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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the miracle rescue. a little boy falling two stories into a sewer, swept into a maze of drainage pipes for nearly 13 hours. tonight, the clues that rescue teams found. and the moment they finally pulled him to safety. massive teacher protests. tense of thousands of educators marching on state capitols. demanding higher wages and more classroom funding. hundreds of school districts now forced to suspend classes. the market meltdown. off more than 400 points. the shock to your 401(k). did president trump taking on amazon help fuel today's plunge? immigration showdown. president trump at an easter celebration full of children slamming democrats for failing to reach a deal on the dreamers. and the new weather threat.
the spring slam. record april snowfall. and now, the new system we're watching. more snow, plus tornadoes possible. 40 million people now in the path. and this just in. the big rig stuck on the tracks, and the train unable to stop, smashing right through it. and good evening and welcome to "world news tonight." i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin with that miraculous rescue from a vast underground drainage system. 13-year-old jesse hernandez plunging 25 feet into fast-moving sewage. crews spending 13 hours searching in the dark, sending cameras down to look for him. finally, one of those cameras, more than a half mile from where he went missing, they saw a clue and zeroed in. tonight, jesse's family and his rescuers on that toxic environment that could have taken the little boy's life. abc's whit johnson is on the scene in los angeles.
>> reporter: tonight, the first look up close at the 25-foot hole where a boy plunged into a terrifying ordeal. 13-year-old jesse hernandez, out celebrating easter at a park with his family, when he wandered off with friends into a restricted area and onto a maintenance vent. in seconds, he was gone. >> nobody could find him, nobody could hear him, nobody could see him. >> reporter: the boy trapped in the dark in a four-foot wide pipe like this one. a current of raw sewage moving at 15 miles per hour, snaking under the city of los angeles. after that fall, hernandez somehow traveling more than half a mile down a slippery, toxic tunnel. above ground, a desperate race against time. >> we did not give up, but i'll be honest, we did not think we'd find a viable patient. >> reporter: crews lowering special floating cameras into sewer hatches. then a clue. >> one of the cameras saw some handprints on the sewer, in the sewer.
>> reporter: inside the pipe? >> yeah. >> reporter: little jesse's family, waiting all night for word. finally, after nearly 13 hours, a miracle discovery at dawn. inside that pipe, jesse moving toward a small beam of light from above. >> the crews loosened that maintenance hole, opened it up, and the first thing they hear is, "help." >> reporter: they could hear the boy asking for help? >> help. >> the department of sanitation handed him a cell phone to call his parents, and you could just imagine the relief that they had felt from hearing their son's voice. >> reporter: jesse, decontaminated on the scene and taken to a local hospital. what started as a family's easter nightmare, now a remarkable story of survival. >> word got back to this command post. i've never seen so much big, burly man hold back tears and hug each other. >> so incredible how they found him. and whit joins us now from the site where jesse fell down that hole. whit, i understand you have an update on his condition, and it looks like they are trying to secure that area just behind you
where he fell in? >> reporter: tom, that's right. crews have been adding a second layer of fencing, doing work uptop, bolting shut that hole that jesse hernandez fell down. we are also learning tonight that jesse is out of the hospital and back home with his family. tom? >> that's great news. whit johnson with that incredible rescue tonight. next, to tens of thousands of teachers, parents and students standing shoulder to shoulder at the capital in oklahoma city today. they were demanding higher teacher pay. now among the lowest in the country. but also classroom supplies they say the schools desperately need. it's the latest in a wave of protests sweeping across the country, led by teachers who say the future of public education is at stake. abc's clay ston sandell is in oklahoma city. >> reporter: oklahoma and kentucky tonight, the latest states joining a red-state teacher rebellion. ♪ we're not gonna take it anymore ♪ >> reporter: tens of thousands and teaof teachers and students
trading classrooms for the capital. in oklahoma, 70% of public schools closed. those teachers, along with edge kay torps in west virginia, arizona and kentucky are riding a growing wave of anger made by republican-led legislatures. oklahoma teachers are demanding about $150 million to fix classrooms and buy new supplies. duct tape on your books? >> yes. duct tape everywhere, because the pages fall out. >> reporter: oklahoma teacher salaries are among the worst in the nation. theresa mathis works four jobs. >> i teach dance two nights a week, i clean our local theater three nights a week. >> reporter: lawmakers last week approved $50 million for schools and a $6,000 raise for teachers. >> hope that they can come up here and say thank you on monday and go back to the classrooms. >> reporter: but teachers say it's not enough. >> it's a band-aid. now we need an actual cure. because you can only stop the bleeding for so long. >> clayton sandell joins us live from oklahoma city tonight. and clayton, we're seeing more
teachers in more states starting to protest. is there a sense of how widespread this could become? >> reporter: yeah, tom. the next state threatening to strike is arizona. teachers there want a 20% pay hike. now, the movement we have seen spread from west virginia to kentucky to here in oklahoma, where many schools are already closed tomorrow in anticipation of more walkouts. tom? >> clayton sandell and those massive teacher protests. clayton, thank you. next, from the white house. the president doubling down on his attacks on amazon, and it comes at china is imposing new tariffs on billions of dollars worth of u.s. farm products like pork, apples and wine, fueling fears of a growing trade war. the stock market then taking a nose dive. take a look. losing 458 points, nearly 2%. abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis is outside the new york stock exchange. >> reporter: tonight, stocks slammed. since hitting a record high in january, the dow now down 11%.
