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birthday. that does it for us here at abc7 news at 5:00. see you at welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news. ryan lochte drowning in controversy. the swimmer at the center of an olympic scandal making new headlines with his first sitdown interview since coming home. >> did you admit that you lied, finally? >> but his teammates are now pointing the finger at him. tonight, what they said really happened at that gas station in rio. the new donald trump? his appeal to african-americans, saying they should vote for him because they've got nothing to lose. >> you're living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. pregnant women told to stay away from one of the country's most popular vacation spots because of zika. families going to extremes to stay safe. and the warning, there will be more cases. the overturned boat, the family tossed into the river.
the frantic race to save a little girl. >> i have a baby stranded in the water. please, god, send someone now. >> how she managed to stay alive. and going for the gold. from the win that almost never happened -- >> it's going to be the u.s.! >> to a first-time shot at the prize. the finish line so close for team usa. good evening and thank you for joining us on this saturday night. i'm cecilia vega. as we come on in the air in the west, we are hearing from olympic swimmer ryan lochte for the first time since brazilian police publicly doubted his account of what happened at that rio gas station. lochte at the center of this international scandal, sitting down for an interview, admitting that his behavior was immature. two of his fl low teammates who were with him during that incident now revealing what they say happened, and they are pointing the finger squarely at lochte. also tonight, we are hearing from a witness who stepped in to help translate for the
americans, as it all went down. we have a lot of fast-moving developments tonight, and abc's matt gutman is in rio, starting us off. >> reporter: tonight, ryan lochte on camera for the first time since he told what brill sil yan police call a fab rricad version of what happened at this rio gas station. >> ill overexaggerated that story, and if i never done that, we wouldn't be in this mess. >> reporter: but stopping short of saying he lied, telling nbc news -- >> whether you call it a robb y robbery, whether you call it extortion or us paying just for the damages, like, we don't know. >> reporter: now, two of the quartet of swimmers in this now infamous video blaming lochte for inflaming a standoff that had him hauled into two police stations in rio. questioned about lochte's version of events. >> he cocked it, put it to my forehead. >> reporter: police have accused
h him of lying. both gunnar bentz and jack conger now apologizing and openly contradicting parts of his story. >> they pulled us over. >> reporter: not according to them. both saying in statements, they pulled into this gas station. bentz writing, we foolishly relieved ourselves on the back side of the building behind some bushes. then saying lochte is the man you see here pulling to the ground a framed metal conger's statement says two armed security men, there was a heated exchange. here, you can see the swimmers sitting, lochte standing. that's the point that bentz says lochte inflamed the situation. again, i cannot speak to his actions, but ryan stood up and yelled at the guards after jack and i tugged at him to get him to sit down. it is then that police say one of the guards pulled a gun. a customer offered to help and diffuse the standoff. lochte released his own tepid apologize on friday for, quote, not being more careful and
candid. that's an understatement, says that good samaritan. >> no police, no, police. >> reporter: they were saying, no police, no police? >> yes. >> reporter: that good is a msan saying that at no time was a gun directly pointed at them. he also adds that lochte was so drunk, he was incoherent. so see yale? >> matt gutman leading us off. thank you. we want to turn next to the race for the white house and donald trump's campaign reset. the nominee with a new pitch to african-american voters, saying, quote, you are living in poverty, you have no jobs. hillary clinton calling his words ignorant. here's abc's mary bruce with the fallout and the firestorm. >> reporter: donald trump meeting with his hispanic advisers today as he ups his outreach to minority voters and asks african-americans this stark question -- >> what do you have to lose? >> reporter: speaking to a mostly white crowd in michigan friday, trump urged african-americans to give him a chance. >> what do you have to lose?
you're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. >> reporter: and made this bold prediction -- >> that the end of four years, i guarantee you that i will get over 95% of the african-american vote. i promise you. >> reporter: but the latest polling shows trump with just 2% of the african-american vote. the comments sparking swift criticism. clinton tweeting, "this is so ignorant, it's staggering." >> more than 75% of us are not living in poverty. we are employed. we are working hard americans who are contributing. we're not looking for free stuff or handouts. this will hurt him among african-american voters. >> reporter: trump's surrogates coming to his defense. >> well, you know, it really doesn't matter what he does, he's going to be criticized, but the important thing is, he's starting to reach out. >> reporter: this as trump is trying to turn over a new leaf, including that rare admission of regret. >> you don't choose the right
words or you say the wrong thing. i have done that. and believe it or not, i regret it. >> reporter: clinton pouncing today in a new video slamming trump for not explaining what he regrets. >> i don't regret anything. i like not to regret anything. >> reporter: and there will likely be a lot more where that came from. clinton's super pac announcing fade it is outfund-raising trump's pac by nearly five to one. >> mary, thank you. be sure to tune into "this week" tomorrow morning. in the lineup with george stephanopoulos, he is sitting down with donald trump's new campaign manager, kellyanne conway, and hillary clinton's campaign manager, robbie mook. that is a great lineup in the morning. and next, to the zika crisis here in the u.s. a new threat zone tonight. one of the most popular vacation beaches in america. the mosquitos spreading the disease now jumping to another part of miami, and the cdc is
now warning pregnant women to consider avoiding travel to an entire county in south florida. abc's eva pilgrim on the extreme measures some families are now taking to stay safe. >> reporter: tonight, south florida on high alert. two zika hot zones identified in miami, and health officials now investigating eight other cases outside those areas. >> we're certain there will be more infections identified. >> reporter: the cdc warning pregnant women and their partners, avoid travel in those two hot zones and anywhere in miami-dade county. but there are an estimated 20,000 pregnant women living in miami. amanda paradiz and her husband are expecting their first child. >> all it takes is one mosquito bite and it can affect the rest of our lives. and we're just not willing to take that risk. >> reporter: she's taking extreme measures to stay safe. scaling back to part time work, so he can avoid being outside. and covering up and spraying down every time she leaves.
