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tonight, the "send her chant and the growing outrage. after the words at his rally tonight, president trump and jon karl asking him, did his own words, his own tweets lead to their chants. the president responding saying he wasn't happy with those chants. then asked why he didn't ask the crowd to stop. light threatening heat tonight. it will feel like 108 in detroit. in d.c. 109 in philly. 109 in new york city. ginger zee times it out. the major chemical scare tonight. the fire ignites and residents told to shelter in place. jeffrey epstein in court today arguing he should be out
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on bail. what the judge ordered and the one word he used to describe epstein. news tonight, the u.s. taking military action. martha raddatz is live. the massacre overseas. more than 30 people killed when that man doused this building and what he yelled beforehand. >> and two bus scare, one full of children catching fire. and a school bus, the driver crossing the center line. the other driver running to board the bus while it's moving. and america strong, the vietnam veteran and now an entire community answering the call. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we will get to the sweltering heat and the warning. but first, growing outrage over
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the president's tweets. the crowd chanting, "send her back." after the president took aim and words sends her back. jon karl asking if he his tweet led them to this. the president takes no responsibility, and saying he was not happy about it. jonathan karl leading us off. trump disavowing the words of his own supporters, who turned his tweet suggesting four democratic congresswomen "go back" to the countries they came from into a chant. >> send her back! send her back! >> reporter: the chant was loud and long. today i asked the president why he let it happen. why didn't you stop them? why didn't you ask them to stop saying that? >> well, number one, i think i did. i started speaking very quickly. it really was a loud -- i
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disagree with it, by the way. but it was quite a chant, and i felt a little bit badly about it. >> reporter: so you'll tell your supporters never to say it again? >> well, i would say that i -- i was not happy with it. i disagree with it. but again, i didn't say -- i didn't say that, they did. in' lk. >> reporter: but they were echoing what you said in your first tweet, that they should go back. >> well, i don't think, if you examine it, i don't think you'll find that. but i disagree with it. >> reporter: but you'll stop them if they try to do it again? >> well, i didn't like that they did it and i started speaking very quickly. i could have stood back. >> reporter: you let it play out for 13 seconds. the president doesn't speak again until it dies down. >> omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screens. >> send her back! h b aerac
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evil israel. >> reporter: later today, i asked him to speak directly to the people in that crowd. what would your message be for your supporters who are making that chant, again would you stop them? >> well, these are people that love our country. i want them to keep loving our country and i think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are. the congresswomen have a lot of problems. >> reporter: the president disavowed the chant after a growing outcry from his fellow republicans. a republican congressman from north carolina who was at the rally tweeted that he, quote "struggled" with the chant, and that words were "painful to our friends in the minority communities." republican house leader kevin mccarthy told reporters, quote, "those chants have no place in our country." but then he defended the president. >> he never joined in on it, and you want to try to hold him accountable for something that happened in a big audience? are you going to hold him accountable for whatever a protestor or something else does? i think that's an unfair
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positi >> this is not about me. this is about us fighting for what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be. >> let's get right to jon karl at the white house tonight. republican members of congress made an appeal this chant can't happen again. >> reporter: the president heard from republicans, and this morning, the vice president received an earful from the republicans in a breakfast meeting. they said they were disturbed by the chant, and worried about the political throw back. asked to relay the message to the president. i see in indication that the president has any regrets whatsoev whatsoever over his own words. >> jon karl,> n the major heat threatening a part of the country tonight. many, this is the hottest fwhet e heat index, the feel-like
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readings, well over 10 and spreading. 107 in d.c. tomorrow. 105 in philly. 1507 in philly. it will be warmer by saturday. tonight, authorities are warning this combination of heat and humidity could be life threatening. abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: tonight, that heat wave sweltering more than half the country, after lightning packed deadly storms rocked the northeast. torrential downpours turning new york's subways into waterfalls and sending thousands at this outdoor event scrambling for safety. in connecticut, a lighting strike sending a large tree limb crashing onto a car. the driver rushed to the hospital. he did not survive. this as heat, humidity and stifling air smother much of the country. >> feels like 108. 109, this is serious. >> reporter: in wichita, it felt
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like 108 degrees wednesday, a bad day to be laying hot asphalt. >> when it gets hot out here like this, we take plenty of breaks. >> reporter: chicago roofer john weidel, facing long hours exposed to the sun. >> it can be a lot hotter up there with the sun beating down on us. >> reporter: the city's mayor warning residents. >> these are life-threatening temperatures and conditions and we all have to work together to remain safe. >> reporter: even commuter trains ordered to slow down, to ease stress on the hot tracks. new york city bracing for 100 degree temperatures this weekend. after last weekend's blackout, officials say the grid will hold up. >> we've got over 4,000 crew members on the ground ready to respond to outages as they occur. >> reporter: tomorrow, tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of the year here. feel-like temperatures of 110 degrees and the beginning, the oppressive heat expected to linger through the weekend. the cumulative effect is the most concerning.
