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tonight, several c t gymna doctor, larry nassar, sentenced to 175 years in pr telling him, just signed your death t hehen , are you guilty? also, we have breaking news coming in now. what president trump just said about talking to robert mueller under oath. as the special counsel moves in closer to the president. the high speed collision today -- >> oh, no. oh, no. >> the suspect trying to escape police, crashing head-on into an innocent driver. the deadly school shooting. two dead, several students shot. and tonight, what we've now learned about the 15-year-old with the gun. the deadly flu epidemic. one of the newest victims, a 6-year-old girl. and the new study that came out late today, what the flu does to your risk of heart attack in the
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first week after you've been diagnosed. and america strong. the rescue in the middle of the fire. the dog, unresponsive. and you will see what they do next. and the major headline coming in tonight about elton john. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very business wednesday night. and we begin with that moment many court. the judge delivering her sentence. the former gymnastics team doctor, larry nassar, standing across from her, sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. the judge who delivered that sentence as i mentioned, telling him, i just signed your death warrant. the judge also asking him, are you guilty? and you'll hear what he then says. and the judge reading from a letter the former doctor wrote to gasps in the courtroom. abc's linsey davis, leading us off from lansing, michigan, tonight. >> reporter: in the moments just before he learned his sentence, larry nassar, somber and sullen, turned to speak directly to his victims.
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>> your words these past several days, your words, your words, have had a significant emotional effect on myself and have shaken me to my core. i also recognize that what i am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling. >> reporter: the judge then read portions of that same letter nassar wrote to the court earlier, where he argued he didn't have the mental ability to bear hearing from so many victims. victims he says were after media attention and money. >> i was a good doctor because my treatments worked. >> reporter: his accusers say it was sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment. his letter sparking outrage in the courtroom as the judge read from it. >> hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. >> reporter: even after more than a week of heart-wrenching testimony from 156 women and
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girls, nassar still wouldn't say the word guilty. >> because you are guilty, aren't you? are you guilty, sir? >> i said my plea exactly. >> sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. >> reporter: then, to the man the prosecutor called possibly the most prolific serial child sexual abuser in history, the judge handed down what she had already promised. no chance that this father of three would ever have freedom again. >> sir, i'm giving you 175 years, which is 2,100 months. i just signed your death warrant. >> reporter: place, as nassar, the former usa gymnastics team doctor, left the courtroom. when you heard the judge announce 175 years what was your reaction? >> i was so happy, to know that he's never going to be going back out into, like, the public and he's not going to be able to harm another girl again.
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>> reporter: the end of an emotionally charged sentencing. >> little girls don't stay little forever. they grow into strong women who return to destroy your world. >> reporter: the last to testify today, rachael denhollander, the first women to file a police report about nassar's sexual abuse that prompted so many others to come forward. >> you have fashioned for yourself a prison that is far, far worse than any i could ever put you in, and i pity you for that. >> extraordinarily powerful testimony more than 150 young women testifying. and linsey joins us live tonight. this case is really just the beginning. there are lawsuits and new investigations under way already? >> reporter: david, this is all far from over. more than 100 women are currently involved in civil lawsuits against both michigan state university as well as usa gymnastics. and the ncaa has just announced an investigation into msu to find out just who knew what when. david? >> linsey davis leading us off
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tonight. we're going to turn next tonight to the breaking headline from the white house at this hour. president trump just telling reporters, including our jon karl, that he's actually looking forward to answering questions from the special counsel, robert mueller, and that he would do so under oath. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president trump saying definitively he wants to sit down with special counsel robert mueller. and the president telling abc's jonathan karl he is willing to do it under oath. >> i would do it under oath. listen, but i would do it. >> reporter: abc news has learned the president's lawyers are now gearing up for a possible presidential interview with the special counsel, hoping mueller will agree to a combination of written and in-person answers. sources tell abc, mueller's team has already interviewed the top intelligence officials in the trump administration. cia director mike pompeo, director of national intelligence dan coats and nsa director mike rogers. and just last week, attorney general jeff sessions. that lineup, raising questions
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about whether mueller's inquiry may now be zeroing in on whethe states obstructed justice. sources say the special counsel wants to ask president trump himself about the firings of former national security adviser michael flynn and former fbi director james comey. comey has pointed to the russia probe for the reason he was fired, testifying the president once told him, "i need loyalty. i expect loyalty." >> it got very awkward. and i then said, you'll always have honesty from me, he said honest loyalty and then i acceded to that as a way to end that awkwardness. >> reporter: and tonight, news of a similar conversation involving former fbi acting director andrew mccabe. in an oval office meeting last year, the president asking mccabe how he voted in the 2016 election. mccabe responded, he does not vote. does the president make a habit of asking career government officials their voting habits? >> not that i'm aware of, no.
