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tonight, the deadly apartment fire. the plane off the runway. damaging winds fueling it all. several dead at the apartment complex. the passenger jet boarding takeoff, and the race to get families out of wildfires. the new track tonight for the damaging winds now moving east. the fbi and the urgent hunt tonight. who gave the cia secrets to wikileaks and now the world? how the cia can break into phone, ipads and tvs. what you should know about your phone and tv at home. the revolt within. republicans not seeing eye to eye tonight over the replacement for obamacare. and this evening, the american medical association and aarp now arguing the new plan is no good. the deadly collision. that train and tour bus, and an
alarming finding. there have been 17 accidents in the same place. and the massive cruise ship and this close call with one family's home. good evening, and we begin tonight with several major headlines. the showdown on capitol hill at this hour, but first, the fierce winds fueling that deadly apartment fire and forcing a passenger jet off the runway. the winds fanning the wildfires as well tonight. authorities trying to get families out. watch this truck on i-280 in toledo. the right side of your screen, and the fierce winds blowing it onto its side. in canada, driving much of this country tonight. we begin with the apartment fire that turned deadly as winds drove the fast-moving blaze. abc's alex perez leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, high winds turn deadly in the upper midwest. >> there are civilians jumping out of the windows at the
location. >> reporter: gusts as high as 68 miles an hour, fanning the flames at this detroit apartment complex, killing five. >> it was a horrendous fire to fight. we've got these high winds and it just drove the fire right through the building. >> reporter: at the willow run airport, a plane carrying the michigan men's basketball team and their families, aborting takeoff, sliding off the runway. terrified students spilling out on the tarmac. no one was hurt. winds snapping huge trees, some 600 thousand people in the detroit area without power. semis overturning from wisconsin to ohio. this tractor trailer flipping on interstate 280. the driver is okay. tragically, a brinks employee killed after this armored truck overturned. police believe the driver over-corrected after winds pushed the vehicle off the road. those winds part of the same system fanning the wildfires in the great plains. nearly 1.5 million acres scorched. at least six dead. >> i got a semi truck blocking half the eastbound lane now. >> reporter: this new dashcam video showing harrowing moments along interstate-70 in kansas. >> they're making evacuation mandatory. >> reporter: a state trooper telling a stranded trucker to hop into his patrol car. turning around and fleeing to safety. it's now the largest fire in the state's history. our phillip mena is in
neighboring oklahoma where new fires broke out today. >> reporter: this is a perfect example of how quickly these flames can spread. we were here about 20 minutes ago, and you couldn't even see the fire, and now the blames are about 20 feet high. >> reporter: this as the high winds move east. gusts of 81 miles an hour. likely knocking this freight train right off its rails. >> they are worried about debris being picked up, and they are warning everyone to be on the lookout? >> reporter: that's right, david. authorities are warning people who have to walk near high-rises to be on the lookout, and keep their eyes open. some windows have blown out, and observatories have the hancock and willis towers just down tonight because of those winds, david. >> shut out. alex, thanks so much. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano joining us here in manhattan. he is tracking the system for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this is a big, powerful system,
and it encompasses much of northern america, and this is over central canada, and we have warnings down into oklahoma, and the winds continue to rake the great lakes, but the strongest will be across western new york, buffalo, syracuse, rochester tonight, and damaging. very windy tomorrow as well, and there are cold shots of air behind this, and we expect snow up through boston. one of several shots of snow potentially for the east into next week which is the middle of march, david. >> rob marciano with us tonight as well. thank you, rob. tonight, the fbi is launching an urgent hunt for whoever revealed some of the cia's biggest secrets. their tools, their methods, and how they could break into iphones, ipads and other things as well. the classified material was given to wikileaks and now the world. tonight, what you should know about the technology in your own home. samsung and apple now responding. here's abc's chief investigating
