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tonight, the president back on the offensive, taking to twitter to slam fired fbi director james comey. this, as republican leaders implore him to stop his social media rants. plus, a former high-profile u.s. attorney who says there could be a case for obstruction of justice against the president. home explosions. two homes blown into pieces, more than 50 houses in the impact zone. what sparked these blasts in separate states? emergency landing. the air scare involving a private jet carrying hollywood star jennifer lawrence. the actress' reps calling it a double engine failure. mirror image. can you tell the difference between these two men? one man went to prison for 17 years, but these photos side by side set him free. and, dance fever.
the patient, post surgery, showing off his moves. tonight, the life-saving procedure that helped him get his groove back. and good ef evening. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the president going after james comey for leaking those memos. slamming comey on social media as the says is still being investigated. and the possible contradiction with the comments of donald trump jr. and preet bhaharara saying there's a case for obstruction of justice. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: president trump tonight back on twitter and back on the offensive against james
comey. tweeting, "i believe the james comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. totally illegal? very cowardly!" >> you're your own worst enemy, mr. president. knock it off. you may be the first president in history to go down because you can't stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet, would clear you. >> reporter: no public events for the president this weekend, but he did pop by a wedding, after comey's shocking testimony, the president declared complete vindication. >> no collusion, no obstruction. he's a leaker. >> reporter: comey did confirm the president wasn't a target of the russia investigation, but the big question now -- will he be investigated for obstruction of justice? >> you are a former prosecutor. is there evidence there that -- to begin a case for obstruction? >> i think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case. >> reporter: comey says the
president urged him to "go easy" on the investigation into fired national security adviser he says, i hope you can see your way to getting this go, to letting flynn go. >> i took it as a direction. he's the president of the united states with me alone, saying "i hope this." i took it as this is what he wants me to do. >> reporter: but trump says that never happened. >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that? >> well, i didn't say that. i will tell you, i didn't say that. >> reporter: now trump's own son is seeming to contradict him, suggesting trump may have said something like that, but it wasn't an order. >> when he tells you to do something, guess what, there's no ambiguity in it. there's no, hey, i'm hoping. you and i are friends, hey, i hope this happens but you gotta do your job. that's what he told comey. >> reporter: the president says he ready to give his side of the story. >> would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events? >> 100%. >> reporter: and the top democrat in the senate is eager to hear it. >> i would like to invite the president to testify before the
senate. >> reporter: one way to know for sure who said what -- if those tapes do in fact exist. >> does he have them? will he release them? >> the president said he is going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week. that's a decision that the president will make. >> and mary joins us live. jeff sessions, next on the hot seat? >> reporter: he's set to appear on tuesday. lawmakers are likely to press him with his meetings with russian ambassadors. >> thank you. and now to a strike taking out terrorists from al shabaab. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s. striking a terror target. an unmanned drone hitting al
shabaab militants in somalia. the pentagon estimating eight militants killed. one of the al qaeda linked group's main training and command posts destroyed. these air strikes, the first under president trump's new authority given to carry out offensive actions in the area. this comes just one day after three american soldiers were killed in afghanistan. new details emerging on the insider attack. the army soldiers, on a mission supporting afghan special forces, when an afghan soldier turned his gun on them, killing two instantly. the third succumbing to his injuries. a fourth soldier, wounded, and medevaced to safety. the pentagon is investigating these killings. there have been more than 150 deaths from an insider attack since 2007. tom? >> stephanie, thank you. next to the intense house explosions under investigation in the u.s. blowing this
new jersey off his foundation. and 50 homes in the danger zone in a similar explosion in chicago. adrienne bankert with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, this suburban new jersey home blown to pieces. >> it was louder than thunder. it's something i have never heard before. my whole body and my arm, i saw it shaking. >> reporter: around 4:00 a.m. a fireball sending a shock wave, rattling nearby homes. >> a house explosion confirmed. fully engulfed house fire. >> reporter: neighbors rushing to the homeowner before paramedics arrive. dave parozzi says the man was thrown from the blast, narrowly escaping. >> he was charred. it looked like projectiles hit him in the face. it was bad. >> it obviously appears to have been a gas. >> reporter: less than a hour later in chicago, two houses explode. >> we have a house explosion. we've got two people trapped in the house. >> reporter: the blast so
powerful, 50 homes are damaged. a witness capturing the suburb on fire. flames seen shooting into the air from blocks away. >> windows out everywhere. i went outside and i saw flames. >> reporter: four people are rescued. two sent to the hospital and later released. crews still investigating a in both cities. fire officials tell us gas explosions can happen even in warmer months. and igniting a lighter could trigger a blast, if there's a slight leak. tom? >> thank you. now to the near disaster for jennifer lawrence. a plane forced to make an emergency landing. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: real-life drama for one of hollywood's biggest stars. >> i volunteer! >> reporter: oscar winning actress jennifer lawrence and one other passenger onboard a private plane saturday afternoon, when her rep says one of the engines failed. >> we have an emergency inbound. >> reporter: the beechcraft jet, traveling from lawree'
