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good one. >> world news with david muir is next. we appreciate your time. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. a friday dow free-fall triggered by president trump's tweet on his trade war. the president saying he, quote, hereby orders american companies not to do business with china. and now he's calling the fed chair an enemy. also developing, supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg and her new cancer battle revealed. undergoing radiation for a tumor on her pancreas. what it could mean for the future of the court. the triple weather threat tonight from coast to coast. powerful thunderstorms in the east. a swimmer struck by lightning. in the west, urgent wildfire evacuations. and now a tropical system moving near florida. rob marciano standing by. crisis in the cabin. a passenger plane filling up with smoke over the pacific. the pilot declaring an emergency landing. passengers escaping on emergency
slides. but why didn't the oxygen masks drop? new reporting just coming in on what could be the first death in the united states linked to vaping, as authorities try to beat back a growing epidemic. the fires raging in the amazon rain forests, now a global threat. tonight, the concerns about climate change. brazil declaring they don't have enough manpower to fight the flames. our correspondent this on the ground. and a tesla driver on a busy l.a. freeway appearing to be asleep at the wheel. another driver filming it all. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this busy friday night. i'm cecilia vega, in for david. we do begin with president trump escalating his trade war. just moments ago, taking new, aggressive action against china. the president furious at beijing for today imposing tariffs on $75 billion of american goods.
and this evening he fired right back with another tariff hike of his own. he also took aim at the fed chair. his harshest attack yet, tweeting, who is our bigger enemy, jay powell or chairman xi? the markets responding in real time. the dow closing down 623 points. all of this as president trump prepares to leave for the g-7 summit in france. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: wall street today sent reeling after a morning tweet storm from president trump. the dow diving 623 points after the president tweeted american companies were, quote, hereby ordered to stop doing business with china. the president has no authority to order private businesses to cut ties with china. and then he took to twitter again, later in the day, to joke about the stock market plunge. for american farmers like gregg hora in iowa, none of this is funny.
china today announcing retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion of american goods, including pork. but even before that, the trade war was hitting him hard. >> pig farmers are currently losing about $25 to $30 per pig. and the future or the next six months does not look very optimistic. >> reporter: earlier this week, i asked the president about warning signs that the trade war could lead the country into a recession. is the trade war with china taking america into a recession? is it worth it? and do americans need to back that up? >> no. this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. so i'm taking on china. >> reporter: still, with his eye on re-election, the president declares the economy, quote, fantastic, blaming any uncertainty on his own hand picked fed chairman jay powell. >> he's strong. he's committed. he's smart. >> reporter: but trump is now
attacking powell for not further lowering interest rates. today powell saying the trade war seems to be playing a role in the global slowdown and in weak manufacturing and capital spending in the united states. the president quickly firing back, asking, who is our bigger enemy, jay powell or chairman xi? >> kyra joining us live from the white house. the president leaves tonight for the g-7 summit in france where he's expected to get an earful from world leaders on the economy. but not before firing another big shot in his trade war. >> reporter: that's right. he just announced he's raising tariffs on $250 billion of chinese goods to 30%. the trade war escalating dramatically today. as for the impact on american consumers, that's still unknown. but even before today's moves, jpmorgan predicted the president's tariffs will cost
american families an additional $1,000 per year. >> kyra, thank you. now to new concerns about the health of supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. today we learned she underwent cancer treatment for a pancreatic tumor. 86-year-old with a history of cancer completing three week of radiation therapy. terry moran with the latest on her condition. >> reporter: justice ruth bader ginsburg, diagnosed late last month with a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and undergoing three weeks of outpatient radiation treatment at memorial sloan kettering hospital in new york city. in a statement, the supreme court press office described the tumor as localized and added it was treated definitively, and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. this is justice ginsburg's fourth bout with cancer. last december, she underwent surgery for lung cancer. in 2009, she had surgery for pancreatic cancer. and in 1999 she was treated for colon cancer. >> 25, 24. >> reporter: but the 86-year-old ginsburg is famously resilient.
when she missed oral arguments in january after her lung surgery, it was the first time in 25 years. and during her treatment this month, she kept up a busy schedule in new york, including a visit to the theater, where she met kate mckinnon of "saturday night live," who often portrays the justice on the show. >> you just got gins-burned. >> reporter: though conservatives have long anticipated her departure from the court, justice ginsburg seems to revel in her longevity. >> there was a senator, after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that i was going to be dead within six months. that senator, whose name i have forgotten, is now himself dead, and i am very much alive. >> terry moran joins us from the supreme court. the court reconvenes in october. the big question, will justice ginsburg be there on the bench?
