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tonight, as we come on, several developing stories. the deadly floods. the rushing waters, the state of emergency and, tonight, we hear from the rescuer who helped pull this woman and her dog from her submerged car. also tonight, the wildfires, out of control right now. nearly 200 homes and businesses already destroyed. breaking now. the curfew in place tonight in milwaukee. after officers are targeted and injured, bricks thrown at their cars. all of this after an officer shoots and kills a man who police say was armed. donald trump, amid reports of turmoil within his campaign, his new plan tonight to vet immigrants to this country. and we have the list of specific questions he now wants asked. and the joe show. the vice president, and what he said about trump today.
and passengers panic at jfk airport. running from the terminal and the tarmac. and tonight, we now have the reason why. good evening. and we begin tonight with two scenes of devastation in this country. the wildfires burning out of control right now, homes already gone. but first, the deadly flooding, and the incredible rescues. in louisiana, a state of emergency in place tonight. that's highway 12 right there, under water, cars and trucks abandoned. tonight, there is real concern the floodwaters will continue to rise. and the images this evening of families in shelters. more than 11,000 people forced from their homes. and tonight, we hear for the first time from the man who tore into a car submerged to pull out a woman and her dog trapped inside. meteorologist rob marciano is in baton rouge. >> reporter: tonight, the danger from deadly flooding remains high. at least six are dead, swept
from homes and vehicles. in baton rouge, a race to save a woman -- >> get out. >> i'm trying. i can't. >> get me a knife. get me a knife. >> oh, my god. i'm drowning! >> we're coming. we're coming. i'm going to break this window. we're breaking the window. >> reporter: david phung tries breaking the window, then, ripping apart the convertible's roof, he's able to pull the woman out. >> the first instinct was to get ahold of her and pull her out. and i couldn't do it from the boat, so, i just jumped in. >> reporter: but it's not over. >> get my dog. get my dog! >> reporter: the woman begging him to save her dog. >> i can't get the dog. >> maybe she's gone. >> no, she better not be. >> i got your dog. >> oh! >> reporter: more than 20,000 rescued. some plucked by coast guard choppers. >> got a bit of a sway, you might want to slow down. >> reporter: east baton rouge sheriff sid gautreaux keeping that baby warm, helping save
this family from rising water. some spots getting more than 30 inches of rain since the storms began. the big rivers have crested at record levels today, but backwater flooding, a huge problem. that's going to continue, and you see it everywhere. 3,400 louisiana national guard troops rescuing people around the clock. and hundreds more saved by fishermen and anyone with a boat. what's being called the volunteer cajun navy. tonight, our phillip mena in one of the hardest hit areas of baton rouge. >> residents here were hoping to get their first look at the damage, and the water has receded quite a bit, but it's still too dangerous to go inside. >> reporter: the albritton family now salvaging what's left. >> devastated. i've cried all day. my whole life savings, everything, is in that home. >> reporter: still, they're the lucky ones. three-quarters of property owners here don't have flood insurance. >> just incredible images of devastation. rob marciano joins us live tonight. and rob, you were telling us, the flood threat now extends from louisiana, all the way
north? >> reporter: way north. and it hasn't rained here in awhile, but still, the rivers at major flood stage, and still dozens and dozens of neighborhoods like this inundated. take a look at the flood warnings across louisiana, but the flood watches from texas, all the way north into illinois and indiana. by the way, near indianapolis, we had a confirmed report of a tornado today. the flow of moisture continues to be off the gulf of mexico, so, we'll still see showers and thunderstorms. the heaviest will be north, but the accumulated rainfall could easily be half an inch. anymore more than an inch here will cause more problems here this week. david? >> robs mars rob marciano with us from louisiana tonight. rob, thank you. and from the floods to the fires now, and the wildfires burning out of control at this hour. the worst of them, north of san francisco right now. and tonight, in one community, look at this. most of main street is now gone. buildings and vehicles destroyed by the fire. the charred frames all that remain. abc's mary bruce tonight from the fire line. >> reporter: tonight, an all-out
battle to tame the flames. gusty winds and bone-dry conditions fueling a blaze that barreled through the rural town of lower lake. more than 4,000 acres charred, 175 homes and businesses burnt to the ground. >> this is where we all grew up, you know? >> this is all we've known all our lives. >> our whole life. and all of our neighbors, look at what they have to come home to. it's horrible. >> reporter: thousands of residents scrambling to escape as firefighters struggle in 100-degree heat. jay and his son jumping into their pool as the flames closed in around them. >> it got intense, smoke and fire and sparks were just blowing for awhile here. >> reporter: fearing his home would burn, mark moved his most precious possessions to his workshop. >> you know, i was hoping something would be salvageable, but i know that's wishful thinking. >> reporter: a lifetime of memories gone in seconds. david, with the extreme fire conditions here, and the devastation already as far as the eye can see, tonight, this community is bracing for even more of this. david?
