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good-bye. breaking news tonight, you'll see the showdown, the count clerk now hauled off to jail. tonight that clerk behind bars after refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. the explosive moments inside the clerk's office, strong reaction coming in outside. also breaking, a major development in the hunt for three suspects they call armed and dangerous after the cop who they say was killed. now word coming in of a new video. donald trump and his bold pledge tonight, what is he signaling now? quarterback tom brady and the judge tonight, his decision, will brady be able to play at the start of the season. the nfl fuming. and abc news obtaining the video, what agents are accused of doing as you pass through security at america's airports.
you will see it right here. good evening and it's great to have you with us on a very busy thursday night. we begin in kentucky with the debate now making national headlines, the showdown reaching a boiling point today, a county clerk refusing marriage licenses sent to jail. that clerk elected to her post but after the supreme court ruling on same sex marriage still refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. she's arguing she's abiding by god's authority that allows her faith to refuse those couples. tonight a judge finding her in contempt of court. outside the courthouse her supporters, the sign, give god his rights. meantime, supporters of the couples cheering. so we begin here tonight with abc's alex perez from kentucky. >> reporter: the showdown ending tonight in jail. the county clerk led away, cheers and boos from the crowd. at issue, kim davis' refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, insisting in testimony today, quote, my
conscience will not allow me. >> she's been ordered to stay there until she's willing to change her mind, until she's willing to change her conscience about what that belief is. >> reporter: davis can resign, but if she doesn't and refuses to comply, the federal judge who ruled her in contempt can keep her in custody as long as she stands her ground. the controversial clerk at odds with the june supreme court ruling making marriage a right nationwide. >> under whose authority? >> under god's authority. i simply told you all i'm willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when im comes time for judgment. >> we don't have consequences. i don't believe -- >> not everybody believes what you believe. >> that's your choice. >> reporter: that couple among those suing the clerk. >> she is not above the law. that's where we are. >> reporter: but the judge today saying davis' good faith belief is simply not a viable defense. >> if you can't do your job, resign. >> reporter: others rallying behind davis. >> today we come to stand for god and sporlt our county clerk.
>> reporter: the flash point issue reverberating on the campaign trail. several g.o.p. candidates speaking out. >> i think it's absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty. >> reporter: former governor mike huckabee tweeting he must end the criminalization of christianity. hashtag i'm with kim. five of six deputy clerks agreed to comply with the law and could begin issuing marriage licenses as early as tomorrow. the one holdout, davis' son. >> alex perez in kentucky tonight, thank you. we're following major developments in that search outside chicago where a 32-year police veteran, a father of four, was killed. his nickname on the force, g.i. joe. police are going door to door, schools have been on lockdown. tonight comes word they are studying a new piece of video. abc's gio benitez outside chicago with what could be a
crucial clue. >> reporter: tonight, detectives going door to door following new leads in the dramatic search for the three men police believe skilled lieutenant joe gliniewicz, saying they've obtained crucial video. >> we have retrieved as late as last night what we believe to be some significant video. >> reporter: that video coming from a home near the area where 52-year-old officer was shot and found dead. the lieutenant was shot way down there. in his last recorded call, he said he was chasing two white men and one black man. they could've run across this field over these railroad tracks and riefth into the view of a home surveillance camera right into this neighborhood. >> there is a good probability that they are still somewhere in >> reporter: tensions are high here. overnight, a woman made a false report that she saw two men running. helicopters were launched and 140 officers scoured the area. there as gliniewicz's widow delivers an emotional message to the community. >> joe was my best friend my world, my hero. he will truly be missed by all of us.
