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aj> tonight, two m stories as we come on the air. the massive and deadly mahquaud t kes hiaf7.1, shaking city. dozens confirmed dead. buildings coming down. rescuers pulling victims from the rubble. and the urgent effort at this hour to get to people still trapped. also breaking, the monster hurricane, maria, a category 5. tonight, puerto rico right now preparing for a direct hit. authorities warning evacuate, or you could die. d models coming in etonithght, the n new track as then moves closer to the u.s. president trump's new threat tonight, vowing to, quote, totally destroy north korea, if the u.s. is forced to defend itself. the arrest tonight. authorities say this man approaching people, shooting and killing them, possibly motivated by race. and what they discovered in his home.
and five college football players, and the stunning charges tonight. what they're accused of doing to a freshman player. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we will get to that category 5 hurricane in a moment but first, the images coming in right now, and they're awful. a massive earthquake, a powerful 7.1, dozens already reported dead tonight. you can see the buildings in mexico city shaking wildly. many of them collapsing. workers then rushing into the streets. the people who did get out, dazed an trying to find their way through that smoke and that haze in the streets. right now, rescuers arery tgin . and there are real fears this evening that this death toll will quickly rise. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman leading us off tonight. >> reporter: the scramble to unearth victims entombed by that quake. so powerful, it pulverized buildings. one woman covered in dust, carried through the crowd on a
stretcher. rescue workers racing into this badly damaged building, rushing this woman to safety. and from the air, it's easy to spot the devastation. officials saying more than two dozen buildings collapsed, including schools. the massive 7. quake striking just after 1:00 p.m. less than 100 miles from the capital, mexico city. population, nearly 9 million. in this news room, overheadlights swinging like pendulums. parts of the ceiling crashing down. workers fleeing. one man steadying himself against the wall. lights also swinging at this restaurant in mexico city's airport. tourists ducking for cover under a table. thousands rushing to the safety of the street. "it was horrible, k" this man says. outside, structures collapsing. dust clogging the air. so thick, you can barely see anything.
>> oh, i pray that nobody's in here. >> reporter: residents seen trying to secure a at landed on those collapsed buildings. >> we just lost a building. mexico city. >> reporter: windows from this skyscraper crashing to the sidewalk. streets littered with crumb nglithis car destroyed. >> 250 miles away, in mexico city. >> reporter: it was 32 years ago today in which an 8.0 magnitude quake flattened parts of mexico, killing thousands in 1985. tonight, as the country begins to assess the earthquake's toll, more than 3.8 million residents are without electricity. the airport's operation suspended. the road in, now scarred with that giant crack. >> just a horrific scene tonight. matt gutman with us. and matt, the search and rescue efforts under way right now. authorities say this death toll will go much higher into the night?>>
repor david. largely, because there are still reports of people being trapped in the rubble. one of the main problems is that mexico city was built on a lake bed, and it understood lates when an earthquake hits. certainly a long night ahead for first responders. david? >> matt ghaunt leading us off y we are also following hurricane maria tonight. they are bracing for impact right now in puerto rico. authorities say this double the most powerful hurricane to hit the eye rand in a century. officials telling thousands they must, quote, evacuate or risk dying. maria already deadly and battering the caribbean. reports of american students missing in dominica. look at this point. the satellite showing the very well-formed eye of this storm, closing in on puerto rico at this hour. senior meteorologiob r marciano is in san juan tonight. >> reporter: tonight, hurricane maria, ripping across the caribbean. puerto rico in its path. already making landfall in
160-mile-per-hour winds. the only category 5 hurricane on record there. >> i believe we caught a very bad blow. there appears to be a lot of destruction. >> reporter: families of american medical students there sofa unable to make contact. he marco's been there since may. annd a's -- just need to hear from him. >> reporter: the storm claiming at least onelup. more are missing. maria, now 450 mile wide. exploiting from a category 1 to a cat 5 in just nine hours. >> this is, without a doubt, the most dangerous stormn our generation. >> reporter: puerto rico, with over 3 million u.s. it senns at risk. some warned tos v wait, or ac risk death. cynthia and her family seeking refuge in a hotel. ofthree dogs, 99-year-old mom. ngfa storm surge and two feet of rain. these are the type of neighborhoods they're worried
