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breaking news tonight. bracing for severe storms in several major cities in the east. the system already bringing at least seven tornadoes and dangerous driving. while in the south tonight, the death toll rises, and so do the waters. a state of emergency. we're there. the wildfires tonight. a new fire outside l.a. on the way to vegas. roaring to life. and the other fire, more than 100 homes and businesses lost. tonight, word of an arrest. donald trump defiant this evening, saying, why change what got him this far? and hillary clinton, the fbi turning over e-mail evidence to members of congress who demanded it. the controversial video tonight. pinned by police. the mother dangling, held against a patrol car. and the new warning for homeowners tonight. what this woman is doing inside someone else's home and what
good evening. and we begin tonight with the severe storm watch right now in the east, and the emergency playing out in the south at this hour. first, 65 million americans in some major east coast cities are bracing right now for heavy rain and high winds. from virginia, up through new england, d.c., baltimore, philly, pittsburgh and new york, all in the potential path of storms. it's a system that already brought several reported tornadoes, at least seven co this one in howard county, indiana. and in the south right now, a slow motion disaster. a state of emergency in louisiana, as more rain comes down. and tonight, the urgent effort right there to put down sandbags in lake arthur. meteorologist rob marciano, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight across louisiana, the rivers and bayous are still swollen. some still rising. >> this is historic. it's unprecedented. and we are seeing unprecedented
south. >> reporter: south of baton rouge, in ascension parish, new evacuations and rescues. at least 11 are dead. and more than 30,000 people rescued. >> she called me and she was begging me, she said, momma, she said, the water's coming up on us. she said, we feed rescue. >> reporter: tammy reuniting with her daughter, tasha. >> right now i'm just really overwhelmed. i don't know if i want to cry, do cartwheels. i don't know what i'm feeling right now. but -- this is tragic. >> reporter: more than 8,000 in shelters. at least 40,000 homes and businesses flooded. >> when i left, out here was, like, close to my waist. >> reporter: we went back with rebecca bonnette to see her denham springs home for the first time since she was evacuated. >> i can't even get in. >> reporter: the lock jammed, we had to crawl in through the front window. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: reality sinking in. >> this is the first time this actually flooded. >> reporter: so, you don't have flood insurance, i'm assuming. >> no, i don't. >> reporter: less than 20% of those impacted in this flood do.
likely the worst natural disaster since superstorm sandy, and damages could top a billion dollars. and now, the energy from that powerful system spreading north. >> spinning like crazy. >> reporter: and overnight in indiana -- >> behind your house! >> reporter: seven confirmed tornadoes. record-breaking rain. and flooding there. >> it's going to be a difficult night ahead. rob is with us live tonight. rob, a flash flood warning right where you are, and then, of course, the storms here in the east, as well. what's the latest on both fronts? >> reporter: well, let's start with the severe weather ac the northeast. it is tapping some of the moisture that was down here in louisiana. we have severe thunderstorm watches up for eastern pennsylvania, including philadelphia, d.c., baltimore. and also upstate new york until around midnight tonight. some of these storms could have winds over 60 miles an hour. and still some heavy rain along the stalled front across the midwest that's tapping that gulf moisture. we've got flash flood watches that are now posted for parts of southeast texas. and as you mentioned, a flash flood warning, at least for the next hour or two, here in central louisiana in the flood zone. and a least a chance for rain
not what these folks need, considering the painful cleanup effort that they have in store. david? >> just incredible. no break for folks in the south. rob marciano, great reporting all week there. thank you. we are also following major developments in the wildfires tonight. word of an arrest now, and one community breaking out into cheers. was a serial arsonist to blame for more than 100 homes and businesses now gone? and right now, look at this. a fire raging out of control east of los angeles, on the way to las vegas. we are covering it all, and abc's mary bruce is in lower lake, california. >> it is my pleasure to announce the arrest of damian anthony pashilk on 17 counts of arson. >> reporter: tonight, relief mixed with outrage for a community reeling. in lower lake, california. >> oh, it makes me angry, so angry. >> reporter: police say damian pashilk is a serial arsonist who sparked fires across this california county, including the
weekend, incinerating 175 homes and businesses. long-time resident todd mayes is not mincing words. >> if it was up to me, i would have him be in a place where he found a can of gasoline and a lit match and let things happen the way they happen. >> reporter: investigators say they tracked pashilk for more than a year. is it possible that all of this destruction could have been avoided? >> it's very difficult to build a serial arson case. you are looking at many different factors and it starts very small with that first investigation. >> reporter: but today, fast-moving blaze, 60 miles outside los angeles. our lauren lyster is there. >> reporter: this fire causing mandatory evacuations here, closing part of a major road between los angeles and lals vegas and burning a number of structures its in path. >> reporter: the fire moving so quickly, fighters had to flee the fire line. now, as for this community, david, despite the devastation here, a huge sigh of relief now that a suspect has been arrested. pashilk will be in court tomorrow. david? >> mary bruce from california.
