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breaking news tonight as we come on the air. what donald trump has just declared about one of the leaders of the republican party, house speaker paul ryan. is this political war? also, trump today receiving a purple heart, declaring, in his words, "i always wanted a purple heart. this was much easier." also tonight, the deadly bus crash. authorities now calling it catastrophic. aerials from the scene coming in. the all-out air assault tonight against zika. as the cdc warns against travel to a certain part of florida. and what we've now learned about the spraying. the states in red there, bracing next. the shooting rampage and the employees. their split-second decision, where they hid that saved their lives. and the urgent manhunt under way tonight.
and the pilot, just moments after landing, who then jumped in to take down a passenger. >> you don't put your hands on my flight attendant. >> why he took action. good evening. and we begin tonight with the breaking developments in the race for the white house. what could be an all-out war within the republican party brewing at this hour. donald trump and what he's now saying about house speaker paul ryan. and it all comes after another controversial headline just today. when a trump supporter gave donald trump his own purple heart, trump's answer, "i always wanted to get a purple heart. this was much easier." and just a short time ago, trump declaring about the khan family, who lost their son at war, "i don't regret anything." we begin with abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump, who never saw combat, never served in the military, now has a purple heart. >> you know, something very nice just happened to me.
a man came up to me, and he handed me his purple heart. >> reporter: but trump then saying this -- >> i said, man, that's, like, that's like big stuff. i always wanted to get the purple heart. this was much easier. >> reporter: the moment now shining a spotlight on trump's own military record. the republican nominee once touting his time in military school, saying, quote, "i always thought i was in the military." but trump never made it to a battlefield. during vietnam, getting four college deferments, and then a fifth one. >> i had a minor medical deferment for feet, for a bone spur of the foot, which was minor. >> reporter: still today, a rare admission. >> but i've regretted not serving in many ways. >> reporter: it comes as trump is still tangling with the muslim family of a fallen u.s. soldier. >> you have sacrificed nothing
and no one. >> reporter: trump hitting back at the khan family, claiming he has sacrificed, as well. >> i think i have made a lot of sacrifices. i work very, very hard. i've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. i've done -- i've had tremendous success. >> those are sacrifices? >> oh, sure. i think they're sacrifices. >> reporter: today, eric trump, asked if his father should apologize to the khans. >> i think he has by calling them a hero. you know, and in terms of the one question, whether you've made a sacrifice, i think my father has. now, that's certainly not the ultimate sacrifice. >> reporter: eric trump adding this -- >> i think this is something that was honestly blown hugely out of proportion. >> reporter: but it was donald trump who kept tweeting about the khans four days after their convention appearance. and today, no regrets. >> i don't regret anything. i said nice things about the son. and i feel that very strongly. but of course, i was hit very hard from the stage.
>> reporter: and from that iraqi war veteran, who gave trump his purple heart -- >> 100%, i'm behind him. i know other veterans that are behind him. >> reporter: but today, president obama putting pressure on republicans to denounce their nominee. >> if you are repeatedly having to say, in very strong terms, that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? >> reporter: also today, an unscripted moment on the trail. trump interrupted by a crying baby. >> don't worry about that baby. i love babies. i love babies. i hear that baby crying. i like it. i like it. the mom's running around, like -- don't worry about it, you know? >> reporter: but then, just one minute later. >> actually, i was only kidding. you can get the baby out of here. that's all right. don't worry. i think she really believed me that love having a baby
crying while i'm speaking. that's okay. >> that unscripted moment with the baby today. tom llamas with us live tonight. tom, back to the president for a moment. who today said donald trump is, quote, unfit to be president. president obama then asking republican leaders today, why are you still endorsing trump? and have we heard from any key republican leaders tonight? >> reporter: david, that may have been the strongest attack yet from president obama on donald trump and the republican leadership. and, david, tonight, silence from gop leaders. nothing from mitch mcconnell, nothing from speaker paul ryan, responding to the president. david? >> tom llamas leading us off tonight. tom, thank you. meantime, as i mentioned there at the top, there could very well be a war brewing within the republican party at this hour. donald trump and house speaker paul ryan, and tonight, just a short time ago, donald trump saying he is not ready to support paul ryan, whose own primary back home is now just one week from tonight. so, let's get right to jon karl, tracking it all tonight. not ready to support paul ryan, just days to go. >> reporter: make no mistake,
david, in politics, this is war. we remember how ryan and trump met earlier this year, to mend fences and how ryan, under pressure, endorsed trump, an endorsement he's had to defend over and over again. and this is how trump repays him. >> but bottom line here, could paul ryan lose back home because of this? >> reporter: well, look, this is a low turnout august primary. you have trump praising ryan's opponent. there is zero reliable polling. the honest answer is, who knows? >> all right, jon karl, you'll stay on this. jon, thank you. and there is one more developing headline in the raca for president before we move on here, and this one spells trouble for the democrats tonight. more heads rolling at the democratic national committee, after the party's e-mail was hacked. u.s. authorities believing russian hackers were behind it, but it's what's in those e-mails now leading to resignations. party ceo amy dacey is out tonight, along with the party's chief finance officer and communications director.
