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"world news tonight" with david muir is coming up. >> we'll see you in half an hour. >> bye-bye. tonight, breaking news. donald trump jr. and his private messages with wikileaks for months. what abc news has learned tonight. "the atlantic" first reporting the detailed exchanges between the president's son and wikileaks before the election. and their advice for candidate trump. >> i love wikileaks. >> and the message don jr. received, even wikileaks thought hillary clinton would win. also breaking, a new accuser. breaking into tears today, describing what she says senate candidate roy moore did to her when she was 16. and tonight, even before this newest accuser, the top republican in the senate said, "i believe the women." new charges in the alleged hazing death at penn state. authorities say surveillance was destroyed. the fbi has now recovered it, and what it shows. new images coming in tonight.
the deadly earthquake. more than 400 killed. the scare at the airport here at home. the smoke coming from a bag, even before the passenger boards the plane. and the major new health alert tonight involving hypertension.en need to know. good evening and it's great to start another week with you. and we begin tonight with donald trump jr., and his secret correspondence, his messages for months with wikileaks before the election. "the atlantic" breaking the story tonight, abc news confirming. the communications began during the campaign and continued well after his father was in the white house. tonight, don jr.'s messages, what they reveal about wikileaks and their advice for the trump campaign. and tonight, just in, donald trump jr.'s response. we begin here with abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, the shocking private messages between donald trump jr. and wikileaks. abc news learning that starting at the height of the campaign,
donald trump's son and wikileaks were secretly corresponding. late tonight, don jr. released the messages on twitter. as first reported in "the atlantic," the exchanges with wikileaks went on for at least ten months, starting in september of 2016, just two months before the election. the president's son communicating with wikileaks, a group the intelligence community believes was used by russia to spread information about hillary clinton and influence the election. even president trump's own cia director has said this -- >> it's time to call out wikileaks for what it really is. a non-state, hostile int intelligence service often abetted by state actors like russia. >> reporter: wikileaks had already leaked stolen documents from the dnc when don jr. started receiving direct messages from the group on twitter. all the while, his father proclaiming this. >> wikileaks, i love wikileaks. >> reporter: two days after that rally, according to the atlantic, wikileaks wrote, "hey, donald. great to see you and your dad talking about our publications." adding, "strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us." sending a link to their leaked
documents. don jr. did not respond, but 15 minutes after it was sent, donald trump himself tweeted, "very little pickup by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by wikileaks. so dishonest. rigged system." and two days later, his son tweeted out that link that wikileaks had sent. sources close to don jr. believe that after wikileaks first reached out, don jr. informed campaign leaders, including steve bannon, kellyanne conway and trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. for months, trump jr. and wikileaks kept talking, and though don jr. did not engage with all of wikileaks' requests, he didn't rebuff them, either. wick wikileaks wrote to don jr. even on election day. even they seemed to think hillary clinton was going to win. writing, "hi, don. if your father loses, we think it is much more interesting if he does not concede, and spends time challenging the media." but by the end of the night, trump had won. wikileaks' response? wow. >> so, let's get to mary bruce
live tonight from washington. and mary, as we heard there, donald trump jr. didn't respond to all of wikileaks' messages, but "the atlantic" is reporting tonight he did respond to some of them. what are you learning on that front, and we're hearing from don jr.'s lawyer tonight? >> reporter: david, it does appear that, at times, this was a two-way conversation. don jr. just weeks before the election asked wikileaks what they planned to leak next. and tonight, don jr.'s lawyer says they've turned over all of these correspondence to congressional investigators and, quote, have no concerns about these documents. david? >> mary bruce leading us off tonight. mary, thank you. we turn next to the developing new headline involving alabama senate candidate roy moore tonight. a fifth woman now stepping forward to accuse him of sexual assault when she was 16. moore tonight vowing to stay in the race. and this evening, the message she says was written by roy moore in her high school yearbook. abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, alabama senate candidate roy moore refusing to drop out. even as a new woman comes
forward, accusing him of sexually assaulting her when she was just 16. >> my name is beverly young nelson. >> reporter: nelson says she met moore when he was an assistant district attorney and she was a high school student. working part-time as a waitress. >> he sat at the counter in the same seat night after night. >> reporter: she says moore would flirt with her. one december, she brought her yearbook in and he asked to sign it. the inscription, she says, right here. "to a sweeter, more beautiful girl, i could not say merry christmas." and signed, "love, roy moore, d.a." two weeks later, on a cold night, nelson says moore offered to give her a ride home after work. >> i addressed him mr. moore, because he was the district attorney. >> reporter: but instead, nelson says moore drove her around back. >> the area was dark and it was deserted.
