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welcome to "world news tonight." two days until super tuesday. but first, a racially charged controversy for donald trump. critics claiming trump refused to condemn the ku klux klan. >> don't tell me he doesn't know who the ku klux klan is. >> now, trump fighting back. hillary clinton in a landslide win over bernie sanders in south carolina. >> i believe that america is great, right now. >> sanders admitting he was decimated. but vowing, he's not out. rookie officer killed. the female police officer gunned
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job. the call for help that turned deadly. and what we're learning tonight about the alleged gunman. trapped in midair. the nose dive crash that ended like this. the 87-year-old pilot trapped for hours. how rescuers finally got him out. countdown to the oscars. on the red carpet, and behind the scenes. the controversy. the chris rock factor. and a beefed up oscar. the award's new look. and good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we are counting down to the oscars tonight, but also super tuesday, just two days away. the high stakes showdown. republican front-runner donald trump, under fire tonight. the race issue exploding. critics demanding he denounce the ku klux klan. marco rubio on a relentless attack, calling trump a conman. as senator ted cruz goes even further, suggesting trump won't release his tax returns because
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he has possible mob ties. abc's mary bruce starts us off tonight. >> donald trump! >> reporter: tonight, donald trump on the defensive, forced to explain this answer when asked if he condemns the ku klux klan and its former grand wizard, david duke's call to vote for trump. >> i'm just talking about david duke and the ku klux klan here. but -- >> i don't know anything. hon honestly, i don't know david duke. i don't believe i've ever met him. and i just don't know anything about him. >> reporter: the backlash was swift. his rivals pouncing. >> we cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn the ku klux klan. we cannot be a party that does that. >> reporter: ted cruz tweeting, "really sad. donald trump, you're better than this. we should all agree, racism is wrong. kkk is abhorrent." trump fired back, noting this previous response. endorsed me, david duke endorsed me? okay, all right. i disavow, okay? >> reporter: trump is poised to win big on super tuesday. which includes six southern
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trump boosted by his huge endorsement from former rival chris christie. the new jersey governor was challenged today on his change of heart about the front-runner. >> are you saying now that you endorse ban of having noncitizen muslims -- >> no, that's not what i'm saying. i'm saying that's only one piece of an overall approach -- >> you disagree with that? >> i said that very plainly. >> reporter: with just two days until the next contest, the rival campaigns have turned into attack machines. hammering trump for not releasing his tax returns, speculating about what he's hiding. >> there have been multiple media reports about donald's business dealings with the mob, with the mafia. >> reporter: trump says he plans to release the tax returns, just not now, because of an ongoing irs audit. and tom, here tonight, marco rubio hoping to get some more momentum heading into tuesday, but he has a long way to go. and making it harder, donald trump just nabbed another big endorsement. he now has the backing of alabama senator jeff sessions. tom?
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all right, mary, thank you. hillary clinton, riding that wave of momentum into super tuesday. clinton winning south carolina by almost 50 points. receiving huge support from a record turnout among black bernie sanders vowing not to give up the fight, promising to challenge clinton until the very end. abc's david wright with the clinton campaign in arkansas tonight. >> reporter: in nashville, today, a scene straight out of abc's "scandal." the actor who plays the president made a show of telling the candidate who hopes to be president about donald trump's latest gaffe. >> you heard about his latest. >> what has he done now. >> he wouldn't disavow the kkk and david duke because he didn't know who david duke was. >> oh, that's pathetic. >> reporter: clinton's huge victory in south carolina has put a new spring in her step, heading into super tuesday. she has more delegates and more momentum than bernie sanders, as sanders freely admitted to george. >> we got decimated, george.
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we got decimated. >> reporter: clinton's mood, buoyant. >> i'm actually kind of looking forward, if i'm fortunate enough to with be the nominee, debating any one of them. >> reporter: she's also pointedly making nice. creating a contrast with some of the republican rhetoric. >> i think we need more love and kindness. >> reporter: now, most of the super tuesday states are right here in the south, and that should play to hillary clinton's strengths. but it plays into the expectations game, so, if bernie sanders is able to score a few big unexpected wins, well, the momentum of this race could change again. tom? >> and david, on that point, let's get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. jon, what's senator sanders' path to stop clinton at this point? >> reporter: well, it's a narrow path. he has to do much better than expected on super tuesday. he has to show that he can win in the south, or come really close. and then, he has his eyes on the prize of california. the biggest delegate stake of
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he thinks he can win there. but you know, that's not until june. and if he doesn't do better before then, he'll be out of it. >> we're less than 48 hours from the voting on super tuesday. do you think this kkk controversy hurts donald trump? >> reporter: the honest answer is, we don't know. on one hand, he's retweeted white supremacists in the past and not faced much of a backlash, but i think this could be different. look at the way his rivals immediately pounced on it. and look at the way he felt the need almost immediately to come out and clarify and say, yes, i disavow david duke. republican primary voters will tolerate a lot, but i don't think they will tolerate outright racism. >> jon, thank you. stay with abc news for full coverage on super tuesday. special editions of "good morning america" and "world news tonight", george stephanopoulos and the entire powerhouse political team on the air, beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern, tuesday night. and we do move on now to virginia, the deadly police shooting making national headlines tonight. a rookie officer shot and killed her first day on the job.
