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welcome to a special edition of "world news tonight" from los angeles. the gold star fury. the father of a fallen navy s.e.a.l. refusing to meet the president. questioning the decision that cost his son his life and now calling for an investigation. panic at the parade. a pickup truck plowing into the mardi gras celebration. >> it was terrifying. >> it was chaos. >> one dead, dozens injured including a child as young as 3. what caused the driver to cause so much harm? and bill paxton, the beloved actor from "apollo 13" and "titanic" and many others passing away after surgery. manhunt -- the suspect considered armed and extremely dangerous. possibly linked to the murders of two women. including one at this mississippi church. police say he can be hundreds of miles away.
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oscar tensions mounting. the favorites. the underdogs. the nominee who is a no show. and how political will the acceptance speeches be? >> announcer: this is "abc world news tonight." reporting tonight from los angeles. >> good evening. thanks for joining us for this special edition of "world news tonight." i'm tom llamas. reporting from the academy awards. a short time from now the worldwide celebration of the movies the oscars will take place. this is a look at the red carpet right behind me. we'll have much more on that in a moment. but we begin tonight with the father of a fallen navy s.e.a.l., revealing to "the miami herald" that he refused to meet with president trump. william ryan owens was killed in a secret mission in yemen last month. the president, his daughter ivanka, flying to dover air force base for the dignified transfer of his remains. but his father has too many questions about his son's death to meet with the
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commander in chief and he's calling for an investigation into how and why his son had died. david kerley reports tonight. >> reporter: tonight the father of the only navy s.e.a.l. to die in the raid in yemen is calling on the president to investigate ryan owens' death. the government owes my son an investigation, william owens told "the miami herald." with a direct message to the president. quote, don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation. we watched the president and his daughter ivanka travel to dover air force base. >> we just returned from an amazing visit with a great, great family at dover. it was something very sad, very beautiful. ryan a great man. >> reporter: but william owens told military officials he didn't want to meet mr. trump, adding quote, i didn't want to make a scene about it but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him and he questioned the raid. why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when
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it wasn't barely a week into his administration? the trump administration has called the raid a success. >> it was highly successful. it achieved the purpose it was going to get. >> saying valuable intelligence was found on the phones. but along with owens life, a tilt rotor aircraft was lost. senator john mccain questioned the administration's characterization. >> when you lose a $70 million airplane and more importantly an american life is lost or wounded i don't believe you can call it a success. >> reporter: this morning george stephanopoulos asked the white house spokesperson if the father will seek an investigation. >> the son is a true american hero and we should forever be in his son's debt. >> does the president want an investigation? >> i haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about this. but i would imagine that he would be supportive of that. >> reporter: william owens said he didn't vote for president trump and he was troubled by the president's treatment during the campaign of the khans. >> have you even read
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>> reporter: the gold star family. >> have you ever been to arlington cemetery? >> he was, you know, very emotional. probably looked like a nice guy to me. his wife -- if you look at his wife she was standing there. she had nothing to say. she probably -- maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. you tell me. >> reporter: david kerley joins us live from the white house. we're learning details that the investigation of ryan owens' death will take place? >> reporter: it will. it has not started yet according to the pentagon, tom. right now they're investigating the civilian death. several people were killed in the raid and as a routine there will be an investigation into owens' death. it has not started yet. >> david kerley for us at the white house, thank you. meanwhile, calls for independent prosecutor to look into the ties between russia and the president's campaign growing louder tonight. one prominent republican weighing in but the president is still pushing back and blaming the media. abc's gloria riviera with the latest. >> reporter: tonight president
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trump battling the reports that members of his campaign spoke with russians to help win the election. tweeting, russia talk is fake news, put out by the democrats and played up by the media in order to mask the big election defeat and illegal leaks. this comes amidst growing calls for an official investigation from both sides of the aisle. a prominent republican calling for a special prosecutor. and that the attorney general should recuse himself. >> you're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to take not just to recuse, that's -- you can't give it to your deputy. >> reporter: both the house and the senate have already launched investigations. republican senator marco rubio underscoring the need for a nonpartisan probe. >> i think it's very important that the work of the senate intelligence committee be 100% credible. >> reporter: former trump manager corey lewandowski echoing the president's denial. >> never ever ever ever did i or anyone that i know have contact with anyone from russian, the
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>> reporter: last night, trump dined with ivanka and her husband jared kushner at his hotel and nigel farage from brexit. this just hours after announcing he will not be dining with his sworn enemy the media at this year's white house correspondents' dinner. when asked about the calls for attorney general sessions to recuse himself from the russia investigation the white house said we're not there yet. tom? >> gloria riviera for us, thank you. next to a major story we're following tonight -- that mardi gras horror in new orleans. one of the biggest parades winding through the streets when a pickup truck tore through the crowd and slammed into the dump truck. the driver pulled from his truck, now facing charges. 28 people were injured including young children. abc's adrienne bankert in new orleans tonight. >> reporter: a chaotic and horrific scene unfolded after that pickup truck crashed into the crowd along the parade route. the celebration turning into a triage z
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>> orleans and north carrollton avenue. a vehicle struck a crowd. >> multiple injuries. >> reporter: at 6:42 at one of the biggest mardi gras events of the weekend, authorities say neilson rizzuto plowed into a couple of cars, a truck and injuring 28 people, some critically. >> it was terrifying because we didn't know if it was on purpose or not. >> reporter: first responders arriving within moments. people on ground, the stretcher, cars mangled. some searching for loved ones. >> it was total chaos because you had people all over the place so no one knew who was hurt. >> reporter: the youngest victim just a year old. tonight, the police department say rizzuto faces first degree negligent injury and reckless operation of a vehicle. 25-year-old was hauled off. his blood alcohol content, 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit.
