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ncy reag breaking news this friday night. the new fights breaking out at a trump rally. both outside, and inside. the clashes captured on video. >> get them out of here. >> the new security concerns after the assault earlier this week. as trump's republican rivals mount a last-ditch effort to stop him tuesday night. celebrating nancy reagan. the former presidents. he first ladies sitting beside one another. the laughter among them. the candor from nancy reagan's children. and diane sawyer among those remembering mrs. reagan. the deadly flooding. hundreds of rescues. states of emergency. and the two storms hitting this weekend. the urgent manhunt right now. a brazen escape. an american city. neighbors on high alert. two violent prisoners. one accused of murder, breaking free. and the alarming new headline about the zika virus. new cases expected in the u.s.,
not from travelers coming back, instead breaking out right here. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with breaking news on the race for the white house. tensions boiling over at another donald trump rally. both inside and outside the event. protesters, linking arms, police trying to pull them apart. after the scene in north carolina this week, a trump supporter punching a protester as he was led away. trump showing little siympathy for them. are his own words encouraging them? tom llamas leads us off from florida. >> reporter: tonight, clashes outside of a donald trump rally.
police taking down a protester. another protester bleeding next to an ambulance. and tension inside the st. louis event. >> get him out of here. he's all mouth. >> reporter: trump firing back at the growing number of protesters disrupting his rallies. >> go home to mommy! get him out, troublemaker! go home and get a job! >> reporter: multiple interruptions, some for more than ten minutes. >> can i be honest with you? it adds to the flavor. >> reporter: but lately that flavor, red-hot. in north carolina on wednesday, a protester sucker-punched, and knocked to the ground. police arresting 78-year-old john mcgraw. trump saying today there are instances where his crowd should fight back. >> when i said i'd like to bang him, that was a very vicious, you know a guy swinging, very loud and then started swinging at the audience, and you know what, the audience swung back.
and i thought it was very, very appropriate. >> reporter: senator marco rubio pointing the finger at trump for the violence. >> there's only one candidate that has violence at his events. >> reporter: and now the trump campaign dealing with a police investigation. michelle fields, from the conservative news site breitbart, accusing trump campaign manager corey lewandowski of battery -- claiming lewandoski grabbed her so hard her arm bruised. >> the thing is, you don't grab a female reporter or any reporter the way that he grabbed me. >> reporter: lewandoski calling fields "delusional." the trump campaign calling the accusations "entirely false." you know him well. is that something you could see him ever doing? >> i know him so well. in fact i know him so well he happens to be right here. i can tell you i don't see him doing that in a million years. >> reporter: and today, trump and dr. ben carson exchanging compliments, as carson endorsed his former rival all of this ahead of tuesday's critical showdown. primaries in winner-take-all states of florida and ohio. and today the rubio campaign
urging voters in ohio to support governor john kasich to help beat trump. >> clearly john kasich has a better chance of winning ohio than i do. >> reporter: rubio's eyes all on florida. but david, donald trump says he's the one who is bringing new voters to the republican party and they should seize the opportunity and unify around him, he says the candidate who can win in november. david? >> tom, thank you. as the race for the white house moves forward, tonight a look back. celebrating a first lady. today, presidents and first ladies sat beside each other. former first lady nancy reagan laid to rest today. there, in the front row, michelle obama, the bushes, and secretary clinton. diane sawyer among those speaking about mrs. reagan. matt gutman in california.
>> reporter: it was a tribute to the lady in red, and the legendary love story in the white house. nancy reagan was 94, and president reagan wrote those famous love letters, some of which were later published. >> she loves to laugh. and her laugh is like tinkling bells. i hear those bells, and i feel good all over. >> reporter: tom selleck and mr. t also there. and in the front row, the families of current and former presidents. hillary clinton and laura bush showing a knowing book over anecdotes of nancy reagan's
fierce defense of her ronnie. >> they were a couple. they were co-equals. they complimented one another. >> reporter: in their eulogies, the children focused not on her love for them, but on her love for the president. >> they were two halves of a closed circle. >> reporter: and a daughter's sometimes layered relationship with her mother. >> it's no secret that my mother and i had a challenging and often contentious relationship. our emotions burned up the color chart. nothing was ever gray.
