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>> i'm kristen sze. thank you for joining us. >> we'll see you in half an hour at 6:00. 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 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. why u.s. authorities are so concerned. is it another flint? the major american city tonight where filters are failing the 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 island. it all comes as outrage grows tonight.
how was he allowed to take his own life? this was the moment they arrived at the hospital in new york city. they were trying to revive him. he had had an apparent suicide attempt weeks ago. william barr saying he's appalled this happened at a federal jail. today, the images coming in. and the fbi and nypd seen at his private caribbean island. and why was he taken off of suicide watch? what now for the women who want justice? and will any of epstein's associates still face possible charges? tom llamas leads us off. >> reporter: today, abc news right there as the fbi and nypd raided jeffrey epstein's private island in the caribbean. 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 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 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 to academics and royalty. >> reporter: maxwell has not been charged with a crime and
denies the allegations. but sources tell abc news in today's raid, authorities looking for evidence that would connect to her and others in epstein's inner circle. >> any 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 suicide watch was at least in part at the urging of epstein's attorneys? >> reporter: that's right, david. his defense attorneys argued that he be taken off the suicide watch list. and we're also told he underwent at least more than one psychological investigation. and we're told the deputy attorney general was informed epstein was coming off the suicide watch list. david? >> tom, thank you. there is also new reporting tonight after the mass shooting in dayton. news of an arrest. a friend of the mass shooter has been charged. telling investigators he bought
the body armor and ammunition used in the deadly attack. but the friend 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. >> kollie indicated he purchased these items for betts and stored them at kollie'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. >> 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' cell phone 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 killed in a fire. three of the dead were children of a firefighter who was answering another emergency call at the time. the home had several floors, but authorities said only one smoke detector, in the attic. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: this image of a burning stroller from the scene of this fire underlines the tragedy here. >> they reported five children trapped on the second floor. >> reporter: the home that burned to the ground in erie, pennsylvania, was a licensed day care.
and the five children who were trapped all died. two teenage boys had to be hospitalized when they jumped from the roof. investigators suspect the fire was caused by something electrical. >> there were a lot of extension cords with a lot of things plugged into it. so it's leading towards that. >> reporter: neighbors tried to help, but couldn't. >> i tried to go inside, i made it to the open living room, and i just couldn't go any further. >> reporter: the youngest killed, 9 months. the oldest, 8 years old. one of the children belonged to the day care's owner. 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. we're also following severe weather on this monday night. more than 60 million americans
in the path tonight and tomorrow, from the midwest to the east coast. tomorrow, from nashville to new york. the same system already spawning this funnel cloud in colorado. more than 12 reported tornadoes from the rockies to the plains. in illinois, neighborhoods and roads under water after heavy rain. 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, 2 to 4 inches of rain possible. 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, early morning, west virginia gets it, then the atmosphere stabilizes and then destabilizes. delaware, maryland, virginia,
west virginia, new jersey, parts of philadelphia looking for severe storms tomorrow. and some heat warnings, numbers approaching 110. corpus christi has been above average every day. >> ginger zee, see you in the morning on "gma." thank you. next to the water crisis unfolding in yet another american city. filters are failing the test, lead in the water. and the epa is warning the people of newark, new jersey, not to drink the water because lead levels are too high. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: starting today, thousands of bottles of water were handed out to residents of newark, new jersey, after new tests showed dangerous levels of lead in the water of a number of homes. >> 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 pressing the city to give bottled water, writing, "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: some residents here have long accused city officials of downplaying the problem. >> it's wrong. something should be done about this. 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. the city is encouraging people to let their water run to clear the pipes, and to get the bottled water. david? >> adrienne, thank you. next to the trump administration announcing new rules for legal immigration, making it harder to get a green card if an applicant has used public assistance. 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, 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. >> 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. >> kyra, this new rule is set to take effect in mid-october. we know reaction from some groups has been swift. you're hearing there will be legal challenges? >> reporter: that's right. there are several budding lawsuits. the national immigration law center calling this rule racially motivated. announcing it will file a
lawsuit challenging it. and abc has learned that california's attorney general says the rule is the latest attack on families of lower income in communities of color. and that 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. these changes could clear the way for new mining, oil, and gas drilling. 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 russian officials are admitting to. and why u.s. authorities are so concerned. 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. the government initially denying there had been a rise in radiation levels locally 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 entirely clear what the russians were testing, or what went wrong. but if it is this new missile,
clearly we can say so far, it hasn't worked. david? >> ian, thank you. and now to economy and the trade war with china weighing down the wall street today. falling to 26,000. and it comes as the treasury report shows the u.s. deficit rose 27% from just a year ago to $866 billion. it could soon top $1 trillion. still ahead on "world news tonight," spying in the airplane bathroom. the hidden camera found on a united airlines flight, and how they caught the passenger who is now facing charges tonight. and the black man handcuffed, led through the streets by white officers on horseback. the family issuing an ultimatum to police. and the produce recall coming across several states. a lot more news ahead. stay tuned. stay tuned.
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melanie? >> reporter: dan and ama, we learned today this lyft driver did not have a criminal record that would have shown up on a background check and learned this is one of several incidents like it that happened in san mateo county. in the last 18 months there have been four alleged sexual assaults by uber and lyft dri r drivers by female passengers. >> this makes it a matter of concern for the public we have the fourth one in a short time period. >> reporter: the most recent one is the first that involved an overnight kidnapping. wag staff says the 25-year-old victim went to a bar friday night called the swinging door with her boyfriend and two friends. her boyfriend left around 11:00 p.m. and a friend and she left around midnight. he dropped off the friend in south san francisco and allegedly took the victim to his home in tracy where he sexual assaulted her. wagstaff said the victim was