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can we do that? >> are you saying something? >> am i asking for forgiveness? tonight, sprint to the ess? finish. the president on the trail making his closing argument from the caravan to kavanaugh, his midterm motivators to stop what he describes as a potential blue wave in the house as former president obama rallies democrats to head to the polls to stop trump. our team on the historic home stretch. abc news exclusive, a gunman opening fire in a florida yoga class killing two people. tonight, we hear from the man who took on the attacker potentially stopping even more violence. did the shooter's hate for women fuel the attack? killed in action, the married father of seven and mayor of his city, a soldier who put country and family first killed in an apparent insider attack in afghanistan. son's murder plot, the 15-year-old boy accused of
strangling his mother while she slept and burying her in a church fire pit. police say he got friends to help him dispose of her body. teacher/student brawl, the fistfight in the middle of a music class. a teacher slapping then punching a student. the racial slur used by the teen that may have set the teacher off. and nightmare journey, the 77-hour trip passengers thought would never end. some forced to sleep at the airport. layover after layover. what happened with this trip to nowhere? good evening, and thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas, and we begin tonight with the final sprint into one of the fiercest and most consequential midterm elections in memory. president trump storming through the south in the final days. so much riding on the line for him leaning on his midterm motivators to stop what he
describes a potential blue wave in the house while former president barack obama stumps hard in gary, indiana, a senate race in that state democrats need to hold on to. that battle between blue and red appearing to tighten. more than 30 million americans have already voted. at least 27 states surpassing 2014 totals. our latest abc news/"washington post" poll showing democratic house candidates leading republicans by 52% to 44% among likely voters. that lead narrowing since summer and abc white house correspondent tara palmeri starts us off tonight in tennessee at one of the president's rallies. >> reporter: tonight, the president making his final push barnstorming in critical states with his greatest hits of attacks. >> we overcame the democrats' smear campaign and confirmed the newest member of the united states supreme court, justice brett kavanaugh. so, if you want more caravans and you want more crime, vote democrat. it's very simple.
>> reporter: that cais still 700 miles from the border but the president is saying the migrants present an imminent threat. >> because you look at what's marching up, that's an invasion. that's not -- that's an invasion. >> reporter: in the trump-friendly state of georgia, voters say immigration is their top issue. >> we need a wall. we need a wall. a wall. a wall. a wall. >> reporter: but in today's abc news poll, it comes after the economy and health care. some questioning why he isn't talking more about the thriving economy. >> he is. he is talking about many different things that he's accomplished as president because the list is so long. >> reporter: but the president says he loses the crowd on that talking point. >> they all say speak about the economy. speak about the economy, but sometimes it's not as exciting to talk about the economy, right? >> reporter: the president casting the election as a referendum on his leadership and pushing his base to turn up for him. are you voting for the president, or are you voting for the candidates on the ballot? >> i'm really voting for the
president. i want him to have some help. i'm not a republican. i'm not a democrat. i'm what i call a trumpublican. >> unlike some people, i don't just make stuff up when i'm talking. i've got facts to back me up. >> reporter: former president obama in illinois urging voters to vote their disapproval. >> they promised they were going to take on corruption in washington. instead, they've racked up enough indictments to field a football team. nobody in my administration got indicted. >> and tara joins us live from chattanooga, tennessee. the site of president trump's latest rally. and, tara, we are seeing the excitement from trump supporters similar to what we saw before the 2016 election. >> reporter: that's right, tom. it feels like the presidential campaign all over again. in this packed stadium there are more than 10,000 people. tomorrow the president heads
back out on the road for his final stop on the campaign trail in indiana, missouri and ohio. tom. >> tara palmeri for us tonight, tara, thank you. next we travel with the candidates in races across the country. texas democrat beta o'rourke zeroing in on his final message. against incumbent senator ted cruz. more texans casting early votes in the state's largest counties than they did in the entire 2014 election. and the new allegations flying in the heated georgia governor's race. a key contest that will likely chart the country's future course. abc's paula faris on the state of the race tonight. >> reporter: tonight the balance of power in the house and senate and president trump's agenda is at stake. >> and i am in the fight. >> we've got a job to do. >> we fundamentally want the best for everyone. >> reporter: but in georgia -- >> everybody gets a vote. >> reporter: -- a state where celebrities like oprah have been on the trail and where a record-breaking 2 million early votes have been cast, today the republican gubernatorial candidate and georgia's
