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world news tonight with david muir coming up next. >> i'm dan ashley. breaking news tonight. the state of emergency as we come on the air here in the west tonight. more than 30 fires raging at this hour. mandatory evacuations across several states tonight. our team on the front lines and flying you right over the fires. more than 20 homes already destroyed in one fire alone. hundreds more in the path tonight. and across the country, we're also watching the threat of severe storms into the night. ginger zee is also standing by. the major victory tonight for president trump at the supreme court. the 5-4 decision upholding his travel ban, effecting visitors from mostly muslim countries. the reaction pouring in tonight. the deadly explosion at a hospital late today. patients evacuated. more on the injuries at this hour. rescue teams racing to the scene. the murder of a young teacher, and tonight, the arrest. authorities now revealing how they used a family genealogy
website to track down their suspect, who they say had been living in plain sight. the young american woman on vacation, the parasailing accident. the rope tethered to the boat breaking free. tonight, the horrific scene, and why it was so difficult to get her home for emergency treatment. and made in america. tonight, the famous items so many children and adults have asked for, made right here outside las vegas. it's been to space and back. good evening as we come on the air tonight from las vegas. tonight, triple digit heat here, 109 degrees right now. and it's this kind of heat and the dry conditions that are setting the stage for a dangerous night ahead. tonight, several fires raging, thousands of families forced to evacuate across several states. authorities telling people to take this seriously. there is a state of emergency in parts of northern california as we come on, at least 1,000 more acres destroyed in just the past 24 hours. firefighters battling around the clock tonight.
homes already destroyed. hundreds more in danger tonight. this evening, we're going to fly you right over these fires, and abc's will carr on the front lines, leading us off from lake county, california, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, fire crews waging war against the pawnee fire, working around the clock to attack the blaze from both the air and the ground. out of control flames destroying at least 22 homes and businesses. there's a real path of destruction. i want you to show you this food truck, really a stunning visual. and then you can see the real toll when you take a wide look, looking at this moment, which has burned to the ground. on monday, we watched with charwin ward as he believed his home was going up in flames. >> i don't know. i just probably lost everything i've ever had in my life. >> reporter: today, though, we found ward in his home, still standing. >> i'm just ecstatic, i can't believe it's still there. >> reporter: the fire destroyed his cars, melted a greenhouse,
torched a shed, but fire crews battled fierce conditions to save his house. >> they're a bunch of great guys, man. every single one of them. i can't even tell you how many of them, i wish i knew their names. >> reporter: but ot be so lucky, with more than 30 fires raging across the western united states. >> the time to prepare was yesterday. we need people to really take the time to have a plan. >> reporter: david, tonight, this fire has exploded on the hillside behind me. you can see those fierce flames shooting up. there is a massive plume of smoke billowing up into the sky. it's raining ash down for miles. this is a clear sign that this fight is far from over. david? >> just an unbelievable picture there. will carr leading us off tonight, thank you. as will just said, this is far from over. we spoke just moments ago with veteran reporter wayne freedman of our station kgo in san francisco, on the stage of the pawnee fire. wayne, thank you for joining us. i know you and the team at kgo have the chopper right up over the scene tonight. what are you seeing on the
ground right now, and what's the concern going into the night, wayne? >> reporter: david, the concern right now is staying ahead of this blaze and protecting some 600 structures. the larger concern is what this fire represents to the state of california so early in the season. right here, 11,500 acres and counting. lake county has dealt with fire evacuations and losses four straight years. as one resident told us, he's seen so much fire here that he's worried he's not worried. experts tell us this season is shaping up just like last year, and that was california's worst on record. >> yeah, and we remember being right there on the scene with you last season. in the meantime, wayne, the forecast tonight, because i know you've been dealing with dry conditions and those winds fueling these fires. >> reporter: they're expecting winds of roughly 20 miles an hour today. they can cope with those. the bigger concern is what happens later this summer. it's only going to get hotter and drier. david? >> wayne freedman and the team at kgo tonight. we thank you. we are watching the fires, and also the threat tonight at this hour of severe
thunderstorms elsewhere across the country. chief meteorologist ginger zee on the red flag warnings and the storms tonight. she's back along the gw bridge in new york. ginger? >> reporter: david, they are more than 11 inches below average in santa rosa, california, when it comes to rainfall since october 1st, so, they're dry. but also looking at this map, you know the relative humidity is low. 5% to 10% in those red flag warning areas. ones gusts to 40, and it is still very hot. wednesday afternoon highs, 110, phoenix. 108, las vegas. 102, bakersfield. now, we have to check in in the middle of the nation. severe thunderstorm watch that extends much through missouri into southern illinois. they've already seen gusts up to 70 miles per hour. david? >> ginger zee with us, as well, tonight. ginger, thank you. and we're going to turn to the other news this tuesday night, and the major victory for president trump. the supreme court, in a 5-4 decision today, upholding the president's controversial travel ban, effecting several predominantly muslim countries, ruling that it is in the president's authority. the president at a meeting with republican members of congress, cheering his victory, saying, "we have to be tough, we have to be safe." protesters on the steps of the high court today.
