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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. reports of a collision. a u.s. navy destroyer colliding with a vessel off japan. the first pictures coming in. and the condition of u.s. sailors. we have learned several are missing. there is also word the u.s. destroyer is now taking on water. also tonight, the verdict, the outrage at this hour. the police officer who fatally shot philando castile during a traffic stop, the aftermath on facebook live, is acquitted on manslaughter charges. was there a list? a source now telling abc news the gunman had a list of names when he showed up to that baseball field with lawmakers. as new surveillance now emerges tonight of the moments the gunfire erupted. president trump tonight, his own tweet about firing james comey. has the president now confirmed he's under investigation for obstruction of justice?
and, two major cases tonight. bill cosby, why the judge was outraged in court today. what the jury has now asked for. and, she was a teenager when authorities say she texted her boyfriend, encouraging him to take his own life. tonight, the verdict in that case is in. good evening. as we come on the air in the west. the breaking headline. a u.s. navy destroyer colliding with a vessel off the coast of japan. there are injuries reported on that destroyer. and sailors who are unaccounted for. medevacs are being sent in. the first images coming in. the deck of the uss fitzgerald, mangled after a crash with a container ship. about 730 feet long. the u.s. navy is requesting help from the japanese coast guard. they are conducting a head count amid reports the ship is taking on water. we begin with matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s.
navy is confirming injuries and several are missing from the uss fitzgerald. the showing the imagined midsection, and the navy says it is limping to port at just three knots. >> the video that we're seeing shows that this ship is clearly in danger. it's taking on water, it's low in the water line. >> reporter: the seventh fleet, saying the collision happened in open water 56 nautical miles southwest of its base in yokosuka, japan. the navy says its destroyer, collided with the acx crystal, a container ship well over two football fields long, and the bigger of the two ships. >> both ships are supposed to get out of each other's way but in general the larger ship would have the right of way. the larger the ship, the harder it is to steer, though. >> matt, what do we know about the condition of the sailors on the ship and concern about the
destroyer taking on water? >> reporter: there's mounting concern over the sailors thought missing. we know at least one has been medevaced from the ship, which is in such bad shape, two tugboats have been dispatched to help it limp back to shore. david? >> matt, thank you. we're also following a breaking headline out of minnesota tonight. a verdict in a case that caused national outrage. tonight, a police officer acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of a black man after a traffic stop. the aftermath streamed by his girlfriend live on facebook. you remember the video was disturbing as he lay dying there. eva pilgrim on the verdict, and the reaction now pouring in. >> reporter: tonight, a family outraged after a minnesota jury acquitted the officer who fatally shot philando castile moments before this infamous video was live streamed on facebook by his girlfriend. >> he's licensed to carry.
he was trying to get out his i.d. and his wallet out of his pocket and he let the officer know that he was, he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm. >> reporter: the st. anthony police officer holding that gun, then 29-year-old jeronimo yanez. castile's girlfriend calmly recording as her 4-year-old daughter reassured her from the back seat. >> it's okay, i'm right here with you. >> reporter: castile there in the driver's seat, fatally wounded. those images last summer sparking violent protest. prosecutors charging yanez with second degree manslaughter. at trial arguing the officer panicked and lost control. >> i told him not to reach for it! i told him to get his hand off of it. >> reporter: yanez said he pulled castile over that night believing he matched the description of a robbery suspect. >> the driver looks more like one of our suspects because of a wide-set nose. >> reporter: castile's family says he was racially profiled.
>> the system continues to fail black people. >> reporter: at trial, defense attorneys argued yanez fired because he thought castile was reaching for his gun. tonight castile's family says they've been denied justice. >> my son loved this city and this city killed my son. >> and eva pilgrim with us live tonight. eva, you're learning the officer will not be returning to the police force? >> reporter: that's right. the city says it's no longer in the public's best interest for yanez to return as a police officer. they're now negotiating a voluntary separation agreement. david? >> eva, thank you. we turn next to new reporting tonight after the shooting this week. lawmakers targeted on the ballfield not far from the nation's capital. tonight, sources tell abc news the gunman had a list of republicans in his pocket. and it comes amid new surveillance of the incident. here's david kerley.
