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tonight, donald trump under fire at this house. you will hear what one of his supporters said about muslims and the president. and trump's response causing an uproar. hillary clinton wasting no time. tonight, judge for yourself. the outrage tonight. this moment recorded on video. the police officer, the baton. >> he's just a kid. >> and then the take down. outrage on both sides. we have breaking news tonight in the case of baby doe, followed by tens of millions. the toddler now has a name, and what we know about her mother. we'll take you to the news conference. the air scare. more than a dozen passengers injured after their plane hits severe turbulence. and an abc news exclusive. the two high school football players, and that moment on the field. blindsiding the ref. did someone tell them to do it? the players right here tonight.
good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the controversy over that moment at a donald trump event. what was said about muslims and president obama. the republican front runner, z listening to a supporter. tonight, you will hear it for yourself. as trump cancelling an appearance. he's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump is under fire for the way he handled this question. >> we have a problem in this country, it's called muslims. we know our current president is one. you know he's not even an american. >> we need this question. this is the first question. >> but anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of it? >> we're going to be looking at a lot of different things. and you know, a lot of people
are saying that, a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. we're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things. >> reporter: trump did not challenge the man's claim president obama is muslim. today his campaign tells abc news he had trouble hearing the question. adding, "the bigger issue is that obama is waging war against christians in this country. their religious liberty is at stake." trump's opponents say he should never have let the question slide. >> if someone brought that up, i would say, no, let's clear some things up for the rest of the audience. i think you have an obligation as a leader to do that. >> reporter: that's what john mccain did at a town hall in 2008 when one of his supporters called obama an arab. >> he's an arab. he's not? >> no. no, ma'am. he's a decent family man. citizen, that i just happen to have disagreements with.
>> reporter: but for years trump has fanned conspiracies that obama is not american, as recently as a few months ago. >> do you accept that president obama was born in the u.s.? >> i really don't know. >> reporter: more than half the people who support trump believe obama is a muslim. today the trump campaign said the questioner was right to worry about terrorist training camps in the united states. trump insists they exist. the white house says that's absurd. >> i haven't seen anybody produce any evidence to substantiate the claim that there are. i think the vast majority of americans would take a rather dim view of those views. >> reporter: tonight trump was due to appear here in south carolina. he cancelled last minute. he said it was because he was closing a significant deal. >> thank you. hillary clinton tweeting,
trump not denouncing false statements is wrong. and cecelia vega, with what else she said. >> reporter: david, tonight hillary clinton is calling on donald trump to "start behaving like a president." take a listen. >> well, i was appalled. >> reporter: hillary clinton in new hampshire, saying donald trump is now "taking a time out" so he can "think hard" about last night. >> he knew or he should have known that what that man was asking is not only way out of bounds, it was untrue. >> reporter: the democratic front runner called it prejudice that deserves an apology. what would she have done? >> well, that person would not have come to my event. but if he did, i would have called him out on it. >> it would seem we're seeing a lot more of hillary clinton on national tv now. >> she's really fired up about this. the campaign is calling this an
opportunity, as she starts to do more of these interviews, watch for her to link trump to the rest of the gop pack. david? >> thank you. now to another outrage, a new video of police arresting a suspect, a teenager in stockton, california. an officer trying to restrain him, and as you're about to see, the situation quickly escalates. neal karlinsky with the video. >> reporter: tonight, this 16-year-old boy and his family say police roughed him up for no good reason. >> i was thinking, what have i done wrong? >> reporter: the video begins with the officer struggling with the teenager. >> the stop resisting. >> reporter: at one point, apparently hitting him in the face with his baton as the two tussle with it. but what you don't see, police say, is the teenager grabbing the officer's body camera. even swearing at him. refusing to cooperate when he
was simply asked to move to the sidewalk while walking in a bus lane. >> you're pulling me for no reason, and you bring out your baton and you're hitting me. >> reporter: it comes at a time when police departments are under a microscope. caught on camera in a number of high-profile excessive force incidents. here, eventually, more officers arrive, put the teen on the ground and arrest him. >> if people would just comply with the lawful order from a police officer and try not to grab onto or take our weapons away, force would never have to be used. >> reporter: the 16-year-old was released and cited for resisting arrest and blocking a bus lane. tonight, police are investigating to determine if it's possible the use of force was right to use. now, the story of baby doe.
