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and enable push alerts and get weather as well as the latest breaks news. >> we'll s tonight, terror on the streets of london. at least four dead including a police officer. carnage, panic and gunfire under big ben. parliament on lockdown. people running for their lives. tonight, the hunt for a motive and possible terror ties. the u.s. now under increased security. we have team coverage. gop health care on life support. on the eve of the major vote, president trump's last chance to convince republican holdouts. and now the white house saying there is no plan "b." the bombshell report, former trump campaign chairman, paul manafort. was he once paid millions of dollars to promote the interests of vladimir putin? plus, the new development. did u.s. intelligence agencies monitor president trump and his associates after the election?
and deadly hate crime. the murder suspect running down the streets of new york. allegedly telling police he wanted to kill african-americans. and good evening on this wednesday night. i'm tom llamas in for david, and as we come on the air, the death toll rising from that deadly attack in london. a single attacker using a car as his weapon, mowing down people on a bridge to the british parliament. people running for their lives. you see it here. that iconic building put on lockdown. one of the victims ending up in the river below. the attacker crashing his car, then going after a police officer. stabbing him. authorities finally stopping the attack with a bullet. the alleged terrorist did not survive. but four of his victims are also dead, including that police officer, and at least 40 people are injured. tonight, the desperate search for clues and a motive. abc's alex marquardt reporting
from london takes us inside the attack. orter: chaos in the heart of london today. panicked crowds in the packed streets outside the palace of westminster. tonight, the attack being treated as a "terrorist incident" that instantly paralyzed britain's parliament. people fleeing as gunshots ring out. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: police shouting at pedestrians to run. >> go! go! >> reporter: authorities quickly arrived at the scene, locking down parliament. >> this house is now suspended but please wait here. >> reporter: the attack unfolding just before 3:00 p.m. on the busy westminster bridge, right before rush hour. you can see the car as it barrels across the bridge, highlighted there on the right. then watch. a woman near the middle of the bridge falls, landing in the water, killing at least two and injuring 20 others. >> there was bodies literally -- >> there must have been, like, ten bodies. >> 10, 12 bodies.
>> in different places along the bridge. >> reporter: moments later, that car crashing into this gate outside parliament, just below big ben. the car smoking, its hood smashed, the driver's side door open as crowds begin to form. >> i see that one car smashed in the wall and just people started running all over. >> reporter: from above on the famous london eye, these tourists watching the carnage below. and you were up in the eye when all this happened? >> we were. >> reporter: what did you see? >> we did see different groups of wounded people on the bridge. one of the things that struck us was how long medics were spending with the victims on the ground. >> reporter: authorities say the suspect then exits the car to continue the deadly rampage. inside parliament's grounds, stabbing and killing a police officer who was standing guard. one witness watching from a window. >> we saw a thick-set man in black clothes. had something in his hand, it looked like a stick and we could
see the man moving his arm in a way that suggested he was either stabbing or striking the policemen. >> reporter: police fire, taking the suspect down. these images and immediate aftermath show one officer seeming to point his gun at the alleged suspect. what appears to be a knife under the officer's right foot. police load the alleged suspect onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. the suspect later dying. parliamentarians under armed guard. prime minister theresa may rushed to safety. outside, that bridge brought to a standstill. bystanders rushing to a victim's aid. first responders performing triage as helicopters were dispatched to rescue the wounded. tonight, a search is under way to make sure there were no other attackers as stories of heroism begin to emerge. one member of parliament, tobias ellwood with his face bloodied, performing mouth to
mouth, trying to save that police officer, 48-year-old keith palmer, who was stabbed and later died. >> such a grizzly scene. alex marquardt is joining us live outside of parliament now. theresa may has just addressed her nation they believe the suspect acted alone? >> reporter: they believe this attacker acted alone, and they have not identified the suspect he was by extremist terrorism, and theresa may sick and depraved terrorist attack, adding that londoners will never give into terror, and parliament will be back in session right here tomorrow. tom? >> it will be a long night for you, thanks so much. stay safe. authorities have launched a full terror investigation as we just heard, especially because the attacker used a vehicle to kill. a terror method we have seen before and tonight, heightened security here in the united states as well. heavily armed police standing guard outside the british consulate in new york, but they have collected key information. abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, on