>> reporter: tonight, new images of the shooting as abc news has confirmed from two sources that the shooter had a list of republican congressional members in his pocket. that, as another frightening view from the coffee shop across the street from the field, of the horrific shooting. look to the right. a stray bullet, blowing out a car window along the street. then, watch this, those two capitol hill police officers, jump out of their black suv gathering at the back, as a bullet hits the ground near their feet. the officers move into position to engage the shooter, as bystanders run to safety. out on the field, louisiana congressman steve scalise lies near second base, hit by a bullet to his hip. once the shooter is down he's evacuated, but still tonight he is in critical condition from that round, which traveled around his pelvis, damaging his organs and bones. >> when he arrived, he was in critical condition with imminent risk of death.
>> and david, you learned there was about a dozen names on the shooter's list? >> reporter: one source tells us there were about a dozen congressional names on the list. they say it's premature to characterize what that list means. and two nights after the shooting, and behind me, you may be able to see fbi agents measuring the distance between some of the parts of the crime scene. >> david, our thanks to you. and president trump tonight, one of his tweets under scrutiny. did he confirm in a tweet that he's now being investigated for obstruction of justice? what he wrote, and how the white house is explaining it. here's cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: on camera today, president trump, mum and on message. >> mr. president, are you under investigation by the fbi? >> reporter: but on twitter, a presidential rant turned into a stunning admission. the president publicly acknowledging for the first time that he is indeed under
investigation. he wrote, "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director! witch hunt." despite those blunt words, a source close to the president's legal team claims he was not actually confirming the investigation, just referring to the "washington post's" report that it is happening. as for the man leading that so-called witch hunt, the president apparently talking about rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed special counsel robert mueller to oversee the probe. before that, rosenstein wrote a memo deeply critical of former fbi director james comey. >> highly respected. very good guy. very smart guy. the democrats like him, the republicans like him. he made a recommendation but regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. >> reporter: the investigation could now be looking into whether that decision amounts to obstruction of justice. rosenstein said he's standing by mueller's probe. >> director mueller is going to
have the full independence he needs to conduct this investigation appropriately. >> reporter: today's early morning trump tweets came just hours after rosenstein released a vaguely worded statement, complaining about anonymous leaks, but not specifying which leaks. saying, "americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous officials." but today democrats say they fear trump could fire rosenstein and mueller, too. california senator diane feinstein writing, "the message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him." >> cecilia, you reported president trump appears to be taking aim at rosenstein. and you're hearing that rosenstein may be considering recusing himself from the russian investigation? >> reporter: that's true. and if it happens, that means the top two officials in the justice department, sessions and rosenstein, will have recused
themselves. and we're also just learning that on this day where the president seemed to confirm the investigation, he's added a new high-powered lawyer to his team. john dowd, who has represented john mccain and other high-profile clients. and bill cosby's trial, the judge furious. after a request from cosby's defense team. and with the jury deadlocked, they've now asked for the definition of reasonable doubt. here's linsey davis. >> you don't wait 20 to 25 years. >> reporter: late today, bill cosby fans rallied outside the courthouse. but inside, a fiery exchange after almost a week of deliberations in the comedian's sexual assault trial. stemming from this moment last night when cosby's spokesman called on the judge to declare a mistrial. >> if they don't have a verdict
by now, just say this is a deadlock. >> reporter: today the judge angrily reprimanded cosby's defense, without the jury present. but added, if the jury comes back deadlocked again "i intend to act," meaning a mistrial. but after nearly 50 hours of deliberations, and more than 10 questions, still no unanimous verdict. >> how common is it though that a jury changes their mind, they come back with a different decision? >> i have seen cases where despite that jurors have come back and said we are deadlocked, they then change, they talk and they reach a verdict, but it doesn't happen all the time. >> reporter: so far today the jury has asked for phone logs of calls between cosby and his accuser, andrea constand. along with cosby's deposition from 2005 where he talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to other women prior to sexual encounters. though he never admits to doing so without their knowledge. the jury also asked to hear the definition of reasonable doubt. >> and linsey davis with us live outside the courthouse. how long do we expect the judge
to give the jury before declaring a mistrial? >> reporter: well, david, during a heated exchange, the judge told the defense attorney, i'll let the jury go as long as it needs. this means into saturday if need be. remember, the jury is sequestered, 300 miles away from home. but they certainly aren't rushing to judgment. >> linsey, thank you. and we turn to a landmark case. a young woman on trial for text messages, encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. michelle carter, standing to hear the verdict from the judge who decided her case. the words that he said mattered the most in his verdict, when the boyfriend had second thoughts, she texted him to get back into his truck. here's debra roberts. >> reporter: michelle carter, overwhelmed by emotion today as the judge delivers her fate. >> this court having reviewed the evidence and applied the law thereto now finds you guilty.
