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th welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news. first the earthquakes and now the aftershock. back-to-back monster quakes, the seismic strikes caught on camera. tens of thousands homeless and now, a volcano erupting. the frantic search for survivors. abc's matt gutman in japan. snow danger. the first punch in a triple threat on the move. whiteout driving conditions. nearly a thousand flights canceled. tonight, we're in the middle of a storm. a massive snowmaker. rescue mission. pope francis on the front lines of a humanitarian crisis. we'll show you his dramatic act of charity. how the people's pope is leading by example. firefighter down. two shot. one killed. they thought they were answering a call for help. what went wrong inside that house.
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and tiger attack. the veteran zookeeper killed by the animal she spent years caring for. tonight, the latest in the investigation, and what happens now to that tiger. good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. in for cecilia. and we begin tonight with that breaking news. a nation in crisis. the full scope of the destruction in japan, growing clearer by the moment. the twin earthquakes hitting less than 28 hours apart, rattling homes and knocking down buildings. rescuers holding out hope they might still reach survivors trapped and buried alive. in another ominous sign tonight, one of japan's most active volcanoes erupting. we begin tonight with abc's matt gutman in japan. >> reporter: tonight, rescue crews racing to save the living, as the dead are eased out of the rubble and the grieving weep. 500 patients evacuated from this kumamoto hospital, declared
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unstable, after japan's second powerful earthquake in two days. that 7.0 magnitude quake killing dozens, injuring thousands and displacing nearly 100,000. one of them is american teacher zachary strauss -- >> it was really violent. like, everything fell down, my refrigerator, all of my furniture, everything was breaking. >> reporter: we found him today at a makeshift shelter. >> i literally thought i was going to die. there was a moment i thought, that, this was it. >> reporter: both quakes struck in the dead of night. the shaking captured in real time, from this newsroom to this street, to this bridge. then in daylight, the grim surveys of damage. this college dorm pancaked. the second floor collapsed onto the first. officials say two people killed, and survivors camping outside. watch as the camera pans from that devastated college campus to the mountainside, cleaved away by a mudslide. obliterating this bridge, smothering this road. japan's most active volcano
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roaring to life, and the rain triggering those mudslides and hampering rescues. tonight, some hard-hit areas accessible only by military helicopters. this military rescuer scooping up that little girl and hoisting her to safety. the quake rattling infrastructure. 400,000 without water. nearly as many without power. 20,000 troops sent in to distribute food and water. it's now daylight here, tom, and these are critical hours. with rain forecast and aftershocks predicted, rescuers have to get to those people still trapped alive in that rubble. the prime minister here saying, "it's a race against time." tom? >> dangerous times for that part of japan. all right, matt, thank you. back here in the states and the spring snowstorm bringing whiteout conditions to the rockies. look at the treacherous driving conditions along interstate 70 in colorado. this picture snapped by a traveler inside the denver airport, a near-empty security line, more than 800 flights canceled today. and up to two feet of snow falling in some spots. that may be good news for ski
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resorts like this one, but tonight, the system threatening to take an even more dangerous turn. abc's clayton sandell is in denver. >> reporter: highways across colorado are littered with spinouts. cars and big rigs no match for a whiteout winter storm. drivers stuck on interstate 70, one in shorts, got out for a better look. ahead of the snow, the system brought tornadoes -- >> oh, my god! >> reporter: -- touching down on the colorado plains -- >> wow! >> reporter: -- and in oklahoma -- >> another crack. >> reporter: -- where this driver's windshield took the brunt of it. and in texas, hail the size of golf balls. at the denver airport, airlines cancelled about 850 flights. >> he's being a trooper. >> reporter: kimberly dunn and her dog, achilles, stranded since friday, are trying to fly to baltimore. >> super frustrating. i had to sleep here last night. and it just keeps getting cancelled. >> reporter: but what's bad for travelers is good for ski resorts.
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some mountain areas slammed with more than two feet of mid-april snow. and tom, there really is an airport back there, but you can't see it because of this blowing snow. and that low visibility is why airlines canceled so many flights. by the time this system moves through tomorrow, airlines hope to have everything back to normal. >> clayton sandell in the thick of it. i want to bring in rob marciano, what else can we expect for this storm? >> it's a slow-moving storm, tom, but it should be out of the denver area by tomorrow afternoon. in the meantime, they're getting hit pretty hard in clayton's live shot. we have severe weather. tornado watches out for most of texas. until at least midnight tonight. so, a dangerous situation there. things don't move very much. i think by noon tomorrow, the snow is over in denver. a bit of a flood risk for oklahoma and kansas, pushing east. dallas gets into the heavy rain tomorrow afternoon. and then severe threat tomorrow, austin, houston, with severe thunderstorms there and significant rains over the next several days. so slow-moving, tom, i think we're going to see some flooding
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across the red river valley. >> rob, thank you so much. next tonight, to a critical weekend in the race for the white house. ted cruz working the delegate math in wyoming today, sweeping the state's 14 open delegates. meantime, donald trump campaigning in upstate new york, offering tough talk for ted cruz and unveiling a new nickname for hillary clinton. abc's devin dwyer with the trump campaign today. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump on his home turf in new york. >> i have that same beautiful little twang as you do. >> reporter: affixing a new nickname to fellow new yorker hillary clinton. >> not controlled by the special interests, by the lobbyists. and they control crooked hillary and they control lyin' ted cruz, right? >> reporter: with a seemingly insurmountable lead in new york, trump's eye is on the gop convention in july, issuing a blunt new warning tonight to the republican party about those critical delegates. >> because i'll tell you what, you're going to have a rough july at that convention.
