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grocery stores. we can all make a difference. >> tonight, silence from president trump on roy moore. >> do you believe roy moore's accusers, mr. president? >> and this evening, the white house is pressed. why, after eight accusers, will the president take no questions? while taking aim at al franken. and tonight, franken now facing a new accuser. and from politics to media, tonight, veteran broadcaster charlie rose responding to accusations reported in "the washington post." eight women now allege rose sexually harassed them. tonight, the response from charlie rose as cbs news now suspends him. the explosion north of new york city. at least two major blasts reported. dozens of people hurt, including several firefighters. authorities just a short time ago on the missing submarine. dozens onboard. the rough seas. and tonight, what we've just learned. your money tonight. the countdown is on until black friday. experts on the best deals on
wednesday, then on thanksgiving. and what you should wait for on the day after. and touched by an angel. remembering a beloved tv actress. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with the widening conversation about sexual harassment in this country, and a major new development tonight. from politics to media, and this evening, a veteran broadcaster under the microscope, as president trump remains silent on alabama senate candidate roy moore. the president was asked again today but no comment. this after taking aim at democrat al franken. but no word on moore, accused of preying on teenage girls, and how the white house responds when asked why. and it comes as cbs news tonight suspends charlie rose, amid a new report eight women now accusing him. we begin with abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega. >> reporter: it's been 11 days since roy moore was first hit with accusations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, but still no word from president
trump. so, today, we asked again. your thoughts on roy moore, mr. president, do you believe his accusers? do you believe roy moore's accusers, mr. president? >> thank you very much. >> reporter: until now, the line from the white house -- alabama voters will decide. but today, senior counselor kellyanne conway went beyond that, bashing the democrat in the race, while offering what sounded like a roy moore endorsement. >> he's strong on raising your taxes. he's terrible for property owners. >> so, vote roy moore? >> doug jones is a liberal, which is why he's not saying anything and why the media are trying to boost him. >> so, vote roy moore? >> i'm telling you, we want the votes in the senate to get this tax bill through. >> reporter: is that the position of this white house, that voters are better off voting for someone accused of assaulting teenage girls than a democrat? >> the position of the white house hasn't changed. we feel like the people of alabama should make the determination on who their next
senator should be. >> reporter: but she made a clear suggestion over who they should vote for. >> and i'm telling -- i'm giving you the answer, the position of the white house. >> reporter: moore has repeatedly denied the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. allegations by eight women, some of whom were teenagers at the time. leigh corfman tells nbc news, she was 14 when moore assaulted her nearly 40 years ago. >> he basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me. i was a 14-year-old child, trying to play in an adult's world, and he was 32 years old. >> reporter: rather than weigh in on the scandal, president trump spent the weekend tweeting about everyone from hillary clinton to arizona senator jeff flake over this hot mic moment. >> if we become the party of roy moore and donald trump, we are toast. >> reporter: the president tweeted flake was caught, quote, "saying bad things about your favorite president," adding,
"his flit call career anyway is toast." >> so, let's get live to cecilia vega at the white house tonight. and cecilia, president trump tweeted about senator al franken, and tonight, another woman is now accusing senator franken of inappropriate behavior? >> reporter: david, 33-year-old lindsay menz, that is her name. take a look at this photo. she tells cnn that franken grabbed her backside while they were posing for this picture back in 2010. he was a sitting senator at the time. in a statement tonight, franken says, quote, "i take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people. and i certainly don't remember taking this picture. i feel badly that she came away from our interaction feeling disrespected." tonight, david, a spokesperson for al franken says he does not plan to resign in the wake of this second accusation. >> cecilia vega leading us off tonight. cecilia, thank you. and next, to those claims of sexual misconduct against veteran broadcast journalist charlie rose. eight women and their allegations first reported in "the washington post." tonight, his response, and cbs news now suspending him. here's abc's linsey davis.
>> reporter: stunning accusations tonight of sexual harassment and assault against iconic journalist charlie rose. eight women have come forward in "the washington post" with damning allegations against the host of the prestigious "charlie rose show." one of rose's assistants in the mid-2000s tells the paper about "at least a dozen instances where rose walked nude in front of her while she worked in one of his new york city homes," and would repeatedly call her late at night "to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked." another woman who worked at "the charlie rose show" describes a drive she took with the anchor, saying, "it was quite early in working there that he put his hand on my mid-thigh." she said, "i tensed up. i didn't move his hand off, but i pulled my legs to the other side of the car. i tried not to get in a car with him ever again. i think he was testing me out." several of the accusers say they told yvette vega, rose's long-time executive producer, about their experiences. one woman described vega's response as a shrug and saying, "that's just charlie being charlie."
