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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the holiday escape turning deadly. accidents grinding traffic to a halt in two major cities, as more thanmericans hit the roads. now a sweltering heat wave settling in. our ginger zee standing by. a fourth of july like no other. that's what president trump is promising in the nation's capital, with tanks and military planes. but how much will it cost and who is paying? and can the white house keep politics out of it? the navy s.e.a.l. speaking out, losing his rank, but walking out of court a free man after he was cleared in the murder of an isis prisoner what he's now saying about his fellow s.e.a.l.s tes ain the disturbing officer involved shooting. a man armed with a knife refusing 0rders, charging at police. shots fired, and it is all
caught on camera. the haunting new drawings by children inside an immigration detention center. tonight, the president's message to migrants. if they're unhappy, quote, tell them not to come. the judge under fire for what he said about a teenage suspect accused of rape, that the teen comes from a good family and has good grades. and the american phenom, just 15 years old with another wimbledon win. her words for the opponents she'll face next. good evening and it's great to have you with us on a busy wednesday night. i'm cecilia vega in for david. and we begin with the holiday rush to get out of town. millions of americans already in the air and on theed radios, and the havoc turning deadly. right here in manhattan, a truck skidding off an overpass. at least 12 people injured. an 18-wheeler plunging off this bridge in houston. the driver did not survive. and you can see the traffic there backed up for miles.
despite these challenges, a record number of people are expected to travel for this fourth of july. abc's gio benitez startles us off. >> reporter: tonight, these dramatic images on one of the busiest roads in the northeast, just as the fourth of july holiday rush begins. a sanitation truck overturning on the outbound side of new york's lincoln tunnel. the truck falling off of the overpass. several cars were involved in the crash. bystanders rushing to help. at least 12 people injured. >> this is a bumper to bumper to bumper delay. >> reporter: the accident causing traffic mayhem. shutting down new jersey-bound traffic on the tunnel, the highway above and critical bus transportation out of new york's port authority. >> they just went, no, closed. that was it. and they locked the doors. >> reporter: a similar scene in houston, where a tractor trailer drove off a bridge, killing the driver. emergency crews closing off four lanes of the highway to make sure it was safe. it all couldn't happen at a worst time. more than 80% of travelers will
be driving for the holiday. more than 41 million people hitting the roads. and cecilia, we should tell you, today and sunday are going to be the worst days to get on the road. that's when you're going to see the most traffic. new york, boston, houston and seattle are going to see delays three times longer than normal. cecilia? >> okay, gio benitez leading us off. thank you. and on top of all those travel woes, a heat wave getting even hotter with triple digits. advisories in effect from florida to the carolinas. and along with that, heat, the threat of summer storms from the plains to the east coast. this flash flooding outside chicago after a heavy rain there. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee is tracking it all. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey, cecilia. we're going to be talking about heat indices reaching close to 110 degrees. severe thunderstorms. tornado watches and warnings on the map. severe thunderstorm watches from wyoming right through north dakota. but anybody highlighted in green
tonight could see a strong thunderstorm with lightning. so, illinois to florida, keep an eye on that if you have plans outdoors. then, got to watch that high pressure system, because it's really settling in. the core of that heat going to settle from savannah, waycross, georgia, down to orlando. it's going to be exposure day after day, because we're not going to cool down too much. and for the fireworks forecast, looks dry for a lot of folks except in the southeast and, of course, back in the northern plains and rockies. cecilia? >> ginger, thank you. we'll see you tomorrow on "gma." now, to the growing controversy over president trump's fourth of july plans. the bands have been rehearsing, and those armored vehicles have now been moved into place. the president is calling it the show of a lifetime, but tonight, new word on just how much this show could cost american t taxpayers. here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, armored combat vehicles stationed on the national mall. president trump promising, quote, "the show of a lifetime." the military hardware moved in
