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tonight on "world news," bold strike. an international mystery with real consequences. a bomb wipes out many of the syrian ruler's closest henchmen. is this the beginning of the end? severe storms, knocking out power, bringing travel to a stand still. man hunt. heartstopping video. a little girl nearly snatched by this stranger in broad daylight. how police are enlisting every one of us to eye department if i the predator. made in america. the firestorm over those olympic uniforms, made in china. well, what about the clothes on your back? tonight, david muir with american workers who are already bringing jobs and that label
right back home. good evening. tonight, an astonishing strike at the heart of a dictatorship. it is like something out of an international thriller. a bomb, right in the command center of syria's president bashar assad. at least three of his key commanders have been killed, including his powerful brother-in-law. one rebel said, "this is the beginning of the end." so, what does this mean for the united states? and what about syria's dangerous ally, iran? abc's global affairs anchor christiane amanpour has the story tonight. >> reporter: fighting raged in the capital after an unp unprecedented strike at the heart of the once untouchable syrian regime. bashar assad must be wondering
who he can trust after a bomb was detonated in once of its military headquarters -- exploding in their situation room -- killing at least three of them. the headquarters is one of the most secure compounds in all of syria. the killer would have had to make his way past a road block with guards sr. rounding the building. and then, past an eight-foot wall, also patrolled by armed guards, before getting inside. but was it an inside job? among the dead, president bashar assad's brother-in-law, his sister's husband, and one of the most feared men in syria. also killed, his defense minister. figures instrumental in carrying out the brutal crackdown. tonight, the armed rebels battling assad's forces claimed responsibility. but details about how the bomb was planted are not clear. opposition officials say it was a bodyguard that put the bomb in the room and then detonated by
remote control. reaction was swift from the obama administration. >> this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. >> reporter: as for president assad himself, he has not been seen since the bombing, fueling all kinds of rumors. when i last interviewed him in 2005, i asked him about the u.s. overtly seeking a new syrian leader, even then. >> i feel very confident for one reason. i was made in syria. i wasn't made in the united states. i'm not worried. >> reporter: today, i spoke with >> reporter: he must be worried now. i spoke with a senior israeli official here in jerusalem about what might happen to assad himself. >> unfortunately, we are going to witness quite a long process of bloodshed. otherwise, he might be assassinated and it could -- it can happen within a day. >> and christiane amanpour joining us now. is this a signal the end is near? >> reporter: i think everybody is hoping that will be the case. and you cannot have the decapitation of the regime's
entire defense, intelligence and security apparatus without it having a severe impact on the regime. on the other hand, some people say he might double down and really fight to the very end. >> but what impact does this have on iran? does this mean iran is also weakened, isolated? >> reporter: well, diane, i think that would be the case, because syria is iran's only arab ally in this region. if syria were weakened, if assad were to go, that would end iran's main alliance in this region. >> all right, christiane amanpour reporting in tonight. and as christiane knows, iran is front and center in another terror attack tonight. this one, on-board a bus carrying young israeli tourists, as they made their way to a resort in bulgaria. more than 32 were wounded, at least six were killed. the white house condemned the attack and israeli prime minister benjamin knelt ya hue said, quote, all signs point to iran. and back here at home, huge
storms are tearing through the northeast tonight. here is a picture taken just a little while ago from 10,000 feet in the air, manhattan under a massive mountain of hail, thunder, lightened. and abc's wetter editor sam champion here with us now. >> reporter: good evening, diane. we are breaking for just part of this country the fourth heat wave with the strong and powerful storms. show you pictures that tell you some of the information coming into us right now. this line of storms extends from massachusetts all the way to virginia and then west. that including every major metropolitan city. 25,000 people without power in new jersey. lightning strikes, thousands of them at radar sites per hour. now, remember, these are high temperatures today. 101 at laguardia, 104 in newark. baltimore, 107. and we're breaking this heat with this long line of storms. there will be pictures in the news to show trees down, power out, all of the things that come
with the storms. >> not used to seeing it over the skyline of manhattan. thank you, sam. as you said, the storms are cracking the heat wave in the northeast. but for the rest of the country, the drought is unrelenting. by one estimate, three-fifths of the usa, from sea to shining sea, is dry. and you can see how dry, on the mighty mississippi river, which is where we find abc's ryan owens tonight. >> reporter: you are looking at an indiana golf course. it's so dry, balls drop through the cracks of what any other summer is a water hazard. in nebraska, this river is so low, the fish have no place to swim. and the mississippi river isn't nearly as mighty as it should be. this seems to me that we're starting to get a little thin here, right? >> very thin. >> reporter: george leavell runs a tow boat company in memphis. his crews navigate massive barges through these increasingly narrow channels, dotted with dry docks. one of his men shot this picture of an island that appeared right in front of his boat.