>> i'm charlie rose. >> reporter: rose is also a cohost of "cbs this morning." but none of the accusers worked with him at cbs. in a statement to "the post," rose said, "it is essential that these women know i hear them and that i deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. i am greatly embarrassed." he went on to say, "i always felt that i was pursuing shared feelings, even though i now realize i was mistaken." tonight, cbs news has suspended rose and pbs announced it will halt production and distribution of his show. want to add that his long-time executive producer yvette vega released a statement about the women, saying, "i should have stood up for them, i failed. it is crushing." david? >> linsey davis with us tonight. linsey, thank you. we move onto other news this monday evening, and to the explosions and a fire at a factory north of new york city. dozens injured. the explosions filling the sky with smoke, sending workers rushing for safety. and tonight, the new concern over what chemicals might be in the air. abc's gio benitez is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, those
dramatic images of the cosmetics plant in flames. the roof consumed by fire, smoke billowing. new york's governor launching an investigation after two explosions rocked verla international plant. the first one at 10:15 a.m. >> i got multiple victims down. i want to advise the hospital to activate the disaster plan. >> reporter: the second blast, less than half an hour later. officials at one point issuing a shelter in place for residents in the area. together, the explosions injuring 35 people. some of the injured, firefighters trying to help, all expected to survive. tonight, investigators are still searching for a cause. and the big concern, potential toxins in the air from the burning plant that mostly produces nail polish. >> carbon monoxide exposure, certainly, and cyanide exposure are the two ones that come to mind for those people that had direct chemical exposure. >> gio benitez with us live tonight with us tonight from new
york. and gio, we're learning that the plant did have safety violations before? >> reporter: that's right, david. nine safety violations over the past year. some of them were about flammable liquids. david? >> all right, gio benitez with us tonight. gio, thank you. we turn next here to a mysterious and deadly incident in southwest texas, involving two border patrol agents. the incident in a remote spot east of el paso and 30 miles from the mexican border. the agents were, quote, responding to activity, when one of them called for help, saying they were injured. president trump said it was an attack that showed the need for his border wall, but authorities tonight say they are now investigating whether it was an accident. agent rogelio martinez did not survive. his partner is in serious condition tonight. we turn now for a desperate hunt for a submarine and its 44-member crew. authorities addressing a sound that was heard as they wait for any signal from that submarine. the search hampered by fierce seas, as u.s. navy equipment arrives to help in the search. abc's linzie janis is in argentina tonight. >> reporter: tonight, rescue teams facing these fierce winds and massive waves. focusing their search zone after an argentine naval ship picked
up underwater noises while looking for the missing submarine. and late tonight, hopes dashed. the argentine navy says the noises were not from the missing submarine. those noises described as sustained, analyzed by the u.s. navy. the "ara san juan" was last heard from five days ago. its commander reporting an electrical fault. now, it's a race against time to save the 44 crew members onboard. including argentina's first female submarine officer, eliana maria krawczyk. the families of the crew members gathering at the naval base today. carlos mendoza waiting for news of his brother, fernando. he says, "the truth is, the days go by, and not knowing anything at all just kills you. it kills you." >> and linzie janis is live from argentina tonight, where the submarine was heading. and linzie, i know authorities there believe the sailors might be running out of time, they've been out of contact now for five
days and some say, they may only have enough oxygen for two more days at the most? >> reporter: that's right, david. the argentine navy says in a worst case scenario, if the submarine has sunk, it only has a total of a week's worth of oxygen. david? >> linzie janis in argentina. linzie, thank you. president trump putting north korea back on the list of state sponsors of terror tonight, calling it a, quote, murderous regime. and promising new sanctions and penalties. secretary of state rex tillerson today calling that designation a, quote, very symbolic move, saying that sanctions already in place are working. saying that the two-month pause since north korea's last missile test shows that there is still hope for diplomacy. the department of justice tonight rejecting at&t's bid to buy time warner. the mega-merger worth $85 billion. the doj claiming the merger would hurt american consumers. tonight, at&t says they plan to counter-sue. we turn next here to an abc news exclusive tonight. the american mother and her family held captive by the taliban for years. in her first television interview, describing the brutal
