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welcome to "world news tonight." flood disaster. the rising waters. the death toll rising, too. now the race to evacuate families before another storm hits. when will it end? sex scandal. once the most powerful man in congress. tonight, a new claim. is there a second alleged victim? distract and grab. thieves divert your attention, running off with the goods. the decoy they are using to grab and go -- a new low. and tiger trouble. the wild animal lounging in the driveway. terrifying the neighbors and animal control agents, too. the surprising twist in this safari hunt. >> announcer: from abc news world head quarter, this is abc "world news tonight."
good evening and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. let's get to the latest from texas. the relentless rain just not letting up. damage so bad president obama declaring a major disaster ordering federal aid to help with the clean up. those floodwaters still rising. let's take a look. at the edge of dallas the trinity river there, a narrow stream but tonight it is mostly covered in water. only the tops of trees seen in the flood. death toll rising to 29 confirmed fatalities. hunt now on for 11 people still missing and there's another 24 hour fsof dangerous weather ahead. abc's senior meteorologist from those floodwaters tonight. >> reporter: tonight in dallas, residents on edge. that new drone video showing the trinity river at its highest level in 24 years. that sign and those flashing
lights warning of high water. at least five major texas cities now seeing their wettest may on record. so many roads around dallas, surge merged in water. this is a major thoroughfare. until they bring water pumps in here, this road is closed. residents north of the city under water, too. >> that's our fence line and that fence is probably five feet tall. >> reporter: heavy rain making patti anxious. >> having lived through awe drought, now flood. what's worse? >> the flood. we prayed a little too much for rain. i'm hoping it tapers off. >> reporter: the storm damaging hundreds of homes and taking more than 20 lives. flooding is the number one weather-related killer. 38 people dying in 2014 alone. flash flooding is dangerous and hard to predict. small streams can become raging rapids in minutes. to protect yourself, know if you're on a flood plain and the
fastest way to get to higher ground. and pay attention to weather warnings. >> hello, anybody in the house? >> reporter: overnight, police officers announcing new evacuations -- the brazus river threatening this neighborhood near houston. >> seeing it is hard to believe. >> reporter: as volunteers help people like kellie burns clean up, the river submerging her home in about 4 feet of water last weekend. most of the water drains into the trinity river which is usually 30 feet wide. look at it now. the river is expected to crest tomorrow afternoon. >> rob, you were telling me these next 12 hours going to be crucial. >> yeah. very much so. here the rain stopped for the st part but the rivers are ill on the rise. ross southeast texas, houston particular. mputer models are picking up potential to see more showers and storms rise up through the evening and overnight period. flood watches remain in effect
there and then the rain push office to the east really that needs it. the northeast could stand to get a couple inches of rain. one to two inches spread across the area. and then that means a few days of dry weather here in flood-ravaged texas. they will take it. >> good news for them. finally. and we move to another top story. a growing scandal for the former speak are of the house, dennis hastert. the former speaker of the house, claims he sexually abused a minor years ago and lying to the fbi. and there may be another alleged victim. >> reporter: tonight the allegations of sexual abuse by dennis hastert are growing. sources say there may be a second victim. sources say that hastert is surprised by the indictment. >> he's baffled by it. but maybe it will all work out in the long run. >> reporter: once the most
powerful man in congress he's now charged with bank fraud and lying to the fbi after he allegedly promised to pay $3.5 million in hush money to cover up his past misconduct. sources say the man he was paying was a former student in northern illinois where hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach, but sources say it's unlikely the mystery man who received the payments will be charged with extortion. >> in this situation, at least to date hastert has denied that he is a victim of extortion. >> reporter: sources say the second alleged but unknown victim received any money from hastert. one of his former wrestling stars said this is not the hastert he knew. >> never have i heard anything negative against him. >> reporter: in the indictment hastert tried to mask his
withdrawals, taking out $10,000 in 100 separate transactions, when asked about it. hastert told the fbi that he didn't think the banking system was safe, saying, i kept the cash. hastert has yet to comment on the charges or be seen publicly, and he hasn't been arrested because authorities don't believe he's a flight risk. if convicted, hastert faces up to ten years in prison. cecilia? and we turn to 2016. tonight hillary clinton has a new rival in the race to the white house. martin o'malley a two-term governor of maryland now joining bernie sanders. and is the second clinton challengers. o'malley positioning himself as a progressive, ready to take on wall street. >> i've got news for the bullies of wall street. the presidency is not a crown to
