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>> we will have live wildfire updates tonight on "world news," this just in. colin kaepernick strikes back. the quarterback taking legal action against the nfl. is he the victim of collusion after his decision to take a knee during the national anthem? time to strike. a critical moment in the desperate race to contain 15 large wildfires. can crews finally gain the upper hand in the deadliest wildfire outbreak california has ever seen? breaking news. armed and dangerous. the urgent manhunt after two inmates escape a missouri jail, one of them, an accused murderer. season of war. the president's former chief strategist vowing to take on gop leaders if they get in trump's way. and what the secretary of state said today when asked if he called the president a, quote,
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"moron." the new development tonight. police now probing disturbing allegations against harvey weinstein, as more accusers come forward. the motion picture academy expelling him. and the stunning statement from his own brother. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with a stunning accusation by out of work nfl quarterback colin kaepernick. the former star filing a grievance late today against nfl owners, claiming he's the victim of collusion. that owners allegedly worked together against him. kaepernick's protest has been mimicked by other players, and fueled a national debate over free speech. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: colin kaepernick accusing the team owners of colluding to keep him off the
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field. he claims the reason, his taking a knee protest during the national anthem against police mistreatment of african-americans. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag, get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now? out, he's fired. >> reporter: while players united behind kaepernick, he's remained silent and unemployed since last season. the number of players taking a knee has declined each week. but seven 49ers players, former teammates of kaepernick, kneeled today. now, he's demanding arbitration. alleging multiple head coaches and gms stated they wanted to sign him but went mysteriously went silent. representing kaepernick, mark garagos, whose client list includes michael jackson and
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convicted murderer scott peterson. >> and ron joins us live. this is a huge allegation, and the legal team is going to have to find evidence that the owners allegedly colluded. >> they're asking owners to preserve documents, e-mails, text messages, hoping to find evidence that the owners got together to keep kaepernick out of the league. what they're implying is, he's so good a quarterback that there's no other reasonable, logical explanation that he's not with a team this season, except that they're blackballing him. >> thank you. and next to the desperate race to contain california's deadliest wildfire outbreak. there are now 40 confirmed fatalities with 15 wildfires still burning. near 11,000 firefighters still working the fire lines. trying to take advantage of
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lighter winds and rising humidity levels. and while officials say they're finally making progress, they warn they're not out of the woods yet. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: flames in every direction, incinerating this house. just two blocks from the nearest fire station. but it couldn't be saved. the fire moving too fast. burning more buildings this weekend, in what is now the deadliest wildfire disaster in california history. >> we're like soldiers in a war, and our enemy is the fire. >> reporter: today is critical. crews getting a break from the wind. it's a chance for firefighters to take the upper hand. >> we're going to [ bleep ] die! we got to get out of here. >> reporter: the fires now burning for an eighth day. this video showing two men narrowly escaping the first flames. >> my eyes are burning, too, but we still got oxygen. we're not dead yet. >> reporter: harrowing moments from the night the fires first ripped through santa rosa.
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70,000 people still unable to go home tonight. at least 40 dead. more than 150 more missing. and 15 fires still raging. this is how firefighters achieved containment. they've just brought a bulldozer down, to get rid of the fuel, then they'll put it out with hoses. officials using everything they have. planes, helicopters, and over 11,000 firefighters. so far, 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed. among the devastation, a glimmer of hope. the weavers' beloved dog izzy, whom they thought was lost. >> she came bounding out. and it was tears and happiness. >> reporter: surprising the family when they needed it most. >> so great that family was able to find their dog. linzie janis joins us from santa rosa. authorities say they'll have plans in the next 24 hours to let some people return to their
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homes. but we can see it right behind you, for some, sadly, there's little to come home to. >> reporter: it's true. we're on a platform so you can get a bird's eye view of the neighborhood. totally decimated by the flames. they're working to try to make it safe for people to come back here, survey the damage themselves and maybe salvage a couple of items. authorities say they're optimistic they're turning a corner, and are asking people to hang in there a little bit longer. tom? >> linzie, thank you. officials and residents in california are watching the firefighting conditions so closely. i want to bring in rob marciano. how is it looking? >> we're starting to turn the corner weather-wise, too. gusts beginning to die down. a strong system rolling across the pacific over the next few days. some of the rain should get down there by thursday or friday. should mention the strong front cutting across western new york.
