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5:00. thanks for your time. >> for all of us, have a great night. we will see you back h tonight, states of emergency. hurricane florence getting stronger and bigger as it closes in on the east coast. the major storm on target to hit the u.s. store shelves already emptied. the slight change in the track. rob marciano standing by with the new update from the national hurricane center. also breaking tonight, one of the most powerful executives in hollywood is out of a job. as six more women come forward with allegations of sex abuse or harassment. obama versus trump. the former president taking on his successor. saying it's time to, quote, "restore some sanity to our politics." tonight, vice president pence firing back. danger at the door. the doorbell camera warning a family about the armed man on the front step. you can see him carrying a semiautomatic rifle and wearing
a bulletproof vest. plus, serena williams just fined for her tirade on the court. the debate raging. was she unfairly treated because she's a woman? and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with the hurricane strengthening in the atlantic. florence, now a category one as it closes in on the east coast. the storm threatening to become a major hurricane later this week. states of emergency in the carolinas and virginia. shelves emptied in advance. florence could trigger flooding and dangerous rip currents along the coast. and there's more trouble on the way. rob marciano is here. walk us through the track. >> we're starting to see it strengthen. right now, a category one. the reds getting deeper. the clouds fanning out. all signs that it's strengthening.
it's a cat one now. expected to be a cat three by tomorrow, cat four by tuesday. getting stronger wednesday. thursday, likely a landfall somewhere in the carolinas. likely a category four storm. only a few models keep them offshore. not only destructive wind and waves, but inland flooding, too. >> and we're also tracking isaac, right behind it? >> just southeast of florence. expected to strengthen as well. category two, making a beeline for the caribbean islands. puerto rico in the cone of uncertainty on tuesday. but isaac, we expect and hope, will be a much less destructive storm. >> thank you, rob. we turn to other breaking news. the major headline about one of the most powerful people in hollywood. les moonves, head of cbs, out of a job tonight. the decision coming moments ago. six more women have stepped forward with allegations.
here's eva pilgrim with details. >> reporter: tonight, the head of cbs is out, amid accusations of sexual assault and harassment. announcing they will donate $20 million to organizations that support the me too movement. six more women coming forward, as part of a "new yorker" article. some claiming moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself without their consent, and used physical violence against them. phyllis golden-gottlieb told the magazine moonves sexually assaulted her in 1986, "he reaches over and pulls me up and throws me, i mean hard, against the wall." golden-gottlieb says she kept quiet because she feared for her livelihood. saying, "he absolutely ruined my career. he was the head of cbs. no one was going to take me." another accuser saying he's cunning, calculating, and a predator. these latest accusations adding to the list of seven other women
who previously accused moonves of offenses ranging from unwanted advances to sexual assault. >> these are all stories in which women said they were terrified and intimidated, and they felt their careers suffered as a result. >> reporter: last year, the media titan addressed the me too movement. >> i think it's important that a company's culture will not allow for this. and that's the thing that's far-reaching. >> reporter: tonight, the cbs chief responding to the latest allegations in a statement, saying the appalling accusations in the article are untrue. what is true, i had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago. before i came to cbs. and i have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. cbs confirming that' even befor
the latest allegations, it was already working on a severance package. some of the women expressing reports over the package. which could be worth over $100 million. tom? >> eva, thank you. now to the heavyweight bout between former president obama and president trump. the two taking aim at each other as they campaign, less than two months before the midterm elections. former president obama urging voters to restore some sanity to our politics. vice president mike pence calling the comments very disappointing. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: president obama back in the spotlight. >> in two months, we have a chance to restore some sanity in our politics. >> reporter: as the battle for who controls congress heats up ahead of november's midterm elections. >> we have the chance to flip the house of representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in washington. >> reporter: for the first time since leaving the oval office, obama now pointing to his successor.
>> sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change. it did not start with donald trump. he is a symptom, not the cause. >> reporter: obama's words putting vice president pence on defense. >> well, it was very disappointing to see president obama break with the tradition of former presidents and become so political. >> reporter: the president had a different take when asked what he thought of obama's speech. >> i'm sorry. i watched it. but i fell asleep. i found he's very good, very good for sleeping. >> reporter: democrats are hoping obama will give them the boost they need to win the 24 seats needed to take over the house. but president trump's influence is also large. according to "the washington post," white house budget director mick mulvaney told donors, "you may hate the president. and there are a lot of people who do. but they certainly like the way the country is going."
