates who are directly involved in the steal. we urge you to visit their hotel and find them. >> reporter: but behind trump's anger, the hard truth that he could get more votes and still lose the nomination at a contested convention. >> hi, south carolina, i'm ivanka trump. hi, nevada, i'm ivanka trump. aloha, hawaii, i'm ivanka trump. >> reporter: his own daughter, ivanka, in these videos, reminding voters to register. >> you need to actually be registered as a republican. and that's it. very exciting. >> reporter: now admitting she herself isn't registered to vote in the new york primary. her brother, eric, same thing. >> we're not a family of politicians. we haven't been in politics very long. new york has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration. >> it was our first kind of foray into politics. we didn't realize how the whole system worked. >> reporter: and tonight, as the trump tirade continues, from the rnc? exasperation. chairman reince priebus tweeting, quote, "nomination known for a year-plus beyond. complaints now?
give us all a break." and now, a trump spokesman firing back at facebook founder mark zuckerberg, after he criticized the billionaire. >> i hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. >> reporter: and that trump spokesperson saying this about mark zuckerberg -- "i think i'll take mark zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood and comes live in a modest neighborhood near a border town." david? >> that was the response to zuckerberg. tom, meanwhile, any response from the trump campaign tonight on those allegations of death threats against delegates? >> reporter: david, we don't know if the trump campaign condones this, we don't know if the trump campaign condemns this, because tonight, they are not commenting. david? >> all right, tom llamas with us tonight from pittsburgh. tom, thank you. the democrats, of course, also battling for the new york primary next. both candidates standing with verizon workers, now striking. both showing up at different times in different places. hillary clinton, along the picket line with union workers in manhattan. 40,000 across the country walking off the job over pension
and layoffs. bernie sanders with protesters in brooklyn earlier, saying those striking workers are standing up for millions of other workers who aren't protected by unions. to other news. there are major developments tonight in the case of the super bowl champ who was killed. former nfl star will smith. the coroner this evening now revealing smith was shot eight times, seven times in the back. abc's ryan smith in new orleans. >> reporter: tonight, new details emerging in that deadly road rage killing of former nfl star will smith. his family's attorney saying cardell hayes was the aggressor. >> he's a cold-blooded killer. >> reporter: we now know the saints football star was shot eight times, seven in the back. and this surveillance video may shed new light on what triggered the altercation. you can see what's believed to be hayes' hummer stopping in the road. watch as smith's mercedes appears to bump the hummer and leave the scene. blocks away, police say hayes then collided with smith's mercedes. they say the men exchanged words. hayes then opening fire.
police say they found a loaded handgun in smith's car. hayes' attorney claims his client did not instigate the violence. are you saying that your client felt threatened by the presence of something smith had or someone in his party had? >> everybody out there felt threatened. >> reporter: and a man claiming he was a passenger in hayes' car now supporting that story, saying hayes saved his life. but the smith family attorney says smith never threatened hayes. >> will was unarmed. at the time. never brandished a firearm. >> reporter: smith's wife was also shot twice during the incide incident. she's recovering here, calling smith her superman. hayes has not yet entered a plea to second degree murder charges. david? >> ryan smith in new orleans again tonight. thanks, ryan. and to the other moment playing out in the case making national headlines tonight. the teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving accident. his defense team saying he was from a wealthy family, too spoiled to understand what he had done, the so-called affluenza teen. ethan couch turning 19 just two days ago, appearing in court as an adult for the first time, and learning his fate today.
as it's also revealed that american taxpayers spent tens of thousands of dollars on his rehab, because his family said they didn't have the money. so, what was his punishment? here's abc's matt gutman now. >> reporter: the texas judge stunning a packed court today with that ruling against the so-called affluenza teen, ethan couch. >> after the first 180 days, then the second 180 days will start. >> reporter: 180 days for each of the four victims. in total, the ft. worth judge ordering the 19-year-old to serve almost two years in county lockup for a probation violation. in 2013, couch was sentenced to probation for killing four people in a drunk driving crash. he was 16 then, turned 19 on monday. >> this favoritism that he's still a kid, or juvenile, is gone. it expired at 12:00 monday. he's now an adult. he needs to be treated like one. >> reporter: couch has been in jail since january, when he was extradited to texas after fleeing to mexico.