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will cross i-95 overnight. temperatures in the 30s and 40s by tuesday into wednesday morning. tom? and now to an urgent manhunt. authorities say these two inmates busted out of jail this morning. one of them currently facing a first degree murder charge. adrienne bankert on the hunt to find the pair. >> reporter: tonight, missouri deputies on the hunt for two inmates seen walking the streets moments after a daring escape. >> pemiscot county advising, they've had two inmates escape. unknown direction of travel, unknown clothing description. advise caution. >> reporter: authorities say william carter and joseph latamondeer brought out around 1:45 a.m. surveillance shows them walking to the mississippi river. >> they crawled through an air duct and gained access to a room where they were able to knock the lock loose on a door. when the alarm went off, they
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jumped over the fence and took off running. >> reporter: latamondeer was being held on felony charges including kidnapping and violent domestic assault. carter, facing charges of first degree murder. investigators say he purposely ran down his estranged wife and another man with his car. killing them. the community, unnerved with officers searching at check points throughout the city. there is a citywide surveillance system, and police are scouring it for clues. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. now to the white house, and an ominous warning saying the season of war is upon us from steve bannon. telling conservative voters he will go to war on the republican establishment and any lawmaker standing in the way of the president.
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meantime, rex tillerson asked again about whether he called the president a, quote, "moron." it comes as president trump is set to meet tomorrow with mitch mcconnell. david wright is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the president's former chief strategist appears to be gearing up for all-out political war. >> this is not my war. this is our war. >> reporter: steve bannon told trump loyalists at the values voter summit, it's open season on politicians of either party who stand in trump's way. >> and right now it's a season of war against a gop establishment. >> reporter: bannon's old boss appears to have different ideas. this weekend, trump played friendly rounds of golf with key members of the gop establishment. republican senators who have challenged the administration on health care reform, and other issues. rand paul -- >> he's a little better golfer than i am. we had a good time. >> reporter: and lindsey graham. today, graham pushed back at bannon. >> he's a symptom of the problem.
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bannon can't beat us if we're successful. >> reporter: on the sunday shows, rex tillerson had to answer some sharp criticism of the trump from the gop establishment. from bob corker, who told the "washington post" trump is castrating his secretary of state. >> i checked. i'm fully intact. >> reporter: tillerson also asked to confirm a reportedly salty statement of his own. >> is it true, did you call him a moron? >> reporter: the secretary of state would not give a yes or no answer. >> i'm just not going to dignify the question. i call the president mr. president. these are the destructive games of this town. they're not helpful to anyone. and, so, my position on it is, i'm not playing. >> david wright joins us live from the white house. as we heard in your report, steve bannon taking on the gop establishment, including mitch mcconnell, who the president is set to sit down with tomorrow. >> reporter: mcconnell will be
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here for lunch tomorrow to discuss the fall agenda. this will be his first meeting with the president since the senate failed to pass the latest version of the obamacare repeal. tom? >> david, thank you. overseas now, 276 people killed in what may be the deadliest attack in somalia's history. a massive truck bomb detonating 234 in a crowded street. you can see the damage right there. 300 injured. no claim of responsibility yet, but al shabaab has long targeted mogadishu. the state department condemning the, quote, "senseless act." and back here at home, disturbing new accusations against harvey weinstein, as authorities in the u.s. and uk open criminal investigations. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, new startling rape accusations that could lead to criminal charges for harvey weinstein. now, actress lysette anthony,
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going public. reporting to police that weinstein raped her in her west london home in the late 1980s. telling the "london sunday times" she was left feeling "disgusted and embarrassed." late today, abc news learning two more women have now come forward. british police are investigating five sexual assault allegations. the list of women accusing weinstein of harassment or sexual assault now surpassing 35. >> i don't want this to be swept under the carpet. and it doesn't feel good and we're better than that. >> reporter: weinstein, in a previous statement to "the new yorker," has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. >> i'm not doing okay. but i'm trying. i gotta get help. you know, we all make mistakes. second chance, i hope. >> reporter: hollywood ignoring that plea. the academy voting to expel the movie mogul from the oscar club. >> there is no way in hell harvey weinstein is being invited to the oscars this year or any year in the conceivable future.
