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>> he is a volunteer firefighter. he teaches singing and music. he has been trained before. >> we couldn't do that. >> world news is next. tonight, the battle over the mueller report. president trump hitting the road to rally supporters, again claiming complete vindication. and for the first time we're now learning just how long that report was -- more than 300 pages. outraged democrats demanding americans get to see all of it. the deadly shooting spree. a suspect opening fire, hitting a city bus driver, carjacking another vehicle. two people killed before officers moved in. tonight, that bus driver who was shot but still managed to get his passengers to safety, speaking out. also new tonight, chaos for fliers after an airline unexpectedly shuts down. thousands of passengers stranded with little or no notice.
the airline telling them, you're on your own, find another way home. late developments in the jussie smollett case. the city of chicago asking the "empire" actor to pay the department back for all the work on his investigation -- more than $130,000. the disturbing new video tonight. a police officer brutally beating a patient in a hospital bed. another officer right there filming it all. tonight, one of those officers facing justice. the former yale women's soccer coach mobbed after a guilty plea. prosecutors say one father paid him nearly $500,000 to get his daughter into the ivy league. >> and the tanker rollover today. leaking fuel. hazmat teams on the scene. light today, a tourist falling into the grand canyon. the search under way right now. good evening, and it's great to have you with us on this thursday night.
i'm cecilia vega, in for david. we begin with president trump traveling to grand rapids, michigan, to rally supporters he is feeling vindicated by the conclusion of special counsel robert mueller's investigation. but hanging over the victory lap, this new revelation -- mueller's new report is more than 300 pages long, and that is fueling claims over the attorney general's summary, just four pages. and as abc's senior national correspondent terry moran found out, even trump's supporters say let's see the whole thing. terry starting us off there in grand rapids tonight. >> reporter: president trump tonight headed to the rally here in michigan, declaring before he left the white house that he's been fully vindicated by robert mueller. >> after three years of lies and slander, the russia hoax is finally dead. >> reporter: no one outside the justice department has actually seen the special counsel's report, but today we learned
that it's long, more than 300 pages long. all we've seen of it is a four-page summary by attorney general bill barr, who says mueller cleared the president on collusion with russia, but could not reach a determination on whether trump obstructed justice. so barr tackled that himself, declaring there was not enough evidence to charge trump with a crime. >> show us the report and we can draw our own conclusions. we don't need you interpreting for us. it was condescending. it was arrogant. it wasn't the right thing to do. >> reporter: here in grand rapids, where the mood is celebratory, most of the staunch trump supporters we spoke with, they want to see the full report too. the democrats are now saying >> they should release the report. how do you feel about that? >> whatever they can legally release, they should. >> they should. >> whatever they can legally release. >> reporter: you say this as a trump supporter? make america great again. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >> reporter: would be you
concerns at all, there's stuff in there? >> if there, get it out. let's deal wit. >> some supporters want to see the whole thing. terry, president trump taking a bit of a victory lap there tonight, but he is not just focussed on robert mueller. >> a victory lap and a half. he's feeling great. they're feeling great. he does want to pivot to other issues to use the confidence he has and the confidence they have in him to go out and talk about health care. a lot of republican leaders are anxious about health care. he's not. >> very excited crowd behind you. terry moran, thank you. next, to the deadly rampage in seattle. a gunman opening fire in his own neighborhood. a bus driver among his victims, but he still managed to get his passengers to safety. tonight he is being hailed a hero. the siege coming to an end after a fatal car crash.