>> we lose another couple of feet here, we're going to be in bad shape. >> reporter: watch when our captain hit a shallow spot, nothing but thick dark mud spewing from the back of the boat. the river is more than 17 feet below normal. crews are forced to lighten the load on these barges so they won't run aground. increasing the cost of transporting everything from coal to corn. today, the agriculture secretary updated the president on just how dire this drought has become. >> i get on my knees every day and i'm saying an extra prayer now. if i had a rain prayer, a rain dance i could do, i would do it. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, memphis. and now, we move to politics, your voice, your vote. 111 days to go until voters go to the polls. and governor mitt romney is closing in on his choice for vice president. today, both he and his wife ann spoke out. here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: who's he going to pick? that was the question to mitt romney again today.
this time, from a voter who wants a tea partier as vice president. >> i can assure you that even thought i have not chosen the person who will be my vice president, that person will be a conservative. >> reporter: the list is getting smaller. romney confidants say chris christie, once considered a top kpd, is out. his bombastic style made him a star, but incidents like this one last month, when somebody on the jersey shore said something he didn't like -- >> keep walking. keep walking. >> reporter: showed he's a little too hot to be the guy running next to mitt romney. so, who is in? only romney knows for sure. but two names seem to be at the top. ohio senator rob portman and minnesota governor tim pawlenty. like romney, a straight-laced former governor. unlike romney, he's the son of a truck driver, with blue collar roots. he talked to us today. >> everybody brings something different to the table in terms of their experiences, their perspectives. we're all a product of where we're from and where we were raised. >> reporter: other possibilities
include republican budget guru paul ryan and rising star marco rubio. while the campaign is mum about the vp pick, they are talking about this. >> will you follow your father's example? >> maybe. >> reporter: new democratic video poking fun at ann romney's favorite hobby. show. >> it makes me laugh. it's like, really? you know, there's so many people out of work right now. and there's this guy right here that has the answers for fixing the economy and all these attacks are going to be -- they're going to try everything. they are going to throw spaghetti on the wall. >> reporter: as for the vp pick, ann romney says she's been talking to his husband a lot about it. she told robin roberts, quote, we're not quite there yet, but we're going to be soon. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> and be sure to tune in tomorrow to "good morning america," for robin's full interview with ann romney. and now, the latest on the firestorm over those u.s. olympic uniforms, which were, in
fact, made in china. broadcast first here on "world news." today, a new proposal in congress, calling on the federal government to buy only made in america apparel. and abc's david muir and our made in america team set out to learn how many of our clothes are made in america tonight. and, he's here to tell us about a comeback. david? >> reporter: encouraging trend, diane. we know the number we reported here. more than hatch of what we bought in the '60s was made in america, in fact. now, it's 98%. but tonight, the red hot conversation fueled by the olympic uniforms led us to american companies bringing jobs back and those made in america labels, too. it was the simple inspection that ignited a firestorm. sharyn asking to see the labels on the olympic uniforms. made in china. ralph lauren now saying they'll make them in america for the 2014 games. but we've heard from so many american brands big and small who aren't waiting to bring manufacturing back. underneath the l.a. sky, inside
this old garment building, one american label sewing that notion that it can be done here. made in america, how are you? ryan roberts, going strong, telling us the key all along was making it here. when you first started, you were actually making the clothes in mexico? >> everything that could go wrong went wrong. the fabric, there were flaws. it was shrinking. >> reporter: so he brought it back. why make it in america? >> we can turn a product around in a very short amount of time, if i was doing this overseas, it just wouldn't be possible. >> reporter: flash forward and one outfit at a time, his sales are up, because he says so many more customers are now asking, is it made in america? and he's not the only one. economists point out in china, manufacturing is expected to hit a seven-month low. in america, it is coming home, dubbed reshoring. in two years, adding more than a half million jobs in manufacturing. >> we're growing and running out of space. >> reporter: in philadelphia, this designer brought her clothing line back from bangladesh, growing so fast, her studio is bursting at the sales.
>> that's what we used to do here, you know? and we can still do it. >> reporter: a big change after that big eye-opener a year ago, at grand central, asking people, would they take off everything, not made in america? >> haiti. >> reporter: and it turns out the big names are listening, too. david muir, "world news." we melt mario, making suits for brooks brothers. business is booming again. three-quarters of the suits made here in america and growing. 1.5 million ties made here. and we weren't the only ones checking the labels today. >> made in america? i love it. >> reporter: you knew what we were up to here? >> kind of spying on you. >> reporter: help me pick one out for tonight. they did, all right. along with mario. showed me all of his made in america ties. >> that's the winner. >> reporter: that's the one, she said. this is the tie they voted. i bought it. when we first started this made in america thing on "world news" a year ago, it wasn't about replacing your entire home or
wardrobe. just one thing, $66 or so, 200,000 jobs. they wanted me to try out this made in america bow tie. i have no idea how to tie a bow tie, so -- >> i love everything made in america. of course, but call me before you wear this. >> reporter: on the air, right? >> thank you so much, david. good news about this comeback. and coming up next, a little girl nearly snatched in broad daylight, and saved by the screams of her baby brother. a manhunt under way. the secret weapon police are using to get their man. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger,
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>> we don't talk about financial problems. >> this is almost like a riches to rags story. >> reporter: the film brought greenfield acclaim and a liable suit from the king of versailles, david, who says he never went broke. >> they took the quote out of context and said you know riches to rags to appease the 99% who don't like the 1%. >> reporter: but the timeshare mogul did have to stop construction for years. even putting versailles on the market. but his business is now thriving, as is jacki's shopping. >> oh, my goodness her shopping. guc gucch, valuen tee know, versace. >> reporter: and they hop to start building again soon. >> it doesn't feel big. >> reporter: you want to make it bigger? >> no, no. i don't want -- i want to make it done. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, florida. >> and we thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be along later. and, of course, we'll see you right back here again tomorrow