all three in those e-mails showing favoritism for hillary clinton over bernie sanders. the release of those e-mails already led to dnc chairperson, congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz, to resign from her post at the dnc. in the meantime, we do move onto other news tonight, and to that deadly bus crash on a california highway. this evening, authorities calling it catastrophic. the aerials tonight of that charter bus off the road, and slides down the middle there been a sign pole. five passengers were killed. more than a dozen seriously injured. and abc's kayna whitworth is in california. >> reporter: a desperate race as firefighters pull survivors out of the wreckage. >> there is reported to be a bus with multiple ejections. >> reporter: so many traumatic injuries, first responders reportedly ran out of tourniquets. the bus, nearly sliced in half by this highway sign. >> that pole went through the center of the bus, and that's where the injuries were sustained. >> reporter: it was en route from mexico to washington state, crashing near fresno around
3:30 a.m. 30 passengers onboard. at least five killed. tonight, the driver, 57-year-old mario david vasquez remains in the hospital with serious injuries. >> he told me that he was very careful because he wanted to come home and see us. >> reporter: overhead highway signs are designed to not break away, because if they do, they can pose a hazard to traffic. in 2011, 15 people were killed in the bronx after this bus hit an overhead sign. david, this is the bus company's l.a. office. they have a satisfactory safety rating, yet we found multiple citations, some of which led to drivers and buses being pulled off the road. the ntsb is now investigating. david? >> kayna, thanks so much. we turn next here to an alarming headline tonight involving the all-out air war against zika, set to begin just hours from now in florida. the cdc already warning pregnant women to avoid a certain part of florida, and now comes serious questions over whether the
spraying will actually work. so far, regular spraying has not stopped the threat from the mosquitos that carry the virus. tonight, florida health officials have announced a 15th person has contracted zika right here in the u.s. dr. besser with the map of the states bracing next after florida, but first, abc's eva pilgrim, where they are spraying tomorrow morning. >> reporter: tonight, the full-on assault against zika, ramping up the battle. taking it to the sky, that aerial spraying in miami beginning as soon as the morning. the county's mayor saying they are up against a tough enemy. these mosquitos are proving to be a little bit difficult to get rid of. >> mosquitos have always been difficult to get rid of. >> reporter: this is the front line of the assault. miami tripling the number of inspectors on the ground, but even still, people hiring private contractors like this one to kill mosquitos on their property. melissa welcher is due to give birth later this month. she's taking every precaution, wearing long sleeves and pants. >> it's very warm out.
just want to make sure that i'm just, like, staying protected. >> reporter: now that 15 patients have contracted the virus, this clinic in the hot zone is stepping up who gets sted for zika. >> as of yesterday, we're testing every pregnant woman that comes through my desk. >> reporter: david, doctors warning those who contracted zika, telling them to long sleeves and pants. if they get bitten, they could spread the virus. david? >> eva pilgrim with us again tonight. eva, thank you. i want to get right to dr. richard besser, back with us from miami this evening. and rich, you were telling us, there are real concerns now over whether this spraying will truly be effective, given the type of mosquito we're dealing with. >> reporter: that's right. what we hear from experts in mosquito control is that aerial spraying works well for high-flying mosquitos. the mosquito that spreads zika lives in containers around your home. and aerial spraying isn't going to add a lot. >> so, these are the mosquitos in containers around your home, as you point out. i do want to show everyone at home that map again, and rich, you can see there in the red, the parts of the country where
they are concerned that we could see these headlines next. how quickly is this expected to spread? and if there are questions about whether the spraying will work, is this simply about being vigilant with repellant? >> reporter: david, it's just a matter of time. there's so much travel back and forth between the u.s. and countries where zika is spreading wildly. with the mosquito in those states, we are going to see more clusters like we're seeing in miami. and it does come down to people using personal protection, using that repellant. >> dr. besser, who will stay on this for us. rich, thank you, again. next, to the extreme weather right now. we are tracking a tropical storm tonight, and new flash flood warnings in this country, after those dramatic flood rescues we showed you this week already. that human chain. and tonight, heavy rain and strong winds in ocean city, maryland. a confirmed tornado in that area. this kentucky neighborhood under water, as well. and across the southwest, new pictures tonight. monsoon rains causing dangerous flash flooding. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, tracking it all. hey, ginger.
