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welcome to "world news tonight." developing right now, out of iran. those american prisoners taking the first steps to freedom. the plane touching down in switzerland. the pastor, the marine and the journalist, on their way home to their families. tonight, inside the deal that got them out. battle lines. donald trump tearing into ted cruz, but cruz using trump's own words against him. so, who's the real conservative? this, as hillary and bernie square off in a new debate. night strike. deadly tornadoes hitting while people slept. families forced to scramble for their lives. our reporter in the middle of the disaster zone. murder in paradise. the young woman on a tropical getaway. heading out to do yoga and never coming back.
of interest. off the track. the nascar superstar, known for his temper, now taking it to the stands. tangling with a fan. so, who's in trouble tonight? good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with that extraordinary close to a terrible ordeal for americans held prisoner in iran. it ended here on this tarmac in switzerland, that plane carrying three of them to freedom. and here. the moment one of the most high-profile of those prisoners, a "washington post" bureau chief finally arrived. their families and friends anxious to see the faces they have not seen for a long while, some for years. but even as they celebrate, one american who disappeared in iran years ago is still missing abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl with new details with the secret negotiations that led to this result. >> reporter: tonight, that first image of freed "washington post"
in geneva by a state department official who helped negotiate his release. also on that flight out off iran, amir hekmati, the former marine held for more than four years in the notorious evin prison. his sister and brother-in-law were all smiles on their way to meet him in germany. and pastor saeed abedini, who's been separated from his wife for years. >> i've been a single mom for three and a half years, and the kids reuniting with him will be a precious moment. >> reporter: at the white house president obama celebrated the prisoners' long overdue release. >> today we're united in welcoming home sons and husbands and brothers who in lonely prisoner cells have endured an absolute nightmare. >> reporter: the washington post's tehran bureau chief was jailed in july of 2014, just six weeks after discussing life in iran on anthony bourdain's "parts unknown." >> i love it and i hate it, you know, but it's home -- it's become home. >> reporter: his mother and wife, now reunited with him,
his imprisonment. >> he's been in prison for the -- she's not able to speak to the press. tonight is in germany. the dramatic day is culmination of 14 months of negotiations. mostly in switzerland. u.s. officials calling the discussions very intense and until a few weeks ago no one knew how it would end up. if obama administration agreed to pay $1.7 billion in order to settle a more than 30-year-old debt. not included the the prisoner swap was robert levinson. he disappeared in iran in 2007. >> even as we rejoice in the safe returns of others we will never forget about bob. >> reporter: they're now at the u.s. military base in landstuhl, germany, where they're getting much-needed medical attention. and hope to be on their way home soon. tom.
jon, thank you. even though those americans are out of iran, word tonight that three others are missing in iraq. the state department says three american contractors, not military, were last seen south of baghdad two days ago, the case is being treated as a possible kidnapping. back here now to the race to the white house, the battle lines hardening tonight. the language getting nasty as well. donald trump calling ted cruz just that, saying no one even likes him. and the friendly glow also now missing from hillary clinton and bernie sanders as the candidates in the democratic race get set to debate tonight. abc's cecilia vega is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight, all that feuding on the campaign trail comes to a head in south carolina. >> thank you. >> reporter: for hillary clinton whose popularity runs deep. a palmetto state standing ovation. but the democratic socialist from vermont played to a tougher crowd. audible gasps when bernie
to go too long. this morning on "this week" the heated war of words hotter than ever. clinton railing against sanders on gun control. >> he flip-flopped last night said that he would sign on to a bill. >> reporter: sanders firing back. >> it disappoints me that the clinton camp is kind of sounding like republicans. >> hello, everybody! >> reporter: across the aisle, former friends donald trump and ted cruz now in a nasty rivalry. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. nobody in congress likes him. nobody likes him anywhere. >> reporter: in a new ad cruz standing by those controversial new york city values remarks and digging into the vault with this shot at his billionaire rival. >> i'm very pro-choice. and again, it may be a little bit of a new york background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country. >> reporter: cruz's supporters defending their candidate booing the donald trump this weekend. >> excuse me, didn't report his bank loans, say whatever you
loans, that's okay. >> reporter: but trump not backing down. >> you're saying he's a hypocrite? >> oh, he's a total hypocrite. >> reporter: as for that democratic debate, before the iowa caucuses, just two weeks away, both the clinton and the sanders' campaign bracing for each side not to hold back tonight. tom, everything is on the line out there. >> cecilia, thank you. we turn next to the extreme weather tonight, tornadoes in florida killing two people. overnight, severe storms moved into central florida, those twisters hitting in the dark of night. this morning, not much left of this home near sarasota, take a look at that. 90,000 other homes starting the day without power. this car and many others not going anywhere any time soon. phillip mena is in the disaster zone. >> reporter: tonight, gulf coast communities reeling after a rash of tornadoes. this is all that's left of this mobile home ripped from its concrete foundation and strewn across the road.
