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on the 20th. that's it for us at 5:00. we'll see you at 6:00. tonight, breaking news. several swimmers swept away. killed when a wall of water rushes through a popular swimming spot. some of the victims, children. now, the rescue efforts, and the flash flood watch as we come on the air. historic low. president trump responding to our new poll. what americans are saying about his leadership and russia, and the tough message tonight for democrats. health care on hold. why senator john mccain's surgery caused mitch mcconnell to table his health care bill indefinitely. inside the inferno. 26 stories above honolulu, no sprinkler systems. the third victim now identified. as residents return to charred remains. on-court meltdown. the critical match on the game's biggest stage. a tennis star breaks down.
and what his opponent roger federer said, after he made history. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with a deadly flash flood tragedy in arizona. with rescue operations ongoing, and the weather threat not over yet. at least nine swimmers are confirmed dead, two of them, children. after flash floods tore through a popular swimming spot. some survivors airlifted for treatment. two are still missing tonight. and there are new flash flood watches across arizona. as monsoon season batters the southwest with powerful thunderstorms packing high winds and heavy rain. more on the forecast with rob marciano in a moment. but we begin with the new developments. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: fast-moving waters sweeping away a group of swimmers in northern arizona. >> trying to rescue this guy and
his 1 month-year-old baby. >> reporter: one woman capturing the horrifying moments on camera. >> there's the son. and the mom is in the water. >> reporter: water, mud, trees and debris rushing down the mountain. flooding the creek below. >> finally got rescuers on site. >> reporter: at least nine killed, two children. four rescued. but tonight, the desperate search for three, still missing. >> one of the witnesses said he looked up and saw a wall of water coming toward him. >> reporter: choppers scouring the rough terrain for survivors. the flash flooding triggered by torrential rain. beating the windows of this waterfront restaurant. >> the whole dock is flipped over, broken on both sides. >> reporter: that blinding rain, bending trees, sending people running for cover. >> when it rains up here, it really pours and knocks down trees. >> reporter: this dust storm near phoenix, packing 40-mile-per-hour winds. visibility, less than a quarter of a mile. this land spout tornado, tearing across the highway.
tonight, the search continues for the missing swimmers. officials telling us the wall of water was more than six feet high, rushing at nearly 30 miles per hour. tom? >> our hopes and prayers for those missing. kenneth, thank you. let's bring in rob marciano. >> we're getting into monsoon season. this will continue for the next couple of months. outside of phoenix and tucson, heavy thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. flash flood watches through tomorrow night for arizona especially. >> and nearly 50 wildfires burning right now. you mentioned firefighters lost ground on one of the biggest ones yesterday. where does that stand tonight? >> the whittier fire, same containment as last night, but it has grown. it's very, very warm in california especially. red flag warnings out for much of the west. the heat will shift east, and we'll see dangerous heat from st. louis to kansas city. a couple of disturbances across the northern tier and the
northeast. could see damaging winds and large hail from western pennsylvania to upstate new york. >> rob, thanks. next to politics, and president trump defending himself in the face of historically low approval ratings six months into the job. 36%, the lowest level at this point in 70 years of presidential polling. 58% say they disapprove. but trump insisting the poll is not bad. but democrats, not much better. just 37% say the democratic party stands for something. with the majority saying they only stand against trump. the poll comes as the trump team faces new questions about don junior and the russia investigation he calls a witch hunt. here's david wright. >> reporter: today's abc news/"washington post" poll shows donald trump is off to the worst start of any president since polling began.
