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for all of us here, thanks for the time. next n tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the mueller report out soon. the attorney general telling congress in a new letter, everyone will soon be able to read it on their own. nearly 400 pages. late today, president trump saying he has nothing to hide. the severe weather threat. flood watches, damaging hail, and that system moving east tonight. d.c. to new york, all the way to boston. a junior high coach under investigation. the video, shocking. the coach heard threatening to stomp her on the concrete if she doesn't comply. new reports about what caused that boeing 737 max 8 to slam into the ground, killing all 157 people on board. the final moments in the cockpit, and now the direct link to that first fatal flight. tonight, the boeing fleet still grounded.
when will those planes be back in the air? the youtube mom in court, accused of abusing some of her adopted children and making hundreds of thousands of dollars while forcing them to perform in viral videos. a new volcano eruption. officials raising the threat level. tonight, the warning for residents and tourists. and the plea to drivers after a deputy's violent close call. what authorities want you to know. good evening. i'm cecilia vega, in for david. it is great to have you with us on this busy friday night. we begin with breaking news on the mueller report. and it is what congress and millions of americans have been demanding. after releasing just a four-page summary, late today, attorney general william barr told congress he will issue a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report by mid-april, saying everyone will soon read it. president trump claiming all week the report vindicates him,
despite not having seen it. he now insists he has nothing to hide, but the attorney general says there are no plans for the white house to get a first look. when will america see it? jonathan karl leads us off. >> reporter: the attorney general says the world will soon see the mueller report. in a letter to congressional leaders, he writes, i share your desire to ensure that congress and the public have the opportunity to read the special counsel's report. everyone will soon be able to read it on their own. >> i have great confidence in the attorney general. and if that's what he'd like to do, i have nothing to hide. >> reporter: the attorney general says the report is nearly 400 pages long and will be released by mid-april. there will be redactions. he says he will work with robert mueller to black out anything classified or subject to grand jury secrecy and information that, quote, would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.
but barr does not plan to get the president's sign-off, writing, there are no plans to submit the report to the white house for a privilege review. this comes as president trump is celebrating the principal findings released by barr on sunday. >> and after three years of lies and smears and slander, the russia hoax is finally dead. the collusion delusion is over. >> reporter: now, the president is on the counterattack against democrats who want to continue investigating. >> the democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous [ bleep ] partisan investigations or whether they will apologize to the american people and join us to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
>> and jon karl joins us now from the white house. president trump is also making news tonight on immigration. he is threatening to close the southern border next week if mexico does not block migrants from entering the u.s. let's take a listen. >> mexico is tough. they can stop them, but they chose not to. now they're going to stop them, and if they don't stop them, we are closing the border. we'll keep it closed for a long time. aye not playing games. >> and mexico fired right back, jon? >> reporter: the mexican foreign minister saying, mexico does not act on the basis of threats. and shutting down that border even for a short period of time would have serious economic repercussions. an average of $1.7 billion worth of goods cross back and forth across that border every single day. >> john karl leading us off tonight. thank you. we're going to turn now to the severe storms in the midwest. the system moving east this weekend. heavy rain and new threats of
flooding in a region recovering from the last major storm. signs of winter? sorry, not over yet. heavy snow covering i-80 in nebraska in north platt. let's go right to rob marciano. hey, rob. >> reporter: as you just showed, it's a bit of a mess in middle america, and the storm will only strengthen as it moves east. look at the radar tonight. rains across the flood zones of iowa and southern parts of minnesota. also storms firing in kansas. we'll see more tonight across parts of oklahoma. those could be severe, with big hail and big wind. and snow dropping in through denver. a lot of cold air behind this, warm air ahead of it. we'll feel that across the east coast tomorrow. and the rains there fire across middle tennessee through the ohio river valley, and then the cold front pushes across the east coast big cities midday sunday, turning colder with snow, clearing on monday. >> thank you, rob. tonight's other major headline, investigators finding a connection linking the two deadly crashes that grounded
boeing's fleet of max 8 jets. and we're learning what the black boxes revealed about the moment the ethiopian airlines flight made its final nosedive. boeing says its new software fix is ready and waiting for faa approval. here's david kerley. >> reporter: for the first time tonight, a direct connection between the two boeing 737 max crashes. both jets dipping and dramatically pulling up, a wild ride as the pilots fought an automated safety system. two sources telling abc news the preliminary black box data shows an antistall system that misfired in the lion air crash in october was also activated in the ethiopian airlines crash three weeks ago. that ethiopian captain, according to published reports, calls out in a panicky voice, break, break. request back to home. request vector for landing, before crashing. that antistall system, called mcas, which pushes the nose down aggressively and had been the subject of bulletins and directives.