i was alarmed, and i immediately asked him what he was doing. and instead of answering my questions, mr. moore reached over and began groping me. him putting his hands on my breasts. i tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and he locked it so i could not get out. i tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop. but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. >> reporter: she says he tried to pull her shirt off. >> i thought that he was going to rape me. i was twisting and i was struggling and i was begging him to stop. >> reporter: finally, she says, moore gave up. >> and he then looked at me and he told me -- he said, you're just a child, and he said, i am
the district attorney of etowah county. and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you. >> reporter: only then, she says, did he let her out of the car and raced away. nelson's allegations come in the wake of a bombshell "washington post" report which included an interview with a woman who says moore molested her when she was only 14. >> to think that grown women would wait 40 years to come before, right before an election, to bring charges, is absolutely unbelievable. >> reporter: but "the post" also spoke to three other women who say moore either dated or asked them out when they were teenagers. something moore doesn't explicitly deny. >> do you remember dating girls that young at that time? >> not generally, no. if i did, you know, i'm not going to dispute anything, but i don't remember anything like. that. >> reporter: the pressure on senate republicans overwhelming. hours before nelson told her story, senate majority leader
mitch mcconnell calling on moore to drop out. >> i believe the women, yes. i think he should step aside. >> reporter: tonight, another senator echoing that call. senator graham, if roy moore is watching this tonight, what would you tell him? >> for the good of yourself, your family and your state, step aside. >> reporter: david, roy moore just addressed those accusations. he says "i never did what she said i did. i don't even know the woman." he also sails he has no idea where that restaurant is or was. as for all those republican senators calling for him to step aside, roy moore took to twitter, tweeting, "the person who should step aside is senator mitch mcconnell. he has failed conservatives. #draintheswamp." david? >> tom llamas on the hill for us. tom, thank you. we do move on here, and to a major development in the death of a penn state fraternity pledge. tonight, there are new charges against 17 fraternity brothers, after investigators recovered deleted security video. the fbi now recovering that video, and they say, it shows
tim piazza was given 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes before falling down those stairs. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, new charges in the alleged hazing death of 19-year-old tim piazza. 12 more former penn state fraternity brothers are facing charges, along with new charges for five brothers already awaiting trial. >> we have new evidence. >> reporter: that evidence? a frat house surveillance video that prosecutors say shows fraternity brothers giving tim piazza at least 18 drinks in just an hour and 22 minutes in the basement. >> they claimed, we don't know what else happened other than what was seen in the upstairs video, and we don't know what happened in the basement. guess what, guys? now we know. >> reporter: prosecutors say they were led to believe that video camera wasn't working. instead, they now claim one student intentionally deleted it. the fbi recovering the missing video. that student is now facing a tampering with evidence charge. >> missing from the evidence in this case was what really happened downstairs in that dark
basement that night. this video is the missing link. >> reporter: the court had already seen other videos showing piazza stumble through the house, at one point, falling down a flight of stairs. it would be 12 hours before the brothers call for help. today's charges range from furnishing alcohol to minors to involuntary manslaughter. the parents of tim piazza want families around the country to hear their story. >> talk to your children. tell them not to get involved in this nonsense. >> so, let's get to gio tonight. and gio, we're now talking about more than two dozen students allegedly involved here? >> reporter: that's right, david. we now have 26 former frat brothers facing charges. defense attorneys insist those students are innocent. david? >> gio benitez again tonight. overseas this evening, there are new images coming in after a powerful earthquake, 7.3, along the border of iran and iraq, sending people running for their lives.n 400 people killed. and here's abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, a deadly earthquake, and the desperate search for survivors. the quake struck near the iran/iraq border, sparking terror and panic. people desperately fleeing a shopping mall. a local tv station was live when the terrified guest says, "there's an earthquake here, i have to go outside." and watch this. as the quake hits a dam, giant boulders rain down. more than 400 killed and over 7,000 injured. the deadliest quake in the world this year. people now desperate for aid. tens of thousands homeless, without power or water. we got through to an aid worker in iran. he told me, people are scared and cold, but so afraid of more quakes, they're sleeping outdoors. and that iranian aid worker hamza telling me that temperatures tonight below freezing. people desperate for tents and blankets. and although some aid is getting through, it's nowhere near enough. david? >> ian pannell tonight.