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>> that reese right. alex perez. the heat wave is just getting started. it will's get to ginger zee tonight. she is tracking it all. ginger? >> reporter: good evening to you, david. we start, hartford, connecticut, washington, d.c., places that have not seen 100 plus v plus degrees in three years. philadelphia, new york city. it's been seven years. i think they are going to see the century mark this weekend. look at the map there, a ridge of high pressure. the jet stream that acts as a fence to keep the cool air. it's so far north. look at lincoln, tomorrow afternoon, 110. des moines, chicago, 107. the core of the hot air slides east and by saturday, it settles n richmond virginia, 112, it feels like, the heat index in new york city and philadelphia will approach 110. the lows could be the warmest we have seen in years, if not records. >> ginger, thank you. let's keep an eye on our neighbors throughout this.
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amid the blistering heat, the major scare at a chemical plant. a fire ignites in the northeast and leading to a chlorine spill. they are told to turn off their air conditionering. linsey davis from east rutherford, new jersey, tonight. >> fire command to all responding units, proceed with caution, we have a chlorine spill. >> reporter: tonight two injured after a chemical spill at this plant, workers still inside as two fires broke out causing a suspected chlorine leak. >> next thing you know there was a puff of smoke and everybody just scrambled out. we saw it. we cut off our machines, and we started scrambling out the exits. >> reporter: hazmat crews rushing to the facility. the incident forcing officials in the town west of new york city to tell residents to stay indoors, and shut off their air conditioning despite the heat. officials say the fire started because machines were left on and nobody was watching them. but they lifted after air
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qualities came back safe. we will turn to accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. tonight, what the judge decided. and the judge saying he had sexual attraction to conduct with under age girls. tom llamas was in court. >> reporter: tonight, disgraced financier jeffrey epstein realizing there was one thing his millions couldn't buy, freedom. a judge denying him bail, siding with prosecutors that epstein is both a "risk of flight" and a "danger to the community." >> there was a time when the united states government sadly failed our clients ten years ago or so. those days are now apparently behind us. trafficking epstein who pleaded proposed a bail package that would have had armed guards anda but prosecutors called that a "gilded cage" and the judge agreed.