the attacker there, taken into custody. tonight, a look for answers in what police are calling a random, senseless act. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, investigators are trying to figure out what sparked this trail of terror that left two people dead. >> male running with a gun and someone saw him shooting something. >> reporter: this is the man in custody tonight. authorities say this man, 33-year-old tad michael norman went on a shooting spree late wednesday in the seattle neighborhood where he lives. >> he was firing walking up the street, firing and i jumped into my bushes. >> reporter: police say the suspect first shot school teacher deborah judd. >> he looked me right in the eyes and just shot, said nothing. >> reporter: then allegedly turned on a nearby bus. >> he got in a shooting stance, and he fired a shot and struck me in the chest. >> reporter: injured bus driver eric stark is being called a hero after he drove his bus riddled with bullets to safety and alerted authorities. >> did like a two second assessment on my injuries and figured, well, i can breathe, i can think, i can see, and i
can talk. so for me, that was enough to go, okay, we're getting out of here, i got to get these people out of there. >> reporter: but the rampage continued. the gunmen then allegedly shot and killed the driver of this red prius, took off in the vehicle, and crashed into a separate car, killing that driver. tonight, that suspect is facing charges of homicide, robbery and assault. >> will carr joins us now. the suspect arrested after a brief standoff. he is now in custody. he is expected to appear in court tomorrow. the police have not yet revealed a motive? >> reporter: that's right. the big question now is why? authorities are pouring into the suspect fast. tonight, the two victims who survived are still in the hospital but expects to recover, including that heroic bus driver. >> a hero indeed. will, thank you. next, new developments after the bombshell decision to drop charges against actor jussie smollett for the alleged hate crime attack. the city of chicago today sending him a bill for the cost of the police investigation,
more than 130 thousand dollars. president trump weighing in too, calling the situation an embarrassment to our nation, saying the justice department and the fbi will investigate. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: embattled actor jussie smollett in l.a. tonight. >> what do you say to your fans? >> my fans already know how much i love them. >> reporter: but back in chicago, growing backlash. mayor rahm emanuel, who called the dismissal of charges against smollett a whitewash of justice, demanding the actor pay the city back, sending his attorneys a bill for more than $130,000 for the cost of the investigation. >> when he does pay the city back, in that memo section, he can write, i'm sorry and i'm accountable for what i have done. >> reporter: the president today slamming the decision to drop charges, which is already under review by the fbi. >> i think that case is an absolute embarrassment to our country, and somebody has to at least take a very good hard look at it. >> reporter: but tonight it's
smollett's attorney demanding an apology and offering a new explanation for what happened that night. smollett insisted the men in this video were his attackers, >> i don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them. never did. >> reporter: those two men later identified as brothers who claim smollett paid him to attack him. but smollett told police he could see white skin around one of the attacker's eyes. today his lawyer suggested they might have worn makeup, appearing to reference this youtube video showing one of the brothers in white makeup, re-enacting the joker scene from "batman." >> one of the first videos that showed up actually was one of the brothers in white face doing a joker monologue with white makeup on. so it's not implausible. >> so many questions. alex perez joining us from chicago. jussie landing there in los angeles where he is nominated for an naacp image
award for his work on the show "empire" for the fourth year in a row. >> yeah, he was nominated before the whole ordeal. the show is saturday. it's still unclear if he will attend. >> all right, thank you. next to the battle over funding the special olympics, education secretary betsy devos taking heat on capitol hill again today for cutting the games from her budget. president trump feeling the heat as well. late today a reversal. the president overriding the second stair, saying the program will get its money. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: facing growing outrage over his move to slash funding from the special olympics, tonight president trump with an abrupt about face. >> i've been to the special olympics. i think it's incredible. >> reporter: the administration called for cutting all federal money for the special olympics, $17.6 million. a tiny fraction of the president's $4.75 trillion budget. but a significant chunk of funding for the games which give people with intellectual
