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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the alleged terror plot here in the u.s. a u.s. military vet accused of plotting an attack. a drive-by shooting using a modified ak-47. and at other points, an ied. authorities just a short time ago revealing his alleged motive. also tonight, that deadly attack on a synagogue, and now we learn the fbi received a tip just five minutes before the shooting. and what authorities have now revealed about the young suspect, a straight-a student, a pianist. what happened? the images coming in now, the tour helicopter that went down a short time ago, crashing into a neighborhood. multiple people killed, and calls tonight for some tour helicopters to be grounded. former vice president joe biden on stage just moments ago. what he said, who he needs to beat president trump. robin roberts with the
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exclusive. and why it's clear biden is on president trump's radar.oot > the gbal headline e revealed developing tonight.auoritieieve most wanted man has delivered a new message. the mother who demanded school surveillance and got it. and this is what it showed. the teacher kicking her daughter. and tonight, we celebrate a trail-blazing director who died today at just 51. jon singleton was surrounded by loved ones. and what his family revealed about his condition. good evening. and it's great to start another week with all of you at home. and we begin tonight with that alleged terror plot being planned right here in the u.s. federal prosecutors late today revealing a u.s. military veteran was allegedly planning
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mass casualty attacks on a variety of targets, using a modified ak-47 and, in some cases, an ied, an improvised explosive device. among the alleged targets, the popular santa monica pier and the port of long beach. they arrested him in california after he scoped out an alleged part by the deadly attack on muslims in new zealand. abc's will carr leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, this army veteran, who fought against terror in afghanistan, is accused of trying to wage jihad in the united states. >> this is a case in which law enforcement was able to identify a man consumed with hate and bent on mass murder. and stop him before he could carry out his attack. >> reporter: authorities say mark steven domingo wanted to detonate an ied at a packed white nationalist rally in long beach over the weekend. >> he was taken into custody after he took receipt of what he thought were pressure cooker bombs. >> reporter: those turned out to be inert devices passed along by federal law enforcement as they
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tracked domingo's every move. >> he allegedly purchased several hundred three-inch long nails to be used in ieds as shrapnel, specifically because the nails were long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs. >> reporter: federal authorities say domingo was radicalized rapidly. >> following the attack at two mosques in new zealand last month, he wrote, quote, "there must be retribution." >> reporter: authorities say domingo also wanted to target jews, churches, police officers and the popular santa monica pier. even pull off a drive-by with an ak-47-style rifle. >> sometimes we get asked what keeps you up at night -- this is a case that keeps us up at night. >> reporter: but before he could pull off any attack, the joint terror task force arrested domingo friday. with that in mind, are you considering him to be a lone wolf at this point? >> yeah, we believe we caught him very, very early when he started to talk the attack. >> will carr at that press conference late today. he joins us now. and will, they say the suspect
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expressed support for isis? >> reporter: that's right, david. they believe that he was acting alone, but wanted to target places that were packed with people, including the santa monica pier behind me. they also say he talked about past attacks, including the boston bombing, and said there should be another mass shooting like las vegas. david? >> will carr, thank you. we are also learning more at this hour about the deadly synagogue attack near san diego. the fbi actually received a tip five minutes before the attack. tonight, the parents of the suspect breaking their silence now. the 19-year-old gunman opening fire during passover services. his parents saying their son is, quote, now part of the history of evil. he was a straight-a student who played the piano. so, what happened? abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, just five minutes before that deadly chaos erupted at the synagogue, the fbi got anonymous tips about the gunman's threatening social media post. but there wasn't enough time.
