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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the top secret jfk files. promised to the american public, president trump said they were coming today. where are they? the fbi, the cia, are they now concerned? what the white house just revealed. what releasing some of the material pose a national security threat? also tonight, the president and his very personal story about his brother. as the president now declares an open yoid emergency. the hunt for a serial killer. the new videos just released. and the one thing, what could be a major clue tonight. the deadly plot. the high school teens and the explosive what they were allegedly about to do. we have breaking news on harvey weinstein what he did just today. and the diane sawyer exclusive tonight. ashley judd, the first to come forward, now more than 65 women. judd describing what happened
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and her messame message tonight weinstein. and their final duet? ♪ to another world >> what dolly parton said to kenny rogers as he reveals his retirement. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that headline just a short time ago. those top secret jfk files. the president tweeting they were coming today. the final batch of classified documents. a short time ago, the white house now explaining why we've seen nothing so far. teams of historians and reporters waiting all day long to learn more about that fateful day, including what more did the cia possibly know about lee harvey oswald before the assassination? his trip to mexico, his visits to the embassies of russia and cuba. tonight, new concern that releasing some of that material could pose a national security threat. abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas,
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leading us off from washington. >> reporter: tonight, more confusion and drama surrounding the assassination of jfk. president trump announcing some of the secret documents scheduled to be released today will not be, because they pose a danger to national security. 2,800 other documents are being released to shed more light into the killing. >> and mrs. kennedy. >> reporter: on november 22nd, 1963, president kennedy and the first lady arriving in dallas, on that day that would change america. that tragic trip through dealey plaza, the first couple riding through that windy road in dallas in a lincoln continental with the top down. the president an open target for assassin lee harvey oswald. >> president kennedy has been shot in dallas, texas. >> reporter: from the get-go, the news was so hard to believe. a single man with a rifle killing the protected leader of the free world. then, just days late end on live television -- >> there is lee oswald --
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[ gunshot ] he's been shot! >> reporter: -- the man who pulled the trigger, shot and killed himself in the custody of police officers. all of this sparking intrigue and doubt. >> assassins need payrolls, schedules, times, orders. this was a military-style ambush from start to finish, a coup d'etat with lyndon johnson waiting in the wings. >> reporter: the film "jfk," and it's fictional plot surrounding a conspiracy to kill kennedy, fueling even more speculation, and, in part, leading congress to pass a law to release all federal assassination records by today. experts say some of those secret documents concern oswald, and his trip to mexico city seven weeks before the killing. his visits to the russian embassy and cuban consulate there, and possibly what the cia and fbi knew about his intentions to want to kill the president. and everyone will be mining the documents for any clues to the big question -- did oswald act alone?
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>> i would like to think that these documents would be a final answer, where americans could look at this case and say, okay, this is what happened. but realistly, that's never going to happen. >> and the wait continues. tom llamas, one of those reporters waiting all day. he's live tonight at the national archive. we are expecking some of those times still tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. about 2,800 files will be released tonight. the delay on those other files, it was because president trump felt they were a threat to national security, if they were to be released, but they're going to be re-examined. the most amazing part about today, congress initiated this act so it would call come out in the clear for the public. this is now going to add more fuel to all those conspiracy theorie theories. david? >> certainly will. tom llamas tonight, thank you. meantime, president trump declaring war on the nation's open yoid crisis today, and offering a very personal story. but the president was careful with his words, calling it a, quote, public health emergency, and why the words he chose could
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determine how much money the government will spend to fight this. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: with the stroke of a pen today, president trump declared the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in american history. >> i am directing all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis. >> reporter: the declaration means -- patients in rural areas can reach doctors and obtain prescriptions to treat addiction by phone or internet. unemployed workers who lost their jobs because of addiction will receive job training and assistance. and it lifts bureaucratic red tape, allowing more funding for treatment centers in all 50 states. but the president stopped short of declaring a sweeping national emergency, something he has repeatedly promised. >> it's a national emergency. we're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money. >> reporter: today, he said something slightly different, calling it a public health
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emergency. that means his action does not include emergency federal money to address the crisis that kills nearly 100 people a day. for more than a year, abc news followed families battling the effects of addiction. in new hampshire, david sat down with rory smith, who found his son, aaron, in their basement, overdosed. >> he was gray. i yelled for the phone, to call 911, and i proceeded to give him mouth to mouth. he was not breathing, and i couldn't feel a heartbeat. >> can you tell me what that's like? >> it's probably the worst thing i've ever had to do in my life, was giving him mouth to mouth. i just -- i said, is this how it's all going to end? right here, in my basement? >> reporter: that time, they were able to revive aaron, but after another overdose, he died. at his funeral, kerry norton, a nurse and advocate who tried to help aaron, made this promise to
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his grieving father. >> i'm so sorry. i will fight for him. i promise you. >> reporter: late today, kerry told us, the problem in new hampshire has only gotten worse. people desperate for treatment, often having to wait weeks. now, from president trump, a familiar call to action targeting young people with a just say no style ad campaign. >> if we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it's really, really easy not to take them. >> reporter: the president said his own wakeup call came from his older brother, fred. >> great guy, best looking guy, best personality, much better than mine, but he had a problem. he had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, "don't drink." "don't drink." he would say it over and over and over again. and to this day, i've never had a drink.