>> reporter: right now, all signs point to yes, sir. justice ginsburg will be back at work here. her doctor says she needs no further treatment. she has a busy schedule in september. she hasn't cancelled any of those events. she told students last month at duke university law school she intends to stay on the court quote, as long as i can do it full steam. >> terry, thank you. now to the dangerous triple weather threat as we head into this wean. severe storms from the plains to the east coast. powerful thunderstorms lighting up the sky in alabama. 51 large wildfires burning in the west, forcing thousands to evacuate. a mountain fire destroying several homes. and our team is now tracking a new system off florida that could become a tropical depression. here's abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, that strong front triggering more damaging and dangerous weather. a swimmer struck by lightning in north carolina. this after severe storms tore through the new york metro area thursday night. on long island, winds gusting
above 60 miles per hour, toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands. the wall of this storage facility collapsing as the system moved through. cinder blocks crashing down onto the parking lot. >> you see the many cars that were damaged here, knocking out the windows. >> reporter: and at the mets/indians game, fans warned to shelter in covered areas. the game called early in the eighth inning, after two rain delays totaling more than three hours. outside phoenix, authorities aiding more than three dozen hikers after several were overcome by heat. in northern california, more than 500 personnel battling the mountain fire, already burning at least 600 acres amid dry and gusty conditions. 1,000 homes threatened with no rain in the forecast for at least a week. >> let's get right to rob with the forecast. hi, rob. >> reporter: hi, cecelia. this front that caused all that weather is barely making it past the mason/dixon line. typical august stuff.
but we have severe thunderstorm watches again tonight on the radar. you can see warnings in virginia and north carolina with a number of warnings. the high plains have severe thunderstorm watches up until 10:00 local time. east of denver. heavy rains as well. flash flood watches. of greater concern, the topical features in the atlanta, one real close, off the shore of miami. a storm that at the very least may bring rain, wind, and will be uncomfortably close to the coastline. we'll have to watch it very carefully. >> busy weekend for you and the team. rob, thanks. next to the frightening moments as a passenger plane makes an emergency landing in hawaii. smoke filling the cabin in the from oakland to honolulu.
seven people hospitalized. the smoke coming from a faulty engine seal. why didn't the oxygen masks deploy? here's david kerley. >> reporter: with all that smoke, the nearly 200 hawaiian airlines passengers tonight are calling their flight frightening. >> it was a very terrifying moment. and i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: just 20 minutes before landing in hawaii, an acrid smoke. >> the cabin just filled up with smoke. so we all just kind of had to go like this to breathe. >> reporter: the pilots got a warning of smoke in the cargo hold, not knowing whether or where there might be fire, they decided not to deploy the oxygen masks, which could feed a fire, but they do declare an emergency. >> hawaiian 47, visuals four right emergency aircraft. we will be evacuating on the runway. >> emergency personnel are standing by. >> everybody on board was very, very nervous. babies and children were crying and screaming. >> reporter: on the ground, the slides deployed for a quick evacuation of passengers. seven people, including two children, rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation. hawaiian airlines saying an engine seal failed, and hot oil burned and bled into the air system. >> quite a scene there.
david joins us live from reagan national airport. david, this was just 20 minutes before the landing. what would have happened had this been earlier in the flight when they were over the pacific? >> reporter: no pilot wants smoke in the aircraft. they would have to diagnose where the smoke was coming from, and from an engine, which engine, and shut off the bleed air that goes into the cabin from that engine. tonight, hawaiian airlines sincerely apologizing to all those passages. >> david, thank you. we turn to a growing health alert tonight. authorities investigating what could be the country's first death linked to vaping. an illinois patient dying from a severe respiratory infection. the question tonight, are e-cigarettes to blame? here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a stern warning from the illinois department of public health. someone who had been vaping died after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. the department saying, quote, using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous. just in the past week, experts
say the number of cases in illinois doubled to 22 people, 17 to 38 years old, and that they have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes and vaping, with symptoms ranging from cough, to shortness of breath, to fatigue. they are still looking into where these devices were obtained and what was in them. >> there are many things we don't know about the ingredients in e-cigarettes. >> reporter: this on the same day that public health officials in ohio announced that six people there experienced severe pulmonary illness after vaping. earlier this week, we saw this disturbing scene of a texas teenager in a coughing fit after on a ventilator just to breathe after admitting to years of vaping. he was in a medically induced coma for ten days, but survived. the cdc and the fda are now investigating at least 193 possible cases of severe lung illness among users of e-cigarettes across 22 states since june.
