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tonight, the dramatic fall from grace. the man once second in line to the presidency, tonight, his decision. possible prison time now after charges over alleged hush money. years after he was a popular high school wrestling coach. breaking developments today. the president reversing course. keeping more american troops in afghanistan than he once said. the race for 2016. and joe biden tonight, what he's now saying. and donald trump and ben carson seeing eye to eye. their new demand the otherwise, threatening to skip the next debate. chaos at american airports. tens of thousands of passengers held up. the computer glitch involving the terror watch list. from dallas to washington to new york. and attention holiday shoppers.
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tonight that could spell major deals for you. the four bargains you might see. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that dramatic fall. a bombshell decision from a man who was once one of the most powerful men in washington. former speaker of the house dennis hastert. and a move that could keep his secrets from coming out in open court. signaling he will plead guilty in a criminal case. prosecutors accusing hastert of paying hush money to hide misconduct. that misconduct going back to his time as a high school teacher. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on hastert's move, the prison time he might now face and the family tonight, saying, the truth is out. >> reporter: the decision today by 73-year-old dennis hastert to plead guilty means there will be no trial, and none of his dark secrets will be exposed in open court.
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>> mr. speaker. >> reporter: but in exchange, the former speaker of the house, once second in line to the presidency, may spend time in prison, the first speaker ever to do so. the charges against hastert grow out of his role as a popular illinois high school wrestling coach in the 1970s. authorities say hastert sexually abused several teenage boys on the team, and then a few years ago, began to pay one of them more than $1 million in hush money to keep quiet. 16 years old. >> reporter: jolene burdge told abc news her late brother, steven reinboldt, was one of hastert's victims, something she learned years later, she says, when her brother told her he was >> i asked him when was his first same sex experience? i mean, he -- he just looked at me and said, it was with dennis hastert. and i just -- i know i was stunned. i said, "why didn't you ever tell anybody, stevie? he was your teacher, why didn't
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you ever tell anybody?" and he just looked at me and said, "who is ever going to believe me in this town, who is ever going to believe me?" >> reporter: for years, jolene burge tried to expose what dennis hastert allegedly did. and today, she said, even if there is no trial, the world now knows what kind of a man dennis hastert is. >> he'll plead out, and try to make this go away as quickly as he can. and he can do that, but the truth is out. >> reporter: in the end, authorities say, what tripped up hastert was his recent effort to pay off one of his victims. he's charged with violating bank laws for the way he handled his huge cash withdrawals and then lying to the fbi about them. he's expected to plead guilty to one of those two counts, either one of which usually leads to time behind bars. brian ross, abc news. >> brian, thank you. next tonight, to the other developing headline today. a reversal from president obama on afghanistan.
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more troops there, beyond 2016. that means as many as 5,500 troops will still be there, instead of the 1,000 he had planned. all of this comes amid growing strengthening. and the recent deadly u.s. air strike on a doctors without borders hospital. tonight, we have new images of the aftermath at that hospital, and the president's explanation. why troops will now stay in much larger numbers. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: the 9,800 american troops in afghanistan today were supposed to start coming home after 14 years of war, and more than 2,200 u.s. forces killed. but today, a somber president obama put a halt to that drawdown. >> i've decided to maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops in afghanistan through most of next year. >> reporter: and that won't end it. as many as 5,500 will remain in 2017.
