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welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news, tragedy at a major water park. a child somehow dying. the park forced to close. details coming in at this hour. donald trump facing dangerous poll numbers. the republican nominee losing ground. the huge group of voters lining up for hillary clinton. but now trump unleashing a new at >> honestly, i don't think she's all there. crash course. the frightening wipeout. the cyclist crashing in the middle of a race, rushed to the hospital. midair takedown. the crowded cross-country plane forced to divert. a passenger accused of attacking a flight attendant, taken away in cuffs. why are these incidents on the rise? the consumer alert tonight. phone hijacking. thieves taking over your cell
good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with breaking news. tragedy at a major american water park. the details just coming in. word of a child killed on the world's tallest water slide. you see it there. the park now closed through at least tomorrow. the investigation just under way. marci gonzalez with the latest. marci? >> reporter: today, a day at the water park turning tragic. >> we are saddened to share that a young boy died this afternoon. >> reporter: the boy's family with him at the time of the accident. the mark immediately closing down. investigators now working to figure out what went wrong on this giant water slide.
largest water slide, taller than the statue of liberty. this file video throwing the 168-foot plummet. riders reaching speeds of up to 45 miles an hour. once every rider climbs the 264 steps to the top, they hear this. >> there's a risk inherent to the activity. >> reporter: a two-page safety warning. abc news getting special access to the ride in 2014. floats flying off the ride in tests. originally, it was capable of sending riders up to 40 miles per hour down the slide, so fast, it had to be slowed down. tonight, park officials confirming to abc news, the park was inspected for weeks before
closed tomorrow. tom? >> thank you. now to the race for president. donald trump facing danger for a second straight week. new polls showing him losing ground to hillary clinton after a series of damaging headlines. trump, trying to claw back into the race. launching a new attack using clinton's own words against her. the abc news/"washington post" poll showing clinton extending her lead by eight points. 50% to 42%. trump's turmoil helping to boost numbers with one group in particular. devin dwyer, on the campaign trail tonight. >> reporter: down in the polls tonight, donald trump's trying a new weapon -- hillary clinton's own words. >> unstable hillary clinton. and you saw that, did you saw that where she basically short-circuited? >> reporter: trump pouncing on clinton's answer to a question about her e-mails. >> i may have short-circuited. and for that i will try to clarify.
>> so i may have short-circuited. [ zapping noise ] >> reporter: and on the stump. >> the people of this country don't want somebody that's going to short-circuit up here. >> reporter: going so far as to suggest his rival is losing her mind. >> this stuff is so amazing. it amazes me actually. honestly, i don't think she's all there. >> reporter: these latest attacks coming as clinton makes gains. our new poll showing her support from women at its yet. and fewer voters viewing her unfavorably. the poll reveals serious concerns about trump. two-thirds say he has the wrong temperament. almost as many say he's unqualified and untrustworthy. on "this week," former acting cia director mike morrell said trump has already been manipulated by the russian president. vladimir putin has called trump "talented." >> from mr. trump's perspective, right, he simply heard putin compliment him. he then responded by
he never thought that he might be being played. >> reporter: a battle over mental qualifications for the presidency far from settled, as clinton tonight warns supporters about trump by e-mail. "he may still beat me." trump tonight quickly changing strategy to try to regain momentum. first, reversing himself to endorse house speaker paul ryan and senators john mccain and kelly ayotte. and this week, he plans to shift his focus back to the economy. tom? >> devin, thank you. we turn to the olympic drama in rio. stunning accidents and a new this cyclist crashing head over heels. rushed to the hospital. tonight, all eyes will be on michael phelps, competing in his fifth olympics. and team usa, adding to its medal collection. matt gutman is in rio for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, that dutch cyclist recovering in a hospital. anniemike van vleuten skidding into that turn earlier, wobbling, then launching over the handlebars into a concrete
and the jeers of zika by brazilian fans, apparently contagious. spreading from the soccer pitch -- >> zika! >> reporter: -- to the pair of americans at the beach volleyball stadium. >> zika! >> reporter: rio's woes not all manmade. gale force winds battering olympic venues, forcing the suspension of all rowing events today. and tonight, the paraolympic committee slapping a stunning ban on all russian paralympians. with russia accused of state-run doping, and that unflinching accusation of cheating. >> i believe the russian government has failed the russian paraathletes. their medals over morals mindset disgusts me.
