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tonight, breaking developments. the attack at an american airport. a police officer targeted from behind, stabbed in the neck. the fbi revealing a short time ago, they are now investigating this as an act of terror. also breaking late today, the verdict is in, after a fatal shooting, the suspect throwing away his gun. the officer then shooting again, touching off days of protests and violence. what the jury has now decided. the f-16 crash in houston. the highway shut down. fears over armed missiles onboard. entire neighbor s evacuated. a state of emergency tonight declared in louisiana. new orleans pounded, tropical storm cindy bearing down across the gulf. the storm surge taking the life of a 10-year-old boy. and your money tonight. if you're traveling for the july 4th holiday, the best day on the calendar for travel deals.
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rebooks your rental car over and over until it finds the lowest price. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with late developments, the fbi revealing a short time ago that they are now investigating that attack on an officer at the airport in flint, michigan, as an act of terror. a police officer was attacked from behind. he was stabbed in the neck. witnesses tonight right here revealing what they say the attacker was shouting. the airport shut down for a time. law enforcement moving in, taking him into custody. abc's alex perez on what we've learned about the suspect tonight. >> reporter: tonight, federal investigators hunting for answers. bishop international airport in flint, michigan, on lockdown most of the day, after a suspect entered the terminal with a 12-inch knife and stabbed this airport officer, lieutenant jeff neville, repeatedly in the neck and back. the fbi now investigating the incident as a possible act of
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>> when the subject went up to the officer and stabbed him, he continued to exclaim "allah" and he made a statement, something to the effect of "you have killed people in syria, iraq and afghanistan. we are all going to die." >> reporter: the fbi saying the suspect is amor ftouhi, about 50 years old from canada. he legally entered the u.s. through lake champlain, new york, on june 16th. the 911 calls pouring in just before 10:00 a.m. >> we got an officer down there. reports of a stabbing. >> reporter: sources telling our local abc local station, the officer was ambushed from behind. >> there was a whole bunch of blood everywhere. blood was everywhere, it was crazy. >> reporter: passengers and airport employees evacuating to the tarmac and front terminal as authorities scramble to detain the suspect. >> they were taking the man in handcuffs down the other side. he had no -- he was blank. he was just totally blank. >> reporter: bomb sniffing dogs
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deployed to scour the airport as flint city hall and the police department were placed on lockdown as a precaution. that officer rushed to the hospital for surgery. >> and alex perez with us live tonight at the airport in flint. and alex, you have late word on both the officer an the suspect tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. we're being told that officer is out of surgery and in stable condition. the suspect remains in fbi custody and is being questioned. david? >> alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. and we move onto another headline that broke late today. a verdict tonight after a police shooting that led to protests in milwaukee. the officer firing and then again after the suspect tosses his gun. tonight, the jury acquitting him on all charges. and here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas with the video. >> reporter: it was a deadly encounter with police, over in seconds, caught on an officer's body cam. here we see former officer dominique haeggen-brown pursuing sylville smith, a suspect armed with a gun. they race around the front of a house
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there you see the gun in smith's hand. the officer fires the first shot. the suspect tosses the gun. less than two seconds later, a second and fatal shot is fired. smith dies at the scene. the incident last summer sparking riots in milwaukee. prosecutors say smith was defenseless when shot in the chest. the defense claiming the officer feared for his life. making a split-second decision. today, a milwaukee county jury found the former officer not guilty in the shooting last august. the family tonight in anguish over the verdict. >> we're not animals. every time they took a shot, it's to kill up. it's to kill you, because a dead man can't talk. >> reporter: but the police chief saying the former officer was vindicated. "a year ago, i told the public i saw nothing in the video that was a violation of law or policy." >> pierre, the police defending that former officer's actions, but he's no longer with the force? >> reporter: that's right, david. he was fired for an unrelated
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in the fatal shooting of a black man in less than a week. exposing raw feelings and deepening divisions between police and some minority communities. david? >> pierre thomas with us from washington. pierre, thank you. and next, to the fiery f-16 crash near houston. the pile lot ejecting. there was real concern about the missiles onboard. communities evacuated. abc's phillip mena is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: a massive plume of smoke rising from the site of an f-16 crash at this houston air base. >> we heard a hissing sound, but we didn't hear an explosion, and then we saw three big plumes of smoke coming up. >> reporter: the fighter heading out on a norad training flight this morning when it caught fire just after takeoff from ellington field. >> kaboom, kaboom, kaboom. there were three puffs of smoke that came up. >> reporter: the pilot hospitalized after ejecting. nearby neighborhoods evacuated, and a highway shut down, as a team worked
