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breaking news tonight. donald trump and what he said about women, abortion and punishment. the backlash swift tonight. as we come on the air, trump himself with a new statement. you will hear what trump initially said that ignited a firestorm late today. the severe weather hitting at this hour. nearly 30 million americans bracing tonight. the whiteouts, the hail, the tornado watch. and that entire system now moving east. tonight, we have learned of a major terror plot foiled. the explosives, the arsenal discovered. dangerous driving? the new and disturbing test. the new headlights on some of the most popular cars. and you will see for yourself tonight, how far you can really see on the road. and the stunning fall. two sky divers over america. one knocked unconscious during the jump. the dramatic moments that follow. how they both survive.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with the uproar tonight involving donald trump. and what he said about abortion, and whether women who get abortions should be punished if it's banned. trump saying today, in his words, there has to be some form of punishment. when asked for the woman, the answer, yes, there has to be some form. but late today, trump issuing a new statement, what appears to be a complete reversal now. this evening, his republican opponents pouncing, and hillary clinton saying, quote, just when you thought it couldn't get worse. abc's jonathan karl with the video, what trump originally said, and then his statement just hours later. >> reporter: today in wisconsin, donald trump staked out a hard new line on abortion. at an nsnbc forum, he was asked if women who get abortions
should be punished, if it's made illegal. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, there has to be some form. >> ten cents, ten years, what? >> i don't know. that i don't know. that i don't know. >> well, why not? >> i don't know. because -- >> you take positions on everything else. >> frankly, i do take positions on everything else. it's a very complicated position. >> reporter: asked if there should be punishment for the man involved, trump said no. hillary clinton responded immediately, tweeting, "just when you thought it couldn't get worse. horrific and telling." >> reporter: trump's republican rivals, both of whom oppose abortion rights, today rejected the idea of punishing women who have abortions. and tonight, just three hours after his controversial statements, trump reversed himself completely, saying, if abortion is banned, quote, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. the woman is a victim. trump's comments come on a day he is firmly defending his campaign manager, corey
lewandowski, charged yesterday with battery, after this security video appeared to show him grabbing this female reporter. trump today openly mocked the reporter. >> this young woman reporter, who shouldn't have been where she was, and she grabbed me twice. she said, "i was jolted backwards." she wasn't, right? did anyone disagree? "someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down." did she go down? did she even go a little down, like, a little, like a couple of inches? >> reporter: but on "gma," trump took his criticism beyond the reporter, slamming the jupiter, florida, police department that charged lewandowski. >> do you think the jupiter police made the wrong call here? >> absolutely. i think they made a wrong call. i think it's an embarrassment. ♪ donald trump for president, folks ♪ ♪ don't forget to vote >> reporter: the controversy seems to be do nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of trump's supporters. here in appleton, wisconsin, people have been waiting some of them for hours, this line
extended for several blocks -- people waiting to get in to see donald trump. and now, as powerful republicans try to stop trump here, the front-runner is saying he may abandon the party if he loses the nomination. >> do you continue to pledge whoever the republican nominee is? >> no, i don't anymore. look -- >> you don't? >> no. we'll see who it is. >> reporter: trump's rivals seem to be abandoning the pledge, too. ohio governor john kasich and senator ted cruz both say they may not support trump if he wins the nomination. >> and jon karl with us live from wisconsin tonight. and jon, this new abortion controversy comes just before the key wisconsin primary, of course. i wanted to show everyone at home the new numbers tonight. ted cruz in the lead in wisconsin. donald trump trailing by ten points. a crucial state. and jon, trump's opponents pouncing and quickly on his comments today. >> reporter: yeah, and wisconsin's one of the biggest states left to vote. it is also a state where the winner gets most, if not all of the delegates. so, a loss here for donald trump in wisconsin would make it much