mick mulvaney is also reportedly saying the midterms will depend on candidates' likeability, also saying one of the races at risk is the texas senate race. keep in mind, senator ted cruz is the incumbent in that seat. after some intense exchanges in the campaign with president trump, trump will rally for cruz in texas next month. tom? >> stephanie, thank you. sticking with politics, george papadopoulos speaking out to abc news for the first time since being sentenced for lying to the fbi. he claims campaign members including jeff sessions were fully aware of his efforts to potentially broker a meeting with vladimir putin. and then there's the president's decision about stormy daniels. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, former trump campaign aide george papadopoulos admitting he lied to the fbi about his
contacts with someone suspected of being a russian operative, to cover for president trump. just two days after being sentenced to 14 days in prison for making false statements to the fbi, speaking exclusively to abc's george stephanopoulos. >> you were trying to protect the president? >> of course. >> reporter: papadopoulos claiming attorney general jeff sessions supported his idea to broker a summit between then candidate trump and russian president vladimir putin. >> candidate trump at the time nodded at me. i don't think he was committed either way. he was open to the idea. and he deferred, of course, to then senior senator jeff sessions, who i remember being quite enthusiastic about it. >> reporter: contradicting sessions' own testimony. >> i believe that i wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the russian government or any other foreign government for that matter. >> reporter: while president trump remains defiant against the russia investigation, he's backing away from another legal battle. filing court papers in
california district court, promising not to enforce a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement signed by porn star stormy daniels just days before the 2016 election for her silence about their alleged affair. trump following the lead of his longtime lawyer and fixer michael cohen, who on friday also offered to tear up the nda. and says he may seek a refund of the $130,000 hush payment. in march, daniels' lawyer michael avenatti said she was willing to pay back the settlement. >> would she be willing to give back the $130,000 and say, "fine, i don't want anything to do with you guys." >> if she's ultimately ordered to do that in order to speak openly and honestly? 100%, absolutely. >> reporter: but now, avenatti saying they won't back down. >> we're going to put this president on trial one way or the other, period. >> tara, we still don't know who authored that anonymous op-ed in "the new york times" describing a resistance movement within the administration. the vice president offered his thoughts today?
>> reporter: the vice president said he's not the author, and he would be willing to take a lie detector test to prove it. now, sarah sanders tells abc news that the tests are not under serious consideration. tom? >> tara, thank you. overseas now, and inside north korea, kim jong-un pulling out the stops for his country's 70th anniversary. the regime parading troops, tanks, and weapons. one thing not on display, north korea's most advanced missiles. president trump taking notice. martha raddatz was there. >> reporter: tonight, an extravaganza with a surprise ending. a performance that was part olympic opening ceremony, athletic competition and broadway musical. in pyongyang's 150,000-seat stadium, the climax to the
so-called mass games left no doubt what role kim jong-un wants to play in the history books. giant screens flashing images of his historic meetings with south korea's president moon. formally ending the korean war is a goal for both sides. but the u.s. is still insisting that denuclearization comes first. that was on everyone's mind this morning at a massive military parade. tens of thousands of goose-stepping troops passing before kim. you can feel the ground shaking. the first parade since the singapore summit, and there was a significant change. last february, icbms were rolled out, the kind of intercontinental ballistic missiles believed capable of reaching the u.s. with a nuclear warhead. but today, no sign of them. >> clearly, he didn't want to antagonize mr. trump any more than he already has. >> reporter: president trump is calling the military parade here
in north korea a positive step. tweeting, thank you, chairman kim. we will prove everyone wrong. this, despite u.s. officials saying there is no significant evidence that kim is denuclearizing. tom? >> martha, thank you. back here at home, to the major fallout at the u.s. open, and the moment witnessed by millions. serena williams fined $17,000 for yelling at the chair umpire, smashing a racket, loudly complaining of a double standard between men and women players. erielle reshef was there. >> reporter: it was the explosive battle on the biggest stage in tennis that no one saw coming. >> you owe me an apology. i have never cheated in my life. >> reporter: tonight, serena williams fined $17,000 for going head to head with the chair ump. >> you need to make an announcement. i didn't get coaching. >> reporter: it started when the ump issued a warning when serena's coach made this illegal hand signal.
the tennis superstar seething. >> i don't cheat to win. i'd rather lose. >> reporter: after the match, her coach saying he was doing what's become a common tactic. >> well, i mean, i'm honest. i was coaching. i mean, i don't think she looked at me. that's why she didn't even think i was. >> reporter: serena saying she had no idea. her frustration building. at one point, she breaks her racket. the ump issuing another violation. >> i have a daughter. and i stand for what's right. and i have never cheated. you owe me an apology. >> reporter: but it was this moment that sent the situation spiraling. >> you're a thief. >> reporter: late in the match, the ump handing serena a game penalty. >> game penalty, verbal abuse. >> it was up to serena and the chair umpire to rein it in, and neither one of them did what they should have done. >> reporter: she calls for a referee, accusing the ump of a sexist double standard. >> there are men out here that do a lot worse. because i'm a woman. because i'm a woman you're going
to take this away from me. that is not right. >> reporter: tonight, the head of the usta acknowledging a lack of equality. but despite the drama, serena's 20-year-old opponent naomi osaka of japan keeping her cool, outplaying her idol to take the title. >> she said that she was proud of me. i was really grateful for her. >> reporter: an echo of booing tainting the trophy ceremony. but serena herself reining in the crowd. >> let's give everyone credit where credit's due and let's not boo anymore. >> reporter: tom, the world tennis association is looking into what happened on the court. but says it is time to celebrate the two players, both of whom have great integrity. tom? >> erielle, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the man accused of showing up to his neighbor's house with a rifle. caught on doorbell surveillance.
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are you ready?" and she was so ecstatic. she said, "yes, i'm ready!" so we put on a song and started dancing like it was nobody's business. and i actually did a turn with her. it just warmed my heart. >> reporter: and the feeling is mutual. avery sending us this message for the dancing doc. >> thank you, dr. tony, for making me smile in the hospital. >> reporter: mom telling us what it's like for a parent to have that type of care at such a critical time. >> we just wanted to thank you so much for always bringing smiles, with the bow tie, the dancing, and always bringing a smile to avery's face. which always brought a smile to mine. >> thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. david muir will be right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. make sure to catch the premiere of "gma day" starting tomorrow. good night.