but there were moments in our history when all that was going on between us was love. i choose to remember those moments. >> reporter: and our own diane sawyer remembered a needle point in nancy reagan's home. >> i know the words were from president reagan, and it said something like this, if you must leave, could you just take me with you? and i think of that again today. >> reporter: i'm told that nancy reagan began planning today's events while she was sthill in the white house. and this evening, she's being laid to rest in the ground beside president reagan, so close, as if they could hold hands. david? >> matt, thank you. we turn next to the other major headline, historic flooding. and we're also watching two storm systems that will hit this weekend. this driver in mississippi
trying to escape the flooding. and national guard troops trying to help families. 1,300 rescues today. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: north of hammond, louisiana, tonight, parish authorities need every boat they have. they're already up to 250 people rescued from floodwaters since early this morning. and the night is young. >> they come woke us up about 3:00 this morning and said we had to go. we didn't even know, we was sleeping. >> reporter: the rain just doesn't want to end. some areas along the gulf coast could still see six more inches, adding to the nearly two feet that's destroying homes and washing away roads. near shreveport, they were racing to sandbag the levee at red chute bayou. >> we're looking for trouble spots, areas where the levee might be compromised first. >> reporter: already, neighborhoods around the bayou look like they're sitting in a bath -- 3,500 people have been forced to leave their homes. abc's phillip mena is at the levee this evening.
>> the water is less than a foot from topping this levee. authorities are nervous. if the levee breaks, it would be disastrous. >> reporter: the national guard has had a busy week, releasing this video of some of their 1,300 rescues. you haven't been in here yet? we went with debbie cooke today, in greenville, mississippi, to see her home after three feet of flood waters finally let it be. >> it's something the lord did. we can't do nothing about it. just pray for us and hope we don't get any more hard rain. >> reporter: here in hammond, louisiana, they're moving families out of the water and into shelters. tonight the weather service is calling this the kind of rain event that happens every 1,000 years. david? >> and rob is tracking two storms. >> yes, deep tropical moisture, 2 to 4 inches as it moves east.
flash flood and river flood watches are in effect through the weekend. and the next storm coming in from california, severe weather for the flood zone. and southern california, a couple of more storms coming in. they need the rain, but now the ground is becoming unstable. >> rob, thank you. from new mexico, the new reward amid the manhunt for two dangerous criminals escaping from a prison van. the suspects in street clothes in albuquerque, the police nearly catching them, and then another escape. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: police tonight are desperate to get this escaped convict off the streets, because they know what he's capable of. lionel clah, seen here firing away at police in a 2007 confrontation. he's not alone.
now on the run with convicted murderer joseph cruz, who escaped with him from this van while being transferred from one prison in new mexico to another wednesday night. >> we know they were fully shackled by handcuffis and bell chains. >> reporter: a few hours after they disappeared from the van, the fugitives showed up in a hotel 200 miles away in albuquerque. caught on surveillance, they looked quite at ease, smiling, the white prison suits and shackles long gone. and they're staying on the move and have probably split up. police believe they spotted clah last night driving with two unidentified people, before disappearing again. the fbi has joined the hunt, and u.s. marshalls are offering a reward for capture. >> pierre, thank you. next to a scandal at one of the nation's most high-profile
veterans' support groups. the two at the top fired. the project raising over $3 million last year alone from everyday americans. brian ross reporting, as many ask, was the money spent on those wounded warriors? >> reporter: tonight, one of the country's most prominent veterans charities is under fire and looking for a new leader. >> please help carry the rest of these wounded warriors the rest of the way home. >> reporter: wounded warrior has raised more than a billion dollars to help veterans injured in iraq and afghanistan. but wounded warrior insiders allege the charity squandered millions of dollars on extravagant conferences, fancy restaurants, even $250,000 a year for candy and sodas. >> it was like an out-of-control frat party. there was heavy drinking, dancing, inappropriate sexual behaviors. there was everything -- it was just totally out of control.
>> choose to grow. >> reporter: the wounded warrior board has now dismissed the charity's ceo, steve nardizzi, and his chief operating officer. across the country, there are more than 40,000 charities who compete for attention and contributors' money as they seek to help american military heroes. at charity called helping a hero, some veterans told abc they felt uncomfortable. >> it felt like a dog and pony show. >> reporter: some veterans also criticized the decision to give former president george w. bush $100,000 to speak at a fund raising gala in 2012. >> for him to be paid to raise money for veterans that were wounded in combat under his orders, i don't think that's right. >> reporter: the charity says bush's appearance helped it to raise an extra million dollars. for americans concerned about
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