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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the violent prison break unfolding right now. multiple prison employees targeted. schooled were put on lockdown. tonight, reports of injuries, a fire set. and several people rushed to the hospital. also breaking, the deadly wildfires. new evacuations. the line of cars. two major fires combining as one. and authorities with their new warning. just in tonight, a major development in the las vegas massacre. the hotel has just released a new timeline. what we're now learning about the hero security guard and when this massacre began. the american mother and her family held hostage for five years, freed by a terror group. brian ross standing by. president trump's chief of staff comes before the cameras, addressing reports of growing tension with the president. is he quitting?
what he declared today. and movie producer harvey weinstein speaking out. what he's now saying, as the list of allegations grows, and what police in new york city and london are now saying. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that fast-moving story in elizabeth city, north carolina, tonight. a violent prison break attempt. there are reports of several people injured. more than a dozen are being rushed to the hospital. and there is also word fires were sent within the facility. schools in the area have been placed on lockdown. buses taking children home brought back to school. and there are reports that at least one inmate is unaccounted for. there is a manhunt tonight. abc's gio benitez leading us off. >> reporter: chaos at a high security prison in north carolina. police responding to an attempted prison break. >> we do have a mass casualty incident. i have multiple patients, some of them are critical. >> reporter: north carolina public safety saying a fire was
set at the pasquotank correctional institution's sewing plant around 3:30 this afternoon. >> officer struck multiple times with a hammer, unresponsive at this time, work on iv access, significant bruising and bleeding. >> reporter: at least nine people rushed to the hospital, and more expected. >> i'm going to have several walking wounded. we need to clear some beds. >> reporter: tonight, we do not know the condition of those injured or how many were employees. >> i've got ambulances inbound, please start setting up some sort of triage, and mass casualty within the facility. >> reporter: for a time, at least three schools were put on lockdown and students who were already on a school bus were sent back to those schools. tonight, local police tell abc affiliate wvec they are searching the nearby woods for one inmate who is not accounted for. and david, this is a massive prison, with more than 700 prisoner thes. they have an electronic security fence attempted to prevent escapes. david? >> gio, thank you. and now, to the devastating and deadly wildfires in
california. california's fire chief tonight warning it is going to get worse before it gets better. fierce fires burning in the hills of napa county. strong winds ramping up today. the entire city of calistoga, 5,000 people, ordered to evacuate. you can see there the lines of traffic on the one road out. and now comes word, two fires have combined as one. abc's linzie janis is in santa rosa. >> reporter: tonight, dc-10s, and this 747 supertanker, part of the all-out effort to contain what could become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in california history. >> we are not out of this emergency. we're not even close to being out of this emergency. >> reporter: this team from san francisco in a hand-to-hand, house-to-house battle. on the font lines, firefighters dealing with rough terrain.
>> the fuels are very, very dry. >> reporter: more than two dozen now dead. hundreds missing. authorities now using cadaver d dogs to find victims. >> we have found bodies that were almost completely intact. and we have found bolds that were nothing more than ash and bones. >> reporter: winds gusting to 45 miles an hour could erase any progress they hope to make against fires that have already burned more than 250 square miles. >> a number of these fires as they grow are actually growing together. >> reporter: entire cities evacuated. in calistoga, police going door-to-door and patrolling streets. roads choked with cars. >> folks are being smart, get out while you can. >> reporter: in sonoma, a race to pack up. >> i built 30 years in my business, and i'm not letting a fire take it. just going to clear everything out, as much as we can. >> reporter: and tonight, new questions about how authorities warned residents about the fires. >> local authorities have a responsibility of pushing out messaging for evacuation orders. >> reporter: sonoma county reportedly considered, but did not use the wireless emergency
alert system, because it worried it could create panic and hinder rescuers. >> and linzie janis is live from santa rosa. you told us that staggering number. 3,500 homes and businesses destroyed by this fire, and you're by where a school once stood? >> reporter: that's right, david. this was a catholic high school. the mangled metal you see there, school desks. of those 3,500 structures you mentioned destroyed by these fires, more than 2,800 of them, right here in santa rosa. just incredible devastation. david? >> linzie, thank you. let's get right to rob. the fire chief said this could get worse before it gets better there. looking at the winds, rob. >> reporter: 18 hours of relative calm tonight for them to try to get things under control. but red flag warnings, look at that. and the fire weather watch for a huge chunk of california. especially southern california, where tomorrow, conditions will be critical. offshore winds will pick up tomorrows right through
saturday. humidity levels are going to be dropping. this weekend will be difficult again, david. >> all right, rob marciano, thank you. next tonight, president trump and his chief of staff, general john kelly, today, a very rare moment. amid reports of growing tension between the two, the chief of staff suddenly walking into the white house briefing room, and he took questions about his relationship with president trump. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: chief of staff john kelly firmly denied reports he's so fed up with his job he wants to quit. >> although i read it all the time, pretty consistently, i'm not quitting today. i don't believe, and i just talked to the president, i don't think i'm being fired today. and i'm not so frustrated in this job that i'm thinking of leaving. >> reporter: it's the first time kelly has taken questions from the white house press corps since becoming the ultimate behind the scenes power player. >> do his tweets make your job
more difficult, general kelly? >> no. >> reporter: kelly said his job responsibilities do not include managing the president's twitter feed. >> i was not sent in to, or brought in to control him. >> reporter: amid widespread reports of dysfunction and discord in the west wing, the president has come forward in recent days to praise kelly's leadership. >> he loves doing this, which is chief of staff, more than anything he's ever done. >> reporter: the retired marine puts it this way. >> this is the hardest job i've ever had, this is, in my view, the most important job i ever had. i would offer, though, it is not the best job i ever had. best job i ever had, assaid mann enlisted marine serg infant infantryman. that was the best job i ever had. >> jonathan karl live at the white house tonight. the chief of staff was asked about the executive order signed today by president trump that potentially clears the way for sweeping changes in health insurance, jon? >> reporter: potentially, david. what it does, it triggers a review of changes that would
allow insurance companies t offer stripped down insurance policies. those would mean lower premiums for people that get those stripped down plans, but health care experts warn that such plans could offer no coverage for basic services like maternity care, prescription drugs and even ambulance services. david? >> so, certainly a lot of debate to come on this. jon car, our thanks to you. the president also tweeting today a warning aimed at puerto rico, that fema can't be there forever. so, what's to come for the nearly 3.5 million american sit essentials who live there? here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega on that. >> reporter: from president trump today, a dire warning that federal aid to puerto rico may disappear. the president tweeting, "we cannot keep fema, the military and the first responders in p.r. forever." he's been under fire -- >> we love puerto rico. >> reporter: -- for his response to hurricane maria, throwing paper towels to storm victims during his visit, and bashing the island for its massive debt.
