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coaster to the spur. not to worry about that right, guys. tonight, the call for the tapes. mounting pressure on president trump over how he fired fbi director james comey. the president's threat about tapes of their conversations. tonight, congressional leaders say if those tapes exist, we want them. new missile launch. north korea reigniting tensions with another weapons test. is this the first successful launch of its kind? escalating attack. the computer virus spreading to at least 150 countries. the possible second wave hitting tomorrow. brian ross standing by. consumer alert. the alleged new scam targeting people who want to buy a pet. tonight, the tricks and bogus videos that authorities say got victims to lose big money. and, finding mom. the incredible mother and daughter reunion more than five
decades in the making. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the specter of audio taping at the white house, and the calls for the tapes to be turned over. president trump threatening james comey, who he fired, with the possibility that the conversations were taped. and the scramble to find a new fbi director and put the controversy behind. here's david wright. >> reporter: even as new candidates arrive to interview for the fbi director's job, president trump is still being asked to explain this tweet, suggesting he may have taped his conversations with comey before he fired him. >> mr. president, are you recording your meetings?
>> reporter: the president declines to answer. on the sunday shows, members of both parties said he'll have to. republicans -- >> this tweet has to be answered. i would advise the president not to tweet or comment about the investigation, as we go forward. >> if, in fact, there are such recordings, i think those recordings will be subpoenaed and i think they will probably have to turn them over. >> reporter: and democrats. >> first of all, we have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear. >> to destroy them would be a violation of law. >> reporter: today george stephanopoulos put it to ken starr, the independent counsel whose investigation of the monica lewinsky scandal led to the impeachment of bill clinton. >> if you were looking into this case, would you be demanding tapes from the white house, if indeed they do exist? >> oh, absolutely. the investigation has got to be thorough. and that means you go where you think the truth is. >> reporter: for his part, comey is going on with his life. last night, attending a musical here in d.c. democrats say they want to hear his side of the story, testifying in public on capitol hill.
>> jim comey deserves his chance to lay out to the american public his side of the facts. >> reporter: less than two weeks ago, comey confirmed he was still investigating possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia. to influence the november election. president trump admits that was a part of his decision to fire comey. but insists it's a dead end. >> there is no collusion. we have nothing to do with russia and everything else. >> david, sources close to comey now say he would be open to testifying publicly? >> reporter: that's right. with an important caveat. he would be testifying about his firing, not disclosing details about the investigation. and apparently, he's not worried about the existence of tapes. and one source said, comey has been called many things but
never a liar. >> david, thank you. and new details about north korea's latest rocket launch. u.s. officials say it was this missile. seen on parade, that they fired off today. it had been fired on three earlier tests, but this time, the launch was a success. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: that launch raising troubling questions about the increasing sophistication of north korea's missile program. >> it's the first time we've seen any military missile go this far. we can be sure they're trying to make it nuclear capable. >> reporter: the missile launched early sunday, reaching an unusually high altitude. going over 430 miles in 30 minutes before coming down into the sea between north korea and japan. a few hundred miles from russia. >> reporter: in a statement, the white house said the president can't imagine that russia is pleased. but russia's defense ministry says the test posed no danger.