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two other officers wounded. her police cruiser today, you see it there, turned into a memorial with black bunting, a wreath placed on the hood. the alleged gunman, an army staff sergeant, assigned to the pentagon. abc's gloria riviera on the investigation tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a police department in the tight knit community it serves devastated by a shocking loss. prince william county, virginia, officer ashley guindon killed in the line of duty on her first day on the job. >> when news came that she passed, it was -- it hit us. we weren't expecting it at all. >> reporter: authorities say the officer responding to a 911 call, reporting domestic abuse. >> i just want to be clear. do we have officers involved in a shooting? >> we have three officers that have been shot. >> reporter: it was here in this quiet upscale neighborhood that rookie cop ashley guindon and two others approached that front door. police say almost immediately the suspect confronted them, opening fire, and they all went
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>> i saw the officer laying right there, holding his leg, i figure he got shot. >> reporter: neighbor zach harris saying he heard three gunshots. police identifying the as army staff sergeant ronald hamilton, assigned to the pentagon. investigators saying hamilton's wife was found dead inside the home. his 11-year-old son also home but not hurt. the two other officers are expected to recover. now, officer guindon's squad car, draped in black to honor the rookie lost too soon. ronald hamilton is expected to appear in court tomorrow. he is facing two murder charges, murder in the first and capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. tom? >> incredibly sad story. okay, gloria, thank you. overseas tonight, the fragile cease-fire in syria. reports of russian air strikes hitting targets in the cities of aleppo and raqqah. syrian families caught in the middle, hoping the truce holds
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abc's alex marquardt in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: air strikes today in northern syria. just one of a growing number of incidents threatening this fragile truce. both sides accusing the other of violating the cease-fire. but tonight, it has largely held for a second day. the fight continues against isis and al qaeda, but in much of syria, there's a calm that hasn't been felt for years. still at risk, the almost half a million people living under brutal sieges. in one town, local doctors say dozens have died from starvation. we tried to visit today, with government permission, but were turned away, told that mortar and sniper fire made it too dangerous. but the united nations is now trying to capitalize on the quiet, to ramp up deliveries of aid across the country. the u.n. says if this truce holds, they can do more, better and faster. that will be tested tomorrow morning, when the first aid convoy is scheduled to go out since this temporary cease-fire started. tom?
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>> alex marquardt for us tonight. alex, thank you. back here at home, a plane crash in pennsylvania. the 87-year-old pilot plunging into the trees, reporting engine trouble just after takeoff, suddenly trapped in midair. you can see it there. abc's phillip mena on the rescue effort to get him back on the ground. >> reporter: dangling from the branches, this small plane left hanging from a tree, nose down, after a frightening crash. the only person on the plane, the pilot. 87-year-old herbert bartell, waiting hours to be saved. while rescue crewed figured out how to get him down. police say bartell had just taken off when he ran into trouble. >> the engine started to sputter and he lost control. so, he tried to do a u-turn, but he lost control and it went into the trees. >> reporter: stuck up in the tree, bartell managed to call 911, but it took nearly four hours to get him down, because of all the branches in the way. >> he was in very good spirits the whole time there. he was conscious, alert, oriented the whole incident. >> reporter: bartell escaped with only minor injuries.
