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>> i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen zse. for all o tonight, the major shakeup at the white house. president trump fires his national security adviser, john bolton, saying, "your services are no longer needed." bolton texting a cable news host while on the air. what he says about the president, contradicting him. the alarming new headline on vaping tonight. the emergency right here in houston at a high school. a student collapsing, rushed to the hospital. and tonight, the new death. now six people possibly linked to e-cigarettes, this time, the patient in their 50s. we are following a major train derailment. evacuations under way tonight. homes and schools. what the train was carrying. tonight, the stunning images. look at this. what we rarely see. this is what it was like inside dorian, a category 5. tearing through this home. loved ones wondering if the home would come down on them. the deadly school bus accident tonight.
the bus driver killed. several children hurt. what authorities think happened to the driver. tonight, the new images. the major u.s. strike on isis fighters. just 24 hours after our exclusive report inside iraq and syria. the refugee camps where isis fighters are now living. where children are dancing around the isis flag. tonight, the trump administration responding to our report. getting out alive. reports a cia operative delivering secrets back to the u.s. from deep inside the kremlin. tonight, news on the reported mission to get him out alive and where its believed he is now. and the american family trapped atop a waterfall. putting a message for help on a bottle and sending it down the falls. what happens next. and good evening tonight from houston, where the stage is set for the democratic debate right here on abc, just two days from now. and we're going to have much
more on that in just a moment. but we do begin tonight with the other political bombshell, the major shakeup at the white house tonight. president trump firing his national security adviser, john bolton. the president tweeting that he disagreed strongly with many of bolton's suggestions, saying, "your services are no longer needed." tonight, bolton with his own response, actually sending a text to a fox news host while he was on the air, contradicting the president. and tonight, who will be the fourth national security adviser for president trump? abc's terry moran is at the white house. >> reporter: in a curt tweet this afternoon, president trump declared he was getting rid of his third national security adviser -- "i informed john bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the white house. i disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration, and therefore, i asked john for his resignation, which was given to me this morning." but bolton was not going to go quietly, firing off his own tweet minutes later, contradicting the president.
"i offered to resign last night and president trump said, let's talk about it tomorrow." and as the news broke, bolton reached out to fox news in real time. >> john bolton just texted me just now, he's watching. >> can you read it? >> yeah, he said, "let's be clear, i resigned." >> reporter: bolton also told abc's jon karl the president's story was flatly wrong. "he never asked for me to resign directly or indirectly." >> reporter: the sudden turn of events was a long time coming. bolton is a famous hawk, an early supporter of the iraq war and a strong advocate of regime change in iran. in both cases, at odds with the president. >> john bolton is absolutely a hawk. if it was up to him, he'd take on the whole world at one time, okay? >> reporter: and bolton was publicly skeptical of several of president trump's big foreign policy moves, like the ongoing talks with north korea. >> do you take kim jong-un at his word? >> the president takes him at his word. >> no, i know he does, but what about you? >> my opinion doesn't matter. >> reporter: just this morning, bolton was at work here at the
white house, he even chaired a national security meeting. and he was scheduled to be at a briefing on new counterterrorism measures. instead, secretary of state mike pompeo and secretary of the treasury steve mnuchin addressed reporters. both often battled bolton, especially on trump's efforts to secure a peace deal in afghanistan. did he leave the white house because he disagreed with you, in particular, over talks with the taliban? >> so, last night the president asked for ambassador bolton's resignation. as i understand it, it was received this morning. the president is entitled to the staff that he wants at any moment. >> and terry moran is live at the white house tonight. and terry, president trump says he will name john bolton's replacement sometime next week. this will be the president's fourth national security adviser, and tonight, at least one top republican is sounding the alarm on all of this upheaval in the administration? >> reporter: that's right, david. it's ron johnson of wisconsin, chairman of the homeland security committee. and he's saying something that we're beginning to hear from more and more republicans.
