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and good evening. it's great to have you with us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with president trump, exploding over the multitude of issues clouding his administration. less than 24 hours after the stunning shake-up at the white house, the president ferociously unloading on twitter. his tirade about leaks, the russia investigation and the new bombshell report about attorney general jeff sessions and the campaign. the new white house communications director digging in on his first full day, explaining why he's deleting his old tweets criticizing then-candidate president trump. abc's david wright starts us off. >> reporter: today, the president's flamboyant new communications director -- >> thank you. >> reporter: -- sought to kiss off any and all harsh words he's had in the past about his new boss. tweeting, full transparency, i'm deleting old tweets. past views evolved and shouldn't be a distraction. former wall street executive anthony scaramucci was already at pains to explain how in 2015
he called donald trump a hack. >> that's another hack politician. >> you called donald trump a hack? >> he's a hack politician -- >> he brings it up every 15 seconds, okay? one of the biggest mistakes i made, because i was an inexperienced person in the world of politics. i was supporting another candidate. >> reporter: today, scaramucci scrubbed his twitter account of old messages praising hillary clinton as "incredibly competent." sneerg at a trump campaign spectacle and questioning newt gingrich's judgment. scaramucci isn't the only administration official to be haunted by his own words, preserved in the digital record. today, "the washington post" reports that u.s. intelligence agencies intercepted phone calls from the russian ambassador that directly contradict attorney general jeff sessions' claim that he never met with russians on behalf of the trump campaign. >> i never had meetings with
russian operatives or russian intermediaries about the trump campaign. >> reporter: but "the post" reports the russian ambassador told his bosses in moscow the two discussed the campaign and policy issues. today, the president appeared to confirm "the post" report by condemning it as an "intelligence leak." quote, these illegal leaks, like comey's, must stop! one of a frenzy of early morning tweets. today the president commissioned the "uss gerald ford," the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built. a classic presidential photo-op projecting strength as commander in chief. >> this ship also ensures that if a fight does come it will always end the same way -- we will win, win, win. we will never lose. >> reporter: today, outgoing press secretary sean spicer, who abandoned ship just yesterday, spotted by "the daily mail" sporting a "navy" t-shirt, walking his dog.
last night, spicer told sean hannity he didn't appreciate being the butt of so many jokes on "saturday night live." >> i think there were a couple parts that were funny, but there's a lot of it that was over the line. it wasn't funny. it was stupid, or silly, or malicious, but there are times it goes from funny to mean. >> and david wright joins us from the white house. david, today, at the other end of pennsylvania avenue, congress struck a deal on russian sanctions. that could really tie the president's hands. >> that's right, house and senate negotiators have agreed any effort to ease sanctions on russia would have to approved by them. this is something that the white house has lobbied hard against, but the senate appears to have a veto-proof majority, the vote set for tuesday. >> david wright, thank you. and sunday on "this week," george stephanopoulos speaks exclusively with trump legal team member jay sekulow. and new white house press secretary sarah sanders.
that's tomorrow morning on "this week." also breaking tonight, the severe weather threat at this hour, millions in the path. powerful winds and blinding rain. the alerts tonight about possible dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding, abc's adrienne bankert with the new images coming in. >> reporter: tonight, severe storms tear through the midwest, putting 32 million americans at risk. torrential rain hammering central ohio, making it impossible to see. this just one of over 170 reports of severe weather this weekend. powerful winds, bending trees sending debris flying in northern illinois. hail thrashing the windows of this house, ricocheting off car windows. the fox river near chicago still above flood stage and slow to recede. >> we've been doing this for about a week and half and we're just done. >> reporter: residents wading through floodwater to clear storm drains, others stack sandbags to save their homes.
this bridge in fayette county, iowa, gone. destroyed by flash flooding. a state of emergency in parts of wisconsin after flood water washed out roads in vernon county. here in new york, we're finally getting some relief. but parts of the heartland, still hot, feeling like more than 100 degrees. tom. >> that heat wave really taking over. all right, adrienne, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist kait parker in for rob marciano tonight. those storms are now on the move? >> reporter: yeah, tom, the hail and damaging wind have been the primary threat with these storms. but overnight, we're going into a flood risk as these march off toward the east coast.
