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tonight, we're on the scene. the race against time. and the stunning moments. the woman visibly shaken, pulled through the debris. the child pulled from a crumbled school. our team in mexico city. also breaking, from puerto rico, for the first time, rob marciano takes us to the part of the island where the hurricane made landfall. the urgent plea tonight. the woman waving our team inside and what rob found. we have news on north korea. president trump reve punishing new sanctions and that china will now help. facebook's founder mark zuckerberg tonight and the video message he just put out. the russians did buy thousands of ads on facebook during the election. attacking hillary clinton and praising donald trump. he'll now give those ads to congress. two people trapped in this burning car. several officers smashing
windows to get to them. and the discovery tonight. doctors revealing what they found in aaron hernandez's brain. the, quote, most severe case they've ever seen. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that race against time in mexico city. we witnessed remarkable moments of heroism today. the rescue crews that have not given up. some have been able to pull people to safety amid so many collapsed buildings. the desperate scramble now to find the missing, with hope beginning to fade. but there was this. some of the smallest survivors being pulled out alive, which is why they keep going tonight. abc's matt gutman is in mexico city, where they are afraid the building he's reporting from could come down. >> reporter: tonight, 48 hours after the earth shook here, and the buildings here came down, new images of survivors being pulled from tombs of rubble. these mexican firefighters easing this woman out a hole in
the ceiling, first the legs, then gently, the rest of her body. she emerges with that look of shock, and those tears. over 50 people have been rescued here since that massive 7.1 magnitude quote here on tuesday. but tonight, there are still families waiting by the lists of the missing. desperate for word of loved ones. the l.a. county firedepartment rescue team arriving with specialized equipment to assist in the searches. among the most dramatic rescues, these children at the enrique rebsamen school. bystanders prying at the concreting coxing the terrified children through a gap in the wall. finally scooping them up, screaming, but alive. after more than 36 hours, the entire nation was transfixed on this flattened school, hoping to see one more childre rescued.
the education minister telling me they believed a young girl was inside. >> the rescue teams told you they made contact with her. >> reporter: they heard her voice? >> yes. they heard her voice. >> reporter: teams of thousands of rescuers and volunteers, dogs, those sensitive microphones and the endless bucket brigades digging through the rubble. what brings everything home is seeing where they december potz it issed all of the children's belongings here. notebooks, bookbags and toys. and those desperate demands for silence. >> silencio total. silencio total por favor. >> reporter: but late today, the stunning announcement. officials announcing there was no girl after all. all the students are accounted for, 19 losing their lives here. you're certain there are no kids from this school still in that rubble. >> no, for certain. >> reporter: and matt gutman reporting in now. and i understand they're worried that building right there behind
you could come down? >> reporter: that's right, david. you can see the chaos behind me. everybody here is being evacuated. the concern is for the other side of the building. the building you see behind me, that is the school collapsed, where the children were killed. and now they are pushing us out of this place, because it's simply too dangerous. david? >> all right, matt gutman with us again tonight from mexico city. matt, thank you. we turn next here to the catastrophic damage in puerto rico. home to 3.5 million citizens. hurricane maria, the worst storm to batter that island in nearly a century. and for the first time, right here tonight, our rob marciano takes us to the part of the island where the hurricane made landfall. there was a woman who waved him in, and what he saw when he went inside. >> reporter: tonight, in puerto rico, the first look at hurricane maria's wrath, as thousands of families face a difficult night and an uncertain future. as the storm bore down on the island, many had no safe place to go. those ferocious 1 155-mile-per-hour winds, the most powerful seen here in generations.
the entire island still without power. we headed south to where maria made landfall. now that we're south of town, we're siege some damage that actually looks almost like a tornado came through. clearly, this is the path of the eye when it came through. millions of trees obliterated. in yobacoa, the town decimated by a direct hit, we find desperate residents lining up for water that's been trucked in. >> we need diesel for the generator. we need light. we need water. >> reporter: a caregiver named maria flagged us down. >> we can't let them die. we can't let them die. we need help, we need all the help we can get. >> reporter: she takes us to her nursing home, now on the brink. harrowing scenes inside. this man, clinging to life. now i see, when that generator runs out -- >> what are we going to do? what are we going to do? >> reporter: 11 patients, all frail, dehydrating in the sweltering rooms. some with alzheimer's. >> that's all they have now is me. that's all they have.