with that mop of dyed hair and a shaggy beard, he was directed into court by sheriff dee anderson. >> certainly, this time that he spent in -- basically in a single cell, by himself, with no privileges, you know, that's a rude awakening for anyone. >> reporter: especially for a teen whose million-dollar legal team argued couch was too pampered to go to jail. as part of his original sentencing, ethan was ordered to a state-run rehab. but his millionaire parents said they couldn't afford to pay. so, the state stepped in, taxpayers shelling out tens of thousands of dollars, 17 times more than the couches. david? >> matt gutman with us tonight. thanks, matt. next, this evening, to chicago, and a scathing report at this hour about race and policing. a study ordered in the wake of the police-involved shooting of laquan mcdonald, outlining a deep history of tension between police and african-americans and a lack of accountability. one stark finding? of the 404 police-involved
shootings over the past eight years, 74% involved african-americans. the report comes as new police chief eddie johnson, an african-american veteran of the chicago p.d., now officially takes over. we turn now to the severe weather at this hour, flash flood watches and a new storm gathering strength tonight. already so much rain across the south, and look at this. the roof of this school in mississippi collapsing under the weight. workers right there rushing to escape it. luckily, no one was hurt. but let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, tracking it all tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. a strong wave of low pressure along the tail end of the front that brought that crazy hail the past few days. now heavy rain across the panhandle. flash flood watches there. and over the next 48 hours, could see three to five inches of rain there and along the east coast of florida, jacksonville all the way down to west palm beach. want to turn your attention to the pacific northwest. look at this pinwheel on this storm. it's going to slam the northwest. rain and snow and wind to southern california. the entire west, really, impacted by this. heavy snow in the colorado rockies and a severe weather setup for friday.
then things get this jammed up, david. we could see several rounds of storms in this area right over the weekend, really. >> same region all over again. rob, thank you. to an urgent medical headline tonight. the cdc now confirming today that the zika virus does cause the brain abnormality microcephaly, babies born with smaller brains. health officials telling this now, just as they remind us that mosquitos that carry zika could soon spread to 30 states here in the u.s., much scarier, in their words, than earlier thought. abc's steve osunsami reporting in tonight. >> reporter: it's some of the most alarming language we've ever heard from the cdc. health officials tonight say there's no longer any doubt that a single bite from a mosquito infected with the zika virus is causing microcephaly, the severe birth defect seen in newborn children with extremely small heads. the cdc says that families in the u.s. aren't concerned enough. even "the new england journal of medicine" is rushing a special report to publication tonight, saying that the devastating
infections usually happen within the first or early second trimester of pregnancy. >> never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito could result in a devastating malformation. >> reporter: authorities say there could be hundreds of children born with this in puerto rico, and they worry the u.s. is next. preventing the mosquito bites is a tall order. it only takes a tablespoon of standing water to breed nearly 300 mosquitos. congress has just approved unessentialives for drugmakers, but nearly $2 billion in emergency zika funding is still stalled tonight. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. next here, we turn to your money, and we're back on it tonight, tracking your tax dollars, as we ask, in part, about 2,000 tanks just sitting in the california desert. abc's mary bruce says, who is paying for it? it's all your money. >> reporter: tonight, critics on capitol hill are squealing that pork is back. pork spending, that is. >> we must cut this out of control spending. >> reporter: funding for pet
projects was banned five years ago, but according to the annual pig book, the practice hasn't gone away. here's an example they point to -- there are currently 2,000 spare tanks sitting unused in this california desert. even though the army didn't ask for it, last year, lawmakers snuck in an extra $40 million to upgrade some of the tanks. they are made at this factory in lima, ohio, in congressman jim jordan's district. he said he had no time for an interview, so, we tracked him down. why is congress still funding this program? >> you don't think -- you don't think the army needs tanks? the army says they're going to need them in the future, and the idea was, are we actually going to shut down a facility, the one place in the country, the one place in the country that still puts together tanks? >> reporter: do you think this helped save jobs? >> i think it's good policy. >> reporter: david, this fight has been going on for years. but lawmakers say, it would simply be too expensive to shut down the plant, only to restart it later. david? >> as the tanks sit there tonight in that desert. mary, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the father sentenced for