overnight on flat bed trucks. the bradley fighting vehicles each weighing 30 tons have just been loaded onto these trailers. crews preparing to move them closer to the lincoln memorial, where heavy duty crane mats have been laid down to protect the streets. they're just part of the grand military spectacle the president has ordered up. >> we're going to have planes going overhead. the best fighter jets. and other planes, too. >> reporter: some military planes flying in from as far away as california. the acting secretary of defense on-hand and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. >> and i'm going to be here. and i'm going to say a few words. >> reporter: the president's opponents fear he's turning a traditionally nonpartisan event into a trump-focused campaign-style rally. >> i don't think he understands this is america's birthday, not his birthday. ♪ >> reporter: the event is free, but the white house has given v.i.p. tickets to the republican national committee and top donors. on the mall today, i met randall thom, a trump supporter who traveled here from minnesota anr
what do you think about that? >> i think it's going to be wonderful because our president, he puts america first. we're coming together. we're getting our country to be respected. >> reporter: but tonight, there are new questions about the cost of this extravaganza. the national parks service is reportedly diverting $2.5 million from improvement projects. the pentagon hasn't put a number on its contribution. and the administration won't give us a price tag. but today, the president tweeting, "the cost of our great salute to america tomorrow will be very little compared to what it it's worth." >> and stephanie ramos joins us from the national mall. stephanie, president trump says the fireworks for tomorrow's festivities will be donated, be you now there are new questions about that tonight? >> reporter: there are, cecilia. the owner of that ohio company that donated the fireworks, he had asked the president to hold off on new tariffs on chinese products, including fireworks. the president later announced he would do that, but on that same
day, the administration revealed the donation of the fireworks for the fourth of july. cecilia? >> stephanie, thank you. we'll turn next to the navy s.e.a.l. cleared in the murder of an isis fighter. today, edward gallagher was demoted, but walked out of court a free man. he accused some s.e.a.l.s of framing him from the beginning. here's abc's will car. >> reporter: navy s.e.a.l. eddie gallagher lost his rank but still walked out of court a free man today. the decorated special operator officer faced a murder charge in a case that pitted navy s.e.a.l.s against each other. >> this small group of s.e.a.l.s that decided to concoct this story and no way, shape or form respect the community that, you know, i've loved. >> reporter: the jury acquitted gallagher on the most serious char charges, but convicted him for posing in a picture next to the body of a teen isis fighter. before sentencing today, gallagher apologized for bringing a black eye to the marines and the navy. prosecutors alleged that
gallagher, a medic, killed the teen. at trial, a fellow s.e.a.l. testified that he stabbed him. >> they tried crinalrothgego. but -- you know, we knew the truth the whole time. >> reporter: the explosive twist in the trial came when corey scott, a s.e.a.l. with immunity in the case, testified that he, not gallagher, was the real killer. after he blocked his breathing tube following the stabbing, because he knew the teen was going to die anyway. gallagher and strong and unusual support from the commander in chief. before the trial, president trump got gallagher out of confinement. what do you want to say to president trump? >> thank you. >> reporter: president trump tweeting today to the gallagher family, "congratulations. you have been through much together. glad i could help!" the jury sentenced gallagher to time served and dropped his rank, which could impact his pension. he's set to retire in two weeks, and even after all the allegations, he said he would happily serve his country again without a second thought.
cecilia? >> will, thank you. we'll turn next to the chilling police confrontation in athens, georgia. it was all captured on police body cameras. two officers heard begging a knife-wielding man to put down his weapon. the man tells him "just do it," he then grabs one of their weapons. the officer shoots and kills him. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. and we do want to warn you, this video is disturbing. >> reporter: it was a dangerous call from the start. reports of this man armed with a knife acting erratically. and as the police body camera footage unfolds, the encounter quickly escalates. >> put the knife down. >> reporter: the officers literally beg 23-year-old aaron hong to stop moving in their direction. >> put it down man, please. >> reporter: but hong appears to want the officers to shoot him. >> do it! >> reporter: he dashes toward one of the officers. seven shots fired. but it's not over. again, hong demands to be shot. >> do it!
