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contribution. we appreciate your tonight, the president responds. when asked, has he done enough for puerto rico? the governor there saying they face a humanitarian disaster. nearly 3.5 million american citizens. critics saying the president tweeted about the nfl all weekend, not puerto rico. and when he did finally tweet, was he compassionate or did he take on puerto rico for its problems? the battle with the nfl tonight. the show of unity, with jerry jones and the cowboys. and the cardinals. the boos from the stands. now, the president tonight saying there should be a new rule for nfl players. the plan to kill obamacare. the effort is dead tonight. the president angry. there will be no vote. susan collins and lisa murkowski revealing tonight why they were not convinced. the fbi arrests tonight. four coaches in the ncaa, big name schools. and what they're accused of. and we have news on o.j.
simpson tonight. set to go free in just days. what the paperwork reveals. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin with what authorities are calling a humanitarian disaster in puerto rico. more than 3 million american citizens live there. and tonight, the president is asked, was he preoccupied with the nfl and his tweets? the president tweeting 24 times about the nfl, but he did not tweet about puerto rico over the weekend. tonight, he's defending himself, and the white house releasing this photo of a meeting in the situation room, to signal they are doing all they can. tonight, the president plans to now visit puerto rico. and abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: president trump in the rose garden today with a message for puerto rico. >> we will get through this and we will get through it together. >> reporter: and the ground, total devastation. nearly the entire island still without power.
more than half of it without water. but many say, until now, the president's public response has been subdued. overnight, in a series of tweets, president trump emphasized puerto rico's massive debt, saying it owes "billions of dollars to wall street and the banks, which, sadly, must be dealt with." among those who called him out, the mayor of san juan, who said, "you don't put debt above people, you put people above debt." new york congresswoman nydia velazquez going even further. >> this is going to turn to be mr. trump's katrina. >> reporter: and today, we put the question to the president. is puerto rico getting all the help it needs from you, mr. president? >> puerto rico is very important to me, and puerto rico, the people are fantastic people. i grew up in new york, so i know many people from puerto rico. i know many puerto ricans. >> reporter: the president highlighting the praise he's received. >> it's the most difficult job,s on an island in the middle of the ocean. it's out in the ocean. you can't just drive your trucks
there from other states. and the governor said, we are doing a great job. >> reporter: while brushing off questions about whether he's been preoccupied by his battle with the nfl. >> was i preoccupied? not at all. not at all. i have plenty of time on my hands. all i do is work. se r >> epphotos to show it. the president in the situation room, being briefed on puerto rico. >> so, let's get to cecilia vega, live at the white house tonight. and cecilia, the president announcing today that he will now travel to puerto rico? >> reporter: yeah, david, he says he will go there on tuesday. but also headed to puerto rico, the u.s. navy ship "comfort." it's a medical ship with as many as 1,200 active duty and reserve personnel on it. but david, we are being told, it will take about a week before it arrives. >> a week. cecilia vega leading us off tonight. cecilia, thank you. our correspondent in puerto rico tonight, asking the mayor of san juan if she has a message for president trump, and she did. and today, what else we found there. a retirement home with residents trapped at the top of the building. no running water, no
electricity, in sweltering heat. abc's eva pilgrim from san juan tonight. >> reporter: tonight, at this sweltering 14-story retirement home in san juan -- >> we're going door to door to door, doing a search. >> reporter: there's no running water. the only way out for the elderly residents? these stairs. >> what can i do? leave them here? >> reporter: here we meet lisbeth vasquez, trying to care for her parents. >> i can't walk too much. >> reporter: who desperately need medicine. they were just treated for dehydration. >> if i would have not taken them to the hospital, they would've been dead. >> reporter: hundreds at the airport. susana garner has been here for two days, trying to get out. >> i have high blood pressure and i'm not supposed to be in this heat and it's not good. >> reporter: six days since the category 4 storm made landfall on the u.s. territory, 95% of the island has no power. long lines for gas. entire villages and towns remain cut off.
