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tonight, coast-to-coast alerts heading into the fourth of july. right now, more than 40 wildfires burning in the west. the largest fire tearing across 80,000 acres, destroying more than 100 homes. and the dangerous heat wave from california to maine. record-breaking temperatures. the new warnings tonight. ginger zee standing by. race to escape. the rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach far from over. the group trapped for 11 days now, more than a mile inside a flooded cave. rescuers struggling to get them out before the next storm hits. could it really take months? neighborhood lockdown. the deadly shooting outside an elementary school. a community terrorized. police telling residents, "lock your doors."
your money. the crime surging at gas pumps across the country. thieves stealing your credit card number without you knowing it. and the deadly ferry disaster. passengers holding onto the sides for their lives. rescues rushing to save 140 people as the ferry goes under. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy tuesday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin with that searing heat across america tonight. dozens of wildfires also burning in the west. one of the worst fires in colorado. it's one of the worst fires the state has ever seen. destroying more than 100 homes. firefighters close to those flames, you see them there, battling to save the homes still standing. and tonight, heat alerts for 110 million people from coast to coast and for millions of americans, it will feel like triple different temperatures for the fourth of july. abc's clayton sandell is on the scene of the spring fire in
colorado. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s. is baking and burning. in southern colorado, the spring fire exploding to 80,000 acres, one of the biggest in state history. this cabin, more than one of 100 home homes destroyed. >> it looked like hiroshima had another a-bomb dropped on it. >> reporter: officials say the blaze was sparked by an illegal campfire. heat and dry winds are supercharging 42 wildfires in ten states, including this one in northern california. in the east, an extreme triple-digit heat index from d.c. to boston, where today, they're participating for july fourth festivities and bringing in huge fans to cool the crowds. >> you need to stay hydrated. >> reporter: in philadelphia, the heat wave knocking out power to this commuter train. >> stuck on train now for almost two hours. and it's probably about 120 degrees on this train. >> reporter: and an air
temperatures pushing forth of 100 degrees. that heat also a factor in these wild fires. here in colorado, you can see this wall of smoke has just turned the sky completely dark. more than 2,000 homes here are still evacuated, but with only 5% containment, this is going to be a long fire fight, tom. >> all right, clayton, thank you. and we do move on now, we want to get to chief meteorologist ginger zee. she's at the george washington bridge. ginger, the big question tonight, just how much of a scorcher will it be for the fourth? >> reporter: thunderstorms have cut the heat and humidity around here, tom, but washington, d.c., baltimore, both had a heat index of 109 today. and you can see the excessive heat wash,s that stretch across the nation, really from california to maine. let's focus in on the fourth of july. the numbers are impressive and going to be sweltering, from 106 to boston back to st. louis at 102. finally, not good for the fires. even hotter air coming at you. 101 for los angeles by the time we kick off the weekend. 114 in phoenix. tom? >> just going to get tougher for
the firefighters. ginger, thank you. we turn now to the tense cave rescue and the new headline tonight. some say it could be months to get those boys out safely. that stunning image, the 12 boys and their soccer coach found alive, perched on a ledge deep underground. and now the rescue teams from around the world plotting a way to get the boys out. abc's james longman is there. >> reporter: tonight, the pressure is on. >> we are coming. it's okay. >> it's okay. >> many people are coming. >> reporter: now that those 12 missing boys and their soccer coach have been found alive, with more rain forecast this week, the real test will be getting them out safely. >> we are hungry! >> reporter: after ten days of darkness, the boys, ages 11 to 16, are rail thin. >> eat, eat! >> reporter: the thai navy saying a team of seven seals are with them, including a doctor and nurse. they've all been evaluated and are in good condition. these are the kinds of military rations that divers are swimming into the cave to give
to the boys. things that are protein-rich, full of nutrients to build up their strength so that they can get out, but also things that they can swallow, because they've been so long without food. above ground, teams are working to find a way to bring them home. none of the options are easy. one plan, teaching the boys, who don't know how to swim, to scuba dive. workers fitting a mask on this boy, possibly testing equipment they would use in a water rescue. and here's what they'd face. the cave complex in the mountains of northern thailand is about th and their coach are here. a half-mile underground and a little over one mile from the cave's entrance, according to the british diving team who found them. to get there, divers had to navigate a maze of caverns and passageways. some with enough room to stand, others completely submerged. barely wide enough for scuba equipment to squeeze through. a treacherous journey that could take even the most experienced divers six hours. >> you have to dive down and come up. and then you're back to rock climbing, really, over huge hills. and then the diving starts.
