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. tonight, the watches and warnings right now. the northeast, outside new york city, philadelphia, bracing for severe storms tonight. delays and cancellations already. where the storms hit in the b marctandin bh the timing out tonit after robert mueller breaks his silence. mueller saying, if we could have dnt twe the president, we would day, "iad nothi to me getel" white house request to hide the uss john mccain during president trump's visit to japan. the president tonight saying someone did him a favor. and meghan mccain weighing in, too. the scare at the ballpark. the little girl hit by a foul ball. the player, a father himself, breaks down in tears. the latest word on her condition, and tonight, that player in his own words.
breaking news coming in, the last clinic performing abortions in missouri could be shut down in the coming hours. tonight, the new record on the u.s. border. more than 1,000 people apprehended. and our team witnessing the first raid of its kind. u.s. authorities targeting the human smugglers who make money bringing people to the u.s. the alarming new headline ci. in tonightnvvid e ccern >>th pying night. the man tra silo. and then swimming there on right, unaware a shark was coming toward her. you will hear the screams from the beach. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. and we begin with the warnings and watches up right now in the northeast. 14 days of this now across this country. outside new york city tonight, and in philadelphia, they are bracing for more storms this evening. let's get right to the radar tonight, showing that threat moving through, from there in
baltimore, up to philly and new york city. in fact, a tornado warning in baltimore for a time today, forcing people to shelter in place. and the drive home tonight for millions, a dangerous one. downpours for the commute. these images from crystal city, virginia. nearly 400 reported tornadoes in this outbreak alone. 22 states. and these stunning drone images near dallas in the last 24 hours. on the ground, you can see the damage of those winds, shredding a building and tossing pieces right into the air there. at this hour, delays and cancellations are mounting at several major airports. we have the track of these storms tonight, and gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, powerful storms taking aim at the northeast, right in the middle of the evening commute. >> yikes! that tree just fell. >> reporter: drivers dodging trees and debris in ellicott city, maryland. and tornado warnings for baltimore. airport officials there warning people to take shelter as the storms roll through. >> this is where you want to take your tornado precautions, get the kids inside, get your friends inside. >> reporter: it's the 14th day
in a row of severe weather. the 13th day brought bad luck and tornadoes to canton, texas. watch as debris flies into the air. >> oh! power flashes. power flashes. >> reporter: this incredible drone footage shows a tornado tearing across the texas landscape. another tornado touching down north of des moines, iowa. powerful storms slammed the northeast and cancelled more than 1,500 flights. the images from this two-week outbreak of tornadoes and storms have been astounding. the damage apock lk licalyptapo. this is what an f-4 tornado did just days ago. one of the strongest storms of the season. just take a look, this house is torn apart. those rooms just completely exposed. feet of rain is still causing a flood emergency in the heartland for locations along the arkansas river. and david, here at laguardia airport, they're seeing some of the longest delays in the country many than two hours right now.
and when you add it all up, from coast to coast, we're looking at more than 600 cancellations. more than 4,500 delays. david? >> another miserable night ahead. gio, thank you. let's get to rob marciano tonight. and rob, if we can just get through tonight, everyone might get a break from all of this, but also you said, one more night. >> reporter: yeah, you can see, we're in it, not just in the air, but things are slow here on the ground, as well. heavy rain in new york. a couple of flashes of lightning down to the south and flash flood warnings for trenton and philadelphia. you can see it on the radar. dense radar image there back through west virginia and flash flood watches up until midnight. boy, pennsylvania, you've had a tough go of it. even some intermountain west storms, and the high plains, as well. we put this map into motion. the front will begin to break down. still some weaknesses tomorrow that will bring thunderstorms to the carolinas and western great lakes. but nothing too terribly organized. that big blue "h" right over the arkansas river, where that record flooding is happening, a couple of days of dry weather there. everyone will take that. david? >> that is for sure.