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president obama has been promising for years that america's involvement in afghanistan would end. >> this year, we will bring america's longest warp to a responsible end. >> reporter: he made the same promise in iraq and did withdraw. isis then swept through large swaths of the country and u.s. forces are back. in afghanistan, with the taliban gaining ground, and isis becoming a threat, today's decision means u.s. forces can keep targeting extremists, and assisting afghan forces. aiding afghan forces is what led in part to the tragedy earlier this month in kunduz, shown in these new images. u.s. strikes were called in, mistakenly hitting a hospital, leaving dozens of patients and staff dead or missing. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight from our washington bureau. and martha, we already heard the president apologize after that strike at the hospital, but do we know anything more about the strike, given the doctors
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without borders had given authorities their coordinates? >> reporter: they had, david. and officials have said u.s. forces would not have intentionally targeted a hospital. so, clearly, the so-called rules of engagement were not followed. they are trying to find out why not and where that breakdown happened. but we should have answers soon. david? >> martha raddatz, thank you. we turn now to breaking news out of malaysia. world of an arrest that could involve the personal information of u.s. service members. the department of justice tonight announcing a suspected hacker under arrest now for helping isis. authorities saying he stole personal information belonging to u.s. service members and federal employees. the u.s. now trying to extradite him back to america. we turn now to the race for 2016 tonight, vice president joe biden asked point blank today, can you just tell us when you'll decide? the clock, of course, ticking for the vice president, as today, a prominent democrat who once said he should follow his heart is now saying, it's time to decide. abc's chief white house
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how biden answered today. >> reporter: joe biden was in full vp mode today. at the president's side in the morning, and then, awaiting the president of south korea in the afternoon. but what about the big question? >> are you running for president? >> i will answer in corey korean. >> are you made your decision yet? >> reporter: nothing? nothing at all? >> i'll tell you what -- good to see you all. >> reporter: a source close to biden says he's nearing a final decision. after hillary clinton's strong debate performance, fellow democrats are growing increasingly impatient. senator barbara boxer, a clinton supporter, who in august said biden should do whatever is in his heart, is now telling politico, "i just don't think there's a ration nall for his campaign. i think he should endorse hillary." and today, clinton got a big endorsement from a member of the
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housing secretary hul yan castro, widely speculated as a possible clinton running mate. >> he has always, always been there for us, and today, we're here for her. >> reporter: so, what is biden thinking? his younger brother, frank, told "the palm beach post" today, he's having a, quote, dialogue between his head and his heart and he's not being swayed by outside factors. >> the waiting game continues. jon karl live at the white house tonight. and jon, i wanted to show everyone at home this image from one of the past republican debates. ben carson there on the left, of course, donald trump. and word tonight that carson and trump are now threatening to boycott the next debate? >> reporter: they are, david. they are making demands to change the debate format. for one, they want the republican candidates to get a statements. the democrats had a chance to do that in their debate. so far, republicans have not. and they also want to limit the time to the debate to two hours. if those candidates are not met, they say they will boycott the debate. >> all right, too be continued. jon karl tonight. thanks.
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next tonight, to a computer crash, leading to long lines at several airports here in the u.s. that crash involving the terror watch list. affected this extended to washington, new york, boston and beyond. tonight. >> reporter: part of the critical security system that checks those coming into the country slowed to a crawl, leaving thousands of travelers in line. >> they just said there was a nationwide computer glitch. >> reporter: more than us can on thes. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: the system problem airports. was this a security threat? that they do have redundant bad people can't come into the country. those redundant systems are slower, which is why, for those thousands of travelers, it was a wait. >> we needed to fill out some forms, old school style and, so i filled out the form. >> reporter: the customs and border protection problem lasted for 90 minutes.
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each day, 300,000 passengers pass through the country's airports. customs and border protections tells us there is no indication there was a security breach or a hack in their computer system. and the computer slowdown did not jeopardize security. washington. >> david, thank you. next, the national weather service tonight out with the new winter forecast this evening, predicting this year's el nino record. what that could mean for all of us here in a moment. but first, to the immediate weather headline at this hour, record heat and drought fueling raging wildfires in texas. tonight, the fire burning across 4,000 acres, forcing 400 families from their homes. a state of emergency tonight, and several homes already burned to the ground. abc's clayton sandell on the scene. >> reporter: military helicopters helping take on a blaze that in 24 hours exploded in size. burning at least nine homes to the ground. the governor declaring a state
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of disaster. >> this has to be an echo of a nightmare that they faced just a few years ago. >> reporter: in 2011, the most destructive blaze in texas history leveled more than 1,600 homes in bastrop and killed two people. it is hot and dry here now, even after record rainfall just this spring. more than 400 homes evacuated. >> there's nothing you can do except pray. >> reporter: you can see the large helicopters have been dropping water on the smoke and the fire. all day, thousands of gallons. they've made lots of progress, but there's still lots of work to be done. david? >> all right, clayton, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, tracking the heat and the drought and it doesn't look good. >> reporter: no, that part of texas, incredible heat for this time of year. and going to be hot again tomorrow. 92 degrees today, 91 in austin and plus, gusty winds to the north. that's part of a very strong cold front that is going to bring an end to the growing season for a good chunk of the u.s. look at chicago tomorrow morning. 33 degrees. we spread the cold to the east on saturday.
