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tonight, the labor day slam. dangerous storms firing up right as millions of americans make that holiday escape. a flash flood emergency in effect. high water rescues reported. commuters stuck on the rails. ginger zee standing by. the explosive takedown. new video showing the moment a bomb maker blows himself up as police move in. ending a deadly bombing spree that left a city on edge. the head-on disaster. new details in that deadly greyhound bus crash. as the death toll climbs, authorities zeroing in on the cause. and the survivor who gave birth to twins after that tragic collision. honoring john mccain. lying in state in the u.s. capitol. colleagues, as thousands of
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americans salute a patriot. and the moment his 106-year-old mother says good-bye to her son. and, nothing but respect. a celebration of the queen of soul, aretha franklin. her life, legacy, and, of co ♪ and good evening. thanks for joining us on this friday night. labor day weekend kicking off with severe storms from the midwest to the east. in pennsylvania, water through the streets of shaferstown. gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, what look like river rapids. water rushing through this pennsylvania neighborhood. torrential rain falling in sheets, soaking parts of the state. >> unbelievable. >> reporter: a flash flood emergency in lancaster.
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nearly ten inches falling there in just four hours. snarling holiday travel by road, and by rail. a passenger showing us how this amtrak train to a screeching halt. car after car submerged. several motorists having to be rescued, including children on this school bus. >> i'm really, really afraid. >> reporter: water nearly up to the windows of this restaurant in reading. extreme weather from minnesota to maryland. more than 9 million at risk to start the holiday weekend. in wisconsin, the cleanup just beginning. the flooding destroying this family's home. >> we're just kind of in a shell shock right now. >> reporter: after a days-long deluge left some towns underwater earlier this week. rain may keep falling in the east, potentially threatening a washout on this unofficial last weekend of the summer. tom? >> thank you. and millions bracing for the
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bad weather. let's get right to ginger zee, with the forecast for the weekend. hey, ginger. >> reporter: unfortunately, not looking great. lancaster, pennsylvania, looking to have their wettest august on record. that's what you get when you have rainfall rates in the two inch per hour level. and it's not moving much, not good news when you're talking about heavy rain. flash flood watch in wisconsin. and 3 to 5 in southeastern florida, where the tropical wave in the caribbean will move westward. and florence should stay out to sea. >> thank you. and new images of the explosive takedown of a serial bomb maker in texas.
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the images could be disturbing. he's killed in a sudden blast, knocking back officers. that suspect, wanted for killing two people during a wave of package bomb attacks in march. here's marcus moore with the images. >> reporter: newly-released video tonight showing a dramatic takedown in texas. aircraft above, recording the early morning capture of austin bomber mark conditt. >> eastbound. >> reporter: it was the end of a 19-day bombing spree in march that terrorized austin. >> van has made contact with him. the van has made contact with him. >> reporter: look closely. s.w.a.t. cars surround conditt's suv, boxing in, then ramming, his vehicle. guns drawn, the team approaches his car. conditt then detonates one final thexosn, punishing. >> got an explosion. got an explosion inside the vehicle. >> reporter: five of conditt's bombs exploded, killing two and wounding five.
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before his capture, police spotted him on surveillance trying to mail packages from this fedex store, dressed in a wig and wearing gloves. this ended just feet from where i'm standing now. amazingly, the all of the officers survived. >> thank you. we turn to the tribute to a national hero, senator mccain laying in state at the national rotunda. surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues. senator mccain's mother, at 106 years old, mourning her son. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: they came by the thousands to pay their respects. john mccain lying in state today in the capitol rotunda. his two sons serving in the
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military, standing with his beloved wife, it began outside, an honor guard carrying him step by step. placing him on a platform built for abraham lincoln's casket. mccain said serving in congress was the great honor of his life. today, his colleagues putting partisanship beside. >> he had america's fighting spirit. our noble idealism, our solemn patriotism. and our slightly irreverent streak, all rolled into one. >> reporter: remembering mccain, the straight-talking statesman. >> this is one of the bravest souls our nation has ever
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produced. >> reporter: noticeably absent today, president trump. >> we gather to honor an american patriot. >> reporter: vice president mike pence speaking in his place. honoring the mccain family for their sacrifice, too. his mother, roberta, 106 years old. providing strength for meghan mccain. one by one, they said good-bye. remembering a man who said he wanted to be remembered most for his service to country. >> martha, people are still lining up to pay their respects inside. and we know president trump was not there today, and will not attend tomorrow's service, but two other presidents will. >> reporter: yes, barack obama and george w. bush.