passed back and forth by you, tween two royal families. >> reporter: and just after that nouncement, o'malley sitting down with george stephanopoulos, for an exclusive interview. >> are you saying that both bush and clinton are beholding the bullies of wall street? >> i'm saying that we need new leadership to accomplish, as to rein in excesses and when you have somebody that's the ceo of one of the biggest repeat offending banks in the history saying he would be fine with bush or clinton that should tell us something. >> clinton tweeting, welcome to the race, governor o'malley. you can see the rest of george's exclusive interview tomorrow morning on "this week". turning now to new worries about the military's big mistake unknowingly shipping potentially deadly anthrax by fed ch the pentagon adding utah and australia to the list of states. somewhere it reached two foreign
countries. richard besser is here, what are the news concerns? >> it turns out it wasn't a one-time event. they expect more and more states will be added to the list. >> now there is a concern the procedure they used to deactivate the bacteria may not be working? >> yes, initially they thought there was a problem how it was performed but if the procedure is such it was done wrong, it could get much larger and expand beyond d.o.d. and we have another headline. a new provides i for treating women with advanced breast cancer removed with other treatments. the double ibrance doubled the amount of time before the cancer grew worse in this trial from four months to nine. and in mississippi, a final good-bye for the king of blues. among the hundreds at b.b. king's funeral. family, friends, longtime band members and governor of that state. a letter from president obama
read during the church service they sent the blues legend off with prayer and of course a lot of music. and in washington, d.c. tonight the surviving members of the family brutally murdered in their mansion, tonight preparing for a funeral. the husband, wife and young san will bow buried monday. meanwhile the family charged with the crime is now preparing for his defense. abc's gloria rivera with the latest. >> reporter: tonight the lawyer hired to meet with the suspect by his family is speaking out. he tells abc wint claims he had nothing to do with the murders and also said his mother is devastated. >> the mom can't believe he would do anything like this. >> reporter: wint the only suspect in custody so far is accused of the brutal murder of savvas savopoulos, his wife amy, their young son, and longtime housekeeper vera figueroa. just as family and friends prepare to say their final good-byes at monday's funeral,
ficker is accusing investigators of focusing too closely on the wrong man. >> they're not looking elsewhere. they've closed their eyes. >> reporter: wint was apprehended in washington, d.c, with, ficker claims, the full cooperation of wint's own brother. >> they weren't running away. >> reporter: as for the dna evidence from that domino's pizza crust linking wint to the crime scene? >> he doesn't even like pizza, he doesn't eat pizza. if he was hungry, he wouldn't order pizza. >> reporter: investigators say the crime "required the presence and assistance of more than one person. daron wint will next appear in court on june 22nd. gloria rivera, abc news, washington. and next to a scare in florida, two teens attacked by sharks on the same day. tonight beaches on high alert. here's linzie janis with the latest. >> reporter: two shark attacks on florida beaches in just one day. friday afternoon, a 19-year-old woman swimming in waist-deep water in new smyrna beach bitten on the foot. >> at first she was a little
freaked out. >> reporter: she suffered only minor injuries. roughly an hour later, 65 miles south at cocoa beach, a 14-year-old girl wading in the ocean also attacked, her foot more severely injured. and less than a week ago on that same beach, 13-year-old alysa whetro was also bitten in shallow water. >> the pain, like a sharp pain. then i pulled my foot up and that's when i saw it all bleeding. >> reporter: florida is the shark attack capital of the world, with most incidents on the east coast. but beachgoers on the state's gulf coast on high alert too, after this shark was filmed just last month swimming near a residential community. and across the country, in california, this juvenile great white right alongside a sheriff's boat. a fly-by of the same area, spotting at least six more sharks swarming in the water, some up to six feet long. a recent report says their population has increased by an
estimated 42% over the last late 1990s, partly because of a federal ban on hunting them. shark attacks are still rare, and fatalities even more so. but last month in hawaii, the first deadly attack in u.s. waters since 2013. linzie janis, abc news. and to the west coast now, a massive fire consuming a southern california home. the mother jumping to safety but her 5-year-old son still trapped inside. what happens next, a daring rescue by someone who just happened to be driving by. hers abc's newest correspondent. kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight they think it was an electrical fire that threatened a family if not for the thinking of a teenager who just happened to be driving by. >> i put my car in park. >> reporter: firefighter jason chapman and his certified fema search dog "boogie" have saved lives before but when his own home went up in flames, he was at work and wasn't there to help.