ethiopian airlines saying the captain had received updated training. >> why didn't their training work? they were trained after the lion air accident. why didn't they go to their training, stop it, and land the aircraft safely? >> reporter: with the fleet grounded, boeing's mcas software update is expected to be approved by the faa next week. it will make mcas harder to misfire and easier for pilots to recover. american airlines' top 737 pilot tested the software. >> they put some checks and balances in the system now that will make the system much better. >> reporter: no concerns whatsoever? >> none. none whatsoever. >> david kerley joining us now from reagan airport. as you've been reporting, the faa is expected to approve this software fix next week. any idea when the planes will be back in the air? >> reporter: at least american airlines says they have to train up their pilots once there is certification of the software. then get the planes back in the
air. they say it could be another two weeks after certification. >> on this story from the very beginning. david, thank you. we turn next to the junior high school coach under investigation, video showing him forcefully restraining a 14-year-old female student. he can be heard threatening to stomp her. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: an aggressive takedown caught on camera and now under investigation. >> you're going to be still or i'm gonna stuff your [ bleep ] in this concrete. >> reporter: you can hear the shrieks of riled up students at ponchatoula junior high school in louisiana as this man, a coach, puts his knee in a student's chest to restrain her. the female student repeatedly yells for him to let her go. >> let me up. >> all watch as another man grabs her foot and leg, dragging her on the ground. >> calm down or i'm gonna mess you up. >> reporter: her mother is now speaking up. >> it just traumatized her. she's having a hard time. she doesn't feel safe. >> reporter: the superintendent of schools released a statement saying in part, "we are deeply saddened by the incident on the
video. this behavior does not represent the expectations we have for the adults and students on our campus." the video does not capture what happened leading up to the incident. the school has launched a full investigation. cecilia? >> linsey davis, thank you. we turn now to a swatting case making national headlines. a defendant in california sentenced to 20 years in prison for making phoney 911 calls across the country. one call leading to the deadly police shooting of a man about 1,400 miles away. here's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, the man behind this prank 911 call -- >> i have shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore. >> reporter: -- sentenced today to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty for a swatting prank that turned deadly. >> i already poured gasoline all over the house. i might just set it on fire. >> reporter: tyler barriss has admitted to "swatting," calling authorities and triggering s.w.a.t. teams across the country to surround the homes of unwitting victims. >> walk this way! >> reporter: in 2017, barriss thought he was swatting the home of a video game rival after
a fight over a bet for $1.50. >> show your hands! >> reporter: but police swarmed andrew finch's home, an innocent man with no connection to the game. he was shot and killed by police who thought he was reaching for a gun. >> there are no words to express the toll that it's taken. >> reporter: finch's family now wants the police department held accountable. while prosecutors in kansas hope barriss' stiff sentence sends the message that swatting is no game. >> it's not a joke to swat other people. >> reporter: swatting is a growing problem across the country. it could be a federal crime with a max penalty of life behind bars. >> will, thank you. and tonight, a new headline in that college admissions cheating scandal. more than a dozen mothers and fathers appearing in a boston courtroom today. the parents among 33 charges in connection with a $25 million bribery scheme to get their kids into elite schools. one father allegedly asking the accused mastermind about
the risk of getting caught. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: a revolving door at the boston courthouse. 13 wealthy parents accused of paying big bribes to get their kids into top colleges. did you cheat to get your kids into college? among those charged today, augustin huneeus, napa valley vineyard owner. >> i really wanted to be able to show these three wines together. >> reporter: prosecutors say huneeus paid the scheme's alleged mastermind rick singer $50,000 to both inflate his daughter's s.a.t. score and to bribe her into usc as a fake water polo recruit, using this photo of someone else. huneeus allegedly asked singer, is there any risk that this thing blows up in my face? the nationwide sting also sweeping up margie klapper, co-founder of jewelry business m and m bling. and michelle janavs, whose family created the famous snack hot pockets, accused of paying $100,000 to boost her daughter's a.c.t. score and get her into usc as a bogus volleyball recruit. michelle, does your daughter
really play beach volleyball? next week, we'll see the last wave of defendants who've been here in boston, including actresses felicity huffman and lori loughlin. but i was in the courtroom yesterday when a u.s. attorney made clear the investigation is ongoing and they are not ruling out more charges. cecilia? >> a lot of questions still. whit, thank you. overseas now with the tangled mess that is brexit. prime minster theresa may suffering a third embarrassing defeat there in parliament, leaving britain on the brink of economic chaos. thousands of pro-brexit demonstrators took to the streets demanding parliament approve a deal leave the european union. what happens now? ian pannell reporting in from london. >> reporter: anger and division on the streets of london. these are the people who voted for britain to exit the european union almost three years ago. so-called brexit. this was the day it was supposed to happen, but the deadline came and went without agreement. why are so many people out on
the streets of london? >> well, we're here to support democracy, because it's being ignored by the people in that building over there. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of london. they feel angry and betrayed by what's just happened in parliament behind me. britain has rarely looked so divided. for the third time in a row, politicians today failed to agree on what the exit agreement should look like, so brexit is postponed. >> the nos have it, the nos have it. >> reporter: handing yet another humiliating defeat to prime minister theresa may. she's now so desperate to get this deal through she's even offered to resign. those who voted to stay in the european union are also angry. last weekend hundreds of thousands of them also took to the streets. brexit was supposed to bring britain together, but it's only driven people further apart. there are now three main possibilities -- leaving without a deal, which could be disastrous for the country. no brexit, or more delay.