they're trying to determine what role, if any, vaping may have played. >> gio, thank you. >> now to the stunning images setting off alarms. wildfires raging through the amazon rain forest. brazil saying it does not have enough manpower to fight these flames. and nasa releasing imagery of a carbon monoxide plume currently over the amazon. the rain forest is responsible for 20% of the world's oxygen supply. french president emmanuel macron declaring, our house is burning. abc's matt >> reporter: tonight, brazil's catastrophic fires smoldering into an international battle. france's president emanuel macron tweeting, our house is burning, directly blaming the record fires in the amazon on brazilian president jair bolsonaro's environmental policy. bolsonaro, often called the trump of the tropics, has accused without evidence brazilian ngos of starting the fires, even mocking a journalist when asked what he should do about it. more than 76,000 fires have
ignited in brazil since the crisis began, a new fire starting every minute or so. the vast majority believed to be set by farmers trying to clear land. from the air, the lines of fire chewing up the forest. the area of smoke so large, it's visible from space and could blanket half the united states from detroit to los angeles. the amazon produces 20% of the planet's oxygen and helps regulate its temperature. the fires casting a shroud over south america's biggest city, sao paolo, earlier this week. tonight, president trump offering u.s. assistance. as brazil's president says he will deploy the military to the amazon. >> matt gutman joins us live. matt, there have been mixed messages from brazil's president on these fires. he's accusing critics of sensationalism while saying he doesn't have enough firefighters to attack the flames. >> reporter: he may have gone a long way towards refining that message tonight, by deploying
the military, not only to fight the fires, but also to prevent farmers from setting new ones. but given the vast scope of these fires and how remote they are, any country could have a hard time battling them, which is what is so troubling about this, given the importance of the amazon to the planet's health. >> so troubling indeed. and breaking news overseas tonight. north korea reportedly conducting a new missile test today. japan's coast guard reporting a projectile fell into the sea of japan. that test comes hours after north korea's foreign minister called mike pompeo a, quote, poisonous plant of american democracy. and a solemn moment at dover air force base today. the remains of two american green berets returning to the u.s. master sergeants luis figueroa and jose gonzalez killed in combat operations in northwest afghanistan. 14 american troops killed in afghanistan so far this year. still much more ahead
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finally tonight, "america strong." the jogger who gave someone in need the shoes right off his feet. but there is more to this story. here's david wright. >> reporter: around the corner street, an unlikely act of empathy. a mystery jogger quietly gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet. >> god has been very nice to me, and it feels like i should bless you too. here, take my shoes. and he took them off and he gave them to me. >> reporter: giving new balance to joe arroyo, in more ways than one. >> he told me they were size 13. he asked me my size. >> reporter: this random act of kindness from a barefoot good samaritan was caught on camera by a woman who happened to be stopped in traffic. what she didn't catch is the skip in the step this gesture gave to joe. >> if you give me the chance, i'll be the most amazing worker
you could have. and i do overtime. >> people do care. people want to help. >> reporter: andrew zericka saw the story on wabc. he owns a string of food trucks and believes in second chances. >> i have openings in three of my restaurants. we'd be happy to have you. >> thank you. that's all i can say. i don't know what i can say. i wanted to hug they guy, but then a homeless man hugging somebody is not normal out here. >> reporter: a modern twist on the old adage, "walk a mile in someone's shoes." in this case, truly a path to redemption. david wright, abc news, new york. >> thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega. have a wonderful weekend. good night. ers if . >> new at 6:00, forget about the
problems of a distracted driver, this one looks like he's asleep. not the first to doze asleep behind the wheel of a tesla. information about a woman that claimed to be a virtual travel counselor and about the many clients who say she ruined their vacations and owes them money. more than a home, see what san jose has built for the first time ever, it's an example of building a better bay area. >> announcer: now, news to build a better bay area. from abc 7. good evening. thank you for joining us tonight. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. san francisco and santa collar ray county are declaring a legal victory. >> a court ruled president trump cannot with hold federal funding because of their sanctuary laws that protect undocumented immigrants from i.c.e. raids. >> president trumpi issued the order in 2017. santa clara stood to lose 1 pnl $7 billion. the court issued a preliminary
injection. >> today the court issued the final ruling creating permanent protections for the sanctuary counties. new at 6:00, new video of a tesla driver asleep at the wheel. people in a passing car got this video on i-5 last saturday. can you believe it? they didn't call police because they saw the driver wake up and regain control of the car. the tesla wasn't moving erratically and traveling about 70, 75 miles an hour. it's not clear if the vehicle was in auto pilot mode. we seen this happen in june. this video was taken between 405 and 5 in los angeles. the person who shot the video says he called 911 when he saw the sleepy driver and then watch this, back in march. >> i think this guy is like passed out in his tesla. >> that witness says the tesla driver appeared to sleep for about ten minutes, woke up once, looked around and went back to sleep. this also happened around los angeles. tesla's web