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tonight, breaking news. the president and the payment. president trump now confirming he paid his lawyer michael cohen more than $100,000, after he denied knowing anything about the hush money paid to stormy daniels. what his new financial does closure now reveals. also tonight, north korea. will the summit happen after all? kim jong-un furious with comments coming from the white house. president trump had said, it is simple, they get rid of their nukes. but tonight, the first standoff before the summit. the white house now responding. the school shooting today. seniors gathering, rehearsing for graduation, when a fellow senior begins shooting in the school. the deadly package and the explosion inside this building. the woman killed. >> i need to have the building evacuated, all crews pull back from the incident. >> the children running for cover. and what authorities revealed
late today. the severe storms we're watching tonight. at least five dead, several confirmed tornadoes. and now, the new storms moving up the east coast. the new code red declared in hawaii tonight, as we fly you right over that volcano. what they are now concerned about this evening. and breaking developments involving the royal wedding. the american marrying the prince. and tonight, what we have just learned about her father. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with breaking developments involving president trump and the payment, the money he now admits he paid his attorney and friend, michael cohen. president trump's personal financial disclosure report was made public today, showing he reimbursed cohen for up to $250,000, the exact amount was not clear. the president told americans on air force once he was unaware of any payment to stormy daniels, and said you'd have to ask my lawyer. abc's kyra phillips leading us off. >> reporter: just last month,
president trump claimed he knew nothing about his lawyer michael cohen's hush payment to stormy daniels. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. >> reporter: but today, the president officially acknowledged page back cohen himself last year. it's buried in a footnote on page 45 of his mandatory personal financial disclosure report. in 2016, expenses were incurred by one of donald j. trump's attorneys, michael cohen. mr. trump fully reimbursed mr. cohen in 2017 between $100,000 to $250,000. it was the president's new lawyer, rudy giuliani, who first broke the news trump repaid cohen for the hush money. >> they funneled through a law firm and then the president repaid it. >> oh, i didn't know that he did. >> yeah. >> reporter: the president says he formally disclosed the payment today, "in the interest of transparency," insisting he
is not required to do so. but the office of government ethics disagrees, writing in its own footnote, "the information related to the payment made by mr. cohen is required to be reported." today's documents also reveal business is booming at the president's washington hotel. trump international pulling in more than $40 million last year. also doing well, mar-a-lago. $25 million in 2017. >> many of the world's great leaders request to come to mar-a-lago. >> reporter: as for how it all affect the president's bottom line? we still don't know. mr. trump refuses to release his tax returns. this year, he filed for an extension. >> and kyra phillips with us live tonight from the white house. and kyra, president trump says he did not have to disclose his payment to michael cohen, that he did it in the interest of transparency, but the office of government ethics tonight saying
that's not true, they've informed the justice department. >> reporter: that's right, david. ethics officials want to make sure the department of justice has all these documents. it's unclear, though, whether they're going to pursue an investigation, but there are questions tonight about whether the president was required to disclose this payment last year. david? >> kyra phillips leading us off tonight. kyra, thank you. meantime tonight, the president dealing with something else, north korea. will the summit take place after all? tonight here, the first standoff before the summit, north korea now threatening to cancel the talks, today slamming the u.s. for what it calls one-sided demands to give up its nuclear weapons. the president was asked today if the summit was still on, and abc abc's jonathan karl with how he responded. >> reporter: if president trump is rattled by the latest threats from north korea, he's not showing it. >> we'll see what happens. we'll see. time will tell. >> reporter: earlier, press secretary sarah sanders said the latest move by north korea came as no surprise. >> this is something that we
fully expected. >> reporter: but the change in tone is dramatic fred the all smiles meetings between jkim jong-un and the secretary of state, to an angry statement from the regime's chief negotiator, saying he is "totally disappointed" by recent comments from u.s. officials. particularly, the american demand that north korea give up all its nuclear weapons before getting anything in return. >> we want to see the denuclearization process so completely under way that it's irreversible. >> reporter: north korea now says such talk could scuttle the summit. "if the u.s. is trying to drive us into a corner to force of unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue." north koreans seem particularly upset by national security adviser john bolton, who called on them to do what libya did more than a decade ago.