that part of the story. >> reporter: tonight british authorities are close to identifying that man on the stretcher, suspected of the deadly attack in london sources say they have a name but they are desperately working to confirm the identity. >> we currently believe there was only one attacker. >> reporter: investigators are now urgently scouring the car he used in the attack and are searching for the suspect's smartphones and computers. in recent weeks, british counterintelligence officials have publicly warned about a possible attack using a car and a knife. precise the crude type of attack isis has been calling on followers worldwide to carry out using any means necessary. >> this type of attack does not require anybody to go to any training. all you have to be able to do is drive a vehicle and be able to hold a knife. >> reporter: last summer in nice, france, a huge truck plowed through a crowd killing 86. during christmas season in berlin, 12 dead and nearly 50 injured in another truck attack. that tactic used in the u.s. too at ohio state university when a student rammed into a crowd with his car, then stabbed multiple
people. >> and pierre joins us live now outside of fbi headquarters. pierre, we now know here in the u.s., some cities have stepped up vigilance. any new warning here it a at home? >> reporter: they are stepping up at landmarks, but they have no intelligence pointing to a plot here at home, but there is always concern about copycats and they are urging vigilance. >> pierre tracking from washington. pierre, thank you. at the same time, that london attack was playing out, a major conference on fighting isis was taking place in washington. 68 countries represented. abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, on the fight overseas and here at home. >> reporter: today, just 30 minutes before the deadly attacks in london, secretary of state rex tillerson was praising the progress made against isis. >> hard-fought victories in iraq and syria have swung the momentum in our coalition's favor. >> reporter: the state
department saying 62% of the terrain isis once controlled in iraq has been liberated. 30% in syria. more than 19,000 targeted strikes have removed tens of thousands of isis fighters from the battlefields. but the greater the success on the battlefield it seems, the more desperate isis becomes, urging followers to slaughter westerners with "a knife, or run over him with your car." in britain alone, some 850 people have traveled to syria and iraq to support isis. about half of those have now returned to the united kingdom. >> and martha joins us live now. martha, you mentioned that terror summit, and secretary of state tillerson detailed the counterterrorism strategy, curbing isis' online influence? >> reporter: he did, tom. tillerson said the internet is the best weapon isis has for radicalizing, and he said the u.s. and its allies must break the ability of isis to spread its message, but that is an awfully tough goal to
reach, tom. >> a big breeding ground for terrorists. martha, thanks so much. next to that other major development tonight involving president trump's former campaign chairman and his ties to russia. paul manafort led the president's campaign during a critical time. you see him here with candidate trump at the republican national convention. tonight, a new report that he was paid millions of dollars to promote the interest of russian strongman, vladimir putin, and late today, a key member of congress coming forward with new information about the intelligence community, possibly monitoring communications of the trump team. here's abc's white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: operation pushback. the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee came out today to say the communications of some trump associates and possibly trump himself were picked up by u.s. intelligence after the election. >> i recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about u.s. citizens involved in the trump transition.
>> reporter: "incidentally collected," in other words, the trump associates were not the primary subject of surveillance. for example, if u.s. intelligence was monitoring the foreign national, say, the russian ambassador, they could have picked up his conversations with members of the trump team. that's a far cry from the president's accusation that his predecessor had trump tower >> do you feel vindicated by chairman nunes? >> i somewhat do. i must tell you, i somewhat do. >> reporter: but remember president trump's allegation "how low has president obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. this is nixon/watergate. bad or sick guy." the president said that president obama tapped his phones. have you seen -- >> no, no, no. that did not happen. >> reporter: fbi director james comey told congress point-blank, there is no evidence to prove the president's allegations of wiretapping. and he also announced the fbi is investigating whether the trump campaign colluded with russians.