about. low, poorly built and completely exposed to the atlantic ocean. you get the surge and the wind. >> wind is picking up. you can see the rain. it's coming in right now. >> reporter: in advance of the storm, the u.s. navy evacuating military personnel from the neighboring u.s. virgin islands. >> sadly, this is going to be a real test for puerto ricoan jua. and rob, the ones picking up there? >> reporter: they are, and they'll go downhill quickly toghnit.t of this storm is going to hit between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 if there's a positive to this, it will hit mostly during the day. day or night, the destructive power of hurricane maria is simply frightening. david? >> rob, thank you. let's get to ginger with the new track on this, and the modelsett of the u.s. >> reporter: it is not just puerto rico who has to be watching this. for the next 24 hours, it really is st. croix, the u.s. virgin islands. the east side of puerto rico, we're really seeing the impacts possible. six to nine-foot surge. we could see 20 to 25 inches of
rain. flash flooding a realue yss i ih elevations. dominican republic has a northeast coast with a hurricane warning. then it goes east toks a caicos. well east of florida and staying away from the carolinas and all of the computer modeling as we go into next week. could we see high surf and rip current hazards, absolutely. le ofra whitjose, because it ms turnaround and could help pull it away. until then, gusts up to 60 miles per hour for nantucket. tropical storm watches there. >> jose's winds into the night tonight. >> reporter: yes. >> ginger, thank you. we turn next to president trump. the world first hearing his warning to north korea, promising fire and fury, and today, before the united nations, in his first major speech there, he went even further. the north korean delegation could be seen leaving and abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl is at the u.n.ke o fni fire and fury, but today, president trump went even further, raising the possibility of wiping north korea off the map. >> the united states has great g
re is forced to depend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: then the president directly referred to north korean dictator kim jong-un by his new nickname. rocket man. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> reporter: the north korean delegation had seats in the front row, but they left right before the president spoke.e ir, stayed and listened, as he accused iran of funding terrorism and lashed out at the nuclear agreement negotiated with president obama and america's european allies. >> the iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the united states has ever entered into. frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the united states. >> reporter: still, he did not say the u.s. would withdraw from
the agreement. the president cast this moment as a turning point for the u.n. >> it is entirely up to us, whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. righteous confront the wickedfe then evil will triumph. >> jon karl with us live tonight from the u.n. and jon, president trump threatening to totally destroy north korea, if forced to. the north korean delegation walking out, as yanword from no tonight? >> reporter: the north koreans made it clear today they left the hall to boycott the president's speech. as for iran, the iranian foreign minister said, quote, trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times. but of course, david, that was a speech meant to put iran and north korea on notice. >> jon karl, who has been at the u.n. all day for us. jon, thank you. next tonight, the russia investigation, and the new threat. from the special council and his
team, to paul mana not. federal agents reportedly forcing their way into his home and raiding it before dawn, as we reported before here. but tonight, we learned manafort has been threatened with indictment are they trying to flip him to get him to cooperate? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas with what he's learned. >> reporter: tonight, sources investigators are turning up the heat on paul manafort, even threatening to indict him. it comes after a squad of heavily armed fbi agents entered man fa fort's apartment before dawn in late july, reportedly picking his front door lock and surprising him in bed. a raid that seemed to startle even president trump. >> i know mr. manafort, haven't spoken to him in a long time, but i know him. he was with the campaign, as you know, for a very short period of time, relatively short period of time, but i've known him to be a good man. so, i was surprised to see it. i was very, very surprised to see it. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the raid was a sign mueller's investigators fear
manafort could destroy evidence, and was an etch port to pressure him to divulge details in the lugs ya probe. they are looking into his business dealings overseas, especially ukrain manafort has denied any connection to vladimir putin. >> are there any ties between .mr you, and putin and his regime? >> no, there are not. that's absurd. >> reporter: just last week, jay so maloney was grilled for more than two hours. man fa northwest clearly in the cross hairs of the russia probe. >> pierre thomas live from washington. and in addition to the special council, the senate intelligence committee also investigating he president's tingon. t long-time personal lawyer, michael cohen behind closed doors, but that meeting was cut short. do we know why? >> reporter: that's right, david. senators canceled today's private session after cohen released a statement denying any collusion with the russians a i.
