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>> good luck. >> we appreciate your time and we will see you again in half a breaking news tonight.alf a donald trump's surprise trip to mexico. the high-stakes gamble. traveling south of the border. meeting with mexico's president. the gop nominee standing by building a wall, but what about mexico footing the bill? >> is there any chance mexico pays for the wall? >> what trump said, coming up. state of emergency. florida's gulf coast on alert. the tropical storm on the move tonight. and in the pacific, bracing for impact. families boarding up, closing schools, as two hurricanes target hawaii. breaking news. midair collision. the search for survivors after two planes crash into each other. plus, dangerous turbulence injuring a dozen. tonight, we'll take you inside this rough ride. and, alzheimer's breakthrough? the experimental drug. how it works.
and will it offer new hope for suffering families? and good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. as we come on the air, donald trump's sudden and high-profile trip to mexico is shaking up the race for the white house. trump began his campaign by calling some mexicans rapists and criminals. but tonight, this image, a handshake with mexico's president after a trip over the border. trump now calling mexican-americans spectacular and beyond reproach. that meeting giving the republican candidate an opportunity to appear as a statesman. as for the border wall, trump says they talked about it. so, who will pay for it? jon karl is in mexico vity tonight. >> reporter: today, standing next to the president of mexico, donald trump ditched a year's
worth of tough talk. >> it's been a tremendous honor. and i call you a friend. >> reporter: a huge departure from day one of his campaign. >> they are not our friend, believe me. >> reporter: accusing mexico of funneling undocumented immigrants across the border. >> when mexico sends its people, they aren't sending their best. they are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. they're rapists. >> reporter: today, i asked trump if he stands by those words. >> mr. trump, over the course of this campaign, do you regret some of the things that you have said about mexico or mexicans and want to take them back? >> a lot of the things i said are very strong, but we have to be strong. we have to say what is happening. there is crime, as you know, there is a lot of crime and there are lot of problems. i really believe that the president and i will solve those problems. >> reporter: and what of trump's signature campaign promise? >> build that wall! build that wall! >> reporter: we all know by now who trump wants to foot the bill. >> who is going to pay for that wall? >> mexico! >> 100%. >> reporter: today i asked both men about that. and the wall?
is it a non-starter? is there any chance mexico pays for the wall? >> we did discuss the wall, we did not discuss payment of the wall. that'll be for a later date. this was a very preliminary meeting. >> reporter: president enrique pena nieto did not dispute that. but he tweeted, i made it clear that mexico will not pay for the wall. pena extended the invitation to visit mexico to trump and hillary clinton just last friday. trump's decision to accept was a total surprise. when we touched down, his schedule was still up in the air. it's been a whirlwind. we didn't know until midnight last night that donald trump would bring the presidential campaign here to mexico city. trump's harsh words have made him a pariah here in mexico. over the past year, protesters have burned him in effigy. trump pinatas doing a brisk business. pena nieto himself has compared trump to hitler and mussolini. but today, he softpedaled, too.
emphasizing that mexico will cooperate with whoever wins the election. >> the bond between our two countries is deep and sincere. >> reporter: all of this comes with trump under fire for waffling on his pledge to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s. >> there certainly could be a softening. because we aren't looking to hurt people. >> reporter: trump promises to clear it all up tonight at a speech in arizona. the trump supporters we spoke with there were hoping he would stick it to the mexican president today. >> i'm hoping he's going to tell them we're gonna build a wall, you're going to pay for it, you might as well bring your people back and get them busy. >> reporter: but here in mexico, trump certainly did not do that. >> jon, this surprise trip was a real gamble for trump. >> reporter: it was a big gamble. trump could have faced mass protests, mexico's president could have hammered him. but this was a gamble that paid off. candidate trump's first meeting with a world leader, and he seemed able to play the part.
tom? >> jonathan karl for us tonight, thank you. also today, hillary clinton trashed donald trump and his trip to mexico. describing his trip as just a photo op. she's back on the campaign trail tonight after days of glitzy fundraisers. cecilia vega is with the campaign in cincinnati. >> reporter: hillary clinton didn't mention donald trump's name, or even the country he was visiting. what she did say -- he is not a leader. >> it's more than a photo op. it takes consistency and reliability. and it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. that is not how it works. >> reporter: she also fired off this video, using trump's own words against him, including his attack on a mexican-american judge. >> we're building a wall. he's a mexican. >> reporter: this is only clinton's fourth public appearance in two weeks.
