tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC September 7, 2015 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> bye-bye. welcome to "world news tonight." making his case. a turbo-charged joe biden showing his passion. >> i'm mad. i'm angry. >> is he getting ready to run? as a new poll shows hillary clinton weakening. now second to bernie sanders in a key state and losing ground in another. is this race about to change? tipping point. hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from syria. now triggering a global crisis, as they crush european borders. many tonight are now asking, what role will the u.s. play? officer ambushed. another attack on police, this time in las vegas. a man shooting at two officers stopped at a traffic light. blindsided. two high school football players in texas, caught on video, suddenly tackling a referee. why police are now looking into
this penalty play. good evening, thanks joining us on this labor day. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. we begin with a fired-up joe baden, kicking off a labor day parade in pittsburgh. and clinton -- we begin tonight with cecelia vega. >> reporter: is this a man in the running? joe biden sprinted along a labor day parade route in pennsylvania today, zig-zagging from babies to senior citizens. shaking hands, taking selfies. >> hey, guys. >> reporter: what a difference a holiday weekend makes. the vice president joking when a supporter urged him to enter the race. >> you've got to talk to my wife about that. i've got to talk to my wife
about that. >> reporter: but just last week, this. a heartbroken biden, unsure the death of his son beau, in may, from brain cancer. >> are my family undertake this? don't know. >> reporter: a decision perhaps made easier by hillary clinton's two critical states. in new hampshire, clinton losing her standing as a front-runner. now trailing bernie sanders by nine points. clinton feeling the burn in iowa, too. here lead slipping there. now down to just 11 points after trouncing sanders earlier this summer. on the campaign trail today, clinton sticking so closely to her message, she's losing her voice. >> i believe i've got the vision, the policies, the
determination to get us back on the right track! >> it's not just those poll numbers dogging ingging her. it's the e-mail, too. allowed. and denied that the e-mail controversy is damaging her campaign, but did concede it's a white house. and millions of americans facing punishing weather. flash flooding in the midwest, to another heat wave sizzleing the east coast. from pittsburgh to new york. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: powerful weekend storms scattering beachgoers in florida. the last unofficial day of summer, and the beaches almost empty.
only a brave few out roaming the sands this morning. time lapse video showing the light show off the palm beach coast, and above the nebraska plains. in carroll, iowa, rain falling this street turning into a river, swamping cars. >> it came down in a matter of seconds and there was nothing we could do about it. >> reporter: the inside of that and debris. this creek in augusta, wisconsin, still swollen after a half-foot of rain in less than 12 hours. >> you can see it washed right on out. >> reporter: in nearby eleva, flood waters overnight leaving behind a muddy mess. clear skies in southern california, but rip currents and waves at newport beach, well over ten feet high. lifeguards rescuing hundreds of swimmers up and down the coast this weekend. >> i was just so far out there. i had no idea it was so powerful. >> rob joins us now. the midwest with extreme weather? >> yes.
and look at the radar, a severe thunderstorm watch until 9:00 p.m. central. and heavy rain getting into southern iowa. ahead of the cold front, record temperatures temperatures. so, summer heat goes beyond labor day. what's going on in the trip tropics? >> it will diminish. >> some good news. rob, thank you. and to the growing humanitarian crisis. germany opening its doors, welcoming in nearly 20,000 refugees this weekend alone. and pressure is growing on the united states.
alex marquardt has that story. >> reporter: confrontations and in greece, the waves of people keep coming. >> the people are coming quicker than we can load them. >> reporter: more than 20,000 arriveing in germany in three days. angela merkel says they're ready to take on 800,000 people this year, and is urging other countries to step up. this was a volkswagen dealership. here is the medical center. kids. and mountains of clothes that have been donated. this man arrived at 3:00 a.m.
this morning after fleeing syria with his wife and sons. the youngest, blissfully unaware his house lies in ruins. germany, now his new home. pressure for the u.s. to take in more refugees. just 1,500 over the last four years. a group of senators want to see that raised to 65,000. while some say it's a security threat. today, both france and the u.k. announced they will take in a combined 44,000 refugees over the next few years. but there's still much more work to be done. >> thank you. also overseas, pope francis set to release new rules about the annulment of marriages. his holiness is expected to
announce a streamlined procedure, after decades of complaints. back here at home, the minnesota dentist whose killing of a lion sparked outrage, says he's ready to go back to work. and insists he did nothing wrong. here's david wright. >> reporter: tomorrow, for the first time since the protesters shut it down, this minnesota dental clinic is expected to be back open for business. dr. walter palmer is now breaking his silence for the first time since his controversial hunt, speaking to reporters from the "minneapolis star tribune" and the associated press, who described him as "tense." >> the bright white smile, we never saw that smile during the interview, it was very businesslike. >> reporter: he told them, "if i had known this lion had a name or a study, obviously i wouldn't have taken it." palmer insisted the hunt didn't break any laws.
