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tonight, the stunning images coming in right now. the lava swallowing homes, roads, parked cars. the emergency now declared, the volcano in hawaii. more than 1,000 earthquakes now. authorities calling the air life threatening. tonight, our team takes us right there. also tonight, melania trump walking out alone, revealing her agenda. then president trump standing by her side, after his new attorney, rudy giuliani, says he cannot promise that the president will not plead the fifth. the senior airman stabbed and killed on an american highway. his tearful family, and their appeal tonight for help. the manhunt at this hour. the graduation outrage growing. the college students celebrating as they picked up their diplomas, forced off the stage. the 13-year-old declared brain dead. his family had signed away his
organs. then, he wakes up. that family, right here tonight. and made in america is back. one of the most famous ballparks in america, and tonight, something about the green monster we had never seen before. good evening. and it's great to have you with us to start a new week here. and we begin tonight with the state of emergency in hawaii. the stunning images of that slow motion disaster playing out. the lava from inside the kilauea volcano, some of its emerging through cracks in the earth, miles away from the volcano. the unstoppable force of the molten rock creeping across roads, torching everything in its path. including now more than two dozen homes. the air in those neighbors, authorities now saying, is too dangerous to breathe. tonight, our team flying over the scene, and right there on the ground beside it. abc's kayna whitworth from the big island in hawaii. >> reporter: tonight, slow
moving yet unstoppable, the volcano disaster playing out on hawaii's big island, claiming streets, homes and cars. >> it's heartbreaking and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon. >> reporter: the 2,000-degree lava pushing through everything in its past. dozens of homes destroyed. the national guard taking us in. the lava moves down the street and then stops, creating this massive what czar. it is on fire and this is a power line, laying over this lava floe. you can feel the heat. the lava bursting and flowing from at least ten cracks in the earth, sending flumes of toxic sulfur dioxide in the air. each one of those is a crack in the earth spilling out lava. against the apocalyptic background, some of the nearly 2,000 residents forced to leave.
>> just want to cry. last night, we went to bed with the good news, and this morning just kind of shattered it all. >> reporter: this weekend, they were allowed a moment back home to gather belongings and pets. >> all you can do is pray and home. >> reporter: cherie mcarthur was forced to leave her farm. >> what's going to happen? what's going to happen with us? if we lose our farm, we don't know where we're going to go. you lose your income and you lose your home at the same time. >> reporter: mt. kilauea is relatively flat, it's called a shield volcano. that lower profile allows lava to come out quicker, covering a larger area more quickly than a taller cone volcano. >> are you guys okay? >> reporter: since the eruptions began, the island also rocked by over a thousand earthquakes, including a 6.9, the largest to shake the island in more than 40 years. >> just unbelievable pictures tonight. kayna with us live, and kayna, authorities just telling you now about a new eruption? >> reporter: yeah, david, just a few minutes ago, authorities told me about a possible new
fissure coming up right on a main road. if that's the case, it would entirely cut off access to a small town. they're calling this eruption incredibly violent and they still have no idea when people will be allowed back in their homes. david? >> kayna whitworth leading us off tonight. kayna, thank you. two major headlines involving the white house tonight. first lady melania trump outlining her new initiative, and then, the president joining her, signing a proclamation to mark the day. the president also fighting back tonight, after his attorney, rudy giuliani, said he could not promise that the president would not plead the fifth, instead of sitting down with robert mueller. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: the first lady alone today as she walked into the rose garden to unveil her official policy platform. her focus, helping children, in part, by combatting cyber bullying. a campaign called "be best." >> let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong. and encourage them to be best in
their individual path in life. >> reporter: as she emplored people to be kind, her husband, right there in the front row. later joining her on stage with a kiss. a show of affection with their marriage under fierce scrutiny amid mounting questions about hush money paid to porn star stormy daniels just 11 days before the election. and now, the president's attorney telling george stephanopoulos it's possible other women were paid off, too, by president trump's long-time fixer and personal lawyer. >> did michael cohen make payments to other women for the president? >> i have no knowledge of that but i -- i would think if it was necessary, yes. >> reporter: today, we pressed the white house for details. is that possible, are there other women out there who received money from the president to stay quiet? >> i'm not aware of any other activity, but i would refer you to rudy giuliani to respond to any of those questions. >> reporter: but you've been in his circle for a long time now, you were on the campaign. is that anything that came
across your desk? >> again, i'm not aware of anything like that. >> reporter: rudy giuliani says he still doesn't have all the facts, and he did little to clear up one big question, whether the president was lying last month on air force once wh one when he said he knew nothing about that payment to daniels. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. >> reporter: giuliani's focus? special councel robert mueller, the prospect of a presidential interview now seeming increasingly dim. >> i'm going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like martha stewart did? >> reporter: despite president trump's insistance on the campaign trail that only guilty people plead the fifth -- >> you see, the mob takes the fifth. if you're innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment? >> reporter: -- giuliani says the fifth is on the table for the president. >> are you confident the president will not take the fifth in this case? >> how can i ever be confident of that? >> reporter: that, is, if he decides to come mril at all.
