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we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the cruise ship scare. the ship leaving new york city for florida, rocked by powerful winds. gusts of 115 miles per hour. witnesses say it was listing at a 45-degree angle. several passengers injured. tables and chairs thrown. ambulances waiting as the ship pulls into port. breaking news tonight. bracing for protests. this evening, the california attorney general is now out with his decision in the case of stephon clark, the unarmed black man shot and killed while holding a cell phone. also developing tonight, the terror threat. the manhunt at this hour. three explosive packages are discovered, two sent to airports. one opened near heathrow. the plane going down, and tonight, the rescue effort for americans onboard. tonight, the staggering numbers just out. the ef-4 tornado that killed 23, we have just learned that
tornado was on the ground for a full hour and 16 minutes. and tonight, ginger is now tracking a new storm. the president tonight calling democrats stone-cold crazy, as his white house and his family now get 81 requests for information on everything from his finances to conversations with vladimir putin. the firestorm erupting over the new documentary about michael jackson. two men coming forward with allegations, what they say happened repeatedly at neverland, and how the jackson family is responding tonight. and the news on hillary clinton tonight in 2020. what she said about running, president trump responding tonight, and clinton firing back. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin that with cruise ship scare. the same storm system that caused those deadly tornadoes, rocking the massive norwegian escape cruise ship off the atlantic coast, leaving
from new york city, terrifying passengers, hospitalizing at least eight people. one passenger recording the chaos as a sudden gust of wind, 115 miles an hour, slammed into that 20-story ship. people hanging on as the ship tilted 45 degrees by some accounts. furniture sliding across the floor there. ambulances were waiting when the ship arrived in port. and abc's victor oquendo leads us off from port canaveral tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the harrowing video showing panic and chaos as massive wind gusts sent the cruise ship listing. according to one witness, it was at a 45-degree angle. sending armchairs sliding. passengers holding on to whatever they could. tables careening towards them. >> and we just keep waiting for the whole boat to capsize at this point. that's how i feel. i honestly feel like we're going to die. >> reporter: some scrambling for safety, others terrified.
>> it was like a pretty steep incline to this boat and it was literally like we were almost walking up an incredibly steep hill to try to get to the center of the boat. >> reporter: the norwegian escape cruise left new york city on sunday as a storm was hitting the east coast. >> wow, we all just went flying down. >> reporter: just before midnight, winds hit of up to 115 miles per hour. the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane gust. >> it's like the boat's tipping. >> reporter: parts of the ship in complete disarray. >> all of these chairs were over here. >> it was just sheer panic, like people running around, screaming, blood coming down people's faces. and just -- i mean, it was truly like a scene out of the titanic movie. it was so scary. >> reporter: the ship arriving in port canaveral, florida, ambulances on the scene. passengers carried out by stretchers. at least eight hospitalized. >> all right, so, let's get to victor oquendo, live tonight from port canaveral, florida, where that ship is now docked. and victor, what is norwegian saying tonight about that
115-mile-per-hour wind gust? >> reporter: david, the cruise liner says it was a sudden and unexpected gust of wind. however, forecasters have been tracking that storm as it moved east for days. norwegian says that everyone who was injured was treated immediately and the ship will continue on with its trip as planned tonight. david? >> all right, some frightening moments there, though, for sure. victor, thank you. we're going to turn next tonight to sacramento, bracing for more protests tonight after a decision late today by the california attorney general in the death of stephon clark. the unarmed black man shot and killed while holding a cell phone. abc's will carr is in sacramento tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new protests planned in sacramento after a second investigation cleared the police officers who shot and killed stephon clark. >> our investigation has concluded that no criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting can be sustained. >> reporter: that decision by california's attorney general comes just three days after the district attorney's decision to not charge the officers in this