meaning, in the last two months, the typical $100,000 401(k) has wiped out approximately $10,000 in value. behind today's drop? the tech tide turning. amazon just today down more than 5% on the heels of a new twitter attack. the president writing, "only fools, or worse, are saying that our money-losing post office makes money with amazon. they lose a fortune, and this will be changed." on it's own website, the u.s. postal service says that by law, it cannot lose money on deliveries, including amazon packages. facebook down again in 2 wake of that privacy scandal. adding to the selloff, fears of a trade war. china announcing new tariffs on $3 billion in u.s. goods, hitting 128 products including pork, steel pipes and apples. retaliation for the trump administration's tariffs on chinese steel and aluminum. >> the american steel/aluminum industry has been ravaged by aggressive foreign trade
practices. it's really an assault on our country. >> all right, rebecca joins us now from outside the new york stock exchange. let's go back to amazon, rebecca. as you reported, the president taking on amazon over its deal with the post office, saying, quote, this will be changed. what could he mean? >> reporter: well, tom, ultimately, the postal service could charge amazon more to deliver those packages, but keep in mind, package delivery is one of the few growing businesses for the postal service, and analysts have looked at this and believe that charging amazon more could ultimately lead this major retailer to pursue alternative methods for its delivery service. tom? >> rebecca, thank you. also at the white house today, an unusual mix of celebration and politics. president trump and the first lady appearing with the easter bunny at the annual easter egg roll. but as the president mingled with the children on the white house lawn, he blasted the democrats for immigration and for letting the dreamers down.
here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president and the easter bunny, embracing his role as the host of the annual easter egg roll, the president enjoyed a lighter moment on the south lawn today. but even here, he had immigration on his mind. surrounded by kids, he talked of the demise of daca, the program to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the u.s. as young children. >> the democrats have really let them down, they've really let them down. they had this great opportunity. the democrats have really let them down, it's a shame. and now people are taking advantage of daca and that's a shame. >> reporter: over the past two days, the president has blasted democrats and mexico for the demise of a program that he had both ended and promised to expand. >> a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of daca. >> this story caught our eye. >> reporter: the president's tirade began sunday morning, not
long after the program "fox and friends" aired this segment about a caravan of honduran immigrants on their way through mexico towards the u.s. border where they plan to seek asylum. "caravans coming," he tweeted. "no more daca deal! these big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of dacca." but just tod and just today, "dacca is de"da" but in reality, the only people eligible for legal status under daca are those who came into the u.s. as children before june 2007. just over a week ago, the president struck an entirely different tone. >> i can tell you this, and i say this to daca recipients, that the republicans are with you. >> reporter: now, with little or no chance of any congressional action, the status of some 800,000 dreamers is up in the air, pending several court cases. democrats say it is the president who is to blame, after rejecting a deal to protect the dreamers in exchange for billions of dollars to build the president's border wall.
and ohio's republican governor tweeted, "a true leader preserves and offers hope, doesn't take hope from innocent children who call america home." >> jonathan karl joins us now. we're learning about a possible meeting at the who between president trump and vladimir putin. the kremlin says the president invited putin and the white house is reacting tonight? >> reporter: the white house continue say who extended the invitation, but they say that one possible venue for a trump/putin meeting would be right here at the white house. tom? >> jon, thank you. next, the severe weather watch, and the winter weather alerts across nine states tonight. from montana to michigan. it comes after a fast-moving storm, icy roads causing this accident on i-70 in st. charles, missouri. and heavy snow postponing today's home opener at yankee stadium. look at that. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, tom. our snowstorm this morning has
quickly left, but the next april winter storm is hot on its heels. we've got winter storm warnings posted for much of the midwest. a strong one coming out of the northern rockies. by tomorrow morning, more snow from minneapolis, back through green bay. heavy pulse of thunderstorms, cincinnati, indianapolis. you got snow last night. that will push into the new york city area tomorrow. second round of thunderstorms, some of which could be strong, after 4 to 8-plus inches of snow across the great lakes. tornadoes possible tomorrow, as well. tom? >> all right, rob, thank you. next, to the human face of that equipment failure at an ohio fertility clinic. three women are suing after the eggs they had stored there were lost. the three women being represented by women's rights attorney gloria allred are all cancer survivors who delayed che chemotherapy to undergo fertility treatment and store those eggs. today, they shared their loss. >> i'm a woman wounded.