turmoil, the games go on. earlier u.s. swimming phenom katie ledecky notching an olympic record in a 400-meter qualifying race. michael phelps is expected to make his olympic debut in the pool for the 4 by 100-meter freestyle relay, in his fifth olympic games. earlier, we spoke with ibtihaj muhammad, the first american to ever compete in a hijab. she told us that her faith, perfect fit for her. >> as a muslim kid, i had to add long sleeves, pants. and with fencing, it's this unique opportunity to be covered as an athlete. and to fit in with my teammates. >> reporter: she's become so recognizable that she came in second to michael phelps in the voting for america's flag bearer at the olympics. she competes first thing tomorrow among. and speaking of fencing, the
>> matt, thanks so much. the family of oscar pistorius fighting against headlines he tried to commit suicide. he was taken to the hospital after being found hurt in his prison cell today. authorities say he has injuries to his wrists. pistorius says it was not a suicide attempt. his brother claims he slipped in his cell. he's serving six years for killing his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. we move on to the midair takedown of an unruly passenger accused of attacking a crew member. forcing the pilot to divert to phoenix. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: this man in handcuffs after terrifying moments on this packed cross-country flight. >> i jumped on the guy. i restrained him. basically got his hands behind his back. >> reporter: 64-year-old jose de dios ucros taken down by a fellow passenger after witnesses say he attacked a flight attendant and tried to open the cabin door. the spirit flight headed from l.a. to florida, forced to make
plane and arrest ucros, who they say appeared to be impaired. ucros, who is facing assault charges, is just the latest passenger arrested on a flight. >> sit down. enough! you don't put your hands on my flight attendant. >> reporter: an american airlines pilot taking down an unruly passenger in charlotte on monday after this -- the man slams into a flight attendant. several passengers fight to subdue the man in the red shirt, finally restraining him with plane. and in june, two fighter jets escorting a delta flight to the ground after a passenger made threats against the plane. >> he was walking up and down the aisle, acting unusual, anxious, seemed very uncomfortable. wouldn't sit down. >> reporter: the flight attendant association tells abc news they are seeing more and more incidents of unruly passengers. the leading cause -- alcohol.
overseas, isis claiming responsibility for a terror attack in belgium. two policewomen were injured when they were attacked by a man armed with a machete saturday. isis claiming him as a soldier. the attacker was killed by a third officer. the prime minister today increasing security. back here at home, the mystery murder of a jogger killed in new york city. the family with a chilling message for the attacker. she was attacked when running near her home. her mother warning the attacker, you will pay. gloria riviera on the manhunt for the killer. >> i guarantee you, you will pay, forever. >> reporter: tonight, a raw, emotional vow to find the killer who assaulted and strangled this 30-year-old jogger in new york. >> the whole entire world knows
piece of filth that you are. >> reporter: police hopeful that dna evidence will lead to the person who attacked karina vetrano as she jogged alone tuesday in broad daylight, just blocks from her home. >> this woman put up a ferocious fight, right to the end. she was beaten quite severely. >> reporter: vetrano's father, finding her body. the heartbroken new york city firefighter, thanking investigators as they relentlessly search for evidence and witnesses that could lead to the killer. >> justice will be served. >> reporter: police say they don't believe vetrano knew her killer. there is now a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. tom? >> gloria, thank you. let's turn now to the extreme weather moving in on the south. heavy rain, flooded streets and strong winds in tampa today. turning worse as we head into the week. and tropical storm javier now forming off the west coast of mexico, closing in on land. let's get straight to rob
>> let's start with florida. it's going to be a multiday event. host of the heavy rain just offshore, but it's rotating in. and flood watches posted for cedar key. and could see four to six inches in the next 24 to 48 hours. then it drifts along the florida panhandle, and through friday, 8 to 12 inches of additional rainfall. so, a huge flood threat here. tropical storm javier, the moisture for this will get into the u.s., desert southwest. the southwest and southeast corners of this country under the gun this week. >> rob, thanks so much. tonight, a major headline from one of baseball's most polarizing players. yankee slugger alex rodriguez tearfully announcing his final days with the team. the struggling star will play his final game in the bronx on friday. adrienne bankert on the player fans either loved, or loved to hate. >> reporter: tonight alex rodriguez, counting down the
>> i love this game and i love this team. and today i am saying good-bye to both. >> reporter: the new york yankees releasing the controversial lightning rod from his contract. the 41-year-old emotionally reflecting on his career. >> at 18, i just wanted to make the team. >> reporter: plagued with troubles his last several seasons. suspended in 2014 for performance enhancing drugs. and this year, striking out more often than scoring. a-rod himself admitting the struggle. >> it's been painful and embarrassing to sit on the bench. >> reporter: the shake-up, shocking to his fans. >> i grew up watching him. i kind of feel like he's been forced out. but the powers that be made that decision. >> reporter: but it's not a farewell to the franchise. a-rod will remain as a special advisor to the team through december of 2017.