kidnapping his son, giving him a new identity for years. but we want your opinion. the boy taken from his mother when he was 5 years old. today, that boy in court, years later, now fighting for his father. what they decided in that courtroom. and then, take a look at this surveillance video tonight. watch the suspect, and what he's holding right there in his hand. what police say he did during a major robbery. and made in america is back tonight. can you guess what's coming down the line in this factory in america? it could be headed for your kitchen, first thing in the morning. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> i don't know what else to say other than not to send my father to jail. >> reporter: in 2002, defendant bobby hernandez took his then 5-year-old son, julian, from his alabama home. hernandez moved to cleveland, ohio, where he created new identities for him and julian. for 13 years, julian's mother searched for her son. attorney gloria allred reading a letter on her behalf in court. >> during my darkest moments, i considered suicide. >> reporter: authorities even using this age progression picture, hoping to find him. but it wasn't until julian was applying for college loans that investigators discovered discrepancies with his social security number. prosecutors wanted hernandez to face 54 years behind bars. the judge sentenced him to four. >> i accept full responsibility for everything i did. >> reporter: and hernandez and his attorney do plan to appeal.
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so many of you just tweeting so many of you just tweeting me guesses, the iconic cereal turning 75, and the factory workers serving your breakfast. >> cheerios. that different cereal shaped like little o's. >> reporter: little o's on breakfast tables across america since 1941. those little o's, oats, and tonight, cheerios celebrating its 75th birthday. those honey nut cheerios, the honey from honey bees in florida. the oats across north america, including farms in the dakotas, wisconsin and iowa. turned into oat flour in minneapolis before getting shipped to cheerios factories in three states. and we went to the factory in buffalo, new york. 400 workers here, churning out 62 million boxes a year. before they're puffed, the cheerios look like this, and then after. shot 100 miles an hour through a puffing gun. shelly cicero on the line 25 years.
>> made in america, it makes me very proud. >> reporter: plant manager allen brown, nine years here. he was that kid who ate cheerios, now he makes them. >> growing up as a kid, and eating cheerios, actually getting to see it made, was awesome. >> reporter: the bagley brothers on the job for about 30 years together. their dad and uncle worked here, too. their favorite place at the grocery store? >> i enjoy the cereal aisle. >> reporter: so do we. and that's where we went next. every box in this store, from that plant in buffalo. the idea that you have been feeding generations of american children -- >> yes. we're proud of that. >> reporter: you're proud of it. words out of my mouth. >> i don't think there's a better breakfast. >> reporter: and in those factories across america tonight, where they're making tomorrow's breakfast, they say, keep three words in mind -- >> made in america! >> made in america, making us hungry. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night
>> more important for the warriors than doing what no other team has done before. and at 6:00, evidence that the boom isn't going bust any time soon in the bay area. >> and rain and high winds in the accu-weather forecast in just a moment. a man opens a television, only to find a crack on the screen. how can he prove he didn't break it? 7 on your side is coming tonight, the stage is set. we watch the doors at oracle arena about to open. >> good evening, the warriors could do what no other nba team has done before, win 73 games in
a regular season. >> we have live team coverage tonight. >> we're going to begin inside oracle arena with mike shumann. what a fun night coming up. >> reporter: you can feel it, it's like game seven in here and on fan appreciation night, as i step out, you can see players getting warmed up. it's an unbelievable feeling here tonight. this is going to be quite a game and what a way to go into the post season with that moment. steph curry was telling us they know what is at stake. >> there is one shot to get it done and we're home. it's crazy energy