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tonight, breaking news. the massive quarantine on campus. the measles outbreak forcing two major universities to isolate more than 100 sdents and cuy. hundreds screened after possibly coming into contact with an infected student. also breaking tonight, the deadly tornado strike. middle of the night.den a mother and son among those killed. several confirmed tornadoes. severe storms now moving east. heavy rain tomorrow from d.c. to philly, new york to boston. rob marciano standing by. the toxic cloud sending dozens of people to the hospital. a dangerous chemical leaking from a tractor. seven patients in critical condition. first responders among the victims. day one of joe biden's
presidential campaign. right off the bat, taking direct aim at president trump. what we're learning about the former vice president's recent conversation with anita hill. also, newly released body cam video. a deputy seen punching a suspect, hand cupped to a hospital bed. and the nfl draft about to kick off in nashville. we're live with robin roberts and the big question tonight -- who will be the number one pick? good evening. it's great to have us with us on a busy thursday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin with that breaking news in the measles outbreak, spreading across this country. the worst in 25 years. and tonight, hundreds of students am faculty at two major un universities in los angeles are under quarantine. there are now cases in 22 states. look at the map right there. how are the latest cases exposed? abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman starts
us off in l.a. >> reporter: tonight, that measles scare racing through two of the biggest university systems in the country. many dozens possibly exposed to what is considered one of the world's most contagious viruses. >> we have five cases, four of which are linked as an outbreak. that stemmed from a traveler who was unvaccinated. >> reporter: that traveler, coming in from abroad, apparently going through los angeles airport, one of the busiest in the world, on april 1st, and then going onto ucla with its 45,000 students, to the psychology department on three days in early april. >> a few of the cases have been in other places, attending ucla classes, as well as being at cal state-l.a. in the library. and as a result of that, we have a high number of contacts that may have been exposed. >> reporter: that cal state library, one of the most visited spots on campus. >> 2,000 visitors a day and most don't sign in or out. so, we've had a lot of exposure
to folks that we actually can't identify. >> reporter: over 300 students and faculty now under quarantine at the two universities with no access to public areas or dorms. >> if they are not immune to measles, then they must be kept away from others in order to not have that unintentional spread of measles, should they come in contact with others who may not be immune, as well. >> and matt gutman joins us live how what does it mean for all these people, because this is a massive amount of people right now. >> reporter: measles is an exquisitely contagious virus. it can linger in the air for two hours, sometimes more. it's incubation period, ti time tom, is 21 days. some will be able to quickly produce their medical records, likely those younger students, but some of the older faculty may have a harder time finding them and they could stay in quarantine for up to two more weeks. tom? >> matt gutman with that
breaking news tonight. matt, thank you. now, the srmsthe f more than 100 miles. four confirmed tornadoes taking at least two lives. an ef-3 striking ruston, louisiana. the roof of this motel 6 completely gone. staggering damage from an ef-2 in bryan, texas. and the line of storms now heading up the east coast, reaching the northeast tomorrow night. at this hour, tornado watches remain in place. abc's marcus moore is in hard-hit ruston, louisiana. >> reporter: tonight, deadly tornadoes striking in the middle of the nights. students at louisiana tech racing to wake each other up. >> oh, my gosh. >> nick, get up! >> reporter: debris strewn across campus. the softball field in tatters. classes now cancelled. direct hit from a massive twister with at least 1 136-mile-per-hour winds. ripping the roof off of this motel 6. >> i couldn't move out of my bed, basically. do rooms, now you can
see nothing but blue skies. falling trees slicing the city's homes in half and claiming the lives of a mother and her son. outside of jackson, mississippi, a tow truck driver involved in a two-vehicle crash on wet roads. his truck plunging off of a bridge. in new orleans, severe thunderstorms swamping streets and delaying the start of the famed jazz and heritage festival. this tornado producing storm tracking across 150 miles, cutting a long swath of destruction. buildings shredded in bryan, texas. northeast of austin wednesday, this truck overturning, stuck in a flooded median. good samaritans banding together, flipping that vehicle over and freeing the young driver trapped inside. and another look a d pele in th tom. this storm on the move. >> incredible those guests survived that.
marcus, thank you. let's get right over to rob marciano here in new york, tracking it all. and rob, these storms are going to make major trouble for the whole east coast. >> reporter: yeah, it's not reaching up into the northeast, but the core right now is across the gulf coast. so, let's show you where the action is. plowing through new orleans and little buck si earlier today. mobile, pensacola. now you are under a tornado watch. it will push through atlanta overnight. the low strengthening across the ohio valley. the mid-atlantic will get the vie veer threat tomorrdelare neyoneut a in quk-moving syste tom? >> all right, rob, thank you. we want to turn to politics now, and a big story in the race for 2020. joe biden officially announcing he's in. taking on president trump right out of the gate, but history already catching up to him. here's abc's terry moran.
