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whales off of pacifica today. >> breathtaking. we'll see you in half an hour for abc 7 news at 6:00. breaking news tonight. the tornado threat for major american cities at this hour. dangerous storms hitting right now. 50 million americans in the path. airports at a standstill, flash flooding in the southwest. all on one of the busiest travel days of the year. the attorney general and president bill clinton. the meeting that caused a political firestorm. why she now says she wouldn't do it again. donald trump unloading tonight. a new attack overseas. isis claiming responsibility. police on high alert here at home, as we go inside a secret fight to keep america safe. the first known deadly crash in a car with self-driving technology. what one witness says the driver may have been doing at the moment of impact. and, watch your back. one woman's cautionary tale.
the gas may be cheap. but a trip to the pump could cost you. good evening. as we come on the air tonight, 50 million americans in the path of severe storms, making for a dangerous start to this holiday weekend. flash flood warnings in tucson. where torrential rain threatened to wash cars right off the road. in western utah, a dust storm blinding drivers. and here in the northeast, heavy rain and hail. take a look at the map. there's a severe storm threat all the way from virginia to vermont, including a tornado watch in six states. it's all happening as millions of americans are hitting the road. here's linsey davis on the weather that's been slowing them down. >> reporter: tonight, just as tens of millions of americans
hit the road for the holiday weekend, millions more are bracing for brutal weather. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: in the northeast, nearly the entire i-95 corridor is watching for severe storms. roads are already flooding in new jersey. and backyards are getting pummeled with hail. trouble for air travelers too. the faa ordering ground stops in d.c. and new york. and across the southwest, a second day of monsoon rains triggering more dangerous flash flooding tonight. >> you better hurry up. >> reporter: in tucson, this pickup truck driving against a strong current, more than an inch of rain fell in half an hour. good samaritans helped stranded drivers at this intersection. >> never in my life have i seen a hailstorm like this. >> reporter: the last 24 hours have brought punishing hail to the las vegas area. >> you can't even walk out there. that hurts so much. >> reporter: officials calling the rain "unprecedented." first responders called to multiple water rescues,
including these two teens stranded in this drainage canal, cut off from land by rushing flood waters. they asked not to be identified. >> i pretty much saw it rise up so quick. >> reporter: the storm sent this tree crashing onto jacob nieve's home. >> it just rumbled. the house shook like an earthquake was going on and you see the tree just slowly coming down from the window. >> reporter: the monsoon also kicking up blinding dust storms in utah. we have been experiencing some really heavy downpours in new york city. a tornado watch remains in effect stretching as far north as 200 miles. cecilia? >> it was a rough afternoon in new york. linsey, thank you. and rob marciano is tracking this storm. where might this tornado hit? >> we're in the middle of things still. the next several hours will be critical. the severe thunderstorm watch, out from d.c. to new jersey. new york city under a tornado watch until 10:00 p.m. tonight.
several more rounds coming through. here's the future radar. not winding things down until after midnight. this weekend, rain in the plains, through the heartland, mostly staying south of chicago and new york. and d.c. and new york, looks to be pretty wet. and the next several hours are critical in the northeast. >> rob, thank you. we want to turn overseas to a new terror attack targeting westerners, this time in bangladesh. isis claiming responsibility. attackers armed with guns and bombs storming a restaurant in the diplomatic district. taking at least 20 hostages. police officers are known to be among the dead. alex marquardt has the latest. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams tonight surrounding the cafe with around 20 hostages inside, many believed to be foreigners. police tell abc news two have been rescued but up to nine gunmen stormed the restaurant. which is in a diplomatic neighborhood just a mile from the american embassy. u.s. citizens warned to shelter
in place. >> we're still accounting for all private american citizens that may have been in the area. we don't have finality on that. >> reporter: the attackers exchanged fire with security forces. at least two police officers were killed, and dozens wounded. a short time later, isis claimed responsibility. last year, a prominent american bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death. in april, a u.s. embassy worker was murdered. part of a wave of violent islamic extremism sweeping across bangladesh. fueled by the barbaric ideology of isis, spreading around the world. alex marquardt, abc news, london. and tonight the pentagon revealing that two senior isis military commanders killed in u.s. military air strikes in iraq this week. all of this activity triggering security alerts this week, especially in the nation's airports. scenes like this at the terminal
in miami. at the midwest main hub, chicago's o'hare, armed guards standing watch, and bomb-sniffing dogs on patrol in l.a. this one giving us a tour thanks to the camera strapped to its back. right here in new york, you will see police especially vigilant this holiday weekend. but as brian ross shows us, a rare look inside their secret command center, you won't always see them watching you. >> reporter: if there's an isis attack here, these are the specially-trained, heavily armed officers who will respond. >> obviously, our threat is to stop the shooting. be cognizant of perps, possibly wearing explosives. >> reporter: extra security precautions for the july 4th weekend. but new york city, deploying a 24/7 force that no city in the world can match. from the air. you see a lot of potential targets, don't you? >> you sure do. >> reporter: from the sea. >> they're looking for the components of a dirty bomb.