>> but what happens if robert mueller subpoenas the president? will you comply? >> well, we don't have to. he's the president of the united states. >> cecilia vega is live at the white house tonight. and president trump tweeting about robert mueller today, but also about the iran nuclear deal. the president promising a big announcement tomorrow? >> reporter: 2:00 p.m. at the white house tomorrow, david. this is a deal he promised to tear up. european allies have been on a mission to convince him to stay in this deal. you'll remember, french president emmanuel macron was here at the white house trying to convince president trump in person. the brits made a last ditch effort, sending someone onto fox news, hoping president trump might hear their case. one european diplomat tells us tonight, it seems pretty evidence president trump will exit this deal. >> we'll be watching with you tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., cecilia. in the meantime, next to the senior airman stabbed and killed on an learn highway. that national guardsman, authorities suspect he was killed in a road rage incident. he was stabbed in the chest, stumbling across the highway
before collapsing. here tonight, abc's alex perez. >> reporter: just outside kansas city tonight, a desperate manhunt to find senior airman cody harter's killer. >> continue northbound, possible fatality, getting multiple callers. >> reporter: the missouri air national guardsman, who served in iraq and qatar, was murdered saturday night in what authorities suspect is a horrific, violent case of road rage. his heartbroken mother, calling for justice. >> let's find who did this senseless act, so that you're not sitting here when it's your child. >> reporter: 23-year-old harter was driving his chevy silverado when witnesses say he and another driver pulled over, got of their cars and started arguing. the attacker stabbing harter and then speeding off. >> we will not stop working until we have justice in this case. >> reporter: investigators telling abc news the attacker was driving a mid-size sedan. they are now analyzing dna from the scene and collecting
surveillance video from a ten-mile radius. and david, investigators tonight tell me they have received about 100 tips. they are actively following up on them. david? >> alex perez tonight. thank you. the president of the university of florida is apologizing tonight for the, quote, aggressive way that students were treated at graduation. several students celebrating as they received their diplomas, but they were forcefully pushed off the stage. and there is new video tonight now emerging, fuming the controversy. abc's victor oquendo is in gainesville tonight. >> reporter: growing outrage tonight after students celebrating graduation were grabbed and physically shoved off the stage at the university of florida in front of family and freciends, even broadcast on the jumbotron. >> how would you describe the manner they handled you? >> like a criminal. >> like assault, yeah. >> reporter: graduates nafeesah attah and oliver telusma say they weren't given any guidelines before the ceremony. and that their brief dances are a tradition with symbolic meaning in their fraternities and sororities.
>> this marshal was trying to usher people, but it definitely was disproportionate and definitely targeted towards black students. >> reporter: the university's president, who was onstage at the time, later apologizing at other ceremonies. >> we inappropriately physically rushed a number of students across the stage at one of our commencements. >> reporter: reaching out to the 21 students. >> i'm just appalled we did this to you and i personally apologize that this happened. >> in that moment, to have your family and friends celebrate this achievement, to have it taken away is something that can't be given back to us. >> reporter: david, the university says students will no longer be rushed or constrained at graduation. they are also investigating that one staff member who was especially aggressive with students. david? >> abc's victor oquendo. next, to the somewhat startling words coming out of the republican primary in west virginia today. a controversial candidate making a play for a senate seat there. don blankenship, a former coal mining executive, who calls himself trumpier than trump.
you'll remember that coal mine disaster, and tonight, blankenship says it was obvious that the upper big branch explosion was caused by the government. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: the gop senate candidate is so controversial, that tonight, his own party is telling voters not to support him. >> i'm neither despicable or a moron or a bigot. >> reporter: president trump is comparing don blankenship to the failed alabama senate candidate roy moore, tweeting blankenship "can't win the general election in your state, no way! remember alabama." blankenship responded, saying he's "trumpier than trump," but that sometimes the president gets it wrong. the coal baron just served a year in prison, after 29 people died in a 2010 explosion in one of his mines. but today, he blamed the government. >> it's as obvious as can be that the upper big branch explosion was caused by the government. >> reporter: blankenship's latest ad sparked outrage with
this racial remark about the family of mitch mcconnell's wife, transportation secretary elaine chao. >> swamp captain mitch mcconnell has created millions of jobs for china people. >> reporter: he told us recently he's misunderstood. what do you want people to know about you? >> i'm probably the most honest person that ever ran for office. >> abc's mary bruce with us live from washington, after that interview. and mary, despite the president's tweet today, against blankenship, he tonight insisting that he supports the president's agenda? >> reporter: yeah, david, in this tight race,blankenship has been embracing the president. he said that trump is being misinformed by the washington establishment, who says doesn't want him to win, because he'll help promote the president's agenda. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. and senator john mccain battling brain cancer, writing a new memoir, and among the revelations, mccain wrying that he regrets he didn't choose former senator joe lieberman as his running mate, he chose sarah palin instead. and reading from his book, mccain sharing his hope for
america. >> i'd like to see us recover our sense that we're more alike than different. whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect. >> "the new york times" reporting tonight that senator mccain would like vice president pence to attend his funeral instead of the president. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the college student shot and killed near campus. and what police have just revealed. also, the dramatic police rescue, the pictures just coming in. the car crashing into a lake. officers raising to save the driver. the 13-year-old declared brain dead, his heart had stopped for 15 minutes. his family had signed away his organs. and then he wakes up. that family, right here tonight. and the cruise ship taking on water, those hallways and cabins flooded. well tonight, we learned the company and its offer now to those passengers. a lot more news ahead.