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>> getting another caller who stated there's a shooting at the synagogue then disconnected. >> reporter: 19-year-old nursing student john earnest allegedly opening fire during sabbath services. 60-year-old lori gilbert-kaye his first victim. rabbi yisroel goldstein shot in both hands. >> i think she took the bullet for the whole congregation. >> reporter: oscar stewart heard those shots and, even though he was unarmed, sprinted towards the sound. >> i didn't think about what i was doing. instinctively, i just ran towards him. i yelled, i'm going to kill you. >> reporter: stewart, an iraq war veteran, apparently startling the gunman, chasing him out of the synagogue. >> i got to his car, he gets in his car, he raises his weapon and i took, with all my force, i hit the side of the car with all my might. he drops the weapon again and he gets the ignition, he turns the ignition on the car. >> reporter: earnest speeding away, but caught one mile later. tonight, earnest charged with one count of murder for the shooting at the synagogue and a hate crime for torching a mosque last month. and now, those questions. how a 19-year-old classically
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trained pianist, a straight-a student, became aradicalized, allegedly posting a hate-fueled public message saying he wanted to kill jews. his distraught parents releasing a statement, saying, "how our was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us." this evening, lines of mourners standing in the rain to bid a final good to lori gilbert-kaye. >> that woman is so benif lent, such a kind, jen ris fill land poe pis. she's one of those people, you call at 2:00 in the morning, she'll be there. >> and matt gutman joins us outside the synagogue tonight. we're now hearing about the rush to save that woman that was shot and killed. several people were performing cpr on her, including her husband, who then realized it was his wife? >> reporter: yeah, her husband, david, is a physician, and he instinctively jumped into action, helping the woman lying prone on the synagogue lobby floor and only after doing those chest compressions and realized it was hopeless, he went to feel
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her pulse, recognized his wife's face and fainted. but today, he says he hopes will be a celebration of her life. david? >> matt gutman, thank you. there is a breaking headline out of hawaii at this hour. alarming images coming in now after a deadly helicopter crash right into a neighborhood. it was a tour helicopter that went down in a neighborhood outside honolulu. there were no survivors onboard. and here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: the helicopter crashing in a ball of flames. >> landed on house, my neighbor's house. >> reporter: on a residential street on the island of oahu around 9:00 a.m. >> rescue one, rescue two. downed helicopter. this is referred to be the kawainui marsh here kaha street. >> reporter: all three onboard were killed. debris coming down near a school and slamming into this car the driver was okay. >> neighbors did heroic job
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trying to put out fire and get patients away from burning aircraft. >> reporter: the chopper, identified as a robinson r-44, is registered to a tour company called novictor helicopters. the company tonight said it had no comment. according to the ntsb, r-44 helicopters have been involved in 48 fatal crashes since 2006. tonight, a hawaii state lawmaker is calling on all tourhelicopte. paramedie already in the area on another call and were just 30 feet away when that chopper came down. tonight, both the faa and the ntsb are investigating. david? >> clayton sandell, thank you. we're going to turn now to the race for 2020, and former vice president joe biden holding the first rally of his presidential campaign. it was in pittsburgh just a short time ago, telling a cheering crowd, if he's going to beat donald trump, quote, it's going to happen there, in pennsylvania. biden and his wife, jill, sitting down for an exclusive interview with robin roberts. tonight, robin asks about the case biden be try to make to trump voters, and proof biden is
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on president trump's radar. what the president did today. abc's mary bruce is in toda to see joe biden back on his home turf. >> if i'm going tumo bp in 2020 going to happen here. it's going to happen here in western pennsylvania. >> reporter: this is biden country. but it's trump country, too, and in an exclusive interview, biden told our robin roberts, he's the democrat who can woo back those working class trump voters. >> what would you say to the trump voter, the trump supporter, who looks at the economy and sees very strong numbers here in pennsylvania, where the unemployment is at a record low of 3.9%? >> well, what i'd say is, did you get any bewe it in from the tax cut? have your wages really gone up to what you think you deserve? do your employers treat you with any more respect and dignity than they did before? what's the story? ask these folks. they're not getting their fair share.
