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world news is next. we appreciate your time. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. for sandhya 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 than 40 million americans 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's 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 who testified against him. the disturbing officer involved shooting. a man armed with a knife refusing orders, charging at police.
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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 the roads, and the havoc turning deadly. a truck skidding off an overpass onto a major roadway out
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manhattan. 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 starts 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 in 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
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worse 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. and severe thunderstorms. already tornado watches on the map -- and -- warnings, excuse me, in south dakota there. severe thunderstorm watches from wyoming right through north dakota. but anybody highlighted in green
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tonight could see a strong thunderstorm with lightning. so, illinois to florida, keep an eye on that if you've got 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. that's where we find those heat advisories. it's going to be exposure day after day, because we're not going to cool down too much. and for the fireworks forecast itself, looks dry for a lot of folks except in the southeast, and of course back in the northern plains and rockies. cecilia? >> okay, ginger, thanks. 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 in front of the lincoln memorial, and those armored vehicles have now been moved into place. the president is calling it a show of a lifetime, but tonight, new word on just how much this show could cost american 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.
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the military hardware moved in overnight on flatbed 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 part of the grand military spectacle the president has ordered up. >> we're going to have planes going overhead. the best fighter jets in the world, 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, and asked him about concerns
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that tomorrow's event could turn into a campaign rally. 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 being 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's worth." >> and stephanie ramos joins us from the national mall. stephanie, president trump says the fireworks for tomorrow's festivities will be donated, but 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.
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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 ramos, 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 he walked out of court a free man. and now while offering an apology to his fellow s.e.a.l.s, he also accused some of framing him from the beginning. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: navy s.e.a.l. eddie gallagher lost his rank but still walked out of court today a free man. the decorated special 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 in no way, shape or form represent the community that i've, you know end loved. >> reporter: the jury acquitted gallagher on the most serious 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.
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prosecutors alleged that gallagher, a medic, killed the teen. at trial, a fellow s.e.a.l. testified that he stabbed him. >> they tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go. 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 had 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 tweeted today to the fall la ger 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.
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cecilia? >> will carr, 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 them, "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 -yr- theihost min >> 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. >> shoot me! >> reporter: hong overpowers the officer. here you see him reaching for
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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 says 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 video shows officer cordell hendrix 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
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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 sol he's also lashing out at congress members who sounded the alarm. >> these women were being told by cbp officers to drink out of the 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.
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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
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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 him 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 on this website that rates judges, says he believes there's a distinction between a sexual assault and rape. he goes on to classify rape as "generally two or more males involved, either at gunpoint or weapon." critics say it shows a deep bias
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in the judge's decision-making. >> i would 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 who had a miscarriage after she was shot. a grand jury had indicted her in the death of her own fetus. they said she was the one who initiated the fight that ended with the shooting. the prosecutor today dismissing the case. and from here in new york city tonight, saying good-bye to a hero. luis alvarez, a former nypd detective and champion of 9/11 first responders, you will remember him from giving that powerful testimony just last month on capitol hill.
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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 eulogy. >> a man who served, defended, protected until his last dying day. >> reporter: detective alvarez spent three months searching for survivors and remains in the toxic rubble of ground zero. it was there he contracted the policeunals 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
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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 wright, 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 flee towards the sea as ash and lava rain down. and america's wimbledon phenom. why this 15-year-old, who already beat one of her idols, says she is not intimidated by anyone on the court. court.
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next tonight, to london, where 15-year-old american coco gauff was back on the court after beating her idol, venus williams. and the teen phenom did not disappoint. abc's ian pannell was right there for it all. >> reporter: tonight, coco gauff taking wimbledon by storm. the 15-year-old american tennis star soundly beating slovakia's magdalena rybarikova in straight sets. the pumped-up crowd here today giving her a rare standing ovation. gauff captured the heart and the imagination of many of the crowds here at wimbledon. she says she wants to go all the way to the final. and many here are hoping that happens. gauff stunned the tennis world monday, beating her idol and tennis legend venus williams. >> it's a dream debut for the 15-year-old! >> just still shocked that i'm even here. >> reporter: even so, the youngest player ever to qualify
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for wimbledon is super confident. >> i think i can beat anyone who is across the court and if i don't think i can win the match, then i won't even step on the court. >> reporter: this was a tougher match than venus, but the youngster showed her brilliance, mixing up her game and the crowd lapped it up. hold onto your seats. we could be watching history in the making. cecilia? >> i believe you're right. ian pannell, thank you. when we come back, more on that deadly volcano eruption. a tourist killed. and after that sip of tea seen around the world, team usa has just learned who they'll be facing in the world cup final. they'll be facing in the world cup final. i have the power to lower my blood sugar and a1c. because i can still make my own insulin. and trulicity activates my body to release it like it's supposed to. trulicity is for people with type 2 diabetes. it's not insulin. i take it once a week. it starts acting in my body from the first dose. trulicity isn't for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. don't take trulicity if you're allergic to it, you or your family have medullary thyroid cancer,
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>> all right, man. first time without 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 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. have a good ing. ing. breaking news.
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a firefight underway. this is a tough one. we are not only watching fire conditions closely, we are also tracking fog for part of your holiday tomorrow. details ahead. does this program work? >> it does. >> see what life is like when this is what you call home. we are getting the story because we are committed to building a better bay area. right away, an aerial attack on a wildfire. you are seeing the signs of summer in california. thanks for joining us. >> we have been watching this fire burn for hours. it's not close to homes. we are keeping a close eye on it. >> this is what we are worried about for the next several months. it's burning along the edge of alameda and san joaquin counties. coral hollow road is the nearest road. the chp shut down tesla road
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forcing drivers to detour. >> you can see the firefighters on the ground getting right up next to the flames. 425 acres have burned since the fire started at 3:00 this afternoon. the last update says they have it about 30% contained. the terrain is making it difficult for crews. one thing that is helping is the weather. >> that's right. drew has a look at conditions out there. >> we do not have extreme fire conditions. still, it's warm where that fire is burning. sky 7 has been over the fire since it started earlier this afternoon. you can see how big it is. also, what you are watching, look at the smoke. it's going straight up. an indication that the winds are very light in the area. you also notice the vegetation and color of it. it's that pale yellow indicating how dry our landscape has become over the past coue

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