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>> more news tonight with david muir. >> thank you. good night. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. new images tonight. the urgent alert as we come on the air. the high risk tornado threat right now. authorities warning aulpartica ahead. they warn of tornadic super cells that could likely bring long-track tornadoes on the ground for miles. it could be life threatening. ginger zee and rob marciano are both there live tonight, they're standing by. also tonight, the horrific scene. the police officer shot and killed near a major american university. officers responding to a call. you can hear one of them say, "i've been hit. i've lost my weapon." president trump taking aim at joe biden tonight, headed to where biden is from, pennsylvania, and what biden said that got a reaction. and tonight, the fox news town hall with mayor pete. di ovation.
>> and thank you -- wow, a standing ovation. >> all right. the chilling kidnapping on the street. a mother screaming for help. her 8-year-old daughter pulled into a car and the moment tonight officers burst into a hotel room to save her. the deadly house explosion. a husband and wife inside. one of them surviving. debris scattered, homes damaged for blocks. the abc news exclusive. climate change and what these humpback whales can tell us. our correspondent in antarctica as scientists take a major step, and you'll see it right here. the scare at the eiffel tower tonight. and after the multiple sightings off cape cod and that deadly attack, tonight, the great white now spotted off long island, just outside new york city. good evening as we come on the air in the west tonight. and we do begin this evening with breaking news. a very tense night already for millions. there have already been
tornadoes on the ground tonight, and authorities have issued their highest threat level in two years, predicting those long-tractor nay does in the hours ahead, and reports coming in already. look at this. this tornado touching the ground near oklahoma city. two tornadoes taking shape there in oklahoma. a line of thick, black clouds. that's actually a super cell hovering over spinning wind turbines nearby. this new fear of an outbreak comes after a terrifying weekend for so many. more than 40 reported tornadoes hammering eight states over the weekend. this monster tornado in kansas. and an ef-2 shatters homes in oklahoma. winds of 130 miles an hour. reports of new damage already coming in, and tonight, the images of dangerous tornadoes already, and what we're learning right now. meteorologist rob marciano leading us off with breaking news now from oklahoma. >> reporter: tonight, a rare high risk tornado outbreak, now under way across the southern plains. >> we've got two tornadoes that are now developing. there's a tornado, there's a
tornado. >> reporter: families bracing for potentially violent and deadly long-tractor nay dopes as nighttime approaching. >> dangerous situation. we have debris flying. we can barely see down the road. >> reporter: tonight's outbreak is the culmination of a long weekend of powerful tornadoes and severe weather. >> 300 yards -- getting closer. >> reporter: storm chasers out in force. >> oh, it's on the road! it knocked a semi over on the road in front of us! >> reporter: tractor trailers flipping south of dodge city, kansas. >> it's touching down! >> reporter: accuweather meteorologist reed timmer intercepting this twister -- >> tornado! tornado! >> reporter: -- south of north platte, nebraska. he was caught outside his vehicle. >> i just had to point my back into the wind and hunker down. >> reporter: and in geronimo, oklahoma, this home was ripped apart by one of over 40 tornadoes that came through this area over the weekend. the couple that lives here were inside this house when the twister hit. the woman inside this room, these walls, collapsing in on her.
