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tonight, breaking news. the suv up in flames. and tonight, the new and urgent warning just issued about a particular kind of smartphone. after several fires now reported. and the faa, now saying do not pack them in your luggage. we're also watching severe storms set to hit this friday night. the system now moving east. rob marciano says there could be treacherous driving ahead. and another driving nightmare. the car dangling from a parking garage. the driver climbing out. on the scene tonight, and the new discovery. as authorities look for the missing student making national headlines. donald trump, and his praise for president putin. trump defending the russians against hacking claims in an interview that airs on russian tv.
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what trump is now saying. and tonight, the question shouted at hillary clinton that made her stop and walk right back to the microphone. and, elizabeth vargas, revealing her very personal and life-threatening battle. she's hoping to help millions. and why she's breaking her silence, to diane sawyer. good evening. a very busy friday night, a rain warning from the federal government at this hour. a driver saying his smartphone suddenly ignited on its own, and authorities say there have been dozens of similar fires. owners of the samsung galaxy 7, warned to turn them off. and this evening, the faa warning passengers not to put
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them in their checked bags. david kerley leading us off. >> reporter: a remarkable move tonight by the u.s. government. telling consumers not to use their samsung galaxy note 7 phones. >> it caught fire. >> reporter: in an unprecedented action, the consumer product safety commission advising the hundreds of thousands of americans who have bought the phones to "power them down and stop charging or using the device." >> introducing the all new samsung galaxy note 7. >> reporter: samsung enthusiastically announced its latest phones. but after 35 instances of fire, including a florida man who claims his jeep caught fire while he was charging his phone -- >> it was very surprising to me how quick the dash caught on fire. >> reporter: the south korean company has not issued an official government recall of the galaxy note 7, only offering to replace the phone. and that's prompting government action. >> i think the message is, really, if you're not going to coordinate with us, we have to go directly to consumers and tell them to stop using the phone.
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>> reporter: and that follows an extraordinary warning from the faa, calling out a specific consumer product, saying passengers should not "turn on or charge these devices onboard aircraft." >> this is a serious thing. you put something that creates fire and noxious fumes on an airplane? that's about as dangerous as it gets. >> reporter: faa tests have shown what consumer devices and large shipments of lithium ion batteries can do on an aircraft. >> and david is with us live. what are customers to do? >> reporter: samsung is now agreeing with the government and saying that customers should power them down and bring them in to exchange the device. >> thdavid, thanks. and flash floods washing away cars in kansas.
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and a dangerous heat wave, temperatures feeling like 100 degrees. let's get right to rob marciano. >> reporter: those storms that brought the bad flooding to kansas now into iowa and wisconsin where they don't want any more rain. omaha getting hit. some of the storms pretty potent. a cold front will be on the move, pushing the storms through chicago, but more damaging winds slamming into record-breaking heat. 98 in d.c. today. it's been over 20 years since our nation's capital has felt this kind of heat in september. we'll do it again tomorrow. >> rob, thank you. we turn now to the 9/11 anniversary this weekend. and the security alert in new york city.
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the nypd is beefing up security. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: david, tonight here in times square, we're already seeing more security. the nypd adding bomb sniffing dogs and radiation detectors. police reminded us that terrorists like to take advantage of these important anniversari anniversaries. but right now, there's no credible or specific threat. >> thank you. and 59 days until election day. and there are new pictures surfacing of bill clinton and donald trump today. but trump's praise for vladimir putin and an interview on russian television has been
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getting attention. jonathan karl on the campaign trail tonight. >> reporter: donald trump has a simple explanation. >> if he says great things about me, i'm going to say great things about him. >> reporter: but now trump is defending russia over allegations that it's behind the computer hacking of the democratic national committee. saying he doubts russia did it. >> i think it's probably unlikely. i think maybe the democrats are putting that out. who knows? but i think that it's pretty unlikely. >> reporter: that directly contin contradicts what has been said for weeks. >> he is very much of a leader. far more than our president has been a leader. >> reporter: a huge departure
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from the longtime republican line on moscow. which reagan branded an evil empire. and as trump promises a new relationship with russia, he's also trying to mend fences with african-american voters here at home. angry over trump's birther crusade against president obama. >> he wasn't born in this country, which is a real possibility. >> reporter: 59 days until the election, trump's campaign says he is no longer a birther. >> hillary clinton -- >> when did he do that? >> two years ago. two years ago. three years ago. >> reporter: but trump has never said that publicly. just one year ago, he said he was unsure. >> do you accept that president
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obama was born in the united states? >> i really don't know. >> reporter: now he refuses to discuss it at all. and now, the clinton library has released new photos from a much chummier time. >> and jon, you'll remember earlier this week, i sat down with donald trump, talking about his health and hillary clinton's health. here's what he said. you're 70. she's 68. do you think the american people deserve to learn more about both of you? >> sure, i did. i would love to give specifics, and she should as well. i think i will do that. >> you will? did the political team check back in with the trump campaign tonight? >> reporter: we asked when they would release those full health records. no word yet. trump is doing an interview on the "dr. oz" health show, and
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obviously, not the same thing. >> jon, thanks. hillary clinton taking aim tonight and taking an unexpected question shouted at her by the press. why did she turn around? here's cecilia vega now. >> reporter: hillary clinton was walking away from the podium tonight but this question stopped her. >> what do you think about trump on russian state television? >> reporter: in a rare move, she turned around walking back to the podium. >> every day that goes by this just becomes more and more a reality television show. it's not a serious presidential campaign. >> reporter: clinton in new york meeting with national security leaders. democrats and republicans. >> i'm not waiting until november. i'm bringing democrats and republicans together now because i plan to get right down to work on day one.