secretary of state brian kemp requesting an fbi investigation accusing democrats of cyber crimes and trying to hack georgia's voter registration system. but kemp has battled claims of voter suppression and trying to stifle the black vote, a charge that he vehemently denies. >> that is a myth that the democrats bring out every two years. >> reporter: his opponent, stacey abrams, is trying to become the nation's first black female governor dismissing kemp's allegations to our atlanta station. >> he is trying to rile up his base by misleading voters yet again. >> reporter: nationwide even the president admitted that democrats could retake the house, but for them to win the senate, they need to gain two seats, and that means winning in states won by president trump. in arizona, two women vying to become their state's first female senator, republican martha mcsally, a former combat
pilot, and democrat kyrsten sinema, part of a record number of women nominees running in 2018, and in texas a democrat hasn't won statewide in almost 25 years. >> there is no stopping us. >> reporter: beto o'rourke in a last-minute scramble on sunday. you're pro-gun control, you're pro-immigration. you are pro-choice. you're pro-pot. >> i may characterize the positions you just described a little differently. >> but are they too progressive for texas? >> no, they are of texas. they are from texas. >> reporter: as for senator cruz, he believes the majority of texans will once again vote republican. republicans have tried to dismiss beto as, quote, a shiny new penny. >> well, it's because so much of the national media is in love with him. beta o'rourke is the only democratic senate nominee in the country to come out for impeaching president trump. >> our paula faris tracking that very closely watched senate race out of texas. our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl joins me now. jon, i want to go back to the house. you've spoken to the president about this.
you've spoken to your sources in the white house. we never know what could happen in the trump era but have they resigned themselves to the fact they possibly may lose the house? >> the president is focused almost entirely on the senate. you see it where he's traveling. in the final days of the campaign he's only going to states that he won where they are trying to win in red states. in terms of the messaging, they are focused on getting republicans, getting the base to the poll with a hard right message of fear and loathing, the kind of message that might work in a red state in these senate races but will alienate voters in the suburban districts where the house battle is bein . fought. >> on that issue, we heard ronna mcdaniel say that the president is talking about all types of issues. that's not the case. >> he came out and went out with sending military to the borders, first 5,000 then 10,000, maybe 15,000 and talked about ending birthright citizenship and he talked about suggesting the military may fire on stone-throwing migrants. he is focused almost entirely on immigration. he's even joked that people say he should be talking about the economy, but it's not as
exciting. >> all right. jon karl, our thanks to you and tuesday night jon and i will be here with our whole team for special coverage as the returns come in. live election night coverage led by our george stephanopoulos along with david muir and our entire powerhouse political team all starting at 8:00 eastern going all night long. and as we head toward tuesday, an important election day forecast when it comes to weather. there is a severe weather threat building from louisiana through kentucky following these drenching rains in new england, that drone footage -- take a look at that -- of flooded roads outside boston made for treacherous driving and took down some trees, as well, our seen meteorologist rob marciano standing by with the new round of rough weather ahead including storms that could affect voting on tuesday in some key states. >> that's right, tom. it could be a dangerous situation starting as soon as tomorrow flight so let's get right to the areas of concern. here's the storm prediction center outlook for tomorrow. northern louisiana in through the ohio river valley but the highlighted area of memphis,
tupelo and nashville is where we could see some tornadoes. it starts after sunset so more dangerous crossing the mississippi after 10:00 and then an explosion of convection east of there and then into tuesday morning in through pittsburgh and then tuesday afternoon through the carolinas and the i-95 corridor, so not the best of voting weather for election day. you go west of there and it is a little bit better towards the west. but in the east, it's going to be dicey on tuesday. tom. >> we'll keep a close eye on those storms. thanks so much, rob. we move on to the horror at a tallahassee yoga class. two women killed in a surprise attack. what investigators are calling the gunman's misogynistic and racist tendencies and the abc news exclusive tonight with the man who took on that shooter. here's abc's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight new videos of the alleged shooter, 40-year-old scott beierle, a military vet who openly shared his misogynistic and racist views on youtube. >> he only hung out with black people. he brought in -- there was like four of them. and i felt like saying, pretty good day at the slave auction, huh?