harder for him to get the delegates he needs to clinch the nomination before the convention this summer, david. >> jonathan karl in milwaukee tonight. jon, thank you. we turn to the severe weather at this hour. a tornado threat tonight. nearly 30 million americans in the storm zone right now. take a look at the track of the system. this driver waiting out a powerful storm in wichita. flash flooding making trouble for the commute in arkansas tonight. and the funnel cloud firing up in dexter, kansas, a short time ago. abc's fiphillip mena in dallas, where they are bracing for severe thunderstorms tonight. >> reporter: a man and his son running for cover in a hailstorm northeast of wichita. streets submerged in little rock. flash flood warnings, as these huge metal dumpsters float away. quarter-sized hail pounding morgan county, illinois. all part of a massive storm system that brought blinding snow to the rockies. authorities searching for a utah father, missing since he left to get help for his family when
their vehicle got stuck. in colorado, ten people injured after this suv crashed head-on into a bus. here in north texas, two hailstorms this month already causing an estimated $1 billion in damage. blue tarps, even umbrellas covering these homes in plano. insurance adjusters still processing claims for damaged vehicles. if you're ever caught in a hailstorm, to prevent damage like this, you can take the floor mats and use them to protect your vehicle. and in florida, dangerous lightning. one strike injuring three boca raton firefighters. david, here in dallas, we're still under the threat of severe weather. and tonight, millions more bracing for that storm system headed east. david? >> all right, phillip, thank you. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee. going to be an unsettling night. >> reporter: explosive night already. we can show you the severe thunderstorm watches, some of which have just gone up. the tornado watch in tech about
khanna, including parts of louisiana. i wish i could tell you that the threat ends tomorrow, but that is not the case. we take you through the morning. damaging winds in tennessee, alabama and mississippi. and then look how far that stretches, from chicago, down to the gulf. everyone in that area has to look out, not only for the damaging wind, tornadoes and hail, but the flash flooding, as we saw in little rock today. >> we'll be watching and i'll see you in the morning on "gma," ginger. we are learning tonight of a possible major terror plot. investigators have made a chilling dilgs coverry. an arsenal of explosives. the discovery comes amid the urgent manhunt for the man in the hat, still missing after the terror attacks in brussels. abc's alex marquardt, in paris, on the scope, the size of this new discovery, and how close they were to pulling it off. >> reporter: tonight, the chilling disclosure by french authorities. the imminent plot stopped before it could be carried out by reda kriket, a 32-year-old frenchman, tonight charged with
preparing the attack. in the apartment, which he rented under a fake name, security forces found an arsenal the prosecutor called "unprecedented." five ak-47 rifles. seven handguns. tatp, the explosive used in the paris and brussels attacks. detonators, acid and ball bearings. kriket had known ties to the paris attacks, convicted last year in absentia with paris mastermind abdelhamid abaaoud for recruiting jihadists to syria. kriket himself known to have gone to syria, and now we know he made it back to france. also tonight, disturbing reports out of brussels that the attackers there may have been targeting the prime minister's office. files reportedly found on a computer that had been thrown away contained photos and details of his office and home. at least one of the suspects from those attacks is still on the run tonight. david? >> alex marquardt in paris. thanks, alex. now, to new developments after the hijacking that played out for several hours.
tense negotiations with the suspect. you saw that one crew member climbing out the window last night here, as people watched on live television around the world. that hijacker warning he had a suicide belt on. he did not. tonight, our chief foreign correspondent terry moran on the arrest, and the selfies with the suspect causing outrage around the world tonight. >> reporter: today, seif mustafa, the alleged hijacker, appeared in court in cyprus, and flashed a "v" for victory or peace sign as he left. prosecutors say he faces charges from hijacking to kidnapping to threatening with explosives, even though his suicide belt was a crude fake. but the fear on that plane was real. did you think you were going to die? >> yes, i thought that. over and over again. >> reporter: one man even clambered out of the cockpit and dashed to safety. but this is what everyone's talking about today. the selfie heard around the world. a flight attendant took the shot. 26-year-old scotsman ben innes grinning ear-to-ear next to the hijacker. innes was one of the last to be freed, running from the plane.