>> reporter: you need one storm to sit and just drop rain for an hour or two and that's what causes the problem. that's a flash flood, and that's what we're watching on the map tonight. the flash flood watches for places like arizona, i just saw a report of a swift water rescue. just south of tucson. so, these numbers and these accidents are coming in. please do not drive into water. especially in the areas that are getting some of the bulls eyes of two to three inches. colorado, new mexico, arizona. and then, that tropical storm now has a name. earl. and most of the computer modeling now taking it almost due west, through belize, as we go into the thursday/friday time period. david? >> all right, ginger zee again with us tonight. thanks, ginger. overseas tonight. and new accusations against the syrian government, this time, accused of using toxic gas against civilians near aleppo. a rebel group is sharing these photos of what they say are chlorine gas canisters dropped from a military helicopter. chlorine gas is a banned weapon of war. at least 30 people reportedly suffering from chemical injuries. some 300,000 people are trapped in parts of aleppo as the government wages a fierce assault.
back here at home tonight, and to a robbery and to quick-thinking employees who saved their own lives. masked gunmen, heavily armed, barging into a houston store. one shooting the ceiling, sending the clerks running for cover, behind a bulletproof window. abc's clayton sandell now with the video. >> reporter: the first sign anything is wrong at this houston convenience store -- an ear-splitting gunshot into the ceiling. employees dive for safety in a small room as a gunman storms over the counter. >> as soon as we heard the gunshot, i mean, our coworker, they just jumped into the booth and locked the door. >> reporter: they quickly lock the door to the check-cashing booth, protecting themselves behind bulletproof glass, with all the money inside. the three gunmen try desperately to get in, banging on the door, riddling the place with bullets. >> people who are outside, they assumed that we were dead, because they heard so many shots fired. >> reporter: in the back, one customer gets a shotgun pointed at his head. he offers up his wallet, and the
gunman leaves him alone. that gunman then tries to get in the booth himself with at least three blasts from his shotgun and a few kicks. but the door holds. >> they came in like crazy. they're shooting everywhere, bullets flying all over, believe me. >> reporter: their mission a failure, the three gunman take off in this suv. nobody inside was hurt. >> somebody trying to get easy money, instead of working hard. and that's what we do here. >> reporter: those would-be robbers tonight are still on the loose. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thank you. and from los angeles tonight, the parents of "star trek" actor anton yelchin filing a lawsuit against fiat chrysler, because they say their son's jeep cherokee caused his death. they said they are taking this step to prevent other families from the same tragedy. their son was crushed by his jeep when it rolled down his driveway, trapping him between the vehicle and his driveway gate. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, just six weeks after "star trek" actor anton yelchin was killed by his 2015 jeep grand cherokee, his
grieving parents announcing they're filing a wrongful death lawsuit against fiat chrysler, the makers of the jeep. >> his death might going to save some other lives. >> reporter: in may, fiat chrysler sent a letter to jeep owners, saying the cherokee may suddenly roll away if the engine is left running, and the driver fails to put the vehicle in park. you can see here how it may be confusing, since the lever springs back to the center no matter what gear you're in. in june, yelchin's jeep rolled backward, crushing him against a gate. a letter announcing a fix for the defect arrived seven days after his death. 1.1 million vehicles recalled. >> that problem existed for years and years and years. >> reporter: in a statement earlier today, fiat chrysler saying it "extends its sympathies to the yelchin family for their tragic loss. the company cannot further at this time." and david, tonight, we've learned jeep owners have filed a separate national class action lawsuit against fiat chrysler, as the company reminds affected drivers to make sure that
parking brake is engaged. david? >> gio benitez with us tonight. gio, thanks. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the airline pilot taking down an unruly passenger, just moments after landing. the pilot jumping in, wrestling him to the floor. you will hear and see this video. on the video, he explains why he took action. the dramatic rescue. a driver trapped in a sinking car. good samaritans racing in. a race against time, right here. and then, watch this. tourists on a whale watch getting much more than they expected. wait for it. that's about as close as they can get, folks. where this played out, as we continue tonight. i accept i'm not 22 i accept i do a shorter set these days. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but i won't play anything less than my best. so if there's something better than warfarin, i'm going for it.
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