>> reporter: and with the 525 officers of the newly-formed critical response command on the streets. officers with radiation detectors. dogs trained to sniff the kind of chemicals used by isis in its suicide bombs. that's the waldorf there. all coordinated at a counterterror center that monitors some 9,000 video feeds from cameras across the city. >> at the click of a mouse, we can move from camera to camera. >> reporter: from the brooklyn bridge, to times square, where cameras picked me up and showed how clearly they can identify faces in the crowd. >> it's been referred to as a ring of steel. it's our coordination center. it's our way of protecting new york. >> reporter: plus 3 million vehicle license plates read every day, stored for five years. you're essentially prepared to go to war with terrorists? >> yes. it's inevitable, that there'll be another attack in this country. but we are well prepared to respond to it. >> reporter: but for all its manpower, weapons and technology, police here say the one threat that remains the most difficult to stop is the single
individual, self-radicalized, not on the radar, who decides today is the day he will attack. cecilia? >> brian, thank you. we move on to the political firestorm over the meeting between bill clinton and attorney general loretta lynch. her department investigating hillary clinton's private e-mail server. tonight, lynch is calling that meeting a mistake. and donald trump saying this is proof his opponent can not be trusted. david wright on the campaign trail for us tonight. >> reporter: attorney general loretta lynch today admitted her private meeting with bill clinton on the tarmac in phoenix was a mistake. >> i certainly wouldn't do it again. >> reporter: lynch and clinton both insist the 20-minute-or-so meeting monday was just a friendly chat about golf and grandchildren, while their planes happened to be parked near each other. >> it seems like, he was talking about golf and grandchildren. i love my grandchildren so much but if i talk about them for more than nine or ten seconds --
>> reporter: today in denver, donald trump mocked the idea they were so busy talking about grandkids that hillary clinton's e-mails never came up. >> i love that one -- i love that one, and i love, love, love that one and look at their beautiful, i love these kids. after that, what are you going to say, right? >> reporter: as the nation's top law enforcement officer, lynch has final say over the outcome of the fbi probe. abc news has learned an fbi interview with clinton could take place within days. in some ways, she owes her justice department career to bill clinton. he appointed her as a u.s. attorney back in the '90s, all of which, she now admits, contributes to a perception of bias. >> the fact that the meeting that i had is now casting a shadow is something that i take seriously and deeply and painfully. >> reporter: lynch now says, once and for all, she'll follow whatever recommendations are made by the lawyers and agents investigating this case. while trump says bill clinton has managed to make his wife's
e-mail problem worse. >> he opened up a pandora's box and it showed what's going on, and it shows what's happening with our laws and with our government. >> reporter: so far, no comment from secretary clinton or her campaign about that meeting. between the former president and the attorney general. cecilia? >> david, thank you. we want to turn now to a sad first. the first fatal crash of a car using self-driving technology. the driver's tesla had prevented a crash before. here it is, veering to the right, when the white truck comes in from the left, nearly hitting him. but tonight, questions about safety. did the technology fail, or did the driver do something wrong? here's david kerley. >> reporter: joshua brown was a self-driving enthusiast, posting videos on his youtube channel. >> oh, jeez. car is doing it all itself. what am i going to do with my hands down here?
>> reporter: the 45-year-old entrepreneur is the first american to die in a car in a self-driving mode. tonight, triggering an investigation by federal regulators. it was in early may when neither brown or his tesla car applied the brake. tesla says the car could not differentiate between the truck's white side and the bright florida sky. tesla ceo elon musk offered condolences in a tweet. he talked about the system before the accident with bloomberg. >> we're going to be quite clear with customers that the responsibility remains with the driver. >> reporter: the company says the fatality is the first in over 130 million miles where its system autopilot was activated. brown, with at least one close call, talked about that on one of his videos. >> especially if you're not on the interstate, where this is designed to be used, you're going to want to be able to take control very, very quickly.