her husband, just as careful, even for a quick dog walk. >> this is the decision that we feel most comfortable making, yes. >> it seems like an easy decision. >> reporter: lauren allen is six months pregnant and going even farther. >> i am not leaving home with the exception of for doctor's appointments or if there were an emergency. >> reporter: she's even talked about moving if zika is found in her neighborhood. >> if one of them were in my neighborhood, that would really make me consider much more strongly the idea of leaving town. >> reporter: expecting moms in miami tell me they want specific details from local officials so they can make informed decisions. cecilia? >> okay, a lot of expectant moms are frightened right now. el have a, thank you. overseas tonight, a sad turn for the little boy who became the frightened face of the syrian civil war. you will remember 5-year-old omran pulled from his home after it was destroyed in an air strike in aleppo. tonight, we have learned that omran's older brother, ali, has died of his wounds. now adding to the count, at least 100,000 children lost in
that five year-long conflict. we want to turn to the extreme weather, severe storms battering western michigan. tornado sirens going off, funnel clouds, heavy rain, and wind also. near wichita, kansas, heavy rain there, too, flash flooding as well. people wading through the streets after being caught off guard by the rushing water. and in hard-hit louisiana, a new threat tonight after that flooding disaster. homeowners on the lookout for alligators in the water. abc's rob marciano has been tracking it all. >> it's right there! >> reporter: tonight, a tornado reported outside grand rapids. >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> reporter: winds whipping through wyoming, michigan, knocking over this car. and snapping giant trees. roads blocked by debris and downed power lines igniting. tornado sirens blaring in the rain and wind. that same system triggering waist-deep floodwaters in mulvane, kansas overnight, dumping over six inches of rain
in a matter of hours. more than 30 people rescued from their homes. >> i have some people trapped in the upstairs apartment there behind the car -- across the street from the car wash along the creek. >> reporter: all of this one week after massive flooding in louisiana, where tonight, there's a new concern amid the cleanup. 30 alligators escaped from their pens during the flooding, and only five have been retrieved so far. this as residents are finally returning home, hoping to salvage what's left. >> the house is a total loss. >> reporter: jim jobes enduring his 11th flood, rebuilding each time. tonight, his home in ruins. >> my house was as nice as it's ever been. i'm losing it. and i'm sorry. i just can't take this. >> and that is a tough situation there in baton rouge. you are just back from that area, and you are still monitoring hike water in louisiana. >> painfully slow to recede. there's still some backwater flooding.
and in texas, we have a serious flood threat tonight. austin and san antonio get into the act. the next 36 hours could see eight or more inches of rainfall here. flash flood watches are posted. farther north we've seen the severe weather, this front slowly pushing to the east. that's where we'll see storms not only today, tonight, but also tomorrow, eventually across the i-95 corridor. and we're watching heat. the third day of receiving records in portland. 100 degrees, just touched that. elevated fire threat for the pacific northwest. 30 large fires burning out there so, we'll continue to monitor that situation, as well. >> incredible numbers there. we'll see you tomorrow on "gma," rob, thank you. we want to turn to a consumer alert now for college students and their parents, already so strapped with high tuition bills. tonight, the irs warning of scammers demanding immediate payment for a fake federal tax, and as abc's rebecca jarvis reports, they sound very convincin convincing. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent warning to american families from the irs. beware of calls like this. >> this is an automated message for you by the international revenue service. >> reporter: it's the new scam,
targeting parents and college students like michael foster. >> he had my full name. he knew where i went to school. he knew the area that i lived in. >> reporter: the thieves, irs impersonators, demanding payments over the phone for fake taxes like the federal student tax. >> i needed to pay the money right away, or else i would be taken into court. >> reporter: in just three years, american families conned out of nearly $45 million by irs phone scams. california, new york and texas among the hardest hit states. the real irs reminding taxpayers tonight, it will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone, ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to bring you to local police. and one more telltale sign it's a scam, the person on the other end of that line is demanding payment via itunes or other gift cards. the real irs will never ask you to settle a bill using gift cards, ever. cecilia? >> a good warning, rebecca,
thank you. we want to go back to rio. the games are winding down but the gold medal count is still growing. team usa soaring ahead, an unbeatable lead at every single level, but tonight, we are also celebrating the fastest man on earth. >> usain bolt! >> reporter: the world's fastest man, tonight, celebrating a new title -- one of the all-time greats. usain bolt tying the record for most golds in men's track and field. >> the triple-triple! >> reporter: after his final race, that salute, three fingers for winning golds in three consecutive olympics. >> it's going to be the u.s.! >> reporter: americans bringing home the gold, too. for the u.s. women's 4x100 relay team, it almost didn't happen. >> disaster for the united states. >> reporter: after a botched handoff, saved by a do-over, granted by a judge. their first place finish making allyson felix the first woman ever to win five gold medals in track and field. >> they have been disqualified.
