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mental health. >> we should lobby for this at tonight, president trump t declaring a national day of mourning, as we honor former president george h.w. bush and celebrate the 41st president of the united states. air force one set to transport his casket to washington, where he will lie in state on capitol hill. as we learn more about his final wishes. also breaking tonight, the tornado outbreak in the midwest. more than 20 reported in 1 state alone. roughly two dozen hurt, homes damaged. rob marciano standing by. plus, the nfl star now apologizing. the exclusive interview. what he says about the disturbing video of him fighting with a young woman, and the serious allegations now facing the nfl over how they handled it. fire and protests. anti-government demonstrations turning violent this weekend. cars in flames. the world famous landmark
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vandalized. france considering declaring a state of emergency. and the urgent manhunt tonight. the killer with a disappearing act. the trick he pulled that let him walk right out of jail. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with celebrations honoring former president george h.w. bush and his lifetime of service to the country. memorial plans under way to pay tribute to the 41st president of the united states. president trump declaring december 5th a national day of mourning. air force one will carry his casket to washington, d.c., tomorrow, where he will lie in state in the capitol. president trump will attend his funeral at the national cathedral on wednesday. and a memorial of flowers and tributes outside of his home in houston. the former president remembered
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for his sense of decency, kindness, and commitment to others. amy robach is in houston to lead us off. >> reporter: tonight, air force one in houston. the plane now ready to bring president bush on his final journey to the nation's capital. tributes pouring in. his close friend and former secretary of state jim baker revealing the details of some of his final moments. >> he opened his eyes. he looked at me, he says, hey, bake. he said, where are we going? so, he kept his spirit, and he kept his sense of humor right to the very end. but his passing, george, was very gentle and very peaceful. >> reporter: his final words, an exchange with his son. bush 43, on a speakerphone, telling his father he loved him. his father responding, "i love you, too." >> on tuesday, our country was attacked with deliberate and massive cruelty. >> reporter: george w. bush recounting the emotional moment after 9/11 when his father provided critical support. >> i felt his hand and it was my dad. it was very comforting, and it was a beautiful gesture. and it was captured on film, so
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i'm able to reminisce about that moment. and the emotions of it are still with me. >> reporter: one of president bush's lasting legacies, the first iraq war. >> kuwait is liberated. iraq's army is defeated. our military objectives are met. >> reporter: colin powell served as chairman of the joint chiefs. when it came to a celebratory parade, the president refusing to go. not wanting to overshadow those who sacrificed. >> president bush said i won't be there. why not? it's a parade for the troops, the general, the chairman, the joint chiefs of staff, secretary cheney. i will not attend. this is for them, not for me. >> reporter: and bush, known for forging bonds with his biggest rivals, including president clinton, whose victory ensured only one term in office. he famously left this letter behind. >> i wish you well. i wish your family well.
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your success is our country's success. i'm rooting hard for you. i thought it was vintage george bush. i thought he meant it, but i also thought he was trying to be a citizen in the highest sense of the word. >> reporter: president trump announcing three days of celebrations culminating with a state funeral. >> he'll be missed. he'll be greatly missed. a terrific person and a terrific man. >> reporter: and tonight, his family releasing home videos and audio of the late president reading a letter to his children. >> remember the old song, "i'll be there ready when you are?" well, i'll be there ready when you are, for there's so much excitement ahead. so many grandkids to watch grow. >> a servant to both his country and his family. and amy, they've had to make adjustments to air force one to fly the casket to washington? >> reporter: that's right. in fact, air force one landed here in houston earlier today. they had some rehearsals in place today to prepare for that final trip to washington.
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but they had to remove several rows of seats in the front to make room for president bush. tom? >> amy, thank you. and abc news will have complete coverage of memorials and tributes for former president george h.w. bush. the funeral and military departures tomorrow morning, to his arrival at the u.s. capitol, and the wednesday funeral service at the nation's capital. david muir will be anchoring tomorrow. we move on to breaking news. the tornado outbreak in the midwest. and new reports of twisters in the south, nearly two dozen reported in illinois, more than 20 hurt. dozens of homes and buildings damaged. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, the view from above this neighborhood ripped apart by a tornado. a rare midwest december tornado outbreak sweeping across illinois. this twister tearing through the town of taylorville.
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21 people injured there, as the tornado went right through the center of town. sirens blaring across cass county. this tornado in havana swallowing daylight as it swirls. >> we are really close to this. >> reporter: watch how quickly this funnel spins, violently wiping up chunks of debris less than 100 yards away from this driver in bluff county. >> i felt the wind force in my car. it sounded like a train. >> reporter: 22 reported tornadoes reported in that state alone. earlier, the same system turning deadly in missouri. an ef-1 tornado packing winds of 105 miles per hour, killing one man inside this aurora motel. in the south, torrential rain today flooding parts of georgia, prompting high water rescues in crisp county. rescuers carrying these children across rushing water to safety. and late today, a tornado hitting along the georgia/florida border. doing damage to the kings bay submarine base, injuring at least one person. >> still very much an active situation.
