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>> from all of us here, thanks for joining us tonight. our next newscast is at breaking news.is at airport terror attack. suicide bombers and gunfire rock the istanbul airport. images coming in at this hour. more than two dozen killed. emergency crews rushing to help the wounded. debris scattered at the terminal. new questions tonight about airport security here at home. the benghazi report. new details about what happened during the deadly attack. is this the final word? tonight, clinton says it's time to move on. collision on the tracks. two freight trains crash head-on, burst into flames. cars twisted and piled up on the rails. the area evacuated. federal investigators race to the scene. and celebrating a pioneer. pat summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball. she inspired generations of athletes with fierce determination and unbreakable spirit.
good evening. we begin with that breaking news. a terror attack at the airport in istanbul, turkey. a popular destination for american tourists. authorities say three bombers wearing suicide vests approached security at the international terminal. gunfire and explosions quickly followed. dozens have been killed. scores injured. the scene so similar to that attack on the brussels airport just three months ago. there you see the ambulances arriving after the blast. there was an immediate response from security forces. chaos in the arrivals area. some of the injured lying there at the side. one of the blasts brought down part of the ceiling where taxis were waiting. the injured have been rushed to hospitals. the death toll expected to climb. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran has the latest from london. >> reporter: tonight, devastation and chaos at one of the world's busiest airports. this video apparently showing the moment of the massive blast. officials say three attackers
were detected by police entering the airport, armed with assault weapons. they stormed the entrance. at least one opening fire. then, the attackers detonating three bombers. shattered doors show the power of the blasts. bodies littered the ground. a shaken witness speaking minutes after the attack. >> a lot of people attacking, i didn't see, but i heard it. one bomb, i think the arrivals area. i think two, the departure area. there is two bombs. i think i hear that. >> reporter: panic ensued inside the airport. terrified passengers crouched down, taking cover in a store. others run for their lives. turkish officials confirming more than two dozen dead, more than 140 injured. the wounded scattered on the ground. dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene. this man was at the airport and now is desperate to find his brother. >> we are going to get the package in the car and he was inside, my brother was inside to take something from inside and
he is coming and the explosion happened. my brother is not very -- i can't see him now. i want to see him. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: the ataturk airport, filled with international travelers every day, include manager americans. the u.s. consulate tonight tweeting out to visiting americans -- "if in #turkey, contact family/friends and check in on social media to let them know you are safe." and just yesterday, the state department issued an updated travel warning for turkey, advising americans that u.s. and other tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and local terrorist groups. the threat explicitly targeting aviation services. george? >> and terry, that is also because, istanbul's become such a target for terrorists this year. >> reporter: it really has, george. this is the fourth terrorist attack in istanbul this year. the syrian civil war right next door to turkey, causing turmoil in the country. there are also internal conflicts in that country. but until recently, turkey was an island of stability and peace
in that region. but george, all of that has changed. >> not anymore. okay, terry moran, thank you very much. no one has claimed responsibility for the airport attack yet, but turkey, as terry just said, has been targeted by many than one terror group, and there are fears this time it may be isis. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz on the tell-tale signs. >> reporter: it is an attack that has all the hallmarks of an isis terror hit. turkey has been plagued by bombings in recent months, from a kurdish anti-government group, the pkk, and most notably, from isis. the pkk mostly targets the police or army. it is isis that aims directly at civilians, especially travelers. from the jetliner brought down in egypt by a suspected isis bomb, to the deadly attack on the airport in brussels. and turkey is a gateway into isis in syria. we followed the tracks of young men and women, like these
british teenage girls, who arrived at the very airport attacked today, then boarded a bus for the turkish/syrian border, where they linked up with the terror group and have not been heard from since. >> and martha joins us now. so, martha, fears of isis, but no certainty yet. >> reporter: that's right, george, there's no certainty at this point. but it is something the u.s. will be very involved in, trying to find out. the president briefed by his counterterrorism adviser shortly after the explosions. george? >> okay, martha raddatz, thanks. the airport attack triggered an immediate halt to all flights between the u.s. and istanbul. but some flights were already in the air, on their way to america. one of the first to arrive landed at new york's jfk airport. the port authority beefed up its patrols there. abc's david kerley reports now on the enduring vulnerabilities for air travel. >> reporter: nine american airports on alert tonight as those flights in the air head to the u.s. all ten of them, turkish air flights, landing tonight at airports all across the country.
the turkish attack at the 11th busiest airport came at the front door, where security actually does start. but many airports here in the u.s. and across the world only have a secured side, halfway through the airport. entrance areas filled with people are often not secured. >> we have clearly entered a period of new normal, just as we have to be concerned about soft targets in other parts of a city, we also need to be concerned about the softer areas of an airport. >> reporter: some suggest it may be time to increase the security perimeters, moving out to the front door, or even out to the roads approaching airports. >> so, david, you had that one plane from istanbul already landing at jfk. what about the others in the air? >> reporter: the rest are arriving at this hour. the latest one arrives at 10:00 p.m. eastern time, george. earlier today, u.s. officials had talked about isolating these aircraft when they arrive. they've changed their mind. they say there is not a security threat. the aircraft will be allowed to go to the terminals once they land. but a ground stop remains in effect.
