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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the abc news exclusive. president trump's sons called to the fbi. learning from authorities that foreign hackers tried to break into the trump organization. also developing tonight, president trump's son-in-law jared kushner, a top adviser in the west wing. now, his meetings with the russians under fbi scrutiny. blistering words from hillary clinton. what she said today about impeachment that immediately made headlines. severe storms hitting tonight and tomorrow. several major travel cities in the bull's eye. rob marciano standing by. the serial killer, and the woman found in a container on his property. tonight, how many victims, and how long will he be put behind bars? and, lost at sea. the american newlyweds. the wife now missing. the husband found in a raft.
the fbi called in on the case. and the new offer late today from ariana grande to all of those people who were at that concert. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with an abc news exclusive. the fbi calling in president trump's sons to reveal to them foreign hackers tried to break into the trump organization. the fbi calling don jr. and eric trump to an emergency meeting. and also breaking news about jared kushner, his meetings with the russians now under a microscope. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned that president trump's sons were summoned to an emergency session at the fbi's new york field office earlier this month.
the reason -- a warning that foreign hackers were trying to compromise trump organization computers. because it involved the president's children, a special vip notice was sent to senior officials in new york before the may 8th meeting, which happened to occur just a day before fbi director james comey was fired. the source of the attempted hack on the trumps' computers was unknown. but tonight, eric trump is denying that any computers were compromised. still, the company remains a top cyber target. >> hackers would love to get into the president's family business. they could sell the information, or try to use it to damage or compromise the president in some way. >> reporter: news of the trump sons' meeting with the fbi comes as trump's son-in-law jared kushner is under scrutiny by the fbi for his contacts with russians, specifically for two meetings last december. one between kushner and the russian ambassador, which included former national security adviser michael flynn, who was fired for misleading the white house about his russian contacts. and a second meeting between kushner and the head of a russian bank with ties to the kremlin.
that bank under u.s. sanction. according to "the new york times," kushner initially did not document those meetings on his security clearance forms as required. >> jared is the kind of person that, anyone conducting an information right now would want to talk to. >> reporter: there is no evidence that kushner is the target of the fbi investigation into russian meddling in the election, and no evidence of any wrongdoing by kushner. >> these are contacts that might have been totally, totally innocent and benign, as well as those that might have succumbed somehow to those russian efforts. >> reporter: but intelligence officials worry that the russians had a very specific plan to target those in trump's orbit. >> so let's get to pierre thomas live at the fbi now. your sources saying right now, no evidence of wrong doing by kushner, but great interest in what he knows from those meetings? >> reporter: the fbi will want to know all the details, and his
lawyer says he's willing to share anything he knows about those meetings. >> thank you. as the president's sons deal with the foreign hack, their father overseas with tough words for foreign leaders on his trip. but tonight, the president is the one facing new pressure to change his mind on a key issue. jonathan karl, traveling with the president. >> reporter: with fighter jets streaming the colors of the italian flag, a dramatic welcome for world leaders in sicily. as the president took time to tout a victory back home, boasting about the win of the republican congressional candidate in montana who was just charged with assaulting a reporter. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys! are you with the "guardian"? >> yes, and you just broke my glasses. >> great win in montana. >> reporter: it's the final stop in a whirlwind first foreign trip that produced some memorable images. the sword dance with saudi leaders, the visit to the
western wall -- a first for a u.s. president. the first family's meeting with the pope. and the push to the front of the nato photo op. here in sicily, the leaders of the world's seven most powerful democracies signed a declaration to step up the fight against terrorism. the leaders here also urged president trump to make a commitment to fight climate change, something the pope also asked of him. but something he dismissed as hoax during the campaign. >> a lot of it is a hoax. it's a hoax. it's a moneymaking industry, okay? >> jonathan karl joins us from sicily. and jon, you told us when president trump left that meeting with the pope, he said i won't forget what you said. a lot of pressure to rethink climate change. and you've learned he might be evolving on the issue? >> reporter: well, the president's top economic adviser gary cohn said exactly that, that the president's views on climate change are evolving. so where he once promised to rip up the paris accord, it now