>> mary bruce tonight from california. mary, thank you. we turn next here to the breaking headline from milwaukee tonight. a mandatory curfew for young people, about to go into effect, after fires were set and bricks were thrown at officers in their patrol cars. several businesses destroyed. cars burned to their shells. police in riot gear moving in, clashing with some of those protesters. and all of this began with the police shooting of a man who authorities say was armed, and they are bracing for what could be another tense night ahead. abc's eva pilgrim in milwaukee tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a crackdown to stop the raging protests against police. the neighborhood that was set on fire now closed from dusk until dawn. >> we've got to maintain the peace. >> reporter: the flash point? when police pulled over sylville smith in a traffic stop on saturday. >> before he even spoke to anyone, two individuals were fleeing from the car, one with a gun in his hand. >> reporter: the officer, also black, shooting and killing smith. that police officer wearing a body camera, but the video
hasn't been released. the shooting setting off two nights of smoke-filled mayhem. businesses torched, 31 arrested, two teens hit by bullets in the chaos. some in the crowd shooting at police. >> shots fired. shots fired. >> reporter: 11 officers wounded as protesters threw bricks. >> this is the police. leave the area. >> reporter: for smith's family tonight, unanswered questions and a lot of pain. >> i'll be 25 next month, my brother won't even be there for my birthday party. >> reporter: david, even with that neighborhood shut down in place, the police chief taking no chances, warning teens that a 10:00 p.m. curfew will be enforced. david? >> eva pilgrim with us tonight from milwaukee. thanks, eva. next, we turn to major developments in the race for the white house tonight, amid reports of turmoil within donald trump's campaign. trump attempting a reset today, on a familiar concern for him. what to do with immigrants coming into this country? after already proposing a muslim ban, today, he proposed a new
test for every immigrant who wants to come here. abc's tom llamas is in youngstown, ohio. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump proposing an ideological test for anyone who wants to immigrate to the united states. >> i call it extreme vetting. i call it extreme -- extreme vetting. >> reporter: trump declaring the u.s. should only admit people who, quote, share our values. >> we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles, or who believe that sharia law should supplant american law. those who do not believe in our constitution or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted. >> reporter: but trump offering few other specifics about his new test and how it would be implemented. >> we cannot let this evil continue.
>> reporter: today's speech full of trump pillars he's mentioned before, like his temporary ban on foreign muslims, which he now describes this way -- >> we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism. not for us. >> reporter: the gop nominee citing a single foreign policy stance as one reason he's ready for the job. >> i was an opponent of the iraq war from the beginning. >> reporter: but that's not true. listen to what trump told howard stern before the war even started. >> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. you know, i wish it -- i wish the first time it was done correctly. >> reporter: still, trump now insisting not only is he best able to take on terrorists, but hillary clinton is not up to the task. >> she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on isis. >> reporter: but trump providing
no evidence to back up that claim, as he tries to reset and show he can be a statesman, after weeks of fights, distractions and sinking poll numbers. >> oh, you better elect me, folks, i'll never speak to you again. can you imagine -- can you imagine how badly i'll feel if i spent all of that money, all of this energy, all of this time, and lost? >> and tom llamas joins us live now from youngstown, ohio, tonight, and tom, "the wall street journal" with harsh words for donald trump today? >> reporter: david, the newspaper's editorial board, a major force in conservative circles, saying trump needs to stop blaming everyone and behave like someone who wants to be president, or turn over the nomination to his running mate, governor mike pence. david? >> tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. donald trump and hillary clinton have both been courting voters in the rust belt, where jobs and factories have been lost. tonight, hillary clinton with help from a native son in
scranton, pennsylvania, the vice president. and joe biden did not hold back about trump or about how he helped clinton navigate what president obama was trying to say, while they were both inside the white house. abc's cecilia vega on the clinton campaign. >> reporter: hillary clinton and joe biden in pennsylvania today, taking turns taking swipes at donald trump. >> friends should not let friends vote for trump. >> he can't be trusted. >> reporter: the vice president going on the offensive, saying he doesn't trust trump with the nuclear codes. >> no major party nominee in the history of the united states of america has -- now, don't cheer or -- be quiet, just listen -- has known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security than donald trump. he doesn't seem to want to learn it. >> reporter: it is biden's first
