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watch tonight. i'm bill ritter. world news tonight is next. have a great night. see you tonight at 11:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. fire onboard. more than 500 passengers and crew told to abandon ship, racing down chutes, more than 100 injuries. the raging wildfire tonight in the west. the state of emergency at this hour. more than racing from their homes. death toll from the floods. authorities say the worst devastation in this country since sandy. breaking news. brazilian authorities ordering american swimmer ryan lochte and another swimmer not to leave brazil, amid new questions tonight about their story of being robbed at gunpoint. and this surveillance image. is the order too it will? donald trump and the major shakeup tonight, and late today, trump getting his first classified briefing at the fbi.
the intelligence? trump said, not so much. and the 12-year-old hunter. her family defending these photos amid death threats tonight. good evening on this very busy wednesday night. and we begin with the frightening moments unfolding on a ship with more than 500 passengers and crew, offpuerto rico. a fire breaking out. they were ordered to abandon ship. the u.s. coast guard rushing to the scene of the fantasy. black smoke there pouring out from the ship as it approached san juan. passengers overcome. the captain, ordering that evacuation. passengers in life vests jumping down slides. more than 100 injuries. and tonight, abc's gee jio beni in puerto rico with new reportreport ing now on what might have caused the fire. >> reporter: tonight, new details of the horror at sea.
fire erupted at sea. more than 500 passengers and crew, wearing life vests, ordered to abandon ship. evacuating down those emergency slides into rescue rafts, surrounded by coast guard boats and choppers. a crew member saying the fire started in the ship's engine room when a hose carrying fuel burst open, igniting the blaze. crews battling from boats dousing the side of the blackened ship. witnesses spotting the emergency unfolding about a mile off the coast of san juan. >> the smoke has definitely gotten worse. we've seen more vessels hospitalized. some with broken bones. more than 100 treated for smoke inhalation, dehydration and shock. this woman leading a frightened child ashore. moments later, collapsing before being carried away on a stretcher. "it's on fire over there," one grateful passenger saying, "thank you, god." a paramedic cradling a newborn. a group of children holding hands as they were led to safety.
gio, the ship you were telling us, still smoldering. several passengers in the hospital? >> reporter: that's right, david. just take a look. they are still trying to put that fire out. at least ten people are in the hospital right now, but i got to tell you, everyone here is just so grateful that those rescuers could save all of those people. remember, we're talking about more than 500 of them, david. >> all right, gio benitez leading us off tonight. thanks, gio. we turn now to the state of emergency at this hour east of los angeles. a major wildfire out the speed of growth stunning even veteran firefighters. tonight, the blue cut fire is raging just 60 miles from los angeles. you can see one of the air drops late today, already destroying 47 square miles. firefighters going door to door. this woman in tears. 82,000 racing from their homes. countless homes already destroyed tonight, collapsing, engulfed in flames. and tonight, travel always a challenge in and around l.a., at a standstill in some places.
