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>> that's it for our news at tonight, breaking news.t the clashing storms taking aim. the tropical storm that pounded florida. now fueling a developing nor'easter hitting right now. possible power outages. and the flash flood threat for 45 million americans. >> possible charges. special counsel robert mueller's team zeroing in on at least one target in the russia meddling probe. the pending indictment and arrest could be just hours away. and this just in. two navy s.e.a.l.s from s.e.a.l. team six under investigation tonight for allegedly killing a fellow service member. a green beret found asphyxiated in his embassy housing. also breaking tonight, power struggle. puerto rico cancelling that contract to fix the power grid. raising new questions about how a tiny montana company landed
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the $300 million job. and, easy getaway. an inmate busting out. walking right past cameras and guards. the simple disguise he used. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the breaking news. the clashing storms taking aim at the east coast. drenching rains and winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour expected. 45 million americans facing a flash flood watch. this, after tropical storm philippe rolls northward, adding more fury to a developing nor'easter. hundreds of flights cancelled. rush hour expected to be a real mess tomorrow from washington, d.c., to boston. rob marciano starts us off. >> reporter: the rain, the wind
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steadily increasing. this area under a high wind warning. a dynamic and explosive system already doing damage across the u.s. and really, we're just getting started. tonight, two storms converging, millions bracing. as dangerous wind and rain hits. in florida, tropical storm philippe pummeling the sunshine state with torrential rain and 75-plus mile per hour winds. this twister spotted in palm beach county. one of four hitting florida overnight. this driver on i-95 spotting what appears to be a tornado. >> it's a tornado right in front of me. >> reporter: when suddenly, a transformer explodes ahead.>>h,. >> reporter: a mobile home park in boynton beach blown to pieces. >> the winds were really starting to pick up. i could see stuff flying through the air. >> reporter: roofs torn off, windows shattered. a ceiling fan lying among the debris. remnants of philippe fueling
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that nor'easter, putting 45 million at risk from washington, d.c., to boston. flash flooding and damaging winds expected. power outages likely, flight delays a certainty. so far, 300 cancellations and counting. the morning commute in jeopardy. this, coming on the fifth anniversary of superstorm sandy. which demolished much of breezy point, new york. it wasn't water that destroyed . spreading fire across these tightly-packed homes. houses here are still being rebuilt. and though not the size and scope of sandy, the incoming storm has residents on edge. >> rob joins us live from long beach, new york, bracing for a rough night. >> reporter: they are. the boardwalk i'm standing on, much of it rebuilt after sandy. this is not a saj sandy-like storm.
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but the two storms coming together. looking for it to ride up the hudson valley tonight. with dangerous damaging winds and flooding. half a foot of rainfall, going to saturate the ground. and these winds, 40, 50, 60 miles per hour. that will bring down trees and power lines. scattered outages today and tomorrow. tom? >> rob, thanks so much. next to the russia investigation. the first charges in that probe expected to be handed down as early as tomorrow morning. we've confirmed they are seeking charges against at least one target. a possible indictment and arrest said to be imminent. and the president demanding more scrutiny of democrats, and his onetime rival for the white
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house, hillary clinton. david wright with the latest on all of this. >> reporter: tonight, at the white house, russian roulette. sources tell abc news the first arrest in the russia investigation is coming as soon as tomorrow. wet bu be charged or what the charges will be. >> believe me, if you're the person, you know. i mean, you've already been told you're a target. >> reporter: abc news has confirmed that a senior prosecutor from robert mueller's office who specializes in fraud cases was at the federal courthouse in washington friday. sources tell abc news the grand jury has approved charges. there's no shortage of members of trump's inner circle who have faced questions about their dealings with russians. and there could be others we haven't heard of before. >> the big question becomes, is the strategy going to be first go for a little fish to try to get that person to turn, right? typically, that's the way you would do something like this.
