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tonight, the "send her back" chant and the growing outrage. after the charged words at his rally tonight, president trump and jon karl asking him, did his own words, his own tweets lead to those chants. the president responding saying he wasn't happy with those chants. jon then asking why he didn't ask the crowd to stop. the dangerous life-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 amid this heat today. the fire ignites and residents told to shelter in place. to turn off their air conditioners. jeffrey epstein in court today arguing he should be
allowed out on bail. what the judge ordered and the one word he used to describe epstein. news coming in late today, the u.s. taking military action. a u.s. navy ship destroying an iranian drone. martha raddatz is live. the massacre overseas. more than 30 people killed when that man doused this building and what he yelled beforehand. back here at home tonight, two major bus scares, one full of children returning from youth camp catching fire. and a school bus, the driver suffering a medical emergency, crossing the center line. that other driver there running to board the bus while it's moving. your health. coffee and cancer. the new study in tonight. 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 now the warnings in just a moment. but first, growing outrage over the president's tweets. overnight, those chants in the president's rally. the crowd chanting, "send her back." after the president took aim at congresswoman omar and the crowd in north carolina then offering those words, send 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. jon asked why he didn't ask the crowd to stop. jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: today president 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 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. >> 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. >> reporter: listen for yourself as president trump criticizes omar, the chant plays 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! send her back! send her back! send her back! send her back! send her back! send her back! send her back!
>> when she talked about the 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 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 too for whatever a protestor or something else
does? i think that's an unfair position. >> reporter: outside the capitol building, congresswoman omar was swarmed by cameras. >> 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 live at the white house tonight. republican members of congress made a direct appeal to the white house that this chant cannot happen again? >> reporter: the president has heard directly from several key 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 blow back and asked him to relay the message to the president. which he said he would do. i see no indication that the president has any regrets whatsoever over his own words. or any plans too tone down his rhetoric. >> jon karl, thank you. now the major heat wave threatening much of the country tonight. 175 million americans in 33 streets, for many, this is the hottest weather in years. the heat index, the feel-like
readings, well over 100 and spreading. 107 in d.c. tomorrow. 105 in philly. 107 in chicago. it will last into the weekend. 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 has more than half the country sweltering 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. maryville, 109, this is serious. >> reporter: in wichita, it felt like 108 degrees wednesday, a
bad day to be laying hot asphalt. >> when it gets hot out here like this, we do 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 direct 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 is supposed to be the hottest day of the year here. feel-like temperatures of 110 degrees and that's just the beginning. the oppressive heat expected to linger through the weekend. the cumulative effect is the most concerning. david. >> that's right.
alex perez, thanks to you. the heat wave is just getting started. let's get back to ginger zee tonight, she's tracking it all. ginger? >> reporter: good evening to you, david. we start, hartford, connecticut, washington, d.c., places that have not seen 100 plus degrees in three years. philadelphia, new york city. it's been seven years. i think all four and dozens of others will see that 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, 112. des moines 108, chicago, 107. the core circled there of the hot air slides east and by saturday, it settles in, so richmond, virginia, 112, it feels like, the heat index in new york city and philadelphia will approach 110. even the overnight lows could be the warmest we have seen in years, if not records, david? >> the circle on of heat you showed on the map that is
extraordinary. ginger, thank you. let's keep an eye on our neighbors throughout this. amid the blistering heat, the major scare at a chemical plant. a fire igniting in the northeast and leading to a chlorine spill. they are told to turn off their air conditioners. as hazmat crews rushed to the scene. 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 east rutherford, new jersey, 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 sweltering heat. officials say the fire started because machines were left on and nobody was watching them. but they did lift the shelter in place order after air qualities
came back as safe. david? >> thank you. we will turn to accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. tonight, what the judge decided. and the judge saying he had an uncontrollable sexual attraction to conduct with underage girls. abc's 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. >> reporter: epstein, who pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking of underage girls, proposed a bail package that would have had armed guards and security cameras inside his manhattan mansion. but prosecutors called that a "gilded cage," and the judge agreed. >> if you are a victim of sexual abuse, your voice should be
heard, period. >> reporter: the judge also 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 live now outside federal court. he has been covering the case from the start. tom, the judge releasing his ruling late today which actually revealed even more about his decision? >> reporter: that's right. the judge saying the heart of this case and his decision is the topic of danger. he and the court feared for the victims in the case and also potentially new victims if
epstein were to be let go. david, i want to point out the next step is trial. the judge saying the evidence against him appears strong. david? >> tonight, thanks to you again tonight as well. we are learning of new tension with iran at this hour. president trump revealing late today that an american warship the uss boxer has taken military action against an iranian drone. martha raddatz has late reporting now. >> 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 defensive action against an iranian 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 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 this evening yet? >> reporter: david, the reaction from iran is muted. the foreign minister says he has no information about losing a drone but did point out in a tweet 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 horrific arson attack, shocking all of japan tonight. a man setting an animation study yoi on fire, quickly engulfing the entire building. the numbers are staggering. at least 33 people were killed and what he said right
beforehand. here's abc's senior foreign correspondent 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 reportedly not an employee and did not have any ties to the company. police now working to determine the motive. david. >> ian, thank you. is to the detention centers
here in the u.s. acting secretary of homeland security kevin mcaleenan answering questioning from the oversight committee when the chairman cummings grew impatient 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 sitting 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 greatest country on earth and adding, we can do better. still more ahead on "world news" this thursday. two major bus scares. a charter bus of children returning from youth camp catching fire. more on this in a moment. and a medical emergency. a good samaritan.
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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 who, it turns out, they never even know. wayne wilson was 67. he had a handful of close friends but no living relatives. so those friends and this young intern at the funeral home, all of them had an idea. they posted wayne's story online and asked people to pay tribute. they came from all over michigan and from iowa, and from tennessee and florida too. >> i wanted to pay respects. but especially since -- 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.
and the american flag folded and presented to wayne's friend charlotte andrews. army vet john tinglage says no brother dies alone. >> he's family. we all signed that blank check. you got be there. >> reporter: tonight's, wayne's friends, the intern 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. i hope to see you tomorrow. good night. new at 6:00, the abc7 news
eye team digs into the latest ruling on a raid on a journalist's san francisco home. a ruling that could have a big impact on the case. >> $5,500 a month to rent a $15 million mansion? not any more. tonight we are live with the unusual eviction fight that's not about the money. >> plus, 7 on your side's michael finney explains the true cost of a free trial of cannabis products. >> announcer: now, news to build a better bay area from abc7. >> two months after san francisco police used a crow bar to raid a journalist's home and seized his phone records, a superior court judge has ruled against the police. good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. the raid was part of an investigation into who leaked a police report on the death of public defender jeff adachi to the abc7 news i-team and other outlets. >> dan noyes is back with the major development, dan. >> the judge revealed today
s.f.p.d. investigators did not inform her brian carmody was a journalist and protected under the california shield law when they asked her to approve that search warrant. san francisco superior court judge ruled today a search warrant for journalist brian's records should never have been issued. tom's attorney. >> any information that the police department received as a result of that warrant is to be destroyed. they have to submit an affidavit to me that that was destroyed and it means that they can't use any of it. >> reporter: in the hearing, an s.f.p.d. sergeant testified he didn't know carmody was a journalist even though he had a press pass 16 years. they confirmed s.f.p.d. did not reveal he was a journalist on the warrant records. >> it's great news. it means he doesn't have to worry that that information can be used in some way by law enforcement. they can't. >> reporter: in may police raided his home and office,