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welcome to "world news tonight." growing danger. wildfires in the west burning out of control. thousands evacuated. dozens of homes gone. now, the air force joining the fight. run, joe, run? the vice president considering a bid for the white house. reports say it was his son's dying wish. will biden take on clinton? church bombings. the explosions 30 minutes apart. now, the fbi is investigating. and, bikers beware. hit and run accidents on the rise. cyclists hit by an suv. could cameras curb these
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collisions? good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the growing danger from california's raging wildfires. the worst of them, west of sacramento. the fast-moving rocky fire. take a look right there. nearly doubling in size overnight. more than 12,000 people evacuated. the fire, only 5% contained. california. major fires burning in nine states tonight. clayton sandell starting us off tonight. clayton? >> reporter: good evening, tom. you can see the flames flaring up here. firefighters actually set that fire. they're trying to burn through all of this dry, unburned fuel. the goal is to try and hold the line at this highway here, trying to stop a monster fire that has doubled in size in the last 24 hours. firefighters are working day and night in close hand-to-hand combat against the rocky fire raging north of sacramento. 2,000 firefighters are trying to
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stop it. it's already chewed through nearly 50,000 acres. destroying at least 24 homes. threatening thousands more. today, the u.s. military called up two more c-130 firefighting planes from colorado to california to join large dc-10 tankers. he's coming in, going to drop fire retardant. this plane can drop 12,000 gallons at once. there it goes. the terrain here is bone dry. and lightning isn't helping. since thursday, 13,000 lightning strikes sparking more than 260 fires. >> we had seen a couple spot fires and those pretty much escalated and got pretty big and took off the whole side of the mountain. >> doomsday, that's what it looked like. >> reporter: more than 15,000 people evacuated. david barreda is temporarily camped in an rv with his pets. >> just keep an eye on it and see when we can back in there and they give the okay.
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>> reporter: and tonight fire fighters mourning one of their own. david ruhl, 38, lost his life as he surveyed the fire zone. and tom, the firefighters we talked to along this road, they've been at this for 30 hours straight. they are hoping to get a break from the weather in the next couple of days. tom? >> they need it. okay. thank you. and rob marciano is here. weather? >> they will get a break. a big change in the weather pattern, the hot, dry rig is sliding to the east. >> and some breaking news out of the midwest? >> some sad news, one dead, 15 injured from a severe thunderstorm that rolled through. in illinois, winds over 60 miles an hour, causing a tent to
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collapse. and another severe thunderstorm watch through lower michigan. tonight and to the east tomorrow. >> thank you. and now to the southwest, where explosions rocked two churches. the places of worship targeted during sunday service us. the blasts, just 30 minutes apart in the same city. kayna whitworth has the details. kayna whitworth has the details. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi investigating two terrifying explosions at churches in new mexico. >> it sounded like something had fallen off and shattered the glass in the back. >> reporter: 8:00 a.m., an explosion in a mailbox outside calvary baptist church, parishioners left with their ears ringing. 30 minutes later at 8:30 a.m. just as worshipers were receiving communion, another explosion. shattering the glass front doors at holy cross church in las cruces. that bomb exploding in a trash can near the entrance. police arrived, escorting everyone out. >> i didn't even see the police walk up to the altar and then
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all of a sudden i hear, hey, we need everyone out of the church. and i was like, what happened? what did we miss while we were, mass was happening? >> reporter: instead of sunday school, she spent her morning making this sign letting everyone know services were cancelled. nobody was injured but after the deadly attack in south carolina in june, many here left wondering where they can truly be safe. kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. and now to the presidential race. with the first republican debate days away, word another democrat may be jumping in. vice president joe biden. and there are reports it's someone very close to his heart that urged him to do it. mary bruce is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the question facing joe biden, to run or not to run. his advisors telling abc news, biden's political team is ramping up. clear signs that he's considering jumping in the race for the white house. >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: his chief of staff quietly talking to biden's supporters and democratic donors. in the past, biden's been clear,
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he's interested. >> yes, there's a chance, but i haven't made up my mind about that. >> reporter: one thing weighing on his decision. >> my father, my hero, joe biden. >> reporter: his son beau, who died of cancer just two months ago. the "new york times" reporting that on his deathbed beau had a mission -- he tried to make his father promise to run. biden's a tested campaigner. >> so give me a break. >> reporter: this would be his third run at the white house. but from his touchy-feely side to his blunt straight talk. biden is also a master of the faux pas. a biden run could complicate things for president obama, forcing him to choose between his number two and his former secretary of state. so far, the president isn't taking sides. >> not only have i run my last election, but i am not in the business of prognosticating future elections. >> reporter: no decisions have been made yet. biden says he will make up his mind by the end of the summer. tom?
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>> thank you. and let's bring in jonathan karl. the race is well under way. does the vice president have enough time to raise enough money and pose a serious threat to hillary clinton? >> he would start way behind on fund-raising, organization, and popular support. but he would instantly give clinton a formidable challenger. he could give her a run for the money. we would have a real race on the democratic side. >> jon, thank you so much. and president obama with 17 months left in office, preparing new riglations that could put business. saying they're the single biggest source of carbon pollution. the full plan will set limits on
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emissions emissions. and overseas to the hunt for the search for the malaysian passenger jet that disappeared 18 months ago. raising hopes that something would be found. alex marquardt reports in. >> reporter: new excitement today over this twisted piece of metallic debris found wedged between the rocks on a beach. immediate speculation another piece of mh370 had been found. but officials soon poured cold water on the discovery, saying it was just part of a ladder. not the doomed boeing 777. it was on this beach that the object was found, quickly reported to police who came and picked it up. that out there is a vast ocean but this is also a big island, and as you can see from everything strewn across this beach, there are new objects washed ashore every day. >> we're going to have to be we've found one piece, i think that there's going to be a lot of junk floating around the indian ocean that's going to look like it's a piece of a 777.