she was pinned to the ground by many oklahoma schools closed today, and this is why. >> it's almost over! it's almost over! >> reporter: six years ago today, in complete darkness, briarwood elementary school teacher robin dziedzic capturing this video of her students riding out a violent tornado. >> oh my god. %-p total destruction. everyone surviving at this school. that ef-5 twister, winds above 200 miles per hour, claiming 24 lives. >> let's get to rob marciano, right now he's live in oklahoma, near the border with texas. and rob, i know you're monitoring a very active situation near you right now. >> reporter: that's right, david. tornado warnings abound. we just had a cell come through our position about 20 minutes ago, with three areas of spin. it is just a few miles behind me. and now we have confirmation that that cell has dropped a tornado on the ground. everything that develops in this part of the state of oklahoma
will be heading east towards the highly populated area of i-35, which includes oklahoma city, as nighttime falls. so, a very dangerous night ahead. david? >> rob marciano leading us off tonight. rob, thank you, stay safe. and as you know, rob, meteorologist ginger zee is also in the storm zone, she's in moore, oklahoma, tonight. and ginger, it was six years ago, we were standing there in moore after the devastating tornado, i'll never forget that. and i know, years later, they've already closed schools, as rob pointed out, ahead of this system, everyone taking this seriously. and you're in one of those storm shelters that saved so many people the last time. >> reporter: the last time, and this, david, is actually a brand new storm shelter that this family put in. they've got their food, their flashlights, their radios ready to go, because this is the type of shelter that will keep you alive in the type of storm that made its way through here six years ago today, and the type of storm that's going to be on the ground in parts of oklahoma and other areas of the plains tonight. look at this. a particularly dangerous situation from midland texas, up through missouri, parts of arkansas tonight, and much of the state of oklahoma. it's not just the tornado
warnings you see on the map, but the atmosphere that is violent right now and ready to erupt. so, as that line congeals, tonight, you could see 80-plus-mile-per-hour winds, you could also see flash flooding. i don't want to leave that out. if you are in tulsa or east of oklahoma city, five to eight inches of rain, that's how a lot of people end up dying in these tornadic situations, it's not the tornado itself, it's the water. then the storms all move east tomorrow, mostly missouri and illinois. david, i have to tell you, i'm right across from that school where we met six years ago today, it is abnormally quiet, and i'm so glad to hear that, because people are really respecting the weather and prepared. >> and in fact they stayed home. all right, ginger, our thanks to you and to rob marciano and to our entire team in the storm zone. of course, we'll stay on this throughout the night. in the meantime, we're following that horrific scene in auburn, alabama, tonight. three police officers were shot when they arrived after answering a call. one of the officers saying, "i've been hit. i love my weapon." officer william buechner did not survive.
leaving a wife and two children behind. then, over the night and into the morning, the search for this man, armed with a semiautomatic weapon. abc's victor oquendo is in auburn tonight. >> reporter: alabama police responding to a domestic disturbance call when chaos breaks out. >> shots fired. shots fired. >> reporter: the suspect hitting three officers. >> i'm hit. i lost my weapon. >> unit on scene. i'm coming. i have a tourniquet. >> reporter: authorities on the scene saying the gunman was heavily armed. >> he's got an a.r. on him. he's wearing a helmet. he's got body armor. >> reporter: officer william buechner shot and killed. the gunman fleeing. a massive manhunt ensuing. police capturing former military veteran grady wayne wilkes. in his mug shot, his face battered and bruised. he faces multiple charges, including capital murder. officer buechner, a 13-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children. >> this is probably the worst day of my time here and, you know, just -- you know, words cannot express the loss for this family and our family. >> reporter: the other two
officers expected to survive. the suspect had no previous interaction with police. the district attorney says they'll pursue the death penalty. david? >> victor oquendo tonight. victor, thank you. there is a breaking headline involving president trump m mustt. turn over those financial records. this, as the president heads to pennsylvania tonight, where joe biden is from. the president making it very clear that he believes biden is his biggest threat. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: with his supporters lining up to see him, tonight, president trump heads to pennsylvania with one man in mind, democratic front-runner joe biden. the president tweeting he's in the white house because of biden and "the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, president o." president trump won pennsylvania by just one point. biden just held his first rally there. >> so, if you want to know what the first and most important plank in my climate proposal is -- beat trump. beat trump.
