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the kcountry of possibilities. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. tonight, the holiday scare at the airport. tonight, the holiday scare at the airport. with the country on alert, the out of control taxi slamming into a crowd of people. at least ten injured. what we're learning about the driver. president trump's twitter smackdown. the president taking aim at the media once again. days before his first face to face meeting with vladimir putin. beach backlash. new jersey governor, chris christie, blasted for taking his family to a public beach he closed during a state government shutdown. tonight, defiantly pushing back. venus' breakdown. the tennis star in tears after her first match at wimbledon, her first public comments since that deadly car accident. and splash landing. the moment laughing tourists begin to panic.
the sightseeing balloon crashing into a gator-infested pond. and good evening. i'm tom llamas in for david and we begin this monday night with chaos at a major american airport. reports of a vehicle plowing into a group of people, many of them injured. here's the scene at boston's logan airport at a parking area crowded with white taxis. one of those taxis jumping a curb, slamming against the building. the incident causing alarm amid a week of special vigilance for security threats. here's abc's adrienne bankert details to the crash and the driver behind the wheel. >> reporter: tonight a frightening scene near boston's logan airport a taxi cab careening out of control, and into a crowd at this taxi pool. >> we have engine nine and ladder two responding for a motor vehicle accident. it's on the airport. >> reporter: authorities say around 1:40 this afternoon a taxi driver plowed into a group
fellow drivers, and pedestrian area, crashing into the building. >> we have accident reconstruction on the scene right now so they will do a thorough investigation that will involve a mechanical investigation of the cab itself. >> reporter: ten people were injured and rushed to local hospitals. at least one is in serious condition. law enforcement across the country are already on high alert for the holiday. on guard for any deliberate crash into crowds. but after today's scare, state police moved quickly to rule out terrorism. >> it does not appear at this time to be any indication that it was an intentional act. but more just a tragic accident. >> and adrienne bankert joins us now from boston's logan airport. we are learning more about the driver tonight? >> reporter: that 56-year-old taxicab driver we're told has no history of violations and is cooperating with investigators. it also appears that all the people he hit were fellow taxicab drivers, tom. >> adrienne bankert starting us off tonight. adrienne, thank you. next, the big week ahead for president trump, including that high stakes meeting with vladimir putin, but he heads
into it with a storm at his back after tweeting out an outlandish video. is spoof clip showing him knocking down and punching a character that represents cnn. in another tweet, the president defended his social media habits as, quote, modern day presidential. but people on both sides of the aisle disagree. abc's david kerley reporting from the white house. >> reporter: tonight, president trump returning to washington, preparing for his big week. tweeting he's been calling a who's who of world leaders. china, and japan on north korea. arab gulf leaders on middle east peace and europeans ahead of this week's summit, that includes vladimir putin. but it is this tweet, and video that's getting all the attention. mr. trump in a 2007 wwe wrestling stunt, a fake fight, doctored with the cnn logo covering trump's victim. an escalation of the president's battle with the media, which continued this holiday weekend. >> the fake media tried to stop
us from going to the white house, but i'm president and they are not. >> reporter: now one republican accusing the president of trying to weaponize distrust. >> the first amendment is the beating heart of the american experiment, and you don't get to separate the freedoms that are in there. >> reporter: the white house homeland security adviser watching the wrestling video on abc's "this week," coming to the president's defense. >> you're in charge of homeland security there. that seems like a threat. >> yes, certainly not though. i think that no one would perceive that as a threat. i hope they don't. >> reporter: but cnn persists the president's tweet encourages violence against reporters. this just days after a white house spokesperson said this. >> the president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence of anything. quite the contrary. >> and david kerley joins us from the white house, and david, the president is ramping up his fight with the media days before he heads out on a major international trip where he'll meet with russian president, vladimir putin. >> reporter: no word on how long
that meeting with go. a lot on the agenda, including talking about syria and ukraine, but no word about whether he'll talk to putin about election mingling and here in the united states. >> that's the big question. all right, david. thank you. sticking with politics, new jersey governor chris christie is taking serious heat for going to the beach during his state's budget meltdown. his standoff with legislatures shut down the government and closed state beaches. but take a look at this. the governor and his family had one stretch of state beach all to themselves, though it was closed to everyone else, and when he was confronted about sunning himself during the budget crisis, the governor doubled down. abc's gio benitez is at jersey shore. >> reporter: it's the ultimate summer bummer, a government shutdown closing state beaches up and down the jersey shore. >> all 40 state parks are closed. >> reporter: closed, but not for governor chris christie, who had island beach state park all to himself this holiday weekend, basking with his family on acres of empty sand. >> the governor has a residence at island beach. others don't.
