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tonight, breaking news. the american son just brought home from north korea, held prisoner for more than a year, otto warmbier, has now died. returned to the u.s. with extensive brain damage. his parents now reacting just moments ago. the new horror in paris. the armed driver who filled his car with gas canisters and plowed into police. we're on the scene tonight. and hours earlier, a truck right into a crowd in london. the moment the suspect is dragged out. severe storms as we come on the air tonight. moving up the east coast from d.c. to philly to new york. right during rush hour. and major delays at airports tonight. the deadly collision at sea. what we've learned tonight, after seven u.s. sailors were lost. how did that container vessel plow right into a u.s. destroyer. and there is news coming in tonight about carrie fisher.
what was found in her system. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with late developments today. the worsening horror for a mother and father from ohio. their son, who was returned from north korea was severe brain damage, has now died. this was the moment otto warmbier was returned, after more than a year in captivity. his parents reacting just a short time ago, pointing to the quote awful mistreatment at the hands of the north koreans that did this. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz leading us off tonight. >> reporter: he arrived in the u.s. less than a week ago. carried off a plane, suffering from extensive brain damage, more than a year since the world heard his plea for mercy. >> please, save my life. please think of my family. >> reporter: in a statement today, his parents say when otto
was carried off that airplane, he looked very uncomfortable, almost anguished. but within a day, the count innocence of his face changed. he was at peace. he was home, and we believe he could sense that. but he could not walk, talk or respond to verbal commands. and today, he passed away, surrounded by his family. since the moment their son was sentenced to hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster, the warm beiers were fighting until he was released. >> we're thrilled that our son is on american soil and i'm able to talk to you on otto's behalf and i'm able to wear the jacket that he wore when he gave his confession. >> reporter: the family clearly blames north korea for otto's death, saying today the awful,
torturous mistreatment or son received at the hands of the north koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible. >> and martha raddatz joins us live tonight. we still don't know what caused that brain damage, and just moments ago, president trump responding to news of his death? >> reporter: david, he made some brief comments before the beginning of a meeting, saying that a lot of bad things happened to otto while in north korea, but at least they were able to get him home to be with his parents. the white house also said it deepens the administration's determination to prevent such tragedies but there was no indication that there will be any response beyond that statement, david, to otto's death. >> martha raddatz leading us off tonight. martha, thank you. we are also on the scene tonight of another terror attack. this time, a man filling his car with explosives and guns. he then ignited his car while still inside and drove right into a place van on the famous champs-elysee in paris. abc's james longman is in paris.
>> reporter: the burning remains of paris' latest terror attack on the famed champs-elysee. the suspect sets his car on fire, hoping to cause an explosion, according to french media but his attempt fails, as he rams his car into a police van, only his vehicle is engulfed in flames. the driver, seen here, dragged away in clouds of smoke by officers, reportedly gripping onto a handgun, which he was too badly injured to use. "i thought to myself, guys, maybe it's an attack," this teenager says. badly burned, the alleged attacker dies. dozens of soldiers and armed police descend. an officer carefully cutting away the man's clothes, checking for a suicide vest. inside that car, investigators reportedly finding two gas canisters, two handguns and a kalashnikov riffle. the attacker was known to authorities, identified at a 31-year-old man with links to extremism.
police again were the targets, but unlike that april shootout on the champs-elysee that left an officer dead, no police or bystanders were hurt and not a single shot fired. >> and james longman is live with us tonight. as you reported, james, the second time in a matter of months along that famous street. we know this 31-year-old was known to police. he had links to extremism. do we know if he was acting alone? >> reporter: well, david, it certainly seems that way. i mean, there's been no claim of responsibility and it doesn't look like a particularly well thought through attack. remember, this is the sixth attack since 2015 that has targeted law enforcement specifically around paris. david? >> james longman in paris for us tonight. james, thank you. and the attack came just a short time after another attack, and this one was deadly, in london. the attacker plowing his truck into a crowd outside a mosque. and tonight, the video shows the anger, the witnesses trying to get to that suspect before police could. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is in london.