>> reporter: and david, we've learned tonight that the lieutenant's gun was found at the crime scene. police won't say much more than that david, other than 100 officers are still working on the case. david. >> gio benitez outside chicago tonight. we turn now to the race for 2016 this evening. taking a brand new turn, donald trump and a bold new pledge. you'll remember that first debate 24 million watching and the question, raise your hand if you won't promise not to run as an independent. >> raise your hand now if you won't make that pledge tonight. >> donald trump, the only one raising his hand then, to many boos in the crowd. tonight trump signaling a new pledge, ruling out a third party run if he doesn't win the republican nomination. abc's tom llamas with trump and the sign he held up today. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump saying what so many republican leaders wanted to
hear. >> i will be totally pledging my allegiance to the republican party and the conservative p principles for which it stands. >> reporter: this afternoon, gop chairman reince priebus ducking into trump tower. no other candidate getting this type of personal attention. rival jeb bush mocking the whole affair tweeting out this photo, voted republican since 1972, and on the trail in new hampshire today needling trump by speaking spanish. >> so here i am. a candidate for president of the united states, believing we should campaign with our arms wide open. >> reporter: trump yesterday saying bush should set an example by speaking english. >> can you clarify your comments, what you said about jeb bush. >> well, i think that when you get right down to it we're a nation that speaks english and i think while we're in this nation we should be speaking english. >> reporter: david, jeb bush says trump will tear the party apart, but tonight a new national poll shows trump stronger than ever with 30% of the vote. ben carson in second place and bush in third place with single digits.
david? >> tom llamas with us tonight, thank you. there's also a major headline on the other side tonight. hillary clinton under fire of course for that private server, questions about classified information and her e-mail. tonight the i.t. professional who helped mrs. clinton set up that server called before a house committee, planning to plead the fifth, refusing to testify. the complain says they encouraged him to testify but he won't and many say it does not look good for her campaign. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: today, hillary clinton's former chief of staff ushered into a closed door hearing on capitol hill, grilled all day by the house committee investigating benghazi and clinton's private email server. but tonight, brian pagliano, the former i.t. worker who helped set up that server in clinton's new york home, is refusing to answer questions, invoking his fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination. the republican chairman of that committee say --
>> you're free to glean whatever inference you want. >> reporter: clinton's campaign calling paglianos' decision to not testify disappointing, saying in a statement clinton has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides, current and former, to do the same. >> cecilia vega with us now. with that i.t. worker pleading the fifth and the optics of it all, many are wondering the bigger picture here. can hillary clinton survive this e-mail scandal? >> we have seen her poll numbers take a hit. her campaign saying she plans to be more aggressive and she will fully answer these lingering questions, so much when she actually testifies next month. >> she recognize the damage being done. thank you. now to a major victory tonight for quarterback tom brady, the nfl fuming now, a federal judge overturning brady's suspension that would have benched him for a quarter of the season. brady will be back in the game for the season opener for the patriots a week from today.
tonight nfl commissioner roger goodell vowing to appeal now. abc's ryan smith asking is there anything that can really stop brady now from returning to the field. >> reporter: superstar quarterback tom brady back in the game. tonight the super bowl winner's four game suspension overturned, thrown out by a federal judge a week before the new england patriot's first regular season game. judge richard berman took aim at the way the nfl handled the controversy, saying commissioner roger goodell denied the star requested access to key files and witnesses and saying the quarterback didn't have notice of his potential punishment for his alleged role in deflategate. but the judge, not resolving one critical aspect of deflategate, not addressing whether brady actually knew about or encouraged football tampering. >> if you're a patriots fan, you love brady and you're cheering today. if you're around the rest of the country, you're wondering, hey, did a cheater just get away with this? >> reporter: tonight the reactions pouring in. teammate rob gronkowsji tweeting, "let's go!" brady's players union claiming
victory, saying goodell doesn't have the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. but the nfl appealing to protect the integrity of the game. brady's patriots playing in their final preseason game tonight and the nfl's appeal won't stop him from playing in their first regular season game right here this time next week. david? >> ryan smith tonight, thank you. there's a new development this evening after that massacre in charleston. the suspected gunman who sat through that bible study and then opened fire. state prosecutors now saying they will seek the death penalty for dylann roof, the suspect accused of killing nine people at the mother emanuel church last june. around the world tonight and haunting images coming in from hungary, another example of the desperation thousands of migrant families crowding into this train station in budapest desperate to get to germany. you can see this child crying in the chaos trying to get on the train.
