tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC August 26, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
tonight, several breaking stories as we come on. an abc news exclusive. the young american daughter kidnapped by isis. her parents making a direct plea to isis themselves. tonight, right here, what they say the president promised. and now, the white house responding. also tonight, the airport security scare. a man driving a truck right into a jet, terrified passengers onboard. a community in shock. two nuns murdered. and now, the urgent manhunt at this hour. shot by mistake. the armed robbery. the homeowner, the husband who calls police. he and his wife need help. police arrive, and the homeowner is shot by mistake. and, the tropical threat. we're tracking the system right now. getting closer to the u.s.
good evening on this very busy friday night. we begin with an abc news investigation. the daughter who was kidnapped by isis, and her parents who now tell abc news that they made their own pleas to isis to release her. kayla mueller was the young american captured while trying to help the young victims of war. her parents their kitchen in arizona. tonight, never before seen video of mueller, she died in captivity. and her parents say the president made them a promise, a promise they say was not kept. brian ross, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, these home
young woman full of life. a daughter traveling the world to help the innocent victims of war. >> my name is kayla mueller. >> reporter: but that all ended with this video. >> i've been here too long, and i've been very sick. it's very terrifying here. >> reporter: kayla mueller had been taken hostage by isis. and for the next 17 months, her parents, carl and marsha, would fight for her freedom. sending their own video pleas to isis. >> please show mercy and use your power to free our daughter. >> reporter: and exchanging some 27 e-mails from their kitchen in prescott, arizona, to her daughter's captors in syria, who at one point set a 30-day deadline for a $6 million cash demand. >> this kind of thing just tears people apart. >> reporter: kayla had been kidnapped in syria from a doctors without borders vehicle, but in a phone call to the muellers, the organization refused to help get kayla back because they said she was not working for them. >> would your staff negotiate
>> reporter: and after a failed u.s. rescue mission, the muellers say a white house official threatened them and their friends with criminal prosecution if they tried to raise ransom money. >> our government slammed that door. >> reporter: of kayla was killed, the president came to visit them. the muellers say he made a promise to help the foundation they set up in kayla's name, and then broke it. there hasn't been such a donation? >> no. i'm still waiting for that donation, mr. president. >> reporter: today, our team pressing the white house for an answer. >> reporter: can the mueller family expect that the president, that the obamas will make a donation to their daughter's foundation, the foundation in the name of kayla mueller soon? >> as i mentioned, i can't speak to any previous conversations that they've had, but i can tell you that -- >> reporter: but is a donation
hands, that's been established in her memory is certainly the kind of foundation that the president and first lady have supported in the past and i would anticipate that they would make a financial contribution to continue supporting it. >> reporter: but none of that changes the muellers' belief that the government failed their daughter. >> so we put all our faith in the government and they let us down. and they let us down. >> and brian ross is with us tonight. we know the u.s. not pay ransoms. but there has been a change? >> yes, now families of hostages are allowed to raise money themselves without the threat of prosecution. a direct result of what happened to kayla mueller and the other american hostages that were killed by isis. >> brian will have much more this evening at 10:00 p.m. this evening on a special edition of "20/20." we'll see you then.
security breach at an american airport. a suspect jumping the fence and crashing a stolen pickup truck into a plane with terrified passengers aboard. here's david kerley. >> reporter: the suspect restrained, still yelling. i started in front of omaha's someone was trying to kill him. he flees police, shedding his clothes, and jumping the eight-foot fence. >> apparently someone jumped on a truck on the runway. >> reporter: now driving toward the runway. but police block him, so he doubles back, speeding toward the jet that was boarding passengers. hitting the jet's nose landing
plane. >> again, we don't know if he was high on some type of drug, and that caused his behavior. >> david, officials say there was a lot of damage to the plane hit by the truck. and two crew members were hurt? >> a banged-up elbow and knee. they'll be fine. but the damage to the jet, it has been taken out of service tonight. >> david, thank you. now to at this hour after two beloved nuns known for their work in the community were found murdered. their car discovered nearby. steve osunsami has the story tonight. >> reporter: this ten-person police department north of jackson, mississippi, has help tonight. hoping to chase down the killer who robbed this community of two
paula merril were found stabbed to death in their home thursday. the two nuns, seen here in a ministerial video, were both nurse practitioners. >> we just see patients, and do what needs to be done. >> reporter: for more than 30 years, they've tirelessly served the poor. they sang in church, and other sisters say they were great cooks. >> this is one of the poorest counties in all of mississippi. >> we make a difference in people's lives, and we never know what that difference is. >> reporter: police tonight are tearing through leads, many from families who the nuns helped. >> we've had a lot of leads and they are really supporting us as we try to find the people who did this. here, so when this happened, you know, it's devastating. >> reporter: the catholic diocese says their home was broken into. police suspect a robbery and found their missing car a mile away. they were originally from wisconsin and massachusetts and say they were called by god to mississippi. prayers are up tonight for both the nuns and investigators. david? >> just an awful story. steve, thank you. we turn to the outrage and