her identity now revealed. tonight, we know her name, and word two suspects are in custody, including the girl's own mother. phillip mena in boston. >> reporter: tonight, a break in the case of baby doe. >> her name was bella. >> reporter: bella bond. this video is from her second birthday video. her mother is under arrest for accessory after the fact to murder. and michael mccarthy, the mother's boyfriend, is charged with murder. a tip led police to search the family's last known residence. >> they took steps to keep the
death a secret, and avoid prosecution. >> reporter: june 5th, the toddler's remains were found on deer island. no one reported her missing, so police used this computer-generated image to help find her. child protective services said they did have a case involving bella, but it was closed two years ago. we hope to learn more when the couple is arraigned on monday. >> thank you. and to south carolina, a second suspect charged in the massacre in an historic black church in charleston. roof accused of killing nine people at that church in june.
now to the scare on the flight from honolulu to manilma. the plane jolted by an invisible danger, called clear air turbulence. david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: passengers in wheelchairs with makeshift ice bags to their heads. 15 hurt when their a-340 hit that clear turbulence after leaving hawaii. "the plane suddenly dropped like this," this man says. "my head hurts because i flew up to the ceiling," says this woman who was sleeping and not wearing her seatbelt. the injuries were minor. but that's not always the case. this kind of turbulence is usually associated with storms. but the philippines airlines jet was hit by an invisible force. it's called clear air turbulence because pilots can't see it. it happens when a fast and slow moving jet stream pass alongside one another.
the air between those streams is disturbed, and if a jet flies through, it can get very bumpy, very quickly. and radar can't detect it. a lesson learned by some of these passengers, nursing bumps and bruises tonight. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> thank you frpts. >> now to the car maker potentially facing billions in fines. volkswagen, accused of deliberately changing air quality tests. now, recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles. now to the severe weather this weekend. a tornado touching down in chicago a short time ago. 10 million in the storm zone. and nebraska, the horizon growing darker. let's get right to rob marciano.
>> all day long, the storms have been going in that area. and more to come. flash flood watches in chicago, and back through kansas city. another couple of bouts of rain, maybe severe weather through chicago, rolling across lake michigan to detroit. >> rob, thanks. we turn overseas to the humanitarian crisis in central europe. stunning new numbers, a snapshot in serbia alone, an estimated 1 in 4 children, 25,000 traveling alone, without an adult. this little boy doused with tear gas. tonight, the borders closed. the croatian prime minister saying they have a heart, but
must be aware of the threat in their own country. meanwhile, the pope beginning his historic trip to the u.s. next week. to the crisis in syria, leading to a direct phone call between russia and the pentagon. fueled by concerns over russia's presence in the region. russia lending support to the syrian president. the u.s. targeting isis. back home, a dramatic day for bowe bergdahl. we did not know then what he endu endured. being called the harshest captivity in 60 years.
