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patrick's day festival on the west coast. didn't say whether the pancakes were green or not. >> i'm tonight, the devastating disaster, and what may be a major break in the case. is there a crash connection? the black box data now in the hands of ethiopian officials, who say there is a, quote, clear similarity between this crash and the lion air disaster which also killed everyone on board. boeing now responding. the historic flood emergency. nebraska's governor calling it unbelievable. entire towns cut off. helicopters needed for hundreds of water rescues. rivers rising to record levels. sam champion standing by. the cross-country capture. the suspect in the murder of his wife, arrested more than 2,000 miles from where her body was discovered. a large amount of cash in the mexico? the new video tonight. the police carjack shooting. a wild chase.
the suspects running over an officer before authorities open fire. also tonight, why the president is attacking senator john mccain, who died seven months ago. the tweet storm that has forced one of the president's biggest allies to defend mccain's legacy. stealing the spotlight? joe biden's apparent slip of the tongue, before even announcing a run for the white house. as 2020 newcomer beto o'rourke attracts packs of reporters and intense scrutiny, issuing a series of apologies. the shelter in place order. more than 30,000 people told to stay inside as a chemical tank ignites outside houston. the fire burning out of control. and good evening. and thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with startling new developments in the doomed ethiopian airlines flight that killed 157 people and led to the grounding of boeing 737 max
planes around the world. french authorities recovering voice and data recordings before returning the black boxes to ethiopian officials. the country's transportation minister telling reporters preliminary data shows a, quote, clear similarity to the lion air max 8 crash off indonesia in october. the new development coming as funeral services were held for some of the victims. the findings raising new questions for boeing, and could complicate attempts to get the fleet back in the sky. here's julia macfarlane with the details. >> reporter: tonight, a startling announcement about the 737 max air disaster. ethiopia's transportation minister declaring the crash shows, quote, "a clear similarity" with the lion air crash in indonesia in october. this, after reviewing preliminary data from the black boxes. >> if the ethiopians know there is a parallel between these two crashes, speed is of the essence. there is no sense in waiting a month. it only endangers the flying public. >> reporter: abc news has been told the initial data has not been verified.
but data from both incidents right after takeoff showed the planes jolting up and down erratically. both the ethiopia and lion air flights experienced similar drops before crashing just after takeoff. it was this data that triggered the faa to join the rest of the world in grounding the 737 max fleet. >> it matched too closely to the lion air trajectory to figure that they weren't similar. >> reporter: the captain of the doomed ethiopia flight struggled immediately after takeoff. "the new york times" reporting within minutes, he called the tower in a panicky voice, break, break, request back to home. the jetliner crashed three minutes later. >> the max is a new airplane. there may have been some design flaw in the max that led to, in conjunction with pilot error, one of these mishaps. if that's true, it'll be a real black eye for boeing. >> reporter: since the october lion air crash, boeing has been designing a software update to strengthen a safety feature.
in a new statement, the company says it's finalizing that update. with all 370 of the 737 max jets now towed and parked, the fate of the world's most popular plane hangs in the balance for boeing. tonight, in ethiopia, a heart-wrenching reminder of the human toll. families of the 157 who died, sobbing over the empty coffins of those who perished. >> julia, the families, we saw them there, are worried, travelers are worried, all looking for answers. and late word tonight from the ntsb about the data from the black boxes? >> reporter: a major development, just moments ago, the ntsb saying they're working with the ethiopians to transcribe the information from the black boxes. that will go a long way towards strengthening the credibility of the investigation. now that the ethiopians are
sharing with outsiders. tom? >> julia, thank you. next tonight, to the historic flood emergency playing out in the heartland. at least two people are dead, and reports that nearly 300 rescues in nebraska alone. several rivers rising to record levels, including the missouri, amid rapid snow melt and ice jams. several communities, cut off tonight. our sam champion with more. >> reporter: tonight, two dead, one missing and dozens rescued as historic and devastating flooding continues. the raging rivers intensified by rapid snow melt and ice jams. hardest hit, nebraska. much of waterloo cut off to the outside world. the elkhorn river cresting at a new record. beating the old mark by nearly five feet. blocking all routes in and out of the town. its residents completely trapped.