developments in the race for the white house tonight. possible new trouble for hillary clinton. and donald trump, standing firm tonight. a new interview a short time ago, and in it, trump's reaction to all of this talk that his campaign desperately needs to pivot, a reset. tonight, what donald trump has to say about that. and abc's tom llamas is outside milwaukee. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump with a clear message when it comes to his style -- change is not on the way. >> i am who i am. it's me. i don't want to change. everyone talks about, oh, well you're going to pivot, you're going to. i don't want to pivot. i mean, you have to be you. if you start pivoting, you're not being honest with people. no, i am who i am. i've gotten here in a landslide and we'll see what happens. >> reporter: but following disastrous weeks fueled by off the cuff remarks, trump is trying to stay on-message, delivering his plan to combat terror with the help of a teleprompter. >> we cannot let this evil continue.
reports trump has been huddling with a powerful conservative player, ousted fox news honcho roger ailes. the trump campaign at first denying it, saying, quote, "mr. ailes is not advising mr. trump or helping with debate prep. they are long-time friends, but mr. ailes has no formal or informal role with the campaign." but campaign sources telling abc news, trump is going to ailes for advice on debates. over the weekend, the two meeting at one of trump's new jersey golf courses. ailes was forced out of fox last accused him of sexual harassment. trump defended him. >> he's been a friend of mine for a long time, and i can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, i know how much he's helped them. >> reporter: ailes is an old hand at debate strategy. here he is, sitting across from president ronald reagan, helping him prep for a debate in 1984. in this election, ailes presiding over four fox news debates featuring trump. one of them, that epic showdown
>> you've called women you don't like fat pigs. >> reporter: now, ailes working on the other side, as trump insists he's doing better than polls reflect. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight at a trump rally outside milwaukee. and tom, tomorrow, donald trump will get his first classified national security briefing? what have you learned? >> reporter: that's right, david. tomorrow, intelligence officials will brief donald trump inside of a secret room at the fbi's headquarters in new york city. the classified briefings will cover major threats to the u.s., and emerging concerns around the world. new jersey governor chris christie and retired lieutenant general michael flynn will be with trump. david? >> all right, tom, thank you so much. the fbi, meanwhile, taking an extremely rare step tonight, turning over to congress secret notes and documents from their investigation of hillary clinton's private e-mail server. the fbi ended its probe, finding secretary clinton was, quote, very careless in handling sensitive material, but recommending no charges. so, let's get right to abc's jonathan karl tonight. jon, the fbi was under major
>> reporter: david, these materials provide extraordinary insight into the process the fbi went through in deciding not to indict hillary clinton. and the fbi has been under enormous pressure from republicans to explain and justify that decision. but david, even as they explain their decision not to indict, the fbi has made it very clear, they are not saying that hillary clinton did not do anything wrong. >> i can imagine the clinton camp is responding tonight, jon? >> reporter: they sure are, david. in response, clinton spokesman brian fallon said, "this is an extraordinarily rare step that was sought solely by republicans." he wants these materials declassified and released, saying, "they should be released widely so the public can see for themselves, rather than allow republicans to mischaracterize them through selective partisan leaks." david? >> jon karl live on capitol hill tonight. jon, thank you. next, to a murderer in the heartland in tulsa, oklahoma, and this question -- could it have been prevented? one family, and now, prosecutors say, they tried desperately to keep it from happening, but did the system fail?