are you getting the stuff you need fast enough? >> no. no. and i'm sorry if that's not politically correct to say. >> reporter: san juan's mayor telling me bureaucratic red tape is holding up relief efforts. >> president trump, please. whatever you need to do. let fema do their job. >> and eva joins us now from san juan. eva, you talked to the governor of puerto rico, as well, and he told you that supplies are getting to puerto rico, but they're having trouble distributing them? >> reporter: that's right, david. the governor saying, he really needs the drivers to come back to work, so they can deliver the goods. the fuel, the water and the food to places in need. but many of those drivers, they're puerto ricans themselves, who have been cleaning up their own houses in the aftermath of this storm. david? >> all right, an island overwhelmed still. eva, thank you. there was one more moment we witnessed today. after that monster hurricane. hundreds of american medical students who are still stranded
on the island of dominica. a full eight days after the hurricane hit. abc's ian pannell with them, as they try to get out, and the u.s. military, backed by special forces, is now sweeping that island tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the race to rescue hundreds of american students stranded on this caribbean island ravaged by hurricane maria. some have been stranded for over a week, as the island's residents face dire conditions. the destruction on the island is shocking. in parts, buildings have just been completely blown away. people are short of food, they're short of electricity. >> have your numbers out. >> reporter: an international team working to evacuate students from dominica, with incredible stories of survival. >> one girl, her entire house went out and she was just holding onto the floorboards, like, for the entire storm. i saw her face at, like, 2:30 in the morning, her face was just red from the wind. not from crying, just from the wind in her face. >> after this, we're brothers, not friends. you don't go through catastrophe and not have family afterwards.
>> hi, mom! >> reporter: and tonight, all those students now on their way home and to safety. so, all students off the island, but that doesn't mean all americans rescued. u.s. special forces, together with the military, are scouring the island. but don't forget those who call this home. they have no escape plan. david? >> ian pannell with us tonight. ian, thank you. maria, now a tropical storm, isn't done yet, now approaching the east coast at this hour. kicking up rough surf and dangerous rip currents from florida to maine over the next few days. its closest point, near north carolina's outer banks tomorrow morning. evacuations in place. and our weather team says it could be a rough night ahead. wind and surf, possible rip currents. then that track, making a hard right turn before going out to sea. we'll continue tracking it. and in the west at this hour, an evacuation order is still in place tonight, a wildfire in southern california. burning in the santa ana mountains, growing to more than 2,000 acres, forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes. firefighters battling throughout the night there to save those homes. the flames burning very close to
the 91 freeway. two lanes have been closed for part of this day. to the president versus the nfl tonight, after that show of unity, jerry jones and the dallas cowboys, linking arm in arm, with the cardinals, too. there were boos. and tonight, the president is now calling for a new rule for nfl players. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with so much crossing his desk, from the humanitarian crisis to puerto rico to the showdown with north korea, the president is being asked about his focus on the nfl. >> there's some concern that you were preoccupied with the nfl, instead of dealing with puerto rico. why isn't that a fair assessment? >> well, i wasn't preoccupied with the nfl. i was ashamed of what was taking place, because, to me, that was a very important moment. i don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. >> reporter: just before monday night's game, the dallas cowboys, including its owner, jerry jones, who had been critical of players kneeling in protest of police brutality, took a collective knee.
>> boos can be heard. >> reporter: jerry jones, taking a knee. >> yeah, that's amazing. i'm glad he did. >> reporter: both the cowboys and the cardinals then rose, linking arms during the national anthem. at first, president trump tweeted that the booing was the "loudest i have ever heard. great anger." then, he seemed to commend the cowboys for splitting the difference and standing during the anthem. "big progress being made. we all love our country." the protests sparked by the president's own words. >> get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now. out. he's fired. >> reporter: a comment that united figures from across the sporting world, encapsulated by this "sports illustrated" cover. david, in the latest of the president's 24 tweets on the topic, he took it even a step further, calling for a rule that you can't kneel during the national anthem. david? >> matt gutman with us again tonight. thanks, matt. we turn next here to the newest effort to kill obamacare. it is dead on arrival. there will be no vote.
