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>> i don't know. >> not bad. >> an investment. that's it for abc7 news. tonight, the mueller report. when and will it be released to the public? all eyes locked on attorney general william barr, now pouring over the report, the "principal conclusions" expected to hit congress soon. president trump at mar-a-lago, sources say he's telling guests he's, quote, glad it's over. democrats, republicans and presidential candidates all weighing in. also breaking tonight, crippled at sea. the cruise ship issuing a mayday call in rough waters. helicopters called in to help. passengers and furniture tossed around. nearly 1,300 passengers and crew being evacuated. robert kraft's apology. the billionaire owner of the new england patriots breaking his silence for the first time since being charged in a prostitution sting. the deadly blast overseas. dozens killed. a chemical plant exploding in
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flames. plus, the ongoing humanitarian crisis. the death toll rising after that devastating cyclone. our crew with rescuers on a dire relief mission. and machete mayhem. the alleged gas station robber armed with a machete. the clerk fighting him off with a machete of his own. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this busy saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the seismic shift in the russia investigation. the mueller report now in the hands of the new attorney general, william barr. how much if anything will america get to see? the ag reading the report after at the justice department today. 24 hours after receiving it. his first summary could be revealed tomorrow. one headline already revealed from the 22-month investigation, abc news has learned that robert
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mueller is not recommending any further indictments. and tonight, new images of president trump addressing guests during a fund-raiser at mar-a-lago. abc news learning the president is telling close associates that, quote, he's glad it's over. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, all eyes on william barr. the attorney general, seen on his way to the justice department this morning, where the review of robert mueller's confidential and comprehensive report is still under way. barr could reveal the report's key findings as early as tomorrow. the russia investigation, spanning 22 months, led to 37 indictments, including some of president trump's closest advisers and associates. while he awaits the content of the report, sources say the president, seen waving to supporters in florida today, is in a great mood telling those gathered at his mar-a-lago club he's "glad it's over." it was an investigation he attacked at every turn. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. they won't find any collusion. it doesn't exist. there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. there was no nothing. >> reporter: but even he has
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called for the report's release. >> let it come out, let people see it, that's up to the attorney general. >> reporter: the attorney general says he wants transparency, and he will work with mueller and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation, to determine what "information from the report can be released to congress and the public consistent with the law." barr promised as much during his confirmation hearings. >> i'm going to make as much information available as i can. >> reporter: here is what we know tonight. the special counsel is recommending no further indictments. and the attorney general maintains mueller was not stopped from pursuing any targets. barr's summary of conclusions are expected to address whether the trump campaign colluded with the russians and whether the president obstructed justice. >> and pierre thomas joins us now from washington. pierre, the mueller investigation is done, but the scrutiny of the president and his associates is far from over. the special counsel's investigation had a very limited scope.
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but we know that congressional investigations are now under way and there are criminal investigations as well. >> reporter: that's right, tom. there are a number of other investigations under way at the state and federal level including in new york southern district. which is looking into possible campaign finance violations. the attorney general will oversee those federal cases as well, tom. >> pierre thomas for us tonight. pierre, thank you. and new responses from congress over the mueller report. democrats and republicans overwhelming demanding the full release of the report. house speaker nancy pelosi insisting any congressional briefings be unclassified. democrats vowing action if anything is held back. abc's mary bruce is on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, robert mueller's work may be over, but the fight on capitol hill is just getting started. >> the american people have a right to the truth. the watch word is transparency. >> reporter: democrats are demanding the special counsel's full report and they are prepared to use their subpoena power to get it. >> we will certainly subpoena