touching down in the town of duette. a couple in that home, steven and kate wilson lost their lives. their son and four grandchildren injured but managed to climb to safety. when neighbors heard of the tornado alert they tried but couldn't reach the wilsons. >> devastation. woke up this morning and lost a family friend and neighbor. when my neighbor told me steve was already gone. he's gone but he will never be forgotten, let me tell you. >> reporter: today, friends are picking up the pieces. about 25 miles away, another twister in sarasota county. the second floor of this $1.8 million property collapsing under the force of more than 130-mile-per hour winds. >> baywinds, we have reports of two people trapped upstairs in a home. >> these tornadoes the latest in a string of recent twisters
night. tom, the homeowner was up here on the second floor trying to escape when the tornado collapsed the house on her. firefighters had to lift the wreckage to pull her to safety. but tom, tonight, she's out of the hospital with only minor injuries. >> incredible anyone could survive that. phillip, thank you. tonight, the weather threat is centered around the great lakes with up to 2 feet of snow. buffalo drivers greeted by warning signs on the highways and indra petersons is here. we're taking two storm systems. >> some flurries around new york city right now, even through d.c. the lake of effect snow cranking up right there. buffalo, already half a foot of snow. watertown, could see 2 feet locally. being caused by that frigid air. the morning temperatures, look at minneapolis, 32 below. single digits on the eastern seaboard.
bitter cold. let's turn now to that water crisis out of flint, michigan, residents, including small contaminated water for more than a year. those residents gathered all weekend long looking for answers. the trouble is, the more they learn the angrier they get and tonight the question is, was there a cover-up? tonight eva pilgrim reporting >> reporter: tonight, angry residents demanding answers during a town hall in flint, reverend jesse jackson there to lend his support. >> people of flint have been betrayed. >> reporter: filmmaker and flint native michael moore even calling for the arrest of the governor. what was he was doing. president obama declaring a state of emergency over the contaminated water. the state now under investigation after it changed its 100,000 residents to toxic levels of lead. families forced now to drink and
trucked in daily. but lisa, her four kids and her nears are still bathing in that water. >> it's hard to make sure everybody's been bathed properly, because we're really not supposed to use this water. >> reporter: water researchers point to this memo from the epa to city water officials back in june, saying it shows officials knew that testing showed "high lead results" but didn't publicly admit it for another three months. >> it's a manmade tragedy that was completely preventable. >> reporter: professor marc edwards says for about $100 a day the city could have made the water safe. instead, he claims they manipulated data and testing methodsto make it look safe. so many families exposed to lead for more than a year that can cause neurological damage. local doctors are working to screen and help those children affected. the governor maintaining that he took action as soon as he knew of the elevated lead levels. tom. >> eva, thank you. next to the murder of an american tourist in the central
anne swaney. a colleague of ours, tonight we're learning about the chance decision she made in the hours before she died and the man police are now questioning. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, k9s searching the area in belize where an american tourist was found dead friday. as police try to figure out who killed 39-year-old journalist anne swaney, and why. >> chicago has lost an amazing person. >> reporter: the executive web producer from our abc station in chicago, wls, was on a return trip to this retreat. police say on thursday, she volunteered to stay behind from a group horseback riding trip. instead, practicing yoga alone at this waterfront deck. by the time the group returned hours later, they say, she was gone. >> we did a quick search and she wasn't around, and we notified the police. >> reporter: police searched for hours. finally finding her body the
>> there were bruises around her neck and on either side of head there was lacerations. >> reporter: investigators are questioning a guatemalan fisherman who was in the area at the time and interviewing staff where swaney was staying. also tonight, looking into whether the killer took swaney's cell phone. her family saying it was missing from the scene. a possible clue -- friends mourning tonight in chicago -- hope could lead to the killer. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. and from west africa tonight, word that an american missionary is among the dead in that attack on a hotel in west africa. michael james reddinger ran a orphanage. in burkina faso. on friday, he happened to stop at the hotel coffee shop and was there when the terrorists attacked. he leaves behind four children, including two he had adopted there. an al qaeda group has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 28 people. in hawaii tonight, no sign yet of the 12 marines and their helicopter missing after what