controversial shooting caught on camera. >> show me your hands! gun, gun, gun! >> reporter: almost a year after two police officers shot and killed clark, a black man who authorities say had been breaking windows but was unarmed, tension is now boiling. >> our brother stephon clark was slayed down like an animal! >> reporter: police arrested 84 people in sacramento monday night and detained at least one journalist. the response sparking criticism from the mayor. >> so, let's get to will carr, he's live in sacramento tonight. and will, there are more protests expected there tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. protesters are here outside police headquarters playing music. they are planning to occupy the department tonight. it comes as the federal government has launched a new investigation to see if those two officers violated clark's civil rights. david? >> will, thank you. now, to the terror scare in london at this hour, after three explosive packages, one containing a small improvised explosive device, caught fire at
heathrow airport. and within hours, those two other packages were found at other locations. there is a manhunt under way this evening, and here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell now. >> reporter: tonight, the hunt is on for the london bomber, after three small improvised explosive devices were sent through the mail. delivered to two of london's airports and one to the city's waterloo railway station. it was here, near heathrow airport, where someone started to open one of the letter bombs, causing it to ignite. the building had to be evacuated, but no one was injured. officers from counterterrorism command have now launched an investigation. london's metropolitan police tweeting, "we're treating the incidents as a linked series." perhaps one clue -- each package appeared to have been mailed from a bus company in dublin, ireland. irish police now also helping. tonight, counterterrorism warning people here at waterloo and elsewhere to be alert to further suspicious devices. meanwhile, the hunt goes on for
who mailed these packages, and most importantly, why. david? >> ian pannell with us tonight. ian, thank you. and of course, we are just back from alabama this evening. we have new reporting here after that horrific tornado that hit beauregard, alabama. it was an ef-4, winds 170 miles an hour, as we reported last night. 23 people killed there, including seven members of one family. and tonight here, we have just learned that that tornado was on the ground for a full hour and 16 minutes. abc's steve osunsami is still on the scene. >> reporter: the sheriff of lee county, alabama, says they're still looking tonight for more than half a dozen people who they hope are with friends or family. what's left of this home belongs to a state trooper who is hospitalized and at one point was in the icu. you can see it from the sky. killed here, all 23, came from this community. in a one square mile area of heartache and destruction. >> oh, dude, that's a big tornado. >> reporter: the deadly tornado that tore the heart out of
alabama was on the ground for more than 68 miles and made carole dean a widow. >> our son found him. he was done and gone before we got to him. >> reporter: the funeral for 10-year-old taylor thornton is now friday. her family gave us these photos and asked us to share that she was a godly child. she was visiting her best friend in the world when the storm came through. the only survivor at the home was her friend, who's still hospitalized tonight. pastor rusty sowell is the chaplain who helped break the news to each of the families. tears filled his eyes when he looked around his church to show us the help that's coming in. >> but you look around and you see young and old, and what i see is hope. hope for another generation, hope for ours. >> reporter: the national weather service is worried about more severe storms hitting this same area on saturday. and for the next few days, temperatures will dip below freezing. which means that families who are cleaning up homes like this one will have to work in the cold.
david? >> to make matters worse for sure. steve, thank you. let's get more on the system set to move right across the country, in fact. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all for us. ginger? >> reporter: david, even jackson, mississippi, could break a record by tomorrow morning. that's how far south this cold goes. and stretches with freeze alerts from texas to north carolina, even north florida. it's not going to be warm in the northeast, either. look at some of the numbers tomorrow morning. you wake up, it feels like 8 in new york city, or 6 below in buffalo. but let's go ahead and quickly check the west, because there's a storm already happening. the worst of the rain from burbank up to santa barbara would come tonight into tomorrow on a burn scar, an inch or half inch of rain is going to end up causing a potential mudslide or debris floe, david? >> ginger, thank you. next tonight here, the white house is now defying a request from congress for information about jared kushner's top secret security clearance. it comes after the democrats made 81 new requests for information. the president tonight calling the democrats, quote, stone-cold crazy. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega.