americans have deep concerns about his competence and effectiveness. two-thirds don't trust him to negotiate with other world leaders. nearly half say the u.s. has grown weaker on the world stage on his watch. trump does have diehard supporters. >> it's all just anti-trump propaganda. that isn't even true. we believe that, okay? his supporters believe him, not you. >> reporter: but they're in the minority. today trump pushed back. "the abc/'washington post' poll, even though almost 40%, is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time." not true. abc's last poll before the election predicted the national results within two points, showing hillary clinton winning the popular vote. in fact, the only other president to rate below 40% six months into his term was gerald ford, after ford pardoned
richard nixon for watergate. and trump's approval rating is three points below ford's. one major stumbling block for trump is russia. >> i have nothing to do with russia. i told you. >> reporter: 6 out of 10 believe russia did try and influence the election. and what about that meeting last june when don junior, jared kushner, and campaign chair paul manafort sat down with a russian lawyer whom they were told had dirt on hillary clinton? >> here you have now, evidence in black and white that, yes, the campaign was encouraging the russians to give them dirt. >> reporter: the poll shows nearly 2 out of 3 americans agree that meeting was inappropriate. >> this meeting lasted what, they're saying 15 minutes? it was short. nothing was produced. >> reporter: as for the poll, trump's reaction today is true to form. >> i love to talk about polls. you know, i'm a poll maven. only when i'm in first place. believe me, if i'm not winning, i don't talk about them. >> reporter: he's tweeted before that in his view, "any negative
polls are fake news." >> and david joins us now. there were some bright spots for the president on our poll. >> reporter: he does get higher marks for his handling of the economy than for the job overall. the numbers almost an even split. trump has strong support among republicans, more than 80%. but they are more than balanced out by the disapproval of democrats and independents. tom? >> david, thank you. and voters keeping a close eye on the president's promise to repeal obamacare. but that effort is facing a setback, after john mccain had to leave the nation's capital for blood clot surgery on his eye. leaving mitch mcconnell a vote short. and for now, the legislation in limbo. here's gloria riviera. >> trumpcare has got to go!
>> reporter: tonight, the health care reform bill hitting a major snag. the vote scheduled for next week, delayed indefinitely. the reason, a key vote is missing. senator john mccain is under doctor's orders to rest in arizona after surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. mitch mcconnell announcing the vote will be deferred. mccain's absence comes as president trump's weekly address pledged progress is on the way. >> we're very, very close to ending this health care nightmare. >> reporter: with two republican senators opposed, mcconnell needs at least 50 committed yes votes. >> this bill would make sweeping and deep cuts in the medicaid program, which has been on the books for more than 50 years. >> reporter: senators collins
and paul do not support the bill. >> does senate majority leader mcconnell have the votes to pass this revised bill? >> i don't think right now he does. >> reporter: mccain and eight others had expressed doubts about the bill. and if any of them vote no, the bill goes down. with the vote now tabled, lawmakers will face more pressure from voters as they try to make the case for the new bill to pass. >> gloria, when is the earliest we could see a health care vote? >> reporter: all we have to go on is from mcconnell's office. they've said while mccain is recovering, they will focus on other items. mccain's office has said he's been ordered to rest for the week. but there's no concrete timeline. so that could push it to july 24th. and a lot can happen in one week. tom? >> gloria, thank you. and now to another bloody weekend in chicago. ten killed and 37 wounded in weekend shootings. among the dead, community activist william "willie"
cooper, shot in the back and mouth while walking on the sidewalk. a 9-year-old boy also killed. nearly 2,000 people have been shot since the beginning of the year. next tonight, new developments in the deadly fire in honolulu. three victims now identified, as some residents return home to find their homes and lives now in ruins. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, a first look at what this raging fire that tore through a honolulu high rise, incinerating balconies and engulfing homes left behind. the fire alarm still blaring as residents return to the soaked floors and singed walls in the marco polo condominium complex. >> all turned black up there. >> reporter: angie novey's family, assessing the damage, salvaging what they can. their neighbors, devastated, with nowhere to go. >> right now we're completely
homeless. >> reporter: the worst of the damage, on the 26th floor, where the inferno started friday. >> it's like a war zone in there, it's completely burnt out. >> reporter: the overwhelming flames and smoke there, killing three people. 71-year-old joanne koana. 85-year-old melba dilley and her son, britt reller. reller's desk where he worked at hawaiian airlines, now turned into a memorial. the 54-year-old's family frustrated, learning all of this loss could have possibly been prevented. >> if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin. >> reporter: there were no sprinklers in the high rise because in honolulu, they aren't required in buildings constructed before 1974. >> how is it possible that a corporation doesn't install something as inexpensive and as effective as sprinkler systems? yeah, there's anger. >> reporter: honolulu's mayor says this may now force a change
to that law. and tonight, investigators are still piecing together what caused the fire. tom? >> marci, thank you. now to a pivotal moment in the ongoing controversy over baby charlie. an american doctor expected in london to assess his condition. the child's parents remain locked in a legal battle over moving the baby to the u.s. for experimental treatment. both pope francis and president trump have weighed in on the case. a judgment expected by july 25th. next tonight, an emotional moment at one of the world's most famous sporting events. roger federer winning in wimbledon, but his opponent unable to hold back the tears. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: it happened on tennis' biggest court. legendary roger federer with a scorching ace against marin cilic.