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>> reporter: the president's men are pushing back. >> give me a break. the speculation is so insane right now. what we should be focusing on are the continued lies of the clinton administration. >> reporter: trump adviser roger stone tweeted obscenities at cnn when they broke the news. twitter promptly suspended him. >> the whole russia thing was an excuse for the democrats losing the election and it turns out to be just one excuse. >> reporter: now the president once again is calling this a sideshow. tweeting, "all of this russia talk right when the republicans are making their big push for historic tax cuts and reform. is this coincidental? not!" "the dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) witch hunt for evil politics." but the white house lawyer handling the russia probe quickly clarified, "the president's comments today are unrelated to the activities of the special counsel, with whom he continues to cooperate." today, the ranking member of the
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house intelligence committee would not comment on whether the president could be a target of the investigation. >> i can't comment on that, george. i can't answer that one way or the other. >> you wouldn't know whether robert mueller is investigating the president? >> i can't comment on that at all. >> david wright joins us live from the white house. any response from those who could be in jeopardy? >> reporter: the two key targets so far, paul manafort and michael flynn. abc news has reached out to both. manafort's team says they don't think an indictment is coming their way. flynn's team hasn't responded. >> david, thank you. next to a disturbing story emerging involving members of s.e.a.l. team six. u.s. officials confirming the military is looking into allegations that two navy s.e.a.l.s may have killed a green beret in june. gloria riviera with the latest
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on the investigation. >> reporter: tonight, two members from the navy's elite s.e.a.l. team six under a homicide investigation for the murder of a green beret in mali, africa. the details first reported in "the new york times" and confirmed by abc news, state that the navy is examining the june incident. >> rangers, green berets, s.e.a.l.s are so disciplined. so highly trained. something like this is almost unimaginable. >> reporter: the victim, staff sergeant logan j. melgar, found dead on assignment in mali where special operations forces conducted training and counterterrorism missions. a u.s. official telling abc news the investigation is looking into asphyxiation as a possible cause of melgar's death. the two navy s.e.a.l.s have not been charged. s.e.a.l. team six is among the military's most elite special operations forces. it was members of s.e.a.l. team six that killed osama bin laden in the 2011 raid in pakistan. the news comes as the pentagon
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investigates what led to an isis-linked ambush on october 4th in niger that left four american soldiers dead. sergeant melgar's death has been described as a mystery for months. the case is now being handled by the naval criminal investigative service, who tells us they do not discuss ongoing investigations. tom? >> gloria, thank you. the pentagon has just released the identity of an army soldier killed in afghanistan, in an helicopter crash. jacob michael simms of oklahoma. he was part of an elite air unit that works with special next to the breaking developments out of puerto rico. energy officials there in the process of cancelling the controversial contract with a montana company. the $300 million contract with whitefish energy. and how they landed the deal, in the spotlight for days. will this development slow down the recovery? here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, a shock announcement from the governor of hurricane battered puerto
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rico. >> i have asked the board of the power authority to invoke the cancellation clause in the contract immediately. >> reporter: that contract with whitefish energy could soon be scrapped after revelations the montana power company had just two employees when it was awarded a massive $300 million contract to restore power across the island, and that trump administration interior secretary ryan zinke hails from the same town the company is based in. zinke denied any involvement with the deal. whitefish saying it's disappointed in the decision. you live right here in your car for the air conditioning? >> yes. >> reporter: five weeks after hurricane maria and 70% of the island still in darkness. american citizens suffering in sweltering heat. we were there, watching these parents using strips of cardboard to cool off their toddlers. these families sitting outside late into the night to stay cool. right now, just 29.7% of
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customers in puerto rico have power, just shy of the projected 30% benchmark for tomorrow, october 30th, that the governor announced earlier. but in question, the november 15th deadline of 50% and 95% of power being restored by december 15th. the governor insisting those benchmarks will be met even without whitefish. but the head of the agency that manages electricity on the island says the cancellation could delay work for 10 to 12 weeks. puerto rico is now reaching out to new york and florida under a mutual aid agreement to send their workers to the island to reinforce the grid and get the island up and running again. tom? >> victor, thank you. turning now to the growing split in spain. police estimating more than 1 million people took to the streets today to push for the region to remain a part of spain. the latest chapter in that country's deepening civil crisis. here's terry moran. >> reporter: in the streets of barcelona, a sea of people.