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>> if you are a victim of sexual abuse, your voice should be heard, period. >> reporter: the judge citing epstein accusers courtney wild and annie farmer who testified he was still a threat. the judge also troubled by what agents found in that raid of his mansion and inside of a locked safe. sexually explicit photos and discs, $70,000 in cash, dozens of diamonds and an austrian passport with epstein's photo but a different name and saudi arabia as the county of residence. epstein who owns mansions and islands will now spend the next several months in a concrete cage. >> tom llamas with us now outside federal court. he has been covering the case from the start. tom, the judge releasing his ruling and revealed more about his decision? >> reporter: that's right. the judge saying the heart of his case and the decision is the topic of danger. he and the court feared for the victims in the case and
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potential new victims if epstein were to be let go. the next step is trial. the judge saying the evidence against him appears strong. david? >> thanks. we are learning of new tension with iran at this hour. president trump revealing late today that an american warship "the uss boxer" has drois a drone. martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: the uss boxer, an amphibious assault ship was transiting through the strait of hormuz, a vital oil passageway, when the president says an iranian drone approached the boxer, coming within just a 1,000 yards. >> the boxer took defense action against the drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew. >> reporter: the drone was not
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shot down. the marines brought it down with counterdrone jamming equipment. it was less than a month ago, that iran shot down a far more sophisticated and expensive, u.s. drone. and today, just before that iranian drone was destroyed, iranian state tv says its revolutionary guard forces seized a foreign tanker and its crew, accusing them of smuggling fuel. >> martha is live in the washington bureau. any reaction from iran? >> reporter: david, the reaction from iran is muted. the foreign minister says he has no information about losing a drone but said that the persian gulf is off iran's coast, implying the u.s. should stay out of the neighborhood. david? we are learning about the a horrific arson attack in japan. the numbers are staggering. at least 33 people were killed and what he said right
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beforehand. here is abc's ian pannell tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a suspect in custody as japan mourns the victims of an horrific arson attack that's left at least 33 dead. the blaze broke out in this three-story building home to kyoto animation, a major studio a man in his 40s entered, witnesses say shouting "die, die", pouring highly flammable liquid and setting it alight. "there were some women inside and firefighters broke the window and pulled them out," this man says. in all, 70 people were inside the building. barely half made it out alive. at least 22 of those killed died in the stairwell trying to escape. the studio boss says they had received death threats but it's unclear if those were connected to a tragedy. the suspect was reportedly not an employee and did not have any known ties to the studio. police now working to determine the motive.
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david? acting secretary of homeland security answering questions from the oversight committee when the chairman cummings grew impact with his answers. >> you feel you are doing a great job? >> we are doing our very best. >> what does it mean? what does it mean when a child is hitting in their own feces. can't take a shower? come on, man! what's that about? none of us would have our children in that position! they are human beings! >> cummings telling mcaleenan that the united states is the best country on earth and we can do better. a charter bus of youth children catching fire. more on this in a moment. and a medical emergency. a good samaritan. in los angeles, the officer in
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finally, america strong. the vietnam veteran and this time, perfect strangers showing up for duty. it was a remarkable moment in niles, michigan. so many people paying tribute to a vietnam veteran they never knew. wayne wilson is 67. and he had knew family and friends. they posted his story online and asked people to pay tribute. they came from michigan and iowa and tennessee and florida too. >> i wanted to pay respects. but especially because -- i didn't get to meet him in life. >> reporter: 3,000 people. people laying flowers, small american flags, writing, simply, thank you, wayne. the american legion with a 21-gun salute.
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and the american flag folded and presented to wayne's friend charlotte. no brother dies alone. >> he's family. we all say that. youwae's friends and the workers at brown funeral home all of them saying this is proof that we're not afraid to come together and wrap our arms around each other for a vietnam veteran who served his country. >> we needed that tonight. i'm david muir. hope to see you tomorrow. good night.
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i've lived here for such a long time, i'm going to roll with it. >> not one but two leaks in the drainage system at the muni embarcadero station as the commute was in full swing. good afternoon. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. what a mess. it impacted bart located below the muni line. lyanne melendez with a look what happened. are we dry at this point, lyanne? >> reporter: we are dry and we are open. this, larry, is a beautiful thing. i can tell you. the muni system here at the embarcadero is now officially opened and opened, reopened about 30 minutes ago. this all started very early this morning with a test just a test.
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just after 5:30 this morning our assignment manager began recording water cascading on to t b endark darrow station coming from the muni line above as they were stesting their fire suppression system. >> muni was testing it last night and they couldn't turn it off. >> reporter: here's paul rose, muni spoke person. >> in that test, our drainage system malfunctioned causing the platform and trackway to flood. >> reporter: this was a routine test they do at all the stations. that fire suppression system looks like this. water runs through the main line located at the edge of the platform that transfers water to federlines that then distribute that water to sprinkler heads between the tracks. they be a huge purpose. >> this is really to help insure that if there is a fire underneath the train or


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