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for all of us here at abc 7 news, thanks for your time. tonight, donald trump . returns to cleveland, hovering above in his helicopter. his wife, melania, not with him. and donald trump is one-on-one with us. the interview just moments ago with george. and tonight here, trump's running mate, his big moment. and their new explanation tonight for melania trump's speech. they say the lines were, in fact, from michelle obama's speech. and now, they explain why. also breaking tonight, the major airline grounding its planes. major disruptions, hundreds of flights, amid dangerous heat now moving in across a huge part of this country. it could feel as hot at 115 or more. the new case tonight, a police officer killed in the line of duty. the police chief talking. the attorney general, too. the warning tonight, after a young driver smashes into an officer's car. he was playing "pokemon go" on
his phone. and celebrating a giant. he brought us "happy days," "laverne & shirley" and that "pretty woman." and good evening tonight from cleveland, where donald trump arrived in his helicopter this afternoon, and his wife, melania, said right here earlier this week, it would not be a trump contest without excitement and drama, and there is new drama tonight. and it involves melania trump herself. just moments ago, donald trump sitting down one-on-one with our george stephanopoulos. that conversation comes as trump's running mate introduces himself to the nation tonight. there he is, mike pence, with trump and the trump children, right behind. melania trump not with them. tonight, the trump campaign says those words in his wife's speech were, in fact, taken from michelle obama's speech, and now, they explain why. george with donald trump in just
a moment here, but first, abc's tom llamas, with the explanation behind the two speeches and the striking similarities. tom is on the floor again tonight. >> reporter: donald trump today landing in cleveland and into the full-on fiasco taking over his convention. donald trump just landed here in cleveland. he's taking off right now to get closer to the convention hall, and one thing we noticed right when he touched down -- no sign of melania trump. this was the last time we saw her, following her husband into trump tower as news was breaking that parts of her convention address were lifted from michelle obama's 2008 convention speech. >> because we want our children and all children in this nation to know -- >> because we want our children in this nation to know -- >> that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
>> reporter: initially, the campaign in full denial mode. >> to say that she lifted any words from anybody is absurd. >> reporter: but today, a shocking admission. the trump campaign releasing a letter from melania's speechwriter, meredith mciver, who described herself as "an in-house staff writer at the trump organization" and a "longtime friend and admirer of the trump family." mciver says she worked on the speech with melania, adding, quote, "we discussed many people who inspired her. a person she has always liked is michelle obama." mciver says melania read her passages from mrs. obama's 2008 speech, adding, quote, "i wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech." she claims she, quote, "did not check mrs. obama's speeches." the question now? did melania trump not recognize that the words she spoke were virtually identical to the michelle obama quotes she herself read to her speechwriter?
mciver says she offered to resign, but trump refused to let her go. now, she's apologizing for the whole mess, saying, "this was my mistake, and i feel terrible for the chaos that i have caused melania and the trumps, as well as mrs. obama." so, will the trumps apologize to the first lady, as well? david asked donald trump jr. >> do you believe michelle obama is owed an apology in any kind of way because of the similarities in those two speeches? >> i don't know. i don't know that michelle obama -- whoever is involved, i don't think so. >> reporter: and donald trump. he's trying to spin a story that doesn't seem to go away. tweeting, "good news is melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics, especially if you believe that all press is good press." david, this no doubt puts additional pressure on the trumps that still have to speak at this convention. eric trump telling us today, he wrote his entire speech himself, no speechwriter. david? >> tom llamas leading us off again tonight. tom, thank you.