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>> reporter: did he ask andrew mccabe how he voted? >> look, the president and andrew mccabe have had limited and pretty nonsubstantive conversations. i can't get into the details of what was discussed. i wasn't there. >> reporter: but that's kind of a yes or no question. he did or didn't ask. >> i wasn't in the room. i don't know what was discussed. i know he didn't ask me. so, i can tell you that. >> reporter: so, today, we asked the president. mr. president, did you ask andrew mccabe who he voted for? he did not respond. so, let's get to cecilia live at the white house tonight. we saw that earlier today, the president silent, refusing to answer that question. but just a short time ago, he was not only pressed about talking to robert mueller, but also pressed again by reporters on what exactly he asked former acting fbi director andrew mccabe. so, did he ask him how he vote? >> reporter: well, david, just a few minutes ago, the president surprised reporters, meeting here in the white house. he says he doesn't remember asking mccabe how he voted in 2016. he said, though, it wouldn't be a big deal if he did, indeed, ask that question. as you mentioned, our jon karl was in that meeting today.
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he reports that the president seems'inger to sit down and talk with robert mueller. he suggested -- the president suggested that interview could happen within the next two to three weeks, as soon as possible, president trump said. and he says he believe mueller will treat him fairly. >> cecilia vega, our thanks to both you and jon tonight. some republicans on the attack against the fbi and the special counsel investigation, but now demanding answers about missing text messages between two fbi staffers. one of whom worked on the special counsel's team he was then asked to leave after some of those texts revealed personal opinions about then-candidate donald trump and hillary clinton. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, republicans escalating their attacks on special counsel robert mueller's investigation. >> american public should have some very serious concerns. >> reporter: republican senator ron johnson pointing to personal text messages exchanged between peter struzok and lisa page, an fbi lawyer seen in this alumni picture. in texts sent during the
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campaign, the couple exchanged their private thoughts, including critical comments about a number ofic figures, including candidate trump. strzok calling him an idiot. page saying he's awful. mueller learne o immediately removed strzok from the investigation. but senator johnson now raising questions about a potential larger fbi conspiracy against the president. >> yeah, but we have an informant that's talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off-site. there is so much smoke here, there's so much suspicion. >> let's stop there. a secret society, a secret meeting off-site of the justice department? >> correct. >> reporter: today, johnson refusing to produce evidence, but pointing to another text exchange between strzok and page. >> all i'm saying is that i've heard -- i've heard -- it's in the text. you'll see the text. they use that. maybe we ought to have the first meeting of the secret society. >> reporter: but republicans have not released that text message, and its meaning is unc. but now the president is raising questions about why the fbi is
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missing records of texts between the couple during a critical five-month period from the transition to the start of the mueller probe. >> i think he thinks that there's a great cause for concern, that five months worth of text messages have gone missing. >> reporter: the fbi says the texts disappeared because of a technical glitch, and today, the republican chairman of the senate intelligence committee suggests he accepts the explanation. >> i'll let the fbi explain where the glitch is, but it's not limited, as i understand it, to two people's text messages. it's across the board at fbi. >> reporter: democrats believe republicans are just trying to undermine the special counsel. >> i think there has been a great deal of activity on the other side intending to either divert attention from mueller or even stand in his way. >> pierre thomas with us live tonight from our washington bureau. and pierre, this is a political battle and ultimately, the american people will decide whether those personal text messages were appropriate or not. but republican senator richard
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burr seemed to try to put this all into context of some sort. >> reporter: that's right, david. burr, the republican chair of the senate intelligence committee, today refused to join in the fray, suggesting that the fbi's explanation of the technical glitch is reasonable. lawmakers from both parties know that the special counsel is considering a wealth of information as its investigation continues, david. >> pierre, thank you. next tonight, the details from inside that deadly school shooting in benton, kentucky. a student opening fire, two 15-year-olds killed. more than a dozen others shot. families gathering at memorials to remember them all, and tonight, what we've now learned about the alleged gunman, a 15-year-old. here's abc's steve osunsami from the scene. >> reporter: this photo of his daughter hannah means so much tonight to jeff dysinger. she's recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. >> it makes holding your daughter, your kids, just that much more meaningful. >> reporter: what tears him up is that the photo was taken by 15-year-old bailey holt, just moments before he says holt was killed trying to shield his
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daughter from the gunfire. >> they're advising far as they know, it's one shooter. he is still on scene. >> reporter: police are seen here leading a student away in handcuffs. we're not identifying the young man, and police aren't confirming that he's the accused shooter. but students at marshall county high, who had to run for their lives, say they know the boy. did he say anything? >> no, he just -- he was lifeless. he just pulled out the gun, didn't think twice and just did it. >> reporter: the other teenager that didn't make it is 15-year-old preston cope, seen here in the yearbook. kennedy spragg says he was loved by everyone. >> sweetest kid. >> reporter: today, students hugged, cries and prayed. tomorrow, prosecutors will ask a judge to try this teenager as an adult. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. to california, and new developments in the case of david and louise turpin, accused of holding their 13 children
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captive for years. the couple back in court today, the judge issuing a protective order, restrifkting the pair from any contact with the children until at least 2021. they face 75 counts of torture, abuse and false imprisonment. the order comes as abc news learned investigators spent most of the day yesterday speaking with the children. back here at home, a violent end to a high speed chase in arizona. police trailing a suspect for a traffic violation. the driver speeding to escape recklessly, then excicolliding an innocent driver. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: the chase began after a traffic stop for a moving violation. >> he's run the red light there now. and he's continuing in toward asu now. >> reporter: tv choppers following overhead. phoenix police keeping their distance. that red jeep at high speed. >> oh, my gosh. and he's really, really speeding up now. >> reporter: finally, slamming into an unsuspecting driver. >> oh, boy. oh, no. oh, no. oh, no. head-on collision with that car. >> reporter: but its not over.