correspondent, brian ross, tonight. reporter: the hunt for the mole by the fbi tonight is focused on this nondescript building outside washington, the headquarters of the top secret center for cyber intelligence, the cci. officials believe whoever was responsible had to have access to one of the highly classified spy networks, to what's called jwics, a highly >> even if the person acted out of a misplaced sense of idealism, it has created a great deal of harm and i cannot think of it in any terms other than criminal activity. >> reporter: the editor in chief of wikileaks remains holed up tonight in the ecuadoran embassy in london. julian assange, who is wanted on sexual assault charges in sweden. today an abc news producer was turned away at the embassy door. >> can i deliver a letter to julian assange? >> reporter: last year, when wikileaks posted the e-mails from the democratic party hacked by the russians, candidate donald trump praised
them. >> wikileaks. i love wikileaks. >> reporter: today the white house press secretary said the cia leak was serious, unlike the russian hack of the democrats. >> there is a massive, massive difference between those two things. >> reporter: but both are illegal, and both are being investigated by the fbi. now the new cia revelations are shaking the electronic appliance world. phone manufacturers including apple say they are scrambling to make sure the cia can no longer hack into their devices, something the fbi also has the ability to do with a court-ordered warrant. >> there is no such thing as absolute privacy in america. there is no place in american outside of judicial reach. >> reporter: also today, samsung said it was "urgently looking into" the claim the cia had found a way to turn its televisions into listening devices, even when they appear to be off. >> brian ross back with us tonight. brian, you heard the fbi director say today there is no such thing as privacy in america. people watching us tonight are going to want to know how do they protect themselves at home?
>> reporter: these electronic devices have have yvulnerabilii built in, and consumers should know that conversations near their tvs can be picked up if owners activate the voice recognition software, and it's illegal for the fbi to act against americans, david. thank you. we turn to the showdown over alabama trumpcare. the republicans' new pla ton replace it. there is division amid the party, and we have reported on voters expressing their fears about losing their health care at town halls in this country. and tonight, the american medical association and aarp are both weighing in saying this new plan won't work. abc's mary bruce on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, with his health care plan under siege from democrats and republicans too, house speaker paul ryan is trying to calm the storm. >> i have no doubt we'll pass
this because we're going to keep our promises. we're going through the inevitable growing pains from being an opposition party to becoming a governing party. >> reporter: but now, the nation's leading healthcare groups are piling on, joining aarp to denounce the plan. in a letter to congress, the american medical association citing the "expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations." president trump has promised insurance for everybody. >> he has committed that no one will lose their insurance and everyone will have access to coverage. everyone will have access to coverage. he has assured that. >> reporter: but one early review of the plan projects that up to 10 million americans could lose their insurance. >> the american public still wonders with great anxiety what is going to happen to them personally! >> reporter: on capitol hill today, a group of west virginia miners and health care workers. president trump repeatedly reached out to miners and won west virginia by an overwhelming
margin. but many of those here today worry they could lose their health care if this plan goes through. >> i have insurance now. but i'm probably going to lose it unless this is fixed. >> what's your message to lawmakers who are pushing this bill forward? >> leave it alone. >> reporter: we brought her concerns to west virginia republican david mckinnely. >> your message to these west virginians is? >> relax. relax. relax. this is a process. this isn't the final bill. >> reporter: tonight, republican leaders are looking to the president to help sell the plan. >> this is an all hands on deck because you know what? we all ran on repealing and replacing obamacare. >> reporter: he says they are all in. >> he is a deal-maker and negotiator. he has been successful, and if anyone can get a deal, it's going to be donald trump. >> reporter: it would be a tough sell to conservatives who blast the plan as obamacare-lite. one of them ted cruz, and now courting his former rival. their primary battle was brutal.