>> we do it for a living. we're trained to do it as firemen, so it's expected of us. it's not expected of a 17-year-old. >> reporter: that teenager turned unlikely hero matt hawker saw flames and heard creams, he ran up to the home. >> i was so shocked after and i was just amazed at what i did myself. >> reporter: and what he did was save chapman's 5-year-old son, brayden. >> i grabbed the kid and when i picked him up he was pulling my hair and slapping me because he was scared. but i lifted him over the balcony and lowered him down. >> reporter: brayden's mother was in the backyard, suffering a broken leg after jumping 19 feet from her balcony to escape the fire. but the family dog, boogie, didn't make it out. she died in the fire and was given firefighter's honors and that teenager earning the family's respect and gratitude as well. brayden, suffering only smoke inhalation, was well enough to attend school just two days later. and according to firefighter,
his mother is set to be released from the hospital this weekend. thank you, kayna. you will be based in our los angeles bureau. we want to welcome you to the abc family. and we have much more on "world news tonight." up next. the crime you never see, and the decoy they use to grab goods. you won't believe this one. and later, sir paul mccartney making head lines once again. what the legend is saying about his famous use of marijuana. ...and the wolf was huffing and puffing... kind of like you sometimes, grandpa. well, when you have copd it can be hard to breathe. it can be hard to get air out, which can make it hard to get air in. so i talked to my doctor. she said.. doctor: symbicort could help you breathe better, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. symbicort helps provide significant improvement of your lung function. symbicort is for copd, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol.
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finally tonight, a tiger in a driveway. it is enough to terrify a neighborhood, and that is exactly what happened in grand rapids. you can imagine, the panicked 911 call. the animal control officer racing to the house preparing for the worst. turns out this tiger didn't have such a big roar after all. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: the call came in to animal control officers -- there's a tiger in someone's driveway.
>> and i looked down this driveway and i did a double take. and i thought to myself, "no way." >> reporter: so animal control officer joe daniels did the smart thing. he called for back up. >> i said we're going to need p.d. on scene. and i prepared for a tiger. >> reporter: while his partner circled around to approach from behind, daniel stepped forward ever so carefully -- a ring pull device to collar the beast in quivering hand. >> i'm going to ring pull the heck out of a tiger. >> reporter: just a few days earlier, police stopped this car in washington state, because some people reported that was a real tiger on the top. it was not. and turned out it was not. it was a very harmless stuffed animal. >> i bought this one, hook, line and sinker.
i get on the radio and you can hear it. i called dispatch, disregard p.d. it's a stuffed animal. >> reporter: just the same out of an abundance of caution. animal control officers took it into custody. tonight the tiger's owner still unknown. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> i can only imagine the ribbing he got at the office. "gma" in and "this week" in the morning. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night. for all of us at abc news enjoy your weekend. good night.
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