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world news with david muir tonight, several developing headlines as we come on the air. the deadly flash flooding up and down the east coast. the rescues, the trees coming down. authorities now warning the roots saturated. one homeowner killed inside. and tonight, the wildfires, as well. the warning at this hour for tourists now at yosemite. authorities saying, get out. rob marciano is standing by. the breaking headline late today. "people" magazine reporting that singer demi lovato has been rushed to the hospital. >> engine 87 already on scene, unconscious. >> the singer has talked openly for years about her struggle with addiction. and what authorities are now saying tonight. the new police video tonight. the armed shootout. the man taking hostages at a trader joe's. you'll see the moment he begins firing. police firing back. and tonight, it's now revealed
the store manager was accidentally killed by police. president trump tonight, after igniting what many consider to be a trade war, the american farmers paying the price here at home. and now, the president is promising $12 billion in taxpayer money to pay the farmers back after his own tariffs. the four paramedics suspended tonight after answering a call. what they did not do, and this question from the family -- did it cost a young mother her life? a new development in the search for the missing student tonight. and the tourists trapped in greece. other running for their lives to avoid deadly fires. for many, the only escape, running into the sea. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin with the urgent warnings both in the east and in the west tonight. authorities warning of more life-threatening flash floods in the east. they have already turned deadly. 37 million in the path in the coming hours. we were following high water rescues in north carolina after
torrential rains. flash flooding in baltimore. the entire region hammered by storms. a tornado in virginia. a woman there was killed by a falling tree. authorities warn the ground is saturated now, and that the high winds will bring trees down. and in the west at this hour, severe flooding and mudslides near colorado springs, and that major wildfire burning near yosemite. tourists late today warned to get out, that the air there is now unhealthy to breathe. rob marciano is standing by with the track of all this, where the floods hit next, but first, linsey davis with the images and the man missing tonight, believed to have been carried away down the hudson. >> reporter: tonight, millions are on high alert. and in north carolina, dangerous flash flooding. >> the caller stated that the water was coming into the business. >> reporter: that rescue scene in charlotte unfolding live on our affiliate wsoc. >> we are watching the last two employees being pulled out. five people now safe from this recycling business.
>> reporter: a firehose of flash flooding extending north to virginia. >> this vehicle was almost completely swallowed up by the creek here in annandale. we are told that the driver actually got out on their own. >> reporter: tragically, one woman did not survive after a tree crashed into this fairfax county home. >> obviously, with all the rain and the past couple of days, things of that nature, the roots of these trees have really loosened up. >> reporter: our david kerley is in baltimore. >> more than two inches of rain today making this the wettest july in baltimore's history. and with another inch or two coming, there's a worry about the strain it's putting on these flood channels. >> reporter: and here in new york, authorities are trying to find a missing 48-year-old man in the hudson river. >> linsey davis with us live tonight along the hudson. and linsey, you've learned that the man missing in the river was actually trying to save someone else? >> reporter: that's right, david. the man saw a swimmer struggling in this river. he jumped in to help. and now aviation units are searching for him, along with
the coast guard, and the rain in the forecast is unfortunately likely to make that search even more difficult. david? >> all right, no question about that. linsey, thank you. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano, of course, tracking it all. both the flooding and the fires. rob, what do you got? >> reporter: well, the pattern remains stuck, david, and it will be for the next couple of days. unusual for july, this deep trough, all the way into the deep south. squeezing all that moisture north. round after round coming through north carolina, maryland and central pennsylvania. and this will continue tomorrow. the susquehanna valley under a flood watch. shifting a little bit to the east, but the front that's going to push everything offshore still well west. so, another two to four inches expected in the same areas that are saturated. in 115 or better in phoenix, all the way up to 104 in medford. this is hot even by july standards and not good for the fire situation. >> thinking about everyone out west tonight. rob, thanks to you. there is developing news at this hour that has saddened many fans. "people" magazine now reporting that popular singer demi lovato
