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for a fellow classmate. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday, i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with breaking news. what appears to be a major police emergency at the london bridge. details just beginning to come in. it's still unclear exactly what happened, but it comes at a time when european cities are becoming more and more frequent targets for terrorists. england still reeling from the recent suicide bombing in manchester just two weeks ago. abc's jennifer eccleston with the very latest details. >> reporter: tom, this is still very much a developing story, with reports of a disturbing scene near london bridge, and now, also, at burough market, a restaurant nearby. eyewitnesses near the area are reporting a white van veering off the road and striking pedestrians. there is an enormous police response arriving at the scene within minutes, followed by
ambulances and police helicopters. >> shots getting fired and bang, bang, bang. but we just been bashed back by the police. >> there are people on the ground, everything looks -- so, i didn't see anything with my eyes, but my friend said, oh, there is a van, there is a van, and this van went into the people and then we saw three, four people living e lying on . and then the police arrived and the ambulance arrived. >> reporter: as you hear there, there are reports of injuries, bodies on the ground. police have only confirmed that they are responding to an incident at london bring and also at burough market. people are becoing told to leav the area, avoid the area.
eerily reminiscent of the westminster bridge attack that killed five people. tom, this happened just minutes ago, another tragedy, another reason for this country to be on edge. >> london and europe both on edge tonight. jennifer, talk to us about those two areas, so, london bridge, just west of the famous tower bridge in london, and then burough market, how far apart are they from each other, and were they busy, about 10:00 p.m. in london? >> reporter: they're very close to each other. they would be considered in the same, roughly the same neighborhood. very popular with locals. but also with tourists. london bridge, obviously, a huge attraction for people to come visit this country. people wanting to get their picture taken there, with the bridge in the background lit at night. but the burough market is teeming with people on a saturday night. it's full of restaurants and bars. >> jennifer eccleston reporting for us tonight. thank you, jennifer. we'll come back to you throughout the broadcast. we want to talk to somebody who was there tonight, an eye witness at a restaurant while this emergency was happening. he joins us on the phone right
now. what did you see and what did you hear tonight? >> well, i just heard, we were just around the corner from it, having dinner, just having dinner out with a few friends and my partner and literally all we hear is shots fired and quite loud bang. we ran to the windows, see lots of blue lights and police everywhere and look out of the window of our restaurant and we can see people lying on the floor and just ambulances and police response around them. the security of the restaurant is telling us to evacuate the restaurant, as quick as we can, the police are telling us to run up the road, further away from london bridge, and now we're currently sitting in a bar, just in a safe spot, we've been told there's security around, inside the perimeter here, and that's
all we know at the moment. they won't tell us anything apart from what we're seeing on social media. >> were you closer to the scene, there's two incidents, one at london bridge and one at the burr burough market. >> i was just having dinner across the road from the market. and my car is parked just outside burough market and i can't even get to it. >> and the massive police presence you see on the scene, do you also see police still kind of running in and out, does it seem like the scene has been contained or is it still very much an active investigation? >> it looks like it's very much active, but i think the police are doing a very quick job to get everything -- to get it responded to, as quick as possible. they're trying to do their hardest and it looks like they are trying to clear up the road and get everything contained as quickly as possible, which, i'm sure, is what everybody wants.
>> all right, one of the eye witnesses tonight to those incidents in london, and we of course will stay on top of this story throughout the broadcast and update you as we get more information. next, we want to move on now to the growing outrage here at home over the racial slur on a live television show. talk show host bill maher using a derogatory, highly charged racial expression in conversation with a republican senator, ben sasse of nebraska. now, that senator facing heat for what he didn't say. march's apology tonight and his employer, the hbo network, weighing in as the calls to fire him are growing. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: tonight, the aftershocks of the racial slur said on live tv. in the middle of a seemingly harmless exchange between bill maher and nebraska senator ben sasse. >> i've got to get to nebraska more. >> you're welcome. we'd love to have you work in the fields with us. >> work in the fields? >> that's part of -- >> senator. i'm a house [ bleep ].