rob marciano on a very wet night ahead. rob, thank you. now to the other major headline this evening, president trump firing off, less than 24 hours after robert mueller broke his silence. mueller saying, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. but they did not. and today, the president was asked about sponsewem the ident appeari to acknowledg. the president tweeting "i had nothing to do with russia helping me get elected." terry moran at the white house. >> reporter: president trump today pushed back hard against avpresident of a crime, he ement would have done so. the president asked how that squares with his "no collusion, no obstruction" line. >> but on obstruction, he said he could not say there was no crime. he could not clear you. >> that means you're innocent. that means you're innocent. >> no, he said he couldn't say you were innocent. >> then he should have said you're guilty. >> reporter: but mueller made clear that wasn't his call to make, citing a long-time justice
department policy that his office does not have the authority to charge the president of the united states with a crime. >> the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. >> reporter: trump's attorney general, william barr, who did clear trump of obstruction, was asked why he didn't leave it to congress, as mueller suggested. >> he seemed to suggest yesterday that there was another venue for this and that was congress. >> well, i'm not sure what he was suggesting. but you know, the department of justice doesn't use our powers of investigating crimes as adjunct to congress. >> reporter: now democrats in congress are slowly moving towards impeachment proceedings against president trump, at least 45 of the 235 house democrats support launching an impeachment inquiry. and so do more democrats running for president. enraging trump. >> i never thought that would even be possible to be using that word to me. it's a dirty word. the word impeach, it's a dirty filthy disgusting word.
>> reporter: and then, this morning, there was this remarkable admission from trump on twitter. "i had nothing to do with russia helping me to get elected." which he emphatically walked back less than an hour later. el no, russia did not help me ge you ow who got me elected? you know who got me elected? i got me elected. >> the president today. terry moran live at the white house tonight. and terry, i want to go back to what we hear from attorney general william barr today. 24 hours ago, robert mueller said that justice department policy prevented him from making a decision on obstruction of justice, whether the president committed a crime, appearing to suggest another route, congress, but barr tonight appearing to contradict mueller, saying that mueller could have made that decision, and so, he decided himself. >> reporter: a small but crucial contradiction there, david. both men agree that justice department policy prevents the president from being charged with a crime, it would be too disruptive of the government. mueller says if he can't charge the government, don't make the call on whether or not he committed a crime, that's not fair. mueller said that's what justice
department prosecutors do, i'll make the call, and he cleared the president. david? >> terry moran at the white house. ave rnghank you. to ouss john mccain during president trump's visit to japan. tonight, the president saying he did not know about the request, but added, someone did him a favor. and tonight, meghan mccain weighing in, and so is the mother of a sailor who died on that ship. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: the question tonight, why was this tarp covering the name of the uss john s. mccain, just days before the president's trip to japan? >> i don't know what happened. i wasn't involved. >> reporter: but as "the wall street journal" was first to report, the mccain name was obscured because of an order from the white house, that said the destroyer "needs to be out of sight." wh nership learned of the directive, though, that tarp was taken down, before the president arrived. and according to the navy, "all ships remained in normal configuration during the president's visit." but the president says whoever did give that order meant well. >> they thought they were doing
me a favor, because they know i am not a feign of john mccain. john mccain killed health care for the republican party and he killed health care for the nation. >> reporter: the president has been attacking mccain for years. in 2015, then-candidate trump insisted the former navy pilot who was held captive and tortured for five years in vietnam, was not a hero. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> reporter: mccain died from brain cancer in august. his daughter, meghan, says the continued attacks against her father make it impossible to grieve. >> because the president is so obsessed with the fact that he's never going to be a great man like he was. >> yeah. that's true. >> reporter: tonight, the uss john s. mccain remains stationed in japan. it's being repaired after a 2017 collision that killed ten u.s. sailors. the mother of one of those sailors, petty officer first class kevin bushell, tells abc news the president's focus should be on "the sailors that
lost their lives, and not about the tender ego of this president because he is threatened by the late senator mccain." >> all right, mary bruce live in washington tonight, as well, and mary, this evening, president trump's acting defense secretary, patrick shanahan, who wants the job, we believe, was tressed about this incident, and he said he did not authorize or approve this. >> reporter: well, david, the acting defense secretary says he had nothing to do with this and is making clear he disagrees with the president, saying he, quote, would never dishonor the memory of a great american patriot like senator mccain. david? >> mary bruce with us, as well. thanks, mary. there are new calls tonight for safety at america's ballparks after that scare overnight, that little girl hit by a line drive foul ball sitting just beyond the protective netting. tonight, the latest word here on her condition and the player who broke down in tears immediately. tonight here, in his own words. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a baseball player overcome with emotion. tonight, a young girl is recovering in the hospital after a fun day at the ballpark in houston turned terrifying.