>> reporter: communities all around puerto rico in dire conditions. the governor out with the national guard overnight outside san juan rescuing the stranded, and back at the nursing home, maria with a message for her daughter back in florida. >> i just want to say, daneesa, i love you. daneesa, i'm here, we're alive, i love you. >> and rob marciano reporting in from san juan now. and rob, wait to get back to what the caregiver pleaded for at the nursing home. water, diesel, food. any idea tonight if authorities have heard her calls for help? >> reporter: well, our hearts just go out for her. she needs oxygen. that's not something we carry. our team contacted the office of emergency management and they are aware of her desperate plea and hopefully can get her the help she needs here in the coming days, david. >> just a dire situation there. in the meantime, rob, where is the hurricane tonight, and are those models now in agreement when it comes to the east coast of the u.s.? >> reporter: well, we're feeling
a little bit better about the east coast of the u.s. right now. it's about 90 miles east-southeast of grand turk island. her cape waurricane warnings ar. your forecast takes it north and into the open ocean, and likely keeps it there, weakens it as it gets into cooler water. there's the spaghetti models. we certainly hope that forecast holds. david? >> rob marciano. and we'll stay on the story of that nursing home. thank you, rob. great concern for american medical students on dominica. we now see the catastrophic images coming in. the island wiped out. abc's victor oquendo in the storm zone. >> reporter: tonight, a look at the worst of maria's wrath, the hard-hit island of dominica, total devastation. nearly everything destroyed. roads ripped, huge trees uprooted, debris littering the street. at least 15 people are dead, but many others are missing in communities that are completely cut off. and late today, word that 1,000
medical students, many of them american, whose condition was unknown, have been reached and are confirmed safe. in puerto rico, maria's winds gave way to more than 30 inches of rain. overwhelming rivers levittown. the residents rescued from here are being taken to a nearby school. the cleanup process will likely take weeks, maybe months. david? >> victor oquendo from the storm zone. there is breaking news tonight involves north korea. president trump with tough new sanctions against north korea, and with the promise of help from china. what would be a major victory for this white house. and just in this evening, north korea's fiery new response. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: after threatening to annihilate the entire nation of north korea, president trump today put aside war talk in favor of diplomacy, announcing a new round of economic sanctions.
>> a new executive order will cutoff sources of revenue that fund north korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to human kind. >> reporter: trump also announced that china is taking new steps to isolate kim jong-un. >> china, their central bank, has told their other banks -- that's a massive banking system -- to immediately stop doing business with north korea. >> reporter: it's a striking difference in tone from earlier this week. >> the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: today, i asked u.n. ambassador nikki haley about that. what exactly did he mean? under what circumstances would he consider totally destroying north korea? >> well, i think that's just common sense. if for any reason north korea attacks the united states or our
allies, the u.s. will respond. period. >> jon karl with the question for nikki haley today. and job, we have a response tonight from north korea. kim jong-un responding? >> reporter: we do. he called the president mentally deranged and said that he will make him pay dearly, those were his words, for his speech at the u.n. i got to tell you, there's a real effort by the administration to turn the temperature down here. nikki haley made it clear, there's a lot more still to be done diplomatically. >> jon karl with us again tonight. jon, thank you. next, to a stunning public admission from facebook tonight. a video message released late today, mark zuckerberg, acknowledging russian agents did, in fact, buy thousands of ads during the election, attacking hillary clinton, or praising donald trump. tonight, facebook says it will now turn those ads over to congress. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: after months of stonewalling congress, today facebook gave in. its founder, mark zuckerberg, agreeing to turn over more than 3,000 russian-linked political
ads that ran during last year's election campaign. >> i don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. that's not what we stand for. >> reporter: russian companies spent more than $100,000 on the ads, most of them praising donald trump or attacking hillary clinton. millions of americans saw them, and just this week clinton said facebook has to own up to the problem. >> i don't think anybody can with a straight face say that the russians did not set out to influence our election, and they did so. this latest revelation about the way they bought ads on facebook, and targeted them -- we're going to find out a lot more. >> reporter: until today, facebook refused to reveal who paid for political ads. zuckerberg says that will now change. >> we can do better. >> reporter: facebook at first had denied to congress they had posted any ads paid by the russians. >> when i raised these issues last winter, couldn't happen, and they privately said, you
know, it was a crazy idea, as well. they weren't crazy ideas. >> reporter: it was not just ads. investigators say they have found huge numbers of fake facebook pages linked to the russians, like this one discovered by "the new york times," supposedly an anti-clinton father in pennsylvania, but he didn't exist. the picture was of someone in brazil. >> that's just incredible. all right, brian ross with us now. thousands of ads bought by the russians, facebo p boobook ackng this. you've been digging into this. do we know which states, which voters they were trying to target here? >> reporter: well, david, only facebook knows the answer to that, and so far, they have kept it secret. one new study shows an amount of russian-directed fake news post were aimed at the swing states in the last election. >> brian ross, thank you. we turn next here to capitol hill, and the new effort to kill obamacare. the senate has until next week to pull off this newest attempt. our team today calling the senators offices, the key senators on the fence, and what we've learned tonight.
