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>> maybe. world news tonig "world news tonight with david muir" is tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. the fiery jet crash in california. the images coming in now. the jet aborting takeoff and then bursting into flames. multiple people onboard. and the miracle escape, just days after a similar plane carrying dale earnhardt jr. burst into flames after landing. severe weather slamming the east coast at this hour. severe thunderstorm watches in effect tonight in new york city, philadelphia and washington. and ginger zee is standing by with the track. also breaking as we come on tonight, the arrest at a marriott, alleged threats against employees and the discovery. multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition. we do have late reporting. president trump abruptly canceling his trip to denmark, saying he did not like how the prime minister responded when he wanted to buy greenland, saying it's not for sale. the president calling her words
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nasty. the other plane crash tonight. the man and woman onboard, then recording after the crash as they stand on the wing of the plane, floating in the ocean. the high school facing serious questions tonight, now multiple new incidents under scrutiny after images appearing to show students giving a nazi salute. what's been discovered now. the new shark attack tonight. this time, a child on the east coast rushed to the hospital. and the fires raging at a record rate in brazil's amazon rain forest. scientists tonight and their dire warning involving climate change. and brazil's president tonight and who he's suddenly blaming. and america strong tonight. she is the good luck charm times 100. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we begin tonight with that fiery plane crash in northern california, the cessna aborting takeoff and then bursting into flames. multiple people onboard. tonight, the images of that jet, you can see the flames, the
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smoke there, it had just been loaded with fuel. the pilot halted that takeoff at the last minute. tonight, we are just learning about this miracle escape, how ten people got out of that plane. the jet was already on fire. and this comes, of course, just days after a similar plane carrying dale earnhardt jr. burst into flames after landing. abc's david kerley, who covers aviation, leading us off again tonight. >> reporter: that cessna citation bursting into flames after running through the end of a runway and crashing. >> one plane fully involved off the runway. approximately a half acre of grass burning. >> reporter: on the scene, from our affiliate krcr, is reporter briana haney. >> it does look like they're getting a handle on those flames, which is causing a lot of smoke in the sky. >> reporter: once the fire was out, just a shell of the two-engine private jet remains. investigators say the jet, having stopped for fuel, was taking off from oroville, in northern california, for a flight to portland, oregon, when, for some reason, the pilot decided to abort the takeoff. apparently unable to stop in
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time. tonight, word that all ten aboard this jet escaped with their lives uninjured. it was just last week that another cessna citation ran through a runway, this time, in tennessee, and this jet owned by the nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. in fact, you can see earnhardt jr., his wife, their baby daughter, two pilots and the family dog exiting that burning jet. investigators say earnhardt jr.'s jet was landing and hit the runway at least twice, hard, its landing gear failing before running through that fence at the end of the runway. >> so, let's bring in david kerley, with us live tonight. and david, both plane crashes miraculously resulting in no serious injuries. and tonight, investigators already looking into what led to this aborted takeoff today? >> reporter: that's what the ntsb will want to know, david. and from those pictures of the citation coming to rest, the engines were still spinning. ten very lucky people who were onboard that jet. >> no question about that. david kerley leading us off. thank you. we are also watching the severe storms hitting the northeast as we come on the air
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tonight. the thunderstorm watches from d.c. to philly, new york city up through boston. wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. look at this. drivers near portland, maine, coping with heavy rain for the commute home. and cell phone video showing a tree coming down on top of a moving car in decatur township, indiana. tonight, we've been told the driver has been treated for minor injuries. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all as we go into the night. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hi, david. we just watched a severe thunderstorm blast through midtown manhattan, just south of us here. it has now moved to the east, as so many of those storms are. we've had up to 63-mile-per-hour winds at college park, maryland, already reported. but from annapolis up to, say, connecticut, you're seeing severe thunderstorm warnings on the map right now. that means those storms are imminent. even a tornado warning right there in central connecticut. these storms will start to die out, especially without the heating of the day, but tomorrow, we heat it right back up again. another round of storms with that next low pressure system coming in tomorrow evening along the i-95 corridor.
