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like jurassic park. >> pretty fun. appreciate your time. tonight, as we come on the air in the west, the breaking news. the fbi now joining the investigation. the horror in the cockpit now revealed. what happened inside one of those new boeing jets after it went into that nose dive. the pilots frantically trying to flip through the manual. and what happened the day before on that same yet. also, the major storm set to hit tonight and into tomorrow. it will affect travel coast to coast. major travel hubs in the path. flight delays expected. we'll time it out. abc news learns tonight new england patriots owner robert kraft will not take the plea deal that would have forced him to acknowledge guilt. and tonight, the interview just coming in now, the woman, the original owner of that day spa, now at the center of the scandal, speaking out. president trump and what he said today about the mueller report, expected soon. and late today, the president unleashing again on the late john mccain.
cindy and meghan mccain, and what they're saying tonight. the youtube mom under arrest tonight, accused of abusing her seven adopted children. accused of not feeding them, targeting them with pepper spray, to act in videos seen by millions on youtube. did she make millions off her adopted children? the horror on a cruise ship. the young man and the bungee that snapped. and the hidden cameras found in hotel rooms. authorities now say the cameras were livestreaming images of 1,600 hotel guests for subscribers. good evening as we come on the air in the west tonight. and we have just learned this evening that the fbi has now joined the investigation into those new boeing jets. and it comes just as we learn of the horror that played out inside the cockpit of one of those doomed flights. for the first time, we are learning those chilling details, what happened during the first crash. the pilots scrambling to flip through the emergency checklist, the manual for that new jet, to
try to figure out what was going on. abc's david kerley with what happened in the cockpit. >> reporter: tonight, word the fbi is joining that investigation into the certification of boeing's new 737 max, after those two crashes. and chilling details about the first crash in indonesia. there was trouble the day before on a flight, the jet moving dramatically up and down after takeoff. the pilots confused. but a third pilot, sitting the jump seat, according to bloomberg, apparently saved the flight. >> there's this chaotic situation in the cockpit. the pilots are trying to figure out how to solve it and are not making progress. the third guy sitting in the jump seat is the one who spoke up and said, "try turning off the trim system." >> reporter: boeing says its manual calls for the automation to be disengaged. the simple procedure, if you have a problem with the auto pilot, is to shut it off? >> yeah. take control of aircraft. i know i can fly the airplane
manually without my electric trim. >> reporter: in indonesia, even though the jump seat pilot apparently saved the day, and the problem was written up, the jet was put back into service the next day with a bad sensor, triggering that anti-stall system called mcas, forcing the nose down. during the accident flight, the pilots, according to bloomberg, while struggling with the aircraft, were going through their emergency checklist, but ran out of time, having never turned off the system. the jet crashing in the java sea. >> there are ways to cope with the failure. and what we've seen with lion air and potentially with ethiopia, pilots weren't trained to cope with the problem. >> so, let's get back to david kerley, with us again tonight on this. you've been on this from the beginning. and david, a new layer to this tonight, the pentagon's inspector general is now investigating acting defense secretary patrick shanahan and his ties to boeing? >> reporter: and whether or not boeing got any preferential treatment, david, in contracts at the pentagon. now, as far as these crashes, boeing says it will cooperate
with the investigations, all investigations, including senate hearings, which are set for next week. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, thank you. and there is a major storm brewing, it will affect travel coast to coast tomorrow. major travel hubs set to get hit. in fact, this new system will hit d.c., philly, new york, and so let's get right to rob marciano, because this will affect travel across the country. rob, good evening. >> reporter: hi, david. this is another situation where we have two waves merging together for another high impact storm. this time, over the east coast. let's look at the big radar. we already have some rain across norfolk and hampton roads, but the low kicks the energy to the carolinas tonight for your nor'easter tomorrow. by 7:00 a.m., richmond, d.c., baltimore, you're in it for heavy rain. a messy rush hour. increasing in rain and wind throughout the day here in the new york metro area. the evening rush going to be awful. and then carrying over friday morning, across much of new england. the back side of this, you are going to see some accumulating snow north of i-91. the big cities with this inland track, it's going to be mostly
rain. all these big cities will be at risk for at least some urban flooding over the next 36 hours. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. next tonight, to the investigation involving a mother now under arrest tonight. she had seven adopted children, they were in a popular youtube series. but tonight, prosecutors have now charged that mom with abusing the children. police say they were pepper sprayed, locked in a closet for days without food. here's abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: their video antics were viewed a quarter of a billion times, but tonight, police say the serial abuse those little actors suffered was a dark, behind the camera secret. machelle hobson adopted the seven children, ages 3 to 15, but according to court documents, she'd beaten and pepper sprayed them when they failed to memorize their lines. her "fantastic adventures" youtube channel had over 800,000 subscribers. the on-camera scenarios chillingly similar to what police say was their reality. >> see? we're trapped!