no, it's a joke. >> reporter: a torrent of criticism was unleashed at the comedian, whose brand is being politically acerbic and outrageous. deray mckesson, a black lives matter activist, tweeting, "bill maher has got to go. there's no explanations that make this acceptable." tara sutmeyer, a political analyst, is a frequent guest on maher's shows. >> i think it was an unfortunate remark that he thought would be a funny joke that went wrong on the fly. and it was inappropriate. and i thought to myself, oh, my goodness, did he just say that? >> reporter: hbo rebroadcast the show before pulling it from the air. in a statement, the cable network said, "bill maher's comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless." and today, from sasse, a republican who, in the past, has criticized some of president trump's more incendiary tweets, he says he now wishes he would have said, "hold up, why do you think it's okay to use that word?" maher releasing this written statement of apology -- "friday nights are
always my worst night of sleep, because i'm up reflecting on the things i should or shouldn't have said on my live show. last night was a particularly long night as i regret the word i used in the banter of a live moment. the word was offensive and i regret saying it and am very sorry." >> ron joins us now live, and ron, bill maher apologizing, but this is not the first time he's gotten into trouble for saying somethings controversial on the air. >> reporter: that's right. remember, just after 9/11, he accused the u.s. military of being cowardly in launching attacks on the taliban in afghanistan. about nine months later, his show the "politically incorrect" was canceled. so far, hbo condemning his words but he's not been suspended or fired so far. >> so many talking about this story tonight, as well. all right, ron, thank you so much. now, to another major breaking headline. the major concession by president trump on climate change. he called it on more than one occasion a hoax, but tonight, the administration saying the president does believe that the climate is changing. the dramatic switch coming on the heels of global criticism of
the president's decision to pull out of the paris climate accord. abc's gloria riviera reports. >> reporter: tonight, after denying climate change on the campaign trail -- >> so, obama is talking about all of this with the global warming and the -- a lot of it is a hoax. >> reporter: president trump's administration making a stunning reversal. >> president trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that e case so, that is the fact. >> reporter: just a day ago, the head of the epa couldn't respond to a direct question. >> yes or no. does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the united states? >> you know, what's interesting about all the discussions we had through the last several weeks have been focused on one singular issue -- is paris good or not for this country? >> reporter: since trump pulled out of the paris accord, at least 80 mayors and 100 business leaders pledging to stay the course. >> and we will meet our targets. >> reporter: former new york city mayor michael bloomberg meeting with france's president
macron, pledging $15 million of his own money. trump is promising to create a better deal. >> we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. >> reporter: ambassador to the united nations nikki haley offering further reassurance. >> just because we got out of a club doesn't mean that we don't care about the environment. >> reporter: trump supporters today rallying in front of the white house. so, for you, this exit, this was cause for, safe to say, celebration? >> yes. well, there's a lot to be done. what's going on is not good for us right now. and, you know, obama had no right to just go ahead and sign it. >> reporter: getting out of the paris agreement takes time. in fact, president trump is likely stuck with current obligations until the year 2020. tom? >> gloria riviera for us tonight. gloria, thank you. and of course, much more on all of this tomorrow on "this week." with epa administrator skoet pew hit, former vice president al gore and former national security adviser susan rice. next, to the looming showdown in washington over russia's possible role in u.s. politics and the presidential
election. at least 100 planned protests taking place across the country, calling for the truth from the current administration on russia and other matters. this, as ex-fbi chief james comey gets ready to testify before the senate intelligence committee next week. abc's david wright at the white house tonight. >> reporter: today, coast to coast -- ♪ this land is my land >> reporter: -- a call for answers. >> investigate trump! investigate trump! >> reporter: thousands of voters, in 135 cities and towns, took part in an event called the march for truth. >> we're trying to send signals to our elected officials that this is important to us. >> reporter: today, some took that message straight to members of congress. >> when is the republican party and you, individually, going to stand up and recognize the fact that we have, still, an adversary in the form of the russian government?
