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world news tonight is next. tonight, breaking news. the shakeup at the white house. tom price is out. the president asks for his resignation after the secretary of health and human services spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxury travel. and tonight, the list of cabinet members and their spending is growing. also tonight, the humanitarian crisis in puerto rico. the stunning moment. the mayor on live tv today taking on the trump administration. and tonight, the three-star general the president sent there who says they need more help. the police officer killed, another officer saved by his bulletproof vest, after a suspect opens fire. the manhunt. the new surveillance out tonight. the nfl star. was it excessive force? what police are now saying. o.j. simpson goes free as early as this weekend. where is he headed? and the little girl who fought and won and now fighting the battle for others.
who is our person of the week. good evening and it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we end the week with the breaking headline from the white house. president trump demanding the resignation of tom price, the secretary of health and human services is out. he'll be replaced at midnight tonight comes after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money on luxury jets and that list of cabinet members under fire for spending is growing. epa chief scott pruitt. treasury secretary steve mnuchin, interior secretary ryan zinke and top republicans are demanding an investigation and mary bruce on how much of your money taxpayer dollars has been spent and the questions now mounting tonight. >> reporter: as he boarded air force one tonight, it sounded like the president had made up his mind about health secretary tom price. >> i'm disappointed in him. he's a good man, but i'm disappointed in him. >> reporter: just minutes
before, abc's jon karl asked the president if price was going to last. >> you'll make a decision about whether or not to fire price today? >> probably sometime today. i'm not happy, okay? >> reporter: by the time the air force one landed price was out. a senior white house source tells abc news the president asked the secretary to resign and he did. price took more than two dozen trips on private jets. >> we have heard concerns. i have heard the criticisms. clearly we weren't sensitive to the taxpayer which is why i've taken the actions i've taken. >> reporter: those flights cost taxpayers more than $400,000. price promised to personally reimburse the government, but only for the cost of his own seat -- just $52,000. >> he's paying back $52,000 and the planes cost $400,000. is that enough? >> no, that's unacceptable. no, that would be unacceptable. >> reporter: tonight, five cabinet secretaries are now under fire for expensive travel habits to the tune of more than
$625,000. today, interior secretary ryan zinke, defiant amid revelations he spent more than $15,000 on three private flights. >> before we get started, i'd just like to address, in the words of general schwarzkof, a little bs on travel. >> reporter: zinke says he didn't have a choice. >> no commercial options existed to meet the promulgated schedule. >> reporter: also now under the microscope, veterans' affairs secretary david shulkin. the "washington post" reporting taxpayers paid for his wife to fly to europe on an official trip, where they took in the sights and attended wimbledon. just one month earlier, shulkin issued a memo telling employees to review their own travel procedures, writing, "i expect this will result in decreased employee travel and generate savings." investigations are already underway into two other cabinet secretaries for their travel habits -- e.p.a. administrator scott pruitt who was under
scrutiny for installing a $25,000 phone booth in his office and steve mnuchin accused of taking costly flights. including that trip to kentucky where he and his wife viewed the eclipse. >> mary we wanted to show viewers at home because there's been enormous turnover. among the names on the list from left to right, tom price, steve bannon, michael flynn, reince priebus among others out of this administration. some republicans have demanded an investigation into the spending here? >> reporter: republicans and democrats on the hill are demanding a full accounting of administration travel and the president's budget director sent out guidelines on the appropriate use of government and private aircraft. david. >> mary bruce back on the story. thank you. in the meantime the white house dealing with the growing humanitarian crisis in puerto rico. the acting homeland security chief under fire for calling the response a quote, good news
story while the mayor of san juan went on live tv and took on the trump administration saying it is a life or death situation on the ground. even the three star general on the ground there says more help is needed tonight. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: amidst growing frustration in puerto rico, a moment of anguish played out on national television today as the mayor of san juan listened to acting homeland security secretary elaine duke praise the federal response. >> i am very satisfied. it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane. >> well, maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story. when you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story. when you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story. i'm sorry, that really upsets me and frustrates me. dammit, this is not a good news story.