they are asking cohen to come back, this time, to testify in you. icho.s, t next, to capitol hill. the senate, in a last-ditch effort to kill obama care, but time is running out. they have to get it done by next week, but what does this newest nd aosal mean for medicaid for pre-existing conditions? and the republicans can only afford to lose two senators, so, where does the tally stand tonight? abc's may b kb c's mary bruce, hill. >> reporter: are you finally get health reform done? >> making problem. >> reporter: the vice president arriving at capitol to rally republicans. his message? now is the time. just six working days left for republicans to overhaul obamacare with a simple majority vote. the white house tonight is fully onboard. the president's working the phones. >> all-in. >> reporter: the new gop plan ends obamacare subsidies and the medicaid expansion. states will get some money to for s they see fit.ic
america. socialism or federalism. when it comes to your health care. >> reporter: but states could allow insurers to charge more to people with some pre-existing conditions and stop covering certain acceptable health benefits like prescription drugs or maternity care. republicans can afford to lose just two votes. senator rand paul is already a no, and tonight, moreerg. a >>re we do need to reform the affordable care ability, but we need to do so in a bipartisan, careful way, making sure we understand the consequences. >> mary bruce live from the hill. we heard you report, republicans can lose to afford just two votes. senator collins just enad one n. senator john mccain voted last time. and what about senator murkowski? >> reporter: mccain is in a tough spot. his best friend, lindsey graham, is one of the authors, but mccain does not like this process. he wants bipartisan , he
wants openip shhearings. and tonight, he doesn't want to talk about where he stands. >> and you can see senator collins waivering in the iniesll nk you.uce, tha next, from baton rouge tonight, and to an arrest in the killing of two black men. investigators uncovering the evidence they say they needed to arrest a person of interest in two brutal murders that may be racially motivated. tonight, what they found inside his home. and here's abc's steve osunsaia tonight are investigating whether this man, 23-year-old kenneth gleason, may have been targeting black americans in and around baton rouge. and for many here, this picture today sent a message. the accused murderer being led away by black police officers. >> had there not been a swift conclusion to this case, i feel confident that this killer would have probably killed again. >> reporter:nvtigators say he bought a .9 millimeter handgun and started shooting at black families in their homes and businesses on september 11th. on september 12th, they say he shot and killed a homeless man,
bruce cofield. two days later, 49-year-old donald smart, a dishwasher who was walking to work. >> i just got out of my car, i heard 10, 11 shorts. >> he's not going to be someone's grandfather. >> reporter: witnesses kept reporting a young white man speeding away in aedin r police evidence linked gleason to both murder scenes and say when they searched his home, they found a copy of a speech writtenly hitler. police tonight are looking over surveillance videos from local businesses as they build their case against this young man. he has not yet entered a plea. >> steu. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the new football hazing scandal. five college football players, and now, the stunning charges. what they're accused of doing to a freshman player. two hospital workers in trouble tonight after what they did with a newborn. allegedly posting images that were inappropriate, and what the hospital has now done tonight. and look at this. the very close call.
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destruction in mexico. people ran away inner terror. now the rescue is underway. as communities work together to find good afternoon. >> the 7.1 magnitude quake is centered about 100 miles southeast of mexico city. >> so far, 104 people have been killed. that number expected to rise as rescuers search through rubble. in mexico city, at least 20 buildings were destroyed. >> take a look at this time lapse video. it shows people literally running for their lives. damaged hospitals have been evacuated. >> for the very latest, let's head live.
>> good evening. right now there are still reports of people being trapped. imans showing people frantically sethch minorge fthoran 80 peop there are fears death toll will continue to rise. videos posted on social media show how strong the 7.1 earthquake was. inside, ceiling lights swing uncontrollably in a zpraunlt in an office run for cover. outside, buildings rocking so hard, glass from a window falls to the ground. light posts shake violently. in some areas, buildings are demolished. once the dust and smoke starts to clear, you see people being escorted out to safety. the united states geological survey says the earthquake struck just after 2:00 eastern near town