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you better get going, and you better straighten out the system, because the people want their vote. >> reporter: today, trump was outmaneuvered by ted cruz in wyoming, where party officials, not everyday voters, picked the delegates. last week, trump was shut out in colorado. trump supporters told us they're frustrated. >> ted cruz has had a better ground game and he knows what he's doing with the rules. trump should have done his homework on that. >> reporter: have you been following the fight over delegates? what do you think about that? >> yes, i think it's unfair. i think the popular vote of the people should give you the nomination. >> reporter: the cruz campaign, tonight, accuses trump of throwing a tantrum, rolling out a new line of campaign onesies and baby bibs mocking trump for whining about losing delegates. >> we've got a slate of delegates who are committed to supporting me in cleveland. the rnc says the delegate rules are long-established and fair. trump conceded today he didn't really try in colorado and wyoming, because the process was, quote, a waste of money.
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tom? >> devin, thank you. now, to the democrats, and the all-out sprint for new york. bernie sanders returning home after a short meeting with the pope, on a trip to rome. now, facing his most critical contest yet, as hillary clinton campaigns in the west coast, and raises money from some a-list supporters. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, bernie sanders is back in new york, after a whirlwind trip to rome where he briefly met pope francis. >> he is a beautiful man and there is a radiance that comes from him. >> reporter: so far, no pictures released of the private audience, which took place early this morning at the vatican guesthouse where francis lives. today, pope francis bristled at any suggestion the encounter might be perceived as meddling in the u.s. election. "when i came down, i greeted them, shook their hands and nothing more," francis told reporters. "if anyone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, they should see a psychiatrist," he said.
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the pope may not have endorsed sanders, but sanders certainly endorsed him. >> he is one of the great leaders in modern world history, in my view. >> reporter: today, hillary clinton campaigned in los angeles. >> i want to take this whole crowd, let's get a big bus. we'll go from place to place to place together. >> reporter: she's passing the time between two california fund-raisers hosted by george clooney. tickets more than $30,000 apiece. speaking to nbc, tonight, clooney admitted that is an obscene amount of money. tomorrow, both democrats will be back out on the trail here. clinton over in staten island. bernie sanders in prospect park in brooklyn. both of them beginning that final stretch before tuesday's primary. tom? >> david, thank you. and tune into "this week" with george stephanopoulos, interviewing both hillary clinton and bernie sanders. now, to an emotional act of compassion by pope francis. after that meeting with bernie
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sanders, the pope traveling to a greek island off the coast of turkey in the heart of the refugee crisis. and it's what he did next that has so many celebrating that mission tonight. abc's terry moran is in lesbos. >> reporter: it was a day of such powerful emotions. pope francis at the main detention camp for refugees here, a grim form of prison, but there were smiles for him, and they pressed forward. so many wanting to speak to him, one man falling to his knees -- >> please brother, bless me. >> reporter: overcome by his ordeal. and the children. francis kissing the babies, blessing the kids. they gave him their drawings, and you could see he was struck by them. and later, on his plane, he shared them with reporters, s saying, "i felt like crying." this island has seen so much. last year, more than half a million refugees came ashore here. and still they come. today, at the edge of the sea where so many refugees have perished, pope francis played for the dead and threw flowers
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onto the tide. and as he left, his boldest move. the pope himself bringing with him back to the vatican three syrian muslim refugee families, including six children. francis personally welcoming them home after his plane landed in rome. public opinion here in europe has take an sharp turn against the refugees and the borders are closing. but pope francis is trying to send a simple message. he said of those three syrian families he brought back to rome, they are all children of god. >> incredible act of kindness. terry, thank you. next tonight, a maryland community is mourning a firefighter fatally shot during a call for help. a 37-year-old father killed. a second firefighter injured. tonight, investigators trying to determine whether this was an accident or an attack. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> all units, just general information, we have two firefighters shot. >> reporter: two firefighters shot in the line of duty, trying to help someone. authorities say a man called 911 friday evening. worried his diabetic brother might be having a medical
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emergency in his maryland home. they said the team knocked but got no answer. then, attempting to enter, gunfire blasting through the front door. >> the individual inside the home fired a number of rounds. striking two prince george's county firefighters. >> reporter: firefight and medic dying soon after. >> i am so sad. it's hard to describe. the sorrow is unbelievable. >> reporter: 19-year-old kevin swayne, a volunteer firefighter shot four times. tonight, investigators in maryland say they're trying to determine whether this was a tragic accident or something more sinister. >> will it ever end? god, i hope so. but at the end of the day, the men and women in public safety are going to be there when we need them. >> reporter: as for the suspect, police say he has been released from custody. so far, no charges have been filed. gloria riviera, abc news. next to florida, and new details in a deadly tiger attack