appears the president at the very least is now considering changing his mind. david? >> jon, our thanks to you. meantime back at home, hillary clinton returning to her alma mater to speak at graduation. but today, what she said about impeachment that made news immediately. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: it was a familiar stage for hillary clinton, back at her alma mater, wellesley college, 48 years later to again deliver a graduation address. first, sharing how she's bounced back from her bruising loss in the presidential election. >> long walks in the woods. organizing my closets, right? i won't lie -- chardonnay helped a little too. >> reporter: clinton then taking on her former rival. her most direct attacks yet against president trump. >> when people in power invent
their own facts, and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. >> reporter: it was at this same ceremony in 1969 that a young hillary rodham launched her political career with a speech to her fellow graduates. at the time it was president nixon's white house in political turmoil. >> we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice. but here is what i want you to know. we got through that tumultuous time. >> reporter: shortly after, "new york" magazine releasing online an exclusive interview with clinton, including pictures of her watching coverage of the russia investigation, sifting through mail from her supporters, and alone in her office. today, back in the public eye, in a different role than she had
imagined. rallying the resistance. >> don't be afraid of your ambition. of your dreams. or even your anger. those are powerful forces, but harness them to make a difference in the world. >> let's get to mary, live at the capitol tonight. she's going to continue this role? >> reporter: yes, and clinton has formed a new group, onward together, she's going to keep at this. >> mary, thanks. we're going to turn next to millions of americans traveling tonight just as severe storms are set to hit, tomorrow, and sunday, too. i-95 in florida, an accident backing up traffic for miles. the storm threat causing delays and cancellations. we do have the storm track for you. eva pilgrim at laguardia airport tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, the most travelers in over a decade are taking to the roads, rails, and skies. >> i'm excited to go away, get to the beach. >> i think the train really helps beat the traffic. >> if you're getting out of l.a., it's pretty horrid. >> reporter: friday, the worst time to head out. it's mid-afternoon. some analysts are predicting travel times could double out of new york city. you can see, it's already backed up. this truck fire on i-95 outside miami creating a massive bottleneck. severe weather will impact travel all weekend. the system that brought tornadoes, large hail and heavy rain to colorado expanding east, 50 million at risk. more than 900 flights were cancelled thursday, with nearly 3 million taking to the skies. that means long lines today. kristie garcia, packing her patience. >> we came three hours early so we didn't want to miss our flight and be stuck. >> eva joins us live from new york.
in addition to the ripple effect ofys cancellations, you were telling us the tsa is testing new screening? >> reporter: that's right. testing new screening in ten airports that could go nationwide. they're asking you to take out any electronic larger than a cell phone and put them into a bin. >> thank you. and rob marciano, tracking the severe weather tonight and into the weekend. rob? >> reporter: yes, two travel cities, chicago and denver. the storm gets to the plains tomorrow, and explodes. moderate risk for severe weather in the heartland. but really, the threat stretches to dallas, and poor timing on the holiday weekend. david? >> rob, thank you. next tonight here, the
serial killer in court. we reported on the woman who was found alive in a container on his property. turns out, she was not his only victim. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: a south carolina judge tonight is sending this admitted serial killer to jail for the rest of his life. 46-year old todd kohlhepp is pleading guilty to 14 charges including murder and kidnapping. police found some of the bodies of as many as seven of his victims buried near his home. >> good luck to him in prison. and i don't ever want to hear about him again. >> reporter: kohlhepp was already a registered sex offender when, in november, police discovered a missing woman who he chained up in a storage container on his property. kayla brown had been tied up for two months. she spoke to dr. phil mcgraw. >> calm just washed over me.
i was just there, i was free, and i was ready to get off that property. >> reporter: her boyfriend was one of the bodies police later recovered from the property. >> i hope mr. kohehepp will spend every day for the rest of his life thinking about the pain and suffering he has caused so many people. >> reporter: prosecutors say they would have preferred the death penalty, but say the state ran out of the drugs used for executions years ago. >> david? >> thank you. next this friday night to new word coming in late from ariana grande after the terror attack in manchester. matt gutman is there. >> reporter: her concert silenced by that bomb, the scattering fans, and the carnage. but tonight ariana grande is silenced no more. the pop icon writing in a statement today -- "we won't let this divide us. we won't let hate win." vowing to perform again in this battered city, a benefit concert "in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families." all around england, signs of that critical alert.