>> reporter: terror strikes in north london. just after midnight, this white rented van veers off a road, slams into a crowd of pedestrians, muslim worshippers who had just finished late night prayers. >> is he breathing? >> reporter: bodies strewn across the area. a calculated assault. >> he drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims. >> reporter: the van stops at a dead end and an angry crowd pulls the driver out. they wrestle him to the ground as the suspect is heard spufing hatred. >> the guy got out of the van said, i want to kill all muslims. >> reporter: the local iman intervenes. >> we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm. >> reporter: police arrive and take him away. he's identified at darren osborn, a 47 father of four lives in wales. one dead on the scene. tonight, that rented van towed
away by police. >> and terry moran with us live tonight from the scene. we heard you report, the suspect is a father of four. he traveled quite a distance to pull off this attack. >> reporter: he did, david. and tonight, his family has issued a statement, saying they are massively in shock about what he allegedly did, but hi neighbors in wales say that he had grown ly age stated since the london bridge attack two weeks ago. david? >> terry, thank you. next tonight, the growing mystery after seven u.s. sailors lost their lives. the question tonight, how did a massive container ship plow into u.s. destroyer with sophisticated radar and warning systems and why were those u.s. sailors put in such danger? here's abc's matt gutman with what we've learned tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the navy investigating how a u.s. destroyer with sophisticated radar and a crew trained to detect threats 24/7 could be so blind sided. the acx crystal slammed into the
fitzgerald's midsection at 1:32 a.m. saturday, nearly an hour before the navy says the collision occurred. below the water line, the container ship's bow worked like a battering ram, t-boning two birthing compartments where more than 100 sailors slept. the fitzgerald was taking on water. the crew of 300 knew sailors were missing but frantically worked to keep it afloat. >> they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface, so, it was traumatic. >> reporter: helicopters medevaced the ship's captain, who was sleeping and knocked unconscious. seven sailors would die, all found in the ship's sleeping quarters. they ranged in age from 19 to 37 from hometowns from connecticut to california. daryl martin lost his son, xavier. >> it's very hard. my only child, all i have. >> reporter: is there a chance that the captain or the mates or other people on the ship could lose their jobs? >> certainly. absolutely. there's always that chance.
>> let's get to matt gutman with us live tonight. and we're learning there was a delay in reporting this collision? >> reporter: that's right, david. it will certainly something that will be investigated. seemed like a hit and run on the high seas, that cargo ship pl plowing through the fitzgerald for 30 minutes before turning around. only alerted authorities about the collision 50 minutes after it happened. david? >> matt gutman tonight, thank you. we turn next to president trump, whose personal attorney spent much of the weekend saying the president is not under investigation for obstruction of justice, despite the president's tweet, saying it repeatedly on several programs before the attorney appeared to contradict himself. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president today welcomed to the white house some of the world's leading tech ceos. >> it's great to have you at the white house. >> reporter: but looming over it all, the russia investigation and the president's own tweets. especially this missive on
friday. "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director." calling it a "witch hunt." on sunday, the president's own lawyer contradicted him. >> the president is not under investigation. >> reporter: he insists the president was only talking about an article in "the washington post," but on one show, the lawyer actually seemed to contradict himself. >> so, he's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take. >> you've now said he is being investigated -- >> no. >> you just said -- >> he's not. >> you just said that he's being investigated. >> no, chris, i said that the -- let me be crystal clear, so you completely understand. well have not received nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the united states. >> reporter: whatever the status of the investigation, senior officials are preparing. jared kushner, the president's powerful son-in-law, is now looking to add a criminal defense attorney to his legal team. his own business dealings now