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and rob joins us with the forecast. >> hey, tom. the storms are right over the same area. we have a flood watch in effect across southern georgia and the florida panhandle. also, parts of alabama. and dense fog across the northeast. and at the airport, huge delays. still snowing in the midwest, 14 inches piling up in parts of nebraska. next storm coming in from the pacific hits california tuesday, another strong one that traverses the entire country next week. >> rob, thank you. next tonight, the nfl back in the spotlight for how it investigates players accused of violence. former kansas city chiefs running back kareem hunt, apologizing for shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel in cleveland. tmz sports obtaining this video. hunt claims the nfl never asked him about the incident. here's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight, nfl star kareem hunt breaking his silence after being fired once this video emerged, showing him shoving and kicking a woman. >> it don't really matter what happened. i was in the wrong.
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>> reporter: the video was first released by tmz sports on friday. the incident happened back in february at a cleveland hotel. you can see hunt arguing with the woman and then shoving her. she then hits hunt. later, he is seen kicking her. hunt and a group of friends say they first met the woman, abigail ottinger, that night. >> i was assaulted by a player on the 23rd floor. >> reporter: the former kansas city chief running back sitting down exclusively with espn. >> my mother raised me right. i know right from wrong. i'm asking for forgiveness. and i believe i definitely deserve forgiveness. >> reporter: local police were called to the scene, but did not file charges or make any arrests. on friday, the nfl claimed they began their own investigation into the incident immediately. but hunt says they never spoke to him directly. >> has the nfl ever questioned you about that incident? >> no, they have not. >> reporter: tonight, the nfl
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released a new statement, saying the investigation will continue and will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident. hunt admitted he wasn't honest with his own team until after the video came out. >> the chiefs are right, and i didn't tell them everything. >> reporter: tom, hunt says what happened that night doesn't reflect who he is or what he stands for. the chiefs say hunt will never play for them again. tom? >> zachary, thank you. now turning to politics. president trump returning from the g-20 summit in argentina. rudy giuliani taking aim at mueller, saying he is using unethical tactics. the focus now turning to republican operative roger stone, who is already striking a defiant tone against the special counsel. here's david wright at the white house. >> reporter: longtime political adviser roger stone insisted
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today he won't betray president trump, no matter how much pressure the special counsel brings to bear. >> there's no circumstance under which i would testify against the president, because i'd have to bear false witness against him. i'd have to make things up. >> reporter: today, stone told george stephanopoulos there's no proof he collaborated with wikileaks, the site that released thousands of democratic e-mails stolen by russian hackers. but a series of e-mails suggests stone did make efforts to contact the wikileaks founder, julian assange, and admitted as much in 2016. >> i actually have communicated with assange. i believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the clinton foundation. >> reporter: today, stone insisted curiosity is not the same as conspiracy. >> like every political reporter, i was interested in knowing what exactly they had. but there was no response to that. >> you're saying you never spoke to julian assange, never contacted wikileaks, never spoke about any of that to president
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trump or his kids? >> that is absolutely correct. >> did you find his answers credible? >> no, i didn't. not at all. >> reporter: the top democrat on the house intelligence committee said today the very existence of those e-mails contradicts stone's testimony before his committee. >> that testimony really needs to be provided to the special counsel for consideration of whether perjury charges are warranted. >> reporter: stone is by no means the only trump associate of interest to the special counsel. this week, we learned the president's former lawyer spent 70 hours with investigators as part of a new plea bargain. michael cohen is now asking a federal judge not to send him to jail because, he says, he's been so cooperative. >> david joins us from the white house. we see the two men, at one time both trump loyalists, now taking two very different legal approaches. >> reporter: that's right. cohen claims to be cooperating fully, practically throwing himself at the mercy of the
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court. stone is defiant, practically daring the special counsel to charge him. >> david, thank you. and one more note from the white house. the u.s. and china hitting pause on the escalating trade war rocking the stock morkt. -- market. and president trump and china's president agreeing to a 90-day cease fire, holding off tariffs raising on january 1st. china agreeing to buy more u.s. products. overseas tonight, a violent protest in one of the world's most famous cities. police clashing with anti-government demonstrators in paris for a third straight weekend. cars set on fire. france's president considering declaring a state of emergency. ian pannell is in paris. >> reporter: tonight, a city, a country, on edge. after more violent protests this weekend in paris left more than
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100 injured. much of the unrest along one of the world's most famous streets. protesters known as the yellow jackets, angry at rising gas prices and living costs. for the third straight saturday, taking to the french streets. some peaceful, but for many, anger turning to violence. businesses, cars, and atms burned along the champs elysees. snipers perched on roofs. police using water cannons and tear gas as they tried to control the rioters. >> i was scared. i had no idea how it would escalate. then people started flipping over cars. >> reporter: more than 400 arrested. today, workers power washing the arc de tri french president emmanuel macron inspecting the damage amid talk of a state of emergency. .ate a tom, this crisis has been brewing for some time under president macron. he says he needs the new gas taxes to try to curb global warming.