trump, clocking in more than three times that. and she's still not taking questions. what message do you think donald trump's mexican trip sends, madam secretary? do you have plans to go to mexico, madam secretary? in recent days, clinton has instead been in the posh hamptons, where she raised more than $12 million with "a"-list celebrities like bon jovi and paul mccartney. ♪ but with just 69 days to go, there is trouble on the horizon. a new abc poll shows clinton more unpopular than ever. 59% of voters now have an unfavorable view of her, which puts her on par with trump. >> and cecilia, hillary clinton is about to get a big assist from the white house? >> reporter: president obama will be out a dozen times between now and election day. to try and help her win young voters. biden will be out twice a week, starting tomorrow right here in
ohio. tom? >> cecilia, thank you. and we do move on to the tropical threats tonight. both florida and hawaii, cancelling schools, closing offices, and telling people to get ready. in the gulf, hermine has officially formed. and is gaining strength, heading for a landfall. heavy rain and flash flooding already battering the coast. drivers near clearwater, forced to abandon their vehicles. rob marciano is in central florida, as they brace for impact. >> reporter: tonight, the tentacles of tropical storm hermine are already wreaking havoc. >> we are going to have storm surge, we're going to have rain, we have the risk of a tornado and this is going to go across the state. >> reporter: the outer bands flooding the sunshine state, tying up traffic, drivers pushing stalled vehicles. even spawning this funnel cloud in georgia. >> as you can see, this truck trying to climb out of the water. >> reporter: back in clearwater, roads now rivers. >> the further you go down, the
worse it is. >> reporter: over six inches of rain falling in pinellas county. several families evacuating from these apartments in largo, where it's an all-out scramble at the sandbag depot. how tiring is this? 25 sandbags -- these aren't light. >> no, they aren't light. >> reporter: on cedar key, up to five feet of storm surge is possible. city hall is now boarded up, and residents are putting furniture on cinder blocks. some oil rigs now evacuated in the gulf of mexico, as the storm gains strength. and the rain here in largo has not stopped, nor has the sandbagging. over 7,000 bags filled here alone, tens of thousands across the county. hermine, still hundreds of miles away. >> rob, we'll be back in a moment. let's first get to hawaii, threatened by two hurricanes. you see them there, heading towards the islands.
madeline on track to become dangerously close to the big island. but the big island has never been hit directly by a hurricane. so, are they ready for this one? here's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: trouble in paradise tonight. hawaii under a state of emergency. two hurricanes -- madeline and lester -- bearing down on the big island, where people in hilo, nearest the bull's-eye, are boarding up, and getting ready. >> i just got some flashlights, batteries, some candles and some first aid stuff. >> reporter: just in case. >> just in case. >> reporter: all of the big island's schools are closed. the port, shuttered. madeline's leading edge has already brought huge waves and intermittent torrential bursts of rain. >> we got rocks all over the road, some houses have already flooded out, i don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: unlike florida, some of the infrastructure here far from ready for a strong storm. you're literally hoping this strap holds this whole part of the house down? >> yeah. >> reporter: the worst of
madeline is expected to blow in overnight. the big concern, the storm surge and possible mudslides. tom? >> neal, thank you. let's go back to rob. will either of these hurricanes hit hawaii directly? >> reporter: looks like madeline will scoot to the south, it's weakened but it's got a huge windfield. so, tropical storm conditions across the big island. and maui, where warnings are up through tonight. hurricane lester, about 1,000 miles away. saturday, it's within the forecast cone for all the islands. so, anxious times in paradise. >> rob, let's move to the gulf. tell us about tropical storm hermine. >> reporter: finally named today. about 350 miles southwest of tampa. now, hurricane watches posted north of tampa. here's the forecast track, landfall late tomorrow night. maybe around midnight. potentially a hurricane. but to the east of the track,
that's where the highest impacts will be. and it goes right up through georgia and the carolinas, maybe the northeast as we get to the weekend. tom? >> a busy time in the tropics. rob, thanks so much. next, to some breaking news out of alaska tonight. a deadly midair plane crash. two small commercial planes carrying a total of five people somehow collided in the air over western alaska. the alaska national guard helicopter rushed to the rescue. however, they found all five passengers had perished. next to indiana, where an entire community is reeling after learning their homes will soon be demolished. the neighborhood was built where a lead processing plant once stood. and now, children are denied the chance to play outside, for fear of what's in the dirt. some of the children already found with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. alex perez is there tonight with the families looking for answers. >> reporter: tonight, fear and anger spreading through this public housing complex in east chicago, indiana, where families are learning that lead
and arsenic levels are dangerously high. so high that the mayor is now calling for all residents to relocate within 90 days. instead of playing outside, most kids here are kept inside in hopes of keeping contaminated soil and dust from getting in homes and into their bodies. >> it's upsetting to watch them stare out the window, because they can't go outside. >> reporter: shantel allen, who's lived here for six years, says all five of her children have tested positive for lead. >> they experience headaches, they experience stomach cramping, they vomit. >> reporter: this housing complex, home to 1,100 people, has long been known to be contaminated. it was built in 1972, on land that was once a lead smelting plant. documents show epa investigators found hazardous levels of lead in some areas in 2008. at the time, officials performed some clean-up, but new test results revealed in may that chemical levels on the surface of the soil here were up to 30 times the limit considered safe. the city is now planning to demolish the community.
