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tonight, the white house shake-up. press secretary sean spicer is out. spicer, who famously sparred with reporters in defending the president, becoming instantly famous, suddenly resigns. who's in? and why was the west wing blindsided? the outrage tonight. the man in desperate need of help in the water. teenagers recording him from the shore. laughter as they do nothing. the man does not survive. the tornado touchdown in the northeast. now three confirmed tornadoes. the severe storm threat as we come on the air. just in tonight. the wife who tried to hire a hitman. the moment she cried for police. what she didn't know was, her husband was still alive. the decision from the judge moments ago. o.j. simpson tonight. where they've now moved him, and why. and, the pictures coming in. the rescue on the east river here in new york city.
good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the shake-up in the white house, sean spicer is out, resigning after six months on the job. seen today outside the old executive office building. our correspondent was inside the west wing as this was happening. spicer was there from the start. his first fight over the crowd size at the inauguration. tonight, who is now in charge of delivering the president's message? jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: today, just six months into the job, president trump's embattled press secretary called it quits. sean spicer's brief tenure got off to a bad start. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe. >> reporter: spicer's debut made nobody happy. the president didn't like his look, including the ill-fitting suit, and others criticized his inaccuracies, or, as another
aide called them -- >> sean spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts. >> reporter: two days later he took his first questions. i request -- asked one. is it your intention to always tell the truth from that podium? and will you pledge never to knowingly say something that is not factual? >> it is. it's an honor to do this. and, yes, i believe that we have to be honest with the american people. >> reporter: history will judge whether he lived up to that, but his confrontational style -- >> i'm sorry. please stop shaking your head again. somebody is asking a question. it is not your press briefing. okay, you don't get to just yell out questions. we're going to raise our hands like big boys and girls. >> reporter: and the unforgettable "snl" parody -- >> i'd like to begin by apologizing, on behalf of you, to me. >> reporter: made spicer a celebrity, the most mocked, but also most famous press secretary ever. but today it all came crashing down.
he was totally blindsided by the president's choice of a new communications director, slamming the door in my face when i went up to ask him about it. hours later, as spicer slipped out of the west wing, the all-smiles appearance of the new hire, anthony scaramucci, setting an entirely different tone. >> i'm going to get to everybody, don't worry. >> reporter: he's a wealthy financier, friend of the president, but in the early days of the campaign, he called trump a hack politician and worse. >> i'll tell you who he's going to be president of. and you can tell donald i said this. the queens county bullies' association. you gotta cut it out now and stop all this crazy rhetoric. >> reporter: does he know what you said about him back in 2015 when you said he was a hack politician? >> he brings it up every 15 seconds. okay? one of the biggest mistakes that i made because i was an unexperienced person in the world of politics. i was supporting another candidate. i should have never said that about him. so, mr. president, if you're listening, i personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that. >> reporter: and we asked him the same question we asked sean spicer back in january --
there's been a question about credibility, some things that have been said in this room. is it your commitment to the best of your ability to give accurate information, the truth from that podium. >> i mean, i sort of feel like i don't even have to answer that question. i hope you can feel that from me, just from my body language, that's the kind of person i am. i'm going to do the best i can. >> jon, you reported that sean spicer was blindsided by the announcement, and he wasn't the only one caught off-guard? >> reporter: this was a decision made by the president himself. the only ones he really consulted with was ivanka and jared kushner. the other senior staff did not even learn of this until the president had already made up his mind. when they did learn, some of them tried to get the president to change his mind, but to no avail. >> jon, thank you. and the growing cloud over the president and his team now. the special counsel, robert
mueller, has ordered that white house aides not destroy any documents dealing with the trump tower meeting with the russian lawyer. and this new question tonight. can the president pardon himself or his family? here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: tonight, the white house facing mounting questions about whether president trump is considering the possibility of pardoning members of his family, or even himself. from his lawyers, a firm denial. but the president's new press secretary seems to leave the door open. >> the president maintains pardon powers like any president would, but there are no announcements or planned announcements on that front whatsoever. >> reporter: it comes as the white house turns up the heat on special counsel robert mueller. the president, now on the attack, accusing mueller and his team of conflicts of interest, telling "the new york times" he interviewed mueller for the job of fbi director just one day before he was appointed special counsel. >> what the hell is this all
about? talk about conflicts. he was interviewing for the job. >> reporter: the president adding, quote, "there were many other conflicts that i haven't said, but i will at some point." and he's warning mueller that investigating the trump family finances not tied to russia would cross a red line. >> i think that's a violation, look, this is about russia. >> reporter: as for mueller's fate if he crosses that so-called red line -- >> what would you do? >> i can't i can't answer that question because i don't think it's going to happen. >> reporter: but mueller, not backing down. today abc learned he sent a letter to white house aides ordering them to preserve all communications, including documents, e-mails and text messages, related to last year's trump tower meeting involving don junior, paul manafort, jared kushner and that russian lawyer promising dirt on hillary clinton. >> cecilia, we know a big day coming monday. jared kushner will meet with congressional investigators.