>> lyin' ted. holds that bible high, puts it downlies. >> reporter: at one an unflattin melania trump. at the convention, ted cruz boo'd by trump's supporters. heidi cruz hustled out of the hostile crowd. but tonight, trump, cruz and their wives together for dinner >> at the white house. to be a fly on the wall at that dinner. we're learning that president trump will hit the road to ro mote this plan? >> reporter: one official says he is expected to travel to kentucky on saturday. it's a red state that voted for trump, and has seen a major drop in the uninsured. democrats tout kentucky as an obamacare success story, david. >> mary bruce on capitol hill tonight. thank you. there is news tonight on president trump's bombshell accusation that president obama had trump tower wiretapped
during the campaign. the white house still not providing any proof, but tonight, two senators on both sides are now demanding that the justice department turn over any evidence that might exist. for that, we turn to jonathan karl, and one of those senators said he'll get a subpoena if he has to? >> reporter: these senators are lindsey graham, are calling the white house's bluff on this. the white house has refused to provide evidence, saying it is up to congress to investigate, and they are saying they will investigate, and because it is the fbi that would have done wiretapping, their first step is to ask the fbi if they did it. they want to get the fbi on record either admitting it happened, or much more likely, saying it didn't. as for fbi director james comey, he was in boston today giving a speech, and although he did not address this issue, he suggested that he intends to fill out the rest of his 6 1/2 years left on
his term, putting to rest speculation, david, that he would resign. >> all right. to be continued. jon karl live at the white house tonight. thanks, jon. next tonight, the leaders of 140 jewish community centers speaking out about the wave of anti-semitic threats, and asking law enforcement to do more to stop them. four more anonymous bomb slthres today. at least 133 schools in 33 days with threats. those farcing evacuation of adults and children, and they are expressing frus trace with the progress in resolving the situation. there are new and alarming findings between the collision between the freight train and the tour bus. the bus stuck before the train plowed into it. four killed, and many more injured. abc's steve osunsami on the
number of accidents that have taken place at that spot before. he is in mississippi tonight. >> reporter: the word from federal investigators who are here in biloxi tonight is alarming. that this is the 17th time a train has crashed into a vehicle at the this same railroad crossing since 1976. this time, four people were killed, more than 35 were wounded. >> the bus was pushed by the train about 200 feet. >> reporter: the tour bus, carrying a group of seniors from texas, was on its way to a casino when witnesses say the bus bottomed out as it was crossing the tracks. the railroad crossing sits over a hump. >> we tried to go in reverse, and it wouldn't move. >> reporter: john kemp lives nearby, and was driving the grey sedan you see here, when the freight train hit the bus. he stopped to help, and was pulling victims out through the bus windows. >> ironically that street is named after a city council member that was killed on that very same track back in the '80s when i was a kid. >> reporter: kemp was recording in february when this pepsi delivery truck got caught on these same tracks. the driver got away in time. the truck didn't.
take a look. families across the country pass through railroad crossings like this one everyday. families here say the issue is the grade, and they want this fixed, or moved. david. >> steve osunsami reporting in for us tonight. thank you, steve. we turn to overseas tonight and in suicide attack in a military hospital in afghanistan. isis now taking responsibility tonight. a sophisticated assault by four gunmen wearing lab coats, in a diplomatic quarter in kabul. at least 30 people were killed, and some 50 wounded. the afghan government under attack from the taliban and isis. on this international women's day, american women marking the day in a number of ways. protesters joining a day without a woman in cities across the country today focusing on women's economic influence and calling for equal pay. and in the last 24 hours, hillary clinton honored for his
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>> get out! >> reporter: bill todhunter and his wife yasmine ran to their deck screaming when the equinox was heading straight for them. >> i saw how close it was and knew there was a problem. >> i was worried the house was going to get hit. >> reporter: here you can see the ship throwing its thrusters into reverse roughly 100 feet away. this isn't the first cruise ship close encounter. last summer, rough water caused another celebrity cruise ship to slam into this dock in alaska. in 2014, this bahamas celebration ship struck an object causing it to tilt on its side. in this incident the pilots association says the ship was directed to this route because of strong winds but the pilot was "skillfully keeping it within the channel, then proceeded to safely guide the vessel out to sea." >> they have come close, but not literally facing and pointing right at a home 100 feet offshore. >> reporter: david, celebrity cruise line saying tonight that multiple monitors confirm the ship never touched bottom. if it had it would have been required to report it. david. >> eva, thank you. when we come back tonight, could o.j. simpson be counting
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