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just as we come on tonight, as millions now travel, the tropical storm warning just issued. will it hit the coast this holiday? also tonight, the other system. severe storms across several states at this hour. two dead, several others missing. swept away in the flash floods. also at this hour, the heavy security tonight. hundreds of protesters gathering with donald trump near the u.s./mexico border. the motorcade barreling through a police barricade. and tonight, trump suddenly pulling his offer to debate bernie sanders. sanders firing back moments ago. the deadly police confrontation, under investigation. the officer jumping on the hood, firing through the windshield. the air scare. the passenger jet. the engine going up in flames. hundreds of passengers rushing from the plane. the new headline tonight about cancer and your cell
phone. and, "america strong." the new images tonight from the top of the world. can you guess our person of the week? good evening. as we come on tonight, just as millions begin their memorial day weekend, we're tracking several dangerous storm systems. just a short time ago, a tropical storm warning in effect. the map shows the possible track of this over the holiday weekend. and across the south, the relentless rain. near waco, this car catching fire in the middle of the flash floods. dozens of rescues. and a police cam capturing this. just an incredible moment, the lightning across several states.
let's go to phillip mena. >> reporter: tonight, severe weather turning deadly in texas. this chopper in travis county searching for two people trapped in their vehicle feared swept away by fast-moving flood waters. at least three missing and two dead across the state, and dozens of rescues. in conroe, good samaritans using a ladder to rescue a woman stuck in her van, holding on to each other to keep from getting washed away themselves. carrying her to safety. >> i just want to say, thank you so much. they really did save my life. i could have drowned. >> reporter: cattle struggling in neck deep water in waller county. this piano landing on a car showing the power of those waters. in kentucky, sheriff's office dash cams capturing a lightning bolt striking a home in paducah. at least 16 tornadoes reported overnight.
more than 100 reported tornadoes across ten states just this week. david, we're in brenham, texas. a record breaking 16 inches of rain falling in just 12 hours. just look what it did to this road. more rain is expected through the holiday weekend. david? >> thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. rob? >> good evening, david. we're looking at more flooding tonight, and severe weather. take a look at the map. huge severe thunderstorm watch. and more rain coming tonight. the other big weather story, newly formed tropical depression two, they think it will bottom tropical storm bonnie. let's time it out.
8:00 p.m. tomorrow, rainy and breezy in charleston through myrtle beach. some of this moisture will sneak up to the east by monday. >> we'll track it straight through the weekend. rob, thank you. next to the race for the white house. donald trump and the giant crowd of protesters today. this from san diego just moments ago. they're trying to avoid a repeat of the clashes outside a trump rally in albuquerque earlier this week. also, why is trump pulling his offer to debate bernie sanders off the table? and sanders tonight firing back. here's tom llamas in san diego. >> reporter: tonight, a political tremor hitting southern california. donald trump and the protestors who hate him shaking san diego. this is one of the larger protests.
you can see hundreds of demonstrators. the trump pinata, the tag says racist. we're less than 20 miles from the border with mexico. many of the people here against trump's immigration policies. california, ground zero for anti-trump demonstrations. in burlingame, trump forced to get out of his motorcade and jump down a walkway. in fresno today, his police motorcade busting through a barricade, racing past protesters. but tonight, trump not backing away from a key position his supporters love, but many here find toxic. >> we will build a wall, and who is going to pay for that wall? mexico. 100%. >> reporter: but trump is backing away from something else, and now refusing to debate senator bernie sanders. the showdown, first proposed on "jimmy kimmel live." >> if i debated him, we should
have such high ratings. >> reporter: trump then setting conditions. >> i would want a lot of money to be put up for charity. >> reporter: sanders telling kabc he's ready. >> i think the american people want to really here a debate from two people whose views could not be farther apart. >> reporter: and trump, just hours ago, sounding primed for battle. >> and i want to debate him so badly. i would love to debate bernie. >> reporter: but then tonight, trump pulling out with this statement, "it seems inappropriate that i would debate the second place finisher. i will wait to debate the first place finisher, probably crooked hillary clinton, or whoever it may be." tonight, from sanders, frustration. >> trump goes around and he's a bully, he's a big tough guy. well, mr. trump, what are you afraid of? >> tom llamas joins us live. any word from the trump campaign about the other reasons they've changed their mind? so much talk about the $10 million to debate sanders going to charity. now it seems like it's off the
table. >> reporter: that's right. trump now shaking hands. he just wrapped up a lengthy speech, but didn't mention it. tonight, trump is pulling out. david? >> tom, thank you. next this evening to the travel nightmare in parts of the country at this hour. 34 million americans are expected to take to the roads this weekend alone. drivers in new jersey, sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, as they try to get away. gio benitez is in the traffic tonight, with the new apps helping so many of us. as we ask, how many drivers are actually offering those tips? >> reporter: tonight, with gas prices at their lowest in over a decade, we could be seeing a record number of drivers on the road. so we've been trying to get to our shoot location, and i just want to show you, look at all of this traffic getting out of new york. but the savings can be big. let's say you're a family of four driving from atlanta to
orlando this weekend. that's 440 miles, about $44 for gas each way. five years ago, a round trip would cost you $60 more. here's one way to save time and money with the free traffic app waze, which warns about everything from construction to cars stopped on the shoulder. so how often are you using waze? >> all the time. >> reporter: it just makes things faster for you? >> a lot faster. >> reporter: the app can track your traffic data simply by having it open, comparing your speed to the speed limit. just this april, users here in new york city alone also submitted nearly 3 million traffic alerts. david, waze tells us the best time to leave is tomorrow, and monday afternoon is the worst time to come home. david? >> gio benitez, our thanks to you for braving the traffic. travelers taking to the air as well. coming amid outrage at the tsa over the long security lines.