due to that country's early warning system. this was the seventh missile test since president trump took office. the previous three tests failed, leading some to suggest that the u.s. had hacked the tests. >> there's a strong belief that the americans through cyber methods have been successful on several occasions in interrupting the tests. and making them fail. >> reporter: but on the fourth try, the test worked. the first successful launch of its kind, the kn-17. in response, the trump administration is calling for tougher sanctions. and pressed to explain its overall strategy -- >> you'll soon find out, won't you? you're going to soon find out. >> we're going to continue to tighten the screws. he feels it. he absolutely feels it. >> reporter: this week in new york, the u.n. security council will hold urgent discussions, to talk about next steps with north korea. tougher sanctions are already on the table. tom? >> gloria, thank you. next tonight, new victims
coming forward after the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded. hackers infecting computers in more than 150 countries. demanding ransom to free them back up. but experts warn a second hit could be coming tomorrow morning when people get back to work. here's brian ross. >> reporter: law enforcement and intelligence agencies tracking the so-called want to cry virus say the number of attacks of the virus continues to grow. >> the latest numbers are over 200,000 victims in 150 countries. >> reporter: with the head of the joint european law enforcement agency, europol, telling abc news the worst may be yet to come with the ransomware tomorrow morning. >> it might be sitting on many computers in companies over the weekend and when they're switched on again monday morning we might see the infection rates going back up. >> reporter: the attack spread at a speed never seen before. across six continents with an ominous message suddenly showing up on the targeted computers. it was only contained when this computer security programmer in
indiana, darien huss, discovered there might be a kill switch. >> it would not take for ransom all the files on that computer and it also would not attempt to spread itself. >> reporter: huss' information was then used by a 22-year-old programmer in great britain, who talked by phone with abc news, fearful to show his face. >> i was panicking, looking through the code, and i realized that actually no, we had stopped it. >> reporter: the biggest target in the u.s. was the giant fedex shipping service. elsewhere around the world, factories, hospitals, railroads, even police departments were all hit. the targets were told to pay between $300 and $600 in ransom to free their essentially kidnapped computers, or have their files erased permanently. so far the number of targets to pay up is remarkably low, according to europol's director. >> i think $20,000, $30,000 worth of dollars only. i would never recommend you pay a ransom because you're dealing with a bunch of crooks. you never know that they're going to do what they promise to
do anyway. >> reporter: the fbi and other law enforcement agencies around the world are now trying to follow the money, hoping it will lead them to the people responsible for the attack before they can modify their program and unleash a second wave. tom? >> brian, thank you. new trouble for united airlines. a safety alert sent to their employees, that information about cockpit door access was released. united says they use a number of measures to keep flight decks secure. and information on that was not compromised. they're not revealing how the secure information got out. next to a confrontation on a jet blue airplane over a cake. a family kicked off a flight to las vegas over an argument about where to store a birthday cake. jet blue claiming the father became agitated but the family says that's not what happened. here's adrienne bankert.
>> reporter: tonight, the new video hitting the turbulent airline industry. >> it's all right, baby boy. >> reporter: an entire plane evacuated. a family kicked off the plane. all over a cake. >> we didn't do anything. >> reporter: the burke family asked to move the cake from the overhead bin reserved for emergency equipment to under a seat. >> i had to move my bag. >> but we moved it. but we followed directions. >> reporter: but before cameron burke starts recording, an argument erupted. >> she told me that i was being noncompliant. and then i said, "ma'am, have you been drinking?" >> reporter: jet blue saying, they "yelled at them, and made false accusations about a crewmember's fitness to fly." >> no one's in any trouble. buddy, you're okay. don't cry, it's all right. >> reporter: an airport officer arrives. >> unfortunately, they're going to have to rebook everyone. >> rebook everyone? >> reporter: it's the latest airplane drama.
just days ago, a family threaten with losing custody of their kids on a delta flight. in april, a mother bawling after an american airlines flight attendant nearly hit her with her stroller. members of the flight attendants' union saying these videos paint them in an unfair light because you don't see everything that happens. tom? >> thanks. next to a chanting crowd carrying torches around a statue of robert e. lee. it's not the only city to see a conflict over a symbol of the confederacy. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: this image from a rally in virginia sparking anger. chanting, even carrying torches to protest the possible removal of a statue. the mayor saying this intolerance is not welcome here.
the event in the public park harkens back to the day of the kkk. >> no more attacks on our heritage! >> reporter: the protest sparked by richard spencer. he recently sat down with juju chang. >> look, i think the alt-right has gained a lot of ground precisely because we're provocative. >> reporter: the scene, the late latest across the south as cities remove confederate symbols. in new orleans last week, some calling the statue history, while others chanting, take it down. in charlottesville, a court injunction has stopped them from taking down the statue for six months.
>> kenneth, thank you. next tonight, to the high school football star killed just before graduation. police say 18-year-old bryant lee was shot in the head during a graduation party in baton rouge, louisiana. friends describing him as an "a" student. investigators saying he was not the intended target. lee was also an innocent bystander when he was shot and injured sixth months ago. so far, no arrests have been made. next tonight, inside the tense standoff inside a hospital near chicago. police and s.w.a.t. teams moving in to end it. tonight, we're hearing from visitors and staff who were inside until its dramatic end. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight the search for answers. how a prisoner could terrify a hospital, holding nurses hostage. >> subject with a gun. delnor hospital. 300 south randall. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams scrambling. these images taken from inside the hospital. once 21-year-old tywan salters, an inmate being treated, grabbed the gun from the guard watching him. >> mr. salters was in a hospital room under guard. >> reporter: and tonight new details from the moments the chaos erupted inside.
