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tonight, breaking overseas. shootdown over syria. for the first time, a u.s. fighter jet takes down a syrian warplane. will this escalate the conflict? president trump on the attack. the president said he's under investigation for obstruction of justice. but now his lawyers insist he's not. >> the president is not and has not been under investigation. >> the mixed messages coming in. the president calling it a witch hunt. the search for those missing u.s. sailors called off. several bodies recovered. inside those final moments. sailors asleep during the crash. did no one see it coming? the raging inferno. more than 60 people killed. victims trapped in their cars trying to escape. the worst wildfire in portugal's history. wrong way drivers on america's highways. at least one person killed almost every day.
and, "america strong." the little boy, his new heart, and his dad's best father's day ever. good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. i'm cecilia vega, in for tom llamas. we begin with breaking news overseas. for the first time, a u.s. fighter jet has shot down a syrian warplane. the pentagon says the syrian plane bombed u.s.-backed forces battling isis in the northern part of the country. we want to get to steve ganyard. the pentagon says this was in self defense? >> for the first time in almost 20 years, a u.s. aircraft has
shot down another manned aircraft. they got on the hotline to the russians, said stop it. shortly after, the pilot was cleared to launch a missile. >> how much could this escalate the conflict in the region? >> hopefully this will set some limits in the skies over syria. the u.s. has been pushed by the russians and syrians for a long time, so hopefully it will calm things down. but the ball is in mr. putin's court. this could escalate to a conflict between u.s. and russian forces. we want to turn next to new questions with president trump and the investigation into possible obstruction of justice. the team sending mixed messages,
after the president took to twitter to confirm he's under investigation. one of his lawyers now contradicting the president, saying he's not under investigation. and now the clock is ticking for the trump team to meet a congressional deadline. to answer a major question, are there recordings of the president's conversation inside the white house? here's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, the president, back from camp david, is girding himself for another week of battle. his first tweet this morning, defiant. "the make america great again agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the witch hunt," he insisted. but on the sunday shows, that so-called distraction took center stage. >> he is infuriated, and legitimately, in my judgment, by this whole russian bologna. >> now, newt gingrich and the president would like us to shut it down before it really is under way. and we are far closer to
the beginning of the investigation than we are to the end. >> reporter: the president's lawyer, making the rounds today, was at pains to correct the record about a presidential tweet that appeared to confirm he's facing an obstruction of justice investigation after his decision to fire fbi director james comey. >> the president is not and has not been under investigation. >> how do you know? >> because we've received no notice of investigation. >> reporter: and yet trump's own tweet would seem to suggest otherwise. quote, "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt." today, trump's lawyer appeared to be unable to clear up the confusion. >> and now he's being investigated by the department of justice. >> you've now said that he is being investigated after saying that you didn't. >> no. >> you just said, sir, that he's being -- >> no, he's not being investigated. >> i've been crystal clear, the president is and has not been under investigation.
i don't think i can be any clearer than that. >> i can't read the mind -- >> so, we're in agreement. >> reporter: despite growing concerns the president may move to fire the special counsel or his bosses at the justice department, marco rubio insisted the investigation should run its full course. >> this is going to move forward. we're going to get the full truth out there, and i repeat, i believe that is the best thing that can happen for the president and for this administration. >> david, after president trump seemed to suggest there were recordings of some of his conversations, now he's facing a deadline this week to prove it. do we know how they will respond? >> reporter: it's one of the unsolved mysteries. the white house has refused to confirm or deny the existence of tapes. now, the house intelligence committee set a deadline this friday to hand them over.
but the president's lawyer said we can expect an announcement this week. >> thank you. and now to new information about the collision between a carrier and a navy ship. the navy revealing today, several bodies of the seven missing sailors have been recovered. their ship virtually gutted as most of the crew slept. tonight, why no one detected the danger. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, the horrifying final moments for those sailors aboard the uss fitzgerald. the destroyer, "t"-boned in the middle of the night, immediately flooding the cramped compartments where more than 100 of the crew sleep. >> the water flow was tremendous. so, there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea. >> reporter: the navy telling abc news divers found several sailors in the flooded wreck. and officially calling off the search for survivors. >> they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface and,
so, it was traumatic. >> reporter: one of the missing dakota rigsby. his local fire department asking for thoughts and prayers. brayden harden made a quick escape, his mother tells abc news, as the ship was nearly torn in half. he was one of hundreds heroically scrambling to keep the surging seawater from sinking the ship. the navy saying it will launch at least two investigations into what happened just outside tokyo harbor. >> we are going to cooperate with all the stakeholders in this, especially with the japanese. but we will get those answers. >> reporter: multiple maritime trackers show the acx crystal cargo ship making that giant "u"-turn just 25 minutes before colliding with the uss fitzgerald. still no response from the ship's owners after multiple requests from abc news asking about that sharp turn. the company only saying that they are cooperating with the investigation. the navy saying there were watchmen on patrol that night as the 30,000-ton container ship's bulbous bow smashed directly into crew living quarters.
a sailor told me, in addition to patrol officers on the deck round the clock, the ship also has tactical watch officers monitoring its radar 24/7, making this collision all the more mystifying. cecilia? >> matt, thank you. we want to stay overseas, to portugal tonight, the deadliest wildfire in the country's history. massive flames killing more than 60 people. some victims burned in their cars as the fire jumped the road. soldiers from across europe, joining hundreds of firefighters on the scene. here's molly hunter. >> reporter: tonight, more than 1,000 firefighters rushing to contain the massive blaze, still raging. the wall of thick smoke and flames consuming everything in its path. overtaking these small towns, in the middle of the night, when residents tried to flee to the main road, trapped by the flames.