then, a moment rarely seen in sports history. cilic breaking down, crying. his shoulders heaving with emotion, with a doctor kneeling next to him. >> extraordinary scene on center court. marin cilic has been in tears throughout this changeover. >> reporter: it went on for nearly three minutes in a break between games. >> something is hurting to the point where he doesn't think he'll be able to continue to play. >> reporter: at one point, cilic covering his head with a towel, but cilic did muster himself back onto the court. blinking away tears as fans cheered him on. but federer would go on to rout his croatian opponent in straight sets to capture his record eighth wimbledon men's singles title. afterward, cilic explained that he'd suffered a bad blister on his foot and had been overcome with emotion, disappointed it was limiting his play. >> it was just a feeling that i knew that i am, i cannot give my best on the court. >> it is cruel sometimes but he
fought well, and he is a hero. >> reporter: for federer, it was his 19th grand slam title. at the age of 35, ancient by tennis standards, he says he wants to win more. tom? >> ron, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. two kayakers go overboard. and right into raging waters. we'll show you the rescue. plus, they call it a side hustle. an extra job for extra cash. but the increased income comes with a warning. and why garth brooks stopped playing in the middle of a concert. we'll tell you why. stay with us. day 13. if only this were as easy as saving $600 when you switch to progressive. winds stirring. too treacherous for a selfie. [ camera shutter clicks ] sure, i've taken discounts to new heights
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saluting a funeral procession. kentucky resident erin hester was driving behind that soldier. >> it was the most memorable amount of respect that i've ever seen another american or human being for that show, you know, somebody else that they had never met before. >> reporter: she then shared it on her facebook. it went viral. at last check, shared more than 133,000 times. >> the next morning i woke up and there were, i had like, i think 900 facebook notifications. >> reporter: that soldier was also on facebook and noticed a photo of what looked like himself. >> i was just a little taken back, a little surprised, and kind of wondering how it happened. >> reporter: colonel usery, who did two tours in afghanistan, didn't know the anyone in that funeral procession. so why did he get out of his car? >> family hurting, bad day, rain makes it worse, maybe i can help. and i just did it. >> reporter: having shared that special moment together and all that attention afterwards, erin
and colonel usery decided to meet up. >> hi! i feel like i should give you a hug. how are you? >> it's so good to see you. >> reporter: colonel usery knows people will remember this photo. but he hopes they never forget the lesson. >> i think the single simple message i'd ask folks to think about is every single day we're all given opportunities if we just slow down and just help somebody. >> great advice for each one of us. tonight, we salute colonel usery for being "america strong." we thank you for watching. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
tonight dangerous heat acroays to keep cool. plus -- >> did you kidnap a baby? >> no, i don't kidnap babies. >> why were you with a baby? >> video you'll only see on abc7 news. a woman arrested after police say she kidnapped a baby and took it across town on a muni bus. an even closer call. the new revelations about that airplane near miss at sfo. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. i'm kate larson in for eric thomas. thanks for joining us. we'll start with the blistering heat today reaching triple digits in parts of the bay area and setting four records. everyone from santa rosa to san francisco to antioch has been feeling the heat. abc7 was in san jose where nine
cooling stations are open until 9:00 to give people a safe place out of the heat. we'll begin our team heat with melanie woodrow who's at walnut creek. are you hot out there? >> reporter: i am. probably feels good in the air conditioned studio. in walnut creek it's the best of the both worlds. you can be outside, get a little sun. if you get too hot, you can dip into any air conditioned stores around here. just how hot is it? take a look. we have a shot of the infamous temperature sign in walnut creek. about an hour ago, you can see it was 102 degrees. that was probably about 5:00. a little after 5:00 in the evening. still over 100 degrees. we've seen a number of people out here in downtown walnut creek. of course, lots of them hanging onto ice cold drinks, ice