when does the public hear what his answers are? >> reporter: it may never hear. this sitdown is behind closed doors. we know kushner will likely face questions about that trump tower meeting with the russian lawyers. we also know he will not be pleading the fifth. >> cecilia vega, thank you. next to severe storms moving in tonight. 100 million americans at risk of severe weather as we start the weekend. three confirmed tornadoes in the northeast. the twisters near buffalo, one up to 105 miles an hour. flash flood watches across the midwest tonight. parts of wisconsin already dealing with major flooding. let's get to ginger zee tracking it all for us tonight. ginger? >> reporter: the same areas where we saw the record flooding getting more rain and severe storms. two pockets from minnesota to south dakota, chicago involved in the severe thunderstorm watches. a tornado warning in iowa as we speak. the flash flood watches there,
too. and tomorrow the low and associated fronts will sink to the southeast. if you have outdoor plans from indianapolis to cincinnati, philly and new york, watch out for the potential of damaging wind and hail. finally, that heat advisories, stretch to north carolina and louisiana. the excessive heat warnings will break over the weekend. but still, saturday, 114 in springfield, illinois. >> ginger, thanks. and the hot, dry conditions fueling 57 wildfires in the west tonight. crews working around the clock at the massive fire burning near yosemite. still growing tonight. me 58 homes and dozens of other structures have been destroyed. more than 1,000 are still threatened. overseas, the earthquake hitting a popular tourist destination in greece. two tourists killed. the 6.5 quake struck in the middle of the night. tourists running into the streets.
the shaking felt on the coast of turkey as well. aftershocks causing people to spend the night outside. some 500 people were injured. back here at home, we turn next to a disturbing piece of video from florida tonight. five teens, apparently watching and recording a man in desperate need in the water, but doing nothing. the man did not survive. and we wonder, what does the law say about helping those in desperate need? victor oquendo from florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, outrage over this cruel video posted online. >> you should have never gone in there! >> reporter: a man drowning in the middle of this coco, florida, pond, as five teens record his struggle to survive, mocking him and cursing. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the video recording for more than two minutes, before 31-year-old jamel dunn drowned. >> we just saw buddy die. we could've helped him. we didn't even try to help him. >> reporter: the teens told no one. dunn's family desperately searching for him. police discovering his body five days later. do you wish you could do more legally here?
>> absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: shockingly in florida, and many states, you don't legally have to try to help someone in distress. >> i would've never believed that somebody could watch somebody in distress and not do anything about it. >> reporter: tonight, police finding an obscure statute to pursue misdemeanor charges for failing to report a death. >> they're laughing and joking in the background, saying, "no, we're not going to help you." "you should have never got in there." that was horrible. >> reporter: it's up to the state attorney's office to determine whether to file the misdemeanor charges. legally, there may be little else they can do. david? >> victor, thank you. we turn next to o.j. simpson. he's already been moved inside the prison. and authorities revealing he's requested to go to florida when he gets out. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: he may have been granted parole, but o.j. simpson is still sentenced to controversy. tonight we're learning he was
moved to protective custody, away from the general prison population. the parole hearing was watched worldwide by millions, but perhaps the most avid viewers were at this prison. and for officials, that's a concern. >> now, to make a name for themselves, they may think of doing something against inmate simpson. we can't have that. >> reporter: simpson's son and daughter spotted at the prison this morning, jubilant. any words for o.j. this morning? are you happy, relieved? yeah? big smiles? the parole board, almost certainly allowing o.j. to move to florida. to live near his two other children. as his bizarre statements in the hearing continue to turn heads. >> i've basically spent a conflict-free life. you know, i'm not a guy that had ever got into fights on the street, with the public. >> reporter: even though he's likely moving to florida, the
parole board said even a single violation of his probation, like drinking to excess, would land him back in prison for another five years. david? >> matt, thank you. there are new images of deadly violence in the middle east. over one of the holy land's most contested sites. three palestinians killed in clashes in jerusalem, and three israelis killed in the west bank. the tensions triggered by metal detectors israel installed after a deadly attack by a gunman. tonight, palestinian president abbas has frozen all ties with israel. from london, we've reported on the american doctor who made the trip to examine baby charlie. we've now learned of an emotional hearing with the parents. after that genetic disease left charlie on life support. they're suing the hospital for permission to have him undergo an experimental treatment. here's james longman. >> reporter: it's the news baby
charlie's parents dreaded, the terminally ill little boy caught in the middle of an international legal battle. in court today, a lawyer for the hospital treating charlie said new scans on the sick child made for "sad reading." a cruel shock for his parents, who say they had not been warned about this latest development. charlie's mother connie burst into tears. his father shouting "evil" before walking out. >> hey. >> reporter: the little boy has been bed bound for months with a genetic disease that's left him close to death. doctors want to turn off the machines that keep him alive, multiple courts agreed. >> we don't have a say in his life whatsoever. >> reporter: just this week, american doctor michio hirano, who specializes in these cases and offered experimental treatment, assessing the 11-month-old. >> he deserves a chance. >> reporter: the full court hearing will take place monday, when a judge will decide whether charlie can undergo this treatment. but the findings of the specialist still unclear tonight. >> james, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight"
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his first time over the fence ever. >> i was like, wow, he did it. just started jumping up and down. >> reporter: even keenan's teammates asking -- >> that your first one? >> reporter: but just days before that home run, keenan confessing this to his mom. >> he said, i'm afraid i won't ever be able to do that. >> reporter: because keenan, up at bat, was taking a swing with only his right arm. he was born without much of his left arm. it never stopped him. he's a little fisherman, even riding a four-wheeler with his younger sister carmen. and her advice about her older brother -- >> you shouldn't treat him different than anybody else. >> reporter: keenan plays basketball, right there taking the shot. he wants everyone to know, you can overcome the odds. >> it's not hard for me because this is the way i've always done it. >> reporter: and keenan's lesson for his dad? >> don't be afraid to let your children try. let them determine what they like and enjoy. >> reporter: and back to that baseball field. keenan is a pitcher for the warren county south all-stars in
bowling green, kentucky. >> number 32. keenan briggs. >> reporter: just this week, the final game in their state tournament. >> there's 13 players on the team and love them all. we just all play for each other. >> reporter: keenan up at bat again. those 13 players winning, 6-0. >> ball game! ball game! >> reporter: going home the champions. >> it doesn't matter what you look like or what you are different about. you can do anything. >> that's the truth. so we choose number 32, keenan briggs. thank you for watching this week. i'm david muir. tom is here this weekend. i hope to see you right back here monday night. good night. new at 6:00, more than 30 cars smashed during a vandalism
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>> the charges he's facing could send him to prison for more than 20 years. good evening. >> we'll keep tabs on that. now to the other top story. the modernization of the main transit agency along the peninsula. >> caltrans diesel engines will soon be replaced by electric ones. after decades of preparation, today marked the ground breaking. >> alyssa harrington is now live with a look at the changes that are coming. >> reporter: it's hard to believe these trains were running back when lincoln was president. as we know, times have changed psince then, and