>> if they knew that it was dangerous, we should have known a long time ago. >> alex, some money has already been approved to help the families find new housing, but more is needed to help? >> reporter: that's right. residents here will get rent vouchers from the federal government, and $100,000 has been approved to help with moving expenses. but officials say an additional $500,000 is needed. the city says they're working on getting that money. tom? >> alex, thank you. next to a medical headline, a new experimental drug holding promise for alzheimer's sufferers. early tests show it slowed the development of the plaque that has been linked to the loss of memory and thinking. and if further research bears it out, some experts say it could be a game-changer. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a glimmer of hope for millions of families battling alzheimer's. researchers in the journal "nature" report promising results from an early trial of
an experimental treatment. the company biogen testing aducanumab on 165 patients with mild to moderate alzheimer's. zeroing in on plaques forming in the brain, the hallmark of the disease. on the left, the red showing years of build-up in the brain of an alzheimer's patient. on the right, you can see the dramatic improvement after a year of treatment. a reduction in plaques. >> not only does the bad protein come down, but it seems like there's improvement in cognitive functions. >> reporter: some patients experienced brain swelling and bleeding but most side effects were managed by adjusting the dose. researchers stress it's too early to say if the drug will be an effective treatment, but there's hope it could one day slow the cognitive decline for the 5 million americans suffering from alzheimer's. it's been more than a decade since we've seen a new alzheimer's treatment. researchers are now planning a larger trial, but even if it's
approved, it's still years away from being in a doctor's office. >> eva, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight." the midair scare. we'll take you inside the cabin as a passenger plane hits dangerous turbulence. a dozen injured. what pilots were forced to do. plus, the shocking video drawing outrage across the country. a small child thrown from a bridge into the water for fun. witnesses pulling him out. tonight, why the police are getting involved. and, the story behind this emotional moment between a daughter and her stepfather. he never saw it coming. and it's "america strong" tonight.
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passing through unexpected turbulence, leaving a baby crying and damage and injuries. a flight attendant, bloodied with a bandage on the top of her head. >> children who we feel is injured, parents, anybody who is injured, we ask you to sit, stay in your seat. >> reporter: the united airlines pilot headed from houston to london, diverted to ireland because so many were hurt. >> the first time, i mean, it was such a shock that it was lasting so long. by the second time you really thought, i mean, we were, it was just such a free fall that you really did feel like you were going down. >> reporter: a dozen people including two crew members were taken to the hospital after this jarring experience. >> turbulence sucks, man. i'm going to wear my seatbelt forever. >> reporter: united used another aircraft to continue the flight. most of those injured were treated and released, but one flight attendant remained in the hospital. passengers say she had a fractured wrist. tom? >> david, thank you. when we come back, the
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finally tonight, "america strong." the heartwarming birthday gift a decade in the making. fair warning here, grab the kleenex. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: 22-year-old gabby guardado has a surprise for her stepfather. >> it's right over here in that little bag. >> reporter: he's celebrating his 53rd birthday. and while he's not her biological father, who left when she was 8, david lynde married her mother, and he's now the only man in the world she calls dad. he's a bit of joker. >> there's a pen. i got a pen! >> reporter: but it's not a pen, or a watch, or even a tie. for his birthday, his adult stepdaughter is giving him adoption papers, legally making him the father he's always been. >> do you know what that is? >> am i adopting you? >> i want you to. you don't have to. you could say no, but i want you to adopt me. you've been my dad and i know legal papers don't change anything, but i appreciate --
>> reporter: she says she couldn't do this when she was younger, her biological father said no. but love lives long and strong, and on friday in florida, gabby guardado becomes gabby lynde. >> you have no idea what this means to me. you have no idea. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> what a moment. we thank steve for that story. and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas, i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night.
a school bus catches on fire while driving down route 66. it's not where the rubber meets the road but the wheel meets the track and bart says it can be 50% quieter. >> barack obama's first, and likely last visit there as president. a bus is burning with a adozen people on board. abc7 news is learning this is the second bus from this company that has caught fire in less than two years. i'm auma dates. >> i'm dan ashley. >> we have uncovered safety violations in the company's history. >> we are live with the story. melanie? >> reporter: the company is not
commenting on camera about the safety violations. you can see about where a few have been coming and going today, chp said it would investigate this bus fire as an accident investigation rather than incident investigation. the change, they say, due to the extent of damage to the bus. a fast-thinking driver pulled this bus to the side of the road. >> the driver was able to get it off safely. >> reporter: the driver was going from san jose to milpitas. people on northbound 880 snapped these pictures of the flames. accord together federal motor carrier safety administration, the company has a conditional safety rating meaning it is out