but just days ago, a change of tone. the president making this promise -- >> we will not rest until that job is done. >> reporter: today, democrats lashed out at that new presidential warning. >> mr. president, do not send a message to any american that we will turn our backs on them. that is not fair. it's not right, and you ought to correct the statement you made this morning. >> the gentlemen is out of order. >> reporter: even the island's governor, an ally of the president's, tweeting, "the u.s. citizens in puerto rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our nation." three weeks after the storm, there are nearly 17,000 fema workers in puerto rico, but there are also nearly 4,000 in texas seven weeks after hurricane harvey, and nearly 3,000 in florida five weeks after irma. does president trump believe that the people of puerto rico are american citizens --
>> yes. >> reporter: -- who deserve the same access to federal aid as the people who live in texas and florida? >> yes. >> reporter: what is his tweet about then? >> our country will stand with those american citizens in puerto rico until the job is done. but they're not going to be there forever. >> cecilia, after that warning that fema can't be in puerto rico forever from the president today, you learned that fema workers spend years helping americans rebuild, in fact, they're still working on the recovery efforts after hurricane katrina, 12 years ago. >> reporter: they are, david. 165 fema workers still on the ground there in louisiana, but despite the president's tweets today, you heard general kelly there in the briefing room say that this white house is committed to helping purt lee koeshgs and today, david, the house approved a disaster relief request from this white house, $365 billion. the senate, david, is experted to vote on this next week. >> cecilia say vsavega with us . we turn now to the release of an american family by the
taliban. and we've just learned tonight that they are heading back. but not to the u.s. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: they were america's littlest hostages, and tonight they and their parents, american caitlan coleman and canadian joshua boyle, are free after five years of captivity. >> i am a prisoner of the taliban. >> reporter: coleman was seven months pregnant when she and her husband were kidnapped while on a hiking vacation in afghanistan. the taliban threatened to execute them. >> they are willing to kill us, willing to kill women, to kill children, to kill whomever. >> reporter: hostage videos over the years showed their plight worsening as she gave birth to three children. >> my children have seen their mother defiled. >> reporter: and the ordeal took its toll on her parents, lynda and jim coleman, in stewartstown, pennsylvania. >> i'm not sure i'm ever going to see her again. i'm not sure i'm ever going to see my grandchildren. so it's gotten very, very
difficult. >> reporter: the pakistani military launched its top secret mission wednesday, in a mountainous area near the afghanistan border, saying it was acting on u.s. intelligence information. even before the hostages were in u.s. hands, president trump made a cryptic reference to the mission. >> something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. >> reporter: the president has accused pakistan of giving safe haven to terrorists, but today he thanked them. >> right now, a lot of countries are starting to respect the united states of america once again. >> and brian ross with us here tonight. and brian, you've learned this family is headed back to canada, not the u.s. >> reporter: yes, david. american officials say the husband refused to board an american military aircraft or to allow u.s. medical personnel to examine his children. and caitlan coleman's father tells me tonight they are indeed planning to go to canada. he says he can't understand why they're doing that, after all
the u.s. did, david, to get them free. >> all right, brian ross tonight. brian, thank you. next here, to that developing headline from las vegas. tonight, the hotel now revealing its own timeline, involving that hero security officer who was shot and who then called for hel help, and the massacre. abc's matt gutman back in las vegas. >> reporter: tonight, the owners of the mandalay bay out with a new timeline. the company disputing what police have said and insists there was no six-minute gap between the time that stephen paddock shot a security guard in the hallway and the moments he opened fire on the 22,000 concert-goers down below. in a just released statement, the hotel chain says "the rampage began at most 40 seconds after the security guard reported he'd been shot." the implication? by the time hotel security was notified about a gunman, the massive attack was already under
way. campos wasn't the only one who called security. a maintenance man on the same floor did, as well. >> call the police. someone's fired a gun up here. someone's fired a rifle on the 32nd floor down the hall way. >> reporter: the hotel tonight saying las vegas police officers and hotel security were already in the building and were dispatched immediately to the 32nd floor. >> and matt with us live. matt, this is a different timeline from what the police have presented. >> reporter: it's wildly different. now, the las vegas police department is going to roll out its new timeline tomorrow, but what's so shocking is that 12 days after the worst mass shooting in u.s. history, the police here still can't tell us exactly what happened and when. david? >> all right, matt gutman with us tonight. matt, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the movie producer himself now breaking his silence tonight. what weinstein is now saying, as the list of allegations grows. and what police are now saying here in new york city, and in london tonight. the urgent manhunt at this
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