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breaking news tonight. we're learning of the death of gene wilder. the passing of a comic legend. tonight, hollywood's biggest names celebrating his life as we learn new details about his final moments. also, the race for 2016. hillary clinton's top aide, huma abedin, separating from her husband, congressman anthony weiner, after his new sexting scandal. why donald trump calls this a risk to national security. shooting scare. the false report that had thousands of passengers ducking for cover at lax. running from the terminals and onto the tarmac. what really started the panic. tropical threats closing in. the dangerous weather we're tracking. plus, the system building steam as it moves into the gulf. and grounded. two pilots pulled from their
flight and hauled into court. accused of being too drunk to fly. good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. and we begin with the death of gene wilder. hi passing today an occasion to remember how he made us laugh. the reactions pouring in from coast to coast. wilder was a genius comic actor, but he became a star playing the mad signist in the 1974 spoof "young frankenstein." abc's david wright starts us off with this look back. >> will you get ahold of yourself! >> don't touch me! >> reporter: he was hysterically funny. >> i'm wet! i'm wet! i'm hysterical and i'm wet. i'm in pain and i'm wet! i'm still hysterical! >> reporter: from his first big
hit, "the producers" -- >> i don't think i'm going to make it. >> reporter: to later ones like "stir crazy." >> so long, suckers. >> reporter: nobody could panic quite like gene wilder. but he could also play it cool. >> one, two -- >> reporter: like the gunslinger in "blazing saddles." >> reporter: married in the '70s to comedian gill dda radner, he founded her cancer charity after she died. today we learned his own health has been failing for years. for the past three years, he struggled with alzheimer's, but chose to keep it private, preferring fans to remember him in his prime, as the musical and slightly menacing willy wonka. ♪ take a look and you'll see into your imagination ♪ >> i have one question, dr. frankenstein. >> reporter: or with the wild-eyed "young frankenstein." >> that's frankenstein.
>> reporter: mel brooks said today, "he blessed every film we did with his magic, and he blessed me with his friendship." billy crystal called him a giant of comedy. >> we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. >> reporter: gene wilder was 83. according to his nephew, he died peacefully, holding hands with his wife and family and listening to his favorite, ella fitzgerald sing "somewhere over the rainbow." tom? >> david, thank you. and we do move on now to that breaking news about one of hillary clinton's closest aides. huma abedin separating from her husband, anthony weiner, after reports that he was sexting again. abedin was with clinton last night at a fund-raiser in the hamptons. clinton's opponent, donald trump, regularly mentioning weiner, calling him a security threat. abc's cecilia vega is with the campaign tonight. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton's closest aide is splitting from her disgraced husband. an announcement that comes just hours after a new york tabloid
reported anthony weiner was sexting again. huma abedin saying, "after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, i have made the decision to separate from my husband." it was the third time in five years weiner made embarrassing headlines. >> i'm here today to again apologize. >> reporter: in 2011, he resigned from congress after accidentally tweeting a lewd photo of himself. >> i make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but i make it particularly to my wife, huma. >> reporter: two years later, as he ran for new york city mayor -- >> let me just reiterate to my wife how sorry i am. >> reporter: abedin by his side, even as more women came forward with more sexting allegations. >> i love him. i have forgiven him. i believe in him. >> reporter: behind the scenes, cringeworthy moments. >> can we just have the room for a second? >> reporter: all laid out in a documentary released earlier this year. >> it's like living a nightmare. >> reporter: still, in a recent
"vogue" profile, abedin praised her husband for being, quote, "essentially a full time dad" to their son jordan. today, "the new york post" reported that in 2015, weiner sexted a woman with his son at his side. abedin has been in the clinton inner circle for two decades. she is the gatekeeper to the woman in charge. >> her number one person, huma abedin, is married to anthony weiner, who's a sleaze ball and a pervert. >> reporter: donald trump today turning abedin's marriage into an attack. >> she's married to a guy that is uncontrolled and uncontrollable. he's a sick person. and, you know, she has access to classified information. >> reporter: trump adding, "who knows what weiner learned and who he told." >> and cecilia vega joins me now. cecilia, trump also dealing with his correspondent tonight involve forming ku klux klan
member david duke? >> reporter: tom, duke is running for senate in louisiana. he sent out a robo call calling for his and trump's support. a. >> cecilia vega for us. cecilia, thank you. let's turn now to that chaos at the los angeles airport. word of shots fired, triggering panic and mass evacuation. thousands of people running for their lives. some out through security onto the tarmac. police officers rushing in with their guns drawn as other passengers duck and take cover. abc's kayna whitworth is at los angeles airport tonight with what brought that giant airport to a virtual standstill. >> get on the ground! >> reporter: sunday night, police first responding to reports of a man dressed in black, wearing a mask and carrying a sword.