>> reporter: newly minted presidential candidate joe biden already in full campaign mode. >> i'm feeling great. good to be back in delaware. >> reporter: hours earlier, biden posting that video declaring his candidacy in stark and sweeping terms. >> we are in the battle for the soul of this nation. everything that has made america america is >> reporter: using images of white supremacists in charlottesville, he took direct aim at president trump. >> if we give donald trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. >> reporter: trump's tweeted response, a taunt -- "i only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. but if you make it, i will see you at the starting gate!" >> mr. vice president, do you have a message for president trump? he welcomed you in the race, questioned whether you had the intelligence to be the president of the united states. >> everybody knows donald trump. >> reporter: biden, who is 76 years old, has spent half a hen
surery in politics, and this is his third try for the white house, so, he brings a long track record. and a flashpoint in that record, now coming under sharp scrutiny. as senate judiciary committee chairman presiding over the clarence thomas confirmation hearings, biden was widely criticized for the committee's treatment of anita hill. today, his campaign revealed he spoke with hill and expressed "regret for what she endured." hill tells "the new york times" that conversation happened earlier this month, and she fired back, saying, "i cannot be satisfied by sumfully saying i'm sorry for what happened to you. i will be satisfied when i know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose." for joe biden, the challenges and opportunities in this campaign are just beginning. >> why are you the best? >> that will be for you all to decide. >> just beginning is right. terry moran joining us from washington. and president obama tonight weighing in on his former vice president entering the race. his spokesman saying obama and biden share a, quote, special
bond, but the former president making no endorsement. >> reporter: no endorsement, tom. that's a presidential tradition. they stay above the fray. reagan didn't endorse bush until after the primaries. but joe biden did talk about this today. he says he asked president obama not to endorse hum, that whoever wins this nomination has to win it on their merits. tom? >> terry moran with joe biden's big announcement today. terry, thank you. and joe biden will give his first interview on abc news on "the view" tomorrow. and then joe and bill biden will sit down on tuesday on gm "gm " morning america." next tonight, aox at fcehe. a tasin ctainsn o t tankers sprang a leak. firefighters hosing it down fur hours. officers were checking on people, going door to door. avp abc's alex perez is there.
>> reporter: an investigation underway tonight in the suburbs north of chicago to determine what caused this tank to leak a hazardous chemical right near a residential area. the incident, starting around 4:30 this morning, prompting a massive response from authorities. >> there is some type of ammonia smell here. >> reporter: a sergeant and deputy arriving on-scene overcome, forced to retreat, quickly realizing the air wasn't safe. >> i do have three patients on the ground. >> reporter: 37 people hospitalized. seven in critical but stable condition, including one firefighter from the toxic cloud created by anhydrous ammonia used in farm fertilizer. >> the trailers and the containers holding the chemical leaked, and this leak caused plumes of toxic gas to be released into thair. >> rep at one infores shelr inlace. wioped his front door and was overcome by the haze and smell. >> we couldn't see beyond the first step here, it was that
thick. we couldn't see three feet, it was heavy. it was like it was a fog, but it was real strong. >> reporter: schools nearby perimeter as they monitored the area. >> we went around and made sure all our windows were shut and all our storm windows were tight. >> reporter: six hours later, authorities finally giving the all clear. and tom, the ntsb will be sending a team here to investigate what exactly triggered all this, and if that chemical was being legally transported. you can see, finally, that intersection here is back open. tom? >> alex perez tonight. alex, thank you. next, to the first ever summit between north korea's kim jong-un and russia's vladimir putin. the two leaders exchanging gifts. kim giving putin a ceremonial sword, you see it there. but it was north korea's nuclear weapons that were on the agenda. putin siding with kim, saying security plans to end its nuclear program. the meeting coming two months after talks broke down between
the u.s. and north korea. and back here at home, federal agents swept into homes and offices connected to baltimore's mayor today. fbi and irs agents were scene going into city hall and leaving her home, as well, with boxes and other materials. the mayor is under fire for a book she wrote and shen sold to companies with business before the city and to a hospital when she was a board member. calls for her to resign are mounting. next tonight, to a federal grand jury. how it issued a blockbuster indictment of a massachusetts judge, and a form eer court officer. they are accused of allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant arrest. the high profile arrest, a showdown between federal law and a sanctuary city. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: today, judge shelly joseph finding herself on the other side of the bench after prosecutors say she helped an undocumented immigrant slip out the back door of her newton, massachusetts, courthouse, to avoid an i.c.e. officer. judge joseph can be heard in a