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>> think by the end he was a little anxious to get out. >> reporter: phillip mena, abc news, new york. now, to hollywood. the academy awards about to get under way tonight. the star power building on the red carpet. the biggest celebs in the business about to arrive. everyone picking their favorites to win. theatre. amy? >> reporter: hello from hollywood, tom. the excitement is building as the stars begin to make their way down the red carpet. it does not get more glamorous than this. this is a night when hollywood truly shines and as far as the awards go, well, hollywood loves an underdog, so, don't count anyone out. it's his sixth nomination, but this year, leonardo dicaprio may not walk away empty handed. that bear attack in "the revenant" may give leo the lock for the best actor award. newcomer brie larson is leading the best actress pack. sylvester stallone may land a knockout in the best supporting
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alicia vikander, best supporting actress. and, so, it is still anyone's guess. only two people from the account accounting firm pricewaterhousecoopers know the results of tonight. and, so, right now, it is certainly hollywood's best kept secret and we'll all just have to wait. tom? >> we'll be tuning in. all right, amy, thank you. and it's not just the oscar nominees getting all the attention this year. a lot of attention over who was left out. the controversy over lack of diversity sure to be a topic on stage tonight. let's get right to robin roberts, counting down to the oscar. >> reporter: hello there, tom. the oscars have finally arrived, and we are right in the thick of it here at the dolby theatre. the movers and shakers of the film industry, and, of course, the stars are starting to make their way in, and we congratulate all of the nominees. this year, so much of the attention on those who were not nominated. the lack of diversity among the nominees, setting off, as you know, a firestorm.
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host chris rock making it clear, he will not shy away from the controversy, tweeting "see you sunday. #blackout #oscars." and tonight, so many are wondering just how far chris rock will go when he confronts the issue. we're going to have it all and we're going to have interviews with some of this year's nominees, of course. all in our oscar preshow countdown to the oscars. that's coming up right after "world news tonight." tom? >> it is shaping up to be an incredible night. robin robin, thank you. still ahead tonight, danger on the roadways. drivers forced to do more than keep their eyes on the road. debris flying right at them. how to stay safe. and protests erupting in an american city. the police shooting sparking outrage and the investigation tonight. what if one piece of kale could protect you from diabetes?
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tonight, sudden impact. when objects fly off other vehicles on the road, putting many people's lives in danger. just this weekend, a huge chunk of ice from one car smashed through the windshield of another on a roadway near detroit. in that split second, how can you protect yourself? here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: they come out of nowhere. objects like this mattress. >> there it goes! >> reporter: or this tire, flying straight at you. sometimes crashing straight through your windshield. amanda mcdonagh was driving with her 2-month-old on a highway near detroit saturday when ice flew off the car in front of her. >> and his whole sheet came off and just shattered our windshield. >> reporter: luckily, no one was hurt. but tom catanko, driving on an indiana highway last week, came inches from death. >> it's a little sore. >> reporter: when a five-pound metal spring came off a semi, sailing through his windshield. it happens more than you think.
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>> reporter: there was al pa economy in pachino in 1993. >> if you indulge me for a moment, i had to write this down. >> reporter: not every winner has pacino's star power. so, some get played off. as will farrell and jack black famously sang -- no need to thank your parakeet you're boring look at catherine zeta-jones she's snoring >> reporter: this year's oscar producers, david hill and reginald hudlin, hope they've hit on a plan to perk up 2016's 45-second acceptances. a scroll at the bottom of the screen that will name all the names a winner needs to thank, as they explained to abc's lara spencer. >> and they don't have to fumble with a list. they don't have to find the glasses. >> oh, my god. >> you know, it's like, look. you can thank more people, you can thank the same people. you can -- >> thank your cat. >> make a statement. >> reporter: the hope is for unmistakable moments of emotion and deeply felt appreciation. the kind that have become part
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of oscar legend. who could forget cuba gooding jr.'s wrapup from the oscars in '93? >> i just want to -- oh, here we go. okay, the studio, i love you, and cameron crowe and tom cruise! i love you, brother! i love you, man! >> reporter: and if the orchestra never has to play anyone off the stage, audiences around the globe will all be feeling, well, really grateful. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> and we hope tonight has lots of moments just like that. excitement is building for the academy awards. the red carpet starting to fill up. don't miss robin roberts' preshow oscar special coming up, and then the 88th academy awards right here on abc. a complete wrapup of the oscars on "gma" tomorrow morning. david muir right back here
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good evening, everyone. i'm robin roberts. welcome to the biggest night in hollywood! we're live on the most famous red carpet in the world. taking you every step with us. here's a view you don't usually get to see. tonight, the biggest stars in the universe are here for the 88th annual academy awards. you can see the photographers are. and so is michael strahan. wonderful. >> it is great to be here. and you look amazing. >> thank you, thank you. we're going to have a great time. because, this is hollywood, super bowl and the excitement

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