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the parts of the report and we will reserve the right to call mueller or -- to testify before the committee or to subpoena him. >> reporter: with all options on the table, robert mueller and the attorney general could be made to testify. >> the attorney general committed to making as much of it public as was consistent with law and policy. if he's true to that, that means the entire thing, and we're going to insist upon it. >> reporter: after nearly two years and $25 million, members on both sides of the aisle say the public deserves to see the results. the top republican on the house judiciary committee doug collins tweeting that the report should be released "w/o delay and to maximum extent permitted by law." what comes next, now an issue on the campaign trail too. >> that report needs to be made public. the american people have a right and a need to know. >> but what really matters to our democracy as we approach 2020, does he follow the rules
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from the special counsel that say that it is in the public interest. >> reporter: and democrats don't just want the full report, they want the underlying evidence too. >> we need to see the mueller report, not the barr report. the american people paid for the mueller report and they deserve to know all the findings and evidence. >> and mary joins us now from capitol hill. mary, the democrats have already made their first move sending a notice to the trump administration. >> reporter: they're wasting no time, requesting that the white house counsel that preserve all records and documents related to the mueller report. tom. >> mary, thank you. and a very busy weekend in washington. stay with abc news for continuing coverage of the mueller report. house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff and ranking member of the house oversight committee jim jordan will be tomorrow's guests on "this week" with george stephanopoulos. tonight's another breaking
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story, the cruise ship crippled at sea. the images coming in. the viking sky, look at this, issuing a mayday call. the engine failing. passengers tossed away. helicopters braving high winds to air lift crew and passengers to safety. here's abc's jennifer eccleston. >> reporter: dramatic rescue efforts off the coast of norway after a cruise ship with 1300 people onboard issues a mayday emergency during rough seas. watch, as helicopters hover just feet above the towering vessel, "the viking sky." these powerful waves rocking the ship, as the helicopters hoist passengers, waiting on its deck, one-by-one. sea water rushing beneath those waiting to get off. and inside, furniture sliding from side to side. this passenger struggling to hang on as bits of the ceiling come crashing down. with just four helicopters, rescue teams are warning, it's a slow and delicate process. >> we went up on a helicopter with a sling, the two of us together, and it was quite
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scary. >> reporter: so far, dozens evacuated and at least ten injured. the two-year-old cruise liner, on a northern lights tour, issued an sos after suffering engine failure at 2:00 p.m. local time. winds over 40 miles per hour pummeling the ship, pushing it dangerously close to the shore just over a mile away. tonight, those rescue operations continue and, right now, the ship is anchored and stable with one of its engines back online. tom? >> amazing how that ship was tossed around. jennifer eccleston with those incredible images. and we move on now about the growing concerns of toxic air and water in deer park, texas. the fire flaring up again on friday, and a major shipping channel temporarily closed off as a precaution. the company now facing a lawsuit over the air quality. abc's alex perez is on the scene. >> reporter: just outside houston tonight, response teams
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on alert, monitoring this charred chemical plant that has wreaked havoc here for nearly a week. >> this situation has been a never-ending reoccurring of attempting to do something and it's not working out the way it's planned. >> reporter: friday, a third flare up, once again sending black clouds into the sky. >> the ditch that all of the chemicals and the foam that was released in the past 24 hours, that is where the second plume of smoke appears to be coming from. >> reporter: but the potentially cancer-causing toxin benzene leaked in the air during the containment effort. >> no levels detected of immediate health concern. >> reporter: those who live nearby on edge. >> it's kind of a little bit frightening just because you don't know what's going in the air, even though they say it's not harmful. >> reporter: because of toxic chemicals seeping into waterways, the coast guard temporarily shutting down a busy houston ship channel. texas attorney general filing a lawsuit against itc, the company
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that owns the plant, for violating the state's clean air act. and tom, the impact to the community here is now growing. eight public parks in the area have now been shut down. crews now working around the clock to contain and remove all risks. tom? >> alex perez has been on the story from the beginning. alex, thank you. now to the flood emergency in the midwest tonight and more rain hitting the region this weekend. the mississippi and missouri rivers overflowing across several states. water rising up to some rooftops there, cutting off buildings. in st. joseph, missouri. record flooding expected to last into next week. let's get right to rob marciano. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, tom. with those rivers still high, we have more rain moving into the area right now, not a lot, but there's a severe weather threat with this. watch box that includes oklahoma city tonight. that's until 10:00 this evening. that severe weather threat moves to the east, through little rock, arkansas, tomorrow.