courtroom recording obtained by "the boston globe." >> if you need more time to figure this out, or until tomorrow. >> reporter: talking with attorneys about whether that suspect arrest was the right man i.c.e. was looking for. >> i.c.e. is fog to get him. what if we continue? >> are we filming? >> larry, can we go off the record for a moment? >> judge joseph ordered the court clerk to turn off the recording device. >> reporter: prosecutors say the judge then conspired to release the suspect out the back door while that i.c.e. officer was told to wait in the courthouse lobby. and tom, tonight, the judge and the court officer face obstruction of justice charges. the judge has been suspended and now that undocumented immigrant is in deportation hearings. tom? >> gio, thank you. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the new tiger attack. the second incident in just days. the founderle of an animal sanctuary mauled while helping a
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bosa. he would be following a family tradition. his big brother is already in the nfl, his father played i so, it's going to be an exciting night. and we'll see what unfolds shortly, tom. >> murray and bosa, two incredible players. we look forward to it, robin. we'll see you shortly. and you can watch live conch right here on abc, cabining at 8:00 eastern. and when we come back, the 10-year-old girl, her national award, and the incredible story behind it. stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪ capital one knows life doesn't update you about your credit card. so, meet eno, the capital one assistant that catches things that might look wrong, and helps you fix them. another way capital one is watching out for your money,
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finally tonight, the 10-year-old girl, fearless, hungry for the next challenge, teaching us all what it means to be america strong. take a good look at this handwriting. it just won a national award. you may not be able to tell, but it is far from average. sort of like the little girl who penned it. sara hinesley, born without hands. >> i think's it's kind of easy. sometimes kind of hard. >> reporter: sara, who attends st. john regional catholic in frederick, maryland, will add to
had school's trophy collection for her award in the cursive category. >> things i can't do, i try to figure out what way i can do it and try my best to make it work. >> reporter: from arts and crafts, to rock climbing, riding a bike, even just messing around on the iphone. >> i like to play. i like to watch tv. >> reporter: she's only 10 years old, but what a story already. arriving from china, speaking only mandarin. her sister, veronica, also adopted, she's from russia. they have a special handshake and an amazing bond. for her science fair project, veronica built sara an artificial hand, so the two could play more together. >> the artificial hand i made out of molding clay so she could catch a ping-pong ball. >> any time i fail, i just keep doing it with veronica cheering on me. i can always get to the top. >> reporter: a message she shared with other kids after winning that handwriting award. >> i like to write by hand because i like to be challenged and overcome my challenges.
>> reporter: so when you look back at this handwriting, now you can see it. there is nothing average a it's spectacular, just like sara. >> i just try my hardest and put my mind to it and this is what happens. >> and we thank sara and her family for sharing that storsto. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night.
police providing new information about the man who was headed to bible study and ended in tragedy. >> just in the past hour, abc7 news obtained the felony complaint against isaiah peoples. the man accused of driving through a crosswalk packed with people on purpose. >> the complaint names each of the eight victims and outlines the eight charges of attempted murder that peoples is now facing. we have team coverage for you tonight. >> we begin with david louie who is live at the scene of the crash. >> reporter: well, this is the criminal complaint you're referring to. it is against isaiah it is six pages long. it lists eight counts of attempted murder. seven of the victims are adults. the eighth is a 13-year-old girl. police updated her condition.
she remains in critical condition. feet from where eigh people were struck. he repeatedly called out, thank you, jesus, which you can hear on this video. >> thank you, jesus, thank you, jesus. >> reporter: the public safety chief said that he never said he was sorry for what happened. >> he has not that he was sorry. >> reporter: they cite the ongoing investigation with one exception. >> the only thing we can confirm at this time is that on the day of incident, he had picked up some food and was on his way to deliver the food to his bible study group. >> reporter: sunny