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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the very public apology late today to american taxpayers. one of president trump's top cabinet officials, tom price, now apologizing for spending more than $400,000 on luxury jets. the growing crisis in puerto rico tonight. the white house now sending a three-star army general. and reports of thousands of shipping containers filled with supplies sitting there unloaded. president trump's new tax plan. the winners and losers. tonight, the white house is pressed. how much will middle class americans save? and how much will wealthy americans and corpate america safe? the nfl controversy tonight. some fans setting jerseys on fire. and the green bay packers, what they're asking their fans to do tonight. and the president late today saying today, nfl owners are afraid of their own players. the congressman's return to a standing ovation.
and actress julia louis-dreyfus and her very personal battle revealed. her new message tonight. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that rare and public apology letaxpayers. tom price apologizing for spending moneys of thousands ofl do it was just 24 hours ago when president trump was asked if price would keep his job. he answered, "we'll see." and it's not just price under scrutiny tonight. epa chief scot pruitt under fire for spending $58,000 on charter flights and government planes. and bidding a $25,000 phone booth in his office. and treasury secretary steve mnuchin who requested a government plane for his overseas honeymoon. tonight, even leading republicans on capitol hill are now demanding an investigation. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega
leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, a top senate republican is demanding answers, asking why president trump's cabinet secretaries are flying on private jets and government planes on the taxpayers' dime. it comes as health secretary tom price is now apologizing for taking more than two dozen work trips on luxury jets. after being on the defensive for days -- >> we heard the criticism, we heard the concerns and take that very seriously. >> reporter: tonight, in his statement, price admits, "i was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer, and the taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes." but price spent more than $400,000 in taxpayer money on those flights, and it turns out he's only reimbursing the government for the cost of his own seat -- $51,887.31. price is a multi-millionaire and his job is now on the line. >> would you fire him, sir? >> we'll see. >> reporter: it's not just
price. three members of the president's cabinet under fire for expensive travel. epa director scott priutt facing new questions about $58,000 worth of flights on a chartered jet and government planes, not to mention his frequent taxpayer-funded trips home to oklahoma. rysueareec s also accused of taking costly government jets over commercial flights, like that trip to kentucky with his wife, where they viewed the eclipse. in all, at least $610,000 in trips by president trump's cabinet, now under scrutiny. and today,he tte w >> to be clear, also, the white house does not have a role on the front end of approving private charter flights at the agencies, and that's something that we're certainly looking into. >> and cecilia vega joining us tonight from our studio back in new york. and cecilia, one top republican is now delivering a stern warning to president trump? >> reporter: exactly, david. the powerful chairman, chuck
grassley, wrote a letter to the president, saying i'm urging you to emphasize to cabinet secretaries the necessity of using reasonable and cost effective modes of travel. david? >> reporter: cecilia vega, thank you. the white house also asked tonight about the president's response to the growing humanitarian crisis in puerto rico. tonight, the president has now sent a three-star army general to command the relief operation. amid images of thousands of cargo containers sitting there, full of supplies, but not delivered. more than a week now after the hurricane. nearly 3.5 million american citizens live on the island. millions without power and water. and tonight, our team right here, flying to vieques. what we have not seen until tonight. abc's eva tonight. >> reporter: tonight, we fly to vieques, the island off the east coast of puerto rico, for the first time, after being told it was completely wiped out. we flew in with two residents who are conducting rescue missions. they just got a man with a heart
condition much-needed help. the island, hanging by a thread. no power or running water, the hospital damaged so badly they've set up a triage tent outside of it because they can't treat patients inside. >> just waiting. we're still waiting. >> reporter: a doctor telling me fema's only brought them water so far. this is what's left of someone's home. you can see the windows completely blown out. the concern now? looters. someone writing "keep out" on their home. across the u.s. territory, the race to get the most basic of needs to the people more urgent than ever, but images like these, thousands of commercial shipping containers sitting in port, are raising questions about how quickly much-needed supplies can be distributed. late today, the white house, defein >> we had provided as many commodities as were necessary to the island.challenge became, th land-based distribution. that remains the challenge.