>> reporter: if swimming the boys out is not an option, they may have to remain in the cave for weeks or months until the rainy season passes. but that poses risks, too. the longer they remain under ground, the harder it will be for them to readjust to life on the surface. their anxious parents already imagining their return. this mother saying she can't wait to cook her son his favorite food. a traditional thai omelet. >> and james longman is outside that cave again tonight. and james, we just heard you report, they could be in there for weeks or months, and now teams are working to set up a line of communication to those trapped boys? >> reporter: that's right, tom. rescue workers are putting down a phone line all the way into that cave. and the phone company told us originally they didn't have a cord long enough but now, they've managed to splice it, so it is long enough, but still no word on when those boys are going to be able to speak to their parents. tom? >> james longman for us tonight. james, thank you. back here in the state us, to the neighborhood on lockdown in a suburb of kansas city.
people told to lock your doors. heavily armed police tracking down a gunman who shot two coworkers and then car jacked an suv. police say it all began with an argument at a construction site at a school that spiraled out of control, and tonight, one of those workers is dead. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: just outside kansas city today, moments of chaos and panic. >> advising a shooting, possibly two patients. >> reporter: after a construction crew working on this elementary school playground got into a disagreement. one of the workers pulling out a gun, firing at two other workers. one of them in critical condition tonight, the other, later, dying. >> there was an argument that took place, and then, next thing you know, there was some shooting. >> reporter: the gunman, identified by police as anthony grable, fleeing, leading police on a frantic manhunt. unsuccessfully trying to carjack one motorist -- >> he is armed and this is an armed carjacking. >> reporter: -- before confronting another driver at gunpoint and stealing this black suv.
authorities taking no chances, placing the surrounding neighborhood on high alert, warning residents, "if you live in this area, please lock your doors." about three hours after the shooting, investigators finally catching up with the suspect, pinning him to the ground, guns drawn, taking him into custody, after he parked the stolen suv outside the home of the person who owns the car, baffling even investigators. >> it's weird, i'll give you that. it is -- it is weird. >> reporter: tom, the carjacking victim says he left his cell phone inside the car, and that's how police were able to track down the suspect, who has now been charged with premeditated first degree murder. tom? >> alex, thank you. next, the search for the next supreme court justice in high gear tonight. president trump adding some names to his original short list, calling all of his possible choices out standing, including two women now under con situation. kyra phillips wi we're learning about those candidates.