this is a "people are dying" story. it's a life-or-death story. >> reporter: we asked president trump about duke's comments. >> was elaine duke wrong to say that puerto rico was a good news story? >> well, i haven't heard what she said. i can tell you this, we have done an incredible job considering there's absolutely nothing to work with. >> reporter: the administration has been beefing up the military's role, a three-star general now on the ground supervising the federal response. but today that general said it was "not enough," and promised to bring in more resources. >> we will not rest, however, until the people of puerto rico are safe. these are great people. >> reporter: but the president is also raising questions about whether the federal government should pay to rebuild puerto rico. he has repeatedly brought up the island's large debt, tweeting this morning, "big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!" >> the government of puerto rico will have to work with us to
determine how this massive rebuilding effort will end up being one of the biggest ever will be funded. >> jon karl with us live from the white house. the president still plans to visit puerto rico on tuesday? >> reporter: he plans to go to puerto rico tuesday to get a firsthand look. the white house is very sensitive to criticism that the federal response has been inadequate including one senator who said this could be trump's katrina. i can tell you david that officials here are determined not to repeat the mistakes that president bush made during the katrina disaster. >> jon, thanks. so much of puerto rico is still hard to reach. nearly 3.5 million citizens live there. roads and bridges are out. and abc's eva pilgrim making her way to one town where people have to hold on to a wire to cross rushes waters just to check on their homes.
eva is from san juan again tonight. >> reporter: tonight nine days after hurricane maria ravaged puerto rico, nearby communities are unreachable. we journeyed southwest of san juan, along roads caked with debris, finally arriving at the town of morovis. this used to be part of a bridge that has completely collapsed in the force of hurricane maria. this town now completely isolated. families forced to make a white-knuckle crossing with only a wire to hold on to. >> reporter: you don't really have a choice? >> no, we don't have no choice. we just gotta do it. >> reporter: making the trek home with what few groceries he could find. >> chicken. >> he says after maria hit he carried his father across the rapids, desperate to get him life-saving dialysis treatment. >> i had to do it or he was going to die. >> reporter: with residents all across the u.s. territory sweltering in long lines for everything from gas to cash, the
three-star general jeffrey buchanan now in puerto rico to help lead the recovery efforts. >> you've suffered a tremendous devastation, and we're there with you. this recovery is going to take a very long time. >> reporter: more than 10,000 federal, civilian, and military personnel are on the island. >> eva pilgrim with us. we heard the general say more help is needed and the u.s. navy hospital ship "the comfort" is on the way. how long will it take to get there? >> reporter: "the comfort" took off from the naval base and expected to arrive here in puerto rico sometime next week. david. >> eva pilgrim with us tonight. thank you. to make matters worse another major threat facing the people of puerto rico. another tropical system is headed their way, flash flood watches up for this weekend. let's get to rob marciano who have spent many days in puerto rico. this is incredible. >> it's not a hurricane but it will bring heavy rain. it's not going to take much to flood that island. we have another tropical wave near florida. let's zoom to puerto rico.
flash flood watches up through we could see two, three, four inches of rain and that may cause flash flooding as it drifts off to the rest and the radar is down by maria. the radar is up and working for florida. they're going to need it here in the next couple days as this wave drifts north wood. 40% chance of development especially for the east coast of florida. four five inches of rain through the weekend and nasty weather in through next week. >> thank you. in other news tonight, the new developments in the deadly shooting in a tennessee church. the gunman in custody. what investigators now say they have discovered in his car. abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight was a tennessee church shooting for racially motivated retaliation for another church massacre. police found a note in the car of a black man charged in a chapel mass shooting referencing the 2015 murderous rampage of white supremacist
dylan roof in charleston south carolina. roof executed nine black parishioners in cold blood because of race. emanuel samson is charged with walking into the tennessee church. trying to murder members of the mixed congregation. >> mass casualty incident. >> the shooting ended a white woman fatally shot and six wounded. >> possible six victims. the suspect is down. >> reporter: tonight the fbi's investigating a shooting as a possible hate crime. sources tell abc news the note found in samson's car is one of the reasons why an civil rights investigation was launched so quickly. >> new surveillance from the take down of a star football player michael bennett. bennett accused the police of excessive force and racial profiling. here's kenneth moton with the images. >> reporter: tonight, new video shedding light on this now infamous takedown of a star nfl player. seattle seahawks defensive end michael bennett at a las vegas casino last month.
seen here in a video obtained by tmz sports, accusing officers of racial profiling, pointing guns and using excessive force. tonight police releasing body cam footage saying they found no evidence of excessive force and the officers will not be charged. >> it's evident they acted appropriately. >> reporter: police now say they were responding to reports of an active shooter and this is bennett crouching down. heading for the exit. they yell at him to stop thinking he could be the suspect. bennett continues to run. the officers tell bennett they are looking for the suspect. >> what am i being arrested for? what am i being arrested for? >> earlier this month bennett told byron pitts he was terrified and thought he was going to die. >> what did he say to you? when he had the gun to your head? >> we'll blow your [ bleep ] head off if you move. >> reporter: as for that claim that officers pointed a gun at bennett, and racially profiled him, authorities tonight saying they also found no evidence of that. david. >> thank you.