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the rain shield gets into chicago and stays mostly below the flood zone. the flood threat is still high. a windy day across the northeast today, with winds gusting over 40 miles an hour in philadelphia and boston. tom? >> all right, rob, thank you. we head overseas tonight to the u.s.-backed forces declaring victory over isis in syria. the last remaining isis-held village liberated. the final battle in baghouz, ending the islamic state's so-called caliphate. syrian forces raises a yellow flag, you see it there, signaling the defeat of isis in the region. they'll remain alert for possible isis sleeper cells. the pentagon congratulating coalition forces. back here at home, some new protests erupting over a deadly police shooting in pittsburgh. demonstrators outraged after a white police officer was found not guilty for shooting an unarmed black teenager in the back after he ran from a traffic stop. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, anger and
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frustration boil over in pittsburgh, but the family of antwon rose calling for calm. >> it's very painful to see what happened. i just don't want it to happen to our city no more. >> reporter: former east pittsburgh police officer michael rosfeld cleared of all counts in the shooting death of the 17-year-old. overnight, large demonstrations, and it appears rosfeld's defense attorney was targeted, shots fired into his law office. no injuries reported. in june, an unarmed antwon spotted on cell phone video running away from a traffic stop. rosfeld firing, hitting antwon three times in less than a second. >> antwon rose was shot in his back. he was unarmed and he did not pose a threat to the officer and to the community, and the verdict today says that is okay. >> reporter: rosfeld testifying that he thought he saw a gun, "my attempt was to end the threat that i perceived to me." police say antwon was a passenger in a car suspected of being in an earlier drive-by shooting. defense sharing this video of the young men cleaning off the vehicle.
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>> this case had nothing to do with race. he's maintained from the beginning that he was just trying to do what he was supposed to do. >> reporter: tom, antwon's distraught family is now moving to the next phase, a civil lawsuit in federal court against rosfeld and east pittsburgh. tom? >> kenneth, thank you. next tonight, the growing humanitarian crisis in southern africa. the death toll climbing following that powerful cyclone. more than 600 people dead and unknown number still missing. survivors now in desperate need of relief supplies. now, a new worry, what disaster officials are calling a ticking bomb. the region at risk for disease outbreaks and early cases of cholera already detected. abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell is in mozambique. >> reporter: tonight, more than a week after that deadly cyclone, aid agencies finally reaching the frontline of this disaster. we flew with one group, town after town cut off. aziro with us too. he fought his way through the
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floods to get help for one isolated village. and today, the world food programme is bringing him and aid home. suddenly, he spots the village and this is his reward. a welcome fit for a hometown hero. people here have been cut off since the cyclone struck, that is now nine days ago. that's nine days without any food, without any shelter, without any help. but the aid is a small drop in a troubled sea. we met rescued families tired, hungry and sometimes injured, finally reaching dry ground. what we're now starting to see up and down this coast is people not waiting for aid agencies. the local fishermen going to rescue stranded villagers. in beira, mozambique, delphine telling us a tree smashed through her home on the night of the cyclone, crushing her right ankle. we give her a ride to the hospital. she's now getting help, but so many others here must simply
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wait and hope that help is coming. up until a few days ago, this was one of the main churches in this city. this situation is repeated all around here. churches, schools and hospitals, and of course, homes razed to the ground. the scale of need here is immense. tom. >> devastation everywhere you look. ian, thank you. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- machete mayhem. the scene when a store clerk refuses to give up his hard-earned cash. a suspect pulling out a machete. the clerk is ready with a weapon of his own. plus, robert kraft's apology, speaking out for the first time since being charged in a prostitution sting. his words tonight for his family, friends and fans. and the deadly blast overseas. a devastating explosion, tearing through a chemical plant. thick smoke pouring into the air and fears tonight that air could be toxic. stay with us. thick smoke pouring into the air and fears tonight that air could