>> we have very much in mind the libya model from 2003, 2004. >> reporter: the libya model? after libya gave up its nuclear program, libyan dictator moammar gaddafi was overthrown and murdered on the streets. north korea once called bolton human scum. today, they add, quote, "we do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him." they may also be aware of the political stakes for president trump, who has mused about winning a nobel prize. >> nobel, nobel, nobel! >> that's very nice, thank you. that's very nice. nobel. i just want to get the job done. >> so, let's get to january karl, he's live at the briefing room there inside the white house tonight. the summit less than a month away, jon. bottom line for folks at home, does the white house think this summit is going to happen? >> reporter: the planning continues. and as we've seen from the muted response to the white house to the latest from north korea, they don't want to do anything to throw it off, so, for now, david, at least, it is all systems go.
>> all right, jon karl there at the white house. jon, thank you. next tonight, the high school shooting that broke out as seniors were rehearsing for graduation. it happened in dixon, illinois. a fellow senior with the gun. and then, the hero officer. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: horrified students hugging in relief outside an illinois high school, after a tragedy is averted by a quick-thinking school resource officer now being called a hero. >> shots fired at dixon high school. shots fired at dixon high school. >> reporter: police say it began just after 8:00 a.m., when a 19-year-old student showed up with a gun and opened fire. shooting near a gym packed with seniors rehearsing for graduation. >> all i heard was something like, that sounded like firecrackers. the popping scared everybody. >> reporter: school resource officer mark dallas immediately jumping into action, chasing the gunman out of the school. >> with shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on. >> reporter: the suspect, matt
milby, firing at the officer as he fled the building. dallas, returning fire, striking him. tonight, the alleged shooter's mother saying she's grateful the officer did not take her son's life, as officers begin their investigation. >> there's no justification for what he's done. >> let's get to alex perez. tonight, police are crediting that officer and the training he received, alex? >> reporter: that's right, david. the sheriff here tells me that officer has been in law enforcement for about two decades. he made a split-second decision to chase the gunman out of the school. a decision that authorities here say absolutely saved lives. david? >> alex, thank you. and tonight, to the deadly explosion inside a building in southern california. authorities revealing a woman was killed by what appears to be a package that blew up. the chaotic scene. the fbi on the scene again tonight. a nearby daycare evacuated. the children holding hands. abc's kayna whitworth with what authorities revealed late today.
>> reporter: tonight, authorities saying the deadly explosion that rocked a southern california community, killing a 40-year-old woman, was no accident. sheriff's officials say it's possible ildiko krajnyak, the owner of the day spa, may have been targeted. >> investigators are still working to confirm whether or not this was an intentional act. at this point, our working theory is this explosion was caused by a device. >> reporter: sources say preliminary indicators are that the divison was inside a package that was dropped off at the business. >> at this time, we do not know how the device arrived at the location. >> reporter: the blast, killing her and injuring three others. 100 children, including babies still in cribs, evacuated from a daycare and school across the street. the extent of the damage seen here. the foe toeps from inside the building. today, investigators were seen removing boxes of evidence from the victim's home. the associated press reporting she was separated, but still living there with her husband. >> and kayna with us again
tonight. and kayna, authorities trying to calm the public, because you told us they do not believe there's a possibility of any other devices at this point? >> reporter: right, david. so, authorities saying tonight, they don't see any additional threat to the public, and found no evidence of more targets. david? >> that is reassuring. kayna, thank you again tonight. next this evening, the deadly storms hitting the east. the system moving up the coast, and the new round now of heavy rain from florida all the way up to new york. at least four confirmed tornadoes hitting the northeast, including newberg, new york. states of emergencies in parts of new york and connecticut tonight. five deaths blamed on the storms including an 11-year-old killed by a falling tree. she was in the car with her mother. and in huntington valley, pennsylvania, look at this. a rainbow and lightning sending mixed messages. let's get right back to rob marciano, live along the west side highway tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. thankfully tonight, we're not dealing with the severe stuff of last night, but nearly every state along the east coast is
