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homes tonight. >> we will see you again in half an hour at 6:00. tonight, history made right here in this room. apollo 11 mission control in houston, as america celebrates that milestone 50 years later this week. also, the other news this monday night. the firestorm over president trump's racially charged tweets. the president doubling down on his attacks against four congresswomen, after telling them to go back to the countries they came from. the congresswomen before the cameras just moments ago. the state of emergency tonight, after barry slams into the u.s. tonight, on the move. several states on alert. blinding rain and dangerous flooding. the water rescues. the human chain rescuing swimmers. rob has the new track. news on jeffrey epstein tonight, facing two of his accusers in court. and prosecutors now describing what they allegedly found inside his safe.
a major break tonight in the case of the american mother, a u.s. scientist, killed in greece, thrown into a bunker. what they've now revealed. the surveillance. a security guard pulling his gun on a black sheriff's deputy in full uniform. the major blackout in new york city, stranding people on subways and in elevators. and now, the new warning tonight. there could be another. breaking developments coming in now in the desperate search tonight for a missing mother, vanishing with her dog. and one small step. apollo 11 and the history made 50 years ago this week. setting foot on the moon. and tonight, for the first time, we broadcast from inside the room, from apollo mission control in houston. good evening from houston tonight, and from the room where history was made. this is apollo 11 mission control. 50 years ago this week, that moment that changed the course of history.
of course, the walk on the moon. mission control has been restored here in houston, finished just a couple of weeks ago. right down to the consoles behind me, the flight plans, the ashtrays, the coffee mugs left right here in their place. tonight, you'll see rare images, the emergency moments before that moon landing. the decisions made right here in this room. and we're going to give you a tour of what's been left behind here. it is extraordinary. but we do begin tonight with the president and the growing firestorm after tweeting, telling four democratic congresswomen to go back to their own countries. the president doubling down today, and a short time ago, those congresswomen coming before the cameras to answer the president. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega leads us off tonight from the white house. >> reporter: president trump today ramped up his attacks against four democratic congresswomen after his racist tweets ignited a firestorm. >> they hate our country. they hate it, i think, with a passion. >> reporter: the president saying the congresswomen, all women of color, "originally came
from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." adding, "why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." but all four congresswomen are american citizens. three born in the united states, in cincinnati, detroit, new york city. only representative ilhan omar was born outside the u.s. she came when she was 12 years old as a refugee from somalia. today, the president denied his tweets were racist. >> as far as i'm concerned, if you hate our country, if you're not happy here, you can leave. that's what i said in a tweet, which i guess some people think is controversial. a lot of people love it, by the way. a lot of people love it. >> reporter: among those who love it? white supremacists. one prominent website today saying, "this is the kind of white nationalism we elected him for." >> does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?
>> it doesn't concern me, because many people agree with me. >> reporter: tonight, the four congresswomen at the center of the controversy, showing a united front. >> this is the agenda of white nationalists. whether it is happening in chat rooms or it's happening on national tv, and now its reached the white house garden. >> sadly, this is not the first nor will it be the last time we hear disgusting bigoted language from the president. we know this is who he is. >> we don't leave the things that we love. and when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it. >> reporter: president trump has a history of race baiting. he spent years championing the false birther conspiracy theory that president obama was actually born in kenya. he launched his presidential campaign calling mexicans rapists. and there was this response to those neo-nazi protests in charlottesville two years ago. >> you had some very bad people in that group.