tonight, new reaction pouring into this ruling, and is this a sign of an ideological shift on the court? abc's terry moran tonight at the supreme court. >> reporter: within minutes of the ruling, president trump was tweeting victory. "supreme court upholds trump travel ban. wow!" in the 5-4 ruling, the sharply divided justices reflecting the same passions this trump policy ignited from the moment he announced it during the 2016 campaign. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: it was a shocking declaration. at the democratic convention, the muslim father of a fallen american soldier brandished his constitution. >> in this document, look for the words -- look for the words "liberty" and "equal protection
of law." >> reporter: the travel ban the president signed just days after taking office didn't mention muslims, but targeted only muslim countries. >> this is what democracy looks like! >> reporter: and the outrage was instant. >> love! not hate! >> reporter: today, the supreme court ruled on actually the third version of the travel ban -- two others blocked by lower courts -- and this one, very different in crucial ways. it was issued after a worldwide review of security procedures in different countries. it offers case-by-case waivers for some individuals, people with long business relationships or close american family members, for instance. and it barred some individuals from non-muslim countries, north korea and venezuela. all that, chief justice roberts wrote, shows that this ban is a lawful national security measure. "the ban is expressly premised on legitimate purposes," roberts wrote, "preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted." >> the supreme court ruling was a tremendous victory for our country.
>> reporter: the administration argued it was crystal clear the travel ban did not target muslims, pointing to what the president himself told david. >> who are we talking about? is this the muslim ban? >> we're talking about -- no, it's not the muslim ban -- but it's countries that have tremendous terror. >> reporter: but the liberals on the court called that a sham. justice sonia sotomayor, her voice filled with fury in court today, declaring, "this new window dressing cannot conceal an unassailable fact, the words of the president and his advisers create the strong perception that the ban is contaminated by impermissible bias against islam and its followers." but sew sotomayor was outnumber today, and president trump was handed his first major supreme court victory, which he clearly enjoyed. >> yeah, that's the final word. that's the supreme court. >> terry moran live from the supreme court tonight. and terry, after the decision today, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell tweeting out this picture, shaking hands with president trump's pick for the court, justice gorsuch. the balance on the court was a big issue last election. and terry, we saw the impact of that today with this travel ban ruling, a shift on the court,
and really, in a ruling on another major issue, as well. >> reporter: absolutely, david. another 5-4 decision, this one on abortion. justice gorsuch joining the conservatives in holding that those crisis pregnancy centers, which try to persuade women to carry their pregnancies to term rather than choose abortion, cannot be forced to post a notice inside their centers, telling women where and how they might get abortions. the court striking down that california law, saying it violated the first amendment right of those pregnancy centers. david? >> terry moran, who has watched the court for years for us. terry, thank you. and there is another developing story as we're on the air tonight. late tonight, word of an explosion at a hospital in central texas. you can see the black smoke right there above the hospital in gatesville, texas. they did race to evacuate the patients. there is word of injuries tonight. abc's marcus moore from texas now. >> reporter: smoke billowing from coryell memorial hospital tonight in gatesville, texas. rescuers rushing to the scene to evacuate patients in desperate need of help.