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but you know what else is coming in? much cooler air behind it, david. >> all right, relief coming. we'll just have to wait for it. ginger, thank you. we do have new reporting at this hour after news of an arrest late today, authorities say a major threat at a marriott hotel in long beach, california, an employee arrested after threatening to shoot up the hotel. they did find multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. and abc's adrienne bankert tonight from california. >> reporter: tonight, police in long beach, california, seizing this arsenal of weapons, including an assault rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and high capacity magazines from the home of a cook who worked at this airport marriott hotel. authorities arresting 37-year-old rodolfo montoya, of huntington beach, for making a criminal threat of violence against hotel employees and guests. the investigation into montoya launched after a concerned hotel employee alerted authorities. >> suspect montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass
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casualty incident. >> reporter: police say a preliminary investigation has revealed montoya was upset over a human resources matter. and david, the police tell us that this is the perfect example of see something, say something. and that employee who first alerted authorities to the threat likely saved many lives. that suspect is now being held on $500,000 bail. david? >> all right, adrienne bankert tonight on the breaking story in california. thank you. now, to president trump, who abruptly canceled his trip to denmark, blaming the prime minister and her response when he said he wanted to buy greenland. she said it was not for sale. the president called her response nasty. abc's kyra phillips at the white house. >> reporter: president trump today canceling his state visit to denmark, saying he didn't like the way the country's prime minister dismissed his interest in buying greenland. >> greenland was just an idea. just a thought. but i think when they say it was
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absurd and it was said in a very nasty, very sarcastic way, i said, we'll make it some other time. >> reporter: the prime minister making it clear greenland is not for sale. "thankfully," she said, "the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over." >> i thought that the prime minister's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty. i thought it was an inappropriate statement. all she had to do is say, "no, we wouldn't be interested." >> reporter: the prime minister now joins a growing list of women the president has called nasty. hillary clinton, nancy pelosi, senators elizabeth warren and kamala harris, even meghan, duchess of sussex. his attack on denmark comes as he escalates his attacks on american jews who vote for democrats. today on twitter, he thanked a conservative conspiracy theorist for saying israeli jews love
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trump, quote, like he's the king of israel, while american jews don't even know what they're doing or saying anymore. >> in my opinion, you vote for a democrat, you're being very disloyal to jewish people and you're being very disloyal to israel. and only weak people would say anything other than that. >> reporter: major jewish organizations like the anti-defamation league outraged. >> i will be exactly clear on what that was -- anti-semitism. the charge of disloyalty or dual loyalty has been used against jews for thousands of years. >> reporter: today, #disloyaltotrump trending on twitter. the president asked about his words concerning jewish loyalty. >> isn't that anti-semitic? >> no, no, no. it's only in your head. it's only anti-semitic in your head. >> kyra phillips with us live again tonight from the white house. and kyra, something else the president said today getting a lot of attention tonight. you asked him about the possibility of a recession, if he continues his trade war with china, and it was how he answered.
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>> reporter: taking america into a recession. is it worth it? and do americans need to back that up? >> the united states is doing phenomenally well, but one thing i have to do is economically take on china, because china has been ripping us off for many years. somebody had to do it. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. so, i'm taking on china. >> reporter: kyra, he says he's the chosen one. that part was the part making headlines. and after a payroll tax cut was possible according to the president this time last night, today, that's not so? >> reporter: that's right, david. just 24 hours ago, the president said that he was considering cutting the payroll tax to help working americans. but tonight, a bit of a reversal. he now says it's just not necessary, david. >> kyra phillips tonight. thank you. now to stunning images of a small plane crash off the coast of california. the plane going down in the waters near san francisco. the tail seen in the ocean there. the pilot and passenger documenting themselves floating
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on the wing in the ocean. abc's will carr from california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, this frightening moment caught on camera. watch that single engine plane skip along the pacific ocean and then crash. seconds later, 34-year-old pilot david lesh and his passenger record themselves, incredibly, standing on the wing just before the plane sinks. >> there she goes. >> reporter: at times they laugh, then literally bob in the water waiting to be rescued. >> i'm holding onto my window shades as a floatation device. >> i'm on the seat cushion. >> yeah, we got a seat cushion here. >> reporter: lesh says his plane lost power just south of san francisco on a sightseeing trip. his friends, in a second plane, recorded video of those heart-stopping moments. the coast guard quickly swept in. the two waving from the water, avoiding serious injury, but stung by jellyfish, before they were airlifted to safety. >> i'm david lesh. >> reporter: lesh, the owner of an outdoor clothing company, has a history of attention-grabbing behavior to promote his brand.