>> that one went sizzling off into the stands. >> reporter: chicago cubs outfielder albert almora jr. fouling one into the crowd, hitting the girl in the stands. the child scooped up by her parents. almora, a father of two himself, falling to his knees in tears. >> as soon as i hit it, the first person i locked eyes on was her. >> reporter: after the inning, almora checking on the girl, falling into the arms of a security guard. thcryi >> right now, i'm just praying and -- and -- yeah, i'm speechless, i'm at a loss for words. >> reporter: after a string of injuries, lawsuits and the death of a woman hit by a foul ball at dodgers stadium, stadiums have expanded netting to protect more seats. but the girl who was hit was sitting ten feet past where the netting ends at minute maid park. major league baseball mandated more netting two years ago after a young child was hit by a foul ball here at yankee stadium. and just today, the yankees manager said that he believed that netting should be around
all of the stadiums in the league. david? >> heartbreaking for everyone involved there. linsey, thank you. next, to the developing headline out of missouri at this hour, where the last clinic performing abortions in that state could be closed down in the next 24 hours. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> what do we do? >> stand up, fight back! >> reporter: the fight over the future of missouri's very last abortion clinic brought demonstrators to the st. louis arch and to state offices downtown. state health officials here are refusing to renew the clinic's license until doctors agree to a series of interviews about what the governor claims are a series of deficiencies. th at all. this is about a standard of case in the state of missouri. >> reporter: this all happening after lawmakers in louisiana passed new abortion restrictions that outlaw the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. louisiana's governor, a democrat, just signed the law this evening. nearly a dozen states, including missouri, have passed similar laws this year. at the clinic in st. louis today, they're preparing for the
worst. >> the mood at the clinic today has been one of stress, higher than the normal level, and really serious concerns for my patients. >> reporter: if this clinic closes, missouri would be the only state in the union without an abortion clinic. the closest clinic would then be across the mississippi river, in illinois, about ten miles away from st. louis, where they are already preparing for more patients because of this. david? >> steve osunsami watching this story into the night. steve, thank you. and we took note of a new record set at the southern border today. the largest group of migrants apprehended. 1,036 people crossing near el paso. president trump tweeting this video from the border patrol, showing the line of people streaming across. officials say most were from guatemala, el salvador and honduras. an t,abs mattgutman is inan smugglers. they make money bringing people to the u.s. >> reporter: in the predawn
darkness, nearly 200 guatemalan cops got their orders, loaded up and fanned out. abc news was there on this first of a kind raid. every one of these police units, it has its own prosecutor who is riding along. we arrive just moments after this man, alleged to be the transportation head of a large human smuggling ring, is cuffed. migrants pay coyotes, or smugglers, on average about $6,000. they must often pawn everything they know just to try to reach the u.s. border. u.s. homeland security investigators, some whose pride tetoirve concealed here, guatemalan counterparts. part of a new strategy to go after smugglers with the intensity they go after drug traffickers. how many people do you think they have smuggled into the u.s. or at least north into mexico? >> thousands. >> rep including a record number of children.