collision. they're now working out of a massive command center on the oahu beach. but waves are complicating the search and stretching out the debris field. the marine corps has identified the missing. and some unsportsmanlike behavior from a nascar superstar tonight. tony stewart caught on camera, barrelling into the stands, taking on a fan who's heckling him. stewart has been fined for acting before. he's also facing a wrongful death suit. tonight, a new investigation. here here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: it's the kind of drama racing fans expect to see on the track. nascar superstar tony stewart storming into the stands. >> i don't like you and i never have. >> reporter: caught on tape in a heated clash with a heckler. >> you're a [ bleep ], aren't you? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: the three-time
hot-headed. he was placed on probation for slamming into a competitor in this post-race skirmish in 2014. >> one of the requisite skills to be a public figure is to have thick skin. and ignore this kind of criticism. >> reporter: this latest outburst comes as tony stewart faces a wrongful death lawsuit. he's accused of losing his temper and driving recklessly before striking and killing fellow driver, 20-year-old kevin ward jr. >> i know in my heart that it was a 100% an accident. >> reporter: stewart has yet to comment on this new incident. but the fan involved, an off-duty law enforcement official, is being investigated by his department to see if he acted improperly. mary bruce, abc news, washington. still ahead tonight -- imagine calling 911 during a frantic emergency and hearing this. >> let me have the lunch special. >> what one dispatcher is
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welcome back. we rely on 911 dispatchers in times of emergency and when every single second counts, the last thing you expect is no one picking up. listen as one had to listen while the dispatcher actually ordered pizza. what should you do when your urgent call isn't being answered. here's abc's aditi roy. >> let me have one slice of cheese pizza. >> okay. >> let me have a lunch special. >> reporter: tonight, a broward county 911 dispatcher taking heat for calling a pizzeria while on the clock. while she's ordering lunch for the office. >> doctor couldn't hold him up, he dropped to the floor. >> reporter: an emergency at this optometry office. multiple employees try calling the dispatch center after a patient faints, but no one
office, no answer. then i called from my cell phone, again, no answer. other people tried calling and nobody picked up. >> reporter: the dispatcher, still on her eight-minute call, putting in her long order. >> everything on those. all the fixings. >> reporter: five and a half minutes in, she's asking for final orders from her coworkers. >> no one else? okay, can you hold on for me one sec, please? i'm so sorry. >> reporter: and seven minutes in, she seems distracted. >> poppy's? poppy's? i'm so sorry, i'm so busy. >> that's okay. >> reporter: the sheriff's department telling abc news the dispatcher violated policy and was disciplined. experts say don't let the phone keep ringing. call the nearest police station. you can also try texting. >> thank you for being patient with me. >> no problem. >> reporter: so those urgent calls don't get overlooked. aditi roy, abc news,
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finally tonight, a little football fan getting the last laugh. he loves the seattle seahawks but in south carolina, where he lives, that hasn't gone over too well with panthers fans, he said he even gets bullied. when the seahawks got wind of this, they swooped in for the rescue. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: a big dream coming true for one little boy who refused to back down. >> what do you want the score to be? >> 1,000-0. >> reporter: 7-year-old ade lewis, a die-hard seattle seahawks fan, on the field with his team. this third-generation seahawks fans lives in panther territory, charleston, south carolina. when ade started wearing his new seahawks hat to school every day, he got bullied. >> they were saying the same thing, like, boo seahawks. that made me feel kind of sad.
not alone, his mom went to facebook asking seahawk fans to like her post saying, every day when he comes home he tells me how many kids have booed him. after just one day -- >> so, guess how many likes you got today on facebook. >> 50? >> reporter: much more. 200,000 likes and counting. from bobby wagner. >> we got your back. >> reporter: to coach pete carroll, sending seahawks gear and tickets to today's game in charlotte against the panthers. the hawks lost, but for this little boy, the day was a win. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> i'm sure no one will miss with ade now. "good morning america" first thing in the morning and david muir right back here tomorrow night.