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both will eulogize john mccain. mccain was all about bridging divides, and that is what will happen tomorrow as well. >> martha, thank you. and abc news will have live coverage tomorrow of the memorial service, beginning at 9:00 a.m. eastern. now to president trump's attacks on the justice department, the fbi, and the mueller investigation. the new abc news poll showing president trump's disapproval rating heading in the wrong direction. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: campaigning today in charlotte, the president's approval rating is down. and now, an overwhelming majority of americans say they rtueer rsia ial vestation.e ll, but mbers in tor stark. 63% saying they support mueller.
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this comes as the president has ratcheted up his attacks on the special counsel. and even his own justice department, which oversees the . >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now. because people are angry. people are angry. >> reporter: that was the president last night in indiana. he went on to say he may take control of the investigation himself. >> what's happening is a disgrace. and at some point, i wanted to stay out. but at some point, if it doesn't straighten out properly, i want them to do their job. i will get involved and i'll get in there if i have to. disgraceful. >> reporter: meanwhile, in interview with bloomberg news, the president suggested he may
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shake up his justice department, starting with the man at the top, attorney general jeff sessions. >> i just like to have jeff sessions do his job and if he did i'd be very happy. but the job entails two sides, not one side. >> and jon joins us from the white house. the president also said that the special counsel investigation is outright illegal. something even some of his own lawyers don't believe. >> reporter: rudy giuliani said he doesn't see it this way. but he called the investigation illegitimate. but you can expect from now until the midterm elections, you will hear harsher and harsh attacks on the special counsel. >> thank you. and new developments in the dead lie highway crash in new mexico. today, at least eight people killed in the collision between a bus and a semi truck.
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the bus driver among the victims. investigators say the truck blew a tire and veered into oncoming traffic. one of the survivors giving birth to twins hours later. news tonight concerning the harvey weinstein scandal. a former nbc news producer accusing the network of trying to kill the story. farrow blocked from reporting. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, a former nbc news employee is accusing the network of killing a groundbreaking story of harvey weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. reporter ronan farrow worked at nbc until last year. his then supervising producer, rich mchugh, now says, "as we were about to interview a woman with a credible allegation of rape against weinstein, i was told not to do the interview.
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effectively killing the story. those orders came to me from the highest levels of nbc." but nbc calling the accusations an "outright lie" and that at the time, farrow "did not yet have a single victim of -- or witness to -- misconduct by weinstein, who was willing to be identified." of the seven women who eventually went on record with farrow at "the new yorker," including asia argento, mira sorvino, and rosanna arquette, nbc says, "not one of these seven women was included in the reporting farrow presented while at nbc news." mchugh, a former abc news producer, resigned in protest from nbc news this month, telling abc, "as the father of four girls, i knew that if i didn't pursue this story with everything i had, how could i live with myself?" tom, the president of nbc news gave his blessing when farrow asked to take the story elsewhere, effectively ending their working relationship. >> adrienne, thank you. now to detroit, and what has been a daylong celebration of
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the life of aretha franklin. the funeral service in her hometown. stevie wonder there, among those delivering powerful performances. and bill clinton remembering aretha franklin as a breathtaking rld -- got taken to urch today. as family, friends, fans, presidents, and pop stars packed the greater grace temple in detroit to say farewell to the undisputed queen of soul, aretha franklin. >> she was classy enough to sing on the most prominent stages in the world, but she was homegirl enough to make potato salad and fry some chicken. in a class all by herself. >> reporter: aretha, in that solid bronze, gold-plated casket, dressed head to toe in gold. president clinton, paying tribute. >> the secret of her greatness was, she took this massive talent and this perfect culture
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that raised her and decided to be the composer of her own life's song. and what a song it turned out to be. >> reporter: aretha's grandchildren, speaking with reverence. >> her voice made you feel something. you felt every word, every note, every emotion. in the songs she sang, her voice brought peace. >> i know you'll be watching me from the windows in heaven and i promise to carry our family legacy with pride and joy. long live the queen. ♪ >> reporter: some of the music industry's biggest stars lending their voices. ♪ you make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> reporter: but above it all, this was without a doubt church. >> c'mon, take miss franklin to church. if miss franklin can dance on the stage, somebody ought to be able to dance in the church.