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air missiles. the ammunition still onboard that plane. phillip mena, abc news, houston. >> phillip, thank you. now, to the state of emergency declared tonight in louisiana. tropical storm cindy slamming into the south at this hour. it's now turned deadly. a 10-year-old boy dying because of the storm surge. strong winds and heavy rain reaching shore. flooding far inland tonight. and look at the scope of the storm. nearly a foot of rain in some places, with a lot more to come tonight. abc's eva pilgrim is in the storm zone. >> that's it right there. >> reporter: tonight, the gulf coast is under a tornado threat with cindy slowly approaching land. the leading edge of the storm filled with funnel clouds. families on porches, watching waterspouts coming ashore in mississippi. gusting winds toppling trees in biloxi and along the gulf coast. even a reported tornado in ft. walton beach, florida. tragically, a 10-year-old boy killed in alabama, storm surge knocking a logon to him. a state of emergency already declared there
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grand isle already under water. officials urging evacuees to get out early. >> we cannot stress enough the importance of avoiding high water and that's for everyone across the state. >> reporter: in new orleans, they're hoping the flood control systems fortified after katrina will help keep the city dry. you see this pond? this is water out of lake pontchartrain. that levee is all that's keeping this water out of that neighborhood. more than a half foot of rain already in mississippi. hundreds of roads submerged. officials preparing for more possible rescues tonight. you're anticipating you're going to have to get people? >> we'll have to go in and get some people out, yes, ma'am. >> eva joining us now from bay st. louis, mississippi. we see the water there. officials now going door to door to get families to leave, eva? >> reporter: that's right, david. they are especially encouraging people in low-lying areas to get out now, while they still can. they're closely monitoring the
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foot of rain still expected here. the beach, they're bracing for up to three feet of storm surge. david? >> the angry waters there we hind you. eva, thank you. ginger zee is with us now with the current track. where is the storm right now? >> reporter: the center of cindy is about 125 miles southeast of galveston, texas. you can see it clearly on the satellite and radar put together, as it spins towards the coast. it will hit tomorrow morning. the center of it. but we have already seen impacts, as you just saw. we've got a tornado watch in place from wright, florida, back through louisiana. timing would be tomorrow morning. a thursday event. with the wind speeds, max sustained around 50. gusting to 65. but that is not the primary threat. as you so well said earlier in this program, you can see some of the six-plus inches that could still fall in northern alabama, or northwest georgia, where we find flash flood watch watches. warnings all the way through almost new orleans there. >> all right, tracking it through the night. i'll see you on "gma" in the
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wild fires we're tracking tonight. this is now the fifth day of the triple digit heat in the west. and some places reaching near 130 degrees. and there are now power outages because of the heat. abc's matt gutman in phoenix tonight, where they have broken yet another record, today reaching 117. >> reporter: that heat cooking the southwest tonight. multiple wildfires tearing through california and arizona. where flames blasted through sonoita, init is rating six structures. hundreds of residents there evacuated. surging demand is triggering power outages. >> this is not the day for the air to be going out. >> reporter: and airport slowdowns. hundreds of flights delayed this week. airport workers seeking shade in luggage carts. these construction workers ducking beneath an excavator. we teamed up with phoenix fire and rescue today -- some sort of heat related illness. taking multiple heat calls. call after call.
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>> no love. this is what we do all day. >> reporter: some actually seeking the heat. tourists flocking to 128 degree temps in death valley. pavement so hot, pets in phoenix outfitted with protective shoes tonight. >> matt, authorities there are warning everyone how deadly the heat can be? >> reporter: that's right, david. on average, more than twice as many americans are killed from heat than from tornadoes. but there is also a significant concern tonight that people might get burned because surfaces, even at ballparks like this, are so hot. check this out. concrete reads 150 degrees and chair and the bleachers here, 164 degrees, david. >> wow. that's why you have to be so careful with the children. matt gutman, thank you. we turn now to that special election in georgia overnight, being closely watched by the white house and the country. republicans holding onto their seat, karen handel winning. so, let's get right to cecilia vega tonight. as you know, this was the most spent ever on a congressional race and democrats still could not pull this off. the president now 4-0.