hospitals ordered to prepare for an attack. in manchester this evening we were there as s.w.a.t. teams swarmed downtown. minutes ago, tremendous amount of screaming here. police telling people to get back. that was a false alarm, but it was the real thing at this man's house two hours south of here. >> when i opened the door there were three to four officers right at the door pointing guns. >> reporter: his family member arrested, one of multiple ongoing searches in the country. >> matt is with us live from england. word has gotten out that ariana grande plans to return? >> reporter: that's right, and 2 million likes on social media. folks in manchester say they can't wait to welcome her back. one young woman saying it shows that ariana grande is not scared of manchester. >> thank you.
still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the deadly police chase, the suspect speeding on to an airport runway. commercial flights nearby. we'll have more in a moment. the city bus slamming through the brick wall of a warehouse, several hurt. investigators are on the scene right now. and, lost at sea. the american newlyweds, the wife missing, the husband found in a raft. and the fbi has been called in on the case tonight.
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the overturned boat, discovering helmann's husband louis bennett in a life raft, but no sign of hellmann, a realtor and mom to their 9-month-old daughter. bennett says he last saw his wife keeping watch at 8:00 p.m. the night before. he went below deck to sleep and woke up when the boat hit something. >> the initial report that we had was that the catamaran vessel struck an unknown submerged object and began taking on water. >> reporter: the coast guard scouring 7,000 square miles of ocean. now, the fbi investigating. >> when they called in the fbi to look at this. obviously there was something suspicious. >> reporter: the fbi has declined to comment. bennett said he was leaving for cuba to continue to search the for his wife. >> thank you. the city bus slamming into a
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they all went to combat. >> reporter: brian was injured when he was serving. in rehab, he noticed something was missing. >> i had an american flag on my sleeve. i missed it, and what i found, a beautiful american flag, but it was made in another country. made in america still matters. what if we could hire veterans? >> reporter: so he did. we travelled to ashburg, virginia. brian takes us to his shop. with his brother, they create american wood flags. each flag signed by a vet, including josh treadnik, who served in afghanistan. >> that camaraderie and
brotherhood. >> reporter: they've sold more than 8,000 flags, raising more than $300,000 for charity. on this memorial day, brian remembers its true meaning. >> i think of ryan and justin and nick and julian, and other people that i've come across that have passed away while i served. and the people that passed away when my father, brother, and sister served. we think about them all the time, and that's important to never forget. >> so we choose brian and the veterans. we remember all who sacrificed their lives for this country. good night. >> announcer: now from abc7 nws, live breaking news.
>> and that breaking news is this small plane which crashed into a traffic light pole in concord. one person taken away in an ambulance. it happened late this afternoon at solano way at morris drive. now, sky 7 is live above the wreckage. you can see the collision ripped the wing right off the single engine plane. that crashed just a few hundred feet from bouye an an airport. >> let's take a live look from the ground now. you can see that plane there on the left-hand side. it's looking toward highway 4. the faa is investigating, but doesn't know much about the cause of this crash right now. it is still early. there were mechanical problems. the pilot apparently tried to turn around, but didn't make it obviously. we've one talking to a witness who says there was no smoke coming from the plane before it went down. federal investigators are on the way to figure out just what happened. >> contra costa fire tweeted out pictures of the debris. you can see cargo and ripped fence right there. another picture shows a chunk of battered metal tangled up and more broken fencing.
in this photo you can see the roadway scratched by the plane as it skidded to a halt. >> now, when you see news where you live and if you can safely take a photo or video, just share it using the #abc7 now, we may show it on air or on abc7news.com. good afternoon and thank you for joining us on this friday. i'm alma daetz. >> i'm larry beil. that's our top story. a wild scene 0 here shot by a construction worker on the scene of a collapse. moments after this happened, workers dangling from what appears to be rebar. taken to the hospital. >> happening on a building under construction near piedmont avenue in oakland. inspectors are investigating what caused this accident. melanie. >> reporter: alma and larry, a cal osha spokesperson tells abc7 news that it conducted a complaint-based inspection here just two months ago in march. it closed it wit