40,000. more migrants make the journey from guatemala than any other nation. most try to claim asylum after that perilous trek. it's something the trump administration is hoping to crack down on. >> only about 10% will have a valid asylum claim. they will eventually be subject to removal and that's a false promise these smugglers are promising them. >> reporter: consequently, david, many of those migrants are deported back to their home countries. some caught at the border, some after being in the united states for years. now, the group here is part of 381 migrants deported back to guatemala today alone. many of them tell me they're going to try to go back up north to the united states. david? >> all right, matt gutman with the unfolding scene there. matt, thank you. back here at home tonight, and to chicago this evening, where prosecutors have now charged r & b singer r. kelly with 11 new sex-related counts. the charges involving one of the women who has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was under ainge. these are the most serious
charges he's faced and some carry a maximum of 30 years in prison. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the alarming new headline just in tonight involving the measles, and the growing concern right here in new york city. also new developments tonight in the search for that missing mother of five. last seen dropping a child off at school, gone for days, expected at a divorce hearing, but not showing. what authorities are now saying tonight. the danger on mt. everest. we have showed you here the human traffic jam right there at the top. well, our team tonight on the way to base camp. how far they made it, showing how difficult it was to breathe. and the images coming in tonight, the man trapped in this silo. there are dozens of firefighters on the scene right now. much more ahead. stay tuned. husband, and our t. we hear a lot about millennials, but did you know that more than one in four are caring for a loved one. as the years went on, she took on more and more responsibility. so how do you financially prepare for needing care one day?
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this year? today, we journeyed towards the mountain. when you pay to climb everest, this is where it all begins. flying through thealest mountaiw i'm at 15,000 feet above sea level. the air is thin. i am struggling to breathe. but this is the mountain range on which everest sits. low oxygen is always a challenge. but many are blaming the everest chaos on the flood of inexperienced climbers, lured by cut-rate tour companies, not prepared for the ascent. their bodies not ready for the altitude. one of the problems people have highlighted is some people decide to fly straight in to base camp, go straight to that 18,000-foot level, where the oxygen is less. and that can prove deadly or very, very difficult for them, walter on in their climb. that toll all too evident. 11 people killed on everest in ten days. david, our pilot told me today that he's met people who've never climbed a mountain before, hoping to scale everest.
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here's to you. finally tonight, america strong. the boy who won the award for, well, take a look. christopher yancy of woodstock, georgia, was born with down syndrome. a happy baby, a happy student in school. and tonight, a new milestone. christopher has graduated from the eighth grade. and this was the moment he gave out the awards for excellence in kindness. after high-fiving the front row, heading up on stage, you can see the excitement building up there right in front of the school. high-fiving teachers and the principal. and then, at the end of the stage, he turns to his friends
and you can hear it. they love it, too. and tonight, his mother, brenda, telling us how much this means to her and her son. >> i was so exceedingly proud of him, in front of 1,500 students, he was awarded the kindness award and that just filled my heart. >> reporter: it filled ours, too. the most important award you could get. and christopher, with his certificate, with the principal, the chorus director, and his teachers, reminding us all, in the end, it's kindness. we salute christopher and all those classmates cheering him on. good night. now news to build a better bay area from abc 7. >> game one of the nba finals gets under way in just two hours and the players are pumped. >> they have a very good team,
and they're here for a reason. so you can't take them lightly. >> it's the fifth straight year for the warriors in finals. playing for a championship always gets the competitive juices flowing. >> in the finals,. th cro islwaysgreat.tis ridg hi >> i'm dion in search of warriors fans. where are they? theaya are ready to get into tod oracle i' to nba finals. demarcus cousins active for game. four-time all-star has been out since tearing his quad in game one against the clippers. boogie has worked so hard to get back. steve kerr says he's happy for cousins to be happy for his first nba finals.
he doesn't sound like kerr is going to send him out there for extended minutes. maybe we see boogie with the second unit as opposed to starting the game right off the bat. one toronto raptors player has huge bay area tynes. remember lin-sanity? the electric jeremy lin attended palo alto high school, then harvard before entering the nba with the warriors. there is one issue for lin. we've got on lin. mindy? >> the tron tore raptors with jeremy lin's eighth teams. he's had a season ending injury he has to work back from. he doesn't take an opportunity to practiceig