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back now with that breaking headline involving new england patriots owner robert kraft. speaking out for the first time since being charged in that prostitution sting in florida. here's abc's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, billionaire patriots owner robert kraft, speaking out for the first time since being charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute. in a statement, kraft saying, "i am truly sorry. i know i have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard." the 77-year-old is among nearly 200 men charged in a major sting operation of south florida massage parlors. he added that he has, quote, extraordinary respect for women, and the last thing i would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. this week, kraft turned down a plea offer from florida prosecutors requiring that he acknowledge that he would have been found guilty at trial, in exchange for dismissing the charges. >> the question was, does the
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video contain mr. kraft inside receiving the alleged acts? the answer to that is yes. >> reporter: kraft's legal team now concerned that video will surface. he and two dozen other men charged filed a joint motion to keep the evidence from being released. tom, kraft has pleaded not guilty to the prostitution charges. and the nfl has yet to punish kraft, but there is a major conferences for owners on sunday. nfl policy states owners are held to a higher standard than players. tom? >> tara, thank you. when we come back, the deadly ambush. a young police officer just finished with his shift attacked apparently at random. what police are saying tonight. and the terrifies moments caught on camera. a man storming the altar of a church, stabbing a priest during a mass. news on the priest's condition tonight, and the charges that suspect is facing. some air frese heavy, overwhelming scents. introducing febreze one; a new range of innovative air fresheners
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spread toxic substances. at least 64 people have been killed, more than 90 severely injured. back here at home, a violent confrontation at a gas station in huntsville, alabama. a man pulling a machete on a clerk there, when the clerk pulls out a machete of his own. the fight quickly turning to an all-out duel, the clerk hacking away at the getaway car, as that man grabs the cash register, slashing through the power cord, and hauling it off. the two suspects involved were later caught. in chicago tonight, a community in mourning. an off-duty police officer shot and killed in a random attack. 23-year-old john rivera had just finished his shift and was leaving a nightclub with friends when he was ambushed while sitting in a car. tonight, the police superintendent saying he's, quote, disgusted at this devastating murder, pledging to catch whoever is responsible. and an update on that terrifying moment in montreal. a 77-year-old priest attacked in the middle of a mass, a man running behind the altar, stabbing him. parishioners running in to save the priest, stopping that attack. tonight that priest has been treated and released from the hospital.
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zack, returning home from combat in iraq with severe ptsd, starting a special nonprofit. >> i started collecting these flags because even though they're tattered and worn, i still believe they have a mission. and the same thing with veterans, even though they're tattered and worn, you still have a mission. >> reporter: donating those flags to veterans' families. mark in awe of his son's mission. >> he would jokingly talk to me and say, "will you save one of those tattered flags for me?" and i said, "of course, dad. i'll save a tattered flag for you." >> reporter: and so, zack honored his father. >> he was under the red, white and blue. >> reporter: with a final embrace and the worn stars and stripes of old glory. >> i just pictured him looking down on me smiling. >> reporter: erielle reshef, abc news. >> so, tonight, we salute the browns for their service and for sharing their story with us. want to thank our abc affiliate
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koco and thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york tpoepbt tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00. the college admissions scandal. the action the school is considering. >> the anti vaccination debate. the ban that just went into effect. it is time for the bull beguy to shine. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. violence is >> the search is on for a man wanted for stabbing and seriously injuring another bart passenger on a train. good evening. and thanks for joining us. they are telling riders today the system is safe despite the friday attack on a richmond-bound train. they need your help to catch the
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suspect. abc 7 news reporter cornell bernard is live at bart headquarters with this developing story. cornell. >> reporter: bart deputy police chief said safety is the top concern of riders. he is working to hire more officers as they search for a stabbing suspect. >> it has become very dangerous and scary, i feel. >> riders are feeling unnerved after a stabbing on bart. take a close look at this man. bart police believe he is the same guy who got into a fight with another rider on a richmond-bound train and then pulled a knife. >> they rode together several stations. there was some type of verbal exchange, which escalated into the fight. >> reporter: police say it led to a victim being stabbed in the neck and face just as the train was approaching the oakland fruitvale station friday afternoon. a camera inside the train caught the suspect moments after the stabbi,


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