and tonight, two republican senators, susan collins and lisa murkowski, on why they were not convinced. and even after john mccain said he would vote no, support for him from the senator who helped write the bill. mary bruce back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, republicans are conceding defeat. >> we've made the decision, since we don't have the votes, we will postpone that vote, okay? am i disappointed? absolutely. >> reporter: but for mom samantha mcgovern, who worried what this bill would mean for her daughter, josephine, relief. >> i'm much happier today than i was the last time i saw you. >> reporter: the fatal blow dealt by senator susan collins of maine. >> it was clear to me that the graham/cassidy bill was not the answer. >> reporter: her objections to the bill? the deep cuts to medicaid, and the concern millions would lose coverage. lisa murkowski of alaska, who opposed the last attempt -- >> i said in january, we should not repeal without a replacement. >> reporter: -- didn't like the process this go-round, saying "the u.s. senate cannot get the
text of a bill on a sunday night, then proceed to a vote just days later, with only one hearing." john mccain, who took down the last gop attempt with this defiant thumb's down, agreed, he wants a bipartisan process. his best friend in the senate, lindsey graham, who crafted the bill, had this to say. >> john mccain was willing to die for this country, and he can vote any way he wants to and it doesn't matter to me. >> reporter: but tonight, he says they have to keep up the fight. >> we'll get killed if we don't. >> reporter: you'll get killed if you don't? >> we'll get killed. i mean, can you imagine if we just don't fulfill this promise? >> mary bruce with us live tonight from the capitol. and now that this newest republican bill is dead for now, mary, republicans will now need 60 votes instead of a simple majority. had they gotten it done this week. that would mean both sides would have to come together on this. >> reporter: exactly, david. and word tonight, bipartisanship is back. senators from both sides of the aisle are headed back to the negotiating table to try to hammer out immediate steps to stabilize the markets and give
americans facing high premiums some relief. david? >> bipartisanship is back. we heard you say it, mary. we'll keep tracking that, as we continue to cover this. mary, thank you. we turn next to a political battle playing out right now in alabama tonight. two larger than life characters competing to be the republican candidate for senate. judge roy moore, pulling out a gun at last night's rally. he's been endorsed by president trump's former adviser, steve bannon, but not the president. the other candidate, 6'9" senator luther strange, is the president's pick. abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas is there for us. >> i believe in the second amendment. >> reporter: flashing his gun on stage, and riding his horse to the polls, former alabama chief justice roy moore is also a hero to the religious right. >> crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion, sweep our land. >> reporter: moore's top supporter in this senate primary, president trump's former chief strategist, steve bannon. >> he's a courageous man, and most importantly, he's a
righteous man. >> reporter: but the president is supporting moore's opponent, senator luther strange. what would you tell trump supporters who are confused? who should they vote for? >> i'm just an individual. i would highly recommend that the folks in the state of alabama support judge moore. >> reporter: but the president says he's loyal to strange for helping him on health care, even calling him big luther. >> met him once, i said, that is the tallest human being i've ever seen. i'm tall. should be on the new york knicks. they could use him. so, luther, that's what i call him, big luther. >> reporter: strange making it clear he will be in lock-step with the president. >> he knows i've got his back. >> reporter: but the president acknowledges he may be backing the loser. >> and i might have made a mistake. and i'll be honest, i might have made a mistake. >> so, tom llamas with us from homewood, alabama, tonight. and tom, president trump saying he might have made a mistake. and he's made it clear, tom, that he'll enthusiastically campaign for whoever wins tonight? >> reporter: david, the polls just closed here in alabama, and everyone knows this is going to be a very tight race. the president knows that, as
well. and he says if judge moore ends up winning, he will be back down here to campaign for him, quote, like hell. david? >> tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thanks, as always. next here, president trump warning that the u.s. is prepared to use, quote, devastating military action against north korea, if necessary, after that nation threatened to shoot down u.s. war planes. north korea, backing up that threat with a new propaganda video, simulating their missiles destroying u.s. planes and ships. north korea says president trump's harsh words are a declaration of war. and an angry response tonight to north korea's threats from the parents of otto warmbier, the college student held captive by the north koreans for 18 months, returning home in a vegetative state. he died six days later. tonight, fred and cindy warmbier accusing north korea of terrorism and torture, revealing heartwrenching details of their son's final days. >> we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound. he was staring blankly into space, jerking violently. he was blind.