beat trump. >> reporter: some democrats frustrated by biden's momentum. senator kamala harris has faced questions about whether she'd be biden's running mate. she says he's the one who would make a great number two. >> i think that joe biden would be a great running mate. as vice president, he's proven that he knows how to do the job. >> reporter: also grabbing the president's attention, south bend major pete buttigieg. president trump mocking his age on twitter. buttigieg is 37. >> how would you handle the insults and the attacks and the tweets and all of that? >> the tweets are -- i don't care. >> reporter: buttigieg brushing off the president's attacks in a fox news town hall, later bringing the crowd to its feet. >> thank you, mayor, and thank you -- wow, a standing ovation. >> all right. >> thank you, mayor. >> reporter: president trump didn't like that, tweeting, "hard to believe fox news is wasting airtime on mayor pete." >> let's get to cecilia, live at
the white house tonight. and cecilia, the president as he heads to pennsylvania, is likely aware that the federal judge has now ruled that the president's long-time accounting firm must hand over those financial records that democrats in congress were asking for. >> reporter: yeah, david, this is being seen, really, as a test case for this white house, as they refuse to comply here with this growing list of congressional subpoenas. a judge today ordered this accounting firm to hand over ten years of president trump's financial records, for just the president and his businesses. the president just a few minutes ago, david, weighed in right here at the white house. he called this, quote, totally the wrong decision by an obama-appointed judge. he's vowing to appeal now, david. >> and cecilia, former white house counsel don mcgahn was also subpoenaed to testify before the house judiciary committee. that was supposed to be tomorrow. but tonight, the white house telling mcgahn to defy that subpoena? >> reporter: exactly. the white house says they are doing this for what they're calling constitutional precedent, they say to protect future administrations. but democrats have, you know, a lot to talk to mcgahn about. remember, he was mentioned more
than any other witness in the mueller report. as for what mcgahn does next, he had previously indicated that he would follow the white house's instructions. >> all right, cecilia vega starting another week at the white house for us. cecilia, thank you. next here, to the abortion battle in this country, now widening tonight. it appears this evening louisiana is the next battleground, a new law restricting abortion is in the works. ten states, the ones in red on the map there, enacting strict abortion limits into law. alabama essentially outlawing abortion last week, while three more states, in blue there, have new legislation pending. and tonight, both vice president pence and president trump are weighing in, with very different messages. here's mary bruce. >> my body, my choice! >> reporter: as the abortion debate takes center stage, tonight, in louisiana, the democratic governor stands ready to buck his party and sign a bill that would make abortions illegal once a heartbeat is detected, before many women know they're pregnant. >> abortion rights now!
>> reporter: if it passes, the only exception will be if the mother's health is at risk. like the law re alabama and a bill passed in missouri, there are no exceptions for rape and incest. missouri's governor giving his seal of approval. >> we'll sign it. and, you know, i've always supported the pro life movement here in this state. >> what do we want? >> veto! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> reporter: court challenges are already in the works, but but vice president mike pence says he's thrilled to see "many states around the country are embracing life." >> i'm proud to stand with this president, proud to be apart of a pro life administration. >> mary bruce with us live tonight from washington. and mary, we heard there from the vice president, but the president himself now indicating that some of these abortion restrictions he believes have gone too far? >> reporter: well, david, the president is distancing himself from some of these strictest new bans, tweeting over the weekend, "i am strongly pro life with the three exceptions, rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother." so, while the president is
taking issue with parts of these new laws, david, he has also promised to make sure that roe v. wade is overturned. david? >> mary bruce live in washington. mary, thank you. we are also monitoring tensions between the u.s. and iran tonight. that carrier group now in the arabian sea after the u.s. said there were new threats from iran. president trump tweeting, "if iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of iran." the iranian foreign minister tweeting back that genocidal taunts won't end iran. and tonight, president trump now denying reports the u.s. is looking to negotiate with iran, but adding, quote, iran will call us if and when they are ever ready. back here at home tonight, and to that kidnapping horror playing out in ft. worth, texas. a mother walking her 8-year-old daughter when a man in a car grabbed the girl and drove off. a doorbell camera capturing the mother being knocked down there. she then runs for help. abc's marcus moore on the moment police burst into a hotel room to save the girl. >> reporter: salem sabatka was missing for eight hours when a
tip from good issamaritans sent officers bursting into this ft. worth hotel. >> we got her, we got her, we got her. he's in custody. >> reporter: that hotel, just ten miles from the quiet street where authorities say a stranger, 51-year-old michael webb, took the 8-year-old from her mother in broad daylight. >> help me! help me, please! my daughter just got kidnapped! >> reporter: the community responding to an urgent call to find that car, the word spread to jeff king, who spotted the sedan at the hotel. >> when my friend texted me that his daughter had been kidnapped, i was like, well, let's go. let's do something. >> reporter: the police chief praising king and all those who helped search for salem. >> they've become the heroes here in the city of ft. worth and we're damn proud of it. >> reporter: david, late this afternoon, the police chief we met earlier was relieved of his position. the city manager saying his firing is unrelated to this case, but everyone is just thankful that salem is back safe with her family. david? >> marcus moore with us tonight. marcus, thank you. we're going to turn next this evening to an abc news