on sunday from the ohio valley, to the mid-atlantic, we're looking at the possibility of downbursts. damaging winds on the table. as far as the heat goes, we're not getting a break quite on sunday. but by the time we get to monday, we'll see some changes. wichita, 101. 103 in raleigh. in central park, in the 90s today. but on monday, some good news here, it will struggle to get out of the 70s. a little cooldown for july, tom. >> all right, we'll take it. a lot of triple digits on that board. kait, thank you. one more headline about the heat tonight. a huge warehouse fire in charlotte, north carolina. crews forced to work in shifts because of the dangerous heat wave. several were treated for heat-related problems. the 101-year-old mill still smoking 24 hours later, fire officials say it could take a week for the fire to burn itself out. next tonight, new developments in the outrage over that deadly police shooting in minneapolis. justine damond, a bride to be i
shot by an officer after she called 911. the mayor demanding and getting the police resignation. but protesters now demanding the mayor be the next to go. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, anger over the police shooting of 40-year-old justine damond escalating to the minneapolis mayor's office. >> the police department has terrorized us enough. we don't want you as the mayor nein misolap resign. >> reporter: but the mayor defiant. >> i will not be resigning. >> reporter: this, after hodges called for the police officer to step down. mohamed noor opting not to talk to investigators. >> the loss, to everyone who knew her -- >> reporter: last saturday, damond calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. noor's partner telling detectives the two were startled by a loud noise. moments later damond appeared
next to their patrol car in a dark alley. authorities say noor fired at damond from the passenger seat through the driver's side window. >> 530. i'm starting cpr. >> reporter: protesters calling if the mayor's resignation. the deadly encounter coming one year after philando castile was gunned down by police outside st. paul during a traffic stop. they're asking for any potential witnesses to come forward. tom. >> erielle, thank you. next tonight, the mystery in the fire in louisiana. the wife of a fire chief found dead in their burning home. the medical examiner revealing the cause of death and it was not from the fire. the stunning news coming during her memorial service. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, the louisiana mystery deepening. first, the wife of a fire chief found dead inside their home. burned to the ground. 49-year-old beloved and retired schoolteacher. >> she was wonderful,
compassionate, sweet. >> reporter: members of the community gathering friday at a parish near new orleans for the woman they thought died in a tragic fire. but in the middle of the memorial service, a bombshell, the coroner's autopsy revealing she suffered a gunshot wound. her death not caused by the fire. >> we're disappointing at the timing of the information. >> reporter: they're overwhelmed at the news. >> maybe the family would have been notified prior to the release. >> reporter: the chief reportedly at work when the fire call came in for his own home. the sheriff's office not calling the incident a homicide or even saying if there are any suspects. >> i can't imagine it. i can't fathom it. can't put it into words. >> reporter: tom, we reached out to the family but no response. the state fire marshal in louisiana is working to determine the cause of that
house fire. overseas now, the pentagon confirming a deadly bombing mistake in afghanistan. the police chief in helmand province said at least a dozen national police officers were killed in a u.s. air strike. the attack was supposed to target taliban fighters. the police chief believes the officers were not in uniform and were mistaken for the taliban. and back here at home, news tonight about senator john mccain's condition. senator mccain revealing he's been treated for brain cancer following surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye. his daughter, meghan, posting a photo of them in arizona today. next tonight, the american parents accusing a hospital in mexico of holding their newborn son hostage in a battle over medical bills. the baby due in october, born early while they were on vacation. the family claims when they tried to take the baby home the hospital refused, hitting them with a bill for thousands of dollars. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, baby beckham ralph is home in indiana
after a fight. not just for the preemie's life, but his family says, to get him released from the mexican hospital where he was born. >> it was health hostage -- hospital hostage. >> reporter: beckham's parents on vacation in cancun tuesday when mom michaela went into labor nearly 12 weeks before her due date. the family claims the hospital there refused to take her until they paid $3,000 upfront. and the family says the expenses kept piling up -- >> we want $4,000. we want $7,000. we want $8,000. >> reporter: charges for an emergency c-section and nicu care for little three-pound beckham, but also the family says, unexplainable fees including one for $4,000, just for the parents to see their son. >> we realized the gouging that was being done. >> reporter: the family says the hospital refused to take their health insurance and threatened to stop treating beckham, unless the bills totalling about $30,000 were paid out-of-pocket in full.
>> they were threatening to put him literally on the streets, a baby that's in an incubator. it was complete strong-arm tactics. >> reporter: the hospital denying the family's claims, saying they never threatened not to care for the baby. quote, we didn't care about the money, we provided them with everything. >> the family says they scraped together the $30,000, plus $18,000 for a medevac flight to hospital in indiana. tom. >> a scary time for those new parents. marci, thank you. and a passing to note tonight, actor john heard has died, he was perhaps best known for playing the father in the "home alone" movies. he also appeared in "big" with tom hanks. and a number of tv shows. he was found dead in a hotel in palo alto, california, after undergoing back surgery earlier this week. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- dozens of teenagers rushed to the hospital during a chance the rapper concert. we'll tell you what happened at the show. plus, your air-conditioner likely eating into your bank account during this heat wave.
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6%. >> i don't mind a warm house. other people like it cooler. take that into consideration. >> reporter: and take care of your system. he changes his filter and cleans the coils on his ac regularly. that prevents clogging. and inefficiencies that can raise your utility bill. experts also recommend replace your old thermostat with a smart one that can monitor heating and cooling habits and turn off when not needed. and it may sound simple -- but using a fan can make a room feel ten degrees cooler, and use 10% less energy than an air conditioner. one other thing you can do, check your rate. 20 states allow consumers to shop around to get the best price on electricity. tom. >> always shop around. all right, janai, thanks so much. still ahead, a new tool in the fight against illegal immigration, a pickup truck transformed into a high-powered police cruiser, possibly headed for the border.
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hollered to the other troopers, i have the gun and they had the baby. i didn't -- i didn't have his name or an address or anything to work from. >> reporter: that baby was 19-month-old john govia jr. who grew up wondering about the trooper to save his life. so after years of searching, finally an archived article popped up on his screen. >> it was a eureka moment. i was blown away, after 30 years i finally found at least one of state troopers that saved me. >> reporter: but he didn't stop there. he located charlie and wanted to thank him in person. but on the drive from chicago to iowa, john's car broke down. he called charlie and asked him to save him. again. and right there, on i-80, the same stretch of highway they first met 31 years ago, the two came face to face. >> it was one of the most genuine hugs i have ever given a man. i shook his hand and he was like, no, this is a hugging
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well, there for signs like this posted all over the city letting people know about the change in service. we're on church and market street where a lot of them just got on that train but here there are also traffic controllers and they are directing people who get off the trains over to the waiting buses who take people where they need go. those buses do get pretty packed. we shot this after one of those transfers. muny is making major upgrades. to do this they have to close the segway. that means underground stations are closed all day on weekends. it only runs until 9:30 p.m. week