dealing with some form of rain. it's very wet on the radar. a lot of this is some tropical moisture. a little low spinning in from the gulf of mexico. kind of hit that stationary front that's been there, really, for a good week. the same areas that have been getting hit for four or five days, including d.c. will get more rain tomorrow into friday. and then flood watches out, could see five inches or more in some spots. that's just through friday, and more rain coming over the weekend. david? >> a gray night there behind you. rob, thank you. next tonight, the new code red declared in hawaii tonight. authorities issuing the alert because of that giant ash cloud, rising 12,000 feet into the air. danger to residents, but now, say they, aviation. new images coming in of the cracks in the earth. abc's matt gutman flying over the scene a short time ago, filing this report for us. >> reporter: david, you can see
that line of fissures, billowing that smoke, steam and sulfur dioxide into the air. you can smell it right now. that cloud they're creating above us is about 10,000, 12,000 feet high. this is still very much an active scene and the concern is that the sulfur dioxide blanket is moving towards the populated areas of hawaii right now. david? >> matt gutman flying over the scene, filing that report earlier today. matt, thank you. now, to the landmark settlement involving former gymnastics doctor larry nassar. his former employ year, michigan state university, agreeing to a $500 million deal with hundreds of his victims. and for the first time, right here tonight, a look at the disturbing police videos. nassar in his own words, being asked important questions before that conviction. here again tonight, abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: just as we learned about that historic half billion dollar settlement, today, a
first look at disturbing police interviews with larry nassar. >> i was victimized myself. >> reporter: the former doctor calls himself a victim. >> i don't get it. why didn't she say something if she was -- if she was -- if she was feeling violated in any way, shape or form? there was no communication. >> reporter: the first interview in 2014, nassar even showed officers videos of what he described as medical treatment. >> if you don't have patient confidence and patient trust, you'd have my [ bleep ] in here how many times now? >> right, right. >> okay, especially when i'm doing this on 10-year-olds, 12-year-olds with their parents there. >> reporter: nassar routinely blocked the parents view. >> has there been another complaint? i'm just like, confused right now. >> reporter: two years later, another accuser. police question if he got aroused while conducting the so-called medical procedures. >> if there was arousal, it's, it's -- i mean, like, it would be because of, whatever, i don't know, but i'm not trying to -- >> reporter: that 2016 complaint from rachel denhollander led to
more allegations and criminal charges for nassar. >> this is what it looks like when the adults in authority do not respond properly to disclosures of sexual assault. >> and linsey davis back on this story again tonight. we should point out that rachael denhollander is speaking out about the settlement tonight? >> reporter: yes. she says she is deeply disappointed as the missed opportunity for meaningful reform at the university, and also disappointed that they have not reached a resolution with usa gymnastics and the u.s. olympic committee. this settlement only applies to msu. david? >> linsey davis with us tonight. thank you. and one more note, there are new developments in the russia investigation. senators on the judiciary committee releasing donald trump jr.'s testimony about that meeting with that russian attorney in trump tower, among others in the room. the president's oldest son admitting he took the meeting to get dirt on hillary clinton, inu.s. issing he didn't tell his father the meeting was taking
place. donald trump jr. also saying he did not recall whether a call just three days before that meeting from a blocked number was, in fact, from his father. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the breaking developments involving the royal wedding tonight. just a few days until the american marries the prince. and tonight, just before we came on the air, what we've learned about meghan markle's father. also, the highway inferno tonight. the dump truck slamming into the median and igniting. what caused it to swerve. you'll see the driver emerging in a moment. and the family feud involving a champion golfer, his mother and his wife. and why his wife tonight is now facing charges. s ahead.re news ahead.
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>> reporter: tania thomas was a match. >> i just felt that if i'm blessed with this good health, we just need to take that step. >> reporter: that mom with a hug for that teacher she'd never met, about to give her daughter a gift. >> she says, "mom, i'm going to have a teacher's dna, i'm going to have to be a good teacher some day." >> reporter: tonight, they are now raising money for eva's care. they hope she'll receive that kidney later this month. >> hi, david! >> reporter: and this evening, a message for us and for that teacher. >> i feel really excited that mrs. thomas is donating to me. >> reporter: she told us, she hopes to be able to swim again, to play with her friends. and about that teacher? >> i think she's really awesome and i hope some day i get to do school things like she did for me, to save someone's life. >> that teacher is awesome. so are you, eva. we are rooting for you. i'm david muir, tha
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