he was deaf. as we looked at him and tried to comfort him, it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth. >> u.s. doctors finding no evidence he had contracted botulism, as the north koreans had claimed. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the place where women will finally be allowed to drive. the global headline tonight. also breaking this evening, four coaches in the ncaa arrested by the fbi, all from big name schools. what they're accused of doing. there's also news tonight on o.j. simpson, set to go free in just days. and what the paperwork now reveals tonight. and it's one of the most popular shows on cable tv, "fixer upper." the hosts tonight with a big headline about their future and the show's future. we'll be right back. [radio alarm] ♪ ♪
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>> reporter: a massive scandal rocking college basketball today, the fbi announcing fraud and corruption charges against ten people, including four assistant coaches at some of the country's top programs. auburn's chuck person, usc's tony bland, arizona's book richardson and oklahoma state's lamont evans. the two-year investigation alleges coaches took cash bribes in return for steering nba-bound athletes toward specific financial advisers and sports agents. >> today's arrest should serve as a warning to others, we have your playbook. >> reporter: among those charged, the global head of sports marketing for basketball for adidas, jim gatto, accused of bribing the families of high school recruits to get them to commit to louisville and miami, where adidas is a sponsor. >> these defendants conspired to secretly funnel six-figure payments to the families of three high school players. >> reporter: today, adidas said they were unaware of any misconduct. those four coaches have been
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finally tonight here, the bride and groom in ontario, getting their photos taken when suddenly, the groom is tested. this looks more like your typical wedding photo. clayton and brittany cook, this weekend in ontario. but this is what it soon looked like. that's the groom, soaked, nearly waist-deep in the water. clayton noticed a boy had fallen in, and without hesitation, left the photo shoot to save the boy. >> his face was under water and he was fighting, like, he was really fighting. lucky he was only a little guy and i could just get him by the -- i grabbed him, sort of like right here and i just kind of -- i honestly just sort of huffed him up. >> reporter: it was just moments earlier, they had begun to take those photos, when the photographer noticed the groom was gone. >> he was struggling to swim and he swooped right up the little guy by his arm, just sopping wet
and the kid safely walking away while he's -- while he's waist, kind of into the river. >> reporter: that little boy, he's okay tonight. and so is the bride, saying, that's the guy i married. >> that's clay, like, that's clay to me. it doesn't even surprise me that that happened. it's something he would just instinctively do. >> glad that little guy is okay, and here's to the bride and groom tonight. thanks for watching here on a tuesday. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right here tomorrow.
country. >> people evacuate their homes in oakland hills after a wiefrd brings out hundreds of while fires. it's the start of a demo day with a twist. >> announcer: live where you live this is abc 7 news. this is a school on loading zone, right where he drove through is where the school buses drop off student. had this been an hour later this could have been much much worse. >> sure could. a pickup truck kareens off highway 101 and into a parking lot where it hit a number of people. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristin in for in for daetz. one of those hit was a pregnant woman. >> this all happened in a parking lot in an in and out in kneel valley just off 101.
>> abc 7 news reporter wayne freedmon live on the scene. >> reporter: we have an update, i just spoke with andrew barkley, the california highway patrol he's not sure if it's six, seven or eight people. six of the people involved if this accident were in this car. this is a rental car, not all the people were in it but this is the first one that was hit in the accident. let's show you some pictures from what had happened earlier in the day. it happened 2:20 this afternoon. a large pickup truck crashed through the fence, a bus hour where later kids could have been standing. it kept going and hit that one car and ricochetted off others. the first car hit was that mini