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tonight, the fbi raid. abc news there as the fbi and nypd raid jeffrey epstein's private island. amid new outrage tonight. how did he kill himself behind bars? seen on the gurney at the hospital shortly after. this all comes weeks after a suspected suicide attempt. how was he not being watched? the attorney general responding tonight. the new arrest tonight after the mass shooting in dayton. the gunman's friend now facing charges tonight. authorities say the friend bought the body armor and the magazine used with the rifle. the day care tragedy. five children killed in a fire. and the father, who was a firefighter, who was answering another emergency call. the severe storm threat right now as we come on. reported tornadoes, flash flooding, giant hail. and now tomorrow, from nashville
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all the way up to new york. ginger zee standing by. spying in the plane bathroom? the hidden camera found on a united airlines flight. the passenger now facing charges tonight. how they caught him. the mystery explosion at a russian missile facility. at least seven people dead. at first, the russians said no radiation. tonight, what they now acknowledge. wherlts arilinthe test. lead in the water. authorities demanding water bottles. the consumer alert tonight. the produce recall. simone biles and her magic. the feat never seen before. and america strong. the dad. the surprise. and the superstar he had no idea was standing right behind him. good evening. it's great to be back with all of you at home. we begin with the raid on jeffrey epstein's private la,hye
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his own life? he had had an apparent suicide attempt weeks ago. william barr saying he's appalled this happened at a federal jail. and the fbi and nypd seen at his private caribbean island. and why was he taken off of suicide watch? tom llamas leads us off. >> reporter: today, abc news right there as the fbi and nypd a task force from the southern district of new york, the same group that arrested epstein searching for new evidence. and now questions into his suicide growing. abc news learning it's unlikely there's surveillance video showing the moment he died. this image taken moments after he was found in his cell. emergency crews trying to revive epstein. earlier today, u.s. attorney general william barr saying he's appalled by the failure of the
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jail staff. >> we are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. >> reporter: a source telling abc news guards at the metropolitan correctional center broke protocol by not checking on him every 30 minutes. and epstein was taken off suicide watch just six days after being found unresponsive with marks on his neck. >> what the guards do and what they're supposed to do are almost always two different things. >> reporter: the 66-year-old was awaiting trial for sex trafficking minors and conspiracy, facing the rest of his life in prison if convicted. some of his accusers feel cheated. michelle licata accused epstein of sexually abusing her when she was just 16. >> i really wanted justice. i really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail or prison and have to sit there and think about what it is he exactly did to so many people. >> reporter: the disgraced financier's death coming less
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than 24 hours after 2,000 pages of new bombshell court documents were made public. those documents part of virginia roberts guiffre's now settled 2015 defamation suit against ghislaine maxwell, a longtime epstein associate. in deposition testimony, giuffre says that maxwell recruited her to be a teenage sex slave to epstein. >> the training started immediately. give jeffrey what he wants. a lot of this training came from ghislaine herself. >> reporter: giuffre also claims epstein and maxwell directed her to have sex with powerful men including prince andrew, former new mexico governor bill richardson, and former maine senator george mitchell. all of the men have denied those allegations. richardson and mitchell say they've never met her. >> before you know it, i was being lent out to politicians and academics and royalty. >> reporter: maxwell has not been charged with a crime and denies the allegations.
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but in today's raid, authorities looking for evidence that would connect her to the inner circle. >> let me assure you that this co-conspirators should not rest easy. the victims deserve justice and they will get it. >> tonight, sources telling abc news the decision to remove him from the suicide watch was at least in part at the urging of epstein's attorneys? >> reporter: yes. and we're also told he underwent at least one psychological investigation. and we're told the deputy attorney general was informed epstein was taken off the suicide watch list. and a friend of the dayton mass shooter has been charged.