disabilities a chance to compete on the global stage. during two days of hearings on capitol hill, trump's education secretary, betsy devos, has been skewered. >> i still can't understand why you would go after disabled children in your budget. you zero that out. it's appalling. >> did you personally approve -- i think a yes or no will do -- the $18 million cut of the funding for special olympics? >> no, i didn't personally get involved in that. >> i want to tell you, whoever came up with that idea at omb gets a special olympic gold medal for insensitivity. >> reporter: amid the outcry, democrats and republicans vowed not to authorize the cuts. >> no. i fully support the special olympics. >> reporter: tonight the president claims it was all news to him and reversed course. >> i heard about it this morning. i have overridden my people. we're funding the special olympics. >> mary bruce from washington. president trump overruling his own administration tonight. but it comes after lawmakers
from both parties made it very clear they were not about to cut funding for the special olympics. >> reporter: yeah, lawmakers were never going to give in to the request but secretary devos spent two days making the case for its any way and now she too is reversing the course. she says it's funding i have fought for behind the scenes the last several years. >> thank you. next to the chaos following the sudden collapse of a budget airline. wow air, based in iceland, unexpectedly shutting down last night, stranding more than 1 knew 1,000 passengers, like these at the airport in toronto, frustrations there growing. customers say the airline kept them in the dark. and now they are out the money, the ticket and they're scrambling to rebook. abc's gio benitez at laguardia. >> reporter: tonight, chaos at major airports around the world. hundreds of travelers, many americans, stranded from toronto to new york to berlin. after the budget airline, wow air, known for those bright
purple planes, suddenly closed up shop. >> i get a message saying flight cancelled. i couldn't figure out what's going on. and some lady at a desk told me how they jest went disrupt. >> no one was there to give me advice. no, we were just left. once we found out it was bankrupt, we were like, well, are they even going to refund us that? >> reporter: the icelandic airline was small, but popular because of its low prices. less than $100 one way, but it had been struggling for months, failing to raise enough money to keep going. now all 11 planes are permanently grounded in north america and europe. >> gio joins us live. gio, what about the people whose flights were canceled? will they get their money back? >> reporter: well, not from wow air. they are telling people to call their credit card companies and figure out how. >> a lot of frustrated are
passengers. thank you. we turn next to south carolina and the emergency school board meeting about the death of a 10-year-old girl after a fight in a classroom. the families want to know what happened and why the fight wasn't stopped before it turned fatal. here is abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: at an emergency school board meeting today, families who came to hear answers didn't get them and were furious. >> due to the ongoing investigation and student privacy laws, we cannot share specific details at this time. >> reporter: the school district, an hour west of charleston, did have thoughts and prayers for the 10-year-old who died after a fight with another fifth grader. >> it's awful because they're telling us don't speculate and don't start rumors, but they're not telling us anything. >> reporter: the family of raniya wright is planning a funeral tonight. police say the fight on monday didn't involve any weapon, but still left the girl unresponsive. on wednesday her mother marked the moment she died on facebbook. "as of 9:39, my baby girl has gained her wings." parents tonight tell us that teachers here are discouraged from breaking up school fights,
because they fear being sued if a teacher ends up hurting a student. >> they say there's a system put in place where they can't break up fights. but that should be high school. you have little kids. >> reporter: an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, and the medical examiner will issue a report in the coming days that might explain how the girl died. the other student has been suspended from school. cecilia? >> okay, thank you. next, a guilty plea in that nationwide college admissions scandal. the former women's soccer coach at yale, rudy meredith, seen leaving a boston court today after admitting to taking bribes. meredith was targeted in that fbi sting, and he then led prosecutors to the alleged mastermind. abc's whit johnson has more from boston. >> do you have a message for your former players? >> reporter: chaos outside the boston federal courthouse. hall of fame coach rudy meredith silent amid a crush of media after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud. >> can you believe it?
>> reporter: the former yale women's soccer coach turned federal informant emerging as a key figure who led investigators to the accused mastermind of that massive college admission scandal. court documents allege rick singer paid meredith $400,000 in bribe money to recruit a student who he falsely described as the co-captain of a prominent club soccer team in southern california, despite knowing that the applicant did not play competitive soccer. just this week, yale announced it's rescinding that student's admission. prosecutors say the scheme unraveled a year ago, when meredith solicited a $450,000 bribe from a father to get his daughter into yale. that meeting captured on video by the fbi acting on a tip. tomorrow we're expecting 13 parents from all over the country to come here to boston to face charges. and next week, another group of parents, including felicity huffman and lori loughlin. as for meredith, he is facing the possibility of years in prison. cecilia?
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