ian, thank you. next here, president trump nearing the end of his visit to asia, and overshadowing much of his trip over the weekend, what the president said about vladimir putin. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl, traveling with the president. >> reporter: president trump says he's made real progress on trade and north korea. but the final weekend of his trip to asia was overshadowed by a familiar topic. russia. it came after his brief conversations with vladimir putin in vietnam. on air force one, trump told reporters, they briefly discussed russia's election meddling. "every time he sees me, he says, i didn't do that," the president said. "i really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. i think he's very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth." the president even referred to the officials who led the top three intelligence agencies when he became president as, quote, political hacks. hours later, the president was asked directly who he believes -- the u.s. intelligence community, which says putin ordered the election meddling, or putin, who denies it. >> i believe that he feels that he and russia did not meddle in the election.
as to whether i believe it or not, i'm with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership. >> reporter: but former cia director john brennan, one of the three who the president called a political hack, fired back. >> considering the source of the criticism, i consider that criticism a badge of honor. i think it demonstrates to mr. putin that donald trump can be played by foreign leaders, who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play up on his insecurities. >> reporter: here in the philippines, the president has struck up an incredibly warm relationship with president rodrigo duterte, somebody hugely controversial with human rights groups, somebody who actually called on ordinary citizens to take matters into their own hands and to kill drug addicts and drug users. the white house sails that the president briefly brought up the issue of human rights in the conversation, but duterte's office says that subject did not come up at all. david? >> all right, jon karl traveling with the president. jon, our thanks to you again. back here at home tonight,
the panic at the airport terminal in orlando. a lithium battery exploding inside a bag, before the passenger even boarded the plane. here's abc's david kerley tonight. >> reporter: it was panic. passengers fleeing an airport security line. a knapsack smoking. some saying bomb. in rushes tsa officer ricardo perez, who thinks it may be an ied. >> if there was an ied, i was already gone, so, i might as well just try to save as many as i can. i'm not a hero. >> reporter: turns out, it was a lithium ion battery in a laptop which started burning. lithium batteries are numerous. the faa showing how cargo containers can explode. in the three years since that test, there have been nearly 70 incidents on aircraft. tonight, the faa recommending that the international aviation authority ban lithium batteries from the cargo hold. why? access to those burning batteries to put out the flames. in the cabin, crews can take action. as we saw in orlando, batteries can ignite without warning.
if the faa gets its way, you will not be able to put these electronic devices in your checked bag. but you will be able to carry them with their lithium ion batteries into the cabin. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, thank you. we turn next this evening to the major new health alert about high blood pressure. the american heart association late today changing the guidelines when it comes to hypertension. meaning nearly half of american adults could now be living with what's called the silent killer. of course, it effects both men and women. so, let's get right to abc's chief medical editor, dr. jen ashton. jen, always good to have you. and you got the numbers, what they used to be and what they are now tonight. >> reporter: right. let's get right to those numbers. under the old criteria, someone had high blood pressure if they had a reading of 140 over 90. now, it's an average reading of 130 over 80. the point behind this change is the thinking that it's better to treat the cause, in this case, huge blood pressure, than an effect, like heart attack or stroke. >> to bring the number down in advance. but a lot of people watching at home, jen, are going to say, does this mean i'm going to be
on medication? >> reporter: no. not necessarily. and it is estimated that number will only go up by 2%. so, the key here is lifestyle modification. things like exercise and weight loss, losing just 5% of your body weight. lowering sodium intake and increasing potassium, with foods like salmon, avocados and bananas. and limiting alcohol consumption. no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. this can bring down that number by an average of 4 to 11 points and every point matters. >> all right, dr. ashton with us tonight. thank you, jen. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. we're tracking two weather systems. one of them could really effect holiday travel across the country. rain and snow already coming with the first system. the second one, right behind it. ginger is standing by. the house explosion rocking one american neighborhood. the home in flames. several homes damaged. and your money tonight. and this question -- is walmart charging more online for some of the very same items that are actually cheaper in the store? and why? your body was made for better things than
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abc 7 news storm impact scale is over the bay area right now and just the first of several that will bring us rain this week. >> today if you're looking for someone following in the footsteps of dr. king you best look for somebody in gym shoes are wearing a pair of football cleats. >> from the gym to gq, colin kaepernick making headlines for man of the year. i'm michael fenny. coming up 7 on your side get heart warms results. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. we are one on the storm impact scale today and two days away from our first level 2 storm of the season. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm dion lim. that number 2 storm is caused for concern in the north bay. last month where 200,000 acres
burned. >> heavy rains opened the door to mud slides. first christian spencer is here with the forecast. >> we have scattered of showers right now. we have a trail of showers moving through the golden gate area. over the east bay we have a wider area of ran moving out towards vista. on the shore we'll still have pockets of rain forming. this storm ranks 1 on the impact scales. we can expect another tenth of an inch to maybe look what's coming our way on wednesday as we look at our rain chances over the next several days. a stronger storm accompanied by heavi heavier wind and rain. it ranks 2 on the impact scale.