that's the way it goes. run for governor and then you can have the residence. >> reporter: christie had told reporters his family was heading to the beach, but implied he was working hard to reopen government. >> governor, you look like you got some sun? >> no, i didn't, claude. but go ahead. i didn't get any sun today. >> reporter: problem is the local newspaper hired a plane to fly over island beach and snapped those pictures. when confronted, the governor's spokesman insisted governor christie "did not get any sun," because "he had a baseball cap on." but here on the jersey shore, they're not buying it. the front page of "the star ledger," with that photo and that headline, governor soaks up sun in beachy clothes. >> when you see this picture, you're just? >> i just i think it's awful. that just shows he really doesn't care about the people. >> you voted for christie twice? >> twice. >> and now what do you think in seeing this picture? >> it shows a lot of arrogance i'm kind of embarrassed he's our governor, and i'm embarrassed i voted for him. >> reporter: even christie's own lieutenant governor piling on. >> it's beyond words.
it's insensitive to the people who can't use the park. >> reporter: christie is america's least popular governor. his approval rating, just 15%. still today, he was defiant. >> oh, my god. what a scandal. he actually was with his wife and his children. >> but governor, you can understand though why a lot of people are upset, they can't go to that beach they want to be able to do what you were doing and they can't. >> well i'm sorry they're not the governor. >> reporter: but spotted off the jersey shore today -- this banner, tell governor christie, get the hell off island beach state park. >> a lot of criticism out there. gio benitez joins us from the jersey shore. gio, governor christie spent the day in trenton, but will he head back to his beach house following all that criticism? >> reporter: tom, we have been asking this question. his team will only say that he is in the state capital right now working on that state budget. they won't say if he is coming back here tonight. tom? >> gio benitez on the jersey shore. gio, thank you. next, the first court
appearance for a suspect in the disappearance of a graduate student in illinois. brent chisen ens has been charged with the disappearance of a graduate student in illinois. brent christensen being arrested after surveillance video showed this student getting into his car. abc's alex perez with the disturbing clues allegedly found on his phone. >> reporter: outside this courthouse today, hundreds demanding justice for university of illinois graduate student yingying zhang and her grieving family. inside the man accused in her kidnapping appearing before a judge. >> he's been charged with kidnapping, and if convicted, the penalty is up to life in prison. >> reporter: brent christensen, a former physics graduate student, arrested three weeks after the 26-year-old visiting chinese scholar, vanished. >> everybody is stunned, i've gotten many, many e-mails from graduate students and faculty expressing complete disbelief and surprise. >> reporter: christensen was even spotted here in the crowd at this vigil for zhang last week. prosecutors say zhang was last seen getting into christensen's car at a bus stop -- taking a
ride from a stranger likely because she was running late for an appointment. according to a criminal complaint, christensen told investigators he gave zhang a ride, but she became panicked. he made "made a wrong turn," then claims he let her out a few blocks away. >> very saddened that it could happen to a new member coming to campus. >> reporter: on his phone, investigators say they found visits to forums on a fetish website, including one called, abduction 101, and planning a kidnapping. the founder says the website is for consenting adults and they will terminate anyone who tries to harm another user. and tom, authorities say they have the suspect on tape talking about how he took her to his apartment and held her against her will. investigators say they have reason to believe she is no longer alive. tom? >> disturbing allegations. all right, alex. thank you. let's head to london now. tennis champ, venus williams winning her opening match at
wimbledon, but the tougher part came afterwards. williams facing questions for the first time about a fatal car accident back at home. police say she was at fault. abc's james longman with how she struggled to answer. >> reporter: a champion lost for words, overcome with emotion. at a press conference after her opening match at wimbledon, the usually soft spoken venus williams asked about the june car crash that left a 78-year-old man dead. >> there are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and yeah. i'm completely speechless. and it's just -- >> reporter: the accident haunts her. >> yeah. i mean, i'm just -- >> reporter: venus attempts to compose herself -- the moderator eventually steps in. >> maybe i should go. >> yes. >> reporter: her appearance here at wimbledon is the first time williams has been confronted by questions since the accident became public. the police report claims venus was to blame in the fatal crash,
that family now filing a lawsuit against the tennis star. but for now, venus seems determined to focus on wimbledon, winning that opening round match. williams did return to the press conference moments later, but would only answer questions about tennis. tom. >> james longman for us tonight. james, thank you. also in london, president trump weighing in on an emotional medical case there. the parents of 10-month-old charlie guard who is being kept alive with machines because of an extremely rare disease, want to bring him to the united states for an experimental treatment. they have raised $1.6 million to do it, but british doctors say treating charlie would prolong his suffering. his parents say they should have the right to decide. and trump tweeting he would like to help them. overseas, inside the battle of mosul, iraqi forces are on the edge of victory over isis.