authorities promised to take action this week, but did it work? here's david kerley. >> reporter: tonight, the nightmare of three-hour lines, thousands of missed flights and travelers on cots. in atlanta, lines thinned, though in chicago, waits stretched to a half hour. with a focus on the top 20 airports seemed to be working. will that be the same story as we hit record travel levels? is this just a summer of misery? >> i don't think it will be a summer of misery. >> reporter: the tsa's top man's best advice, sign up for a trusted traveler program. precheck and know what you can and cannot carry on. and the my tsa app will soon have official postings of how long the wait is at the airport you're headed to. so all those travelers heading out, seems like the system worked. but they all have to come home
sunday or monday. the recommendation remains, get to the airport early. >> but enjoy the weekend in the meantime. thanks, david. we move on to other news this evening. a fire aboard a korean air jet, as the plane was taxiing for takeoff in tokyo. more than 300 passengers escaped down the slides. fortunately, no major injuries, and the cause of fire is not known. next to a deadly and chaotic confrontation between a police officer and a driver. the driver pulling away, and the officer firing his weapon. steve osunsami with what happens next, and investigators now asking, was it justified? >> reporter: here's the surveillance video from a nearby gas station that florida police are studying tonight.
look again, the driver who ends up getting shot by the trooper is behind the wheel of this dark nissan that rams into the car of front of him. you then see florida highway patrol officer miseal diaz pull up in his motorcycle and stand in front of the dark car, ordering the driver to stop. that doesn't happen, and the trooper ends up on the hood, firing through the windshield as the car throws him off. >> if he felt that his life was threatened and the vehicle's going to run you over, that is assault with a deadly weapon. >> as you can see, he's doing his job. it goes to show you that our job is a dangerous job. >> reporter: 24-year-old doll pierre-louis is dying, and continues driving with his girlfriend in the passenger seat until they crash into this dark suv. the girlfriend is hospitalized with a broken ankle. tonight, her family is blaming the officer. >> all i'm asking is why you jumped on the hood. >> reporter: the family of the young man killed explains that he was driving without a valid license. there are no charges against the patrolman. david? >> steve, thanks. next to president obama's
historic and solemn visit to hiroshima, japan. he did not apologize for the bomb drop, but he did honor the dead. jim avila is traveling with the president. >> reporter: today in hiroshima, history made with every step. president obama walking where seven decades of american presidents would not. >> 71 years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. >> reporter: august 25th, 1945. a flash, a burst of fire and a mushroom cloud. 80,000 people killed instantly. today, near the only building still standing, the american president refusing to apologize. but listening intently as survivors told their stories. this man dissolving into tears. obama calls what happened here a lesson for the modern world.
>> the scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well. >> reporter: his message written in the memorial book, "let us now find the courage together to spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons." president obama now heading home after his history-making visits to japan and vietnam. both former enemieenemies, now strategic friends. david? >> thank you. now, a major government study of brain and heart tumors in male rats that had been exposed to radio frequenciefreq. is there a health risk? here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a new government study reigniting the old debate over whether cell phones could cause cancer. researchers exposed rats to high doses of cell phone radiation nine hours a day through their
entire lives, about six times the amount of radiation an average person gets during a cell phone call. the early findings show a slight increase in cancerous tumors in the brains and hearts of male rats, but curiously not the females. >> i think it's important as a public health issue to at least try to answer that question to give people guidance as to how they can change or not change their behavior. >> reporter: no human studies have ever proven a conclusive link between cell phones and cancer. >> i'm always aware, it's always next to me. >> i mean it's probably something, but i don't care. in all honesty, i need my cell phone. >> reporter: many of us keep our phones close by all day long, even when we sleep. >> it's not so difficult to put your phone a few feet away from you when you sleep. >> reporter: the fda says if you are worried, cut down on cell phone use and go with hands-free options. david, the cell phone industry tells us they are reviewing this new research. but point out that since cell phone use has grown over the
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