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a show of unity with spain. hundreds of thousands waving the spanish flag, rejecting independence for this region. ♪ this is a joyous demonstration of spanish patriotism. they feel like their homeland has been hijacked by this declaration of independence. it happened friday. the catalonian parliament, voting to secede from spain and become the world's newest independent country. a dream come true for so many here. >> i'm super, super, super happy. super excited. now, we are catalan at last. >> reporter: the people here have their own language, catalan. their own ancient history. their own booming economy and a long list of disputes with the spanish central government in madrid. but for this massive crowd today, all that is no justification for breaking from spain. so you don't want to be independent? >> i am independent now. i have my house and my country
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that protects me and allows me to be free. >> reporter: the spanish government has fired the local leaders and assumed direct control of catalonia. but the local leaders say they still have authority here. it's a tense and potentially violent standoff. tom? >> terry, thank you. back here at home, new allegations against harvey weinstein. rose mcgowan saying he offered her $1 million not to speak out against him. and annabella sciorra tells "the new yorker" weinstein raped her. she says after giving her a ride home, he burst into her apartment and forced himself on her. weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. next, to the story of a jail escapee making it almost all the way from west virginia to mexico. a case they're trying to get to the bottom of. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the big
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question. how did this happen? a west virginia inmate dressed in plain clothes casually walks out of jail. guards not realizing he was missing until two days later. u.s. marshals catching him in texas, on the run for four days, trying to cross into mexico. >> this is either an inside job, or out and out incompetence. >> reporter: he was supposed to be in court friday morning to be sentenced. authorities say these security images show him wednesday at 6:00 a.m., in khaki pants and a dark pullover leaving jail. despite multiple head counts, officials say he was not known to be missing until 7:00 p.m. thursday night, 37 hours later. but this lawyer says staff knew sooner than that. he says he alerted officials himself after his client,
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another inmate, told him about the escape. >> had to let the jail know somebody had escaped. >> reporter: the state says they are investigating the escape. so far, four prison guards have been suspended without pay. tom? >> eva, thank you. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. twin air scares. one, a cockpit emergency. and what could have caused the nose of this plane to cave in? and why doctors say you should never wear these novelty contact lenses. and later, he served five tours in combat zones, but this soldier back at home for his nephew. that's ahead. hooting, burning of diabetic nerve pain these feet... liked to style my dog as a kid... and were pumped to open my own salon. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer. so i talked to my doctor and she prescribed lyrica.
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finally tonight, a soldier living with survivors' guilt after a violent attack on the battlefield until he was able to save a life in his own family. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: hudson hill, born with that beautiful full head of hair, and a big battle ahead of him. his liver disease, quickly becoming life-threatening. leaving him in desperate need of a transplant. >> no parent -- it's scary. >> reporter: he needed a living donor, and his uncle, who knows all about putting up a brave fight, was a perfect match. army special forces lieutenant colonel trevor hill, rushing back from afghanistan for a critical mission unlike any other during his five deployments. including the one in 2005 that nearly took his life. >> we rolled over, and two of the four people in my vehicle were killed instantly. i was trapped in the overturned vehicle, and it caught fire.
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>> reporter: other soldiers pulled him from the burning wreckage. >> ever since then, i have survivor guilt, and i also have, these guys saved my life and what do i do to pay that back? >> reporter: this was his chance. the complex and rare transplant, a success. hudson, now healthy and celebrating his first birthday. his hero uncle looking ahead to many more. >> i think we'll always have something special. >> reporter: marci gonzalez, abc news. >> tonight, we salute hudson and his uncle for being "america strong." we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. tonight on abc7 news at
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6:00, a bay area man reportedly trying to slow down a driver is gunned down on his own street. plus, fright night becomes fight night at great america as a brawl breaks out during a halloween event. rain is on its way, but will it arrive in time for halloween? abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. live, where you live, this is abc7 news. a fun night at great america broken up by a massive brawl. tonight, police are out in force to make sure it doesn't happen again. good evening, i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm dionne lin. tonight is the last night of halloween hospital, and police want to make sure it's safe for everyone. >> lilian kim is live in santa clara with the story. >> reporter: there will be more officers here at great america tonight, a direct result of what happened last night. that's when police got several
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casll at apeople, of cell phone thisse cell phone theft and fights breaking out, during this popular night-time event held in the weeks leading up to halloween. officers made two arrests, for one theft by a juvenile and one for public intoxication. most of the perpetrators scattered by the time officers arrived. they plan to review security video in hopes of identifying and arresting more people. groups of about 100 juveniles were responsible for lbl.tas we spoke to a parent who picked up her daughter and a friend from great america and she said she's not surprised to hear about what happened last night. >> actually, my daughter wanted to go, it's called the haunt, and i would never let my kids go to great america in the night-time because i've heard this kind of stuff happens too much and i'm just too worried about that. so i made them go to the pumpkin fest today and during the


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