>> very quickly people lost control. >> the wind was just extraordinary. i've never experienced anything like it. >> reporter: more than 60 killed in all. one road along the escape route turning into a death trap. at least 30 bodies found inside their vehicles. drone footage showing row upon row of burnt cars. and on the ground, anguish. among the victims, at least four small children. and the fear tonight, as officials search the area. that toll could climb. the most tragic fire in portuguese history caused by a severe heat wave, low humidity and lightning, creating the perfect conditions to burn. with temperatures still over 100 degrees, and forecast to stay there, fires are still burning. another very difficult day lies ahead. cecilia? >> molly, thank you. and there's a severe weather threat at home. we're tracking several storms over the next 24 hours. heavy rain and hail flooding
reported around kansas city, missouri. more than 80 million people at risk of dangerous weather from the plains to new england. and triple-digit heat in the west. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: extreme weather punishing the heartland this weekend. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: hard hitting hail shattering this car windshield in missouri. and in kansas city, lightning tearing through the night sky as residents run for cover. torrential rain and 70-mile-per-hour winds downing trees, swamping roadways and knocking out power to over 80,000 homes. the same wave of storms unloading on lincoln, nebraska. with hail the size of tennis balls. >> wind, rain, stuff hitting the side of the vehicle. >> reporter: cars crushed. trees uprooted. this tractor trailer overturned, meanwhile, the southwest sizzling in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. >> it's still too hot, even with the a.c. blowing. >> reporter: american airlines warning travelers the extreme
heat could ground flights out of phoenix this week, with temperatures expected to hit 120 degrees. >> 120. let's get right to rob with the forecast. you're tracking a number of storms here. >> the cold front stretches from canada to the gulf of mexico. severe weather watch for parts of pennsylvania and upstate new york. damaging winds, large hail. and this all squeezes to the east. look at the highly populated d.c., philly, new york to boston corridor. albany as well. could see severe super cells there tomorrow. 118 in palm springs and phoenix. approaching all-time records. looks like the heat will continue through wednesday or thursday. a dangerously long stretch. >> rob, thank you. with all the temperatures outside, we want to turn to an invisible danger in the water. people killed by electrical currents. here's adrienne bankert.
>> reporter: tonight, a new jersey family mourning the loss of their 11-year-old daughter. >> female electrocuted, unconscious. breathing. >> reporter: the child and two friends were on an inflatable raft in a lagoon when two of them touched a metal rail that sent an electric shock. the 11-year-old, dying at the hospital. her friends not hurt. this comes just one day after the sudden death of a 19-year-old from ohio, electrocuted after he jumped into the water near a boat dock to save the family dog. >> we don't want anybody swimming in a marina around a dock where there could be electric service to that dock. >> reporter: it is called electric shock drowning, usually caused by a short in the wiring of a dock, marina or boat charging the water. pools can be just as dangerous. these children in florida, touching the metal rail. this girl instantly goes limp. the man helping her, also shocked. all survived. several states now calling for changes including circuit breakers near the water, and for electrical outlets that shut
down when there's a short or overload. there are also products that provide a shock alarm when there's electricity in the water. experts also say you should inspect the electrical equipment at docks, boats and marinas at least once a year. cecilia? >> adrienne, thank you. and encouraging news about congressman steve scalise. his condition upgraded to serious. after he was shot last week during that attack on gop congressional members. he posted on his twitter account thanking everyone for their support. and that shooting rampage playing an ugly role in a congressional battle in georgia. with just two days before voters head to the polls, a a conservative group linking the democratic candidate to that shooting. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, the final push in the most expensive congressional race in u.s. history.
the tight battle for georgia's sixth congressional district. >> time for some fresh leadership. >> reporter: jon ossoff, in the suburbs ahead of the special election. >> we appreciate everything you've done for us. >> reporter: against republican karen handel. the two, neck and neck in the traditional gop stronghold. john lewis for ossoff. >> he's committed and dedicated. >> reporter: for handel, tom price. who resigned the seat to become a secretary for donald trump. >> we need to have a crazy high turnout on tuesday for karen handel. >> reporter: the race turning ugly this weekend. this disturbing ad capitalizing on that mass shooting at a gop baseball practice. >> the unhinged left is endorsing shooting republicans. when will it stop?
not if jon ossoff wins on tuesday. >> reporter: the alleged gunman denounced the gop in a facebook post. handel calling the ad disgusting. ossoff calling the ad shameful. asking that it be pulled. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. a packed deck collapsing, some of the injured forces to drive themselves to the hospital. and the terrifying moment when a wrong way driver is headed your way. what happens next? caught on dash cam. plus, this one has the beyhive buzzing tonight. ad the , burning of diabetic nerve pain these feet... liked to style my dog as a kid... and were pumped to open my own salon. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer. so i talked to my doctor and she prescribed lyrica. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions, suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away
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are they gonna find a good spot to put it? are they going to poke me? >> reporter: diagnosed with a bad heart before he was even born. ari's biggest battle came when his tiny body rejected the new heart. it stopped beating for nearly 36 hours. so ari dug in, and fought hard. after 189 days -- >> 189 days? that's crazy! >> reporter: -- ari left the hospital. and went home. >> hi, ari. >> reporter: ari's dad wrote, his son is one of the rare few to live, unbelievably. >> i'm safe. >> reporter: this father's day, they celebrated that on the golf course. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> happy father's day to the dads out there. and all the dads right here at abc. i'm cecilia vega. have a great night.