but at another terminal -- >> come on! run! >> reporter: -- reports of gunfire. >> shooting in progress l.a.x. unknown number or shots. >> reporter: teams scouring for a gunman as hundreds of passengers race outside, some past security checkpoints. panic spreading quickly through social media. a groundstop ordered through all flights. >> there was a flood of people saying there was a shooter. >> reporter: abc's matt gutman was at the airport. >> everywhere people having to hoof it to try and get where they're going. even out of this airport. pretty chaotic here, pretty scary here. >> reporter: actor josh gad there, as well, with his family, tweeting "got my kids and ran for dear life." abc security expert. >> if you can't run away, you are just in an area that's closed off, you have to hide. >> reporter: in the end, it was a false alarm. the performer released. >> i get police all around me, telling me to put your hands up. i'm not even thinking about what i was wearing.
>> reporter: it's just the latest panic triggeder by a false alarm. two weeks ago, at jfk airport, passengers ran to the streets. >> and kayna joins us now from lax. kayna, there were a few people hurt in the chaos? >> reporter: yeah, tom, three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after they were trampled trying to escape. and tonight, police still don't know what those noises were that prompted that initial 911 call. and authorities saying this level of panic just goes to show how on edge travellers are right now. tom? >> it's a good point. okay, kayna, thank you. and from scotland tonight, two united airline pilots arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated before takeoff. they appeared before a judge today. the pilots, who are american, were taken into custody before their flight took off on saturday with 141 people onboard. abc's david kerley, with new details on who they are and what
happens to them next. >> reporter: the two united pilots tonight are out on bail in scotland, facing charges of showing up for their flight over the legal limit for alcohol. they were arrested after arriving for the 9:00 a.m. saturday flight to newark with 141 passengers. the flight delayed for ten hours. united says the men have been removed from service and their flying duties. it was just a month ago at the same airport that two pilots preparing to fly to canada were also arrested for being over the legal limit. >> studies have shown that pilots who binge drunk can have a hangover effect. >> reporter: pilots are held to a stricter standard. and the faa says there must be eight hours between the last drink, the bottle and the throttle. a pilot is arrested about once a month. while the faa does administer rad dom tests, the question is,
how many pilots slip through? tom? >> david, thank you. next, to the tropical threat brewing tonight. take a look at the satellite system. rip current alerts from florida, all the way to new york's long island. strong winds from a tropical depression are battering the palm trees there in the florida keys. and north carolina's outer banks bracing for impact. abc's linzie janis is there on the beach on the outer banks. >> reporter: the florida keys already getting a taste of tropical depression nine, the system now heading toward the state's gulf coast. sandbagging stations open in tampa. and orlando area officials urging residents to have a week's worth of supplies ready. >> now is the time to buy additional supplies. >> reporter: in north carolina, residents and vacationers are also bracing themselves, but for a separate system. the outer banks now under a tropical storm warning. jayne gillette hitting this grocery store to stock up. >> well, we were wanting to get
in the ocean, and i guess that's not going to happen. >> reporter: red flags already warning beachgoers no swimming because of the rough surf. right now, both storms are unnamed, but just two weeks ago another unnamed storm wreaked havoc on louisiana, bringing more than 30 inches of rain in some places and killing 13 people. tom, the biggest concern right now are those rip currents. you can see these waves picking up. lifeguards up and down the atlantic coast are warning people to be careful. tom? >> it looks rough out there. okay, linzie, thank you. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee is here. this is the busiest we've seen the tropics this summer, right? >> reporter: and it's not just the atlantic, it's the pacific, which i'll show you in a molt. let's start in the atlantic. hurricane gaston is going to stay away from land. i want your eyes to first go to td-8. that's tropical depression eight. they don't get a name until they become a storm, and this one looks like tropical storm warnings in place from cape lookout to oregon inlet.
