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tonight, severe storms hitting as we come on the air. three children just hit by lightning. the emergency calls coming in now. in ohio, a mother killed as trees come down. and at this hour, a major system now moving into the northeast, lightning and damaging winds. more than 1,000 flights cancelled. also tonight, after we learned special counsel robert mueller is now turning to a grand jury in washington, president trump lashing out. >> are there any russians here? >> and tonight, the new warning from his attorney general. the verdict late today. the man once accused of hiking lifesaving drugs 5,000%, from $13 to more than $700, in a new case. what the jury has now decided. the new images tonight. the passenger plane just seconds from disaster. the fire in the engine about to take off. and twin jackpots up for grabs this weekend.
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more than $500 million on the line. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the deadly storms hitting right now. reports of lightning hitting children. much of the northeast bracing at this hour. the water spout over lake erie, west of buffalo. winds turning over a car in maryland. a 14-year-old girl killed inside. gio benitez leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, severe weather bearing down on the northeast. drenching new yorkers during the morning commute. turning stairs into waterfalls. northwest of the city, a water spout on lake erie. >> lightning all around, my hands are shaking. >> reporter: east of cleveland, a mother killed when a tree fell on her suv. and east of salt lake city --
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>> teenagers struck by lightning. >> reporter: in all, three children hit. two in critical condition. dangerous storms striking across the country in the last 24 hours. >> all of a sudden there was heavy hail and wind and things started coming out of the trees. >> reporter: in baltimore county, maryland, a 14-year-old girl also lost her life when a tree hit this car. in chicago, concertgoers forced to evacuate. >> the weather is too crazy for us to play right now. >> reporter: torrential rain causing flash flooding in los angeles county. >> look how close they are to those wires and those trees. >> reporter: multiple air rescues and some 200 passengers stranded for a time on this commuter train. monsoon storms in the phoenix area snapping trees and power lines. air travel disrupted too. more than 1,000 flights cancelled today. >> what are you seeing in newark
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today? >> david, airlines here newark airport and at airports throughout the region are waiving change fees for travelers. a wet start to the weekend for millions. david? >> let's get to rob marciano. what are you watching? >> reporter: really, the entire eastern third of the country is a mess. storms from the gulf of mexico to canada. the storm crossing the ohio river, western new york and pittsburgh about to get it. new england will get a re-firing of the storms tomorrow afternoon, clears out late today with drier air. the next system dropping into the plains tomorrow, a wet weekend there. david? >> rob, thank you. we turn next to the white house. just 24 hours after we learned the special counsel investigating russian meddling, robert mueller, is creating a
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grand jury. here's cecilia vega tonight. 7 >> reporter: tonight, president trump landing in new jersey, the start of a 17-day getaway at his bedminster golf club. but looming over him, the russia probe now heating up. special counsel robert mueller using that washington grand jury to investigate possible collusion between the president, his team and russia. just hours after the news broke, the president downright defiant during a campaign rally in west virginia. >> have are there any russians here tonight? any russians? >> reporter: president trump lashing out. >> most people know there were no russians in our campaign. there never were. we didn't win because of russia. we won because of you. >> reporter: the president has
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also launched a full-throated assault on leaks that have plagued his administration from the start. blaming his own embattled attorney general for not doing enough to stop them. >> i want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before. >> reporter: today, message received. >> i have this warning for would be leakers, don't do it. >> reporter: jeff sessions announced a crackdown, saying leak investigations have tripled in the trump era. a new fbi unit now forming to handle them. they are reviewing their policy on issuing subpoenas to journalists. >> we will not allow them to sell out our country. >> reporter: just yesterday, yet another embarrassing leak for the west wing.
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revealing contentious conversations, like with australia's prime minister. after an argument about accepting refugees. the president abruptly ended the call saying "this is the most unpleasant call all day. putin was a pleasant call. this is ridiculous." >> cecilia vega with us. congress making sure the president can't make any appointments during the recess? >> reporter: yes, after the president lashed out at jeff sessions, thinking they will be able to block him from firing him douring the break. but right now, we hear sessions' job is safe. and martin shkreli, found
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guilty. still tonight, he and his legal team are celebrating the verdict, calling it a witch hunt and his lawyer smiling, predicting one day he would develop a cure for children. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: the so-called bad boy of pharmaceuticals, martin shkreli found guilty of securities fraud today and still defiant. >> this was a witch hunt of epic proportions and they found one or two broomsticks but at the end of the day we've been acquitted of the most important charges. >> we're gratified of the jury's verdict. justice has been served. >> reporter: infamously
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outspoken, he live streamed after the verdict. he has always been quick to write off his critics. one of the headlines, saying you were the most hated man in america. >> i'm not a greedy person. >> martin is a brilliant young man, but sometimes people skills don't translate well. >> reporter: the defense claimed there were no victims, in the end, no one lost any money. and putting him in jail would be a mistake. >> linsey, we saw shkreli saying he feels like he won. does he face jail time? >> reporter: he still faces up to 20 years behind bars, though he'll likely get a lot less time. he's now awaiting a sentencing date. david? >> thank you. next to the harrowing escape from a burning high-rise.