homeowner was shot by mistake. a mailman calling police during an armed robbery. he needed help for him and his wife. when police arrived, authorities say the man was shot by mistake. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, newly released surveillance video a. >> is that him? >> reporter: williams describes the man with a gun outside his indianapolis home. but the officer who responds ends up shooting williams. >> the only thing i can remember is intense pain, falling on the ground. and telling the police officers
>> reporter: tonight, williams is still in a wheelchair, recovering from injuries and demanding answers. >> i expect the police to come help us. i didn't want to take justice in my own hands. that's the wrong thing to do. >> reporter: williams was armed with a pistol. and police confirm the officer took him for the robber. tropical storm, with heavy rain and gusting win as it passes near the florida coast. ginger zee is with us tonight. ginger? >> well, this type of storm doesn't need a name to drop a lot of rain. it has a 60% shot in the next 3 to 5 days of becoming a named
wind shear, and dry air. so, that's what you're going to see on this map. the steering winds will take it, tracking south of florida, into the gulf. it looks like sunday into monday, it could go into some more favorable conditions. but we're not going to stop watching it. >> thanks, ginger. we turn to the race for president on a friday night. many now asking where does donald trump stand on immigration, an issue that has been trump insisting a speech and firm policy are coming. hillary clinton reaching out to independents and republicans, even naming republicans she has respect for when it comes to the issue of race in america. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: today donald trump declared himself proud for putting immigration front and center. "such a big problem for our country," he tweeted, "i will solve." but aside from that wall, it's
this was trump in february. >> we have at least 11 million people in this country that came in illegally. they will go out. >> reporter: but earlier this week he declared he was, quote, "softening" on that. maybe not everybody would be deported. >> there certainly could be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. >> reporter: then last night -- >> you used the word softening, even last night on hannity, you talked about -- >> i don't think it's a softening, i think it's -- >> but 11 million pe a hardening, actually. >> but 11 million who have not committed a crime, there's going to be a path to legalization, is that right? >> you know it's a process. you can't take 11 at one time and just say, boom, you're gone. >> reporter: so, does trump want to deport undocumented immigrants, or not? >> we're going to see what happens once we strengthen up our border. >> reporter: meanwhile, hillary clinton is aggressively trying to tie him to outright racism. making the point that other republican leaders chose a different path. >> i called out to bob dole for what he said in his acceptance
take the exits, and he pointed to the doors. i am still incredibly grateful that george w. bush went to that mosque after 9/11 and john mccain, when confronted with the attacks on president obama's birth and his religion, basically said, wait a minute, he's an american citizen, he's a decent person. >> reporter: but clinton says trump is, quote, "taking hate groups mainstream." >> hillary clinton is going to try and accuse this campaign and all of you of being racists, which we're not. >> and jon karl with us live. hillary clinton giving credit to bob dole, john mccain, george w. bush. she knows what she's doing. >> reporter: yes, trying to convince moderate republicans that donald trump is outside of
appeal or he won't win. >> jon, thank you. tonight, the outspoken governor of maine is now igniting a new political firestorm tonight. leaving a profanity-laced voice mail, threatening a lawmaker. david wright tonight with that audio. >> reporter: tonight, the governor paul lepage is in hot water for being a little too outspoken. he left this voice mail. >> you [ bleep ]. i want to talk to you. i want you to prove that i'm a racist. i've spent my life helping black people and you little son of a
>> reporter: earlier this week, lepage was talking about known drug dealers. when he said this. >> 90% of the pictures in my book, and it's a three-ring binder, are black and hispanic people. >> reporter: tonight, the governor is firing back at his critics. >> the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of or people of hispanic or gin. >> reporter: one of maine's top democrats said the governor should step down. he says if he could, he'd challenge his critic to a duel. we move on to a headline about fighting zika in america.
should be screened for the virus. overseas tonight, the death toll rising from the devastating earthquake in italy. nearly 300 people killed, and hope fading as rescuers use high-tech cameras to search for survivo survivors. workers helping families retrieve crucial belongings. and ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the sketches police hope may lead to a break in the case. and also, the small plane crashing nose-first in the heartland. and a case of stolen valor. authorities say the veteran who made up his injuries to cash in. american taxpayers paying the
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finally tonight here, our persons of the week. it's that time of year when many parents rejoice. you get to send your kids back to school. many kids, not so excited. which is where these teachers come in. our persons of the week. we remember teacher in chicago, mr. reed. ? welcome to the fourth grade ? >> reporter: welcome his students this year with his song. millions have now heard it. ? i still rock sneakers ? >> reporter: he's not the only teacher tonight on the move.
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maria: a man and woman found dead in a home in ashby. the investigation unfolding now. harvey: i will show you when the humidity finally drops off. maria: why the problem may be worse than it looks. one-on-one with john dennis, what is behind his abrupt exit frhe relationships eventually there is some friction. >> yet -- what he admits about the big controversy of his career. when you look back do you think -- i should not say that. >> this is wcvb newscenter 5 at 7 p.m. ben: the bodies of a man and