he says, quote, i don't care whether it's business or foreign policy, i do think you like to see stability. he said, my advice, my counsel to the administration on a lot of issues, i hope you understand instability is unhelpful. david? >> terry moran leading us off tonight from the white house. terry, thank you. we're going to turn now to the alarming news on vaping tonight. right here in the houston area, a high school student collapsing after vaping and was rushed to the hospital. and now, a sixth person has died linked to e-cigarettes. that patient in their 50s. here's abc's adrienne bankert now. >> reporter: tonight, new alarm about the risk of vaping, after an emergency at this houston-area high school. officials say a student suddenly sickened after vaping. >> the girl had handed it to him. he hit it, he passed out and he would not wake up. so, the ambulance had to come out and get him out on a stretcher. >> reporter: it's just the latest in a growing number of cases around the country, doctors are reporting serious lung illnesses. more than 450 patients and counting, and tonight, a sixth
death linked to vaping. that person in kansas, over 50 years old with underlying health problems whose symptoms worsened rapidly. most of the cases are linked to vaping thc products, but doctors are scrambling for answers. >> we don't know, but something clearly has changed in the last month to six weeks in the products that are being vaped, and that's what the cdc is working to find out. >> reporter: 18-year-old simah herman vaped nicotine then thc over two years, getting sicker and sicker, ending up on life support, on a ventilator. >> it was terrifying. i was just getting weaker and weaker by the minute. >> reporter: doctors put simah in a medically-induced coma. when she woke up, she asked to write this message on instagram, now seen around the world. >> i'm just trying to share my story and save people's lives. >> and adrienne, tonight, the american lung association is also just out with a new warning? >> reporter: yes, david, that's right. they're saying that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage. they're saying young people are particularly at risk because
their lungs are still developing. the surgeon general is calling this a youth e-cigarette epidemic. david? >> adrienne bankert reporting in tonight. thank you. we are also following emergency evacuations under way tonight after a major train derailment near st. louis. here are the pictures. at least 18 cars off the tracks carrying flammable liquid, catching fire. thick black smoke rising into the sky. nearby neighborhoods and schools have been evacuated, and a special hazmat team has rushed to the scene. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: the sky-high flames and billowing black smoke could be seen for miles. >> all members respond for a train derailment with fire. >> reporter: a union pacific freight train in southern illinois, just outside of st. louis, derailing at about 12:45 this afternoon. 18 cars jumping the tracks. crews racing to the scene, battling the flames, coping with 90-degree temperatures and strong fumes. >> i'm trying to get somebody on that scene, just to try to make
sure our trucks don't drive right in the middle of a cloud. >> reporter: some of those train cars carrying a chemical solvent. authorities hosing down cars and smaller fires ignited by the flammable liquid. authorities evacuating 1,500 people from three communities and several schools. teams eventually extinguishing the blaze. >> someone's going to have to clean this up. >> reporter: david, authorities say the train was still in the freight yard preparing for a departure when it derailed. what triggered the incident, now under investigation. but luckily, authorities say no one was injured. david? >> alex perez tonight. thank you. we're going to turn to the bahamas this evening. the official death toll has now climbed to 50. and this evening, what we have not seen before. what it was like for a family for loved ones trapped inside this home when the category 5 hurricane hit. tonight, what it looks like from inside a home when this happens. here's abc's marcus moore from nassau. >> reporter: tonight, new video shows one group's harrowing brush with hurricane dorian.
john slack and his wife tichka watching the storm move in at a friend's house on treasure cay, because he thought their house would be too dangerous. nine people, including a 4-year-old boy, helpless as the storm surge pounds the home, breaking a window. that category 5 wind blowing right through the living room. >> angd and that is when things really started going downhill quickly. >> it was horrible. we didn't know how high the water was going to get. >> reporter: when the eye passed over, they tried to escape in this car, but it got stuck in the mud. >> for the first hour and a half with those winds -- i don't think either one of us thought we were going to make it. >> reporter: slack, his wife and three other people wound up riding out the backside of dorian in this suv, for 17 hours, before making their way back to the house. the interior now completely destroyed. slack says the fact that their vehicle was stuck in the mud likely saved their lives, because it meant the wind couldn't blow their suv away.