>> reporter: as the clock ticks towards his self-imposed monday deadline, president trump's list of possible supreme court nominees is expanding. >> we're excited about who he's going to pick. >> reporter: abc news has learned the president has spoken to eight candidates, at least one of whom was5.y arlyncredibl people in so many different ways. academically, in every other way. >> reporter: several candidates have come for white house interviews, including judge brett kavanaug, who sits on the court of appeals d.c. circuit. he's a former clerk of retiring justice anthony kennedy. there are two women on the presidential shortlist -- judge amy coney barrett of indiana, and judge joan larsen of michigan, both former clerks of the late conservative icon justice antonin scalia. they're also both trump appointees to the court of appeals, recently confirmed by congress. at their joint confirmation hearing, abortion took center stage. >> i would be bound by the
precedence of the supreme court. >> i agree with justice larsen. >> reporter: judge coney barrett perhaps getting the most attention. a former notre dame law professor, she is the mother of seven children, one with special needs and two adopted from haiti. many conservatives have embraced her, but some democrats have raised concerns the judge's >> when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. >> reporter: tom, as you saw, both judge larsen and judge coney barrett once said they would respect the supreme court precedent of roe versus wade, and the big question now is, would they be willing to overturn that precedent if they are confirmed to the high court. >> that's the big question. and kyra, there is also news out of the justice department tonight on affirmative action. the trump administration now
encouraging colleges and universities not to consider a student's race in the admissions process? bottom it ather approach f admissions. the new affirmative action guidance could also add to another contentious fight over the next justice, tom. >> kyra phillips at the white house tonight. kyra, thank you. just days before president trump's face to face meeting with vladimir putin, a report confirming russia's meddling in the 2016 election. the senate intelligence committee in a bipartisan initial finding concluding that putin and the russian government had a clear preference for donald trump, and that russia's influence campaign was approved by president putin. president trump still questions whether russia tried to help him win the presidency. next, to the degs pratt effort to save passengers on a sinking ferry boat. it happened just 200 yards off an island in indonesia. dozens of passengers clinging to its side, scrambling to get to lifeboats after the ship took on
water and ran aground. at least 12 people have died, including two small children. dozens of people are still missing. back here in the states, and to your money. a holiday travel alert now. as nearly 40 million americans take to the road for the fourth of july holiday, the secret service is warning about a surge in crime at the gas pump. from devices hidden inside the pump, to steal credit card numbers. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas explans. >> reporter: watch here, as these men appear to be tampering with a gas pump. it only takes a few seconds, and just like that, they've installed a device called a skimmer. customers would never know it's there, but a skimmer is capable of siphoning off credit information and sending it wirelessly to fraudsters. and we're talking about thousands of customers being hit and millions of dollars being stolen? >> reporter: thousands eve . >> thousands every day. >> reporter: those criminals can produce thousands of counterfeit
credit information. this past weekend, the secret service fanned out across the nation at more than 85 locations in 21 states hunting for skimmers. since may, in just two operations, the secret service has recovered 136 of these devices. and according to the service, this type of credit fraud is generating hundreds of millions of dollars in losses annually. >> they'll take the stolen payment card number and then they will reincode a gift card or credit card and use that to buy electronics, gift cards, stuff they can fence. >> reporter: the secret service says you can protect yourself by paying with your credit card inside the gas station or simply paying with cash. tom? >> pierre thomas for us tonight. pierre, thank you. and president trump has ordered flags to be flown at half staff today to honor the victims of the mass shooting at a newspaper in annapolis. it came after the white house initially denied the request from the mayor of annapolis. today, the white house said the president had not been told of the mayor's request, but ordered
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veh you live, this is abc 7 news. a night of music and fun, ended in one of thefi in decemb. a death trap. as we just passed the one year and seven month mark since that tragedy, today a plea deal for the two men charged in that deadly fire. >> to hear them say plead guilty, basically, that was what we wanted to hear. the sentencing part of it, that's questionable. you ow >> good afternoon, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm dion lim. at a courthouse in oakland today, plea deals were announced for max harris and -- rent add warehouse and illegally converted it into an entertainment venue and residences. >> abc 7 news reporter cornell bernard was in court today and
has details on this plea deal. >> reporter: that's right, dan, this happened just moments ago. there will be no trial for two defendants on the ghost ship warehouse fire, both men could have faced up to 40 years in prison. instead, the ghost ship's master tenant will serve nine years. max harris, the artist, creative director, artist collective creative director gets six years. both men pled no contest to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the tragic fire which killed 36 people in 2016. attorneys for both men say their clients are remorseful. >> it's not what i would call devastating, and my client is a prisoner who has fulfilled all of his duties and obligations. so we