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finally tonight here, made in america is back, traveling across the country all this month. and first stop, the famed green monster. and it turns out, a perfect made in america shade of green. made in america, and tonight, walking into boston's fenway park. built in 1912, the oldest in the country. and part of its lure, the green monster. but before we take you there, the tiny but colorful shop beneath the stands. this is the paint shop? >> this is the paint shop. >> reporter: show me what you got.
bob devlin's been a painter here for 26 years. showing us the paint cans. looks familiar. >> yes, it does. fence green. benjamin moore. made in america. and fenway painters have been using it on the green monster for years. when i was a reporter here in boston, i used to come to fenway all the time, but never quite had access to the field like this. but we were there this time with a mission. a made in america one. fenway park. that benjamin moore paint used all over fenway. the field pads, too. so, let me ask you this. most people are watching the game, but are you watching, saying, oh, there goes a player right into one of my pads? then he hands it to me. >> you can go down. >> reporter: all right. bob, the veteran painter, inspecti think? >> beautiful. >> reporter: there's also the yellow, for the famed pesky pole.
so, i heard this is tradition for people to sign this. and you come around and -- >> exacly. it's just a battle going back and forth. >> reporter: so linda, tracy and jason, sorry guys. bob puts us to work again. but where do they perfect that yellow, and more importantly, that green? 38 miles away, millford, massachusetts. manufacturing manager bernie hilton on the line for 34 years. >> so, there's your green monster. >> reporter: and back at fenway, getting the job done, long before the red sox take the field again. and as we approach it, the retired player now helping to train. pr pedro? pedro martinez. the scoreboard is still done by human beings behind the green monster. four of them working a game. and just how big of a job does bob have on his hands every year? i wanted to give you an idea how tall, how big this wall is. take a look up. it is 37 feet, 2 inches tall. and the original reason they built this wall? to keep the people over on la s landsdowne street from checking out a free game.
historian. green monster paint on me. >> bring it on. >> reporter: taking us inside the scoreboard. so, this is it. >> this is it. >> reporter: i notice they got the cracker jacks ready to go. >> reporter: the metal numbers painted fence green, each of them about two pounds, 16 inches tall. >> and you can just slide it right down in here. >> reporter: all right. congratulations. you are an official scoreboard operator. >> reporter: but this new york reporter by way of boston is very careful when it comes to the score. while back at that plant tonight, go sox. and something else. >> made in america! >> made in america, we love it. and don't you love it, there are human becomes behind that scoreboard. thanks for watching here on a monday night, i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. a 74-year-old woman is dead
following a crash today between a car and an ambulance heading to the hospital. four others were also injured including two first responders inside that ambulance. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. i'm larry beil. paramedics plus ambulance was not on its side after colliding with an audi sedan at the intersection of hess peer i don't know and welg boulevards. chris nguyen is at the scene with the latest. chris. >> reporter: right now, investigators remain at the scene. if you take a look behind me. you can see the devastation behind me. the ambulance flipped on its side. the other vehicle was towed away a short time ago. you can see how serious it was at hesperian and lieu welling.
it collided with the ambulance heading south on hesperian. there were a total of five people involved in the crash. four people inside the ambulance and one person inside the audi. officials have confirmed at least one fatality. a 74-year-old woman who was initially being transported in the ambulance due to a medical emergency did not survive her injuries in the crash. now, that is new information just into the newsroom this afternoon. back here live at the scene, no word on the conditions of the other four people hurt in the collision. they were taken to eden medical center in castro valley. this intersection will be closed for a while. no word yet on the estimated time of reopening. but we'll continue to gather more details and bring them to you on air and online at abc7news.com. for now, we're live in san lorenzo, i'm chris nguyen, abc 7