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the tower in dubai, catching fire in the middle of the night. tonight, major questions about this fire. what might have fueled it. here's james longman. >> reporter: the blaze ripping through 40 floors. watch as burning debris falls down. >> reporter: shinara sunderlal was on the second-to-top floor when it broke out. >> i just grabbed my passport that's pretty much it. >> reporter: everyone was evacuated and no one injured but amazingly this same building caught fire just two years ago. the flammable paneling on the outside of the tower blamed. this latest incident a grim reminder of that london fire in june that consumed grenfell tower, over 80 people dying. look at the similarities in how both fires spread.
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tonight in dubai, investigators once again focusing on that external paneling. given the similarities with the london fire, this incident is bound to increase concerns about fire safety in residential tower blocks. david? thank you. here in new york, the secret service has moved out of trump tower, the command post now located on the sidewalk. president trump has not been there since his inauguration, the first lady and barron, moving out in may. and new images of an american airlines 767, its engine taking fire on takeoff. they rushed to get everyone off. here's alex perez with the
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images. >> reporter: tonight, heart-racing images of the terrifying close call. >> american's engine caught fire. >> reporter: for the first time, we see the american airlines flight moving down, a burst of smoke, and then fire. >> do you see any smoke or fire? >> yeah, off the right wing. >> we thought it was going to blow up, the plane. >> reporter: the pilot aborting takeoff, 161 passengers scrambling to find exits. passengers evacuating down emergency slides. some thrown to the ground by the engine's thrust. and our first look at the emergency response unfolding. firefighters dousing the plane. investigators looking at whether this fan disc pierced the fuel line. the ntsb investigation is under
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way. but they say, had this happened just a few seconds earlier, it would have been a complete disaster. and we turn to the jobs report, 209,000 jobs created, unemployment falling to 2.9 percent. hourly pay up 2.5% from a year ago. and the twin lottery jackpots this weekend, the mega millions, at least $323 million on the line, powerball, $286 million. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: this weekend, more than half a billion dollars is on the line. the powerball jackpot drawing tomorrow night, growing to $286 million. take the cash option and you're
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still pocketing a cool $178 mil. tonight's mega millions drawing is even bigger, cash option, $199 million. lottery officials tell us the last time the games both had jackpots this big was just over a year ago, but the amounts still nowhere near last year's $1.6 billion powerball payout. >> reporter: the chances of winning powerball one in 292,201,338. there is always a chance, so the crew and i have got our tickets. we'll be back on monday to report on the results, unless we're sitting on a tropical beach somewhere. authorities say the mother
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and two children held captive for two years, making their escape. how they finally got free. also, the controversy over dunkin' donuts. the possible major change sparking heated debate. we want your opinion on this one. and your money tonight. major car deals this weekend. how low will dealers have to go? how little do they have to make in profit on an individual car? the magic number, after the break. to cover by sundown. we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. yeah, i was ok, but after lunch my knee started hurting again so... more pills. yep... another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? for my pain... i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap.
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next tonight, your money. car sales dropping in july for the fifth month in a row. dealers now offering some of their biggest discounts on smaller cars. here's rebecca jarvis with tips to save your money. >> reporter: tonight, you've seen the commercials. >> 0% apr. >> reporter: car buyers back in the driver's seat, with auto
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sales down 7% from last year, new cash incentives, special financing, hoping to help turbo charge those purchases. the average discount per about $3,600 as falling gas prices have put larger cars back in favor with consumers. >> go on a third-party website and do your research. you can go in and neg on the sedan because the dealer wants to get rid of it. >> reporter: and we found examples of deals all over the country where buying a car just a few miles away could save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. >> you said, some of the dealers
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>> meet your new baby sister. >> you're going to make me cry. >> are you excited? >> you're going to make me cry. >> reporter: they were totally shocked. you could tell by the reaction of the youngest one, saying are you kidding me, and the older one crying. it's a total perfect picture of their personalities. the younger one is feisty and saying, are you kidding me? so, her, our oldest daughter just has such a sweet and compassionate heart that i knew that's how she would react. >> reporter: now a family of seven, sharing their story with our dallas station wfaa. the new baby now joining reagan, harper and two other children who they have adopted. titus, who is 4, and elliott, who is 20 months. >> they fight over who gets to hold her. they fight over who gets to feed her. they don't fight over who gets to change the diaper. that's when they hand her back. you want to hold her? we're not perfect parents by any means. our family looks different in a
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lot of ways when we see our kids respond like that, then it makes it feel like you are doing something right. >> and so we choose the pruitt family, and all of the families who reach out to make children their own. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. have a good night.
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almost everything about our weather is unusual. here is the live doppler 7 image showing the big plume of moisture moving in our direction from the south western from the u.s. that has produced chance of showers here. a couple isolated thunderstorms and an out break of thunderstorms this afternoon in the sierra. that's not unusual in the sierra on a warm afternoon. thunderstorms are unusual in the bay area.
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there's a couple of thunderstorm cells offshore. here over the bay year we have just got areas of moisture that have produced some light rainfall. some measurable rien. not very well spread. it's not continuous. just isolated showers here and there. the flow of moisture will continue to produce a muggy feeling in the bay area overnight and into tomorrow. here is our forecast animation starting at 7:00 this evening. notice the high clouds and the flow of moisture will continue overnight into the early morning hours. thinning out a little bit early tomorrow morning. i'll show you what's going to follow that and what kind of week ahead we can expect in a few minutes. thank you. >> it's so muggy throughout. we have heavy rare and threat of storms have some people a little

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