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>> reporter: biden's long political record could be an asset and a liability. trailed by questions about his role in the anita hill hearings, he's now trying to make amends, calling hill a few weeks ago. but she said his words weren't enough. >> she said, "i cannot be satisfied by simply saying "i'm sorry for what happened to you." i will be satisfied when i know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose." >> well, see, i think -- that's what she told me. i was grateful she took the call. as the committee chairman, i take responsibility that she did not get treated well. i take responsibility for that. >> you take responsibility? >> i take responsibility for that, because i was the chairman. >> reporter: biden now laser-focused on donald trump, calls this race a battle for the soul of america. >> our political system iseang . >> rr:eel us in a crowded field, the former vice president stands out. why
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>> he knows how to work both sides of the aisle. he knows how to be a we rather than an us versus them. >> mary bruce live from pittsburgh. and mary, president trump seems to clearly be paying attention to joe biden, firing off four tweets about biden and union support for biden today alone. >> reporter: yeah, david. joe biden seems to be getting under the president's skin. pennsylvania is a state that trump won by less than one percentage point, and joe biden knows this is a must-win. but first, he has no win the nomination, and david, there is still a long fight ahead. >> you'll be there every step of the way. mary bruce tonight, thank you. and much more of robin roberts' exclusive interview with joe bidened a h ed and his. jill biden. and what will his answer be to make america great again? that's tomorrow morning on "gma." now, to the two sixth graders tonight accused of a plot to shoot classmates and teachers at their school. tonight, those students are now charged with conspiracy to
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commit murder. here'sth abcr pl rorr: resource officer who saved the day at this elementary school, following up on rumors he heard friday that two sixth graders had a hit list and were planning to gun down students here, about an hour west of knoxville. >> one was taken custody here in school and the other at home. >> reporter: police say they never found a hit list, but did find a hand drawn map of the school and a plan to hide guns in school lockers until the end of the school year. that's when investigators say the two students planned to march through the building from a back door, shooting teachers and students and then shooting and killing themselves. >> the families were very cooperative and no weapons for found at any house. >> reporter: parents at the school say they're thankful, but also furious that they're just hearing about this now. >> the way they handled it, by not letting the parents know, that was wrong on every level. >> reporter: both students are being charged as juveniles, with conspiracy to commit first
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degree murder. as kids, they're not being identified, but they are in custody tonight. david? >> steve osunsami with us on a monday night. steve, thank you. next, that global headline from isis tonight. a chilling new threat from what appears to be the world's most wanted man. isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. they've now lost that territory, but this message to the west seems intent on proving they are still fighting and are still focused. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now. >> reporter: if it is proven this is baghdadi, the terrorist fugitive appears grayer now. the isis territory he once claimed, gone. but he seems as defiant and threatening as ever, warning that the fight against the west is not over. it was five years ago, when baghdadi was last seen in a mosul mosque, calling on muslims worldwide to join his bloody cause. in this latest 18-minute video released by isis today, from
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which these images are taken, the man identified as baghdadi praises the sri lankan attackers, suicide bombers who left at least 250 people dead last week, claiming it was payback for baghouz, the last isis territory to fall to american-backed forces in syria the month before. it was then president trump declared isis defeated. >> all right, so, let's get live to martha raddatz in our washington bureau tonight. and martha, as you mentioned there, their territory might now be gone in syria and iraq, but isis is clearly trying to prove that it is still a threat. >> reporter: yes, david. isis is still very much a threat. they may not have claim to territory now, but baghdadi's message of attacking the west and its allies is still resonating with new recruits and the thousands of fighters who remain in iraq and syria. others boldly carrying out attacks far from where isis first took root. david? >> all right, martha raddatz, thank you. a new round of severe
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weather developing tonight. heavy rain stretching all the way to the northeast this week. it follows a late season blast of winter, blizzard conditions and 30 inches of snow in montana. and look at this. chicago with two and a half inches. the biggest snow total on record this late in the season there. and a funnel cloud in texas. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking a huge portion of the country under severe weather watches tonight. ginger, good evening. >> reporter: hey, good evening. this one not quite as snowy, but still something to watch. flash flood potential anywhere from iowa city, david, to st. louis and kansas city to tulsa, oklahoma. s rell kifly complex system, but it's going to have enough lift that large hail is a big issue tomorrow. so, cover those cars, get them in the garage, from dallas all the way up into parts of missouri. check that out, five-plus inches, the target area, just north of i-40, david. >> ginger, thank you. we turn next tonight to the college football star shot just hours after being drafted by the nfl. police in topeka tonight are