that remains the priority today. >> reporter: and tonight, a key republican, senator marco rubio, who visited the island this week, writing an urgent letter to the president. "there is no clear command, control and communication between local 0 firms and the ground and federal agencies." back in vieques, we helped june landrum finally get through to her loved ones. >> hey, david. it's your mom. >> reporter: after eight days, first, relief -- >> i just want you to know, everything's fine. >> reporter: then, overcome with emotion. >> thank you. >> and eva is back with us from san juan again tonight. and eva, just incredible pictures there. i want to go back to the shipping containers, the supplies that need to get to the people. and is the president still planning to travel there next tuesday? >> reporter: well, david, fema sames those containers are commercial shipping containers for grocery stores and big box stores, not fema's. the white house says the plan is still for the president to visit on tuesday, unless they hear
that a visit would be counter productive. then, the plan could change. david? >> eva pilgrim and our team on the ground in puerto rico again tonight. we turn now to president trump's new tax plan, promising a middle class how much will middle class americans see? and how much will wealthy americans see? bc a's white's hhiouse correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the white house today claimed president trump's tax plan could save the average american family up to $1,000 a year. >> if we allow a family to keep another 1,000 disease of their next, what does that mean? they can renovate their kitchen, they can buy a new car, they can take a family vacation. >> reporter: but the details are still sketchy, and the president's top economic adviser today couldn't guarantee that every middle class family would benefit. >> i guarantee you -- i'll guarantee c find someone in this country, maybe one person who their taxes may not go down. >> reporter: on "gma," cohn said
the plan won't save the wealthiest americans anything at all. >> the wealthy are not getting a tax cut under our plan. >> reporter: but that doesn't appear to be true. for one, the plan eliminates the estate tax. something that is only paid on estates valued at more than $5.5 million for individuals, $1 million for couples. the president says it's about helping farmers and small business owners. >> the farmers, in particular, are affected. they have wonderful farms, but they can't pay the tax, so they have to sell the farm. >> reporter: but according to the tax policy center, a grand total of about 5,500 estates will be big enough to owe tax this year, and of those, only 80 are small farms or closely-held business. one family that would certainly benefit? the trumps, even though the president insists his plan won't cut his own taxes. >> i'm doing the right thing and it's not good for me. believe me. >> reporter: but today, cohn >> reporter: democrats respect buying. they say, point blank, we're not going to do a tax plan that's
going to benefit the wealthy. >> again, when we see more, you'll know more of the facts. >> jon karl with us live from the white house tonight. and jon, we heard the president's top economic adviser saying today that the average american family would save up to $1,000. but this plan also includes a pretty huge tax break for corporations. >> reporter: well, the white house believes that cutting the taxes on corporations will be a big boost to the economy. as it stands now, david, the united states has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the entire world. >> jon karl at the white house tonight. jon, thank you. we turn next here to president trump versus the nfl. today, the president weighing in again on this, saying nfl team owners are, quote, afraid of their players. and now, the big packers game tonight, and what the team is now asking fans in the stadium to do this evening. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, green bay fans expressing outrage. >> i'm out, as a packers fan, and i've been one for 44 years. >> reporter: some say they are cheeseheads no more, burning team gear.
>> you will never get a cent from me or my family ever again. >> reporter: this man used a blow torch emblazoned with a trump sticker. this, after the team asked their fans to join them, by locking arms in the stands at tonight's game during the national anthem. aaron rodgers and the packers linked arms as most teams did last sunday, protesting social injustice. >> this is about unity and love and growing together as a society. >> reporter: this morning, president trump poured fuel on a fire many say he started, with new comments about team owners. >> they say, we are in a situation where we have to do something. i think they're afraid of their players. >> reporter: backlash on social media was swift, somelit.al cng "if he thinks the nfl is some sort of plantation, he is sadly mistaken. football is about the players." tonight, a tennessee businessman is pulling advertising from nfl
games in 30 markets. david? >> linsey davis again tonight. thank you. we turn now to an extraordinary moment on capitol hill today.homecoming of sorts. the congressman shot at that baseball practice, and we only learned it was far more serious than we thought, in the weeks afterward. well, today representative steve scalise returning for the first time. republicans and democrats on their feet, a resounding ovation, and some very emotional moments, as he singled out the heroes, right there in the chamber. abc's mary bruce, back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: the moment steve scalise came around the corner, his colleagues came to to floor with thunderous applau applause. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> to speak out of order, mr. speaker. >> reporter: it's been three months days since he was gunned down on that virginia baseball field. >> so, i'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen.