>> reporter: by all accounts, 37-year-old khalid jabara did everything right, but still ended up dead. >> anybody over here who can start to a shooting? >> reporter: jabara called 911 friday, worried his neighbor, 61-year-old stanley majors, had a gun. tulsa police came, but then left, without making an arrested. >> if we knocked on the door and he doesn't answer, there's nothing that gives us the opportunity to go into his house. >> reporter: but just eight minutes after they left, police say majors shot and killed jabara on his own front porch. jabara's family says this was a hate crime, describing majors as a racist, who called them names like dirty arabs. neighbors saw it, too. >> he walked onto our property and started screaming to my family, all you mexican, leave out of here. >> reporter: even more alarming, last september, majors was arrested for running down jabra
despite prosecutors' objections, in may, majors was released on bond. >> how did this man get out of jail? we definitely want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: police are still investigating a motive. >> this was an ongoing dispute between neighbors, so, yeah, there's hate there. i just don't think the only reason was because they're middle eastern. >> reporter: and david, tonight, majors is facing first degree murder charges, and this time, he cannot bond out. but for the jabara family, it is too late. david? >> clayton sandell in colorado. here in new york city tonight, a suspect in the murder of an iman and his associate made his first court appearance. prosecutors charging o morrell with two counts of second degree murder, but they did not suggest a motive. grainy surveillance video capturing the incident, the two men walking near their mosque, then shot from behind. witnesses helped identify the car the suspect used to get away. next tonight, to new questions about a video sparking an investigation within the washington, d.c. police department. the video posted online, showing an officer pinning a mother against this suv, her feet dangling. here's abc's senior justice
>> reporter: the video shows an officer pinning a petite woman to the side of a police suv. her feet dangling a foot off the ground. the confrontation, posted on twitter, getting thousands of views. the latest example of sometimes tense relations between minorities and police. >> it's harassment, either way you look at it, it's harassment. >> reporter: the woman, who asked that we not use her name on air, told us tonight that she had gotten into an argument with a man she says propositioned her she told a local tv station she was speaking aggressively to the man when police arrived. it's unclear what caused the officer to grab the woman. she was not charged with any crime. >> the way the officer handles her is odd and definitely unconventional. but without knowing the circumstances as to why he had her in that position, it's -- you really can't be critical of him until you know more. >> reporter: david, d.c. police say they're investigating. as for the woman, she's angry,
sue the police department. david? >> pierre thomas with us again tonight. we turn next here to rio, and that question so many were asking after last night, was that leap to the finish line fair? this diving finish, taking the gold from team usa's allyson felix. also today, this heartwarming hug, those two runners tumbling during a race. american abbey d'agostino stopping to help her rival up. and tonight, take a look at this. "sports illustrated's" new cover, celebrating the three athletes, and the headline simply says it all. the greatests. and there is a new headline tonight involving simone biles. and abc's matt gutman is leading our team in rio. >> reporter: after nearly crashing to the mat on the balance beam, simone biles today seemed to soar over it in the floor exercise. that wobble on the beam costing her gold. she had to bend down to steady herself, losing a whopping half a point. >> i'm not sure we've ever seen a number like that next to simone biles' name. >> reporter: but her floor exercise winning her her fourth
team captain aly raisman also taking silver in the floor. it was a silver streak for americans. allyson felix in the 400. just before the finish line, it seemed she'd won, but bahamian shaunea miller heaving herself over the line for gold. >> these two titans, sanya, battling, and it came down to the dive. >> reporter: it was condemned on social media overnight, but was completely legal. and a different tumble on the track today. in american abbey d'agostino and new zealander nikki hamblin crashing after their feet tangled. they finished last, but embraced at the finish line. david, after the race, hamblin described feeling a hand on her shoulder. it was the american, d'agostino, saying, come on, get up, we have to finish the race. now, the two of them had never melt before today, but now, they have a bond that's better than gold. david? >> that was an incredible moment. matt, great to have you with us again tonight. and there is still much more
a new warning for homeowners, after what was caught on camera. what this video captured of this woman inside, and what authorities want you to know tonight about what was playing out here. also, look at this. the violent scene when a driver slams into a city bus. passengers inside thrown across the bus and right to the floor there. and then, the end of an era tonight, on the las vegas strip. more than 60 years of memories, including dean martin, frank sinatra, gone in a matter of moments. and wait until you see the images we've unearthed tonight, coming up here. ? is depression more than sadness? ? it's a tangle of multiple symptoms. ? ? trintellix (vortioxetine) is a prescription medicine for depression. trintellix may start to untangle or help improve the multiple symptoms of depression.