in the meantime, here in the bahamas, officials are considering using cruise liners as temporary shelters for thousands of storm survivors who have nowhere to go. david? >> marcus moore reporting in again tonight for us. marcus, thank you. there is news tonight, remarkable images coming in, just 24 hours after our exclusive report inside iraq and syria last night here in the hunt for isis fighters. we were with u.s. forces. and now tonight, this new video of a massive u.s.-led coalition air strike just hours ago. bombs dropped on what's described as an isis infested area in iraq that the u.s. military says had become a safe haven for the terror group. it was last night here, we were on the front lines with u.s. forces for an operation that took us deep into the anbar desert. and our team in syria, as well, where we showed you the refugee camps. one in particular where there are 70,000 refugees and where they believe isis fighters are now living. reports of children dancing around the isis flag. i want to bring in abc's kyra phillips tonight, because we know you asked secretary of state mike pompeo about those
camps with isis fighters now. u.s. military leaders told me on the ground that they are a breeding ground, these camps, and here's what secretary pompeo said today. >> reporter: are you concerned about these refugee camps becoming a breeding ground, a training ground, for terrorists, for isis fighters? >> so, there's a long history of just exactly what you're descri describing, camps in iraq, camps in other places, where prisoners were detained and extremist elements breeding in those places. but we've been working diligently on this. we will not take our eye off the ball, ensuring whether it's isis or other radical islamic extreme recruits, continue to be under pressure from the united states of america. and that -- just to close it out -- and that would include in these camps that you're referring to. >> and kyra, secretary pompeo also talking about the strikes, the operations that we witnessed while we were on the ground there? >> reporter: that's right, david. secretary pompeo telling me that u.s. and iraqi forces have conducted enormous operations against isis, even after its territory was defeated, even as recently as the last couple of days, which you actually
witnessed yourself. and secretary pompeo telling me, quote, we are very focused on this. david? >> kyra phillips live at the pentagon tonight. kyra, thank you. and as i mentioned at the top of the news tonight, we are here in houston, where the democratic presidential candidates will face off, just two nightsronow. d look at this, tonight, the stage is set at texas southern university, where all of the leading candidates will debate together for the first time, all on one night. i hope you'll join us. the entire abc news political team, that's thursday, 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. in the meantime, next, to the news tonight, to those reports that a cia operative deep inside the kremlin and with access to vladimir putin was delivering secrets back to the u.s. and when the cia feared he was about to be exposed, they launched a daring mission to get him out alive. tonight, the kremlin is confirming the official did work there, but calling the report that he was a spy "pulp fiction." so, where is he now? here's abc's martha raddatz tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, media reports tell an extraordinary tale. in 2016, at the height of russian interference into our elections, the cia reportedly had a russian telling us all about it. but that cia asset found himself in grave danger. the spy reportedly worked at this building in moscow, with access to the highest levels of the kremlin, the heart of vladimir putin's government. and when his identity looked like it was compromised, the cia made the decision to extract the spy, his wife and children. reports say he may have been brought here to the u.s. >> the united states government are aware of who he is and where he is and it means we're a step ahead of the russians. >> reporter: cnn first breaking the story and russian media reports today revealing what they say is the name of a former russian official who worked in the kremlin. putin's spokesman confirming the
official worked there, but calling reports that he was a mole "pulp fiction." secretary of state mike pompeo, the former director of the cia, saying those same reports were "materially inaccurate." abc news has not confirmed the name of the spy, nor will we repeat the name the russians revealed. russia has historically been unkind to those who betray the motherland. it was just last year, russia was blamed for the attempted murder by poisoning of former russian intelligence officer sergei skripal in britain. and putin has made very clear in the past spying will not be tolerated, saying -- "traitors will kick the bucket, believe me. whatever they got in exchange for it, those 30 pieces of silver they were given, they will choke on them." the russians have no doubt been looking for the spy for years, but by identifying him, they can let him know they are still looking for him and still waiting.