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>> and he's running. >> reporter: the driver, 31-year-old mitchell tabel, jumps out and approaches those bystanders. >> do you guys know who i am? >> sit down. >> reporter: when police arrive, confusion. >> that's him right here. hey! hey, that's him right here! >> get on the ground! >> our suspect does have an extensive criminal history. both violent felony convictions and misdemeanor convictions in several states. >> reporter: the victim, a 47-year-old woman, was injured, but is expected to be okay. and the suspect could possibly face charges of aggravated assault or more. david? >> kayna, thank you. overseas tonight, to a deadly attack on the charity save the children in jalalabad afghanistan. a suicide car detonated at the entrance. three other assailants storming the compound. representatives there to pick up bookbags for the children. afghan officials say the attackers were all killed. isis taking responsibility. save the children's ceo saying it is with profound sadness that we can confirm three save the children staff members were killed earlier today in an
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attack on our office in jalalabad. we are shocked and appalled at the violence carried out against our staff in afghanistan who are dedicated humanitarians, committed to improving the lives and well being of millions of children across the country. attacks against aid workers must never be tolerated. and we should mention that we have reported often on the efforts of save the children, traveling with them all over the world and tonight, those workers their entire team, in our thoughts. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the deadly flu epidemic. the new concern late today, and one of the latest victims, a 6-year-old girl. and the new study breaking late today about the flu and what it does to your risk of heart attack the first week after you're diagnosed. stay tuned for that. also news tonight about the missing woman falling overworld from a cruise ship and what her family is now saying. and elton john performing today, but he also during that performance delivered a very important message about the future of his career. a major decision he's now making, when we come back. (vo) dogs have evolved,
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>> what we're finding is that there is such a thing as immune overload, where their immune system basically goes into overdrive and unfortunately, the cells actually start attacking the healthy cells. >> reporter: and a new study just out tonight in "the new england journal of medicine" suggesting heart attacks in adults over the age of 35 are six times as likely in the week following a positive flu test. and david, that study supporting what doctors have long suspected, that getting the flu can trigger heart issues. another reason doctors say it is important to get that flu shot. david? >> all right, linzie, thank you. when we come back, there is news tonight about two monkeys that have now been cloned. the scientific headline today. and some asking with concern, could humans be next? and more on that missing woman falling overboard from a cruise ship, a carnival cruise. what her mother is now saying tonight about the moment before tonight about the moment before she disappeared. ought i was managing my moderate to severe crohn's disease. then i realized something was missing... me.
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kwchlt her mother says they spoke just minutes before he daughter disappeared. she still has hope tonight of her being found. >> she's going to come home. i mean -- one way or the other, i want her to come home. >> the trip was a christmas present from the woman's husband. a major scientific breakthrough being reported globally tonight. for the first time, scientists in china have cloned two healthy monkeys. they say it takes us one step closer to human cloning. though, those scientists adding that would almost certainly be banned for ethical reasons. and tonight, elton john with a major announcement. ♪ hold me closer tiny dancer >> announcing his retirement tour today. the time is right to salt thank you and good-bye. she says he wants to, quote, go out with a bang. the farewell tour starts in september. 300 dates, many right here in the u.s. when we come back, america strong tonight. and look at this. the officer carrying this dog right here. the rescue in the middle of a fire. and you've got to see what they
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the flames. and then, a second officer carries him to safety. past the fire trucks, the dog in his arms. setting him down on the sidewalk, emt and other officers gathering to help. paramedic jesse johnson giving him oxygen, comforting him as he comes back. >> look at that! >> reporter: the dog starts shaking from the cold and officer amy soldner wraps her coat around him. he stayed overnight at a veterinarian hospital. he is okay, but no one called to claim him. he's now been given the name smoky, up for adoption at fulton county animal services, and tonight, they tell us, the phones already lighting up. just as smoky did with that team helping him. and we of course will keep you posted when smoky finds a home. i gather it will be real soon. thanks for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i ho
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