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tonight, the deadly train crash. the mystery revealed. authorities now revealing what happened with the conductor on that amtrak train. crashing at more than 100 miles per hour, killing eight, injuring hundreds. the new demand involving the tsa tonight. after passengers revolt. three-hour waits, missing flights. forced to sleep in airports. and just now, the senator calling for the head of the tsa to resign if it's not fixed before memorial day. donald trump tonight, saying he would talk to north korea's secretive leader in what would be a major shift in u.s. policy. and what melania trump has now revealed about the clintons at their wedding. the 911 call. the horror inside one family's home, after the wrong home is targeted. two teachers terrorized as their children were sleeping. and the world's biggest
cruise ship, soon headed to america. 23 pools, 20 restaurants. and the rebot bartenders. we take you onboard. good evening. it was an horrific and deadly amtrak crash in philadelphia. the train barrelling down those tracks at more than 100 miles per hour. and tonight, an alarming portrait of what was happening with that conductor. the train rounding a curve, going more than double what it should have been. hundreds injured. passengers trying to crawl out in the dark. eight people were killed. and tonight, investigators say the conductor was at fault, as they now reveal what they say distracted him. abc's david kerley leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the newest clues about what triggered this devastating amtrak derailment. seen here in the pictures edited together. >> heard the noise from the brake and went, we're turning over. >> reporter: josh gotbaum was in the third car.
>> first reaction was "okay, am i dead?" >> reporter: eight passengers were killed and 200 hurt. the engineer, brendan bostian, had a clean roshgsd but investigators say it was human error that caused this catastrophe. >> he went in a matter of seconds from distraction to disaster. >> reporter: bostian, heading north out of philadelphia, hearing radio calls about a commuter train being hit by a rock. >> transit 1, let those personnel know, so use caution. all units copy? >> reporter: investigators believe bositan "lost situational awareness" as he listened those radio calls. thinking he had passed a dangerous curve, after which the speed limit is 110. he increasing speed to more than 100 miles an hour. but his train was still heading toward that same curve with a speed limit of just 50 miles an hour. investigators are adamant that if the safety system ptc, positive train control, was in place, this accident would have never happened. the ntsb has been calling for ptc for 40 years.
but congress just extended the deadline for railroads another two years. what would you tell them, after this investigation? >> what i would tell them is, i hope we're not back in this room again, looking at another ptc preventable accident. >> reporter: a criminal investigation is continue, and several families are suing amtrak. david? >> david kerley leading us off tonight. david, thank you. tonight, there are also major new developments as travelers across this country vent their anger against the tsa. and late today, at least one senator saying the tsa chief should go if this is not fixed by memorial day. here's what he's talking about. the images over the last several days. at midway airport right there. and at chicago's o'hare, lines several hours long. officials telling passengers to arrive three hours early. tonight, there is new action from the tsa, but we ask, is it enough? abc's alex perez is at o'hare airport. >> reporter: tonight, flyers are
furious and fed up. >> are you [ bleep ] kidding me, tsa? >> reporter: with epic lines and thousands of missed flights, there are calls tonight for the tsa head to resign, if he doesn't shorten lines by memorial day, in about two weeks. >> there's got to be a better way. >> reporter: it's so bad, passengers in chicago have had to sleep on colts at thoimes. >> not the greatest. >> reporter: and news that 100 part time screeners will be rushed into full-time work by this weekend. so, check it out. the lining are growing. experts say to beat the lines, avoid flying in the early morning and evening. the crunch is being felt all around the country, due to tighter security, with fewer screeners screening a surge in passengers. since 2013, the number of tsa officers has fallen by 5,000 agents, but passenger volume has spiked by 8%. 68 million more flyers in the
air. more and more airports now considering joining chicago and denver and asking passengers to show up to the airport three hours ahead of time for domestic flights. david? >> going to be an ugly few weeks ahead. alex, thank you. millions are bracing for tornadoes and high winds tonight at this hour. in fact, seven reported tornadoes in just the past 24 hours. this one right here in texas. images of funnel clouds in florida coming in late today, as they now prepare for a dangerous night ahead. abc's phillip mena is in san marcos, texas. >> reporter: tonight, funnel clouds dropping from florida skies. powerful thunderstorms flooding streets and damaging homes. this as millions in the south brace for severe weather. from oklahoma to texas -- twisters. and huge hail. shirting with hitting with the force of major league fastballs, cracking this stormchaser's windshield.