>> reporter: the men's 4x100 relay, not as lucky. disqualified after this baton handoff well before the exchange zone. no save from a judge for them. but from an unprecedented sixth gold medal for the u.s. women's basketball team, to the first olympic games ever for bmx cycling, an american taking the gold. team usa is coming home winners. and five-time medalist simone biles will carry the u.s. flag into tomorrow night's closing ceremony. tonight, biles calling it an incredible honor to be selected. and we have much more ahead on "world news tonight." two dangerous inmates escaping from a maximum security jail. the tip to authorities, how they tracked them down. and troubled waters. new concerns at one of america's treasured attractions. also ahead -- >> i have a baby stranded in the water. please, god, send someone now. >> the race against time. the search for that toddler. how she managed to stay alive until they found her.
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and we couldn't find her. we couldn't tell where the crying was coming from. we kept searching and searching. >> reporter: coco police and a passing boater also jumping in. finally finding the toddler in that air pocket, her life jacket keeping her afloat. >> thank you for saving my baby. and saving her world. i can't imagine. i just can't imagine. >> reporter: and police say she and the rest of the family were taken to a hospital as a precaution with little kennedy last listed in good condition. cecilia? >> marci, thank you. and coming up, armed, dangerous and elderly? no, this is not actually a senior citizen. it's a mask. and a fugitive on the run. how police finally caught on. and don't play with your food. that rule apparently does not apply to killer whales. re than ? ♪ it's a tangle of multiple symptoms. ♪
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walking around the most famous house in cuba, ernest hemingway's, is a journey into the past. for the past ten years, bob vila has been helping to save this old house outside of havana. >> all of the windows needed to be replaced. >> reporter: where hemingway lived from 1940 to 1960, even wrote some of his most famous works like, "for whom the bell tolls." >> his papers, his personal books, 9,000, his photo albums, his correspondence, everything was in this house. >> reporter: ernest hemingway left cuba in 1960, fully intending to return and resume living here with his wife, mary, but he died before he could come back. >> six years ago, it was just cracks and failing plaster and stuff. very bad condition. hi, i'm bob vila. >> reporter: vila is known to millions from his television show, where he dispensed advice to viewers on how to repair and upgrade their own homes. the team of americans and cubans has been refurbishing the main hemingway house and building a repository for some of the
treasures found inside, including volumes of personal letters that were discovered moldering in a basement. >> this is the plaza vieja, it's the oldest square in havana. >> reporter: for vila, this project is personal. he's cuban-american, born in miami to cuban parents. his father and mother left after fidel castro took power and never came back. >> it was, i think, a big motivation to have the opportunity to reconnect with this place and it's been a good thing. >> reporter: vila's goal now, to refurbish its look and save priceless american literary treasures. to make it feel once again like the home where hemingway lived and created great american literature on cuban soil. ron claiborne, abc news, havana. >> our thanks to ron for that and thanks to you for watching tonight. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm cecilia vega. have a great saturday evening.
next at 6:00, people are now going home and sifting through the rubble after the clayton fire. though nat everybody was chased away. one woman decided to stay. a frustrating move-in day for san jose state students. >> and tony bentnet getting ready to serenade san francisco in a special show tonight. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> tonight the clayton fire in lake county is 80% contained. all evacuation orders lifted, allow something people to return home, while others are left to sift through the remains off their former lives. today people chased away by the clayton fire took steps toward getting their lives back to normal. social service centers are operating to help people file insurance and health claims and
these are pictures from downtown lower lake. fire destroyed nearly 190 homes and businesses. the woman who took these photos did not leave her home. she stayed with no electricity, water or cell service, and scanned the horizon, deciding if she would have to suddenly run. she didn't want to leave her home unprotected. >> during the valley fire in lower lake, we had a lot of looters so even though we were in mandatory evacuations, we stayed. and chased looters off of my neighbor's property, across the way, and down here. >> people started their search yesterday looking for any valuables that may have survived the fire. most remained optimistic despite the now annual threat of fire. >> we're not quitters. we'll rebuild. that's what we're going to do. exactly what we'll do. >> firefighters stayed behind to help with the search. the fire is caused some air quality problem