and as i mentioned at the top, george stephanopoulos talking with donald trump just moments ago here in cleveland. this is the first time donald trump has talked about this, his wife, that speech, and the fallout. and here's what he told george. >> how about this speech by melania, we learned someone that works with you offered her resignation? why not accept it? weren't you angry? >> she just made a mistake. and i thought it was terrific the way she came forward and just said, look, it was a mistake that i made, and she thought it was very unfair to melania. although, interestingly, the press treated melania very well, because they didn't think it was her. >> you've had some amazing entrances this week. emerged out of that smoke. >> right. >> on monday night. the helicopter today. how do you top it tomorrow night? >> well, you have to stay tuned. you're going to be there. you will definitely be there. i'm not looking for entrance, george. i'm looking for a good, really, a good grouping of words that's going to talk about our country and the problems that we have. we have deep problems, we have really deep-seeded problems, so,
it's not about the entrance. it's about the words and it's about getting the words done. and the only way we're going to get that taken care of is, we have to, in november, do very well. >> and george is just back to the convention hall from this interview. this is the first time donald trump has even addressed this. and he made it clear to you that the speechwriter should not go. >> yeah, she offered the resignation. you heard his explanation. she made an honest mistake. she's been with him an awful long time. he's going to give her a break. kind of a mellow donald trump right there. you know, we just spent a few minutes up in his suite. i think this is all settling in on him, what an achievement this has been to become the republican nominee, and he's enjoying every minute of it. i'm sure he was very, very angry when he found out this happened, but he has just decided, he wants to move on. and as you heard him, as well, he's still very gratified by the reception that melania's gotten. >> and do we think we'll see him on stage with pence tonight? >> i think you can bet on that. one of the things we talked about is all these grand
entrances he's made this week, through the smoke on monday night, the helicopters today. how can he top that? i guess we'll find out tonight and tomorrow. >> all right, george, thank you. i'll see you in primetime. in the meantime, as i mentioned, tonight at the convention, it will be indiana governor mike pence's moment. donald trump's running mate will deliver an address, the party getting a first look at the other half of their presidential ticket. but pence and trump haven't always seen eye to eye on some key issues, and many studied their body language during their first interview together. abc's jonathan karl, also on the floor tonight. >> reporter: when donald trump met with mike pence today, his introduction was short and tweet. >> the last time i got accused of speaking a little bit long, so, this time, i'm going to speak a lot short. >> reporter: he's talking about the awkward announcement over the weekend. >> so, mike pence, back to mike pence. he looks very good. >> reporter: trump spoke for 28 minutes. pence, just 12. then, that joint interview. awkward body language and repeated interruptions by trump. >> clearly, this man is not a politician. he doesn't speak like a politician -- >> he's done pretty well. >> he speaks from his heart -- >> is that a good thing?
i think that's a good thing. >> he speaks from his heart. and -- >> well, i -- i speak from my heart and my brain. just so we understand. >> that's right. >> this is maybe more important. >> reporter: if there's one thing mike pence has learned so far, it's not easy being donald trump's number two. >> and jon karl joins us now from down in mike pence's home state delegation, indiana, tonight, and jon, this is mike pence's biggest audience ever tonight. >> reporter: oh, by far, david. he is well-liked by conservative activists, but a virtual unknown to most of the country. this is his chance to address an audience of tens of millions, and, david, i expect after his speech is done, we will see him up on that big stage with donald trump tonight. >> all right, we'll see you a bit later, jon, thank you. our entire political team right here tonight, 10:00 p.m. eastern in primetime. a lot ahead tonight. in the meantime, we move on to the other news this evening, and may jr. disruptions for southwest airlines tonight. ground stops across the country. these southwest planes parked at the gate at l.a.x. in los angeles. thousands of frustrated
passengers now stranded coast to coast. and abc's phillip mena is at l.a.x. tonight. >> reporter: tonight, hundreds of southwest planes all over the country grounded. southwest says the problem is an outage affecting "multiple technology systems" and it caused a ground stop at multiple airports. >> hey, southwest, you got all these people sitting here waiting on you guys to fix your little outage. >> reporter: the pictures now coming in. planes parked at l.a.x. >> i just keep looking at the lines and they keep getting longer and longer. >> reporter: long lines in baltimore. and from dallas love field to san francisco, flights going nowhere. passengers airing their frustration on social media. these passengers tweeting, they've been delayed for 13 hours. david, here at l.a.x., southwest says the ground stop has been lifted, but as you can see, there are still long delays and long lines. and southwest can't tell us exactly when things will get completely back to normal. david?