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the protesters say he's out of touch with the people of the suburbs and the countryside, who need their vehicles. there's no end in sight, anytime soon. >> ian, thank you. news about the death of the u.s. navy's top admiral in the middle east. sources telling abc news vice admiral scott stearney took his own life. he was found dead saturday, the husband and father was commander of the navy's fifth fleet. and now to the powerful earthquake in anchorage, alaska. hundreds of aftershocks since friday. crews working around the clock, racing to repair the damage. will carr is in anchorage. >> reporter: more than 1,200 aftershocks have rattled southern alaska since that 7.0 earthquake. cracking homes and buildings, crumbling roads. you can see where this crack is snaking across the highway. in the distance, the road is crumbled, and drivers tell us they are lucky to be alive.
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>> i looked back at my kid. i started to see the road sink. >> reporter: chris riekena and his son were driving behind this red suv when the road started rumbling like a roller coaster. riekena, who works for the department of transportation, is now helping with the cleanup. when are they hoping to have this back up and running by? >> they're hoping to have it open for monday traffic. >> reporter: you guys work fast here. >> we do our best. >> alaskans are a hearty, independent bunch for sure. >> reporter: caleb newville works inside the tower at merrill field airport, which incurred serious damage, but was back up and running in a matter of hours. do you feel alaska was ready for this earthquake? >> i think so. if you look around the city, you can see life is almost back to normal. and it really does show the level of preparedness that we have here. >> reporter: this is one of the last roads still with significant damage. as you can tell, this has become something of a local attraction. beyond this, the department of transportation has done a good job getting everything back up and running. >> will, thank you. and there's much more ahead
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happened to closely resemble him, he convinced someone to post bond for pendarvis, took his i.d., and used it to walk freely out of jail thursday night. >> from what we can tell at this point, the cellmate was not a willing participant. >> reporter: now, authorities say the 34-year-old suspect is likely still using pendarvis' identity, and driving a black toyota camry with alabama license plate number 47a-f567. tonight, multiple agencies are urgently searching for walker. they say he is considered armed and dangerous. and ask anyone who sees him to call police immediately. >> marci, thank you. when we come back, a school bus involved in a major accident. what happened, and why police ended up arresting one of the drivers. stay with us. ♪ carla is living with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast
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finally tonight, reflections from an american statesman. >> you must feel responsibility to others. you must believe in serving others. i think that's the fundamental tenet of my life. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary american life. president george herbert walker bush, facing triumph and tragedy with modesty, humor, and uncommon grace. like this moment, when he invited dana carvey to the white house. >> not gonna do it. wouldn't be prudent. >> reporter: the president joining carvey onstage, and saying this. >> the fact that we can laugh at each other is a fundamental thing. >> reporter: his burial instructions are simple.
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a military song to be played, "last full measure of devotion," a plain gravestone with his navy number on it. and on that stone, a quote dedicated to his late wife, "he loved barbara very much." >> i don't know where i'd be in life if i wasn't blessed with a lot of kids, and grandkids, and family, including of course barbara. >> reporter: he was devoted to former first lady barbara bush, who died earlier this year at the age of 92. and the last time he sat down with our diane sawyer, she asked him if he had any idea what heaven might be like. >> i've wondered about it. i do think there's an afterlife. i do think that you go to heaven. there is a heaven. and i don't fear it, though. when i was a little guy, i feared death. i'd be -- i'd worry about it. i'd be scared. not anymore. >> president george h.w. bush. 94 years old. thank you so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning.
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david will be in washington tomorrow. ghost ship fire. see how the victims are being remembered. >> the tributes chekeep coming . being remembered by around schwarzeneggar. >> how much has fallen in the sierra the past couple right away to developing news out of san francisco. a fire sends people scrambling from a an apartment building. >> good evening. thanks for joining us. >> a fire in san francisco has displaced several people tonight. it happened near california street. >> we find news reporterment tell us what happened. >> fire crews say it will be a
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while until they can determine exactly what caused this. pan up to the top you can see the they are working on this at the moment. that is the source of where all of this started. i talked with neighbors who say within ten minutes the entire building filled with smoke. there are nine units inside. everyone made it out safely. a can did not survive. visibility was low when firefighters entered. one neighbor told me it smelled like someone was barbecuing inside the building and passer by was able to see what was actually happening. in the building. >> extremely big smoke. like big smoke very dark. deep gray. coming out like this. there's huge flames. like big


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