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devices with the abc7 news app. see you at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight, touchdown. the tornadoes caught on tape. the violent storms slicing across the country on this mother's day. >> oh, there goes the roof! >> homes destroyed. also tonight, snow burying parts of the west. red flag warnings. dangerous winds on the way. the abc news exclusive. donald sterling's wife, shelly, speaking for the first time. sitting down with barbara walters. will she fight to keep the team? should her husband apologize? does she believe the nba went too far? >> is donald sterling a racist? >> the exclusive breaking right here. the breaking news from ukraine tonight. the gunfire captured on camera. were guns aimed at voters trying to cast their ballots? and what the white house is saying tonight.
a mother's day gift. the rare identical twins born holding hands just as their mother sees them for the first time. good evening. happy mother's day. and it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night. that barbara walters exclusive with donald sterling's wife in a moment here. first, the severe weather sweeping across the country at this hour. all part of a system that brought this dramatic funnel cloud caught on tape this weekend. in orrick, missouri, this home completely surrounded by trees. they came down in a tornado. look at this classroom. good thing the kids were not in school. after winds reached up to 135 miles an hour. the same system delivering a spring snowstorm tonight. look at this message on a car in ft. collins, colorado. it reads happy mother's day. and we'll get to the weather threat for tonight and tomorrow in just a moment here. first, the images coming in this sunday. bazi kanani leading us off.
>> oh! no, this is not good. >> reporter: this video capturing the most destructive tornado. out of the 11 as it ripped across the mid west this weekend. in orrick, missouri, a small town shredded. roofs ripped off. entire homes flattened. vehicles flipped. no deaths reported. rescuers saving this woman who was trapped in her basement. >> we're coming to get you. are you okay? >> reporter: more than a foot of snow fell in the rocky mountains. in utah, leaving 7,000 without power. in the southwest, high winds from texas to california. gusts up to 70 miles per hour. powerful enough to topple this tree on to a car. in an l.a. neighborhood. conditions are dry across the southwest. the high winds mean increased fire warnings in seven states. record heat could be coming soon. this week, we could top 100 in california. david? >> thank you. the record heat this week out
there the story. wabc's jeff smith with us here again. and jeff, you were telling me the threat of severe weather lasts into tonight and tomorrow, too. >> we have several tornado watches in effect tonight. we are concerned about kansas, through nebraska, all the way up to des moines, iowa. there could be long-track, intense tornadoes in the red zone. that all moves off to the east tomorrow. texas up to the great lakes. the threat for severe thunderstorms continuing. >> i was telling you, i have family driving into denver today. they were talking about the snow, a huge part of this system? >> they could receive half a foot of snow overnight. west of denver, in the rockies, one to two feet possible. south and west of there, we heard bazi talking about the high temperatures. here they are. for tomorrow, temperatures topping off near 90 in l.a. and sacramento, in addition to that, wind advisories and red flag warnings. due to the fire danger. then we could be talking near record heat by the middle part of the week.
>> thank you, jeff smith. we'll be watching it all. now to the abc news exclusive tonight. donald sterling's wife, shelly, speaking out to barbara walters. auchb seen court side beside her husband for clippers games. in recent days, alone for the games. she's vowed to keep her 50% stake in the team. what she revealed late today to barbara walters. about her husband. was the nba fair? should he apologize? will she leave him? linzie janis with the first look at the interview tonight. >> reporter: tonight, shelly sterling telling barbara walters she'll fight to keep her team. >> mrs. sterling, you own 50% of the l.a. clippers. the nba may insist that the team be sold. what will you do then? >> uh, well that's i'm fighting for my 50%. >> well, there are reports that the nba wants to oust you completely as a team owner. you will fight that decision? >> i will fight that decision. >> what does the team mean to you? >> it means a lot.
i have been with the team for 33 years. through the good times and the bad times. and, it's my passion. and i love it. >> do you support the nba decision to ban your husband? >> i can't comment on that. i was shocked by what he said. and, you know, i guess whatever their decision is, we have to live with it. >> so, if your husband is banned, that's something that you would accept? >> well, we're estranged. >> reporter: in fact, mrs. sterling telling barbara walters she plans to divorce donald sterling. >> i signed the petition for a divorce. >> reporter: showing her the papers she has not yet filed. >> your husband made racist remarks recorded on tape. he told his companion, ms.
