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tonight, the holiday scare at the airport. with the country on alert, the out of control taxi slamming into a crowd of people. at least ten injured. what we're learning about the driver. president trump's twitter smackdown. the president taking aim at the media once again. days before his face to face meeting with vladimir putin. beach backlash. new jersey governor, chris christie, blasted for taking his family to a public beach he closed during a state government shutdown. tonight, defiantly pushing back. venus' breakdown. the tennis star in tears after her first match at wimbledon, her first public comments since that deadly car accident. and splash landing. the moment laughing tourists
begin to panic. the balloon crashing into a gator-infested pond. and good evening. i'm tom llamas in for david and we begin this monday night with chaos at a major american airport. reports of a vehicle plowing into a group of people, many of them injured. here's the scene at boston's logan airport at a parking area crowded with white taxis. one of those taxis jumping a curb, slamming against the building. the sdint causing special individual lens for security threats. abc's adrienne bankert is there with the information on the driver behind the wheel. >> reporter: tonight a frightening scene near boston's logan airport a taxi cab careening out of control, and into a crowd at this taxi pool. >> we have engine 9 and ladder 2 responding for a motor vehicle accident. it's on the airport. >> reporter: authorities say around 1:40 this afternoon a taxi driver plowed into a group
of fellow drivers in an area used to gathering during breaks in between fares. >> we have accident reconstruction on the scene right now so they will do a thorough investigation that will involve a mechanical investigation of the cab itself. >> reporter: ten people were injured and rushed to local hospitals. at least one is in serious condition. law enforcement across the country are already on high alert for the holiday. on guard for any deliberate crash into crowds. but after today's scare, state police moved quickly to rule out terrorism. >> it does not appear at this time to be any indicatit was an. but more just a tragic accident. >> and adrienne bankert joins us from boston's logan airport. we are learning more about the driver tonight? >> reporter: yeah. you can actually see some of the fellow taxicab drivers in limbo as they get this area open again. that driver you mentioned has no history of violations we're told and is cooperating with investigators. it appears all the people he hit were fellow taxi drivers. tom? >> adrienne, thank you.
next, the big week ahead for trump. including that high stakes meeting with vladimir putin, but he heads into it with a storm at his back after tweeting out an outlandish video. a spoof clip showing him knocking down a character that represents cnn. people on both sides of the aisle disagree. abc's david kerley reporting from the white house. >> reporter: tonight, president trump returning to washington, preparing for his big week. tweeting he's been calling a who's who of world leaders. china, and japan on north korea. arab gulf leaders on middle east peace and europeans ahead of this week's summit, that includes vladimir putin. but it is this tweet, and video -- getting all the attention. of mr. trump in an earlier wrestling -- fake fight -- but doctored with the cnn logo covering the victim.
an escalation of the president's battle with the media. >> the media tried to stop us from going to the white house, but i'm president and they are not. >> reporter: now one republican accusing the president of trying to weaponize distrust. >> the first amendment is the beating heart of the american experiment, and you don't get to separate the freedoms that are in there. >> reporter: the white house homeland security adviser watching the video on abc's "this week," coming to the president's defense. >> you're head of homeland security there. that seems like a threat. >> certainly not though. i hope they don't perceive that as a threat. >> reporter: but cnn persists that tweet encourages violence against reporters. this after a white house supporter said this. >> the president in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence of anything. quite the contrary. >> and david kerley joins us from the white house, and david, the president is ramping up his
fight with the media days before he heads out on an international trip where he'll meet with vladimir putin. >> reporter: we don't know how long that will go, but they have a lot to talk about, including syria and ukraine. he'll talk to putin about election mingling and here in the united states. >> that's the big question. all right, david. thank you. sticking with politics, new jersey governor chris christie is taking serious heat for going to the beach during his state's budget meltdown. his standoff shut down the government and closed state beaches. but the governor and his family had one stretch of state beach all to themselves, though it was closed to everyone else, and when he was confronted about sunning himself during the budget crisis, the governor doubled down. abc's gio benitez is at jersey shore. >> reporter: it's the ultimate summer bummer, a government shutdown closing state beaches up and down the jersey shore. >> all 40 state parks are closed. >> reporter: closed, but not for governor chris christie, who had island beach state park all to himself this holiday weekend,
basking with his family on acres of empty sand. >> the governor has a residence at island beach. others don't. that's the way it goes. run for governor and then you can have the residence. >> reporter: christie had told reporters his family was heading to the beach, but implied he was working hard to reopen government. >> governor, you look like you got some sun? >> no, i didn't, claude. but go ahead. i didn't get any sun today. >> reporter: problem is the local newspaper hired a plane to fly over island beach and snapped those pictures. when confronted, the governor's spokesman insisted governor christie "did not get any sun," because "he had a baseball cap on." but here on the jersey shore, they're not buying it. on the front page of the newark star ledger w that page and headline, governor soaks up sun in beachy clothes. >> when you see this picture, you're just? >> i just i think it's awful. it's just awful. that just shows he really doesn't care about the people. >> you voted for christie twice? >> twice. >> and now what do you think in
seeing this picture? >> it shows a lot of arrogance i'm kind of embarrassed he's our governor, and i'm embarrassed i voted for him. >> reporter: even christie's own lieutenant governor piling on. >> it's beyond words. it's insensitive to the people who can't use the park. >> reporter: christie is america's least popular governor, his approval rating -- just 15% still, today, he was defiant. >> oh, my god. what a scandal. he actually was with his wife and his children. >> but governor, you can understand though why a lot of people are upset, they can't go to that beach they want to be able to do what you were doing and they can't. >> well i'm sorry they're not the governor. >> reporter: but spotted off the jersey shore today -- this banner, tell governor christie, get the hell off island state beach park. >> gio, governor christie spent the day in trenten, but will he head back to his beach house following that criticism? >> reporter: tom, we have been asking this question. his team will only say that he is in the state capital right now working on that state