>> reporter: the truck driver involved said another witness told him they saw a harry potter video playing in the tesla. police say they found a dvd player. brown, who had served in the navy, had been cited for speed six times in eight years. >> this signals the technology is going to have to go a long way before we can buy a fully autonomous vehicle. >> reporter: tesla called brown a friend of the company. and says they're now cooperating with a federal investigation. cecilia? >> david, thank you. and we want to turn to florida, where there's a state of emergency after a toxic algae outbreak. coating waterways, and forcing beaches and businesses to close. people nearby saying it's making them sick. one family found a manatee struggling to breathe. they used a hose to clean him off. the contamination is being blamed on the release of fresh water from a lake into saltwater byways. and there's a new twist in the murder case that transfixed
a nation through a podcast. adnan syed, spending half his life behind bars, always maintaining his innocence. his story rising to fame in the podcast, "serial." and now, a judge has ordered a new trial. his reaction to the news, and how this trial may be different. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, convicted murderer adnan syed finally knows he is getting another chance to win his freedom after 16 years behind bars. >> as of this day, he's not convicted anymore. >> reporter: a baltimore judge granted syed a new trial on thursday, but his lawyer couldn't tell him until today. tweeting, he's extremely happy about it. but we still have a long way to go. at 17 years old, syed was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his high school ex-girlfriend. he has always declared his innocence. >> it is what it is, if someone believes me or not, i have no control over it. >> reporter: syed's saga
was chronicled in the popular podcast, "serial." which raised serious questions. >> but for the podcast, we would not be sitting here today. >> reporter: the judge who reviewed syed's case shared some of the same concerns, including the fact that they did not speak to a possible alibi witness. >> when i found out that adnan was granted a retrial, i was shocked. i didn't think it was real. >> reporter: but the judge's decision opened old wounds for victim hae min lee's family. "we continue to believe justice was done when mr. syed was convicted of killing hae." syed's lawyer tells abc news that his client should be allowed out on bail while they prepare for a new trial, saying he is neither a flight risk or a danger to anyone. cecilia? >> eva, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. targeted at the pump. a thief targets a woman at the
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nickname -- "sliders," because they slide up to cars just out of view, boldly plucking purses from behind unlocked doors. >> when someone is hiding below where you're looking, it kind of goes unnoticed. >> reporter: this is a new trend here in l.a., but nationwide, there are about 7,000 gas station robberies every year. from texas, to kentucky, to florida. the thieves can strike fast all while you're right outside your car. so experts say, bring your key, lock your door, and take your wallet with you while you pump your gas. the victim from the latest slider theft is now offering a $5,000 reward for information to help catch her thief. but there's no telling how many of these crooks are just sliding by. lauren lyster, abc news, los angeles. when we come back, an orangutan on the loose. the families right there to capture it all on camera. that update, coming up. and a major environmental headline. why scientists say the hole in the ozone is finally starting to shrink.
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here's steve osunsami. >> i'm scared. >> reporter: some people are just born with the natural ability to move hearts with their talent. ♪ o say can you see >> reporter: and star swain's husband and friends knew that last week on their family trip to the lincoln memorial, where they begged her to sing while they recorded on a cell phone. ♪ how proudly we hailed >> reporter: her majestic performance of "the star spangled banner" in the most american of places was enough to silence the crowds, and catch fire on the internet with millions of views. ♪ and bright stars >> reporter: suddenly, this mother of two, and assistant principal from florida's jefferson county middle high school, is being asked to sing the national anthem on national television. >> my message would be, dare to dream and dare to take risks. you never know when that moment is going to be. >> reporter: star has the kind of voice that makes you want to cry in church.
and you're reminded that talent that lives in everyday people. ♪ the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave [ cheers and applause ] >> and so we choose star swain as our person of the week. thanks for watching. i'm cecilia vega, hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. next, demanding action
against zika. calls on congress to help fight the virus. quick on the draw. the governor approved some of the gun legislation passed at the state capital just yesterday. >> eyes on the ocean, one bay area beach for an incredible feat within sight of the shore. >> just three days from the fourth. will this haziness hang around long enough to block out fire work celebrations where you live? abc7 news starts now. we have a chance of developing a vaccine quickly and helping a lot of people. as long as congress does it's job. >> the president issues a challenge on fighting the veeka virus, warning it could flourish in parts of the u.s. and that includes the bay area. good evening, i'm kristin zee.
a zika-prevention bill stalled in congress, democrats and republicans can not agree on how much to spend. health officials are preparing for the spread without funding for the vaccine. leslie brinkley is live in walnut creek. leslie? >> reporter: mosquito control officials say they've gotten a lot of phone calls with people wanting to know if the virus is here. the mosquitos that carry it, there are two species. they have been detected so far in san diego, los angeles, and as far as fresno. >> they're present in california but currently, not in the bay area. >> this white-tipped mosquito, and is one of the two that can carry the virus. the new government map shows the range extends across the u.s. and well into california and encompasses the bay area. >> we're on the lookout for the species to