kentucky, heading to teterboro airport in new jersey, reaching 39,000 feet when the pilot reported a problem. the plane, making an emergency landing in buffalo. >> the emergency vehicles are going to follow. >> reporter: the publicist for "the hunger games" and "silver linings playbook" star saying the scare didn't end there. writing in a statement, "while in the middle of the unscheduled landing, the other engine failed. despite the double-engine failure, the pilots landed the plane safely." >> dual engine failures are very rare on an airplane, but if it did both fail, ms. lawrence was in serious danger. >> reporter: the other passenger and the two crew members onboard, making it off safely. the faa is investigating. tom? a single-engine
plowing into a parked car. the pilot rushed to the hospital. recovering from serious injuries tonight. next to the case that sounds like a horror movie plot. a man behind bars who had a l k lookalike. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: jubilation as a man is released from prison. >> my granddaughter was there, and my daughter. >> reporter: his nightmare began in 2000 for an aggravated robbery in kansas. several witnesses picked his photo from this group of six. the defense presented alibi
witnesses, but jones was conv t convicted. >> law enforcement didn't spend a lot of time to solve this crime. >> reporter: all of his appeals went nowhere, until he contacted the innocence project, which discovered richard amos, who looks like jones' twin. that's amos on the left, jones on the right. >> once i saw a picture of this man, i understood why people are saying what they're saying. it made sense to me. >> reporter: it was enough to get a judge to toss out jones' case. >> i never gave up hope. >> reporter: jones said, when he saw the resemblance, he understood it was just a terrible mistake. tom? >> that resemblance is incredible. ron, thanks so much. now to the
lot of attention nationwide. members of a penn state fraternity on trial for the death of a young man. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: for the first time, horrifying security video recorded inside a penn state frat house the night a pledge died will be playepublly ion court. video prosecutors say show exactly what happened. >> he's seen reaching for the door and he couldn't figure out how to open it. he was trying to escape. he was trying to get out. >> reporter: 19-year-old tim piazza died in february after falling head-first down the stairs of the beta theta pi fraternity house after a party turned into an alleged alcohol fueled hazing ritual. the fraternity brothers are accused of waiting nearly 12 hours before calling for help. >> we have a friend who's unconscious. he's -- hasn't moved. he's probably going to need an ambulance. >> reporter: monday, 18 members of the now banned fraternity are due in court.
eight facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault. a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial. that surveillance video, one of the key factors. >> we expect that videotape to be horrible and that it will be the kind of evidence which will make a significant impact. >> reporter: defense lawyers saying while this death was a tragedy, the video does not show intent. but prosecutors say the fraternity brothers waited to get help in an attempt to cover up their drinking and coordinate a story. >> i want them to look me in the eye and tell me that they did enough. they haven't done enough. >> reporter: and since piazza's death, penn state has added new restrictions for all greek organizations. piazza's family says they are determined to make sure those reforms do in fact take place. tom? >> eva, thank you. and another trial we're
defense team takes the court tomorrow. they're not shutting the door on the possibility that bill cosby may take the stand. let's turn to weather. a heat wave hitting much of the country. power knocked out for thousands in minnesota. and heavy rains up up to five inches in the south. and take a look at the sink hole that swallowed a car. rob marciano joins us live from new york's central park. hey, rob. >> reporter: it was hot, but humidity levels were low. the heat and humidity will increase over the next few days. we're looking at cool conditions across the west. showers in california.
storms tomorrow will be across parts of rapid city, the black hills, eastern wyoming. and the heat, the big story, will continue. 90s through chicago. records in maine and vermont. it gets very far north, into the 90s again tomorrow, and heat and humidity even higher on tuesday. stay cool. >> thank you, rob. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. is a big change coming to uber? plus, the hidden danger at the lake. how to keep your kids safe from carbon monoxide. and a car flying into a bus, all of it caught on dash cam. isn't this fun, living like the pioneers of olden times? i hate the outside. well, i hate it wherever you are. burn. "burn." is that what the kids are saying now? i'm so bored, i'm dead.
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finally tonight, "america strong." a teenager facing a heart transplant, showing why the best medicine in the life may be a little dancing. busting out of the hospital is usually not encouraged, but the doctors, nurses and staff at this baltimore hospital had to cheer on amari hall. >> get them, baby. >> reporter: fighting for his life but never letting it stop him from doing his favorite thing, dancing. >> you got to get it, baby. >> reporter: but there was a time the dancing had to stop, a heart defect caught up with the 14-year-old. even though his spirit was strong, his heart was weakening. >> it was very hard in the beginning, but amari never gave up hope. >> reporter: finally, after months of waiting, amari received a new heart. and within days of that complicated surgery, still in bed, amari decided to start dancing again.
moving, so did the nurses, doctor, and relatives that supported him and saved his life. >> when i picked up my camera, i wanted to show the world what a true heart warrior he was. >> you next! >> reporter: back on his feet, amari tells us there's only one thing on his mind. >> i want to be dancing with the ladies. >> reporter: ready to groove, now that he's got a heart to match that spirit. >> the whole family asking anyone who can to consider being an organ donor. thanks for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening.
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>> cranking up the heat. into the 90's. how long will it last? that is straight ahead. if you do not say anything, nothing will get done. anchor: we heard about the state of progress, inclusion, and togetherness, during these turbulent times and america. now, abc 7 news at 6:00 30, on your side. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] anchor: a summerlike scorcher. good evening, i am kimberly suiters alongside meteorologist josh knight. a lot of people wishing they could stay right along here. josh: some relief, but for a lot of folks, the