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♪ >> she would say higher, higher, higher. >> reporter: the funeral lasted most of the day. aretha will be buried at woodlawn cemetery. and shade park will be renamed aretha franklin park. tom? >> zachary, thank you. we will have much more on one of the amazing moments from that funeral later on. and the violent road rage in the nation's capital. plus, the uber driver in that stand your ground case speaking out. the regret he feels for taking a life, even after being cleared by police. and sister showdown. venus and serena williams at the
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now speaking out about the regret he now feels. here's steve osunsami with that interview. >> reporter: the florida uber driver behind the wheel in this dash camera video, who ends up shooting and killing the driver of this pickup truck, explains tonight that even though he's been cleared by police, he still feels terrible. >> everyone tells you what you did was right, but you feel like, did i have to, after the fact? someone comes at you like that, you really don't have much more time to think. >> reporter: 38-year-old robert westlake was driving a young woman home early tuesday morning from this bar in dundee, florida, when the young man in this pickup tries to run him off the road. 34-year-old jason boaek had also left the bar after a fight with his girlfriend. he thinks she is in the backseat of the uber, but he's wrong. his girlfriend is still at the bar. in the video, you see him threaten the uber driver with a cell phone that he claims is a gun. >> you know i got a pistol? >> reporter: but the uber driver, who's a recent police academy graduate, is legally carrying a real gun and shoots. >> when i popped up, he took two more steps and that sealed it in my mind.
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i got to, i'm not getting shot. for a second you kind of hope you missed and that's not what happened. >> reporter: police say under florida's stand your ground law, the driver had a right to protect himself. tom? >> steve, thank you. when we come back, the dangerous road rage confrontation. plus, the actress killed by police after they were called to check on her and she pulled what appeared to be a gun. stay with us. kids... ...raised a good sport... ...and became a second-generation firefighter. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer. so i talked to my doctor, and he prescribed lyrica. nerve damage from diabetes cause diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is fda approved to treat this pain from moderate to even severe diabetic nerve pain. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions, suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worse depression,
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finally tonight, the queen of soul, living on through her music and inspiration. always with respect, and as jennifer hudson is about to show us, with amazing ♪ amazing grace ♪ aretha said ♪ the grace that brought mht through ♪ ♪ it was your grace lead me home ♪
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♪ ♪ yeah yeah ♪ >> now, that is a farewell fit for a queen. on that note, we say good-bye. i'm tom llamas in new york. thank you for watching. for david and all of us here, have a great labor day weekend. good night. handle on a grass fire burning near the tosoro oil refinery. video from 30 minutes ago progress made on the flames. officials say 20 acres have burneded.
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>> the map shows how close the fire is to the refinery. the fire started around 2:15 this afternoon. firefighters initially had trouble accessing the area because of a gate at the refinery. no injuries have been reported. >> we're keeping a close eye on it. good afternoon, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. >> an unsettling move by batter batt -- by b.a.r.t. for some. it's suspended overtime after the stabbing death of nia wilson in late july. >> we have a look at safety on trains going forward. >> reporter: for three weeks, b.a.r.t. effortsed employe forc work overtime in response to the public outcry over safety after nia witch w nia wilson was stabbed to death at the station. now that overtime is voluntary. >> people will see additional officers, not to the full extent we had when everybody was required to work six days a
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