>> reporter: calling the request overly intrusive, the white house today refused to provide democrats any information about whether president trump, against the recommendation of intelligence officials, ordered that his son-in-law, jared kushner, be granted top secret security clearance. but when we asked the president about it today, no answer. instead, he lashed out at democrats' sweeping new investigation into allegations of everything from corruption to abuse of power. sir, your response to the democrats who are calling for a criminal investigation into jared kushner's security clearance? >> it's a disgrace. it's a disgrace to our country. and the people understand it. when they look at it, they just say presidential harassment. but that's okay. >> reporter: the house judiciary committee demanding documents from 81 people and entities close to the president, including his sons, don jr. and eric. kushner and former aides like hope hicks and steve bannon. and they want to know about everything from the president's one-on-one meetings with vladimir putin to the now infamous trump tower meeting
with that russian lawyer and whether president trump and his family are profiting from the presidency. the white house, furious, but democrats, undaunted. >> there has to be a check on the executive, we have to protect the rule of law and that's what we're doing here. >> cecilia vega with us live tonight from the white house. and cecilia, i know you're tracking something else tonight. former white house lawyer ty cobb sitting down with the abc news podcast "the investigation" and that lawyer disputing the president's claim that robert mueller's investigation is a witch hunt. he actually had praise for mueller. >> i think bob mueller is an american hero. i don't feel the investigation is a witch hunt. i wish it had happened on a quicker timetable, but it didn't. and that's, you know, that's unfortunate. but at the same time, it's not -- it's not a real criticism of the special counsel on the timing, because there were a lot of surprises. >> you know, cecilia, obviously this comment drawing a lot of attention tonight because ty
cobb represented the white house for a time in the mueller probe. >> reporter: yeah, david, this is really something. ty cobb defending robert mueller, calling him a justice-oriented person. and i got to tell you, that's what you hear from a lot of people in this town. universally, republicans and democrats alike praise mueller as a straight shooter and someone who is by the books, with the exception of president trump, david, who has really ramped up his attacks recently, knowing mueller's report could be coming out very soon. >> all right, cecilia vega, always great to have you. we turn now to the firestorm erupting over the new documentary about michael jackson. two men coming forward with allegations, what they say happened repeatedly at neverland. and how the jackson family is now responding tonight. here's abc's linsey davis now. >> reporter: nearly a decade after his death, renewed debate and scrutiny tonight in the wake of the explosive hbo documentary "leaving neverland," where two men claim they were sexually abused by michael jackson for years, starting when they were just 7 and 10 years old. >> once the abuse started, within that first week, you know, every night that i was
with him, there was abuse. >> reporter: in death, as in life, michael jackson still dogged by allegations of sexual abuse. this time, by two men who once testified on his behalf, saying that he never molested or touched them inappropriately. jackson was acquitted in 2005 of child molestation charges of another child. >> michael told me that i had to lie. and that's what i did. i lied. >> reporter: james safechuck, now 41, says he first met jackson while shooting this soda commercial. and choreographer wade robson, who is now 36, says that he met him after winning a dance competition. both detail quite explicitly what they say happened behind closed doors. >> at the same time, the sexual relationship is growing, he's working on pushing you away from your parents, pushing you away from everybody else. >> reporter: both men describe being groomed by jackson, sometimes spending as many as
six hours at a time on the phone with him. >> i was really into jewelry, and he would reward me with jewelry for doing sexual acts for him. >> reporter: after jackson died, they sued his estate. the lawsuits were dismissed for being filed too late. they are appealing. for those question why both men stayed silent for so long, they told oprah winfrey becoming fathers themselves helped them confront the alleged abuse. >> can you explain to people why you want to continue the association if you have been abused? >> i had no understanding of it being abuse. you know, i loved michael. anything that michael did was right to me for so many years. >> reporter: the michael jackson estate is now suing hbo for $100 million, claiming the documentary violates a non-disparagement agreement hbo had with jackson. the lawsuit calls the documentary "a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda
to shamelessly exploit an innocent man." >> and linsey davis with us now on set, and we know the jackson family is actually responding to the documentary now. >> reporter: yes, the jackson family has released a statement, which says, in part, "michael jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations." david? >> all right, linsey, thank you. with the list of democratic presidential candidates growing almost by the day now, hillary clinton overnight giving her most definitive answer yet to the question if she'll jump in again and run in 2020. in an interview with local cable news 12 westchester, she made the news, and it comes after her trip to selma, receiving an award for her work on civil rights. >> can you tell me now standing here 100% that you've ruled it out? >> i'm not running, but i'm going to keep working and speaking and standing up for what i believe. >> president trump tweeting tonight, "does that mean i won't get to run against her again? she will be sorely missed." hillary clinton responding with, "why are you so obsessed with me?" meantime, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg also saying he will not run.