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but he contends he knew nothing about the attack. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, federal authorities say a man who allegedly helped connor betts could face 15 years in prison. prosecutors say betts' friend ethan kollie purchased the body armor betts is seen wearing during the shooting. kollie also allegedly purchased and stored this 100-round ammunition drum and a component for betts' gun. >> he indicated he purchased these for betts and stored them at colly's residence in order to assist betts in hiding the items from betts' parents. >> reporter: officials say there's no indication that kollie knew betts' plans. but the charges kollie is now facing, unrelated to the mass shooting, for lying on a federal gun form when he purchased his own gun. while he denied using drugs at the time, investigators say they found he was growing psychedelic mushrooms in his home, and he admitted to being a regular marijuana user.
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>> not only is possessing controlled substances illegal, but possessing controlled substances and possessing a firearm is itself a crime. >> reporter: and david, as investigators continue to search for a motive, we're told they have unlocked betts' cellphone and are now analyzing that information in hopes of finding clues. david? >> eva, thank you. now to the day care family tragedy under investigation in erie, pennsylvania. five children dead in a fire. the home had several floors, but authorities said only one smoke detector, in the attic. here's steve osunsami. >> they reported five children trapped on the second floor. >> reporter: the home that burned to the ground in pennsylvania was a licensed day care.
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and five children trapped all died. investigators suspect the fire was caused by something electrical. >> there were a lot of extension cords with a lot of things plugged into it. >> reporter: neighbors tried to help, but couldn't. >> i just couldn't go any further. >> reporter: the youngest killed, 9 months. the oldest, 8 years old. four of the children were brothers and sisters, and three of them were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was out responding to a call just a few blocks away when he learned his children were killed. the fire chief says there was one smoke detector in the house, in the attic, where it did nothing to protect anyone. david? >> steve, thank you.
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and tomorrow, from nashville to new york, the storm system already spawning this funnel cloud. all of it heading east. ginger zee doing double duty this week with me. ginger, give us the track. >> reporter: david, we do have some late initiation of storms. that will mean a lot of rain for places like chicago, over northwest indiana, southwest michigan, and still some damaging wind possible in central illinois over to indianapolis. some of this will happen overnight, and you can see it on the futurecast. cincinnati, west virginia, then the atmosphere stabilizes and then destabilizes. delaware, maryland, west virginia, new jersey, parts of
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philadelphia looking for severe storms tomorrow. >> ginger zee, see you in the morning on "gma." thank you. next to the water crisis unfolding in yet another american city. and the epa is warning the people of newark, new jersey, not to drink the water because led levels a lead levels are too high. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: today, thousands of bottles of water handed out to residents of newark, new jersey, after new tests showed dangerous levels of lead. >> mothers who are nursing. people who are cooking. sure, people are concerned as to what to do. >> reporter: last fall, the city gave away 40,000 water filters but a few of those homes were rechecked for lead just days ago and the levels were still too high. the epa is urging the city to
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give bottled water, saying "we are unable at this time to assure residents that their health is fully protected." >> we need all the lead lines replaced. we don't need them replaced eight years from now, we need them replaced as of yesterday. >> reporter: residents here have long accused city officials of downplaying the problem. >> it's wrong. this has been going on for a while, they've been covering it up, and nobody is doing anything about it. >> reporter: the mayor has been using #newarkisntflint. and they're strongly encouraging people to run their water to clean out the pipes. >> thank you. and the trump administration changing the rules for legal immigration. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: tonight, the trump administration announcing restrictions to legal immigration, new rules that will make it harder for immigrants who could rely on public assistance to get green cards. >> throughout our history,
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self-reliance has been a core principle in america. >> reporter: approximately 500,000 people apply annually for green cards. and now the large majority are at risk of being denied under these new standards. federal law already requires applicants to show they won't be a burden to the united states. but now the trump administration says immigrants who receive or even qualify to receive certain government benefits like medicaid, food stamps, or government housing assistance, could be deemed too burdensome. there are some exceptions. for example, those utilizing children's health insurance and disaster relief programs would not be disqualified. the new regulations will not apply to asylum seekers or refugees. the president has been pushing what he calls a merit based immigration system, but that proposal went nowhere in congress. >> to protect benefits for american citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.