but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: so far, only a handful of republicans coming forward to denounce the president's tweets. the party's only african-american senator, tim scott, calling them "unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language." but most of the president's colleagues trying to dodge the controversy altogether. >> i hadn't read that, but i will check it out. >> and cecilia vega with us live tonight at the white house. and cecilia, house speaker nancy pelosi is now promising tonight that the house will soon vote to condemn the president for these tweets? >> reporter: that's right. she is now calling for a resolution to denounce what she calls the president's, quote, disgraceful and xenophobic language, and she is now calling on republicans to also join in that vote. the speaker today said that the president's slogan, make america great again, david, has always been about making america white again. >> cecilia vega leading us off tonight. cecilia, thank you. and now to the state of
emergency after hurricane barry, slamming into the u.s. and still on the move tonight. torrential rain and flash flood watches in several states. all the way up to illinois. meteorologist rob marciano is in the storm zone with the rescues and where this hits next. >> reporter: barry slamming into the louisiana coast as a cat-1 hurricane, packing winds strong enough to rip off roofs. >> eddie, call 911! >> reporter: and forcing daring helicopter rescues of the stranded. tonight, remnants of barry now dumping tremendous rains across a wide swath of the heartland. take a look at this water. two days after hurricane barry made landfall, this lake is still angry. waves crashing against this seawall. now the cleanup begins. tonight, as crews race to restore power in louisiana, the flood threat is rising in other areas. >> you can't even see the road down there, look at that. >> reporter: and the impacts of barry turning deadly on florida's beaches sunday. >> apparently there's going to be multiple subjects in the water. >> reporter: panama city beachgoers forming a human chain to help swimmers caught in a strong rip current. one person was killed.
first responders saying the calls were coming in nonstop. david, that flood threat, that rip current risk, will diminish, but the flood threat will not. here it is on the radar scope. a lot of rain with this. another four to five inches on top of what has already fallen and some of this will get scooped up into the northeast midweek. david? >> rob marciano, who has been following this for days. rob, thank you. next tonight here, accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein coming face-to-face with two of his alleged victims in court today, telling the judge that epstein remains a threat and should not be allowed out on bail. and what prosecutors said they found in his safe. tom llamas was in the courtroom. >> reporter: surrounded by their lawyers and a crush of cameras, two of jeffrey epstein's accusers went to court to try to make sure he doesn't get bail. courtney wild telling the judge epstein is, quote, "a scary person to have walking the streets." >> if you're a victim of sexual abuse, your voice should be heard -- period. >> reporter: annie farmer told the judge she was 16 when she
met epstein in new york. he then paid for her to travel to new mexico, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her on his sprawling estate called zorro ranch. the multimillionaire has been charged with sex trafficking of minors. >> this was as commercial a sex trafficking operation as you can imagine. >> reporter: he pleaded not guilty, hoping for bail. but today, his argument that he's not a flight risk took a hit, when prosecutors say during the raid of his mansion, they discovered inside of a locked safe, quote, piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport with epstein's picture but a different name and a stated residence in saudi arabia. and david, the judge said he looked into 12 cases involving a range of crimes against minors, and the defendants in each case were denied bail. when the defense said in court epstein had not committed a sexual crime in 15 years and that he's not, quote, an out of control rapist, the judge fired back, how do you know? that judge will decide this thursday if epstein gets bail. david?
>> tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. and next this evening, to ohio, where a white security guard was caught on surveillance pulling his gun on a black sheriff's deputy. the guard stopping the veteran deputy at an irs office in toledo, saying he could not come in with his weapon. the deputy, who was on-duty and in uniform, said he would leave, but the security guard kept his gun aimed at the deputy's back. an attorney for the deputy saying his client believes it was racially motivated. the security guard pleaded not guilty to an aggravated menacing charge. overseas tonight, a major break in the murder of an american mother and scientist in greece. authorities telling abc news they have a suspect in custody and that he has now confessed to killing suzanne eaton on the island of crete. she vanished going for a run earlier this month. her body was found dumped deep in a cave used as a world war ii bunker. we turn now to history made 50 years ago this week, right here in this room. this is apollo 11 mission control in houston, where they watched, where they guided those astronauts who would land on the moon. we have teamed up tonight with
our partners at national geographic for an extraordinary look back. for a tour of this room. rare images, many have not been seen in years. take a look. it was 50 years ago this week. neil armstrong, buzz aldrin and michael collins, the apollo 11 astronauts suiting up as america waited. would they do it? would they set foot on the moon? >> america's team of astronauts was increased to 16 today, with the addition of nine new members. it was specified that they will be trained for trips to the moon. >> reporter: a grand new goal first set by president john f. kennedy. >> i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. >> reporter: the zero gravity training. >> astronauts preparing for another lunar mission follow a complex training program. >> reporter: the simulations. walking in their spacesuits. the tests in the water.