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he's gone. >> reporter: the academy writing that they hope to "send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over." but the group still includes disparaged names like roman polanski, who pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old, and bill cosby, who denies accusations about drugging women and sexual misconduct. and tonight, a battle between the weinstein brothers. co-founder bob weinstein says he's spoken to his brother twice since the scandal broke. telling "the hollywood reporter" his brother doesn't have an ounce of remorse for what he has done. some of these new rape accusations from london go back more than 20 years, but there's no statute of limitations, so weinstein could face charges. tom? >> eva, thank you.
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>>. >> nearly a month after hurricane maria, many still without power. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, some in puerto rico facing a critical choice. a staggering 85% are still without power and may not all get it back until close to christmas, residents inland facing a bigger crisis -- the feeling they are cut off. this was the main bridge that connected san lorenzo to the rest of puerto rico, washed away by hurricane maria. some take a more extreme approach to ferry people to the other side. we met carmen santos at the collapsed bridge. she says it nearly cost her mother her life. your mother had a stroke? >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: how long did it take to get her to the hospital? >> about two and a half hours. >> reporter: and if the bridge wasn't down? >> 20 minutes. >> reporter: we went to her home and met her mother. now recovering. santos says she just lost her job in san juan because her hour commute became four hours long. tonight, like so many other puerto ricans, santos feels like she's at the end of her road.
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if you could, would you pack everything and leave? >> i would like. >> reporter: where would you go? >> florida, new york, wherever. >> reporter: some 200,000 puerto ricans may leave the island. carmen santos says she'll be one of them. tom? >> victor, thank you. much more still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the shootout with police on the side of an american highway. plus, the urgent warning from law enforcement on dating apps. and the waiter who took on an alleged thief. the dramatic moments all caught on surveillance. we'll be right back. sarah: every year we take a girl's trip. remember nashville? both: kimchi bbq! amazing honky-tonk! i can't believe you got us tickets! i did. i didn't pay for anything. (sigh) you never do. send me what i owe. i've got it.
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finally tonight, a routine rehearsal transforming into a magical sound of inspiration that's "america strong." here's gloria riviera. ♪ i'll rise up i'll rise unafraid i'll rise up ♪ >> reporter: these are the boys and girls from baltimore's cardinal shehan school choir. ♪ even in rehearsal, they sing their hearts out. ♪ >> our purpose is to make people happy, when we sing songs. >> reporter: sensing something special, choir director kenyatta hardison shared the song "rise up" by andra day on facebook live. ♪ millions agreed. >> everyone started calling in, saying, you all are famous. i said, what? they're like, you're viral. >> reporter: the children's
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promise to rise up, unafraid touching so many finding hope in their young, sure voices. >> it touched me where it gave me hope, and gave me the strength i needed to keep on fighting. >> it reminded me of how important it is to keep on singing when things seem bad. >> reporter: when it came time to take the stage for real, the kids nailed their performance. ♪ but for millions who already had a sneak peak at rehearsal, they'd already hit the perfect note. ♪ gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> what incredible voices. bravo to the kids from cardinal shehan. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir is right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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too night on abc 7 news at 6:00. gaining ground in the north bay. firefighters are making progress as thousands of people are headed home. >> the danger is still there as the firefighters continue to work the flames on the fire line. and a storm is headed that way, expected to bring much needed relief. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. new signs of progress in the north bay as the firefighters push back the flames. now some people are being let back into their homes for the first time in days. i'm eric thomas for thanks for joining us. >> mandatory evacuations have been lifted in the area of calistoga. >> sky 7 is over the area here hood mountain regional park and sugar loaf park. you can see the thick smoke rise in the air. the fire burned more than 47,000
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acres. containment right now is at 25%. >> now the other fires in the knot bay have some higher containment numbers. take a look at your screen. 60% for the tubs fire, cal fire reports increased containment. >> and as you can imagine, people are anxious to get back into their phonhomes. >> there's been a steady line of traffic. that's where tiffany wilson joins us live. tiffany? >> reporter: deon, there ask a sense of celebration here in the air in calistoga. hand made signs are welcoming families back into the city. cars have been honking their horns and we've seen some signs of life returning to normal, kindz riding their bikes down the streets. last week no one thought much of it but today this is a luxury.


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