and he disputed those early reports that said he wounded cecil then stalked him another 40 hours. palmer told the reporters the interval was much shorter. palmer hasn't been seen in public for months. his home, vandalized. his family, receiving death threats. "i've been out of the public eye. that doesn't mean i'm in hiding," he said. >> he mentioned that he's been concerned about the safety of his family. he said his wife and his daughter, in particular. >> reporter: the question now -- will his patients come back? >> on one side, he is an excellent dentist, phenomenal, very high quality. but on the other hand, i don't agree with some of the things >> reporter: for his part, palmer said he's heartbroken for his staff, whose lives have now been disrupted. david wright, abc news, new york. short. thousands of police officers from coast-to-coast converged in
illinois for an 18-mile-long funeral procession to salute lieutenant charles glinowicz, shot to death during the pursuit of suspects. still on the run. and to another police shoot ng las vegas. and a growing worry that officers are an increasing target. here's ryan owens. vegas red light, a man with a patrol car with two police officers inside and opens fire. one of the officers, shot in the hand, radioes for help. >> shots fired, 12th and nellis. i'm hit. 7-11, southeast side. >> reporter: the other officer is uninjured and chases down the suspect. police arrest him without firing a shot. sunday's shooting, the second
time in just two days a police officer is shot in vegas. friday, two men arrested, accused of shooting at cops with an ak-47 during an alleged burglary. one officer shot in the leg. that shooting, forcing a change in protocol. las vegas officers must now work in pairs. >> the sheriff mandated that it was two men to a car, two officers to a car. >> reporter: those twin shootings come within weeks of several other disturbing attacks on law enforcement. texas sheriff's deputy darren goforth, murdered execution style while he was filling up his patrol car at this gas station outside houston. and louisiana state trooper steven vincent, shot in the head by a motorist he stopped to help. both of the officers shot in las vegas are recovering tonight and expected to be okay. but those shootings, yet another reminder of the dangers officers face just for wearing the uniform. tom? >> ryan, thank you.
moving to kentucky, where the county clerk that refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is still in court. she says same-sex marriage violates her beliefs. meantime, five of her deputies are now issuing these licenses. and a suspected squatter is on the run from police after allegedly moving into a family's home and selling off their possessions online. here's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: coming home to a stranger in your house is terrifying, but when ed saurs came to check on the house he'd just moved out of and was planning to sell, he found a man inside who was just as surprised as he was. >> and he said, "i'm here for the microwave." "well, no, you're not. this is my house and i'm not selling anything." so i walked around the corner and i saw that my appliances
were gone. >> reporter: he says a stranger didn't just rob him. he broke in and set up a virtual store, methodically selling his belongings online. the microwave, washer, dryer -- even the refrigerator and tools, all up for sale on the internet. >> the washer and dryer used to be there. >> reporter: tonight, saurs says police are looking for this man, captured running out the back on a neighbor's surveillance camera, who he says was squatting in his house and ripping him off piece by piece. we've seen cases coast to coast of squatters moving into empty homes, even mansions, to live in. but never to set up a web store of stolen loot. >> the money is not the issue. it's the violation, the fact that somebody would come in and have a yard sale right out of my front door. >> reporter: tonight, police are warning homeowners to keep an eye on their property, even after they move out. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday.
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back now with a brutal hit on the football field that is now the center of a criminal investigation. two football players targeting a referee in a surprise attack. here's t.j. holmes. >> reporter: he has no idea what's coming. watch as the defensive back from john jay high school in texas, running directly at the ref. and then another player dives into him head-first. >> it's very difficult for them
to say it's just unintentional. >> reporter: the players are suspended from the team and school, in now what has become a police investigation. texas law makes assaulting a referee a crime. unfortunately, going after referees is something we've seen before. this incident in 2011, when players and fans take down a florida youth referee. the ref settled for more than $250,000. >> it's tradition to hate the referee and agitate. it's a real dangerous part of the culture. >> reporter: a culture where bad sportsmanship could across the line into criminal behavior. when we come back, the new mystery at stonehenge.
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closer to becoming the first tennis player since 1988 to win a calendar grand slam, taking all four major tournaments in one year. but standing between her and glory, older sister venus. >> she's playing so great. i barely had time to prepare for my match. she played so fast. >> reporter: the 35-year-old venus making a comeback, chasing her first major title in seven years. but struggling to emerge from her little sister's shadow. >> what's it been like to be part of biggest sibling rivalry in sports? >> it's awesome. it's been awesome. >> reporter: and serena is feeling the pressure. >> she's a player that knows how to win. knows my weaknesses better than anyone. >> reporter: it will be the 27th time the sisters have faced off against each other. serena beating venus 15 times. most recently on her way to the wimbledon title in july.
serena is favored to win the match tomorrow, but don't count venus out just yet. the two have played each other four times at the u.s. open, each winning twice. whichever way it goes, there's one thing for sure. >> a williams sister will be in the semi, so that's good. >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, at the u.s. open. in new york. >> we'll be watching. thank you for watching. david muir will be back here tomorrow night.