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>> reporter: exactly. and the democrats spent more than five times as much as republicans on this race, david. there is a lot of soul searching going on here in washington. some democrats say that business as usual just isn't cutting it. others are pointing the finger directly at nancy pelosi, calling for a change in leadership. tonight, this white house is celebrating. this is a win. >> cecilia vega live from the white house. next, jared kushner taking on another of his many tasks. this time, peace in the middle east. >> the president sends his best regards and it's an honor to be here with you. >> meeting first with netanyahu. then with ma hue abbas. but it comes amid questions about curb nerp's security cleern back here at home. he is expected to be questioned by congressional investigators about his failure to disclose meetings with russian officials. we move to cop toll hill today, and suberring testimony from the department of homeland security. bu
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tonight is if the president agrees with his own department of homeland security. abc's mary bruce on the hill for us again tonight. >> reporter: just how far did russia go to meddle in the u.s. election? on capitol hill today, one of the nation's top cyber security officials painted a stark picture. >> internet-connected election related networks in 21 states were potentially targeted by russian government cyber actors. >> reporter: but they were not able to change or tamper with any votes. >> a small number of systems were unsuccessfully exploited, as though somebody had rattled the doorknob but was unable to get in, so to speak. >> reporter: on the other side of the capitol, the former homeland security chief said there are no doubts. russia's president, vladimir putin, was behind the attacks. >> in 2016, the russian government, at the direction of havladimir putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation, for the purpose of influencing our election. that is a fact, plain and simple. >> reporter: b j
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where the president stands. >> just very plainly, a yes or no answer, does president trump believe that the russian government interfered in the 2016 elections? >> i think -- i have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing. obviously, we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today. i'd be glad to touch base. >> let's go to mary bruce on the hill. it was last night, mary, we heard you press the republican leader in the senate, when will americans see this bill, their proposal to repeal and replace obamacare. what's the timeline? >> reporter: david, this bill is the best kept secret in washington. even republicans helping to write the bill still don't know what is in it. how americans will pay for their coverage. but tomorrow morning, we will finally see how senate republicans plan to overhaul obamacare. david? >> big focus on the medicaid numbers tomorrow. mary bruce, thank you. and promising word coming in this evening that congressman steve scalise is improving. also, the fbi tonight finding,
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that shooting on the ball field. the gunman injuring five people in a hail of bull lets, as the republican team was preparing for a charity baseball game. the fbi finding that james hodgkinson acted alone, and tonight, the hospital reporting that representative scalise has been upgraded to fair condition, he's now beginning a long period of healing and rehab and of course, we wish him well. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the new health headline about alzheimer's, olive oil and memory. also, the young muslim girl killed in a case of road rage. the community stunned. and what happened today as her funeral was being held. your money tonight. if you're traveling for the 4th of july, the best day on the calendar to find the travel deals. and if website tonight that rebooks your car rental over and over until it finds the lowest price for you. and look at this. we couldn't believe this. the runaway bus here in new york city, in reverse, no one onboard. and what we've learned tonight from authorities about that bus and the driver.
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>> reporter: traveling light? no frills basic economy fares are available on airlines like delta, united and american. by choosing basic economy on this flight from dallas to baltimore, we save $20 compared to the main cabin rate. you can also use websites like google flights or the hopper app, which will tell you when flights are predicted to go up or down and pin point the cheapest days to fly. david? >> all right, really great advice. kayna, thank you. when we come back tonight, the new headline about olive oil and alzheimer's. there is news coming in tonight about the driver. and george clooney back in the news tonight, but look at this. what's in his hand right there? that drink? well, it turns out, it was worth a billion. we'll be right back. in the mirror everyday. when i look in the mirror everyday. everyday, i think how fortunate day, .i think is toe that we find a cure? i think how much i can do to help change people's lives. i may not benefit from those breakthroughs, but
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a baseball bat. hundreds of people turning out for today's service. family and friends describing her as a generous and caring person. a memorial for the girl placed in washington, d.c. was set on fire today. to that runway bus here in new york city. an empty city bus tearing down the street in reverse, crashing into cars and hitting a church. tonight, we've learned the driver on the job for only three days. investigators are looking into whether she forgot to set the parking brake. incredibly, nobody was seriously injured. the new health headline tonight about alzheimer's an olive oil. researchers say a new study in mice supports the idea that extra virgin olive oil may have positive effects on memory. the study showing mice with a diet high in olive oil retained memory and learning ability. the benefits for us still being studies. pass research has linked the mediterranean diet with olive oil with a lower alzheimer's risk. the oscar winning selling he tequila company for $1 billion.
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finally tonight, america strong. and the graduate, the little fighter who saw something right here a year ago. she was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer when she was just 5, a preschooler. she underwent intensive treatment at st. jude's children's research hospital in memphis. last year, when libbi was at her sickest, she was watching something right here on the news, about other children like her and their victories. graduating from kind ergarten a st. jude. >> it really -- it gave us strength, it really did. >> just seeing them and how strong they were and how brave they were, it just made me excited that, you know, hopefully one day, that will be here on that stage, graduating and, you know, living her dream, because her dream was kindergarten. >> reporter: a year later, it's now will libby's turn. a triumph, now healthy, with no evidence of cancer. along with 12 classmates,
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can't even keep up with her anymore. she's going at 110%. she's better than ever. >> she's energetic, she is singing again, you know, she loves to sing. and also just being a big sister, too. >> reporter: she's now learned how to ride a bike. and in the process, teaching us all a lesson about resilience, after she watched that graduation one year ago. >> made us hopeful. we knew they had been through some of the same things that she had been through with treatment and how difficult it was. it almost became a dream for us that it's possible and one day she'll be able to graduate kindergarten. >> we are celebrating libby and her parents tonight. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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