abc's mary bruce back on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, the pressure is on for the republican senators who will make or break the new health care bill. watching closely from virginia, mom samantha mcgovern. her daughter joseph phone was born at just 24 weeks. that's considered a pre-existing condition. her mostly health care costs $27,000. samantha's worried what happens if insurance stops covering that bill. >> i want them to find a way to cover me and put it in the bill. don't leave it up to chance. don't roll the dice and take the risk and take the gamble on my child's life. >> reporter: the bill does entire states provide access to adequate and affordable health care insurance, but those terms are not defined. stafts could allow inshunners to charge some people with pre-existing conditions more. >> i'm going to take the money that we would have spend on obamacare in washington and send it back home and let us do a better job with it. >> reporter: but with far less money. $160 billion less. tonight, the opposition from medical groups, patient
advocates and insurers is piling up. what comes next is largely up to these four republicans. >> i'm a producer with abc news. >> reporter: with the senate out of session, today, our team worked the phones. >> i wutz jusz wondering if senator paul is a yes or no. >> calling to see if there's any update on the health care vote. >> reporter: their deadlines looming at the end of next week. >> and mary bruce with us again tonight. we see them making the calls as they always do. where do those senators stand tonight, mary? >> reporter: david, republicans can afford to lose just two votes here, and right now, none of those four are onboard. paul is a no, collins is leaning no, murkowski is undecided, and mccain still won't say where he stands, and he wants us to stop asking. david? >> mary bruce with our political coverage for tonight. mary, thank you. we turn next here to oklahoma city. questions about police use of force. officers investigating a hit and run accident, encountering a man they say was holding a metal pipe. they told him to drop it, but he was deaf. he was then shot and killed.
abc's kenneth moton from the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an investigation into the deadly police shooting of a deaf man in oklahoma city. >> officer involved shooting. officers are fine. southeast 57th and shields. >> reporter: it all began moments earlier. the stunning hit and run captured on surveillance video. investigators say a green pickup truck hit a car, flipped and landed upright. the driver took off. police say they tracked down the truck, but was confronted by his son, magdiel sanchez. they say he was holding a metal pipe. >> myself and my daughter were actually screaming at them that he was deaf, and he couldn't hear anything, and they proceeded on shooting him. >> reporter: one officer used a taser. the other fatally shooting sanchez with his gun. >> when you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can lock in to just the person that has the weapon that would be threat against you. >> reporter: the officers were not wearing body cameras. david, the police chief says sanchez couldn't hear, but he could see that the officers were
in uniform and marked patrol cars. the officer that fired the fatal shot is on leave during tin vest game. david? >> kenneth, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the mystery explosion, multiple homes damaged or destroyed in an american neighborhood. you'll see the pictures. also, the fiery car rescue. two people trapped inside this car. several officers smashing windows to get to them. the new discovery tonight. doctors revealing what they found in aaron hernandez's brain, calling it the, quote, most severe case they've ever seen. and there's a new headline tonight about tom cruise and his new movie. the producers being sued for a deadly accident. and why the plaintiffs say that cruise is partially to blame. we'll be right back. every year we take a girl's trip. remember nashville? kimchi bbq. kimchi bbq. amazing honky tonk?? i can't believe you got us tickets. i did. i didn't pay for anything. you never do. send me what i owe. i've got it. i mean, you did find money to buy those boots. are you serious? is that why you don't like them? those boots could make a unicorn cry.
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rescue efforts continue in mexico after the massive earthquake there. within the last hour, mexico's president said the death toll has risen to more than 273. and a girl said to be alive in the rubble of a school, that's the now say she never existed. >> a very strange story. the mexican will navy reports no signs of a child being alive. but rescue efforts do continue elsewhere. reporter omar jimenez says the crews are holding out hope to see if survivors can be found. >> reporter: the earthquake left much of central mexico devastated. it killed hundreds of people, leveled homes and schools and
churches. the crews haven't given up hope. across the country rescuers banded together. even dogs joined the search. >> my brother is alive. the complicated thing is reaching him where he is. we kmt just say he's here. >> volunteers remove bricks and pieces of concrete by sxhanld use thermal, sound and movement sensors. workers hold up their fist for r silence. more than 2,000 schools have been damaged. this private elementary school fold in the on itself. several trammed children have been pulled alive from the debris. one girl said she was doing her english homework when the building began to shake. >> just when we were going to run down, part of the know collapsed and everything was dust and we couldn't see anything. >> this is the second major earthquake in two weeks. the country has declared mourning. >> we've seen people in mexico city forming human