along with all of this, days of heavy rain stranding drivers. >> the heavy rains have left the west side of corpus christi. severely flooded, as you can see here on kostoryz, 18-wheelers and suvs are having a hard time driving through. >> reporter: tonight, along the blanco river, residents are watching the skies closely. rivers and streams are already at capacity and anymore rain could lead to flash flooding. david? >> it's been a rough couple of days. phillip, thank you. we're tracking it again tonight with rob. >> reporter: david, a couple of spots with heavy action tonight. we start with the threat in texas. this watch is up until 10:00 p.m. so, heavy winds and hail, but rain is going to be an issue. saturated area. houston, over 25 inches above average for the last 12 months. florida today, also getting hammered. look at the storms. we've had 74-mile-per-hour winds, damaging winds across much of the state and the future radar shows more action tonight. a long night ahead for them. the overall trend in the next four to five days, very wet from louisiana, texas, right through the mid-atlantic. d.c. has seen rain nearly every
day this month. >> all right, rob, thanks again tonight. as much of the country braces for high winds and rain tonight, overnight, a passenger jet was rocked by unexpected turbulence, so severe, the jet had to turn around to get passengers and crew emergency help. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, over 130 passengers and crew still recovering from turbulence so severe, the pilot had to turn back. >> there was three or four other people on the plane that were throwing up. >> reporter: the southwest jet left boston at 11:00 last night for chicago. less than an hour later, the plane hit turbulence so intense, it was forced to return to boston. >> sir, we also have another medical. can you meet ems at the crash gate? >> reporter: two flight attendants were taken to the hospital. two other passengers were hurt. in just the past two weeks, more than 50 people have been injured by extreme turbulence. eight on this jetblue flight that also spilled debris across the cabin. and 31 were injured on this flight to indonesia. but there is hope that turbulent
flights could soon be a thing of the past. new technology like this cutting-edge radar software could make it easier for pilots to spot turbulence ahead and try to avoid rough air altogether. after changing planes and flight crews, those passengers heading to chicago finally made it safely to their destination around 3:30 this morning. david? >> tune finally, linsey, thank you. now, to the race for the white house tonight. today, donald trump revealing he would talk to north korea's secretive leader. that would be a major shift in u.s. policy. as melania trump and what she's now saying about the clintons at her wedding. donald trump taking aim at both clintons, but of the three of them, donald trump, hillary clinton and former president clinton, who is the most popular? tonight, the numbers right here. and here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: from hillary clinton's allies tonight, a scathing attack on donald trump, using trump's own words. >> you know, you can see there was blood coming out of her
eyes. blood coming out of her -- wherever. does she have a good body, no.
does she have a fat ass, absolutely. >> reporter: the first shot in a $130 million ad campaign by a pro-clinton super-pac. >> and you can tell them to go [ bleep ] themselves. >> does donald trump really speak for you? >> reporter: trump now throwing a counterpunch at both clintons, after hillary hinted bill would have a key role in her administration. >> my husband, who i'm going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it. >> reporter: trump today tweeting, crooked hillary said her husband is going to be in charge of the economy. if so, he should run, not her. but the fact is, bill clinton is more popular than his wife, and twice as popular as trump. in one recent poll, trump's favorability rating, 29%. 44% for hillary clinton and bill clinton's? 58%. hillary clinton battling bernie sanders tonight in the kentucky
and oregon primaries, hopes her husband reminds voters of the economic boom of the '90s. trump wants to remind them of a different chapter. >> in the history of politics, hillary clinton's husband abused women more than any man that we know of in the history of politics, right? >> reporter: but the former president's strategy? for now, at least, rarely even mentioning donald trump's name. and, tonight, a new dig from trump's wife, memelania. the clintons amousily attended their wedding. but melania trump saying in an interview, "i don't think they sent a gift." she defends her husband, saying, quote, he's not hitler. he wants to help america. he wants to unite people. >> and cecilia vega joins us now from kentucky tonight. cecilia, donald trump today saying he'd make another major break with american foreign policy, this time, involving north korea's mysterious leader? >> reporter: he did, david. he said he'd be willing to meet
with kim jong-un to try to stop that country's nuclear program. donald trump said, quote, i would have no problem speaking to him. there are currently two americans detained in that country right now, and as you said, a meeting with that country's leader would mark a major shift in u.s. policy. david? >> cecilia vega, thank you, in a gray and wet louisville. cecilia, thank you. next tonight, back here at home, to a former police officer who was arrested in texas years after a shooting death, while on duty in st. louis. shooting a suspect at point blank range. jason stockley is charged with first degree murder now. there was a high speed chase at the time. police say they thought they saw a drug deal. when the chase ended, stockley allegedly walked up to the car and then fired. anthony lamar smith took five bull lets through the driver's side window. next tonight here, to a controversial move in one mississippi town. two high schools, one predominantly black, the other mostly white. but so close, the railroad tracks, the only thing between them. a court tonight ordering the two schools to integrate, to create