>> i heard a nurse call a code silver. my husband and i were escorted into the bathroom and then we were told to get into the bathroom stalls and lock them. >> one of the ultrasound techs told us to stay put. turn off all the lights. stay low until further notice. >> reporter: salters taking those two nurses hostage. one getting away. >> offender heading out of the ambulance bay with a nurse. >> reporter: after the tense three-hour standoff, heavily armed police moving in. firing on salters, killing him. an officer shot in his bulletproof vest. authorities say it's their policy to restrain hospitalized inmates. they're now looking to see if that was the case when this happened. tom? >> eva, thank you. overseas to france, and the inauguration of a new president. emanuel macron, the youngest president in the country's history. in the next few days, he faces
the test of putting together a government. he's the first president to win without being a member of a mainstream party. next to the storm moving up the eastern seaboard. still hammering coastal new england tonight. torrential rain and high tides hammering the store. bad news in new jersey. and in some northern areas, the rain turned to snow. this is the scene in northern maine. rob marciano is here. big changes are on the way behind the system, right? >> yes, but the system is still hanging around at the coast. it's going to strengthen over the next 24 hours. and the winds will increase through tomorrow, gusting over 30 miles an hour from boston to new york city. but the big changes you mentioned, the core building to the east. bringing the threat for severe weather across the plains all week, but d.c., 70s to lower 90s. boston from 59 to 87, we finally feel like summer in the middle of may.
tom? >> rob marciano, thanks. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. road rage in beverly hills. the dispute in a parking lot. suspects allegedly ramming their car into the victim. tonight, the attempted murder charges for what you just saw. the highly contagious outbreak in the west. nearly 1,000 teachers and students infected. so, what's going on? and the alleged new scam targeting people who want to buy a puppy. the tricks that authorities say got victims to lose big money. puppies. what is scary? pneumococcal pneumonia. it's a serious disease. my doctor said the risk is greater now that i'm over 50! yeah...ya-ha...
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finally tonight, mother and daughter, face to face for the first time in 52 years. >> i want her to be here. >> reporter: it's a moment donna pavey thought would never happen. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: more than 50 years ago pavey put her firstborn, a daughter, up for adoption. something she says she was forced to do. >> i always had a hole in my heart. >> reporter: she later married and had two more daughters. finally, the big moment. the long-lost mother and daughter reunited. >> my eyes! my mouth! >> reporter: their first touch in 52 years. holding on as tight as they can. that daughter, sharon glidden, who like her mom had also been searching.
sharon recently learned the truth after her adoptive parents passed away. a dna test pointed her to pavey. >> and now i feel like i'm complete. >> that's it. that's right, i'm complete too. >> reporter: they say the bond will never fade away. and this mother's day, donna is in oklahoma to meet her new grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. she could only dream of knowing. a great reunion for tonight. with that, we say happy mother's day to all the moms out there. including jen and lisette. and a big thank you to all the moms that help put this show together. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. help put this show together. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. good night.
tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, many people forced out of their homes by a massive fire. problems still lingering in that neighborhood. >> gunshots wake up a popular san francisco street after a high-speed chase and shootout. >> the warriors fought their way back from 25 down, highlights and reaction, the incredible come back. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> translator: live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> relief in the east bay as a melted crane teetering above homes that's come down. now the work begins to figure out how a construction site burned to the ground twice in one year. good evening, i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm kate larson. thank you for joining us on this mother's day. right now fire fighters putting out hot spots at the construction site on san pablo avenue in emeryville.
many neighboring families have been let back into their homes but there is still a lot of work to be done. >> abc7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live in emeryville with the latest on this. melanie? >> reporter: you can see the devastation behind me. there are some residents that have power restored, but most of them are still waiting on pg&e crews. we have seen out here today diligently working to restore that power. here is some video to show you, first you can see a large generator that has been set up. one of the buildings across the street, we believe there were elderly residents in that building. those residents now have power because of that generator. otherwise, many others as i mentioned are waiting on pg&e. here is some video of the fire as it burned in the early morning hours on saturday. one of the biggest concerns overnight into today was a precarious crane that looked like it might fall. emeryville's vice mayor shared video with us of workers doing what he