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tonight, the fight and fury tonight, the fight and fury over health care reform. town halls erupting. lawmakers back in their home districts, facing passionate voters on both sides of the health care debate. plus, the president's new demand. >> i'm calling on the senate to take action. charged with murder. a white police officer under arrest for allegedly killing a black 15-year-old honors student. tonight, the officer's record and what our team found about his past. election eve hack. hackers now trying to influence the french presidential race. the jolt to the election being watched around the world. penthouse murders. the couple killed inside a luxury apartment building. the alleged suspect in a shootout with police. and sharp turn. the sky-high cliff and the race car skidding out of control.
and good evening, thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with the fight and fury mounting over the house health care bill. town halls like this one raising the volume over voters' concerns about pre-existing conditions. president trump and house speaker paul ryan celebrating the legislation's first victory lap this past week before lawmakers headed home. now facing that backlash from health care advocates and democrats using the controversial bill as a rallying cry. abc's david wright starting us off tonight with the president in bedminster, new jersey. >> reporter: tonight, blowback for republican congress members who voted to repeal and replace obamacare. in upstate new york, representative tom reed got an earful at his town hall meetings. many of their concerns focused on so-called pre-existing conditions.
this man says he recently donated a kidney. >> now that i have a pre-existing condition my cost of health care could go up significantly and also i could possibly be denied health care. >> reporter: the republican bill would roll back the affordable care act's protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. that's one out of every four americans. health insurers would still have to cover them. but the bill does include a mechanism allowing insurance companies to raise rates on those patients, possibly even making their insurance unaffordable. in idaho, congressman raul labrador shot back at a constituent who told him people will die without access to health care. >> that line is so indefensible. nobody dies because they don't have access to health care. >> it will be great health care and your premiums will come down
and your deductibles will come down. so you will have better health care at a lower cost. and now i'm calling on the senate to take action. >> reporter: some house members now admit they voted for the bill without reading the fine print. >> i don't think any individual has read the whole bill. that's why we have staff. >> reporter: new jersey congressman rodney frelinghuyser switched his vote from a no to a yes at the last minute after promising his constituents he'd look out for them. >> i support looking after pre-existing conditions. >> he was holding my letter, yes, when he said that. >> reporter: she's a survivor of stage 4 breast cancer. >> don't take away the protections we already have. my representative voted to take away those protections when he promised not to. i deserve an explanation. david wright joins us live bedminster, new jersey, where the president spending the
weekend at the golf club. we heard in your story the president telling the senate to pass this health care bill, but he's also taking some shots at the media >> reporter: he's not happy with the coverage, tweeting, wow, the fake media did everything in its bill to make the republican health care victory look as bad as possible, far better than ocare, he says. >> david wright starting us off tonight. david, thanks so much. quick programming note, a "this week" exclusive. george goes one-on-one with house speaker paul ryan. next to that key presidential showdown in france tomorrow and a headline that may sound very familiar -- a quote, massive and coordinated on the candidate leading in the polls in an apparent effort to help the nationalist candidate. abc's terry moran reports from paris. >> reporter: at the 11th-hour in this bitter campaign, a stunning development that massive computer hack of the campaign of front-runner emmanuel macron.
have you heard about the wikileaks hack of the macron -- >> we have heard about it. i don't know. this is an awful word i think it's [ bleep ] from le pen. >> reporter: it consistents of professional and personal e-mails and documents from the macron campaign. they confirmed it. they added fakes and forgeries are mixed in too. the french warning the media to limit coverage of the hack because the free expression of voters is at stake. voters we spoke with in france were deeply suspicious and even angry about this cyberattack. hillary clinton e-mails were hacked. do you think is the same kind of thing? same people? >> we don't know, we don't know. because -- but it's very strange. >> reporter: the drama comes at the close of this campaign, a race where the themes echo the american election last year. marine le pen, a hard-right nationalist, anti-european union, anti-immigration, anti-islam.
and macron, pro-eu, pro-immigration, more tolerant. he got a last-minute, and highly unusual, endorsement from former president barack obama. >> i am supporting emmanuel macron to lead you forward. >> reporter: president trump, while saying he was not explicitly endorsing either candidate here, told an interviewer le pen is "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in france." the final poll shows macron ahead by 20 points and le pen sagging. this hack probably won't affect the outcome but it could damage macron if he wins. that may have been the point in the first place. >> terry moran tracking the election out of europe. back here at home, another big story out of texas, a police officer there turning himself in charged with murdering a 15-year-old while on duty. the officer allegedly fired his rifle at a car full of teenagers, killing this honor student. abc's eva pilgrim picks up the story. >> reporter: tonight, a texas
police officer facing murder charges for killing a 15-year-old honor student out of jail after posting bond. >> a charge is great. but it's been 47 years since the state of texas had a conviction for murder of a law enforcement officer. and so, the family is in it, as they said for the long haul. >> reporter: those charges coming just hours before the family of jordan edwards buried the football standout. his two brothers witnesses to the shooting. >> they are struggling through terrors. they're struggling through anger, they're struggling through disappointment. >> reporter: officer roy oliver fired after authorities say body camera video showed him firing a rifle into a car full of teens leaving a large house party last saturday night. that body camera video dispelling the officer's original story that the teens were aggressively backing up. >> there's no way to describe the range of emotions that all of us have felt. >> reporter: tonight, abc news learning officer oliver, who served in the army for six years, joined the police force in 2011. in 2013, he was reprimanded
after admitting to being "angry and aggressive" while testifying in court during a dwi case, later required to take anger management training. but in his most recent employee evaluation this past january, supervisors said officer oliver "exceeded expectations." we have reached out to the officer's attorney. we have not gotten any response. he faces up to life in prison if convicted. tom? >> eva pilgrim with that officer's records tonight. eva, thank you so much. now, to the evacuations under way in georgia as a large wildfire burns near the florida state line. at least 60 families forced out in charlton county. the dry conditions not helping. shifting winds making the smoke even worse. in as the northeast wrings out from that severe drenching that has moved on from new england. rob marciano joins us now. he's in florida tonight. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, this is the time of the year, florida starts to see its rainy season or at least get more humid.