>> reporter: republican d darrell issa, in orange county, insisted he's not in vladimir putin's pocket. >> russia has been an evil empire since before reagan coined that term, and putin has now a decade-plus of being the evil leader. >> reporter: putin himself is defending trump, denying russia had anything to do with meddling in the u.s. election. >> translator: hackers can be anywhere. they can be in russia, in asia, even in america. >> reporter: trump said something similar back in the debates. >> i mean, it could be russia. but also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? >> reporter: former fbi director james comey may be in the position to provide some answers. this week, he's set to testify on capitol hill, breaking his silence for the first time since the president fired him. democrats say they want to know whether the president pressured him to back off his investigation of former national security adviser mike flynn. democrats say that could be
obstruction of justice. >> and david wright joining us live from the white house. david, we've been monitoring that emergency situation in london, and we've just learned that the president has been briefed on the incident? >> reporter: that's right. press secretary sean spicer says the president has received an initial briefing and he'll continue to receive updates throat the night from his national security team. remember, had e's had some strong words to say on other recent attacks in the uk, calling the prerp tray torps of the attack in manchester evil losers. tom? >> the white house monitoring the two incidents in london. david, thank you. now, to the wild shootout at a gas station in texas. three officers wounded when a gunman opened fire. drivers desperate to get away. abc's eva pilgrim picks up the story with the late details. >> reporter: a barrage of bullets flying as a manhunt for a murder suspect ends in that terrifying and deadly scene. bystanders running for cover inside a convenience store, as gun shots rang out in laredo,
texas, late friday afternoon. police saying 55-year-old antonio gerardo rodriguez opened fire on police. here, once officer takes cover, firing back. police had been searching for rodriguez, a suspect in his girlfriend's murder. her body found at their apartment earlier that morning. authorities pulled into this gas station after spotting his car. a witness catching the moment authorities say he fired at police. police officers seen here in this video approaching their target. drivers finding themselves in the cross fire, desperate to get away. three officers seriously wounded in the shootout, one of them critically. rodriguez, killed in the exchange. >> we prepare for it, we train for it, but we're not truly ready for it until you encounter this. >> reporter: no bystanders were hurt in the shootout. those officers are all in the hospital recovering. tom? >> all right, eva, thank you so much. and we're learning more tonight about the deadly casino rampage in the philippines that killed more than three dozen
people. the chilling new video caught on security cameras taking us inside that attack as it unfolded. the gunman entering the casino and later setting fire to gaming tables, stealing $2 million in chips and getting into a shotout with police. the man later killing himself. and we'll have much more on that breaking news coming out of london. two emergency incidents infolding at this hour and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. incredible pictures of a tornado tearing through an area not known for twisters. where the surprise storm hit. and this is the last thing you want to see on dry land. we'll tell you where this giant alligator decided to take a stroll. for millions of people who suffer from lower back pain finding relief can seem almost as painful. finally the search is over. drug-free aleve direct therapy®. a tens device with high intensity power that uses technology once only available in doctors' offices. its smart wireless design lets you control its intensity for deep penetrating relief at the source.
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safety precautions tight. this as police announced a 17th arrest in that case. abc's lama hasan with more. >> reporter: tonight, security ramping up in manchester as ariana grande prepares to take the stage for a benefit concert just 13 days after that devastating suicide attack. >> we were shocked and we just want to show our support. >> reporter: authorities are launching a massive security operation around the city of manchester, creating a ring of steel to protect the 130,000 people not only going to the concert here, but also to the soccer game nearby. barriers already in place and the police presence, expected to double. officers pouring in from across the uk. >> i can understand some nervousness from members of the public, perhaps, but i can reassure them that come sunday, they will see a heightened police presence. >> reporter: sisters yasmin and nadia were at the concert the night of the attack. fighting fear with strength and defiance. >> go into this tomorrow with all the love and the celebrities that are surrounding it and
having in memories will have closure on the whole thing. >> reporter: grande paying an emotional visit to many of those injured in the attack, including one of the youngest, 8-year-old lily harrison. >> i think the last sort of checkpoint for lily being discharged from the hospital was the psychological angle, and i think after last night, i think ariana grande, as surreal as that sounds, got her over the edge. >> reporter: lily's father hopes she'll be out of the hospital and at the concert tomorrow. concert that's providing a small glimmer of hope as word reaches here of yet another devastating attack in london. tom? >> lama hasan for us tonight. thank you so much. and the one love manchester concert will be shown live on the channel freeform tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. eastern. and later tomorrow night on abc after the nba finals. and still ahead, a woman who fights back, refusing to let robbers take her belongings. instead, getting taken for a scary ride. we'll tell you how she's doing. (bell rings) with my moderate to severe crs disease,... ...i kept looking for ways to manage my symptoms.
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disturbing scenes across three central london locations, near london bridge and also at borough market. a popular restaurant venue nearby. police, guns drawn, telling people to get on the ground. reports of a stabbing there, with shots fired. and also now in south london, police also confirm that on london bridge, a vehicle struck pedestrians. there are reports of injuries, bodies on the ground, people are being told to leave and avoid the area. tom, it is a frantic and chaotic scene. >> london and europe definitely on edge tonight. jennifer, thank you so much. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. a special report coming up in our breaking developments out of london. "gma" first thing in the morning and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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