next here a forceful message from the superintendent of the u.s. air force academy after five black candidates woke up to messages saying go home. and called them a racial epithet. >> grab your phones. i want you to videotape this so that you have it. if you're outraged by those words than you're in the right place. if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect you need to get out. >> tonight the superintendent says he will continue to investigate this. >> new u.s. action against cuba warning americans not to visit there and ordering more than half of its staff to return home. after those mysterious attacks. abc's martha raddatz with what she's learned. >> reporter: the mystery is so deep, the health effects so serious, that tonight the state department is ordering all non-essential embassy personnel and all families to leave cuba, and is urging all americans to avoid
travel to cuba. the state department also suspending all routine visas to the u.s. issued in cuba. >> very bad things happening in cuba. very bad things. >> reporter: these strange attacks including sonic harassment, began late last year, more than 20 diplomats targeted in their homes and havana hotels. reports of permanent hearing loss, confusion, loss of balance, and mild traumatic brain injury. one victim reportedly jolted from bed by a "blaring, grinding noise," but just a few feet from the bed -- silence. it was like passing through an invisible wall with an invisible assailant. >> we don't know who is responsible. we don't know what is responsible. >> reporter: officials say they can't rule out that cuba, russia, or some other third party is behind the attacks. today jetblue responded to the travel warning saying they would waive any changed fees or cancellation fees if customers have any hesitation about visiting the island.
but so far no tourists have been targeted in these mysterious attacks. >> martha raddatz who continues to follow the mystery in cuba. still much more on "world news tonight." this friday the police officer killed and another officer saved by his bulletproof vest after a suspect opens fire. after being pulled over. where this played out and the manhunt. o.j. simpson set to walk free monday. where is simpson headed? what we are learning tonight. listen to this. new york to shanghai in 39 minutes? would you take the trip in this new vehicle? we'll be right back. minutes? would you take the trip in this new vehicle? we'll be right back.
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>> bracing an onslaught of paparazzi the minute he walks free. >> the media following you. >> another person vowing to hound a free o.j. simpson, fred goldman. >> what would that picture look like? >> disgust. >> goldman who won a judgment against simpson for the murder of his son says simpson owes him $60 million. >> it might as well be $6 billion. >> simpson's lawyer scoffing at the notion on "gma" today. >> he's been in prison for the last nine years. >> and the nfl pension, untouchable. >> david, simpson said he wants to move to florida to be near his children, but complicating that is the paperwork to get him there still has not been filed and now the florida attorney general weighing in saying she objects to his relocation there. david. >> matt gutman on this for us. when we come back, new details about the officer shot and killed. a mother and five-year veteran and the manhunt.
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>> i would always say i'm only going to nursing school to do pediatric oncology. i don't want to do anything else. i don't want to work anywhere else. i'm going to school strictly to do pediatric oncology. >> holding her new badge tonight. a dream realized. >> i'm not walking through the doors as a patient. i'm walking through as a staff member and i get to be an idea of hope and inspiration for other kids. >> and so we choose montana brown. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. a beautiful sunset and the "20/20" colors at the empire state building, turning 40. we'll see you tonight at 10:00 until then, good night.
dollar new home for golden state warriors. ten days after hurricane maria devastated puerto rico, more ways for you to help. consumer groups check in on equifax what they say we should be doing now. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> here we are. >> we are here. >> we're in the lobby. >> i love whether you done with the place. >> doesn't look like much now but in two years this construction site will be the new home of the golden state warriors. good evening i'm christian sze in for ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. >> today only on abc 7 sports director, larry view got a view of the process. >> this is fun, when the
warriors broke around 9 months ago, they had the dancing backhoe, act bats and fire and everything. we got the exclusive tour of the new arena with warrior's present rick wells. the tour starts with a view from above. it's a beehive of activity. when this is done this will be more than just an arena. the idea is to create a destination. >> all the way around the arena becomes a beautiful public space. >> it's amazing. they've thought of everything i even have a warriors' logo on the hat here. >> and we headed to the belly of the beast. >> all right. let's watch the reborn here. >> so, i'm doing this with you for the first time. if you can imagine the view, right. so this is how people are going to cross the street from the park and this is one