today, a new revelation about a former top trump associate in russia. the ap obtained documents showing that from 2006 to 2009, former trump campaign chairman paul manafort was paid $10 million for work for a russian billionaire close to putin. in a memo to his client, manafort described how he could help the russian president. "we are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the putin government. we will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the putin government." so would trump have hired manafort if he knew about this? >> i don't know. to look back right now and say, if we knew now what we know then, would we have done things different? i don't know. that's a question the president would have to weigh at the time. >> reporter: but he definitely didn't know? you are saying he didn't know? >> of course, not. >> reporter: but the president would want to know, wouldn't he? >> maybe. maybe. maybe not. >> reporter: from paul manafort
tonight, this statement. i did not work for the russian government. once again, smear and innuendo are being used to paint a false picture. >> yet again another denial from manafort, and jon joins us. let's go back to the comments of congressman nunes claiming that u.s. intelligence picked up communications from trump associates. a lot of democrats are outraged with that statement. >> reporter: they are, and the top democrat on the intelligence committee, adam schiff, said that nunes is more concerned with defending trump than leading the committee's investigation into russian interference. he said today, nunes needs to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation or a surrogate of the white house. he cannot do both, and as you remember, nunes was a key player on the trump transition, tom? >> a battle within that intelligence committee. jon, thanks so much. in the meantime, the republicans are facing a health care plan that is now on life support. the house is set to vote tomorrow, and they don't yet have the votes. here's the math. take a look.
there are 430 current members of the house of representatives. they need 216 votes to pass, and tonight by our account, they are at least seven votes short. they are trying to convince lawmakers to get on board. abc's mary bruce on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill, a frantic day of closed-door negotiations. and tonight, with just hours until that crucial health care vote, some republicans are slamming the brakes. >> it's not going to pass as it stands right now unless they make major changes to it. >> reporter: today the president and vice president both met with holdouts, but their personal pitches are falling on deaf ears. >> nothing. nothing has changed. >> reporter: emerging from a last minute meeting, the head of the conservative freedom caucus says they are standing firm. >> the opposition is still strong. they don't have the votes to pass this tomorrow. we believe that they need to start over and do a bill that actually reduces premiums. >> reporter: by our count at least 28 republicans are still a
no. more than enough votes to kill the bill in the house. should the house delay the vote? >> they're going to have to. they don't have the votes. >> reporter: opponents are demanding further changes. the original version of the bill would leave 24 million fewer americans insured over the next decade. and some older americans could find themselves spending thousands of dollars more a year in premiums. the white house is negotiating but insists this is their best shot to overhaul obamacare. >> there is plan "a," and plan "a." we're going to get this done. >> reporter: but the white house is well aware the resistance may be too much. >> mr. president, if the house repeal bill fails, will you keep trying? >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: tonight, some republicans are coming around. congressman lou barletta is now a yes after negotiating a swap. the president promising to support one of the congressman's legislative priorities in exchange for a vote on health care.
>> i knew if i held out long enough, you know, eventually -- >> reporter: you would get what you want. >> they'd send in the big guy to close the deal. >> mary bruce joins us live from capitol hill. we heard sean spicer say there is only plan "a." republican leaders say they will go ahead with this vote tomorrow, but tonight, there is a real fear about whether they have enough votes. >> reporter: tom, the white house and republicans tonight are scrambling to negotiate, hoping to push this across the finish line, and despite the impasse, i'm told tomorrow's vote is still a go. >> mary bruce following every development throughout the night. thanks so much. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the possible hate crime, the alleged attacker caught on camera. the well-dressed murder suspect running down the streets of new york. his disturbing motive revealed. and the desperate search under way at this hour. the cruise ship passenger lost at sea. and celebrating the self-proclaimed king of daytime television, the game show mastermind between tv's funniest, most memorable and chaotic moments.
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i'm a preservationest and not a poacher. >> the owner of a popular vintage clothing store in san francisco has been charged with selling endangered animal furs but the potential punishment isn't as severe as you might think. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. today arraignment was scheduled for the defendant sicily hanson more than a year after investigators say they found illegal furs for sale in her store. >> abc 7 news reporter vic lee is in the newsroom with the story, vic? >> dan, sicily hanson was charged with nine misdemeanor
counts of attempt to sell parts of endangered animals. this crime does not rise to the level of a felony but the d.a. says it is nevertheless is a serious crime. she had a back room operation in the store where she sold illegal items to discreet clients. the store owner sicily hanson came to court hoping charges would be dropped. >> i'm a preservationest, not a mucher. >> reporter: the raid happened in february of last year after an undercover operation here at the vintage clothing store decades of fashion. federal and state game wardens seized 150 items, which they determined were from eng dangda animals. >> leopard, jaguar, endangered toured turtles. >> reporter: hanson appeared for arraignment and said