>> reporter: in the videos he eludes to an apparent deep rejection he felt from women. >> made one date, didn't show up. made another date, didn't show up. >> reporter: friday night police say he walked into a hot yoga studio with a duffel bag, pulled out a gun and just started shooting. >> i got a shot through my thigh. >> reporter: that's when joshua quick jumped into action and took on the shooter. >> the only thing that was there that i could think of was this vacuum with the heavy end. the gun stopped firing. i don't know if it jammed or what, so i used that opportunity and hit him over the head with it. >> reporter: tonight he's being dubbed a hero. >> i want to thank that guy from the bottom of my heart because he saved my life. >> reporter: before taking his own life, beierle shot six people killing two, dr. nancy van vessem and maura binkley. van vessem, a faculty member at florida state university and maura binkley, a student there. police are still investigating what may have triggered him to kill. tom.
>> zachary kiesch for us tonight. zachary, thank you. overseas to the national guard soldier killed in kabul this weekend. a 39-year-old father of seven, he also served as the mayor of his city. here's abc's lana zak on the apparent insider attack. >> reporter: the major, mayor and married father of seven killed in an apparent insider attack in afghanistan. army national guard major brent taylor, mayor of north ogden, utah, was shot when a member of the afghan security force opened fire at the military base in kabul. the gunman killed by other afghan forces. >> major taylor's desire to serve his country in multiple deployments are a testament to the character of this man. >> reporter: 39-year-old major taylor serving his fourth deployment, his second in afghanistan. governor gary herbert revealed he volunteered for the assignment even as they tried to talk him out it. >> you've done enough. you've done your part. >> reporter: the major and mayor ten months into his latest tour, his thoughts never far from home, his community and his family. he posted on facebook about
being 7,000 miles away watching his baby girl learn to walk via skype. his final message reflecting on tuesday's midterms and what he called the precious right to vote hoping whether the republicans or the democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as americans that unites us than divides us. tom, major taylor's remains are due back in the united states tomorrow. this is the second apparent insider attack involving u.s. forces in less than three weeks. tom. >> a sad story all around. lana zak for us tonight, thank you. next tonight to a disturbing case out of florida. police say a mom was strangled by her own teenage son. that 15-year-old allegedly confessing and appearing in court today along with two friends authorities say helped get rid of the mother's body. abc's erielle reshef with the latest. >> reporter: chilling details tonight as a teenage son is charged in the murder of his own mother, accused of weaving a twisted plot to cover it up. >> please raise your right hand. >> he appeared handcuffed in a juvenile court today.
>> on a charge of first degree premeditated murder. >> reporter: along with two 17-year-old alleged co-conspirators. police say it started thursday night with a fight between the teen and his mother, 46-year-old gail cleavenger, over his grades. >> in particular a "d" that he received in a certain subject. a very loud and boisterous and contentious argument ensued. >> reporter: his stepfather out of town when the boy allegedly waited until midnight to choke cleavenger to death, later enlisting the help of two friends to move her body into a van and bury her body in a fire pit at a nearby church. the next day investigators say the teen went to school as normal, even texted his stepfather as if nothing was wrong then later called 911 to report a burglary at his home claiming his mom was missing. tom, the state's attorney's office tells abc news for now those teens will not be charged as adults saying it's too early to make that decision. tom. >> a disturbing story is right.
all right, erielle, thank you. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the nightmare flight that wouldn't end. delay after delay, exhausting passengers. why it took three days to get from florida to london on an airplane. plus, the violent brawl breaking out in the middle of a music class and the one word that may have caused the fight. and take a look at this. a super speed commute. is this the future of travel? elon musk's big plans. stay with us. >> announcer: this is abc "world news tonight" sponsored by cosequin, joint health supplements for pets.