none of these will quell the anger. and tonight, britain is in deep political crisis with no obvious way forward. cecilia? >> ian pannell, thank you. and now to the mother of a popular youtube show, accused of abusing several of her adopted children when they didn't perform well in her youtube videos. authorities say she may have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from those videos at her children's expense. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, the mom accused of abusing at least five of her seven adopted children in an arizona courtroom handcuffed and in a wheelchair. >> we'll waive a reading and enter a not guilty plea, judge. >> machelle hobson facing 30 egregious counts. the 48-year-old allegedly forcing some of her kids to take ice baths, beating them with hangers, and even pepper spraying them for failing to remember their lines for the fantastic adventures youtube series. the channel had more than a quarter billion views and 800,000 subscribers. the kids claim they were taken
out of school to film the videos. >> oh, yeah, you're hungry? >> cookies, cookies, cookies! >> reporter: and after the cameras stopped rolling, the children allegedly were denied meals. court documents claim she may have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the series. >> we know that $300,000 specifically came from google last year. >> reporter: those videos now offline. it was hobson's biological daughter who came forward with the allegations. if found guilty, any money from the channel would go to the children, who have been placed in various foster homes. >> okay, thank you. there's a new volcano warning for tourists and residents near mexico city. authorities raising the alert level there, concerned about a possible major eruption. the volcano increasing in activity over the last 24 hours. it erupted thursday, spewing ash nearly two miles into the air. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday.
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damage when those behaviors go unchecked. the other girl has been suspended, and police say there was no weapon used in the fight on monday. results from this morning's autopsy are not in. >> we do not have them at this time, and we do not expect them for several weeks. >> they waited for two hours for y'all! >> reporter: school officials walked out on angry parents without answering questions. it's upsetting. >> it's upsetting, it's devastating. >> reporter: one of the issues here is that teachers are allegedly told they shouldn't break up a fight because of a potential lawsuit if a teacher hurts a student. but also because teachers themselves could get hurt. cecilia? >> steve, thank you. when we come back, the manhunt for a killer intensifying. after a jogger was found dead at a popular park, police now say she was murdered. and a herd of baby elephants stuck in the mud. and the moment they were finally free. stuck in the mud. and the moment they were finally free. ly free. a wealth of perspective.
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finally tonight, the high school play getting out of this world reviews, even from sigourney weaver. here's david wright. >> reporter: not your typical high school musical this year in north bergen, new jersey. instead, the drama club decided to recreate one of the scariest movies of all time, ridley scott's sci-fi classic "alien." they made all of the props and costumes themselves on a shoestring budget. >> the tail was made of a hula hoop. you can kind of see it there. >> come on. >> reporter: they did such a good job, director ridley scott sent them a thank you letter, and actress sigourney weaver's mind was blown. she reached out, too. >> it looked incredible. you put so much heart and soul
into that and the alien, i must say, looked very real. >> it's so surreal. everything. all of this. it's just mind-boggling. >> reporter: hard to believe it, but the original "alien" is celebrating 40 years. >> just one more thing. the alien might still be around, so when you're opening your locker, just do it very slowly. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. >> be careful of those lockers. thanks for watching tonight. i'm cecilia vega. for david and all of us here, have a great weekend.
after a friday night dinner and drinks, a couple of came back to their east bay home. tonight we're learning new details on what happened after they returned and how the husband ended up with a bullet in his head. good evening, i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. the husband is dead and his wife is under arrest. >> paul shatswell is a school principal and the father of eght children. the shooting on march 15th left him in critical condition for days before he finally succumbed to his injuries. his wife is awaiting trial for murder. newly released court records reveal her version of what happened. abc 7 news reporter luz pena has the new details. >> reporter: according to court documents obtained by "the east bay times," the 39-year-old woman and her husband went out to dinner and had a few alcoholic drinks. the couple got into an argument. she says he said he wasn't good
enough for her. court documents reveal handed his wife a gun and told her to shoot him, a phrase he had used before. she told police she did not know what came over her and snapped. she described putting the gun an nn inch away from his head and pulling the trigger. contra costa district attorney's office is handling the case. >> our office provides services to the victims and that happened today. with such a large family there's certainly a lot to go through. it's a terrible case and really sad for both parties involved. so we understand that. we're trying to respect that. we're ultimately helping the victim out. >> reporter: the wife entered a not guilty plea with a bail set at over $2 million. luz pena, abc 7 news. >> luz, thank you.