was rushed to the hospital after suffering a possible drug overdose. lovato has bravely talked about her battle with addiction before. abc's will carr tonight on what we know so far. >> reporter: the los angeles fire department responding to a medical call in the hollywood hills neighborhood at a home listed as a residence of demi lovato. the call came in at 11:22 a.m. >> ems 11. along with engine 97, already onscene. unconscious. >> reporter: a 25-year-old female transferred to ceda cedars-sin cedars-sinai. abc news confirming it was lovato. a source telling them she is stable after an apparent overdose. lovato, who has been open about her battle with drug addiction, has said she's been substance free for six years. ♪ i'm sorry for the fans i lost ♪ ♪ who watched me fall again >> reporter: but last month, she released a new single called "sober," seemingly admitting a relapse. ♪ i wanna be a role model ♪ but i'm only human >> reporter: the superstar has also been vocal about her issues
with eating disorders and mental illness and said she's trying to lead a conversation about private struggles. >> i actually have bipolar disorder, and i'm very open about that, because i think that mental health effects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it. >> and will carr is outside demi lovato's home tonight. and will, we know she's sought treatment for addictions in the past, and we heard just as she said moments ago right there that she's encouraged others to do the same, to try to get rid of the stigma attached to addiction. >> reporter: that's right, david. lovato went to rehab in 2010. she relapsed and then lived in a sober living house for about a year. and think about this. according to the cdc, nearly 64,000 americans died from overdoses in 2016. tonight, her friends and family sending lovato positive thoughts. david? >> no question about that. addiction a real issue across this country. will, thank you. there are also new images tonight after that deadly hostage standoff at a trader joe's. tonight, the stunning video. and we have learned that the store manager was accidentally
killed by police. dash cam video showing the suspect crashing his car outside the store, running inside, firing as he goes. the officers returning fire. shoppers escaping, running for their lives. you'll remember that image. some were climbing from windows. well, tonight, the videos showing the flashes as the suspect opens fire, and then what's left in the aftermath. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, newly released dramatic police video showing the high speed chase through busy los angeles streets. >> oh [ bleep ], shots fired. >> reporter: the gunman, identified by police as gene atkins, shooting at officers through his rear window. officers showing caution in their pursuit. >> do not. do not shoot. >> reporter: the suspect crashing into a pole outside trader joe's. >> car tc, car tc. >> reporter: he runs out of the car, firing at officers. watch again. you can see the flash from his gun. officers rapidly shooting back. >> get down, get down! >> reporter: telling civilians to take cover as they hide behind a cement wall.
>> get away! >> reporter: customers and employees run for cover. tragically, one of those employees caught in the crossfire, manager melly corado, caught in the crossfire, accidentally hit by police gunfire. >> i know that it is every officer's worst nightmare to harm an innocent bystander during a violent engagement. >> reporter: witnesses say the 27-year-old was shot when she ran to the front of the store after hearing the crash. the tense standoff beginning when atkins allegedly shot his grandmother seven times and forced his girlfriend into his car. the hostage standoff lasting three terrifying hours. people desperately escaping through windows of the trader joe's. atkins finally surrendering, coming out in handcuffs. >> and kayna whitworth joining us from outside the trader joe's where that whole standoff unfolded. and kayna, that suspect appearing in court, the judge nearly doubling the bail? >> reporter: yeah, david, because of the seriousness of these crimes, his bail has been raised now to nearly $19 million.
he's facing 31 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping, and he did not enter a plea tonight. david? >> kayna whitworth with us tonight. thank you, kayna. next this evening, president trump, after igniting what many consider to be a trade war, and american farmers, in some cases, paying the price, as other countries now slap tariffs to retaliate. well, the president tonight is now promising farmers $12 billion in taxpayer money to pay them back, after the affects of the president's own tariffs. abc's terry moran at the white house. >> reporter: in missouri today, president trump admitted that american farmers, many in states he won in 2016, are becoming collateral damage in his escalating trade wars, and he promised better days ahead. >> the farmers will be the biggest beneficiary. watch. we're opening up markets. you watch what's going on. just be a little patient. >> reporter: but patience is wearing th in keoh, where brian watkins raises pigs and has seen his business take a huge hit.