americans had so many questions about the mission. >> this is for mr. armstrong. there's been speculation about what the first man on the moon will say when he gets there. will you prepare something ahead of time or will it be prepared for you or can we expect a spontaneous exclamation? >> attention during the training period and up until now has been focused on how to do the job and how to do it fast, and not so much with what might be the emotions of the moment. >> reporter: and then it was time. 50 years ago tomorrow morning, families across the country gathered in their living rooms. hundreds of millions watching all over the world. >> the estimate is more than 1 million persons are in the immediate area. >> reporter: gathering along highways, beaches, setting up tents. children wearing space helmets. ready for launch in florida. >> go for launch. >> go for launch. >> we're down to 12. 11. 10. 9.
ignition sequence started. we should see fire. 4. 3. 2. 1. >> liftoff. >> liftoff. >> roger, liftoff. >> and we have liftoff. >> reporter: at 9:32 a.m., apollo 11 lifting off. >> i can see her rising now. >> reporter: the control room watching, some with binoculars. the view, spectacular. and even more so from inside. >> got the earth straight out our front window. >> reporter: after traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, apollo 11 enters into a lunar orbit. the next day, the lunar module, eagle, with armstrong and aldrin inside, separates from the command module where collins remained. hours later, the eagle begins its descent to the moon. and it did not come without alarm. >> program alarm. >> 1202. 1202.
>> reporter: a 1202 alarm means the lunar module's computer is overloaded. if the problem cannot be corrected, the landing will be aborted. >> give us a reading on the 1202 program alarm. >> reporter: the control room silent. but they soon decide it's a go. >> we're going. >> we're going. >> reporter: neil armstrong flies the lunar module manually. evading boulders at their planned landing location. with their fuel running critically low, flight director gene krantz back at mission control in houston give s a 60 seconds to abort warning. they make quick calculations at nasa. >> okay, how's the fuel. >> wait just a minute. >> okay, here's a -- looks like a good area here. i got the shadow out there. >> forward, forward. >> 30 seconds. >> three feet, now two and a half. >> okay, engine stop. houston, tranquility base here. the eagle has landed.
>> roger, tranquility, we copy you on the ground. you got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. we're breathing again. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> reporter: breathing again in mission control. they break into applause in houston. some wiping away tears. abc news showing americans all over the country watching. >> here is central park in new york, where it's raining on the people who have assembled for, i guess you would call it a moon-in. >> reporter: the images beamed back live. the control room sees it. >> and we're getting a picture on the tv. >> reporter: cheers back on earth, back in america. and then neil armstrong emerges. >> i'm going to step off the lm now. >> july 20th, 10:56 p.m., neil armstrong walks on the moon and those famous words. >> that's one small step for man.
one giant leap for mankind. >> he's on the moon! >> it has a stark beauty all its own. it's like much of the high desert of the united states. >> reporter: 19 minutes later, it was buzz aldrin's turn. back home, tears. and a little girl waving her american flag. >> beautiful view! >> reporter: and this image we all now know of buzz aldrin and neil armstrong, the reflection in aldrin's visor. and back at apollo mission control in houston, they knew they had a lot of work still left to do. these are the chairs they sat in? >> yes. >> reporter: and the consoles they sat in? >> yes. >> reporter: here in houston, they show us where they have restored apollo mission control. the consoles, the screens, the apollo program on the monitors.
even the cigarettes and coffee mugs are right where they were left. and sandra tetley, who helped lead the project, takes us to the console where flight director gene krantz sat. >> he tells an interesting story. after they landed on the moon, there was cheering and cajoling and the whole viewing room was just cheering because they had landed on the moon. >> reporter: and she shows us something else here in a room that now preserves all of that history made. she takes us to the console where the flight surgeon sat, the doctors. on the screen, a heartbeat. they had neil armstrong's vital signs right in front of them the whole time. >> absolutely. >> reporter: and buzz, and mr. collins. >> right. >> reporter: they were monitoring the astronauts, their vitals, at every moment. and as they guided them from this room on that journey home, a message they left on the moon. >> underneath, it says, here men from the planet earth first set foot upon the moon, july 1969, a.d. we came in peace for all mankind.