the images come 24 hours after the boy we showed you last night. he died trying to flee the violence with his family from syria. tonight the story behind that picture from the boy's own father. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: he had a name, the dead little boy on the beach. aylan kurdi, 3 years-old. his brother galip, five, died, too. their father, abdullah kurdi, survived. he spoke at a morgue today after identifying the bodies. "everything is gone," he says. they are syrian kurds from near kobane. like so many desperate refugees, they fled to terky and arranged for a boat. this is the central staging area, people wait here for a phone call from their smuggler, they get in a taxi and they go to the beach. the kurdi family came to this beach. abc was there this week when another refugee group waded through the surf, piling into the flimsy dinghy, children lifted in heading into the waves by flashlight. today, in tears, abdullah kurdi
remembered how he desperately held one small son in each arm when their boat went over, keeping their heads above water. but they tired, so did his wife, and he lost them all. "my kids were the most beautiful children in the world," he says. for families who actually get to europe, this awaits -- chaos in hungary, that budapest train station, thousands of refugees fighting to board, hoping to get to germany. but the train stops at a hungarian village an hour later. police will take them to camps. "no camps," they shout. one family lying down on the tracks in protest, violently pulled away by police. but abdullah will not go europe now. by the graves of my wife and children," he says. terry moran, abc news. there's definitive word out of france this evening,
investigators confirming that debris, a piece of a plane's wing that washed up on a beach in the indian ocean five weeks ago now is from malaysia flight 370. authorities say numbers on the debris matched the serial number of that missing plane. now to a deadly accident at camp lejeune in north carolina. one marine killed, 11 injured detouring a training exercise. the fifth deadly accident for the marines just this year. the new scandal facing security agents. the new video, what some agents through security. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: in video obtained by abc news, a female officer unseen manipulates a scanning machine so that travelers a male would be sent over to him. he's seen inappropriately passengers, at least ten cases over several months. the two denver officers fired in march, but not prosecuted. just last week, a tsa supervisor
at laguardia airport allegedly fondles a young woman. that officer also fired, facing charges. all leading some to wonder if tsa may have to examine the way it screens its screeners. today the head of the tsa said employees are held to the highest standards. >> do these cases suggest that you have to change the way you >> i think what it suggests is some bad apples in your employment. >> reporter: but it's not just tsa officers. look at this in san francisco. that is a civilian wearing a blue shirt, posing as a security officer, calling over two women, taking them into a small room for patdowns. 12 minutes go by. finally one of the real officers from the private security company knocks on the door. the man is arrested, but he too is never prosecuted because neither of the women complained. the company covenant says the airport took corrective action, more broadly, the tsa believes
that training and zero tollerance incidents. thank you. pope francis back in the news tonight. this new image of the pope going out in rome to get a new pair of glasses for his trip to the u.s., telling the shop owner he didn't want to spend a lot of money. a new poll, the majority of americans, 66% have a favorable or very favorable view of the pope. this week, our exclusive with the pope, telling us he's praying for americans and asking them to pray for him too as he prepares for his trip. tomorrow night here, our special, the pope, our virtual papal audience, with americans in three different cities, and our time inside the vatican. friday night at 10:00, a special "20/20." there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. you will see the video here. we've all been on the highway with a swerving driver, but what do you do about it? the driver driving erratically, a father going off the road. tonight the video, the stranger trying to get to the keys and the baby. but a new warning, did he go too far.
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>> reporter: he's a friendly whale as my daughter and i discovered today. >> juno loves to be front and center and i think juno would make a great candidate. >> and he's a blow hard. >> reporter: juno is just as happy joking around with the tourists as he is standing in for the best man at weddings. or even swimming to the beat of a mariachi band. photo bombing a governor, whamle, he should have seen it coming. david wright, abc news.