the billionaire saying he will instead roll up his sleeves to help elect other democrats and, he says, try to defeat president trump. a major medical breakthrough tonight in the battle against aids a london man is apparently cured of infection with hiv. the man, who is staying anonymous, went into long-term remission after a stem cell transplant in 2016 from a donor with a genetic mutation that helps block the virus. he's the second person to be clear of hiv now. timothy brown had the same treatment in 2007 and 12 years later, is considered cured. the therapy obviously extremely risky, but it does give new hope in finding a cure. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the rescue effort at sea. the plane going down with americans onboard. ship joining the urgent search. we'll have more coming up. also, the major medical headline about a crucial childhood vaccine and autism. and what researchers are now revealing tonight. and there are new clues coming in tonight about that deadly crash of a cargo plane off houston. what the voice recorder has now
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next tonight here, the americans rescued at sea. their small plane going down off turks and caicos. here's abc's stephanie ramos now. >> reporter: tonight, a rescue mission on the high seas in the caribbean. the u.s. coast guard alerted to a downed aircraft, then asking for help from a nearby cruise ship, the regal princess, sailing near turks and caicos. the ship's crew notifying passengers. >> we're now two and a half miles away. we're getting our teams ready for the rescue. >> reporter: diverting course, the ship launches a rescue vessel, racing across the choppy seas to save two american men floating in a life raft, just a speck on the ocean. they're picked up, raced back to the cruise ship, where they were cheered by passengers onboard. the men waving back, grateful to be alive. ship that's headed to st. thomas. no word just yet on what caused that plane to crash. david? >> stephanie, thank you.
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finally tonight here, america strong. alabama strong. and as you know, we are back from beauregard tonight. the families we met, and the pets, the animals, surviving the tornado. tonight, the tight-knit town of beauregard, alabama, coming together, comforting one another, praying together. already helping to rebuild. just devastating, isn't it? >> yeah. i can't believe it. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: we met sherry mcclendon and her husband, billy, returning to the property their family had just sold to a couple months ago. what was the age range of the couple that bought this house? >> they were young, they were in their 20s. >> reporter: 20s? >> young, yeah. >> reporter: and they didn't survive? >> i -- we haven't found them. we don't know. we don't know. >> reporter: they believe their names were on the list. proof everyone here felt this. so many lost someone they knew. the mcclendons among them.
>> i don't know. i don't really have a lot of words, to be honest with you. >> reporter: there aren't words. >> there really aren't. no, sir. no, sir. >> reporter: we're thinking about all of you. >> well thank you. >> reporter: thank you. family members helping each other today. and the animal hospital taking care of pets. many injured by the tornado. and there was buck, looking up. tonight, we've just learned he's been reunited with his family. and we are with the people and the pets of beauregard. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night. tomorrow. until then, good night.
shooting can be sustained. >> the state attorney releases his findings of the fatal shooting of stephon clark. how one south bay city is looking for a solution for what happens after homeless possessions are cleared out of the camp. a second hiv patient is cured. this is a link between men as we learned how doctors pulled it off. >> live where you live, this is abc 7 news. here we go again. this is a look at live doppler 7. you see the green moving into the area and more is on the way. good evening. thanks for being with us tonight. >> we've seen rain throughout the day. you can see the drops on our golden gate bridge camera. the umbrellas were out in full force, as well as in san francisco. those are going to come in handy tonight and into tomorrow. >> let's get our first look at the weather and how much rain we can expect from the latest storm from spencer christensen.
>> the rain is pushing onshore, right through the bay area. we go from live doppler 7 to a look at the storm impact scale, you see tonight's storm is a light intensity, producing scattered showers, and a thunderstorm. forecast animation. we see the oranges and reds showing up. steadier or heavier downpours will develop and the storm will intensify for a level two. i'll give you a closer look at that and the timeline in a few minutes. >> thanks. too much rain and nowhere for all of it to go. that's the basic problem that so many areas in the north bay are facing tonight. the latest storm has officials on alert and with good reason. they are still cleaning up from last week's russian river flooding. nevada's public works department says they've removed debris from nevada creek. there's large pumps working along