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>> reporter: according to an associated press analysis, non-citizen immigrants make up only 6.5% of those participating in medicaid, and 8.8% of those receiving food assistance. critics are saying this policy is unfairly targeting the lower income immigrants. how do you respond to that? >> well, we certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet. and so if people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them. >> keyra, this is set to take effect in october. you're hearing there will be legal challenges? >> reporter: that's right. the national immigration law se center calling this rule
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racially motivated. and the california attorney general saying this is the latest attack on communities of color, and he's ready to take legal action. >> kyra, thank you. the trump administration has also announced a major overhaul of the endangered species act. making it harder to consider the effects of climate change on wildlife. legal challenges are expected here as well. next to the mysterious and deadly blast at a military facility in russia. at first, russia said there was no radiation. but now what they're admitting to. here's ian pannell now. >> reporter: tonight, the first images of the victims of that suspected nuclear-powered missile explosion off the northern coast of russia. thousands turning out for the funeral of the five nuclear scientists killed along with two defense personnel, who are being hailed as heroes.
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the government initially denying there'd been a rise in radiation levels but today admitting radiation briefly doubled after an explosion at a small nuclear reactor. russia has a history of secrecy over accidents. the worst being the nuclear explosion at chernobyl. this weekend, residents reportedly stocking up on iodine to reduce the effects of radiation. u.s. officials say it was likely a test of russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile, dubbed skyfall. unveiled last year by putin, who claimed it would be able to hit targets anywhere on earth. >> if russia actually succeeds in making it work, they're probably going to build several hundred of these things and so i think this is a wake-up call. do we really want to go back to a cold war style arms race? >> reporter: for now, it's not clear what the russians were testing, or what went wrong. but so far, the missile hasn't
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worked if that is what it is. >> thank you. and now to the trade war with china weighing down the wall street today. falling 26,000. and it comes as the treasury report shows the u.s. deficit rose 27% in a year ago to $866 billion. it could soon top $1 trillion. still ahead on "world news tonight," spying on the airplane bathroom. the hidden camera on a united airlines flight, and how they caught the passenger who was responsible. the produce recall ssuingtimat coming across for several states. a lot more news ahead. stay tuned. no cover-up spray here. it's the irresistibly fresh scent of febreze air effects.
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his boys, one in person, the other on the phone. telling dad we're seeing janet in las vegas. and this weekend they did. after the show, they stop him in the hallway. he has no idea who's behind him. >> i've been a fan for years, janet and i are the same age. watching her as penny on "good times." >> reporter: dad goes on and on about janet. >> what did you think about the show? >> it was fantastic. >> reporter: it took that long to look at her. >> reporter: they hug. those two sons determined to bring their dad to janet. we checked. he's still in >> announcer: now news to build a better bay area from abc7. >> a frightening accident in the
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south bay, a vehicle caught fire after colliding with the santa clara valley transportation bus. you can see the accident caused a power line to crash right on top of that bus. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. this happened just before 2:00 at king road and cunningham avenue. abc7 news reporter amanda del castillo, live on the scene with the very latest for us. amanda. >> reporter: yeah, larry, ama. king road is a short distance behind me. i'm going to step out of the way so you can see the scene as it is right now. you can see that vta bus and the car just charred. this happened at around 1:48. we want to give you a view from up above. sky 7 was up above the accident just after it happened. we saw firefighters putting out the flames. as they mentioned, power lines were knocked down from the crash. a power pole taken out. on our way into the scene, there were several streets that just didn't have any power. we spoke with residents who also say that is the case.
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no word yet on how many people or how long that will be the case. but the bus involved is the eastbound line 22 bus which pressway and east ridge transit center. there's no information regarding injuries, i should say, but we're told everyone involved was evacuated. this includes the people inside the car and on that vta bus. but back out live, this is still an active investigation. we know the scene is pretty wide. a lot of people just out here along king road trying to see the scene. still very, very visual. this is something we're still asking questions about, exactly what happened. neighbors say that they came out. they heard a very loud crash. they saw the flames. and, again, san jose firefighters were making sure that that was put out as quickly as possible. we do know that fire station 16 is just across the strt


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