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>> and cecilia vega joining us from the white house. and cecilia, it was deeply person, the president's story, but the white house is still facing tough questions tonight about whether the president's action today is an adequate response for a crisis of this magnitude. >> reporter: david, this comes at a time when the health secretary here was fired for questions over his use of private jets. the drug czar recently resigned no replacement has been named. and tonight, democrats are sounding the alarm about funding. nancy pelosi today said, show me the money. but david, as you know, the president, right there in that story, called this a winnable war. >> and of course, you checked back in with those families and we'll continue to do so on this crisis. cecilia, thank you. we turn next here tonight to fast-moving developments in the search for a possible serial killer in tampa. three murders in ten days. and tonight, right here, new surveillance of that person of interest. one showing him running away from the direction of the first murder. and in another video, a possible major clue. abc's victor oquendo, again tonight from florida. >> reporter: it's the new surveillance video just released
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by tampa police, showing a person of interest sprinting away from the scene of the first of three murderers. >> we believe that this person has ties to this neighborhood. >> reporter: also tonight, new angles of that person walking toward the spot where moments later 22-year-old benjamin mitchell was gunned down. within ten days, two more victims would be shot to death within a half mile. police going frame by frame, pointing out one clue. the mystery man appears to be flipping his cell phone. >> is that a habit? does someone know a friend that -- i see them do that all the time. >> reporter: moments after the shooting, that same man running now running away from the direction of the crime scene. the police chief today saying he's come up with four reasons he might be running. >> one, they may be late for dinner. two, they're out exercising. three, they heard gunshots. and number four -- they just murdered benjamin mitchell. >> and victor oquendo live from florida. and victor, the police this evening, urging the public to
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look closely at these new videos out tonight. >> reporter: david, police want the public to study every detail, from the way this person walks to the way they dress, even the flip of that phone. they're hoping someone recognizes something familiar that can help crack this case. david? >> victor, thank you. and we move on this evening, to the discovery, the homemade explosive, and the alleged high school plot foiled. two teenagers accused of planning a deadly attack with very specific targets. fellow students and teachers. and here's abc's steve osunsami from georgia tonight. >> reporter: these two 17 year olds, seen here at their first court appearances in georgia, are accused tonight in attempted murder in a platt to blow up their school. >> do you roughly understand the charges that you're told have been brought against you? >> yes. >> reporter: police say that alfred dupree and victoria mccurley made up a list of teachers and students they were planning to target with explosives at etowah high school in the north atlanta suburbs. >> this would have been a columbine-type incident. the real hero in my opinion is
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the person who made the initial call and the tip. >> reporter: the sherriff says a helpful tip led them to his personal diary spelling out their plans. they also say they found a homemade explosion nif her home. >> i just couldn't believe it. i knew both of those kids. they both rode my bus. >> reporter: on mccurley's social media pages are signs there may have been an issue. images celebrating the columbine high school killers. fear the nobodies. another picture of columbine killer dylan klebold with the message "outrun my gun." police believe that mental health issues may be responsible here. and they're not revealing tonight who called this in. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. next this evening, to a new development in the harvey weinstein case. today, he sued his former company for records, as he now prepares to defend himself. it comes as grin sawyer sits down with ashley judd. her first television interview. judd was the first to come forward about weinstein. more than 60 other women have now followed. and this evening, judd with her message for weinstein now. it surprised us when we heard
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it. and tonight, the messages to diane, from women all over this country. >> reporter: she's a girl from kentucky. she has also written about the sexual abuse she endured in her young life, before she went to california, just wanting to be an actor. towering producer harvey weinstein called. >> i remember the lurch when i went to the desk, and i said, mr. weinstein, is he in on the patio, and they said, he's in his room, and i was like, ugh, are you kidding me? >> reporter: but you went up because -- >> i had a business appointment. which is as -- that's, you know, his pattern of sexual predation. that was how he rolled. >> reporter: we've heard a pattern in the allegations from other women, asking to give her a massage, asking for her to give him one, to watch him in the shower. >> i fought with this volley of no's, which he ignored. he kept coming back at me with all this other stuff, and finally, i just said, when i win an oscar in one of your movies,
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okay? and he was like, yeah, when you get nominated. i said, no. when i win an oscar. and then i just fled, and then i just fled. am i proud of that? the -- i'm of two minds, the part that shames myself says no. the part of me that understands the way shame works says that was absolutely brilliant. good job, kid. you got out of there. well done. we all do the best we can. and our best is good enough. and it's really okay to have responded however we responded. >> reporter: a message for women across the country, some of whom sent us audio tapes. we promised not to reveal their names. >> i have no face in this. i have no name. you know nothing about me, but i'm still scared, and i can't lose my job. >> we're doing this for her. you know, if this isn't her moment yet, we're helping create the moment when she can. >> reporter: and we had a