>> all right, phillip, a messy night ahead. thanks to you. and this travel nightmare comes as dangerous heat now moves in across much of the country tonight. in the west, the heat is already fueling wildfires. this one in utah, destroying nearly a dozen homes. meteorologist rob marciano is tracking the oppressive and dangerous heat moving in. rob? >> reporter: david, late july is typically the warmest time of year, but this is extraordinary heat and humidity. a huge ridge of high pressure is just baking the central u.s. we have heat advisories and warnings up through at least friday, with humidity, it's going to feel like over 110 degrees across the northern plains. potentially 116 to 118 in minneapolis. the heat moves to the east this weekend. actual high temperatures in the mid 90s in new york, near or over 100 degrees in d.c. going to be a long stretch of uncomfortable, unhealthy and for some, unsafe levels of heat. david? >> rob marciano with us again tonight. rob, thank you. now, to another officer killed in the line of duty. tonight, they are mourning the loss in kansas city, as the police chief and the attorney
general weighed in today. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, kansas city police trying to reassure residents after fears of another calculated attack on police. captain robert melton was gunned down after responding to drive by shooting this week, as many as 20 shots fired. police now say it was not an ambush, but a tragic death in the line of duty. >> we believe this case is another example of a known criminal trying to escape arrest. >> reporter: police around the country on edge, now facing greater threats. >> and this devastating loss is yet another reminder that our courageous officers put their lives on the line every day in order to serve the public. >> reporter: so far this year, 32 officers have died in firearms-related incidents, a 78% spike compared to last year. eight officers killed in the last two weeks alone in cold-blooded assassinations. in dallas, and then, just this past weekend, the apparent targeted execution of officers in baton rouge. >> we are up against a force that is not playing by the
rules. they haven't played by the rules. they didn't play by the rules in dallas, and they didn't play by the rules here. >> and pierre thomas is with us tonight. yet another loss for police here in america. but they were very quick today to point out to this nation on edge already that this was not a police ambush. >> reporter: they wanted to make clear that this was not a police assassination, but david, make no mistake, this is an especially dangerous moment for law enforcement, so many being gunned down this year. >> and a loss is a loss indeed. all right, pierre, thank you. next tonight, to another warning, the "pokemon go" craze, that virtual scavenger hunt, as authorities across the country continue to caution against distractions. one player caught on camera, crashing into a police car right here in baltimore there. a close call for those officers standing on the sidewalk when a driver slammed into their cruiser. no one was hurt. the young driver admitting to police right afterward when he got out of the car that he was focused on his phone on "pokemon go" instead of the road. a warning for everyone tonight.
we move on now to celebrate a hollywood giant. garry marshall, a writer, director, producer, actor, of course, from "happy days" to "laverne & shirley," and, of course, he brought us "pretty woman." abc's david wright tonight with our look back. >> hey! >> reporter: we have garry marshall to thank for oscar and felix. >> felix, do something about it. >> reporter: mork and mindy. >> oh, help me, i'm melting! >> reporter: "laverne & shirley," starring his sister, penny marshall. >> the hardest person i've ever fought with most is my sister, penny, on "laverne & shirley." penny used to come to my house at night and say, i got to fix the second act. >> reporter: and, of course, richie cunningham and the fonz. >> observe. well. >> reporter: "happy days" went for 11 seasons on abc. long after fonzie had jumped the shark. that saying outlasted the series.
as a director, marshall launched the career of one julia roberts with "pretty woman." >> oh! >> reporter: her surprise there was genuine. marshall didn't tell her richard gere would be snapping the box shut. marshall acted, too. his career spanning 50 years. one of husband first roles, as a hoodlum in "goldfinger." more recently, he did louis ck. >> so. you know who i am? >> yes, yeah, i do. >> reporter: we all knew his work. garry marshall was a hollywood legend. david wright, abc news, new york. >> a legend indeed. david wright, our thanks to you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the dramatic car accident. take a look. the driver of this convertible had flipped. authorities coming to the rescue. good samaritans. dazed and confused as they flip that car over. who came to his rescue? also tonight, the zika outbreak and the concerning new headline tonight right here in the u.s. a new case in florida, and authorities are investigating whether it was contracted right here in the continental u.s.