this weekend, the national guard using helicopters to rescue more than 100 people, some from the roofs of their homes. david perkins, thankful he was pulled to safety. >> i was petrified. i didn't know how fast it was coming up. >> reporter: authorities saying bridges and roads like this one are unsafe, even after the water recedes. >> in situations like that, you try to grab the essential things. pictures and things like that. >> reporter: nebraska's governor characterizing the destruction as unbelievable. this highway, cracked in half. and this is what's left of the spencer dam after being destroyed by the roaring water. that breach causing an 11-foot wall of water to devastate 3 surrounding counties. this cafe in niobrara completely wiped out. the flood damage now expanding into iowa. these homes in freemont county under water as the flooding continues. >> water everywhere you look in some cases. sam joining us live. what will happen with all the water? >> the warnings tonight, the worst around omaha.
follow the missouri river down, the water dtrains south, around st. joseph. expected to go to major flood stage by tuesday. and a lot of the water draining into the mississippi. mississippi, already at flood stage. st. louis, at flood stage, and will stay there until the end of the week. we don't think the crest will happen until the end of the week. so, all of it stays in flooding until the end of the week. >> sam, thank you. next tonight to an arrest after a cross-country manhunt for a suspect authorities say killed his wife. taken into custody more than 2,000 miles away from where the body was found. inside the car? a large amount of cash. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, this suspect on the run, accused of murdering his wife in north carolina, finally arrested in arizona. >> a hard lot of work put into this but it got a killer off the streets. >> reporter: 38-year-old emergency room nurse and mother of two, diana keel, was reported missing last saturday by her teenage daughter.
her body found three days later in a wooded area 30 miles from her home. >> she was such a sweet, sweet friend. >> reporter: police later charging her husband, 57-year-old lynn keel, with first degree murder. but by then, they say he'd left the state, prompting a nationwide manhunt. a tip leading police near tucson, where they say they stopped keel today possibly en route to mexico. >> he was 34 miles from the mexican border when he was spotted and he has a large amount of cash on him. >> reporter: authorities in north carolina, now also looking into the death of keel's first wife, elisabeth, at their home in 2006. it was ruled accidental. but in light of this murder charge, the sheriff's office now says they are reviewing that case. and tonight, keel is in custody in arizona awaiting extradition. police say he was unarmed and could make his first court appearance tomorrow. tom? >> marci, thank you.
now to the race for 2020. something joe biden said, then quickly corrected, that may be stealing the spotlight. as newcomer to the field beto o'rourke faces a whole new level of scrutiny. here's abc's lana zak. >> reporter: listening to vice president joe biden, it sounds to many like he's made up his mind about entering the race. >> i have the most progressive record of anybody running. i mean, of anyone who would run. i mean -- >> reporter: but it's another democratic challenger capturing attention tonight. beto o'rourke, on the defensive, telling reporters he regretted it when he said he was "born to run" for president. >> i'm born to serve. i'm born to try to help bring people together. >> reporter: that isn't the only issue facing o'rourke. he's being asked to explain his teenage role in an early hacking group, the "cult of the dead cow," and a fictional story he wrote about hitting children with a car. the texas democrat saying he's
mortified by those words now. >> i have to take ownership of my words and understand the way they make people feel. >> reporter: facing a crowded democratic field, he's addressing criticism that he's benefited from white privilege. >> as a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on, i've clearly had advantages over the course of my life. >> reporter: that crowded democratic field officially gained one more, with kirsten gillibrand announcing today. she says her first speech will take place in new york, in front of the trump international hotel. >> lana, thank you. now, to the mounting backlash after president trump took aim at the late senator john mccain. tara palmeri on what he tweeted, and the fallout. >> reporter: tonight, president trump facing backlash for attacking the late senator
john mccain, seven months after his death. before attending church on sunday, the president accusing mccain of "spreading the fake and totally discredited and totally discredited dossier." which claims that russians allegedly have compromising information on trump. quoting these comments on fox news -- >> john mccain was an american hero. this is unfortunately a very dark stain. >> reporter: meghan mccain firing off at trump for attacking her father, tweeting, "no one will ever love you the way they loved my father. i wish i had been given more saturdays with him. maybe spend yours with your family, instead of obsessing over mine." >> the president's comments are bad, and he should apologize. >> reporter: those allegations trump is tweeting are not true. mccain learned about the dossier 11 days after the election, then shared it with the fbi in december, 2016. trump is also attacking mccain for voting against a bill to repeal obamacare. >> on an issue of this importance to the nation, for me