martha raddatz tonight. reporter: after only five weeks in afghanistan, said defense witnesses today, bowe bergdahl thought the leadership problems in his unit were so severe, his fellow soldiers were in dangnge. the major general who investigated his actions testifying that bergdahl "felt it was his responsibility to intervene." so that night in 2009, said major general dahl, bergdahl headed down the mountain, naively believing that if he was reported missing, it would help him get an audience with a general so he could lay out his concerns. but 12 hours later, while thousands of soldiers searched desperately, berghdahl was captured by the taliban. it would be five years before bergdahl was freed. witness terrence russell today choked up, describing conditions of "absolute torture and horror." held blindfolded in a cage for nearly four years, bergdahl he said, sustained extensive
lifelong injuries. major general dahl says he does not believe a sentence would be appropriate, but bergdahl could still face life in prison. we turn to washington. house republicans today pushing through a bill to block federal money for planned parenthood. the bill is not expected to pass in the senate. still much more ahead on "world news tonight." you're about to hear from the high school football players. they say someone told them to blind side the referee. new developments in what was once called the "gone girl" case. what we're learning that couple is now planning to do. and the mystery in the sky. many looking up, wondering just
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next tonight here, an abc news exclusive. the two high school football players now speaking out after making headlines for the play on the field. blindsiding a referee during a game. one hit right after another. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: this is the moment an otherwise ordinary texas football game made national headlines. these two players blindsiding a referee. first victor rojas then michael moreno dives into him head-first. those high school students explaining on "good morning america" they were following one of their coach's orders. >> he pulled me and another player and told us you need to hit the ref. he needs to pay the price. >> reporter: the two a players alleged the referee, robert watts, used racial slurs during
the game. >> he told one of my hispanic friends, he told him, speak english. this is america. then to an african-american on our team, he told them the "n" word. >> reporter: something watts' attorney denied. >> they are flat-out lies. he is not in the business of using racial slurs. >> reporter: the players insist they are telling the truth. but still regret their actions. >> if you could speak with the referee, robert watts, right now, what would you say to him? >> i would apologize for the mistake that i made. >> reporter: both players are now not only suspended from the team but also the school. and the assistant coach who allegedly told the players to hit the referee is on paid leave. >> thank you. when we come back here, the new medical headline. what we just learned about this year's flu shot. and news in what was once called the "gone girl" case. what the victim and her boyfriend are about to do now. and we've been rooting for former president jimmy carter. the moment that made so many smile. the kiss cam and the former president.
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night. new developments in what was once called the "gone girl" case. police at first calling it a hoax. she and her boyfriend filing a claim for damages against the city of vallejo, leading to a possible lawsuit. a suspect in the case, expected to be arraigned on monday. we have a headline about the flu shot. the cdc saying this year's vaccine should work better than last year's, which was only 13% effective. they hope it will be up to 60% effective. and mysterious clouds. some speculating it was a ufo, a sign from god, or something else. in fact, it's a weather condition known as cloud iridescence, where sunlight bends as it passes through water droplets in clouds. and the "kiss cam" at last night's braves game in atlanta. jimmy carter and his wife rosalynn. former president carter is battling cancer. when we come back, the story of a determined son, and a
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jake lost his left eye at 10 months old. but the cancer returned. his right eye would be next. here's what he said six years ago. >> we fought so hard and yet cancer wins. then it's like, well, i'm going to experience something that no one else can experience. >> i said, "jake, how you doing buddy? you okay?" and he goes, "yeah, mom." he goes, "you know what?" he goes, "this is just going to be a new stage in my life." >> reporter: for jake, saturdays always meant watching usc football. when the team heard his story, they welcomed him to the field. >> go get them, guys! >> reporter: jake was at practice, the night before he would lose his sight completely. >> everything going to be all right. >> reporter: but jake never lost hope he'd play football. >> i started thinking, you know, what position could i play that, you know, wouldn't require me to have sight. then came upon long snapper, and i was like oh, okay. like, yeah, it's all feel. >> reporter: his high school team, helping him with signals.
>> i clap so he knows the distance that i am. >> so i use that as a directional source. >> and then the left guard taps his leg and it's whenever jake wants to snap at that point. >> good snap. ball is down. the kick is up. >> reporter: a tonight, he's playing at usc, his favorite team, on a scholarship. the long snapper. defying the odds. >> and we choose number 17, jake olson. we're rooting for you. i'm david muir. have a good night. we'll see you back here on monday. it's america's game.