stiviano, about black people. you can sleep with them. you can bring them in. you can do whatever you want. the little i ask you to do is not to promote it. not to bring any of them to my games. is donald sterling a racist? >> i have never heard him say racial things. uh, i don't know -- it was horrible when i heard it. i mean, it was just degrading. and it made me sick to hear it. but as far as a racist, i don't really think he is a racist. >> do you think your husband should apologize? >> absolutely. >> shelly sterling told barbara walters she thinks her estranged husband has the beginnings of dementia. david, you heard her saying, she has never heard her husband make racist remarks. >> when asked by barbara. okay, linzie, thank you. there will be much more of
barbara's interview with shelly sterling tomorrow, starting first thing in the morning on "good morning america." and tomorrow night here. defensive end michael sam, drafted by the st. louis rams. the first openly gay player in the nfl. the moment he learned his fate now going viral. mara schiavocampo tonight. >> reporter: it's a moment in history sealed with a kiss. football player michael sam celebrating with his boyfriend, moments after learning he was drafted by the st. louis rams, becoming the first openly gay player in the nfl. >> the st. louis rams select michael sam. defensive end, missouri. >> reporter: sam was drafted in the seventh round. ending months of speculation. after whether he would even be drafted at all. after publicly coming out in february, the defensive end urged the league to focus on his abilities in a recent visa commercial. >> judge me for what i do on the field. >> reporter: and told abc's robin roberts he wasn't worried about his place in the draft. >> where i go, it doesn't matter. as long as i get to play, put a jersey on my back, it's just awesome. >> reporter: this is not the
first time the rams broke barriers. in 1946, they signed kenny washington, the jackie robinson of football. one of the first black players to join the nfl. tonight, questions about whether the league is still willing to open doors have been answered. >> the nfl has been, in many ways, the last bastion of male supremacy. so this is going to drag the nfl into the 21st century. i think it's about time. >> reporter: the president released the statement congratulating sam, the rams, and the league. on this historic moment. he called it an important step forward in our nation's history. >> mara, thank you. we turn next to virginia, where the search for the victims of the horrific hot air balloon accident has finally come to a close. just as we now hear from eyewitnesses what they heard as the balloon shot further up in the sky. susan saulny in virginia again tonight. >> reporter: the desperate search for the last missing victim of a hot air balloon ride gone terribly wrong, coming to a somber end today. when they found the body of the third aboard the ill-fated
flight that burst into flames after striking live wires friday evening at the mid-atlantic balloon festival. >> you could hear them screaming, "please, dear god, sweet jesus. please help us. we're going to die. oh, my god, please help us, please help us. >> reporter: ginny doyle and natalie lewis were friends and both on staff at the university of richmond. lewis was engaged to be married. their excitement, even nervousness about the trip, evident in a number of tweets posted in the hours before the tragedy. one under the hashtag high anxiety. family members identified the pilot as daniel kirk. according to his website, he had more than 20 years experience, even owning his own tour company. the accident coming as the faa and ntsb have been pushing for more regulation of the balloon industry. both agencies are investigating the crash. >> industry groups have resisted further regulation. because most of the u.s. balloon mishaps involve just a few
people, it hasn't been a priority of the faa or ntsb. >> reporter: natalie lewis' friends posted a message on facebook. it read, we are so much better for our time with you. today was graduation day at the university of richmond. a much less joyful occasion than many hoped it would be. >> all right, susan saulny tonight. susan, thank you. overseas now. an eruption of gunfire caught on tape. the dramatic moments just as voters lined up at the polls. the white house watching the tense situation closely. alex marquardt is right there tonight. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: deadly violence in eastern ukraine today. at least two killed. when ukrainian forces opened fire on a pro-russian crowd. looming fears tonight that a civil war is spreading. it happened on day when pro-russian separatists turned out to voes on a hastily organized referendum to break away. it was a rejection of the government's authority and a
demand for independence. >> i want to live better. and i think that it's a good chance to change something. >> reporter: the voting was ripe with issues. we even spotted several voters submitting multiple ballots. president putin, ever presenting the strong man image, spent his weekend scoring goals in a hockey game. he had -- he said his troops hds pulled back from the ukrainian border. a claim refuted by the u.s. military. the white house has also rejected today's referendum altogether, calling it illegal. president putin appears to be trying to calm things down. having called for the vote to be postponed. the question now is what does he do next? david? >> alex marquardt. thank you. and back here at home. on this mother's day, a first look at hillary rodham clinton's memoir, "hard choices." it's a tribute to her mother. dorothy rodham, whose own parents abandoned her. but who grew up to be loving and
kind. mrs. clinton says her mother gave her unconditional love and support to the last days of her life, when at nearly 90 years old, she moved in with the clintons in washington. >> having her so close became a source of great comfort to me. especially in the difficult period after the end of the 2008 campaign. i would come home from a long day at the senate or the state department, slide in next to her at the small table in our breakfast nook, and let everything just pour out. >> mrs. clinton in her own words, leaning on her mother. next, an extraordinary image this mother's day weekend. and a gift one mother will cherish forever. she gave birth to a rare set of twins. it was what they were doing when she first laid eyes on them that stunned the entire o.r. it's a moment an ohio mother will never forget. her identical twin girls born holding hands. >> it was so awesome. they were both holding hands. it was so great to hear them both cry. >> reporter: sara and bill's daughters, jenna and jillian were already a triumph.