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question for this hollywood star, who says her belief in god is central in her life. what would you say to harvey weinstein today? a surprising answer. she says she'll never forgive what he did to women, but there's something else she must do because of her deep faith. >> what i would say to harvey is, i love you, and i understand that you are sick and suffering, and there is help for a guy like you, too, and it's entirely up to you to get that help. >> that was an unexpected answer from ashley. in the meantime, what's really staggering is the number of women across this country who have reached out to you. >> reporter: millions and millions and millions of women are speaking out. and i think ashley judd, all the women who have spoken out so far are asking, can we make this moment matter somehow? and so, i wanted to be here to say to all of them, sending us the tapes and sending us e-mails, we'll be here. we are not stopping on the story. >> all right, diane sawyer with us. diane, thank you. and there was one more
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headline today about alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. there are reports five women have accused political analyst mark halperin of sexual harassment when he was the political director here at abc, more than ten years ago. the women telling their stories about the incidents to cnn, from meetings in his office to the campaign trail and to hotel rooms. mark halperin has denied inappropriate touching, but he apologized in a statement, saying, during this period, i did pursue relationships with women that i worked with, including some junior to me. i now understand from these accounts my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. for that, i am deeply sorry and i apologize. abc news responding in a statement, mark left abc news over a decade ago and no complaints were filed during his tenure. and most recently, halperin has been an analyst for msnbc. nbc news saying that halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until questions around his past conduct are fully understood. and tonight, hbo has now dropped plans for a mini series based on a book being written by mark halperin and john heilman on the
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attorney and had recent wloin a $5.75 million civil lawsuit against kansas city businessman david jungerman. jungerman had shot two men, but claimed he had broken into his warehouse. he spoke to our station, knbc, in january. >> reporter: police will not comment. police have recovered this white van, allegedly heard speeding away after pick ert was shot. it is registered to jungerman. >> we know who the owner of the van is, and we talked to him. >> reporter: david, investigators say jungerman is not a suspect at this time. police believe this was a targeted shooting, and say there is no danger to the public. david? >> alex perez with us tonight. thanks, alex. when we come back, the major storm moving into the northeast. and the rescue at sea. five months lost on the ocean. and what you're about to see on this boat, even the dogs extremely excited at the sight of their rescue. ibility?
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finally tonight here, kenny rogers, dolly parton, and one last duet. they've been performing together for more than 30 years. that famous duet. ♪ ♪ hold me closer ♪ and i feel no pain >> reporter: last night -- >> kenneth rogers, everybody. >> reporter: they were back on stage again. >> i tell you what, we have been so excited about this, because kenny, of course, says he's retiring. >> reporter: will this be their last duet after so many? "islands in the stream" is an american favorite, notching the country charts and the pop charting, reaching number one in the billboard 100. after all these years, dolly says he's still got it. >> looks good to me, don't he to
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you? >> reporter: and then, their duet -- ♪ islands in the stream ♪ that is what we are ♪ >> reporter: just look at all the phones recording in the audience at the bridgestone arena in nashville. ♪ sail away with me ♪ to another world >> reporter: their chemistry, their smiles, still say it all. dolly, one of the 20 artists who paid tribute as kenny retires. ♪ waend and we rely on each oth♪ ♪ from one lover to another >> who doesn't love kenny and dolly? thanks for watching here on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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a big rig >> the accident happened near marsh creek road and byron highway where a big rig crashed into a power pole around 10:30 this morning, down power lines and shearing the pole in half. >> reporter: the big rig is gone. the driver did not sustain any major industries but take a look at the pole here. it is still here. the top half of it. leaning sideways. the larger issue is there are high voltage wires at the top. 60,000 volts. once it came into contact with the lower voltage lines below
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they will, it sent a jolt through the entire neighborhood. >> it is a big rig into a telephone pole. occupant is out. >> it started when a big rig smashed into a power pole near the byron highway in discovery bay leaving the pole and the power lines teetering precariously. the high power transmission lines came in contact with the residential lines below. >> they hit and caused a surge in the system. >> this took some scorching. probably from inside the box. >> at this home, the resulting power surge caused this smart meter to explode. among other issues. >> and all of a sudden, the electrical outlets started popping and fire was shooting out. then we heard a loud noise outside. so i came out to shut the breaker off and discovered that my pg & e smart meter blew up. >> reporting

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