budget. they won't say if he is coming back here tonight. tom? >> gio benitez on the jersey shore. thank you. next, the first court appearance in the suspect of the disappearance of a graduate student in illinois. surveillance video showed this student getting into his car. we have the disturbing clues allegedly found on his phone. >> reporter: outside this courthouse today, hundreds demanding justice for university of illinois graduate student yingying zhang and her grieving family. inside the man accused in her kidnapping appearing before a judge. >> he's been charged with kidnapping, and if convicted the penalty is up to life in prison. >> reporter: brent christensen, a former physics graduate student, arrested three weeks after the 26-year-old visiting chinese scholar, vanished. >> everybody is stunned, i've
gotten many, many e-mails from graduate students and faculty expressing complete disbelief and surprise. >> reporter: christensen was even spotted here in the crowd at this vigil for zang last week. prosecutors say zang was last seen getting into christensen's car at a bus stop -- taking a ride from a stranger likely because she was running late for an appointment. according to a criminal complaint, christensen told investigators he gave zang a ride, but she became panicked. he made "made a wrong turn," then claims he let her out a few blocks away. >> very saddened that it could happen to a new member coming to campus. >> reporter: on his phone, investigators say they found visits to forums on a fetish website, including one called, abduction 101, and planning a kidnapping. the founder says the website is for consenting adults and they will terminate anyone who tries harming another user. they say they have the suspect on tape talking about how he took her to his apartment and held her against her will. they have reason to believe she is no longer alive. tom? >> disturbing allegations.
alex, thank you. let's head to london now. tennis champ, venus williams winning her opening match. williams facing questions for the first time about a fatal car accident back at home. police say she was at fault. abc's james longman if how she struggled to answer. >> reporter: a champion lost for words, overcome with emotion. at a press conference after her opening match at wimbledon, the usually soft spoken venus williams asked about the june car crash that left a 78-year-old man dead. >> there are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and yeah. i'm completely speechless. and it's just -- >> reporter: the accident haunts her. >> yeah. i mean, i'm just -- >> reporter: venus attempts to compose herself -- the moderator eventually steps in. >> maybe i should go. >> yes. >> reporter: her appearance here at wimbledon is the first time
williams has been confronted by questions since the accident became public. the police report claims venus was to blame in the fatal crash, that family now filing a lawsuit against the tennis star. but for now, venus seems determined to focus on wimbledon, winning that opening round match. williams did return to the press conference moments later, but would only answer questions about tennis. tom. >> james longman for us tonight. james, thank you. also in london, president trump weighing in on an emotional medical case there. the parents of 10-month-old charlie guard who is being kept alive with machines because of an extremely rare disease, want to bring him to the united states for an experimental treatment. doctors say treating charlie would prolong his suffering. it was said his parents should have the decision, and trump tweeting he would like to help
them. iraqi forces are on the eck of victory over isis. smoke rises above the shattered city as militants are digging in, fighting to the death, but thousands of people trap in the fighting are beginning to emerge behind the battle lines. ian panell is there. >> reporter: tonight, the climax of the battle in mosul. on the brink op defeat. this city's been the centre of the militant's power in iraq but after months of brutal fighting, often street to street. suspected itis fighters now being detained. their territory is finally down to less than one square mile. iraqi shol jers display the flag. e isis has deliberately hid amongst civilians sometimes to escape but also to launch suicide attacks. so men and young boys are forced to strip iraqi soldiers, fearful anyone could be a bomber, as mothers flee the city with badly
woun wounded kids. after three years under isis, the families are liberated. the boy shouted to us, we are free from isis! this is the first clean water they have had in months. many are sick, and this has become a clinic. we saw a tiny baby girl lying on a grill. this is one of the youngest victims of isis. >> you can just see her. the little girl. poor little thing. she is dehydrated and malnourished. i have been told that the parents can't -- the mothers can't breast-feed because they don't have enough food, and there hasn't been enough clean water. this siege is now ending, but the scars will remain. mosul, iraq. >> we thank ian for this report. there is much manufacture ahead on "world news tonight" this monday night. t the tourist us crashing into gator-infested waters. the moment more than a dozen
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there is a young soldier sitting in one of the rooms of chairs sobbing quietly. tears dripping off her chin. she was a soldier in trouble. that's it. >> reporter: gardner was coping with a traumatic injury. she had fractured her skull, punctured her spinal cord and that left her without feeling in both legs and the knees. >> i was so restricted in what i was allowed to do, and i was lonely and depressed. >> reporter: recognizing that pay, neil williams, whose back was crushed in seven places, reached out. >> i essentially told her that there is life after injury. >> it turns out there was all these other disabled veterans there that could still do everything. >> reporter: like neil himself who became active in adaptive skiing and he encouraged christie to challenge herself. a former college athlete, she tapped into a competitive drive, playing for the united states sled hockey team, and becoming one of its co-captains. >> she got out there, and it was
just like a light switch was flicked on for her. >> to be part of that unit and bring pride to our nation and ourself, that brought pride to me. >> she was a damn fine soldier, and i would have been proud to have served with, and i'll always be grateful for the opportunity that i had to meet her that day. >> and so are we. we would like to thank our partners at espn on that soir. es opinions "sportscenter" will be live at the warriors game on friday. thank you for watching on a monday night. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. >> reporter: it's about
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