>> reporter: thanking the capitol police offers he calls his angels. crystal griner and david bailey, who was there today. >> david, you are my hero, you saved my life. thank you so much. >> reporter: also on the field, congressman and doctor brad wenstrup. >> the tourniquet he applied, many will tell you, saved my life, so, brad where, are you at? right down front. right down front. >> reporter: and for the colleagues who were there when he needed them most -- >> both republican and democrat reached out in ways that i can't express the gratitude in how much it means to me. >> reporter: as he walked off the floor, the public waiting -- [ cheers and applause ] what's it like to be back on the floor? >> it felt incredible to be back in the house chamber, and voting, and back to my normal job. >> reporter: it was quite a moment. >> i feel great, i feel great. >> reporter: the congressman, back home and triumphant.
>> really powerful moment of unity today there on the hill. and mary bruce joins us live from the capitol. the congressman, now back to work full time? >> reporter: yeah, david. scalise is now back on the hill full time. but lawmakers tell me, he's already been working for weeks, behind the scenes, on the phone, keeping up with all the activity here. david? >> great to see steve scalise back tonight. mary bruce, thank you. we turn next to the russia investigation on capitol hill. we told you here last night that facebook admitted they sold ads to russian companies, posing as americans. at least 300,000 ads. tonight, twitter is revealing they did the same. identifying 200 twitter accounts theapr sdmisinformation. one russian company spending $274,000 for adsedimt a help se hillary clinton and help donald trump get elected. next here tonight, remembering houremember ing hugh hefner he was admired by so many. reviled by others. but he did make his mark. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman, right
here in los angeles tonight. >> i'm hugh hefner, editor and publisher of "playboy" magazine. >> reporter: from that harem of girls, to the smoking jacket, and the polarizing product he created -- >> "playboy" exploits sex like "sports illustrated" exploits sports. >> reporter: hugh hefner wasn't always beloved, but he was always noticed. late wednesday, his estate announced he died in his sleep at the playboy mansion. the son to two devout school teachers, hefner first published "playboy" in conservative 1953. on that cover, marlilyn monroe. by the 1970s, it was selling a million copies a month. a pageant of american women posed from sharon stone, kim basinger, cindy crawford, and drew barrymore. "playboy" took flak from both conservatives and feminists, most them more bly in this 1988
sparring session between gloria steinem, publisher of "ms." and hefner, 35 years after she went undercover as a playboy bunny. >> i do not find the body of work admirable at all. i think it's part of the problem, not part of the solution. >> we do know in nature at every kind of level there is the pursuer and the pursued. >> that's just not true. >> reporter: indeed hefner recently said he wanted to be remembered as a trailblazer of sexuality. >> i would love to be remembered as somebody who played some positive part in changing the social sexual values of my time. >> reporter: david, hefner's estate says it hasible formalized either for a memorial or a funeral service, but we do know that hefner owns a cemetery plot not far from here, right next to marilyn monroe. david? >> matt gutman here in california tonight. matt, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the headline about the deadly rockslide at yosemite here in california. also, the major headline involving julie louis-dreyfus, revealing her personal battle. the news she learned, the day after her record emmy win, just a couple of days back, and her new message, right here tonight.
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a man in a chase, it comes to an end after he is seen carjacking another driver. we'll have the details in a moment. this chase ended around 12:30 this afternoon around carter road and underwood avenue. >> police haven't told us exactly where the chase started but we know the vehicle, the red stionnas g alameda this morning. it was around 12:20 this afternoon. you can see the driver going the wrong way on city streets. eventually, he gets to the correct side of the street. that's when he is continuing on to interstate 880, on the right shoulder, bypassing traffic. freeway and came to a stop - light. the vehicle becomes wedged between a white convertible and a wall.
he crawls on to the convertible. he he gets his hand on the seeing the wheel and tells driver to keep on moving. after a minute and a half, the convertible pulls over and police with their guns drawn order both men to put their hands up and get out of the white couldn't vertible. now you see the suspect in the passenger seat getting up and walks backwards, slowly, slowly toward office here's take him into custody. the reporter talked on witnesses who saw the whole thing. >> thank you. abc7 news has learned new details about the suspect killed by officers in yesterday's shoot-out on interstate 80. emory hill police identified him as 45-year-old demilo hodge.