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stories. the chemical cloud over an american city. you'll see the pictures. the massive spill. families told to shelter in place. more than 50 hospitalized. also breaking tonight, a massive attack on the internet, under way right now. affecting millions of americans coast to coast. the newest attack just a short time ago. everything from netflix to amazon to ebay the fbi responding right now. and the question, who's behind it? at this hour, the storm system moving through the northeast, from new york to boston. the system already turning deadly. the microburst, winds 90 miles per hour. clinton and trump. the handshake. the stinging jokes. but tonight, what we did not know. what the candidates said to each other when the mike wasn't on. and, developing now, the nfl star admitting he abused his
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a penalty of just one game. the outcry. and tonight, the new action. good evening. on a very busy friday night. we begin with the real scare in one american community, a chemical spill and a dangerous cloud overhead. leading to evacuations. other families told to close windows and doors. the dangerous fog drifting for miles. dozens rushed to the hospital. here are the pictures from kansas, the toxic gas right there overhead. and look on the ground, visibility near zero. schools evacuated today. alex perez is on the scene. >> reporter: that massive plume spewing out of this kansas distillery just after 8:00 a.m. a cloud of toxic gas. >> made your eyes water, you couldn't breathe. >> reporter: officials say the spill triggered when two chemicals, sulfuric acid and sodium hypochloride, were mixed
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where they make food and alcohol. >> all at once, it was like a fog had moved into this city. >> reporter: that thick fog obscuring the sun. the scope of the plume captured by a drone. anxious residents watching the cloud roll right into their backyards. families told to shelter in place for two hours. >> we are in the process of evacuating 1,800 children. >> reporter: many students rushed out of local schools, away from the plant. >> we opened the doors and all you could smell was this horrible stench that smelled like bleach. >> reporter: parents like kent blankenship trying to find his daughter nadia. >> i went and got my daughter out of the school. her eyes were bloodshot red. she had a headache too, just like i did. >> reporter: breathing problems sending more than 50 people to the hospital. at least one patient in intensive care. firefighters using water to bring that mixture under control. by late morning, officials giving the all-clear, telling residents it was safe to go home. >> this was a large plume that enveloped a large area. we are very fortunate that there were not more injuries.
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investigators. the epa says the air is safe. most of those treated in the hospital have been released. david? >> alex, thank you. and the major attack on the internet, the newest attack just a short time ago, affecting americans coast to coast. the fbi and homeland security taking this very seriously. sites like netflix, amazon, ebay, all affected, and the areas in deep red the worst affected. several waves of malicious attacks today. here's david kerley. >> reporter: twitter, spotify, and ebay among the popular websites trying to recover tonight from the attack. early this morning, the attacks started. taking down sites like netflix. with its popular shows like "orange is the new black" and "stranger things." it was the east coast host of
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it's called a denial of service attack. when devices are used as bots to overwhelm a site with queries. this is just the most recent attack. according to u.s. intelligence, e-mail hacks were made by the russian government. the white house says it's too early to know who is responsible for today's attack, which it called malicious activity. >> a lot of folks joking, what will they do this weekend about netflix? how will they shop this weekend? but there are real concerns about this being a new kind of attack. >> reporter: theom it extremely sophisticated and complex. and just two weeks ago, the first documented account of a bot using surveillance cameras. with the internet of things, these are things hooked up to the internet, they're not secure, and they may have been used in this attack. david? >> david, thank you. we're also following a
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hour, affecting new york up to boston into new england. a microburst turning deadly. rob marciano tracking it. >> reporter: tonight, powerful and deadly fall storms hammering the northeast, on the move as millions start the weekend. more than a half a foot of rain making for a white-knuckle commute in pennsylvania. in hillsgrove township, at least three homes washed away by flash flooding. officials say everyone got out safely. just after dawn, swift water rescue teams shuttling 20 stranded residents to safety. >> i've been up here 22 years, so i've been through about six of these. and they can be dangerous. >> reporter: gary mitchley is glad the rescuers woke him up. >> i thank god it didn't get to the first floor. so we're fine. we can replace what's in the basement. >> reporter: farther west, that deadly storm in clinton county. a microburst killing one person, winds there up to 95 miles per hour. coupled with lightning and big
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>> already a difficult 24 hours. rob is live along the west side highway in manhattan. you can see the rush behind him. it could be a rough few hours ahead. >> reporter: a slow go from boston to d.c. to pittsburgh, a large, slow-moving storm. check it out on the radar. it's going to fill in overnight. tomorrow morning, many will see rain linger through the afternoon. and from west to east. here comes a cold wind. gusts 30, 40 miles an hour, it will be blustery, even some snow accumulating. in the northern mountains. by sunday, temperatures in the 40s and even 30s. and i hope you enjoyed this week's heat, because we won't see it again until spring. >> rob, thank you. next this evening, the final sprint to election day. so many of you likely saying it can't end soon enough. tonight, the stinging jokes that had both donald trump and hillary clinton laughing, but not always at the same time.