but before he left, he asked mustafa for a little memento. he told "the sun" newspaper, "i thought, why not? if he blows us all up, it won't matter anyway." his mom, who he was texting during the ordeal, told him not to draw attention to himself. but ben told "the sun," "i just threw caution to the wind, while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity." his mom was probably right. terry moran, abc news. >> terry, thank you. there is news tonight about a controversial police shooting back here at home in texas. a police officer and a suspect on his knees. dash cam video showing the officer responding to the call, confronting the man who had dropped to his knees before the officer fired. abc's kayna whitworth this evening on the officer who now claims he never meant to shoot. he now blames the gun. >> reporter: a summer night in ft. worth, texas. officer courtney johnson responding to reports of a prowler carrying a knife. when he says he sees a man matching the description. 55-year-old craig adams.
the encounter captured in this newly released grainy dash cam video. johnson draws his shotgun. adams goes down on one knee. seconds later, a blast. adams wounded in the shoulder. in his hands, a large barbecue fork. that officer now indicted by a grand jury for aggravated assault by a peace officer. >> we believe that the officer acted in a way that demonstrated to us that it was unintentional, but we also realize there are legal ramifications for his actions. >> reporter: officer johnson claims the shotgun malfunctioned, that he didn't mean to fire. >> this particular shotgun had been known to discharge. >> reporter: adams' family says he is bipolar and was off his medication that night. they say he had just stepped outside of their home for some cool air. >> craig is a very good -- he's a very soft-natured person. not confrontational at all. >> reporter: the family says the shooting left adams partially disabled. as mufor johnson, he remains on
restricted duty with the department and could face five years to life in prison. david? >> kayna, thank you. tonight, to your money. the justice department internal watchdog revealing a stunning new example of government waste. in 2008, the drug enforcement administration and department of defense set out to modify an aircraft to use in afghanistan. the budget for it at the time? $22 million. so far, the tally is now $86 million, four times as much. and that plane tonight? still can't fly. sitting on jacks at a hangar in delaware, and will never go to afghanistan, because the program has been discontinued. now, to the school scandal in detroit. a dozen principals accused in a nearly million dollar kickback scheme. one abc's eva pilgrim on the celebrated principal, and the allegations tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a fall from grace from this detroit principal who was featured on "the ellen degeneres show" in january. >> ellen, i'm with the most
amazing man, the principal of spain elementary school. >> reporter: ronald alexander jumping for joy, when ellen got his school more than a half million dollars for school supplies and repairs. he now finds himself facing charges, one of a dozen detroit area principals accused of receiving kickbacks. >> the conduct alleged here is egregious. >> reporter: the kickbacks cost the school district almost $3 million. investigators say the accused accepted inaccurate invoices, in return, the school supplies vendor, who lives in this mansion outsidele of detroit, rewarded them with gift cards, cash and home improvements. principal alexander is accused of taking $23,000 in kickbacks and bribes. no longer the hero that appeared on tv last month. >> i am the happiest principal on earth. i love you. we love you. >> reporter: all the accused are expected to turn themselves in. they could face up to five years in prison, plus have to pay back all the money they pocketed. david? >> all right, eva, thank you.
next, this evening, new recommendations that could expand access to abortion. the food and drug administration changing its advice for prescribing a drug that induces mischarge, saying women could take a lower dose later in pregnancy and with fewer visits to the doctor. doctors have been free to prescribe it in this way, but several states have passed laws that forbid such, quote, off-label use. next tonight, we all know it can be hard to drive at night. and a new study finds that headlights on new cars may not be helping as much as they could. abc's david kerley with the eye-opening results from the new test. >> reporter: watch the road. without enough light, a deer, unseen until the last moment. nearly half of all accidents happen in the dark or dusk. tonight, an exclusive look at the first-ever headlight testing by the insurance institute for highway safety. the results, they say, are dismal. researchers say low beams should reach 330 feet on a straight. the worst performers did just more than a third of that
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