>> reporter: investigators tipped off after hobson's adult biological daughter came forward. her adopted children claiming they did not go to school and that hobson would pepper spray all over their face and body, spanking them, forcing them to take ice baths and when resisting, would force their heads under water. children allegedly beaten with hangers and forced to stand in a corner, hands raised above their head for 18 hours straight. and while some of the videos focused on food, even cookies -- >> cookies, cookies, cookies. >> oh yeah, you hungry? >> reporter: -- police say the kids were starved for days at a time. police also accuse hobson's two biological adult male sons for failing to report the abuse, despite knowing about it. hobson facing multiple charges including kidnapping. she has not entered a plea. >> matt gutman with us live tonight. and matt, if convicted of the most serious charges here, this accused mom could spend the rest of her life behind bars? >> reporter: and that's because she faces 19 counts, including
five for kidnapping. hobson's likely made millions off this youtube channel, but this afternoon, youtube terminated it, ensuring she can't monetize it going forward. david? >> all right, matt gutman on a horrific case tonight. matt, thank you. also developing at this hour, the new headline involving new england patriots owner robert kraft tonight. his lawyer now saying kraft will not take the plea deal, after that prostitution bust in florida. the deal would have forced kraft to acknowledge guilt. and tonight, the interview just in, the founding and former owner of that day spa now at the center of the scandal is speaking out. here's abc's tara palmeri. >> reporter: she's the woman smiling beside president trump and his family at glitzy fundraisers and mar-a-lago events. she's also the founder and former owner of a florida massage parlor recently busted as an alleged front for sex trafficking. a sting that led to the arrest of the president's good friend, patriots owner robert kraft. cindy yang sold the spa six years ago, but since the raid, her trump connection now under the microscope. congressional democrats calling
for an fbi counterintelligence investigation into whether yang sold access to the trumps to chinese businesspeople. sitting down with me today, she denied it all, saying she's just a fan of the president's. >> he's a business person. i'm a small business person, too. i will believe that we will make america great again. that reason, i become a republican. >> reporter: federal records show yang and her family have contributed over $50,000 to pro-trump and pro-republican organizations since 2017. on super bowl sunday, she was at trump's golf club, having her picture taken be the president. >> that day, i see more than a hundred people take a picture with him. only my picture got in trouble. >> reporter: the super bowl event, you got some of your clients -- >> super bowl, only by myself. >> reporter: you didn't take any clients there? >> no, because -- just myself. >> reporter: the patriots won the super bowl. the owner, robert kraft, now facing charges stemming from the
raid on that spa yang once owned. prosecutors offered him a plea bargain, but tonight, we have learned kraft has turned it down. for her part, yang says she knows nothing about alleged illicit activity. david, democrats are questioning whether cindy yang is a counterintelligence threat, but she vehemently denies she's a spy. she's scared and she thinks she's being targeted because she's chinese and a republican that supports president trump. david? >> tara palmeri with the interview tonight. tara, thank you. next tonight, president trump lashing out at the highly anticipated mueller report today. the president calling the report, quote, ridiculous, but he also said, let the public see it. and late today, the president unleashing a new attack on the late senator john mccain, who passed away nearly seven months ago now. his wife, cindy mccain, just today on the hate she's now receiving, and meghan mccain reacting, too. here's our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: standing before a line of tanks at a factory in lima, ohio, president trump launched an all-out assault on
late senator and war hero john mccain. >> so, i have to be honest, i've never liked him much. hasn't been for me. i really probably never will. >> reporter: the pro-military crowd, silent, as trump told them he never got a thank you for authorizing the use of an air force jet to transfer mccain's casket, along with other military support for his memorial service. >> i gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which, as president, i had to approve. i don't care about this, i didn't get thank you, that's okay. we sent him on the way, but i wasn't a fan of john mccain. so now, what we can say is, now, we're all set. i don't think i have to answer that question, but the press keeps -- what do you think of mccain? what do you think -- not my kind of guy, but some people like him and i think that's great. >> reporter: the president started his renewed attacks on mccain over the weekend, and today, mccain's widow, cindy, revealed one of the hateful
messages she's received in recent days. on "the view" today, mccain's daughter, meghan, called the president's attacks a bizarre new low. >> if i had told my dad, seven months after you're dead, you're going to be dominating the news and all over twitter, he would think it was hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death, as well. >> reporter: most republican senators have resisted directly criticizing the president for his attacks on mccain. but today, georgia republican johnny isakson, who chairs the veterans affairs committee, said enough is enough. >> it's deplorable what he said. we should never reduce the service that people give to this country. >> jon karl live with us from the white house. and jon, this all comes as washington, of course, waits for special counsel bob mueller to hand in his report. america waiting, in fact. and look at this. today our cameras, you saw this, jon, catching a rare glimpse of mueller as he arrived at work. and jon, you asked the president if he wants mueller's report to be made public. here's what the president said. >> reporter: mr. president, does