at pictures from our station in los answgelesangeles, kabc. abc's lauren lyster is on the firelines with late word another community is now being threatened. >> reporter: tonight, on the front lines, hundreds of firefighters on the attack. >> this is nuts. fire on both sides of me. >> reporter: the fire out of control. ripping through 30,000 acres north of los angeles in just >> this is a monster of a fire that is moving fasters than any fire that i've seen in a very, very long time. >> it hit hard. it hit fast, it hit with an intensity that we haven't seen. >> reporter: the furious winds whipping up tornadoes of fire. more than 82,000 people told to get out. >> the firemen are doing a wonderful job, thank you. please save us. >> reporter: roads jammed with evacuees. the rain freeway engulfed in flames. firefighters are putting out the
los angeles to las vegas. it's been closed. now, they are battling these raging flames to get it open again. fanning the fast-moving and unpredictable fire, triple digit heat and gusty winds. >> i'm just opening it up so we can get the heat out of there to put it out, to mitigate the smoke from impacting the freeways. >> reporter: six firefighters briefly trapped by flames tuesday, forced to abandon their truck, injuring two of them. >> it's going. it's going. there it goes. >> reporter: the historic inn and cafe, a landmark, going from this to this. the total number of homes and structures burned, still unknown. >> there will be a lot of families that come home to nothing. >> just devastating tonight. lauren is live in san bernardino county. and lauren, you told us, authorities are now very concerned about a neighboring community next? >> reporter: yeah, david. fire officials telling me right now, that fire is approaching hundreds of homes, it could go
tonight, where i am, this structure is still smoldering and we could wind up seeping a lot more scenes like this out here tomorrow. david? >> lauren lyster, our thanks to you. let's get right to rob marciano, also live in the fire zone tonight. and rob, conditions will continue to fuel this? >> reporter: david, nonstop the past couple of hours, the sky cranes have been dipping into this lake. just moments ago, that hillside was on fire. one of many spot fires that have been flaring up. this fire that has zero containment and 30,000 acr burned. an explosive situation. the winds accelerating. low levels of humidity. excessive heat warnings through saturday. we might have new fires starting there. right now, 28 large fires burning in the west, so, clearly, firefighters across this part of the country have their hands full. david? >> rob marciano tonight, thank you. rob, of course, traveling to the fires from those historic floods in the south. authorities tonight saying the
natural disaster to hit the u.s. since superstorm sandy. and tonight, that flood threat is now moving. just look at the homes there, under water as far as the eye can see. abc's phillip mena is in sorrento, louisiana, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an upclose look at where the floodwaters that inundated baton rouge have hit next. in sorrento, we met russell williams. his own home under water. he helped others get out. >> the worst part of this, these people who sandbagged for days and days, trying to save their houses, and then still lose it. >> reporter: in parishes downstream, they're bracing for approaching floodwaters, and hoping their sandbags hold. >> hope we are wasting our time, but you can never be too safe. >> reporter: in ponchatoula, the cleanup underway. many here still reeling from disastrous flooding, just months ago. >> we were already back in the house, rebuying furniture and then we flooded again, and we got 31 inches this time. >> reporter: some now say, they've had enough.
>> reporter: david, for those here and the thousands in shelters tonight, the water can't recede fast enough. david? >> phillip mena tonight, thank you. next, this evening, to breaking developments from rio. a brazilian judge has now issued a warrant to have ryan lock tee's and another swimmer's passports confiscated. they want to talk to them. there are new questions about lochte's story of being robbed at gunpoint, among them, the timeline. does it mat surveillance images of see right here tonight? abc's matt gutman is in rio, where that order from the judge might be too late. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned brazilian police are investigating whether olympic swimming great, ryan lochte, lied to authorities about the night he and three fellow swimmers were allegedly mugged at gunpoint. lochte, with 12 career olympic medals, told nbc on sunday -- >> the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, and put it to my forehead. and he said, get down, and i was like -- i put my hands up, i was
men flashed badges and were dressed as police officers, taking their money, but not their phones. today, a brazilian judge issuing a warrant to have the four men's rooms searched, and the passports of lochte and james feigen confiscated. all on suspicion of providing a false sworn statement to police, punishable by up to six months in jail. police say the phones are critical and could determine where the men were that night. lochte posted this snapchat inside this club a court documents reveal that the swimmers say they left the club at around 4:00 a.m. driving 40 minutes to the olympic village. according to the same documents, at 4:35 a.m., the swimmers say they were robbed. and just before 7:00 a.m., the group re-entering the village, as seen on this security footage obtained by dailymail.com. the brazilian judge saying the swimmers timeline doesn't match with the surveillance video obtained. the judge also wondering why the
gunpoint. only later did they provide a statement, but police say the men were so drunk, they were unable to give much information regarding the perpetrators, the vehicles the criminals used or the license plate. lochte admitting to misleading olympic officials at first, denying the incident took place at all. is there any concern that ryan lochte and his teammates, may have been trying to cover something up? >> i couldn't possibly comment on that. >> reporter: the usoc would not comment on that, but abc news has confirmed that lochte is ba his lawyer telling us, he gave statements to the state department and the fbi, but says there's no question the robbery did occur. police telling us tonight, they still want to question feigen, and even though he has his passport, they say he'll be stopped by authorities if he tries to leave the country. that, as brazilian officials leaving the door open to prosecuting all four swimmers. david? >> matt gutman in rio for us again tonight. thanks, matt. back here at home, and to the race for president tonight.