time on the campaign trail, side-by-side with the woman he publicly pondered running against. the two, now united in their fight against trump, and their friendship. >> during her years as secretary of state, once a week we'd have breakfast at my home. i became the obama whisperer. she'd look at me and say, "what dud he mean by that?" he loves her. >> reporter: a hometown hero here in scranton. biden hoping to win over those blue collar voters trump is counting on. how do you think he'll do in pennsylvania? >> not well. >> reporter: here in the rust belt, clinton out front in key battleground states. a slim five-point lead in ohio, but in pennsylvania? sthe's up by 11. and in wisconsin, she tops trump by 15 points. her supporters feeling more confident by the day. >> and cecilia vega live with us tonight from scranton. and donald trump in ohio today, cecilia, hillary clinton in pennsylvania, and then, she'll
be in ohio later this week. they both want those voters across the rust belt. >> reporter: they certainly do, and hillary clinton will be trying to register voters here in this swing state. she's talking about the economy in ohio, david. these are the states that could decide this election. >> cecilia vega, you'll be spending a lot of time in pennsylvania and ohio, i'm sure. thanks so much again tonight. and in the meantime, we turn to rio now, and we have new reporting on american swimmer, ryan lochte, who was robbed. and a difficult stumble today for simone biles in the balance beam final, reaching down to keep from falling off. still earning bronze. abc's matt gutman with more on that, and on the robbery, as matt learned first-hand about the heavy security in place to protect the athletes and the spectators. >> reporter: tonight, ryan lochte may be headed back to the u.s., but the fallout here remains. on saturday night, lochte snapchatting this moment -- ♪ >> reporter: partying with friends at a club. he says he and three teammates then took a cab, when suddenly, men in police uniforms flashing badges pulled them over, ordering them to the ground.
>> the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, he said, get down and i was like, i put my hands up, i was like, whatever. >> reporter: the swimmers handed over their money. lochte also unhelpful to olympic organizers who, based on what he told them, publicly denied the incident ever happened. >> i messaged usoc, and they said they spoke to lochte who said it wasn't true. >> reporter: minutes later, reversing course, admitting the robbery did happen. wonder if you can explain to us what happened, is this ryan lochte lying to you? is this him misleading you? >> i can explain it very, very simply. what i said was, people asked me to give them update, i got an update from usoc. i gave you uso c's update, and then there was another one after that. >> reporter: the usoc saying, tonight, it was going on information lochte gave it. and everybody wears this when they go out? >> everybody. >> reporter: last week, we imbedded with rio's s.w.a.t. team, tasked with keeping rio and its people safe. so, when you leave that gate, how often do you think that you get involved in a fight? >> 100%.
>> reporter: david, the usoc is reiterating its security protocols to american athletes here, that, as we're learning, other foreign delegations here are prohibiting their athletes from going to some of rio's most famous beaches. david? >> all right, matt gutman, leading our team in rio tonight. matt, thank you so much. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. remembering a popular character actor and you'll know his face. also, the panic at an american airport. passengers running on the tarmac. officers sweeping through the terminal. and late today, authorities revealing what they think was behind the chaos inside jfk airport. also tonight, a consumer alert for you. hotels hacked. 20 popular hotels in ten states targeted. and what every guest needs to know. and then, look at this tonight. a dramatic moment at an air show. a small plane crashing into the beach, right in front of so many spectators. they then run into the water, and you're about to see what they do to try to get that pilot out. we'll be right back.
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>> just hell on earth. >> tonight, the wildfire that triggered a state of emergency. >> it turns out to burn a house it's going to ignite and burn up. >> new at 6:00 how to identify what makes a house vulnerable and protect your property. and tonight, the change to cal train that could almost double the number of passengers every day. >> it's too much for one person to handle. you know? >> yeah. burned down homes, evacuations and a smoke-filled sky are reminders of the wildfires in lake county and it's happening again. good evening, and thanks for joining us. >> yes. 1500 homes are still at risk of
burning down. the fire sparked on saturday evening near the town of lower lakes. 175 buildings are now gone. >> we have live team coverage in lower lake. >> first let's hear from laura anthony, who spent the day with evacuees wondering if homes are still standing. these are some of the same homes that were spared last year, in the valley fire. >> i just hope everybody is okay. >> zach hasn't seen his house, but he has a good idea what happened to it, given it was in the middle of this, on sunday. >> all of a sudden, at 10:30, sirens started to go off and helicopters and planes. everybody got really serious, very quick. >> his wife was focused on the future.