>> they've got an active fire at the maintenance building and people trapped. >> reporter: authorities say the deadly explosion occurred in a section of the building under construction. one worker killed. 12 others injured. at least one in critical condition tonight. >> i have a gas explosion at the back of the hospital. >> reporter: hospital workers seen assisting patients in wheelchairs, fanning them in the brutal texas heat. ambulances called in to help transport patients to other hospitals. luckily, none of them were among the injured. these images showing the moment of that powerful blast. debris flying into the air. and tonight, investigators are still trying to figure out what caused this explosion that, david, was so strong, it knocked out power to some 900 homes and businesses in the area. david? >> marcus moore tonight. marcus, thank you. we're going to turn now to the economy, and to an iconic american brand, harley-davidson. we reported last night here, president trump lashing out after harley-davidson said it was moving some production overseas, because of the tariffs, they say, already
having an impact on them. well tonight, the president going even further, saying harley-davidson motorcycles should never be built in another country. and he's now threatening them with new taxes. here's abc's jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: president trump not long ago hailed harley-davidson as the ultimate american company. >> made in america. harley-davidson. made in america. >> reporter: he promised to do great things for them. >> we want to make it easier for businesses to create more jobs and more factories in the united states, and you're a great example of it. >> reporter: but now, a year and a half later, the company is getting hit hard by the president's trade war, and says new tariffs are forcing them to manufacture more bikes overseas. and now from the president, a threat. "a harley-davidson should never be built in another country, never," the president tweeted. "if they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end, they surrendered, they quit! the aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never
before!" while harleys sold in the u.s. are assembled here, the company has plants all over the world where it builds parts and motorcycles to sell in other countries. when the president slapped hefty tariffs on the european union, they retaliated with a huge tax hike on harleys sold in europe, raising the cost of a bike by about $2,200. the company calls its decision to make more bikes abroad its "only sustainable option." >> harley-davidson is using that as an excuse and i don't like that. i think the people that ride harleys are not happy with harley-davidson and i wouldn't be, either. >> and jon, president trump now vowing that harley-davidson will pay for their decision, but i know you were reporting that on capitol hill, tonight, some top republicans warn, it's the president's tariffs that have created the problem. >> reporter: well, trade is one area where republicans have been willing to tell the president that they think he is just flat wrong. just look at what republican
senator ben sasse said in a statement. "the problem isn't that harley is unpatriotic," he said, "it's that tariffs are stupid." and he warns, david, that the president's trade policies could mean more job losses in america ahead. >> jon karl with us again tonight. thank you, jon. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the murder of a young teacher, and tonight, a major development right here. authorities now revealing how they found their suspect, using a family genealogy website. they say he was hiding in plain sight. also tonight, the flight from houston to minneapolis and what a passenger did after she found out that flight had been diverted. and made in america is back tonight. right here in nevada. the one thing many of you at home might have asked your parents for when you were kids -- did you ever get it? i got one today, i'm really excited. it's been to space and back. more on that ahead. your plaques are always there at the worst times. constantly interrupting you with itching, burning and stinging.
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nevada to see the famous fisher space pen. >> that's right. >> reporter: so you brought one? >> we did. >> reporter: what do you got? >> this is the original astronaut space pen. used on all manned space flights. even has a little inscription on it -- >> reporter: oh, yeah, look at that. my own fisher space pen. my name, right there on it. and 50 years later, a sense of pride tonight. this went up with apollo 7. >> yes. this marks 50 years in space for us. >> reporter: it was cary's dad, paul fisher, who invented the pen in 1966. he was already in the ballpoint pen business, but was convinced he could do better. >> original pens were just lousy. they oozed out the front, dried up. you could transfer signature two weeks later with your thumbprint, so, they were just awful. >> reporter: i mean, you can still do that today with pens. they're still kind of a mess. not yours, though. >> that's right. >> reporter: paul fisher invented his patented pressurized ink cartridge using
nitrogen, sealing the ink. it doesn't require gravity to bring down the ink. >> they tested it to 50 below zero, 400 degrees above. >> reporter: it worked just fine in this nevada heat, 109 today. >> absolutely. >> reporter: you can see right here, boulder city, nevada, usa. >> reporter: 30 miles outside las vegas, 65 workers. making up to 30,000 pens a day. >> family and friends love space pens. >> it's shocking to everyone to know that little old boulder city has a great american-made company here. >> reporter: first, the stainless steel cut into these pen tips. each batch checked under a microscope, before being cleaned and sent here, where they're attached to fisher's patented pressurized ink cartridge. then over to assembly. each one by hand. tara on the line for 21 years. >> we're just like a family here. >> reporter: proudly holding up one of her newly completed pens. then picked up by oswaldo for packaging. a new hire. and it turns out, all those years ago, they had donated a few hundred pens to the russians, a good will gesture. the russians still use the pen? they're paying for it now,
though, right? >> yeah. >> reporter: i'm looking out for made in america. i want to make sure you're making money off these things. >> we're trying. >> reporter: a 50-year-old made in america idea, still selling more than 1 million pens around the world every year. 1966 and it's still blowing my mind. all these years later. >> made in america! >> 50 years, and we wish for 50 more. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, good night. no ban.
no wall. sanctuary for all. a major victory for president trump leads to protest in the bay area. hear from people on both sides of the travel ban debate. a plant planned to house 47,000 people. i am wayne freedman 5% containment looks like this. expanding evacuations and more road closures, the pawnee fire continues. thank you for joining us i am ama daetz. >> and i am dan ashley. the good news is the fire has not grown much in the past 24 hours but still a long way to go for full containment. >> 22 structures have been destroyed. half of them are homes and 600 remain threatened. the fires burned for three
straight days. >> flames threaten the spring value community. and today the evacuation advisory warning went out to callusa county. >> let's begin with wayne freedman who is live in lake county. >> reporter: good evening. a break for firefighters earlier today. at the moment, it is down, but the pawnee fire is not out. when they bring in this big ten, consider a proportionate response. >> you can't sleep. you are scared to go into town because you don't know if you are ever going to come back in the summer