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they shook hands. but tonight, what the two candidates said to each other when the cameras were not on them. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: in north carolina today, donald trump promised an all-out sprint to the finish line. but instead of complaining of a rigged election, trump acknowledged he may lose. >> we're gonna do this for another 19 days. then i don't know what kind of shape i'm in, but i will be happy and at least i will have known, win, lose or draw, i will be happy with myself. >> reporter: hours earlier, trump and hillary clinton met face to face. separated by only one man, cardinal timothy dolan. likely the last time together before the election. trading jokes at the al smith dinner for catholic charities. >> it's great to be here with 1,000 wonderful people, or as i
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or as hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season. [ laughter ] >> reporter: trump started out strong. >> michelle obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. it's fantastic. they think she's absolutely great. my wife, melania, gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case. [ cheers and applause ] and i don't get it. i don't know why. and it wasn't her fault. >> reporter: big laughs. but then trump lost the crowd. booed when his jokes gave way to harsh attacks. >> here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate
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[ booing ] >> reporter: then, it was clinton's turn. humor with an edge. >> it's amazing i'm up here after donald. i didn't think he'd be okay with a peaceful transition of power. [ laughter ] >> reporter: trump cracked a smile. and then she hit him with this. >> people look at the statue of liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. donald looks at the statue of liberty and sees a four. [ laughter ] maybe a five, if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. [ laughter ] >> reporter: but in the end, something we didn't see at the last debate -- a handshake. and later, cardinal dolan revealed what the candidates said to each other after a private moment of prayer behind the scenes.
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clinton and said, you know, you are one tough and talented woman. and he said this has been a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it's been. and she said to him, and donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards. >> jon karl, reporting in from pennsylvania. no surprise there, only the battlegrounds from here on out. we heard donald trump say, he's ready win or lose. but he also vowed to fight to the finish. >> reporter: and it looks like it will be an all-out sprint to the finish. but if you talk to trump's inner circle, they will acknowledge he's down. you could sense it in the room today. but they do believe there's enough time to turn the race around and have a come from behind win on november 8th. >> jon, thank you. and it's not just donald trump. hillary clinton, and her final push. tonight, the family at the center of her new ad. and it's a real signal what her
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here's cecilia vega now. >> in 2004, my son was stationed in iraq. >> reporter: he is the gold star father who became a household name. brandishing his constitution at the democratic convention. denouncing donald trump. >> you have sacrificed nothing and no one. >> reporter: trump's blistering response to those grieving parents, a turning point in the race. and now, with just days left, hillary clinton reminding voters of that moment with this ad. >> my son was captain humayun khan. he was 27 years old. and he was a muslim american. i want to ask mr. trump, wouldn't my son have a place in your america? >> reporter: clinton in ohio today, laying out her strategy to close out this race. what she wants voters to remember, with election day now
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>> you deserve something to vote for, not just against. >> and cecilia vega joins us from ohio. another key battleground. clinton joking about napping at the event. even donald trump was laughing. but for clinton, too, a sprint to the finish. and she has two major goals in mind? >> reporter: she does. sources say one is trying to win over independent voters, still looking at third-party candidates. but also to rally her own base to getut rallies just like this one. also with this army of surrogates from michelle obama to bernie sanders, going to battleground states all over the country just like this one. david? >> cecilia vega, our thanks to you. next, federal prosecutors revealing what they call the largest theft of classified government documents in history. a former national security agency contractor, accused of stealing top secret documents
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and shed. his alleged theft far more than edward snowden. brian ross tonight with the secrets he allegedly stole. >> reporter: officials tonight say nsa contractor hal martin irrevocably compromised the nation's security. seen here in a photo posted by organizers of a computer security conference, martin is accused of stealing, over a 20-year period, an astonishing 500 million pages of the country's most sensitive top secret documents, including the nsa's own attack software. >> so nsa will be less able to get in to the networks of russia and terrorist groups like isis. >> reporter: by comparison, edward snowden's theft involved only 1.5 million documents. and his case was supposed to have led to even tighter security measures at the nsa. >> alarms should go off. apparently they didn't. >> reporter: the fbi says martin hid some of the stolen secrets in a shed behind his home in maryland, and others were lying
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chevrolet caprice parked in the driveway. and even more troubling, the fbi today alleged martin has been communicating online with others in foreign languages, including russian. >> that's the most alarming thing. ryan ross with us tonight. and the government, still concerned that he could be a risk to spill secrets? >> yes, and because of that, a judge denied his request to be released on bail. even though officials say they still don't know if any of the secrets he's accused of stealing ended upn his lawyers said martin loves america and did not betray his country. >> brian, thank you. overseas to iraq, and the battle to defeat isis. tonight, the identity of the fallen u.s. service member, navy chief petty officer jason finan. he was working with an explosive disposal unit.