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next tonight here, we have reported before on the dangers of holding an open house when selling your home. unsure of who is going to pay a visit. and tonight here, what this video now shows, and the new warning. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, a warning from a texas realtor for anyone trying to sell their home. >> hello? >> reporter: watch as this woman at an open house pretends to be interested in the home, making
phone call. >> she took my flyer, she was like, you know, bless your heart for having an open house on a rainy day, you know, just -- very friendly. >> reporter: moments later, she opens the cupboards and pops something into her purse. the realtor says the homeowner noticed narcotic medication was missing, and spotted the woman on their home security footage. los angeles realtor mike domino says he preps his clients extensively before an open house. >> things that you couldn't live without, that are so ior those are the items we really want secured and, preferably, out of the house. >> reporter: and it's not just potential buyers. this agent in virginia using her access to a home to swipe medication, right from the cabinet. and david, another piece of advice from that realtor. keep your important documents, spare keys and checkbooks in a box like this, and take it with you whenever they are showing your home. david? >> all right, some great tips, kayna. thanks. when we come back here tonight, remembering a tv legend, a host, and the famous words he offered at the end of his program. also, that violent crash in
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finally tonight here, so, what do you do after winning 23 gold medals? t.j. holmes, one-on-one with michael phelps tonight. >> hey, bud! >> reporter: michael phelps kissing his son, boomer, after winning gold. but there was something special weou revealed to us. >> i have the white shoes that i wore pretty much every finals. in the left foot, there's a footprint of him, inside of my shoe, and i put my shoe on and i started to get emotional, because i knew he was in the stands, and being able to have our first child witness my last olympics ever, and my last race ever, i mean, it's just a dream
>> reporter: another dream come true for the man we've watched grow up before our eyes in the water. winning those 23 gold medals. phelps says it's now time to take some time off and watch his own son grow. you're sure this is your last? >> it is, yeah, i'm done. you know, being able to sit back and look at the results from this last week there's no better way to top it off. it's the cherry on top of the cake for me. i'm done. >> it is hard to top. thanks, t.j., and thank you for watching. i'm david muir. we'll see you tomorrow. good night. >> we're continuing to stay on top of breaking news. the bluecut wildfire in southern california has spread to more than 6500 acres and mandatory evacuations are in place, affecting thousands of people. the fire began before 11:00 this morning and quickly grew from two to 6500 acres in just hours.
keep a live picture of this fire up on the bottom of your screen. we have live team coverage on the blaze, 13 first alert chief meteorologist bryan scofield is following how all the smoke is going to affect us here in the valley. first, we want to head out to 13 action news reporter bryan callahan, headed into the haze. he joins us now live from live drive. what do you see? >> bryan: we're out here at 15 near 395, about two miles from the southbound closure. you can see t there, the cars slowing down. you can see the smoke that appears to be on both sides of 15. that's nothing compared to what we see on our left, where you can't even see the sun, the smoke is so thick. just enveloping this whole area. and as we continue to turn the camera around, you can see all of the big rigs that were headed south before the closure, you can see them all just lined up here alongside the road, all going into this travel center. we tried to go to the travel center.
power, likely due to the fire. there's a restaurant nearby without power. all of these big rig drivers and some regular travels, sitting here, hoping to wait out this fire, hoping that they'll be able to get down the 15 at some point or find another way around. we're going to continue trying to make our way towards the fire throughout the show and keep you updated with live drive. reporting live, bryan callahan, 13 action news. >> incredible pictures behind you, haze, we could see some of that drifting this way. let's head to our chief meteorologist, bryan scofield, right now. >> bryan: you saw what he was showing you earlier. look at this now. this is a better view, and we do have the potential, with our southwesterly flow, a strong flow, to bring some of that here by tomorrow. we'll watch it throughout the night but you can see 24, 25, 27-mile-per-hour gusts, they topped off the day at 30-plus miles per hour. out of the southwest. exactly where it would take us