>> wow, there is so much more from the archives, and every moment is really fascinating. and you can watch the full film, "apollo: missions to the moon" at natgeotv.com. in the meantime, there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. breaking developments coming in now in the desperate search for a missing mother, who vanished with her dog right in front of her family. there is late word now coming in. also, the major blackout in new york city, stranding people on subways and in elevators, and now the new warning tonight that there could be another one. and we'll tell you why in just a moment. th used to be great to road-trip with. but since he bought his house... are you going 45? -uh, yes. 55 is a suggestion. -...it's kind of like driving with his dad. -what a sign, huh? terry, can you take a selfie of me? -take a selfie of you? -yeah. can you make it look like i'm holding it? -he did show us how to bundle home and auto at progressive.com and save a bunch of money. -oh, a plaque. "he later navigated northward, leaving... progressive can't protect you from becoming your parents.
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control. you can see over my shoulder here, the american flag, the video of neil armstrong as it came in 50 years ago. the consoles have all been restored. in fact, you can see the flight plans here, just where they were left. the ashtrays, the telephones. so much history right here in this room. we thought we would look back tonight at some of the things you might not remember. as america held its breath in those final moments before landing, and then as neil armstrong descended down that ladder, at the white house, president richard nixon and his speech writer quietly prepared a speech if armstrong and buzz aldrin were stranded on the moon. the president, in one of his lines, would tell the nation their brave astronauts would "stay on the moon to rest in peace." but instead, americans and mission control heard this. >> i'll put the president right on. >> all right. >> hello, neil and buzz. i'm talking to you by telephone from the oval room at the white house. >> reporter: neil armstrong's wife, jan.
>> what kind of plans do you have for neil when he gets back? a quiet outing or what? >> we haven't made any plans yet. they have to get back. >> reporter: the armstrongs had lost their daughter at just 2 to cancer. and it was said through the years that neil armstrong might have left a bracelet on the moon for her. armstrong's sister, in an interview decades later, was asked if that was true, answering, "oh, i dearly hope so." and that famous american flag. all of the flags from the apollo missions are still standing, except the one from apollo 11. buzz aldrin saying he saw it topple in the rocket blast as they left. leaving their footprints on the moon, and their place in history. you know, neil armstrong said one small step, but we all know it was much bigger than that. we honor the astronauts and the workers here at nasa who made it happen. breaking news, broken r
rotors, a helicopter ended on its side. we're live in hayward with information about the history of the chopper involved. a south bay fire destroys buildings and takes the life of a family's dog and this isn't the only fire to spark today. new at 6:00 a teacher seen walking away from a fight in his classroom tells his story only to the abc news i-team. training exercise goes terribly wrong ending with a helicopter on its side and one dead and another in the hospital. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. this helicopter crash briefly shut down the hayward executive airport still filled with investigators trying to figure out what happened. >> laura anthony is live in hayward. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, dan, we've heard a number of things. first of all, we don't know whether it was the flight instructor or the student who was in control of this craft when it went down. let's show you what is going on right now here at the hayward
executive airport. you can see in the distance behind me that helicopter, the wreckage is still out there on the runway. looks like hayward police still keeping watch. the ntsb is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. we'll show you what it looks like from sky 7. you can see at this point this was shot a short time ago and there were emergency vehicles out there including the local fire department but unfortunately, we understand the flight instructor was pronounced dead at the scene. the student was taken to an area hospital. we understand he is in critical condition. we did talk with a witness, a young man who was passing by the airport when he heard an unusual noise. >> driving down the skywest and just heard a loud bang and came down here and saw that helicopter crash. >>