exclusive. our journey to the bottom of the earth tonight, where scientists are convinced that humpback whales can tell us a lot about climate change and its widespread effects. abc's james longman is in antarctica as scientists take a major step tonight. >> reporter: a journey to the ends of the earth. speeding across the frozen wilderness of antarctica, we're tracking groups of humpback whales. american scientists and the world wildlife fund here using specially-designed drones leading the search. >> we have sleeping whales up here. can we get the tag pole ready? >> reporter: we approach these awesome giants and get a view from above, gathering vital information to better understand the impact of climate change. so, this is the whole point of this mission, to get as close as possible to these whales and tag them with these gps systems that can tell us so much more about their behavior. across the antarctic peninsula, 87% of the glaciers here are receding, creating more open
water, which has actually helped grow the humpback population. but warming waters are threatening a small crustacean called krill, the main food supply for humpbacks and the bedrock of antarctica's entire food chain. >> they represent the health of an ocean ecosystem. to be able to have enough food to support a whale, let alone a population of whales, all of these things have to combine together to promote life and promote food being there. >> reporter: after days of attempts to tag a whale, the scientists zero in. this camera attached to the tracking device is successfully planted on the humpback. brilliant! this work is also uncovering other dangers. researchers finding plastics, heavy metals, even flame retardants in their systems. the science being pioneered here is some of the most important for the survival of our planet. this place is stunning, but more than that, it can tell us so much about the risks we all face. david? >> all right, james longman, our
thanks to you and our team. and james will have much more on those contaminants they discovered inside the whales, plastics, those heavy metals james mentioned, that's later tonight on "nightline," on "the journey to the edge," right here. in the meantime, there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the surprising discovery in the waters just outside new york city. a great white shark has now been spotted, and of course it comes after multiple sightings off cape cod and that deadly attack. what we're now learning tonight. also, news coming in about the measles, and it's not good. the alarming new numbers out tonight. we'll have them for you. and the major scare playing out at the eiffel tower. authorities rushing to the scene today and we have news on that front, as well. a lot more news ahead on a monday night. stay tuned. actually, you're stik for a fatal heart attack or stroke. even if i'm taking heart medicine, like statins or blood thinners? yep! that's why i asked my doctor what else i could do... she told me about jardiance. that's right.
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tonight, as a great white shark is believed to be lurking just off the coast of greenwich, connecticut. the shark-tracking organization ocearch says this is the first time the organization has ever gotten a ping from a great white in the long island sound. the researchers tagged the male shark off nova scotia last year with a digital monitor which they're able to use to track its whereabouts. the shark has been on the move in recent months, from florida to delaware. the organization announced the new location of the 9'8", 533-pound shark named cabot with a tweet, using the shark's handle. "hello greenwich, how are you today?" new england states are concerned about shark activity going into the summer months after last summer's deadly shark attack on cape cod. >> i have a report of an unknown shark bite, male party. >> reporter: the first fatality there in more than 80 years. shark attacks in the long island sound are extremely rare. the last time a person was attacked here was more than half a century ago in 1961. david? >> all right, linsey, thank you for that. when we come back, news tonight about a deadly home explosion.
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more than had a year of threats and now an arrest. the target, youtube. >> i'm spencer christian. clues to an a approaching storm are beginning to show up now. i'll have the forecast coming up. >> we're not terrified of the rain or anything. we're just terrified of all the boats that are going to come over here. >> all the boats. they are threatening not just to the neighbors but to the environment. we're looking into the issue because abc 7 news is committed to building a better bay area. this is the face of a man accused of threatening youtube and police say he did more than just post comments online. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. youtube headquarters are in san bruno and they have been under physical attack before, just last year. >> and new threats against the company landed one man in jail. abc 7 news reporter luce pena is outside police headquarters. the suspect was recently in the bay area, right?
>> reporter: that's right, and he was according to authorities david swanson came to the area. according to authorities when they asked why he was here he explained that he was here for personal reasons. many youtube employees who we spoke to today said the new threats reminded them of the shooting that took place here in 2018. state of utah documents obtained by abc 7 news confirms that the 5-year-old david swanson made several threatening comments against youtube employees in september, december and may. >> he admitted to hosting those comments. he had talked more about how there was a play on word and how he was referring to shooting and he was referring more to with a cell phone or a video camera. >> the fbi was involved in the investigation that led to swanson's arrest. he admitted to owning a handgun and driving to california earlier this month. >> do you know where in california he visited?