>> we've seen somewhere between 10% and 20% price drop off our gross sales. that's enough to take a majority chunk out of our profits right there. >> reporter: when the president slapped steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from china, canada, mexico and the european union, those countries fired back with tariffs of their own on american products, particularly agriculture -- pork, soybeans, dairy. the hardest-hit places include several states trump won, texas, alabama, south carolina, michigan, wisconsin and pennsylvania. >> right here, you can see the soybeans. >> reporter: where richard schlosberg grows soybeans and says he's watched prices plunge since the president announced his tariffs. >> i understand why he's trying to do it, but it's affecting farms in a negativauthorized a billion emergency aid package to bail out the nation's farmers, the payouts beginning in september, just before the midterm elections. on capitol hill, republicans are unimpressed.
>> here are farmers who just want to make a living. they're in our office, they want trade, not aid. >> reporter: and senator rand paul tweeting, "the answer is not welfare for farmers, the answer is remove the tariffs." >> so, let's get to terry moran, live at the white house again tonight. and terry, as you reported there, some republicans on capitol hill frustrated tonight. they say the taxpayer money will be used to pay farmers hurt by what they say is the president's own trade policy. >> reporter: that's right, david. being a republican used to mean a belief in free trade and budget discipline. but donald trump took over this party. he doesn't share that frustration on capitol hill. he remains undaunted, tweeting today, "tariffs are the greatest." david? >> terry, thank you. president trump, who has said russian meddling in american elections is a hoax, is now saying tonight that the russians may now be meddling to help democrats in the midterms. the president cited no proof today. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: just a week ago, president trump said no when asked if russia was still targeting the united states.
>> is russia still targeting the u.s., mr. president? >> thank you very much, no. >> no, you don't believe that to be the case? >> reporter: but today, a reversal. the president declaring without evidence, "i'm very concerned that russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election, based on the fact that no president has been tougher on russia than me. they'll be pushing very hard for the democrats. they definitely don't want trump." the 2017 assessment by u.s. intelligence agencies concluded putin and russia hacked the democrats to hurt hillary clinton. and in helsinki, putin acknowledged he very much did want trump. >> president putin, did you want president trump to win the election? >> reporter: "yes," putin replied. "yes, i did." the russians so giddy after the summit, their foreign minister called it, "fabulous, better than super." still tonight, the president says russia is now out to help the democrats. today, the cia, the fbi and director of national lligence r. one government official tells abc news they've seen no
evidence to support the president's claim. and while attorney general jeff sessions has recused himself from the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, that did not hold him back today before an audience of young conservative activists. >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> lock her up -- >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> well -- so -- i heard that a long time over the last campaign. >> reporter: we reached out to multiple agencies to give them a chance to endorse the president's statement, and they would not comment. just days ago, the president himself tweeted he got along very well with putin, who has been invited to the white house this fall. david? >> pierre, thank you. we are also following those devastating fires overseas tonight. fierce winds fueling the flames near athens, greece. people fleeing through the hellish scene. for some, the only escape was by running into the sea. at least 74 have died tonight,
whole families huddled together. and abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell has arrived on the scene. >> reporter: they're calling it a biblical disaster. a raging inferno in greece erupting out of almost nowhere. residents forced to run for their lives with just a few minutes' warning. the flames rapidly closing in. for most, the only escape, the sea. some standing in water for hours, desperately hoping for rescue from the raging fire. tonight, at least 74 people killed. the youngest victim, just 6 months old. many perished while trapped in the crush to escape. just look at this here. you can see the intensity of the blaze that ripped through this area, literally incinerating everything in its path. daylight revealing an eerie graveyard of charred cars. too much to bear for many. officials say in one town, 26 bodies were found huddled together. parents trying to protect their children. nearly 50 fires have broken out in the past 24 hours. driven by 65-mile-an-hour gale-force winds.
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