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>> our videos are provocative and edgy, but if you think that i crashed my brand new airplane into the pacific as a publicity stunt, you need your head examined. >> reporter: with the plate still at the bottom of the ocean, the ntsb tells us they're waiting for it to be recovered before they decide if they want to launch a full investigation. david? >> will carr reporting tonight. thank you, will. next this evening, to that high school in california facing growing outrage over that video of teenagers appearing to show a nazi salute. tonight, there are now new videos emerging, that school facing new scrutiny. and here again, matt gutman. >> reporter: those newly-surfaced videos prompting school officials just south of los angeles to expand their investigation into allegations some students engaged in acts associated with nazis and the confederacy. in one video, you can see someone holding a german flag, appearing to high step and do the "sieg heil" salute. the images emerging just days after this video, students at an off-campus banquet last november, appearing to do a
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"sieg heil" salute. one teen singing a german marching song associated with the nazis. the garden grove school district telling abc news it found out about that video months later, saying it "strongly condemns" the behavior and that it disciplined the students involved privately, but that it "did not involve the larger school or district community in addressing the issue." that left parents and teachers from pacifica high school outraged overnight. >> you failed miserably. >> reporter: and tonight, the pacifica high school principal apologizing. >> we are sorry that our investigation and our transparency with the pacifica community fell drastically short. >> reporter: and david, it is still unclear how those students were disciplined after that initial video surfaced. and tonight, that school principal reiterating that any student found engaging in either hate speech or activities will be punished. david? >> matt gutman, thank you. now to the anger from many americans who have been demanding universal background checks. their renewed calls after el
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paso and dayton. the president said after those recent mass shootings that he, too, wanted meaningful background checks. so, what happened? here's mary bruce. >> reporter: just after the massacres in dayton and el paso, president trump said this time would be different. >> there's a great appetite and i mean a very strong appetite, for background checks, and i think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before. >> reporter: americans have been calling for change, too. >> do something! >> do something! >> reporter: in iowa, republican senator joni ernst shouted down by voters demanding gun reforms. >> a lot of the incidents that we see do come back to mental illness. >> no! >> reporter: but president trump has also been facing a different kind of pressure from the gun lobby. and now, two weeks after el paso and dayton, he's changing course. >> we have a lot of background checks right now. gun owners can tell you that, others can tell you that. but there are certain weaknesses
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we want to fix the weaknesses. you know, it's a slippery slope, and that's what actually your gun owners and a lot of other people are concerned with. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the president promised the head of the nra, wayne lapierre, that he will not support universal background checks. >> 100 people a day die from guns. do you see that as a public health emergency? >> i do, i do, yeah. i do. and they die for a lot of other reasons, too. we're working on background checks. there are things we can do. but we already have very serious background checks. we have strong background checks. >> reporter: after the parkland shooting last year, the president welcomed survivors to the white house and made similar promises. >> and i don't understand why i can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. >> reporter: mary bruce with us live tonight. of course, that new polling, the most recent polling, showing 89% of americans support strong background checks. and mary, we know parkland survivors today releasing their own plan, calling for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks.