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meanwhile, iraqi troops creeping up the steps of a church. finding it damaged but free. and then this sound. the bell on that church, heard for the first time in two years. it was silenced by isis when it captured that town. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the chemical scare at an airport. hundreds evacuated. passengers on the tarmac, some having trouble breathing. what investigators are now saying tonight. also, the nfl star admitting he abused his ex-wife. the outcry after a penalty of just one game. tonight, the new development. and then, "america strong." the officer who swooped in to save a bald eagle, injured. the eagle in the back of the patrol car. but you have to see what happens next. we'll be right back.
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game. but then the outrage. here's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, the hushed words of a domestic abuse survivor. >> he just won't stop yelling and i asked him to leave the house. >> reporter: that cry for help, molly brown, then wife of giants pro bowl kicker josh brown. the may, 2015, incident leading to his arrest for domestic violence. charges were never filed. the league suspending him for just one game. >> reporter: was this an isolated incident? >> it was just a moment. >> reporter: but a newly-released police report indicates it was case. there are claims of over 20 instances of physical violence. brown himself writes, "i became an abuser. i viewed myself as god basically and she was my slave." tonight, the nfl sidelining the kicker with pay. reopening brown's case, claiming they were unaware of the new details. the nfl once again under the microscope for its handling of domestic violence cases. >> this is a failure of the nfl's domestic violence policy. >> reporter: brown's career possibly in jeopardy.
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him. >> we're not going to turn our back on josh. he's a teammate. >> reporter: the nfl hasn't given a timeframe for its investigation. brown's ex-wife molly is asking for privacy, so her family can continue to heal. david? >> ryan, thank you. when we come back, why scientists are convinced of a major crash landing on mars. we'll show you the photos they say prove it. and the airport evacuated, what investigators are saying may have caused the chemical scare. and the the officer and put in the back of the patrol car. in a moment, we'll show you what happens next. rol car. in a moment, we'll show you what in a moment, we'll show you what happens next. and auusan was a a world champion. i inherited their can-do spirit. and their double chin. now, i'm going to do something about it. kybella? is the first of its kind injectable treatment that destroys fat under the chin,
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mars lander revealed today. new nasa images showing a bright dot and a dark spot on the surface of mars. that scientists believe are the parachute from a european test lander and the area where the lander crashed. the lander was a test for a more ambitious mission to mars in 2020. and, a florida officer swooping in to save a bald eagle. the injured bird struck on the side of the florida turnpike. the officer carefully picking him up and placing him into his patrol car. the bird is being treated, but is expected to recover and be released. when we come back, friday night lights in america. and the cheerleader on the sidelines who has already won the game. who is our person of the week? sidelines. who is our person of the week? c, it was an idea. an inspiration.
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finall finally tonight here, our person of the week. it's friday night lights across america, and in one american town, the cheerleader who has been rooting for the team since
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fdr was president. and tonight, she's still cheering. proving to us all what it truly means to be forever young. our person of the week. the homecoming game at tennessee state university in nashville. the tigers versus the colonels of eastern kentucky. the homecoming kings and queens ready. the cheerleaders ready, too. and we mean all of them. including 101-year-old burnece brunson. one of the first cheerleaders in the school's history. a member of the 1934 squad. there she is, second in line. she returns year after year with her pom-poms. but how do today's cheers compare to the routines of 1934? >> we didn't do those flips and pyramids. we just cheered. mostly rah, rah, rah. >> reporter: but she's still cheering. just ask the head of the alumni cheering squad. >> you can tell it. at 101 years old, you can tell she enjoys it. >> reporter: 82 years of cheers,
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games. and at home tonight, sending us a cheer, too. >> rah! >> we love it. so we choose burnece brunson. still cheering. and tonight, we're cheering for you. i'm david muir. i hope to see you back here on monday. until then, from all of us at abc news, have a good evening. good night. deputies drinking on the job. sheriff joe's surprising response. dead r learning about the woman behind the wheel. and >> and the changes coming our police no longer calling
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risk. a group of kids waiting for their parents to pick them up as a suspicious man was holed up inside a nearby home. they are from oasis elementary school school. the s.w.a.t. has left that area. it's unclear if they got the guy they're searching for. event. the presidential nominees and their whole teams spread out today across the u.s. more on where they stopped in just a bit. joe arpaio is still waiting to be officially charged with contempt of court. >> now arpaio is complaining that he's the victim of
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>> reporter: sheriff arpaio taking to the airwaves complaining the department of justice has it in for him. a former u.s. attorney says the doj's typical policy is not to bring charges against a candidate on the eve of a big election but that's exactly what happened here. >> by doing so here, they have given joe arpaio and his lawyers the opportunity to complain that this was a politically motivated decision. >> reporter: that's exactly what >> this is all politics. hillary gets a free pass but they're coming after me? >> reporter: ten days have passed without formal charges coming to fruition. nine of those days have been early voting days. and arpaio's campaign says they're actually benefited from a federal fiasco. >> we have seen it in terms of our fundraising. the anger is


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