conditions of their captivity, the extraordinary steps they took to protect their children, and how their children are now adjusting to freedom. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight also asking the question, what were they doing in afghanistan when they were captured? >> reporter: everything is new now for these children. playgrounds, sunlight, real toys, pizza. until just a few weeks ago, they were being held hostage with their parents by the taliban. born in captivity. >> but we can only ask and pray that somebody will recognize the atrocities these men carry out against us. >> reporter: their parents, american mother caitlan boyle and father joshua had been kidnapped five years ago when they traveled to afghanistan. she was six months pregnant, somehow thinking they would be safe. tonight, they tell abc news nothing could have been further from the truth. >> i was shackled for the entire
five years, every day. >> reporter: caitlan, still wearing a hijab, told us the guards sexually assaulted her, and beat all of them regularly, including their eldest son, now 4, najaeshi, even as she tried to protect him. >> that's how i would get beaten or hit or thrown on the ground >> reporter: and she described how she tried to give her children as normal a life as possible. >> we would just teach them to use things like bottle caps, or bits of cardboard and tell them like, these are toys. my wish for them now is that they never have to face fear in their lives again. >> reporter: her father in pennsylvania has yet to see his daughter, still unable to understand how her husband got her into the situation. a question that joshua boyle would not answer for us. what were you thinking when you took your wife there in the first place? silence. >> and brian ross with us now. so, what is the answer to that question, do we have any idea, brian? >> reporter: well, david, they say they went to help villagers
living in that war-torn area and thought that would somehow protect them. they found out very quickly it did not. >> brian ross and your team and your exclusive reporting. you'll have much more coming up tonight on "nightline." more of that interview. we hope you'll watch later tonight after jimmy kimmel or set your dvr. in the meanmeantime, we tur next tonight to the death of charles manson. one of the most notorious mass murderers in america. the cult leader who deployed his young followers to carry out a gruesome slaughter in the summer of 1969. manson was serving life in prison. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman on what he once told diane sawyer about those killings. >> reporter: in the summer of love era, he lusted for death. charles manson had convinced his cult, known as the manson family, that a race war was coming. inspired by the beatles' song "helter skelter." ♪ look out ♪ helter skelter >> i said, "if you're going to do something, leave something witchy." >> reporter: his followers say he ordered a spate of murders in los angeles. among them was the pregnant
actress sharon tate. >> hello? >> reporter: manson would distance himself from the murders in this memorable 1994 interview with diane sawyer. >> i never told anybody to do anything other than what they wanted to do. >> reporter: and if they wanted to do murder, that was okay with you. >> that was none of my business, woman. i'm a convict. i'm an outlaw. i'm a rebel. i'm not a sunday school teacher. >> reporter: the murders earned him a death sentence, later commuted to life, and something else he craved -- fame. >> reporter: is charlie manson crazy? >> well, whatever that means. sure, he's crazy as -- mad as a hatter. what difference does it make? you know, a long time ago, being crazy meant something. nowadays, everybody's crazy. >> reporter: tonight, david, sharon tate's sister says of manson east manson's death that it should be some kind of relief, but oddly enough, it isn't, reminding that it was actually manson's followers who committed those murders and saying that she hopes they are never granted parole. david? >> matt gutman with us tonight. thank you, matt. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. with millions traveling this week, the two systems on both coasts we're watching tonight. snow and rain just days ahead of
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>> reporter: and this race isn't about winning. >> every girl is number one in this race. we just want them to make forward progress and cross the finish line so they have that the feeling of empowerment. >> reporter: from dallas, this message to us at the finish line. >> hi david! >> reporter: to chicago. >> hi david, from chicago! >> reporter: sylvia in cincinnati. >> david, i did it! >> reporter: she did it, and so did the runners in baton rouge. >> hi, david! we love girls on the run! >> reporter: nearly 20,000 girls in 25 cities taking off. we love those smiling faces. thanks for watching here on a monday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night.
federal charges against nearly a dozen hails members. the case against the man charged with killing kate steinle coming to an end. and president trump calls for raiders running back marshawn lynch to be suspended for sitting during the national anthem. that's elicited a lot of response. >> announcer: live where you live this is abc 7 news. >> a san francisco attorney general just filed a negligence lawsuit against oakmont senior living after the tubbs fire last month. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm dion limb. a family calling in to question whether management left elderly residence at the facility during the fire. >>
>> reporter: that lawsuit focuses on villa capris. this is cell phone footage of the home engulfed in flames during the tubs fire in santa rosa. the facility being accused of elderly abuse, negligence. >> we had to do something. >> reporter: according to the law only three staff members were working during the october 9th overnight shift to care for nearly 70 elderly disabled residence, including a few dozen with zplen sha in a locked unit. allen arrived at the facility around 2:00 a.m. the morning of the fire. >> we