reportedly under the microscope. but today, kushner, for the first time, was speaking before the cameras at the white house. >> we are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen. that's a core promise and we are keeping it. >> reporter: his portfolio as big as ever. today, leading the effort with the tech ceos and later this week, traveling to israel to work on middle east peace. >> so, let's get to jon karl live at the white house. and jon, sean spicer was pressed again today on whether or not the president has secretly recorded conversations there at the white house, in particular, with james comey. no cameras orred all owe from that briefing allowed today. obviously, you were there. so, what did spicer say? >> reporter: at one point, spicer said the president would probably reveal by the end of the week whether those recordings exist. at another point, he said possibly by the end of the week. but the one thing that you will not see or hear are recordings of sean spicer today. david, and more and more of these briefings, the white house
is simply not allowing news organizations to take video of spicer or to broadcast his words. >> that will be debated for some time to come. jon karl. our thanks to you. and there are tensions with russia mounting tonight, after a u.s. fighter jet shot down a syrian war plane. russia now saying american and coalition plane will now be tracked as targets over parts of syria. the u.s. says it downed that syrian jet after it dropped bombs near a u.s.-backed group fighting isis on the ground. and after giving them warning. it was the first u.s. air to air shootdown of a manned aircraft in nearly two decades. back here at home, and to the severe storms moving up the east coast at this hour, hitting right at rush hour. major travel delays at this hour. 64 million americans from north carolina right up through philly, new york and into maine. the storm clouds moving in over manhattan late this afternoon. philadelphia, hartford, as well. driving wind and rains near allentown, pennsylvania. and massive trees down, completely covering this home in silver springs, maryland. let's get to rob marciano,
tracking it all for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. just explosive storms across the northeast. flood warnings still in effect. look at this line. it should diminish over the next couple of hours. we still have that to get through. dry air mass coming in. hot and dry across the southwest. tomorrow is going to be dale four for this incredible heat wave. maybe all-time reports in vegas and phoenix. and the tropics are active. tropical storm brett there, but of greater importance is what's in the gulf of mexico. potential tropical storm expected to make landfall in louisiana on wednesday. likely not a hurricane, but certainly for folks in the storm zone, they need to take this seriously. >> rob marciano, thank you. next, it is down to the wire in that closely watched special election in georgia tonight. voters go to the polls tomorrow in the most expensive congressional race in history. the republican candidate looking to hang onto a district from president trump barely beat hillary clinton. democrats hoping their candidate has a chance. abc's steve osunsami is there. >> reporter: they're giving it one last push tonight. >> good to see you.
>> reporter: and new figures show that the pile of cash these two candidates have spent fighting each other is now larger than $50 million. the costliest congressional race ever. >> the same unhinged leftist cheering last week's shooting are all backing john. >> the gloves have been off for awhile, but this new ad from a fringe group, tying john osshoff to last week's shooting of republican lawmakers went low. what do you think about this ad, the ad that aired over the weekend, sort of tying this to the shooting? >> absolutely disgusting and beyond inappropriate. >> reporter: the president this evening is weighing in, pointing out that ossoff lives outside the sixth and can't vote in the district. republican karen handel says her opponent is only doing well because of all the money coming from out of state. >> a squirrel is going to get a pretty decent percentage of the vote if he has $30 million behind him. >> reporter: polls show this race is dead even. so, turnout will be key and this rain, which continues through
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breaking news in more ogo, where a brush fire is burning near a high school. live look from sky 7. you can see the fire sending up a lot of smoke that can be seen in lafayette. 10% contained right now. the fire has forced the closure of the drive. i'm larry beal. >> i'm kristen see. the fire comes as we have another triple-digit day here in the bay area. causing problems in the north bay. it was so hot, it caused a sidewalk to buckle in santa rosa. this video around 1:00 this morning. welcome there, right? let's get to spence christian here in the studio. spencer, it is sweltering out
there. any more records broken today? >> no records yet, larry. but we're in record territory, close to record territory in some locations. let's look at live doppler 7. the high temperatures so far under this baking hot sun today, it has gotten up to 104 in lakeport. 103 at concord and livermore. we've got 80s and 90s around the bay. the coast is a little cooler today than yesterday. it's still pretty mild there. let's take a look at other current conditions. a live view from sky 7. you see smoke rising from the fire we just reported on. 68 degrees right now in san francisco. 91 at san jose. santa cruz beach, a busy place today, and likely the remainder of the week, temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s in many inland areas now. temperatures will gradually a little bit, but still by 8:00