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>> reporter: the false alarm just days after a six-foot part of a 777 wing was found here on reunion island. transported to southern france for analysis at a military lab. >> we're not aware of any other instance where this sort of component has been lost from a 777 aircraft. inch could offer revelations, the way the metal tore on impact. even the barnacles, which could give a better idea of where the plane went down. >> every piece of the airplane that we can find will hopefully give us some clues. but it's only going to tell us what happened when that airplane hit the water. >> reporter: why the plane went down, and what happened before it hit the water, tom, may be only be answered if those black boxes are ever found. in the meantime, the analysis of that piece of wing is due to begin in france on wednesday. tom? >> alex, thank you. so many talking about the killing of that protected lion in africa.
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in new york, images projected to 33 stories high, 160 images in all, including cecil, the slain lion. here's abc's phillip mena with an upzat -- update on the >> reporter: tonight, this image of jericho the lion standing proudly sunday, providing a sigh of relief. a report emerging saturday from the zimbabwe conservation task force claiming jericho was illegally killed by a hunter. the group today, apologizing for what they say was a case of mistaken identity. the news comes as zimbabwe's government announced that a second american is wanted in connection with another illegal lion killing back in april. that investigation is ongoing. as is the country's pursuit of dr. walter palmer, the minnesota dentist wanted for killing its most famous lion, cecil. now, more details about that infamous hunt last month. bronkhurst telling a newspaper the hunt went wrong from the saying they were never meant to hunt on the land where cecil was
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shot. while dr. palmer hasn't been seen since closing his dental office six days ago, his representative did voluntarily reach out to u.s. fish and wildlife investigators. the agency acknowledging his cooperation. in the wake of the killing, these images saturday night of endangered species illuminating the empire state building. and the zimbabwe government announcing that all hunting of endangered and conservation efforts rely heavily on the high-priced so, they're counting on donations. and a troubling outbreak of legionnaire's disease, possibly linked to air conditioning. aditi roy investigates. >> reporter: tonight, a growing outbreak of legionnaires' four dead, dozens sickened, and
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a community on edge. and now, one of the city's top health officials is warning people who live or work near the area where the latest outbreak started, could be at risk. >> i was about to wait one more day to go to the hospital. if i had, i don't think i would >> reporter: the news comes at a time when legionnaires' cases in recent years. the bacteria is spread by breathing in a contaminated vapor such as from an air city officials have linked this outbreak to city cooling towers and they have all since been cleaned. >> it's safe to drink happen water, because it is an airborne disseminated condition. however, if you're in close quarters where there's a cooling system and you feel sick, it's important to pay attention to that. >> reporter: tonight, new york health officials are warning there may be even more cases that pop up this week from this latest outbreak. tom? >> aditi, thank you.
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now to the fearless surfer that fought off a shark. for the first time since that scary encounter, he got back in the water. something was circulating right by him. >> reporter: mick fanning captivated the world. a shark attacking him from behind in south africa. shaken but not deterred, cameras were there whit him as the world champion got back into the water off the coast of australia. you'll never believe what caused him to race back to shore. >> we are sitting on there and then we looked and saw a tiny little fin. >> you are kidding me? >> yeah, i swear to god. >> reporter: from the state of the -- safety of the shore, he spots the shark again. >> there it is. straight out. i just saw it. directly straight out. >> reporter: shocked, but certain he will compete again. this tough and daring surfer getting a much-needed hug from mom. >> it's all right.
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oh, is that funny. >> glad mom was there. the next competition is in two i'm sure he will be scanning those waters. still ahead, riding a bike has never been more dangerous. this collision caught on tape. the driver speeding off. t not so fast. how this cyclist was more than ready. what you may want before you jump on that bike. and more on this image. no, it's not moon dust. take a close look. what is that tiny dot there in front of the moon? those stories, coming up. ya know, viagra helps guys with erectile dysfunction get and keep an erection. talk to your doctor about viagra. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects include headache, flushing, upset stomach and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours. stop taking viagra and call your doctor right away
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hospital, has been kind of hard. but then, there's his life up in the clouds. and up there, well, brayton soars. and here's why. the man at the controls, a onetime stranger to him but now a friend for life named craig groff. >> i love him. i mean, what can you say? there's a connection. >> reporter: now, this goes back some six years to when a very little brayton was first diagnosed with a rare blood disease and needed to get to the far-off hospital that is one of the few places that can treat it. and an organization called angel flight east volunteered to fly him. >> i got to see him when he was just a baby with tubes coming out of him. it just broke your heart. >> reporter: well, six years go by, a lot of flights back and forth, a lot. and a bond grew. based in part on being up in the air. which was about the only good thing about making the journey. >> he gives brayton his own headset and brayton's learned when he can talk. he's learned how air traffic control works. >> reporter: there's another
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thing going on here. craig doing this for brayton saved his family thousands of dollars. not to mention it's helped keep him alive. there were times craig actually slept overnight near the hospital so he could make the return trip without burning a lot more fuel. today, brayton is a walking miracle. he's in remission. future. >> reporter: yeah well. he's got a good teacher for that as well as a friend. john donvan, abc news. >> thank you. thank you for watching. we'll have "gma" first thing in the morning, david muir back tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening.
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