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and we heard the president say today right there in your report that we're working on background checks. anymore from the white house on what exactly he's talking about? >> reporter: well, the president, david, says he still has an appetite for background checks, but it's unclear tonight what exactly he's willing to support. and without clear guidance from the president, it's unlikely that republicans in congress are going to support any major changes. david? >> mary bruce with us again tonight. thank you, mary. overseas this evening, and two american service members have been killed in action in afghanistan. nato commanders reporting their deaths without revealing how or where it happened. 14 american troops have now been killed in combat-related incidents in afghanistan this year. now, to the economy tonight, and the alarming forecast involving the federal deficit. the nonpartisan congressional budget office reporting the federal deficit will reach $960 billion by september 30th. that's the end of this fiscal year. the deficit, they say, on tap to reach $1 trillion in 2020, two years faster than expected. they cite president trump's tax cuts, the trade war with china and an increase in federal
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spending. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the new shark attack. this time, a little boy on the east coast. lifeguards jumping in before he's rushed to the hospital, and what we've learned tonight. walmart now suing tesla tonight. it does involve fires, not the cars, though. what's behind this lawsuit. and the new images coming in from the amazon rain forest. fires raging at a record pace tonight. the warning about climate change. and this evening, who the brazilian president is suddenly blaming for the fires. a lot more news ahead tonight. stay tuned. pressure rising, and racing. this is also mia's pulse. that her doctor keeps in check, so she can find balance. this is mia's pulse, and now it's more stable than ever. this is what medicare from blue cross blue shield does for mia. and with over 80 years of healthcare expertise, imagine what we can do for you. this is the benefit of blue.
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detected by researchers so far this year. an 83% increase from 2018. the fires, visible even from space. those white patches not clouds, but smoke. powerful winds carrying it nearly 1,700 miles away to sao paolo. these images from monday afternoon. drivers forced to use their headlights in the darkness. the major concern, how the wildfires could accelerate climate change. the amazon rain forest produces 20% of the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere. a vital defense against global warming. tonight, brazil's president without evidence suggesting environmental groups may have had a role in the fires as a ploy for money. and david, president bolsonaro's critics say he's harmed the rain forest since he took office, selling it off, they feel, to farmers, loggers and miners. david? >> james longman. we'll stay on it. thanks. when we come back here tonight, the doctor accused of being intoxicated on the job, now facing charges in the deaths
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finally tonight here, she's america strong, 100 times over. make no mistake. this smile, sister jean dolores, is the good luck charm. >> and the dream is alive! >> reporter: last year, march madness. sister jean dolores schmidt, the secret weapon of the loyola chicago ramblers. at every game. >> that's their guardian angel right there, sister jean. >> that was all you! >> reporter: that was all you, sister jean. the team's chaplain and chief cheerleader. >> good and gracious god, we're here today to beat miami. >> reporter: no offense, miami. and i remember asking her about divine intervention. i'm curious what you say to the team, we see them leaning over to you and kissing you and hugging you at the end of the game, but what do you say to them before they head out? >> i say a prayer. but sometimes there's a little
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more than talking to god in the prayer. but i do begin with "good and gracious god." i pray for the other team, perhaps not as hard. >> oh! >> reporter: tonight, all the prayers from that team and all the birthday wishes are for her. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: sister jean today turning 100. and birthday wishes from the retired sisters from her order back in iowa. ♪ happy birthday jean dolores >> reporter: sister jean dolores, we hope she feels the love. and on this birthday, a piece of advice from her. >> in order to have an impact on people, we have to be happy ourselves. just be kind, wake up, be joyful. >> isn't that the truth? happy birthday, sister jean. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. new at 6:00 only abc 7 news
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obtained these reports inside our findings that contradict the official determination of what killed san francisco public defender. >> if you think that i crashed my airplane into the pacific as a publicity stunt. >> his plane went down in the water just 24 hours ago. >> we have this little slogan, you know, we're americans but we need to take that seriously. >> what brought ""wheel of fortune"" rolling into san francisco. what they think of the city by the bay. this was clearly a natural death. >> what really killed san francisco public defender jeff adachi? good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. only abc 7 news is learning
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experts hired by the family of form ersan fran public defender jeff adachi believe he died from a heart attack, not from a drug and alcohol overdose. >> it's a finding that contradicts the medical examiner's autopsy. vic lee is live in the newsroom with a story you'll see only on abc 7, vic? >> dan and ama, this autopsy says adachi's heart compromised by heart disease sustain the stress caused by drugs and alcohol and that was the cause of his death, an overdose. the adachi family says i wants to clear his name. acute mixed drug, cocaine and ethanol toxicity. a drug and alcohol overdose. manner of death, accident. it noted that adachi had heart disease. cause of death from dr. dillon miller a pathologist sudden cardiac arrhythmia, in late

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