a more diverse student body in both schools. but not everyone is happy. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: the court order sounds damning, and forces the cleveland, mississippi, school district to combine schools, creating new ones that aren't so racially separate. east side high, for example, that's 100% african-american, would merge with cleveland high, that's predominantly white. but here's a wrinkle. the black school is the one with better scores. take a look at a map of the town. an old railroad line divides it. schools with the most white students are on this side of the tracks, schools almost entirely black are on the other. some families worry that bussing students around will encourage more white families to leave. >> bad idea, because you're trying to force kids to go to schools they don't want to go to and it's going to cause people to move or go to a different school. >> reporter: no one is accusing current school officials of willfully segregating children like it was 1950, but federal officials say they're not doing enough to keep schools from becoming segregated on their own. it's an issue across the country. here's a look at some of the most segregated states for black
students. new york, california, illinois and maryland top the list. in a statement tonight, mississippi school officials say they plan to appeal. david? >> steve osunsami with us again tonight. we turn next here to an abc news exclusive. to the gangs right next door, across our border. and ready to send more of their members to the u.s. they're already here, in fact. in 46 states. "nightline" anchor dan harris takes us to the tiny cells, overflowing in el salvador. gang members who likely know many who are already here. and just look at what dan found. >> reporter: it's the middle of the night in the murder capital of the world. we're in el salvador, on patrol with armed to the teeth cops who take us to this rundown police station, where they're holding allegedly vicious combatants in this country's all-out gang war. as we approach the cells, the low roar, abruptly extinguished. how many people are they holding in here?
169 people in here? i'm not sure you can get a sense of how small this is, but this tiny. they're just piled on top of each other. they're only supposed to be in here for 72 hours. how long have you been in? >> one year. >> reporter: one year. and now, these gangs are exporting death directly into america. active in 46 states, because of a revolving door of illegal immigration and deportation. here, the violence doesn't rest even for those in mourning. this grieving mother is holding a wake for her 17-year-old son, alexis, murdered by gangs just last night. and right in the middle of the service -- [ gun fire ] chaotic scene. the madness in el salvador is sending immigrants over the
american border, many of them kids, traveling alone, who arrive here only to be targeted by recruitment for the very same gangs. tonight, you're going to meet a young man who found a safe place for himself here, but facing the real threat of being sent back home and big news for this young man. you'll see it tonight. >> all right, thank you, dan. and the special edition of "nightline" airs later tonight, 13:27 eastern, to be exact. dan, we'll be watching. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the horror inside one family's home. you will hear the call to 911. the wrong home had been targeted. two teachers terrorized as their children were sleeping. their father, trying to fight off the attackers. there's also new fallout tonight from that major league brawl. the punishment is just in. and news tonight about the late james gandolfini. the paramedic now accused of stealing a valuable item as he lay dying. we'll be right back.
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>> reporter: people could have certainly been killed in this situation, but obviously, this father was protecting his wife and children. >> reporter: tonight, the husband is in the hospital. he's expected to be okay. the children are safe. police say two suspects are still on the loose, david. >> clayton sandell tonight. clayton, thank you. when we come back, we have just learned of a history-making moment for the american military. also, the new headline tonight about the late james began doe fini. the paramedic accused of stealing something very valuable after the actor collapsed. and news tonight about that baseball brawl. the punishments have just been announ announced. we'll be right back. or stop t? cialis for daily use is approved to treat both erectile dysfunction and the urinary symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently, day or night. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas for pulmonary hypertension, as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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than the eiffel tower is tall. there are 18 decks, 23 pools, 20 restaurants, thousands of rooms and, if you are into being terrified, those purple tubes off the back are a ten-story waterslide. the harmony of the seas dwarfs almost everything out there. those are not jet skis, people. those are boats. pieced together in a french shipyard, it took 32 months to build. in this case, size does matter. it's exactly one foot longer than the previous record-holder. and after a day of surfing or rock climbing, you may want a night cap. maybe even from these two bionic bartenders. but don't expect an ear to lean on or one on the house from these two. matt gutman, abc news, new york. >> matt gutman, our thanks to you. and thank you for watching on a tuesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. un ♪
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