hook for his salary next year, $21 million. >> he hasn't been a really productive member of this organization or professional baseball for a long time. >> reporter: and tom, love him or hate him, he's still a major crowd draw. bleacher seats for a-rod's last game already skyrocketing to more than 400% face value. tom? >> again, those are the bleacher seats. adrienne, thanks so much. now to an unusual beach rescue off of cape cod tsa sand. a rescue team racing against time to save ten beached dolphins. some of them exhausted and unable to move. they were tagged before being released into deeper waters. still ahead, a powerful house explosion. what caused it? we have the new details. and a consumer alert. thieves getting new iphones and charging them to your account. how they're doing it, and how you can protect yourself. plus, airborne. the shark refusing to be reeled
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>> reporter: this kind of cell phone hijacking is on the rise. over 2,600 cases in january of this year alone. more than double that three years ago. why is this particular fraud growing? >> you don't really need to prove a great deal in order to walk into a store and either change a service or do an upgrade. >> reporter: and if crooks get access to other personal information like your credit card, the damage can go beyond your phone. >> i saw close to $11,000 of charges that i didn't make. they called my cell phone to see if it's actually a fraudulent charge or not and the thief actually has my number. he can say, sure, yeah. >> reporter: to protect yourself, experts say call your cell phone carrier and set up a special passcode or pin number. that serves as an extra layer of security on your account. tom? >> lauren, thank you. coming up, the new hall-of-famer. the quarterback who never gave up, revealing why he played so hard. the confession, bringing him to tears.
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that new bust at the ceremony. favre fought back tears while praising his father's tough love. >> i spent the rest of my career trying to redeem himself and make him proud. i hope i succeeded. >> also making it into the hall, tony dungy and the late, great quarterback ken stabler of the oakland raiders. and, what's old is new again. the '80s classic "dirty dancing" is making a comeback. but don't expect to see jennifer grey in the abc remake. she says she was offered a role, but she turned it down. the role she originated, baby, will be played by abigail breslin. i look forward to it. still ahead, an emotional walk down the aisle. why this bride chose this man to give her away. he's not her father, but pretty close on the inside. the amazing bond that brought
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>> reporter: a person she would not even meet until the day before the wedding. when she had to talk him through the route to the church. ten years ago, arthur thomas was in urgent need of a new heart. >> i was on death's door. >> reporter: and the heart they gave him was michael's, jenny's dad's. jenny grew up, knowing a living part of her father was out there. >> we've been talking to him, and writing letters, and calling. >> reporter: but it was all long-distance. until -- >> she wrote me a letter, and said, if you're willing, would you walk me down the aisle? >> thank you so much for coming. >> are you kidding? >> reporter: and so, there we were. jenny closer to her dad's beating heart than she had been in years. so close, she reached to feel that beat. and on this, her wedding day, that was possible. john donvan, abc news. >> an incredible moment. and an incredible story. we thank john for that. "gma" first thing in the morning, david muir right back here tomorrow night.
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