a rare set of monoamniotic identical twins, or mano mano twins. they shared the amniotic sac and were in constant contact in the womb. the mother on bedrest for weeks. at akron general medical center in ohio. the twins constantly monitored. doctors know that mano mano twins can become entangled in each other's umbilical cords. mom and dad celebrating their daughters born healthy at 33 weeks. >> what was going through my mind? i couldn't think. i was tearing up. >> reporter: as the two newborns held hands, mom said there wasn't a dry eye in the whole o.r. and on this mother's day sunday, they're celebrating something else. introducing their new twin daughters to their older brother, 15-month-old jackson. telling us it's the first time they'll all be together in one room. >> best mother's day present ever. and mother's day is going to definitely be different. it is truly a miracle. >> that was really something.
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finally tonight here, it is a huge week ahead for us here as we celebrate barbara walters' more than 50-year career. later this week, her final day co-hosting "the view." and a special "20/20" as she retir retires. there was one more place this weekend where she had the last laugh. >> on may 16th, legendary journalist barbara walters will make her last televised appearance on "the view." >> reporter: last night, on "snl," a look back at the fun they've had with the legend. >> good evening. welcome to not for ladies only. i'm barbara wawa. >> if you were a man, i would be all over you like butter on
beans. >> i was in a hot tub with henry kissinger and juliet kraus. >> reporter: but last night, barbara with the last laugh. >> now please welcome, barbara walters. >> reporter: the audience wild for walters, the real thing on "weekend update." >> what an honor it was to see my ground-breaking career in journalism reduced to a cartoon character with a ridiculous voice. >> i'm sorry. you know, we're huge fans. you have always been a personal inspiration to me as a news anchor. >> yeah, but i'm a real news anchor. >> but you're a co-host on "the view." [ laughter ] >> that's a fair point. >> reporter: but barbara did not leave without offering some important tips that have led to her exclusives for more than 50 years. >> do you have any tips on how to achieve that kind of success? >> i do and i'm glad you asked. develop a signature voice that no one will forget.
>> wait, is that not your real voice? >> no, this is my real voice. hello, i'm baba wawa. [ laughter ] >> reporter: she told cecily, it's fine making interview subjects smile. >> but the real money is in making them cry. you may think i'm really feeling bad for them. all i'm thinking is, ka-ching. >> there it is. barbara walters! [ cheers and applause ] >> we're applauding her, too. watch "the view" this week, and a special "20/20." have a great week. good night, happy mother's day.
>> next at 6:00, breaking news. two reported crashes on the same san francisco street that injuries up to 15 people. we'll take you there live for the breaking details. fire danger in the dry bay area. we'll take you live to a sotheby fire being tackled right now. >> have an excessive heat watch right now in the bay area, and it's just going to get hotter. a look at the high temperatures coming this week. abc7 news at 6:00 is next. we are following that breaking news tonight. multiple people were injured after a crash in the mid-market neighborhood. harrison street between seventh and eight are closed. cornel bernard is live with the breaking details. reporter: i can tell you this intersection just re-opened but it has been a very good place to
avoid most of the afternoon. a big cleanup has been going on two suvs mixed it up in the last hour and a half. both cars loaded with passengers. the fire department says the cars collided in the middle of the intersection, one suv was slammed against a building and we're told unfortunately a homeless man was standing in the doorway of the building, his injuries said to be the most severe. the fire department says ten to 15 people were transported to the hospital. their conditions are unknown tonight. but we do know that harrison street between seventh and eighth has just re-opened here in the last minute. so, it's caused a very big traffic jam all over the south of market area, people trying to get back to the south bay and get back into san francisco. we're live in san francisco tonight, cornell bernard, abc7 news. right now in san jose, firefighters are trying to put