>> reporter: guilty of involuntary manslaughter. her weapon, text messages encouraging her boyfriend, conrad roy, to kill himself. >> two families have been torn apart and will be affected by this for years to come. >> reporter: in 2014, carter sent roy thousands of texts leading up to his suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his own truck. when he had second thoughts, texting, "i'm freaking out again, i'm overthinking." carter responds, "i thought you wanted to do this, the time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it." and in a key moment for the judge, when roy leaves his truck, carter strongly urges him to return. >> it was the defendant who ordered him back in, then listened for 20 minutes as he cried in pain. >> reporter: the defense argued that carter struggled with her own mental illness. >> even if somebody supports another individual in a suicide, it doesn't create a homicide. >> reporter: carter faces up to 20 years in prison. she's free on bail for the next
six weeks, with a strict warning -- no texting and no social media. david? >> debra, thank you. we turn next to the severe weather. more than 55 million americans at risk through sunday. the system out of the plains, including this circle lightning strike in wichita. and tonight, storms stretching across the northeast. let's get right to rob marciano in boston. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. pockets of stormy weather across the country. new england included. and in the midwest, watch boxes are up. down the mississippi as well. damaging wind, tomorrow from kansas city to chicago. sunday, cincinnati to upstate new york in play. and the heat in the west, ramping up through thursday. that's going to be a dangerous stretch. in boston, 55 tall ships will parade tomorrow, and we're hoping for dry weather. >> thank you, rob. and we're reporting on a significant change in u.s.
policy toward cuba. president trump traveling to miami to make the announcement. rolling back what president obama had done not long ago. >> effective immediately, i'm cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with cuba. >> president trump restoring limits on u.s. tourists traveling to the island. and on american businesses operating there. claiming that american money only benefits cuba's military. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the dramatic end to a manhunt. you'll see the takedown. two dangerous fugitives captured. face-down on the ground. you'll hear from the homeowner who held them at gunpoint. also, breaking developments, the shooting outside an elementary school. and deadly rip currents. four young swimmers in all. one dead, one critical, two missing tonight off the east coast. much more news ahead. in all. off the east coast. off the east coast. much more news ahead. rheumatoid arthritis.
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>> heavy cordons of police. and the president is here. >> reporter: it was president fdr, the u.s. was about to declare war in 1941. and all these years later, they're still keeping our nation's capital safe. this week, at the ballfield shooting, three officers there, two wounded. crystal griner and david bailey, still saving so many lives. >> the heroes are the police officers who -- who attacked the shooter. and in doing so, quite probably saved many, many lives. >> crystal griner was there to protect congressman steve scalise. shot in the ankle, but in good shape tonight. she's a graduate of hood college in maryland, a basketball star. number 11, making her nation proud this week. david bailey, graduating from north carolina central university with a passion for public safety. he was hit by shrapnel.
chuck fleischman of tennessee, one of the lawmakers there. >> i want the american people to know, but for the fact that the capitol police who returned fire and protected us, there would have been a lot more people severely injured. >> reporter: and they fought back, even though they were wounded. >> correct. >> reporter: last night, the prayer on the field. democrats and republicans. and the honor of the first pitch going to one of those officers, officer bailey. the standing ovation, a thank you from that crowd. and from this country. and so we choose those officers. i'm david muir. i hope to see you on monday. good night. good night. day. good night. next at 6:00, heat, heat and
more heat. triple-digit temperatures have arrived for the weekend. live team coverage from where you live. the california family demanding answers after the death of their a gliding trip endin endin n right now at 6:00, a bay area heat wave. this is a live look outside from our walnut creek camera, looking at 680 right now, inland areas are facing triple-digit temperatures and there doesn't seem to be any relief for the weekend. >> thank you for joining us. temperatures are already hot right now and they're only going to get hotter this weekend. >> we have live coverage for you, let's begin with spencer
christian and the steamy forecast. >> we still have sunny skies all across the bay area, and let me show you how warm it is now even in the early evening hours, san francisco here's the picture, we have a heat had advisory in effect for all of the bay area, this until 11:00 monday night. avoid overexposure to the sun. please hydrate. then as temperatures continue to remain in that triple digit range into next week, we have a excessive heat warning for this entire area, from vallejo and venn nisha and beyond. it's important to protect children, the elderly and pets. i'll tell you exactly h