the trump campaign, less than 24 hours after donald trump said about all the talk of a pivot, a reset, i don't want to pivot, i don't want to change. but tonight, those big change, and trump holding a roundtable on terrorism today. also late today, he got his first classified briefing at the fbi, and you're about to hear what trump said when asked beforehand if he trusts u.s. intelligence. and new numbers here tonight from key bat pl ground statements, in colorado, hillary clinton leading by 10 points. in within the margin of error. and in virginia, clinton now leading by 12 points. abc's tom llamas, on the campaign trail. >> reporter: today, at trump tower, cameras ushered in for what looked a lot like a trump cabinet meeting. donald trump surrounded by his top advisers, and now, some of fresh faces. there at the end of the table, his new campaign ceo, stephen bannon, and new campaign manager, kellyanne conway.
this photo op, but his actions today, that campaign shakeup, sends a clear message. trump is going back to his way of doing things. >> 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. >> reporter: bannon, a onetime goldman sachs banker and film director, stepping down from his current job as head of ultra-conservative breitbart news. he's never worked on a campaign, but today, the trump team touting in a press release a magazine "the most dangerous political operative in america." trump, a guest on ban non's radio show in may. ban nonmaking sure the candidate would not be swayed by republican leaders, calling for a more moderate tone. >> the trump people want to know, because when they hear paul ryan talking unity, what they feel is going to be a collapse of what you ran on. >> my folks have absolutely nothing to worry about. that's the way it is. i mean, i won in landslides, based on what i was saying and
my statements and my policies. so, i'm not going to go into a room and go right back to the old stuff that's not working. >> reporter: conway, the new campaign manager, sabs like the primaries, they are banking almost entirely on trump. >> we'll never have the money and we'll never have the manpower that hillary clinton has in brooklyn, but we don't need it, because quality candidates matter. >> reporter: this is the second major shakeup for the trump campaign in just two months. it comes on t motorcade pulled into the fbi headquarters in new york for his first classified intelligence briefing. just last night, trump seeming skeptical about the value of those briefings. >> do you trust intelligence? >> ah, not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. look what's happened over the last ten years, look what's happened over the years, i mean, it's been catastrophic. >> reporter: with trump in new york, hillary clinton today in battleground ohio, reminding trump, the clock is ticking.
in this election. i keep track of them. cross them off. and for anyone waiting for donald trump to suddenly become more responsible, remember what a great american, maya angelou, said. when someone shows you who they are, believe them. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight, and tom, we heard donald trump's new campaign ceo there, stephen bannon, in that essentially about not folding when it comes to the republican establishment, urging trump to essentially stay the course. so, any reaction tonight from the republican establishment from speaker paul ryan? >> reporter: well, david, so far, no comment from speaker paul ryan, but his chief communications adviser may possibly be hoping this election cycle ends soon. today, he sent out this tweet. "free idea. election day on september 8th instead of november 8th." david? >> tom llamas, thank you.
briefing, american authorities are keeping a close watch on russia's latest move tonight. they are stepping up air strikes against isis militants in syria, taking off for the second day in a row now from bases in iran. images from the russian defense ministry showing a bomber plane releasing its payload on a target inside syria. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the new warning about something in the mcdonald's happy meal. also, the family defending their 12-year-old hunter threats tonight. these images sparking backlash. and this evening, the young hunter speaking out, saying hunting big game is something she cherishes. her family defending it, and the images tonight. also, what we've now learned about the climber scaling trump tower, stopping traffic and bystanders below. the new development tonight. and then, you've got to see this. the jumper and the initial fear, the scream -- >> ahh! >> right? probably all do that. but then, what he realized he forgot to do.
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