robbed by cancer for the body i once knew and robbed by university hospitals of my future. >> the clinic has revealed that more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were lost when a storage tank malfunctioned. moving on now, next to that new mysterious -- clues in that mysterious crash along california's scenic highway 1. a family of eight, including situation children, believed to have been lost, when they suv went off the road and crashed. tonight, a preliminary investigation suggesting it may not have been an accident after all. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, police say a family's fatal plunge off this scenic stretch of california coast appears to have been intentional. jennifer and sarah hart died in the crash last week along with their six adopted children. three of those children never found. believed to be swept out to sea. >> no one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the guy you're looking at right now. why did this happen? how did this happen? >> reporter: investigators now say evidence recovered from the car indicates their suv stopped at this gravel patch before accelerating and driving off the
cliff. the car's speedometer was found stuck at 90 miles an hour on the rocks 100 feet below. neighbors back in oregon had recently called child protective services after one of the children told them his parents were punishing them by withholding food. one of the parents convicted of domestic assault in 2010. >> you know, there's a lot of people online saying that they were beautiful people, and i -- at some time, they may have been, but that is not what we saw next door. >> reporter: and just days before the tragedy, child services had tried to make contact with the family, but they had already vanished. tom, police saying they haven't found a suicide note. they're currently searching the couple's computer and ipad, and they're awaiting toxicology reports on all victims. tom? >> and awful situation all around. all right, kayna, thank you. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the shocking hospital attack. a woman in a head scarf inside a hospital lobby when a suspect unleashes a brutal attack from
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>> there's another child in the ditch. >> reporter: killing four in this chain reaction crash. he was convicted, but given only probation, not a single day in prison, partly because his defense argued the then 16-year-old was too spoiled to understand the consequences of his actions. couch was a boy then, now, he's a changed man, says his jail chaplain. >> i think he has made clear to me that he needed time behind bars, just to really get him to the place of ownership. >> reporter: tom, his attorneys tell us that couch feels true remorse. now, he's released, but not exactly free. he'll be under gps monitoring, have a curfew and won't be allowed to drink until 2026. tom? >> matt, thank you. and when we come back, the violent police arrest. the video going viral. why the police department is defending its actions. and that new video just in tonight, a big rig stuck on the tracks and the moment of impact. i thought i was managing my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.
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finally tonight, america strong. a national guardsman, but also a father. the powerful moment that captures what it means to come home. in blue rock, ohio, just outside of columbus, a family emergency that will melt your heart. 7-year-old tawnie and little sister brea, noticing those sirens and the come mission of the adults around them. these two little girls love firefighters. their mom is one, and so is their dad, who has been in afghanistan since last year. sergeant first class terry is a national guardsman.
he also served in iraq, leaving that time just weeks after his first daughter was born. back in blue rock, one of the firefighters walks over to the two little girls. and, well, just watch. >> daddy! >> reporter: it's been exactly 364 days since those sisters have been able to hug their dad. this weekend, the whole town welcomed him back, setting up this traffic sign with his firefighter number on it. sergeant gottke and his wife had the idea for him to dress up for the surprise, because their girls also want to be firefighters. the call to serve for this family runs deep. and we thank them for sharing that moment. and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening. good night.
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i just don't believe it yet. >> reporter: last week a u.s. immigration judge removed correa's removal order. he ruled that returning him to mexico would put him in harm's way. prior to his release, i.c.e. agents told correa to stay out of trouble and he'd be fine. despite the magnitude of the moment, he maintained a sense of humor when asked what he planned to do with the rest of hess hess >> i'm going to take a shower, a real shower. i'm going to put on my pjs. i'm going to have something to eat. and i'm just going to rest. and just visit with my family. >> reporter: correa plans to go back to work as a cable installer as soonas possible. the family hopes their story serves as inspiration to others facing deportation. katie ut