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>> bro, did you really say that, bro? >> reporter: this 14-year-old repeatedly calling his african-american teacher a racial slur. >> bro, say it to me, bro. i'm right here, bro. everybody's watching my [ bleep ]. what's up? >> reporter: hurling a basketball at the teacher. according to students, the confrontation sparked by an alleged dress code violation. >> you ain't telling me [ bleep ]. >> reporter: after asking the student to leave, the teacher, marston riley, eventually snaps. >> you'd better leave. >> reporter: pulling the student to the floor pummeling him with repeated blows to the head. riley arrested. the student sent to the hospital. the community of maywood, california, now split on who is to blame. >> i think it was both their faults, like the teacher and the student. i was scared for the kid and partly for the teacher too. >> reporter: while some parents also voicing their concerns. >> i know kids say stuff that they shouldn't, but he should be accountable. >> reporter: tom, tonight the teacher is facing a child abuse charge. the student has been released from the hospital, and here at the school they're planning on having counselors on campus
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apart and decades in the making, one family reunited at long last. here's abc's john donvan. >> is she in the wheelchair? >> yes. >> reporter: rarely does a family reunion take close to a century to be realized, but that was the time frame involved the other day at houston's airport when a 93-year-old american, that's una pereira there -- >> don't get up. >> reporter: -- stood up to meet her british sister wynn, aged 88 and her british brother john, aged 89. theirs is a sibling reconnection that happened first using technology. >> somebody calls. >> oh, you call that skype. >> yeah. >> oh, i wasn't using skype. i was using an ipad. >> reporter: but their separation took place in an era that held on to secrets. una was born unwanted in england in the 1920s and placed so young in a convent near london that she had no recollection of where she had really come from. just a vague memory that a few times a woman with two small children made some visits. >> and then they disappeared again, and i was just a little kid, so i went a long time
without anybody. >> reporter: una spent decades wondering about those memories but it was her grandson christopher who did the detective work. >> she had said if i win the lottery, i would go find out who my mother is. >> reporter: christopher tracked down the convent records, got the necessary permissions. >> and eventually they broke to us and gave us wynn's information. >> reporter: and so reunited in houston with another meet-up planned for next summer in england, and after that, whatever time will allow after 90 years of waiting. john donvan, abc news. >> so thankful una finally found her family. and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. .
don't on abc 7 news at 6:00, they're pulling out all the stops to get bay area voters to the polls. and new details emerge about the suspect who led police on a chase in danville before he was shot and killed by an officer. and no parking on the water. the warning being issued to voters in one north bay community. >> abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> live, where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> it's a familiar scene, the last few days in the bay area, people are not waiting until tuesday to vote in the election. >> and in some cities, the lines are long. good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm dion lim. many are opting to cast in ballots now rather than stand in line on tuesday.
>> there is interest in local races and propositions that have people turning out in droves. >> we begin our coverage tonight with abc news reporter katie utehs live in san jose. >> reporter: on sunday morning there were people lined up waiting to get in when the office opened at 9:00 and stayed consistently busy throughout the day, people dropping off ballots and registering to vote and ballots being sorted that have been mailed in. the santa clara county registrar of voters brings in an additional 300 to 400 people to help with elections, it's so busy. this afternoon stayed hectic. elections officials say they're seeing a lot of first-time voters and new citizens participating so that's exciting for them. there's certainly an exciting feeling to the place from people dropping off their