the american public hhe mueller? >> i don't mind. frankly, i told the house, if you want, let them see it. let it come out. let people see it. >> let it come out, he says. it made immediate news today, jon. and president trump now saying he's looking forward to reading the report himself? >> reporter: he did just a week ago, he said that there should not be a mueller report, but today, he said that he wants to read it and so do tens of millions of his supporters. david? >> jon karl with us again tonight. jon, thank you. we're going to turn tonight to the newly released body cam video of a police takedown in las vegas. officers confronting the suspect. they say the video shows the moment he went for his gun. and we warn you tonight, the video is disturbing. here's abc's gio benitez. >> let me see your hands! >> reporter: las vegas police responding to a call about an armed robbery. police say the suspect, 20-year-old steven aguirre, had just broken into a boys and girls club, spotted here on surveillance video. police now move in, quickly confronting him, then ordering
him to the ground. >> turn around. turn around, keep your hands up. get on your knees. >> reporter: second later, the suspect drops his arms, as police open fire. >> the officer saw a firearm and told aguirre specifically not to touch it. as aguirre was on the ground, he attempted to stand up and began pulling his firearm out of the holster. >> reporter: that suspect survived, and is in stable condition tonight. and david, aguirre is charged with armed robbery, burglary and resisting arrest. police now believe that gun belonged to his grandfather, a retired police officer. david? >> gio, thank you. we turn overseas tonight, and to the around the clock search and rescue operations in mozambique. choppers are airlifting survivors of that deadly cyclone. some climbing trees to escape the flooding. more than 1,000 people are feared dead. and the u.s. and european union tonight are sending emergency aid. now, to syria tonight. president trump proclaiming isis will be gone from that country by tonight. the president standing in front of the white house today,
holding a map showing the success of u.s.-backed forces over the last two years. military officials have given no indication of when the battle over the last remaining isis foothold in that country will end. back here at home tonight, and to new fallout now in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. scrutiny growing on several major campuses, students on those campuses right now, dozens of them, with their college careers hanging in the balance. at ucla, a student recruited for the elite women's soccer team, despite allegedly having no soccer experience. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> toward the back post -- >> reporter: they are among the best in college soccer. the women of ucla making it to the championship in 2017. but one player not spotted in the team photo that season -- number 41, midfielder and freshman lauren isackson. a year and a half later, her parents stand accused of bribing her way into ucla and onto the team, even though she reportedly didn't play soccer. college counselor rick singer allegedly took $600,000 from the
isacksons to get their daughter into usc and ucla, creating fake sports credentials and test scores. lauren was touted as a former mvp and team captain of a soccer club, but tonight, the coaching director of that club says they didn't even have a team for her age group. >> i would say team captain and mvp would be hard to be that of a team that doesn't exist. >> reporter: tonight, a ucla soccer coach has been indicted on racketeering charges and placed on leave. isackson no longer on the team, but is still at the school. and david, here at usc, they have just named a new president, while at the same time, placing holds on the accounts of a growing number of students who may be involved in this admissions scandal, and david, that means they can't register for classes. >> kayna whitworth on this story again tonight. kayna, thank you. and there is news tonight about your money and the american economy. the federal reserve today holding the line on interest rates, saying they will likely not change at all this year. fed chairman jerome powell saying the u.s. economy is slowing, but remains, quote, in a good place.
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>> reporter: bungee cords on the popular skypad trampoline attraction apparently snapping. one, then the other. >> all of a sudden, i'm on the ground, not sure if i can walk ever again. >> reporter: the cruise cut short. holladay seen here on a stretcher before being taken to the hospital. >> my shoulder got dislocated, i bruised a couple rips, and then my pubis inside of my pelvis shattered. >> reporter: one month later, holladay still struggling to get around, now filing suit, claiming the cruise line failed to inspect and maintain the ropes, as similar companies who operate these types of activities do on land. >> my concern is that these attractions are not being inspected and certified. >> reporter: david, in a statement, royal caribbean says they do not comment on pending litigation, adding that they operate their ships safely, professionally and responsibly. david? >> victor oquendo tonight. thank you, victor. when we come back here, the hidden cameras found in hotel rooms. authorities say they were livestreaming images of 1,600 hotel guests without them knowing. and that jackpot topping
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another local city is making rules when it comes to rvs. are they lining the streets where you live? did a wet winter really make a difference? on the first day of spring we're digging deep to get you answers. spencer christian. apart from a dry break here, a dry break there, there's quite a bit more rain on the way. i'll have the forecast. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. whatever they say, we have to move. >> moving on. moving out. and just maybe moving up. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. abc 7 news is committed to building a better bay area. it means we're looking at the bay area and issues what's be done about them. >> we're talking about housing and how one city's rules could help those who want to live here. >> the south bay tops still lowe's top value and home rental
in the country. >> it's over 3 million in palo alto and close to 2 million in mountain view. median rent here has almost doubled in the past ten years. most people simply can't afford it. >> they can't. the last homeless census done in santa clara county found almost 7,500 people homeless. the second highest number in a decade. a third of those people were living on the street. a third were in shelters and 8% said they were living in a vehicle. >> and now the city of mountain view is becoming the latest bay area city to make a move on people living in rvs. >> abc 7 news reporter ansar hassan joins us. >> reporter: yeah, don and ama, good evening. mountain view's known for expensive neighborhoods like these but these aren't the residents the city's concerned with. it's people month who live on this side of the street in this row of rvs. along this row of rvs parked on shoreline boulevard lives this young father. >> the rent's too expensive for me and my family. >> reporter: he doesn't want to