>> reporter: hong overpowers the officer. here you see him reaching for the officer's gun. >> he's gone for my gun! >> reporter: it's all over in less than three minutes. hong is fatally shot. the local police chief said his officers were put in an impossible situation. >> i want people to be able to see exactly what the officers were confronting. >> reporter: the police chief said he's releasing these tapes so quickly because he wants the world to see his officers had no choice but to take a life and that they did so reluctantly. cecilia? >> pierre, thank you. and in las vegas, a police officer has been fired for freezing during the deadly massacre at the harvest festival in 2017. body camera officer kordell hendricks remaining one floor below the gunman for nearly five minutes as rounds continually sprayed into the crowd. the attack lasted for ten minutes. 58 people were killed and 422 wounded in that massacre. next tonight, haunting new images from inside those migrant detention centers. these drawn by children
separated from their parents. they show people behind bars and in cages. this, as president trump has a message for migrants. he says, quote, if they are unhappy with the conditions, just tell them not to come. here's abc's white house correspondent tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, president trump on the defensive after disturbing images reveal what the government calls "dangerous conditions" at migrant detention centers. adults crammed in standing room only cells for up to a week. people sleeping on overcrowded floors. children wrapped in emergency foil blankets. the president's message to them tonight -- "if illegal immigrants aren't happy, just tell them not to come. all problems solved!" he's also lashing out at congress members who sounded the alarm. >> these women were being told by cbp officers to drink out of a toilet. this is cbp on their best behavior. >> reporter: tonight, the president tweeting, "no matter how good things actually look, even if perfect, the democrat visitors will act shocked and aghast." but now, a new glimpse of the conditions in those detention
centers, through the eyes of children. the american academy of pediatrics releasing these pictures from migrant children, asked to draw what it was like in the detention center. one picture after another of little faces behind bars. >> and tara palmeri joins us now from the white house. tara, there's news tonight about the census and confusion over whether it will include that controversial citizenship question. the supreme court, as you know, blocked it from the 2020 census. just yesterday, the administration said it would comply and print the census without that question, but today, president trump seems to be sending a very different message. >> reporter: cecilia, the president isn't giving up that fight. in fact, he tweeted "we're moving forward." and now tonight, justice department lawyers told two federal judges that they're looking for a plan forward to include that controversial question on the census. but that judge told them that they only have until friday. cecilia? >> tara palmeri from the white house for us tonight. thank you. we'll turn now to the outrage over a decision by a new jersey judge. a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated
16-year-old girl and sending a video of the incident to friends. the judge refusing to try the boy as an adult because, he wrote in his decision, the boy comes from a good family, has good grades and is an eagle scout. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: this new jersey judge under fire tonight after declining the prosecutor's motion to try a 16-year-old accused of sexually assaulting another teen as an adult last summer. the family court judge citing that the young man was an eagle scout who comes from a good family, who put them into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well. >> this is absolutely an example of privilege playing out in the judicial system. >> reporter: the teen allegedly took video of the attack and shared it with friends, texting "when your first time having sex was rape." but judge james troiano, seen here, says he believes there's a distinction between a sexual assault and rape. he goes on to classify rape "general little two or more males involved, ethoath."
>> i should be shocked to see this result in any case where the defendant was -- came from a family that didn't have financial means to send their son to a good high school and that they were college-bound. that doesn't happen in those cases. >> reporter: an appeals court has now reversed his decision and that teen will now be treated as an adult. and tonight, there are now calls for that judge to be removed. cecilia? >> okay, linsey, thank you. and in alabama, a district attorney has dropped charges against a woman, after she was shot during a fight and her fetus died. she then miscarried. a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating that fight with another woman. and from here in new york city tonight, saying good-bye toe a hero. luisal varl rez, a former nypd detective. you will remember him giving that powerful testimony just
last month of capitol hill. today, hundreds of his fellow officers standing by as his casket was carried into the church, paying tribute to a man who spent the last of his days fighting for others. here's abc's david wright. ♪ >> reporter: he's the latest casualty of 9/11. today in queens, hundreds of police and firefighters paid their last respects. his sister gave the jeweulogy. >> a man who served, defended, protected until his last dying day. >> reporter: detective alvarez spent three months searching for survivor and remains in the toxic rubble of ground zero. it was there he contracted the cancer that killed him. police funerals are always somber affairs. this one especially poignant because of the testimony that detective alvarez gave to congress just three weeks before he died. he was urging lawmakers to renew the funding of the 9/11 victims
compensation fund, about to run out of money next year. >> you all said you would never forget. well, i'm here to make sure that you don't. >> reporter: comedian jon stewart, who was there with him in washington, was here today, too. that bill to reauthorize the 9/11 victims fund is due to come up for a vote in the house later this summer. detective alvarez truly fought for it with his dying breath. cecilia? >> he certainly did. okay, david wrigts, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. new developments in that deadly home explosion. authorities revealing a possible cause, after that blast rocked a neighborhood, leaving one woman dead. her husband pulled from the rubble alive. the deadly volcanic eruption. a tourist killed, others forced to flea towards the sea as ash and lava rain > d imbledon phenom. why this 15-year-old, who already beat one of her idols, says she is not intimidated by says she is not intimidated by anyone on the court.
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>> all right, man. first time with me in the water with you. >> reporter: this is r.j. now. a self-assured, confident 5. >> you got it. >> reporter: jumping in with the heart of a pro. >> i'm of the mindset that y you -- you let your children face their fear and once they get to the other side of fear, there's -- there's an infinite amount of success or possibilities on the other side. >> reporter: and for the rest of us, maybe a lesson. >> i would say, you can do it. >> anything they put their mind to? yeah. >> reporter: about how diving right into the deep end might just lift you up to new heights. >> diving head first. we thank clayton for that. and we thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. have a good evening. now from abc 7, live
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