that is tomorrow. that's why that's more imminent. the storm dropping rain from south florida to cuba, that has to become a tropical storm, probably tomorrow, and then make the turn, where that cone has it hitting right now. the timing, again, for that, is thursday. the pacific, i promised you. hurricane madeleine looks to effect hawaii, the southern and big island as it dekreelss in intensity. >> ginger, thank you so much. we want to turn to syria and the refugees seeking shelter in the u.s. the white house revealing as of today, 10,000 are now in america. processed ahead of schedule. overseas tonight, new images of the crisis. thousands of men, women and children rescued from overcrowded boats in the mediterranean. some you can see them there, jumping into the water, hoping to reach europe. back here at home, from chicago, first degree murder charges for the brothers accused of killing the cousin of nba star dwyane wade. darwin and derren sorrells appeared in court for a hearing that lasted less than two
minutes. both are convicted felons. derren admitted to firing his weapon. nykea aldridge was killed in the cross fire as she pushed her baby in a stroller. her four children are now motherless. next to the surprise announcement from the maker of the epi-pen, after weeks of outrage over a skyrocketing price hike. tonight, the price announcing they will sell a generic version that is identical, but half the price. so, what are they up to now? abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis explains. >> reporter: tonight, epi-pen maker mylan responding to political pressure and consumer outrage. after hiking prices from $100 in 2009 to $600 today. announcing its own, new generic version of the life-saving device for $300, about half the cost of the original. >> we're still greatly concerned about the price. $300 is still quite expensive for a family.
>> reporter: buffalo, new york, mom katie badura keeps multiple epi-pens onhand for her 8-year-old daughter, lila, who has a life threatening peanut allergy in her purse. in the kitchen. two more in this drawer. >> i know of several families who have decided that they're just going to take benadryl, and pray that they can get to the hospital if something happens. and, for us, that's just not an option. >> reporter: the new generic epi-pen will work just like the original and will be available in pharmacy within several weeks. pharmacists can usually swap it in automatically when your doctor writes an epi-pen prescription. and one additional tip to save money now. ask your doctor about tanother divison that works a little differently than the epi-pen, but still delivers the same life-saving medication. we found it for as low as $60 with an insurance co-pay, tom. >> rebecca, thank you so much. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the growing outrage for the football star refusing to stand for the national anthem. some fans setting his jersey on fire.
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kaepernick saying he's making a stand against racial injustice in this country by sitting out the anthem. you see him right there on the bench in green bay over the weekend. >> there's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. cops are getting paid leave for killing people. >> reporter: former teammates like alex boone, whose brother is a marine, are incensed. >> if i had known that, my emotions would have been rolling. we probably bould hawould have problem on the sidelines. there's a time and a place, you know. show some respect. >> reporter: even the white house weighing in, saying, it defends kaepernick's right to express himself, even if it finds it objectionable. now, all of this could be moot, because an lists tell us, kaepernick could be cut this season for the sole reason that he just hasn't been playing well. tom? >> matt gutman. matt, thank you. when we come back, the scare on the tracks. a police officer's split second decision. plus, news tonight about a deadly truck explosion. the driver hauling air bag
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finally tonight, america strong. the first american team in five years to win the little league world series. abc's gio benitez with the young champs. >> reporter: it was a big win for the smalltown boys. >> there it is! they did it! they did it! the perfect season! and little league world series championship for maine-endwell. >> reporter: and today, this little slice of upstate new york gave their perfect team a hero's welcome, and they were perfect. going 24-0. the pint-sized we no, ma beatin powerhouse squad from south korea for the championship. how did you do it? >> hard work, practiced every day and just played the game as a team. >> reporter: even more admirable, the braces-clad little team that could is the first to win both the world series and the little league
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