we have not seen that. no very dry air overhead. the fires are burning right now in georgia. it remains elevated tomorrow, of course it will stay dry. the drought not helping that. expanded that now two-thirds of the state is in some category of drought. meanwhile showers rolling through, even snow showers across canada and northern new york. temperatures remaining in the 40s. a trend is a cool one for the northeast. a cool start to may here in florida. no real rain in sight at least through the middle on part of this week. tom. >> okay, rob, thanks so much. now to the mysteriious double homicide that happened inside the penthouse of a luxury apartment building. alleged suspect in a shootout with police. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, penthouse murder. two people dead. officers rushing in when one of
the victim's reportedly placed a final desperate plea for help. >> got a message from his friends there is a gunman in the house. >> reporter: police saying, as soon as they arrived at the luxury condo building in south boston, the suspect, bampumim teixara, started shooting at them. >> we just ran in as shots were being fired, we are going to need at least two shields and long gun for cover. >> reporter: officers firing back. the 30-year-old taken into custody on a stretcher after what officials call a "violent struggle." he is accused of brutally killing a man and woman inside a penthouse in the building. details of the case horrific. the victims in their 40s or 50s. "the boston globe" citing unnamed sources, reporting they're both doctors. >> we believe there something more to what happened here. >> reporter: the suspect is now facing multiple charges. police say he and the victims knew each other, though it's not clear what kind of relationship they had. tom? >> so many questions still in this case. thanks so much. new details coming in on a case getting a lot of national
attention. the death of a penn state sophomore. the fraernty he was trying to join, itself facing charges. authorities say at least 18 students have now been implicated. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, graduation weekend at penn state university and the campus in shock. 18 students now charged in the frat party death of 19-year-old timothy piazza. >> this is the result of a feeling of entitlement, flagrant disobedience of the law and disregard for moral values. >> reporter: investigators say in february the beta theta pi pledge was forced to binge drink before falling head first down a staircase. prosecutors say the alleged hazing cover up, captured by surveillance cameras. court documents reveal piazza was in and out of consciousness on a couch for hours as fraternity brothers argued over what to do next. >> and when they finally did call for help they did not tell anyone that he had fallen. when he arrived at the hospital it was too late. >> of course, it's a tragedy. but that doesn't mean there's any intent involved in any of
this. >> reporter: eight fraternity brothers charged with involuntary manslaughter friday facing up to five years in prison if convicted. they're also accused of hiding evidence, deleting text messages and coming up with a fake story. tom, the president of penn state university calling this sickening. beta theta pi fraternity has been permanently banned from campus. tom. >> kenneth moton for us tonight. kenneth, thank you. moving overseas, reports coming in dozens of those school girls kidnapped in 2014 had been freed. nigerian officials say extremists have released 83 of those girls. hundreds have been held captive by the group bokoharamn. next to princess diana who died 20 years ago this summer. tonight, we're learning more about diana's final hours with her boyfriend. martin bashir takes a look back. >> reporter: the summer was nearly over and, according to the friend she telephoned, diana was anxious to go home and see
her sons, but dodi wanted one last weekend in paris. >> she rang me and said, dodi wants to go to paris. would you tell william and harry at balmoral that i'll be back the day after. >> reporter: the paparazzi were hot on their trail. >> it was open season on her because she was the most photographed. everybody could sell pictures of her. everybody wanted them. >> reporter: some time after midnight, the couple made a fateful decision to return to dodi's apartment. they would leave by the ritz's rear exit, which was reached by going through the hotel kitchen. back in london, the other man in diana's life was urgently trying to reach her. hasnat khan, a british/pakistani heart surgeon she called "mr. wonderful." >> it's tragic to think that on that last night, as diana was preparing to get into the car that would take her into the alma tunnel to her death, that
hasnat khan was trying to reach her on the phone. >> does the world realize that her romance with dodi al fayed was only 30 days from beginning to end? not two years, as was the one with hasnat. hasnat khan was the love of her life. >> special correspondent martin bashir looking back. he'll have much on two-hour primetime documentary special right here tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern. there's still much more ahead on "world news" this saturday -- this just in -- bombs possibly from world war ii found. possible evacuations. the big recall involving some of your breakfast favorites. what you need to take out of your freezer right now. plus, botox. will take your wrinkles away, also take your depression away. the surprising results of a new study. stay with us. also take your depression away. the surprising results of a new study.
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>> reporter: the phillies named pokalow one of their teacher all-stars. recognizing her after a former student wrote to them about her teacher's courageous battle. against cancer. >> i learned so much from her. everything that she taught me i still use today. it was so inspiring to have her as my teacher. >> my students are everything and they're the reason -- i've been in education for 30 years. they're the reason i come back. >> reporter: that same night polakow was honored again on the field before the phillies game. along with nine other teacher all-stars. a night of fun and an emotional outpouring for this beloved teacher who's in the fight of her life. and winning. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> true school spirit. we thank ron for that story. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night. .
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