smoke still rises over the shattered city as militants are digging in, fighting to the death, but tonight, thousands of people who have been trapped by the fighting are beginning to emerge from behind the battle lines. abc's senior foreign correspondent, ian pannell is there. >> reporter: tonight, the climax of the battle in mosul. isis on the brink of defeat. the city's been in the center of the militant's power in iraq but after months of brutal fighting, often street to street. suspected isis fighters now being detained. their territory is finally down to less than one square mile. iraqi soldiers triumphantly display the flag. isis has deliberately hid amongst civilians sometimes to escape but also to launch suicide attacks. so men and young boys are forced to strip. iraqi soldiers, fearful anyone could be a bomber, as mothers flee the city with badly wounded kids. after three years under isis, the families are being finally liberated. the boy shouted to us, we are free from isis! for many, this was the first
food, the first clean water they have had in months. but many are sick, and this stall has become a clinic. we saw a tiny baby girl lying on a grill. this is one of the youngest victims of isis. you can just see. the little girl. poor little thing. she is dehydrated and malnourished. i have been told that the parents can't -- the mothers can't breast-feed because they haven't had enough food. there has been no clean water. this siege is now ending, but the scars will remain. ian pannell, abc news, mosul, iraq. >> we thank ian for this report. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday night. the sightseeing balloon crashing into gator-infested waters. the moment more than a dozen laughing tourists begin screaming. the scramble to get everyone back on land. plus the deadly tour bus crash in the west. the driver killed, the bus rolling onto its side.
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forcing pilot russ lucas to make a tough choice -- collide with nearby power lines or go down in the water. as the basket sinks, passengers including three children just 8 years old, scrambled ashore through alligator-infested waters. >> it was adrenaline. it was pumping. it was scary. >> reporter: no one was hurt. the company says "we're relieved they are okay, but we know this has not been the fantastic experience we were looking for." the accident comes almost one year after a balloon hit power lines and crashed in lockhart, texas. all 16 people on board were killed. and tonight, the company says their pilot has over 2,000 hours of experience piloting hot air balloons. experience they say, made all the difference. now the faa is investigating, tom. >> glad those gators stayed away. clayton, thank you. when we come back, the developing story we're tracking tonight in the west. the deadly police shooting. the armed suspect accused of trying to steal a helicopter. also, the jet engine catching fire moments before landing. passengers escaping onto the runway.
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finally tonight, america strong. the wounded warrior injured far from home. a former college athlete, and the chance encounter she says saved her life. >> reporter: in her journey to recovery, there was a moment army veteran christy gardner felt like she was alone. >> i was at the va, and i was sitting in the hallway crying, you know, here's this bigger guy, old guy in a wheelchair that rolls up, reaches out a hand and just talks to me. >> that was a life changing moment for both of us really. there is a young soldier sitting in one of the rooms of chairs sobbing quietly. tears dripping off her chin.
she was a soldier in trouble. that's it. >> reporter: gardner was coping with a traumatic injury. she had fractured her skull, punctured her spinal cord and that left her without feeling in both legs and the knees. >> i was so restricted in what i was allowed to do, and i was lonely and depressed. >> reporter: recognizing that pain, neil williams, a vietnam vet, whose back was crushed in seven places, reached out. >> i essentially told her that there is life after injury. >> it turns out there was all these other disabled veterans there that could still do everything. >> reporter: like neil himself who became active in adaptive skiing, he encouraged christy to challenge herself. a former college athlete, she tapped into a competitive drive, playing for the united states sled hockey team, eventually becoming one of its co-captains. >> she got out there, and it was just like a light switch was flicked on for her. >> to be part of that unit and
bring pride to myself and nation is a big accomplishment to me. >> she was a damn fine soldier, and i would have been proud to have served with, and i'll always be grateful for the opportunity that i had to meet her that day. >> and so are we. we would like to thank our partners at espn on that story. espn's "sportscenter" will be live from the warrior games on friday. thank you so much for watching on a monday night. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. monday night. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. you are looking live at santa cruz where the focus is on
preventing problems from people celebrating the holiday, and there's a strong incentive to stick to the rules. >> i'm spencer christian. will fog interfere with the fireworks? coming up. and new at 6:00, the budget cuts coming to san francisco courts that people are going to notice. >> live where you live. this is "abc7 news." >> you can only imagine you mix alcohol and fireworks, what the potential hazard of that could be. >> plenty of potential hazards, and it's the job of law enforcement across the bay area to prevent as many of them as possible. but they can't do it alone. good evening and thank you for joining us. >> the holidays are supposed to be about fun, food, and family. and some places are taking extra steps to make sure it stays that way. >> here's a live look at santa cruz where police have tripled fines for breaking the rules when it comes to fireworks and being drunk in public. >> janeane?
>> reporter: a lot of people are here at the main beach. they came up saturday and ended up staying for the whole holiday weekend. well, with all the extra people, then you add some alcohol and then fireworks, police are on alert. a lot of people had the same idea -- surf and sand. >> the sun's out, perfect holiday, fourth of july. it's just going to get better. >> reporter: traffic was thick in santa cruz, with out of towners making their way to the main beach. a relatively peaceful setting now, but check out what the beaches look like at night. this is youtube video of fireworks being set off at sea bright beach. they're illegal in santa cruz and unincorporated areas of the county. >> the sparks fly and you don't know where they'll fly. it was very close to hitting a family when i was there. >> it's always fun to have your own fireworks instead of going and watching