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>> reporter: that, as new polls show donald trump is gaining ground with independents, and clinton today airing this ad. >> it takes democrats and republicans working together. >> reporter: but her pitch doesn't end there. this candidate who has been accused of not smiling enough, of being unlikable, is now trying to show a more personal side. >> i still remember my late father, a gruff former navy man on his knees praying by his bed every night. that made a big impression on me as a young girl. >> reporter: today on "the view" chelsea clinton asked why people feel her mother is untrustworthy. >> as a daughter, how do you feel when you hear that? >> it doesn't make sense to me. that if god forbid if anything were to happen to mark and me, my mother would take care of my children. there's no greater vote of trust and faith and love than that.
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>> seems to be a real effort to show the personal side of hillary clinton. there's also something else, when she took the question from the press, does that signal a bit of a change, too? >> reporter: it was a moment we weren't even sure she would come back, but she did. 275 days without a press conference, she's given four this week alone. >> thank you. there's breaking news overseas. john kerry announcing that the u.s. and russia have agreed to a plan to reduce violence in syria. hopefully leading to an end in the five-year-old civil war. if the cease fire holds, the u.s. and russia have agreed to a military alliance to address extremists inside syria. we move on to a story close to us right here at abc news.
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elizabeth vargas revealing her very personal battle,opening up to diane sawyer about her struggle with alcohol. why she's trying to help millions of others. >> good evening. >> on television, she's the picture of calm. traveling the world as a journalist. >> return here to jerusalem. >> for some of these years, she was secretly battling an addiction with alcohol. >> there are days you feel so horrible, the only thing that will make you feel better is more alcohol. and that's when you're in the death spin. you know. that's when people die. that's when people die. >> how close did you come to dying? >> i, on one occasion, had what i know to be a lethal level of alcohol in my blood system.
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and, even that didn't scare me into stopping. can you believe it? even that. >> haunted by insecurity and ainnxiet anxiety, over the years it became a dangerous addiction. millions are battling this across the country. and more than 67% of women that struggle with alcohol also struggle with anxiety. to watch elizabeth anchor live tv in moments of crisis, you would never know she was suppressing anxiety. >> would lean in, and grip the desk with my left hand. my right hand, i'm digging the edge of the ring into my thumb. >> why did you go into this business if it was going to
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torment you? >> i loved it. i still love it. i love telling people stories. >> people look at you, saying you're so lucky, really. >> i am lucky. and first of all, yes. i am so lucky to have my two amazing children, and to have this amazing job. it doesn't matter how much you have, or how little you have. it didn't matter. it leveled me. >> and elizabeth remembers a moment on vacation with her boys. the sun was up, so were her boys, she was in bed. >> i was drinking and sleeping. and one afternoon, sam said, mommy, when are you going to get up? and i remember i could smell the sunscreen, and i could feel the heat from his little body. because he had just come in from
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the beach. and i would die for my children, diane. i wouldn't give a nanosecond's thought to kill, to die for my children. but i couldn't stop drinking for my children. >> i have watched this hour. it's extraordinarily candid and brave. part of a special two-hour block of "20/20" on abc starting at 9:00 p.m. tonight. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the missing student, could this lead to a break in the case? after the young student vanished? also, a car topples off the side of a parking garage.
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finally tonight, "america strong." preparing to mark 15 years since 9/11, and a flag now home. we'll never forget our first trip to the 9/11 museum. >> literally hundreds of people used this staircase as an escape route on 9/11. >> so many reminders. the fire truck, big red. >> i'm on the 15th floor. we're trying to get up. >> he and ten of his men lost on that morning. a clock frozen at 9:36. but missing from the museum,
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that famous flag. it was lost just hours later. and for 15 years, its whereabouts, a mystery. >> we need your help to find this icon of history. >> it was this episode of "lost history" that sparked interest in a flag that a retired fireman dropped off in michigan. after months of forensic investigation, the flag was on its way to new york. and tonight, it now sits inside the 9/11 museum. >> this newest of artifacts is certainly one of the most
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