no flights leaving the u.s. for turkey, no other flights from turkey coming to the u.s. at this hour. >> david kerley, thanks. terrorism, of course, a key issue in the presidential campaign. abc's tom llamas, covering the trump campaign, and tom, donald trump had finished an economic speech when news of the attack broke, so then, he took to twitter. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. and he actually just addressed the attack in istanbul just now, george. he says we need to get smart and we need to get tough. he also took to twitter, as you mentioned, he put out this tweet earlier today on the attack -- "yet another terrorist attack. will the world ever realize what is going on?" now, trump also released a statement where he offered his prayers to those killed and injured in the attack, and also saying that we have to do everything we can to make sure these terrorists don't reach america. but he was out on the campaign trail today and he did go after hillary clinton on the issue of benghazi. trump also putting out this tweet, as well -- "benghazi is just another hillary clinton failure." now, trump making the argument today here in ohio, and also in pennsylvania, that whether it be the economy or national
security, our country cannot trust hillary clinton for the future of this country as president. george? >> tom llamas, thank you. and donald trump was of course referring to that report on the benghazi terror attack that came out today, concluding one of the longest congressional investigations in u.s. history. there are new details about the desperate hours that claimed the life of the ambassador and three other americans. no new evidence of blame for hillary clinton. but the report, written by the committee's republicans, slams the former secretary of state and the obama administration for a range of failures. abc's mary bruce has the details. >> reporter: new details on that chaotic night in benghazi. 800 pages blasting the obama administration for errors in intelligence, lack of coordination and woefully inadequate security. >> this was a failure at the most senior levels of our government. >> reporter: an exhaustive republican investigation, two years, $7 million, and 80 new witnesses. but no new evidence of wrongdoing by a single individual, including then-secretary of state hillary clinton. >> at the time, those two
americans were killed, not a single wheel of a single u.s. military asset had even turned toward libya. >> reporter: the report is especially critical of the military, which has long said it couldn't get there in time. the investigation points to glaring indecision as the compound burned. a marine corps anti-terrorism team in spain changed in and out of civilian clothing four times while the state department and white house debated whether the team should be in uniform. democrats are condemning the report, calling it a republican conspiracy theory on steroids. >> they are cynically trying to capitalize on the death of four innocent americans. >> reporter: and as stinging as this report is, more conservative lawmakers wrote their own addendum, taking direct aim at hillary clinton, writing, "she missed the last clear chance to protect her people." george? >> mary bruce, thank you. and hillary clinton weighed in on the committee report,
stressing it found nothing to contradict the conclusions of all the other reports that came before it, then adding this -- >> i'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but i think it's pretty clear it's time to move on. thank you all very much. >> abc's cecilia vega covers the clinton campaign. cecilia, we know the clinton campaign wants to move on, but how worried are they that donald trump and the republicans won't let them? >> reporter: well, george, they don't seem to be worried, not yet, anyway. in fact, her aides were on the offensive today. they called this a partisan sham, a political charade. they really want to get past this, just as hillary clinton said today. they want to focus on this general election fight against donald trump. they want to focus on the conventions, which are now just around the corner, a few weeks away. the reality, however, is, hillary clinton has a serious problem with voter trust. and having this benghazi story back in the headlines certainly doesn't help on that front, as you know, it's not the only controversy hanging over her head. that e-mail controversy still out there, and george, in fact, just today, her top aide, huma abedin, was deposed in that
case. george? >> and the fbi still investigating. cecilia vega, thanks. and from texas tonight, a head-on collision between two freight trains. the moment after the first impact was captured in this video. you can see the boxcars derailing and piling up. the cars catch fire. black smoke rises from the twisted metal. and one train worker did manage to escape. but three others were trapped inside. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: the collision buckling train cars. sending them falling off the tracks like dominos. >> are you calling? >> no. trust me, they know. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: two freight trains somehow ending up on the same track this morning near panhandle, texas, crashing head-on. >> i could just hear this awesome, gruesome sound and it just kept going and going and going. >> reporter: a mountain of twisted metal explodes in flame. thick, black smoke drifting towards homes forces mandatory evacuations for half the town. railroad officials say the trains had four crew members onboard. one person was hospitalized,
jumping from the train just before impact. >> we still have three people unaccounted for, and unfortunately, we do fear they still may be trapped in the train at this time. >> reporter: there is new technology designed to prevent train accidents. it's called positive train control. but railroads say they need more time to make positive train control work and congress has allowed the deadline to slip from 2015 until at least 2018. and george, investigators are now looking for the train's two data recorders that they hope will tell them why these two locomotives ended up on a collision course. george? >> thanks, clayton. now, to the largest auto settlement in history. volkswagen has agreed to pay $15 billion in a massive fraud case involving emissions from its diesel vehicles. half a million american owners will get some of that money. so will every state in the nation. abc's linsey davis explains. >> reporter: their ads touted how clean their diesel cars were. >> see how clean it is? >> reporter: tonight, we know that it was all a lie. and now, volkswagen is paying
up, to the tune of $14.7 billion for rigging cars to cheat on emissions tests, allowing them to pollute up to 40 times more than allowed by the epa. >> volkswagen turned over half a million american drivers into unwitting accomplices in an unprecedented assault on our country's environment. >> reporter: the proposed settlement means vw will pay $10 billion to buy back up to 475,000 cars, 2009 to 2015 volkswagens and audis. owners like lisa dropkin will get whatever their car was worth before the emissions scandal, plus cash ranging from $5,100 to $10,000. >> i think that it sends more of a message to this company, and to other car companies, that consumers really don't want to put up with lying like this. >> reporter: and while they also have the option to get their car fixed, vw hasn't yet announced just what that fix would be.
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>> people were screaming and kids were on the floor. someone was stuck in the middle, crying for help. >> moments ago, abc news is reporting the u.s. cleared ire traffic to istanbul to resume. >> good evening, abc7 news is live at sfo you just spoke with people who got off the flight from istanbul. >> reporter: most of the passengers learned about the suicide bombings at the airport by watching the news aboard the flight. some passengers we talked with said they were trying to find out more information from the flight crew. many were surprised they'd just