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next, from south carolina tonight, how a group of strangers saved a life. with so many jumping into help. this video is incredible. after a driver veers off the road, landing upside down. and as abc's steve osunsami reports now, there was no time to lose. >> reporter: on interstate 20 in south carolina, it didn't look good at all for the driver of this red convertible, who unfortunately, had the top down. more than a dozen other people on the highway who saw the car roll several times rushed over to put some muscle into saving this driver's life. >> we could smell burning, an electrical fire burning. but we could also smell gas and see some clear fluid dripping. >> reporter: bert sorin recorded on his cell phone as he helped. >> he should not have been alive. >> reporter: tonight,
20-year-old jonathan janzen is praising the seat belt that kept him from being thrown from the car. and he's sitting down with his new friends. >> they didn't know whether the car was going to blow up and they still risked their lives to save one -- one stranger. >> reporter: his only wounds, a few small scratches. >> thank you. >> more than welcome. >> reporter: janzen lost control of the convertible when the wind blew a book from the backseat. in a day and age where it's so much easier to just look and walk on by, he says he's glad strangers cared. david? >> steve, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the alarming new zika case, right here in the u.s. authorities are now investigating how it was contracted and if it was here. also, the nationwide recall you need to know about before the summer grill. it involves hot dogs in every state tonight. and miles of popular summer beaches are now closed because of what's been discovered in the water. we'll be right back.
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>> oh, yes. >> make america great again? >> make it greater. >> greater? >> yeah, because -- >> have you called the trump campaign? >> oh, yeah, many times. >> to tell them it should be make america greater? she says she has. this couple from cleveland, connie and rick squire. have you made up your mind? >> no. >> have you? >> you know, i'm not happy with either candidate. but -- so, no, i haven't made up my mind right now. but i couldn't vote for trump, ever. >> ever? >> ever. >> there was kim, from independence, ohio. >> i loved -- absolutely loved donald jr. last night. he had poise. what he said was intelligent and he did it without name-calling. >> so, you would vote for don jr. before don sr.? >> yes. >> jack, who came all the way from texas, retired from the u.s. air force. what do you think is the biggest misconception about donald trump? >> biggest misconception is that he's a multi-billionaire, but he works with the blue collar workers. he talks to the people and not at the people. >> and the burdens, who are voting for hillary clinton, but
still think this convention is good for cleveland. especially right after lebron and the cavs. >> even though i'm a warriors fan -- >> clear the record. >> just for the record. >> how does that go over at home? >> i'm not. >> i had a feeling. >> we did not watch the last game together. >> and the man selling socks with donald trump on them. make feet great again. do you see this here? and the soundtrack for this convention outside the hall. ♪ >> what is your name? >> brittany atterberry. >> that was amazing, brittany. >> thank you. >> thanks. a little soprano sax on the streets of cleveland. thanks for watching. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here, 10:00 p.m. eastern. until then, good night. >> back up, back up. >> protestors, police, and
pepper spray. the big headlines at the republican national convention happening outside of it. this is going to be one of the most-interesting moments to watch in the campaign. >> they say politics makes for strange bed fellows. why a leader is being welcomed. >> what is in tesla's master plan, part two. a fire that shut down a freeway in the middle of rush hour. >> no doubt who that is. donald trump making his entrance in cleveland today, greeted by his family and running mate, mike pence. >> day three is underway inside quicken loans arena. >> outside there was a violent
clash and laura anthony there. >> reporter: this happened just outside of the arena. the delegates line up and file in every ñiday. things are starting to heat up today, this was a half dozen arrests over two days. but that changed when a group locked arms and tried to block the main entrance to the rnc convention. that prompted this response from police