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hunting for the person who shot new york giants draft pick cory ballentine. the shooting occurred at an off-campus party. police have not made any arrests. they are working on leads. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. celebrating a trail-blazing director who has died at just a 1. there is also news tonight coming in tonight on larry king. also, the mother who demanded school surveillance and got it, and this is what it showed. the teacher kicking her daughter in the library. we have new images tonight of that deadly crane collapse, and what witnesses saw right before this came crashing down. it was deadly, as you know. and the ballew ga whale found in the ocean wearing a mysterious harness. a lot of attention on this today, and why some believe, and we're not kidding here, that the whale may be a russian spy. why it was outfitted with that equipment. a lot more news ahead. makes you feel like you can do it all. but mania, such as unusual changes in your mood,
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here's abc's alex perez tonight. >> reporter: this elementary school surveillance video capturing every parent's nightmare. watch, as students line up to leave, this 5-year-old hides in a bookshelf. what happens next is disturbing. a teacher approaches the child, yanks her out and then kicks her in the back. no one at the school in shawnee, kansas, told mom what happened, but the little girl who came home with this red mark on her arm bravely did. her mother then confronting that teacher, crystal smith, and recording the conversation. smith claimed the little girl injured herself. >> i'm not surprised, because she shoved herself into that bookshelf and books that she wanted to kick. i mean, she kicked me a couple of times. she was lashing about and crawling into the bookshelf, i'm not surprised she doesn't have a mark on her arm. she got really mad and really fast. >> reporter: but the video capturing something more disturbing. after an investigation, the district firing smith. david, we have not reached that
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teacher for comment, but prosecutors are now reviewing the case to determine if she will face criminal charges. david? >> alex perez tonight. alex, thank you. when we come back, news on larry king's health tonight. and news on, and why some of those dna results are changing. corey is living with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. she's also taking prescription ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor, which is for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy. ibrance plus letrozole was significantly more effective at delaying disease progression versus letrozole. paents taking ibrance n velop chills, or other signs of infection, liver or kidney problems, are pregnant, breastfeeding,
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finally tonight, remembering a director, a trail-blazer, who began a conversation at just 23. john singleton was a trail-blazer. the writer and director was just 23 when he prompted a national conversation about race with his debut film "boyz n the hood." >> rolling! >> reporter: cuba gooding jr. -- >> y'all are brothers. >> reporter: regina king and ice cube. >> either they don't know, don't show or don't care about what's going on in the hood. >> y'all look over there. >> reporter: at the time, he was "person of the week" on "world news tonight." >> we can, you know, with the black crew, a black cast and a black neighborhood and we was like a homecoming. >> reporter: singleton would become the first african-american nominated for an oscar for best director. and the youngest. >> what's your name? >> lucky. >> reporter: he would go on to direct "poetic justice" and work
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in movies and tv for years. he would take note of the work to be done and the progress made. >> american film is becoming more and more popular, because it's become more american, you know, it's become more multiethnic. and that's what i really love. >> reporter: he died after being taken off life support after suffering a major stroke. his family revealing he quietly struggled with hypertension, thanking his doctors. tonight, the next generation remembering singleton. jordan peele, who dreked "get out" and "u.s" saying john was brave artist and a true inspiration. and from the beginning, john singleton's standards. >> i have to do something that i can look at ten years later and say, yes, i did that, and i'm proud of it. >> john singleton in his own words. i'm david muir. i hope to see you tomorrow. good night. live where you live, this is
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abc7 news. >> we're reporting 704 cases of measles from 22 states. that's more cases of measles in a single year that we've seen in the past 25 years. >> a dramatic rise in measles cases. >> we have got to get a handle on these outbreaks or the measles will get a foothold and be a permanent problem. >> the efforts under way right here in the bay area to get people vaccinated. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm kristen sze. the cases of measles in the u.s. reaching the highest level in 25 years. the centers for disease control and prevention says 704 cases have been reported so far this year in 22 states. >> that's already more than any year since 1994 when 963 cases were reported. here in california, there have been 38 reported cases as of last thursday. the number you see reflects the total case you see in each
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county with 9 total in the bay area. >> smaller counties reported measles cases, but exact number in each are not being released because of potential confidentiality concerns. >> melanie woodrow is live outside contraffia areneryone to get vaccinated. melanie? >> absolutely, ama and kristen. contra costa health officials say luckily there are no cases of measles here this year in the county. they are encouraging adults who are not certain whether or not they ever had that second dose, that second vaccination to go ahead and do so now. the measles, mumps and ruebbell vaccine needs to be stored in a refrigerator or freezer to maintain its effectiveness. here in contra costa county there are extra doses on hand outside of the clinics, this as the number of cases nationwide tops 700 this year. >> it's very alarming. >> contra costa health officer is encouraging parents to make sure the


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