to worry about a personal relationship, then i'm not doing my job. >> reporter: the president also mocking mccain for being last in his class. mccain has admitted that he was fifth from the bottom in his class. it's not the first time trump has bashed the celebrated veteran. it started during the 2016 presidential campaign. >> he was a war hero because he was captured, i like people who are not captured. >> reporter: lindsey graham defending mccain's record. tweeting, he stepped forward to risk his life for his country. he was one of the most consequential senators in history. nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished. >> tara joining us now from the white house. the president very active on twitter all weekend. seeming to be at war with what is on television as well? >> reporter: trump also
attacking cnn, "snl," and even fox news for yanking judge pirro off air for controversial comments she made about a muslim congresswoman. >> tara, thank you. next, we head overseas. new details from the new zealand terror attacks. among the survivors, a child whose mother says her father saved her. will carr is in christchurch. >> reporter: tonight, as a nation in anguish prepares to bury its dead, we're hearing stories of heroic survival, including this father who saved his 3-year-old toddler. the child's mother, an american, posting that her husband "shielded our son during the attack." the father shot, the child injured, but both alive. the young boy's aunt, grateful. >> hug your family, hug your friends. you just don't know when you might not see them again. >> reporter: on sunday, new zealand's prime minister embraced heartbroken residents after authorities say this man, brenton tarrant, his face blurred per local law, killed at least 50 people and injured
dozens more during a hate filled rampage at two mosques.ctow acc of sending disturbing messages to authorities before storming the first place of worship. >> it did not include a location, it did not include specific details, but the assurance i want to give is that had it provided details that could have been acted on immediately, it would have been. >> reporter: the mayor of christchurch says the shooter's hate was imported into a safe city in a safe country. how does your community start to heal? >> by coming together. the victim of this attack was our whole community, not just the muslim community. >> reporter: new zealand's parliament is meeting today to discuss strengthening the country's gun laws. at the same time, gun sales have spiked. some residents concerned their gun rights could be taken away as this community continues to mourn.
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kindness in with your cardio. the surprise gesture at the gym lifting a lot of spirits tonight. it's "america strong." >> what do you want to do, arms? >> reporter: c.j. wagner always looks forward to his workout routine. treadmill, weights, all at his local gym, a planet fitness in woonsocket, rhode island. >> he brightens up the gym the minute he walks through the door. he's never negative. >> reporter: the 22-year-old with down syndrome and his caretaker, lisa simpson, are regulars, hitting the gym three days a week. >> and what do you do when you do a good workout? >> a massage. >> a massage. that's the best. he loves the massage. >> reporter: but earlier this week, c.j. arrived without his sneakers. >> i glanced down and i saw his boots. oh, my god, what do i do now? >> reporter: that's when general manager dan cote stepped in, and stepped up. >> i said, that's fine. it's not the end of the world. >> reporter: the 28-year-old had an idea. and was out the door with his wallet ready. >> i had already started walking to olympia sports in the plaza, saw a pair of under armour shoes in front of me, and i grabbed
those, cashed out. i showed him the shoes, and said, "bud, these are actually going to be a whole lot more comfortable to walk in." >> it was unbelievable that somebody would do that. it's not something that typically happens in your day to day life. >> reporter: but to dan, it seemed natural. this is what he was supposed to do. >> i had to do this. i need to do this. >> reporter: lisa capturing dan's random act of kindness in this video, which then went viral. >> i've had people call the gym and thank me. i've had cards sent to me thanking me for the act of kindness. >> reporter: but lisa isn't surprised. >> the fact that it went viral tells me that we want kindness in our lives. >> i love you, too, buddy. >> so true. we want to thank c.j. and dan for sharing. 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. night. have a great evening. good night.
finding a solution for the dproe growing homeless problem in the east bay led a church to take on an intriguing approach to provide those living on streets with a place to go. >> we are sdoontly working to help build a better bay area. tackling issues most important to like homeless ens. living in cars is unsafe.
>> a program it launching tomorrow in oakland to fix that. >> oakland williams chapel church you can expect sunday service to wrap up with music, a blessing from the pastor. and the congregation spills out in the parking lot. they'll be sharing with the homeless. >> we're starting off with ten to 15 cars. that will be along this fence. >> homeless oakland residence will sleep over night in their cars starting monday. there's bathroom, water station, video sur vaels. and security guards will be on site. resources like employment training will be offered during the day. this is set to expand to other churches later in the year. altogether the counsel safe car park program. >> these will be individuals that are employed. there's a lot of college students that are trying