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there. the palm beach zoo closed today. zoo officials moung the death of a zookeeper whose work with endangered tigers earned her the nickname the tiger whisperer. here's abc's eva pilgrim with the latest on that investigation. >> reporter: today, a florida zoo remains closed. >> well, her thememory will liv. >> reporter: investigators looking to see how a tiger fatality injured this 38-year-old who was working behind the scenes. the zoo going into lockdown. >> there was no public involved whatsoever. the animal's not out in the open. >> reporter: emergency crews waiting for the 13-year-old male tiger to be tranquilized before they could help her, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. she's seen here in educational talks featured on the zoo's youtube, was passionate about the animals.
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her co-workers even calling her the tiger whisperer. >> she understood that every single day, this is what she with us putting her life at risk, to save the lives of others. >> reporter: the tiger is recovering from the tran k kwlizer. the zoo not commenting on what will happen next. there are only about 250 of these tigers left in the wild. tom? >> okay, eva, thank you. this frightening scene for sailors outside of savannah, churning seas capsizing the sailboat. the steering disabled. three people onboard abandoning ship, as you saw there. they were plucked from the sea by the coast guard. that sailboat crew tonight recovering from seasickness and dehydration. much more still ahead as we continue on "world news tonight" this saturday. coming up, that freak accident at the ballpark. the astonishing safety net failure. the runaway baseball knocking this fan right into the hospital. and head over heels. dramatic dashcam video captures some stunning auto acrobatics. who could survive this?
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over the winter, all 30 ballparks, including here at yankee stadium, added additional protective screening for fans at the urging of major league baseball. this, after a rash of injuries to fans by foul balls and broken bats. by one estimate, more than 1,700 injuries occur from batted balls every year. red sox fan stephanie wapenski was struck at boston's fenway park last year. >> the fact that i got hit between the eyes kind of reflects i couldn't have been looking more flushly at what was going on. >> reporter: tonight, that gap in the protective screen in tampa that the ball slipped through has been closed off with more netting. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> we thank ron for that story. up next, as we continue, new details tonight on the rider involved in that death-defying circus act, ending in disaster. and, an emotional royal throw had back, when william and kate walk in the footsteps of princess diana at a wonderle of
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>> people with autism have brains that work so hard and see a process so much that they cannot even walk or talk. >> reporter: but here's what she said she wants, for all of them, and for herself, too. to be accepted and to belong. >> to be able to share that with her friends, and be learning with her friends as she goes along, i think is incredible for all of them. >> reporter: keira calls autism her superpower. this much is for sure -- she is super strong. and we won't be surprised someday to see her soar. >> that was great. >> reporter: john donvan, abc news. >> we want to thank keira for sharing her very brave story for us. we also want to thank you for watching. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas. have a great evening. good night.
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up next at 6:00, a chase rooftop to rooftop in san francisco, ended with a four story fall into a car. >> the warriors' blowout win came with a cost as steph curry is forced to sit out most of the game. >> we saw clear blue skies across the bay area. abc7~news at 6:00 starts now. that breaking news is out of san francisco. right now search crews are looking for two people last seen in the water off ocean beach. thank you for joining us, i'm eric thomas. let's go to sergio quintana who is live with the breaking details. >> reporter: this is a search that has been going on for a little bit more than an hour or so. we have been keeping a close eye on the command center. it's encircled in crime scene tape because there's a whole
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bunch of agencies there coordinating amongst each other. the fire department, the police department, and the national park police, and also the coast guard. let's go ahead and take you out to where they're searching on the surf there at ocean beach. there are multiple ships and motorcraft from the agencies. earlier when we got on scene, we did spot three young men, about 17 years old or so, those three men were in a group of five people who were here at the ocean -- at the beach. they got swept into the water. those three young men were able to get out on their own. unfortunately, there are still two young men that are still in the water. i talked very briefly with the woman who saw as firefighters arrived, to help those three men. report. >> i did not see them but i did see them walking up when they came up here with the fire department personnel. knew they were part of the group.

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