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the freezing mark in detroit, 34 degrees in d.c. and yes, there's going to be snow around the great lakes. >> first taste of winter. el nino, you were in the news room today, saying this forecast is interesting. >> reporter: yeah, noaa releasing the winter forecast. we're going to see a lot of storms across the southwest. cooler and welter than normal in the south. and after two very harsh winters, there's a good chance, david, that the northern states may get a slightly warmer than average winter. >> i'm going to try to hold you to that. rob, thank you. next tonight, to the case of parents behaving badly, making national headlines tonight. the children now paying the price. one school can selling f- canceling the season. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, this youth football field deserted, the season cancelled. >> this year, it got kind of bad with the parents fighting and yelling from the stands. fist-fighting. >> reporter: we've seen parents behaving badly in other towns. even fighting. this one, caught on exclusive video from our san diego station kgtv just weeks ago. and that's what happened in
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mt. pleasant, but then, officials say, things took a darker turn. officials first rescheduling a game because of anonymous threats, and now, this week, bullet casings found at the field gates, with the names of officials and coaches written on them. >> i have no idea where it's coming from, but it's got to stop. the kids have more sense than the adults here. >> reporter: as for those kids, they don't have playoffs this year, but they do have a lesson for their parents. >> this is not the way to handle situations. usually, the way to handle stuff like this is just stay calm. >> reporter: it's still a mystery who left the bullet casings on the field, but we have learned that parents are being interviewed about the incident. of course, the real victims in all of this are those kids who don't get to play in their super bowl this year. david? >> matt gutman with us again tonight. matt, thank you. now, to a headline involved social security tonight. the government safing that social security recipients will get no cost of living increase next year. those annual raises tied to inflation, but inflation is down
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because of falling gas prices. the decision affecting nearly 65 million americans including retirees and the disabled. and to another headline that will affect millions of american shoppers tonight. it involves walmart. the giant now expecting lower earnings next year. the value of that stock plunging on the news. the biggest stock holders, four members of the walton family, their net worth, $122 billion, losing more than $11 billion in a single day. walmart losing out to amazon and other online merchants. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jar vils the american shopper. >> reporter: tonight, bald news for investors could be the ultimate gift to shoppers this holiday season. walmart stock hit again today after wiping out $21 billion in value earlier this week. the world's largest retailer facing cut throat competition from online giant amazon. and that means even deeper discounts this christmas. >> they've had to be very
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they've had to focus on making sure that they're priced the same as amazon. >> reporter: and it's not just walmart. across the board, retailers are competing on price. as soon as one cuts prices, everyone else fallow ollow. many already offering lay away to price matching to friends and family discounts. experts predicting 30% to 40% discounts will soon be standard fare. >> as we get closer to the holiday and certainly after christmas, they'll billion 40%, 50% off. walmart. because people are shopping online, more than ever. >> reporter: more than ever, david, but here's what's the interesting part of all of this. even though we are shopping more online, we're still this holiday season going to spend six times online. >> all right, rebecca, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" lamar odom. condition tonight. the former star reportedly fighting for his life and you will hear the 911 call after he
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because he's got blood hanging out of his nose and white stuff coming out of his mouth. >> reporter: staffers at the love ranch say lamar was there for four days drinking, and took at least ten tabs of legal but unregulated herbal viagra they sold on site. they also say he told one of the girls he had used cocaine prior to his arrival at the ranch. >> somebody came up to me and said he apparently had some cocaine on him, that he did this on saturday. >> reporter: spokesperson richard hunter talked with the 911 operators after lamar was found in the ranch's v.i.p. suite, telling us today the former nba champion's mood changed suddenly the night before. >> he did get that phone call and that phone call seemed to bum him out. he told the girls he wanted to spend that night alone. the hospital. khloe kardashian, former teammates, and his children rushed to his bedside. his daughter tweeting this "please don't leave us." as of tonight, khloe and lamar's divorce has not been finalized.
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"people" magazine reporting right now that she is the one making all their medical decisions. david? >> kayna, thank you. when we come back mere what is draining the battery on your smartphone? it turns out it could be an app that many of us have. also, the major airline whose name we might never see again. the last flight about to be flown tomorrow. and the space telescope planets. the respected scientist who now believes they have found and alien object lightyears away.
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>> reporter: koko the gorilla has always loved babies, but never had one of her own. so, for her birthday, the gorilla foundation brought her a litter of kittens. >> sweet. >> reporter: koko fell in love with the gray one. the black one fell in love with her. >> yes. that's what you wanted. >> reporter: koko learned sign language from her human come pan companion companion, dr. penny patterson. they've been the best of friends ever since. over the years, this gorilla celebrity has shared a giggle with robin williams -- -- and expressed sadness when they told her williams had died. now, 44 years old, koko is bridging the species barrier again. david wright, abc news, new york. >> koko and the kittens tonight. and thank you for watching. i'm david muir. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night.
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