david? >> a lot of intrigue surrounding this case. martha raddatz, thank you. next tonight, the nightmare on the way to school today. a deadly school bus accident on a mississippi highway. the bus landing on its side off highway 72 in benton county. all eight children onboard were injured and the bus driver did not survive. they believe the driver might have suffered a heart attack. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: parents who had just put their kids on the school bus were frantic, hearing that it crashed. >> got an overturned bus with children on it. >> reporter: the children were on their way this morning to classes in benton county, mississippi, when authorities say the driver had a heart attack and students say he clutched his chest and slumped over, causing the bus to overturn in a ditch. the driver died. all eight children on the bus had to be hospitalized. >> none of them were ejected, but of course were bounced around in the bus and sustained injuries from that. >> reporter: the parents of an injured eighth grader say she has a broken ankle, leg and jaw, but will survive. >> just a little devastated, but at least the good lord was with
everybody and had their hands on everybody and everything's going good so far. >> reporter: the driver who died had worked for the school system for five years and the school district says he was a dependable employee. david? >> steve, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the small plane crashing into an airport operations building. the tail sticking out through the roof. and we have news tonight on the passengers. also, the american family trapped atop a waterfall, putting a message for help on a bottle and then sending it down the falls. we'll tell you what happened next. and from right here in texas tonight, the major headline involving the dallas cowboy cheerleaders and why it's making news here in texas tonight. we'll be right back.
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led his family to his gorge in remote central california, the 44-year-old expected a rope would be there to let them down. he, his girlfriend and his 13-year-old son were trapped above the 40-foot waterfall. and so, in that act of desperation, and perhaps inspiration, he scratched out the word "help" on his water bottle. on a receipt inside, he wrote, "we are stuck at the waterfall. get help please." that message in a bottle found its way to hikers downstream. they alerted authorities, who launched a chopper. it wasn't too hard to find the trio, sleeping next to that s.o.s. sign. the next morning, they were all grins next to the california highway patrol chopper crew. the family says it hadn't seen a single soul during that three-day trip, so they were shocked when that helicopter hovered overhead, just hours after tossing that plastic bottle over the waterfall. david? >> all right, matt gutman with us tonight. matt, thank you. when we come back from houston, the small plane crashing into a building just after takeoff. there are reports of injuries
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sound, it scared him, so, he thought that it was a monster, basically, that was trying to get inside the house. >> reporter: his mother telling us makai wore a spider-man vest after the hurricane passed. he wanted to save other children who were scared like him. >> he was like, mommy, i have to go and save the children. you know, that's what he was thinking about at that time, that he had to be the super hero to go and save kids. >> reporter: makai and his mother were stranded in the bahamas for a week. and this was the moment he returned to school. >> we missed you! >> reporter: the children surrounding him. makai overcome. his friends grateful he was back. we loved that. and again, the democratic debate, the first one with all the leading candidates on one stage, one night, thursday night, right here on abc from houston.
in san francisco. one shop owner says it's too high. he has bruises to prove it. look at all the people who showed up to pack a city council member and debate where to put a new place for the homeless. and runway construction is delaying flights. live, breaking news. >> we begin with two breaking news stories. first out of san francisco, a 12 year old boy was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car late this afternoon. we do have a crew on the way there, and we will have a live report for you shortly. more breaking news. form former raiders, antonio brown has been accused of raping his former trainer. there were three separate
incidents claimed. brown reportedly bragged in some text membessages. bru brown is denying all the allegations adding that any sexual interaction was consensual. we've made a commitment to building a better bay area. we want to see improvement to issues that affect our daily life like traffic safety. >> a soma store owner says he's under siege from violent street people and city hall has been no help at all. >> he's seriously considering shutting down his business. vic howard has the story. vic? >> reporter: ama, the owners of this store the harvest urban market say they've had enough,