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intoxicated. he is in custody right now. he's being investigated right now. >> reporter: as you can see behind us, the revellers are not deterred by what happened this weekend. some say rizzuto appeared out of it. some say he swerved to avoid hitting the pedestrians and he'll be in court tonight. tom? >> adrienne bankert, thank you. as hollywood prepares for the big night now, reactions are pouring in after the news that actor bill paxton has died suddenly at the age of 61. abc's kayna whitworth with what happened. >> reporter: bill paxton the prolific actor dying unexpectedly after complications from surgery. paxton first made a splash in the 1985 teen comedy "weird science." >> you die, she walks out of here with a severe limp. >> reporter: he proved to be a versatile actor appearing in james cameron's "aliens" and teaming up with him again in supporting roles in "true lies" and "titanic."
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today, cameron said that the world is a lesser place for his passing. paxton got his first crack as a leading man in the 1996 blockbuster movie "twister." >> come on! >> reporter: but proved most popular in ensemble movies appearing in "apollo 13" with a bevy of co-stars including tom hanks. hanks tweeting today, bill paxton was simply a wonderful man. a wonderful man. in more recent years, he found success on tv as the patriarch of hbo's "big love." >> i do not want to cut a deal, i want to crush him! this is war. >> reporter: and also in the acclaimed miniseries "hatfield and mccoys." garnering an emmy nomination. >> at this point, this is all gravy. >> reporter: despite his long and prolific career, paxton never won an academy award. it is likely that some of his fellow actors will pay tribute to him tonight, both during the show and right here on the red carpet. tom?
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>> kayna whitworth, thank you so much. next to the breaking news we have been following the nationwide manhunt for a suspect wanted for questioning in the murders of two women in mississippi. authorities say he may be hundreds of miles away traveling in a car that belonged to one of the victims and they warned he is armed and extremely dangerous. abc's eva pilgrim has detail. >> reporter: an urgent search for this man, wanted for questioning following the murder of two women and a shooting of a third. investigators saying 28-year-old alex deaton is a person of interest in the shooting spree. the first victim discovered thursday. 69-year-old brenda strickland pinter shot and killed while cleaning her church. her husband finding her. >> there was some blood on the right neck -- right here. there was some. and some on the floor. >> reporter: early friday morning a jogger calling for help. >> need you en route a female was shot in the leg.
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her from his driver's window. later in the day, police doing a welfare check discover heather robinson. her suv a white gmc arcadia similar to this one, missing. her boyfriend alex deaton also missing. investigators now connecting all three cases to deaton. they think he is still driving that white suv with mississippi nurse's foundation plates. authorities warning that deaton may be on the move and could be in oklahoma. he is considered armed and extremely dangerous. tom? >> eva pilgrim, thank you. next, a disturbing incident at a jewish cemetery in philadelphia. a man arriving to visit his father's grave found dozens of head stones broken or knocked over. police are now investigating this after more than 150 gravestones were damaged at a jewish cemetery near st. louis last week. back here in l.a. the preparations for oscars' big
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and the audience is arriving behind me under the canopy in case it rains tonight. and after a year of stunning political and social change, the audience around here and around the world is embracing to for an unpredictable night. tonight, hollywood and politics expected to collide, capping an award season like never before. last night, casey affleck accepted an award directly criticizing president trump. >> the policies of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last. they're really un-american. >> reporter: oscars' host jimmy kimmel aware of the political charge. >> people are fired up on both sides. and so i think it will be a mistake to ignore that. >> reporter: it's kimmel's second major award show this season. >> i'll tell you the emmys are so diverse this year the oscars are telling people we're one of their closest friends. >> reporter: for the past two years critics calling for change after all 20 acting nominations
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at the oscars went to white perform performers. #oscars so white taking off on social media. chris rock addressing it at last year's show. >> i'm here at the academy awards otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. >> reporter: this year, seven actors of color nominated including a record setting six black actors and four films up for best picture, reflecting that diversity. >> as long as you are in my house, you talk to me. >> reporter: like "fences" starring viola davis and denzel washington. both are nominated. washington has two oscars, another win tonight would be a historic moment for the actor and the industry. his co-star's acknowledging the emotion behind the awards. what does it mean to have the award nominated with so many awards this time around after that kind of backlash? >> black or white, a lot of wonderful films that's what want to be. you want to be part of the state
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that's what we're proud to be a part of. >> reporter: another contender for best picture -- "moonlight." it tells the journey of a young black child to manhood. struggling to find himself in a tough miami neighborhood. naomie harris nominated for best supporting actress plays his mother. >> why didn't you come home like you're supposed to? huh? >> a wonderful feeling to have the diverse voices, diverse characters and communities and aspects of history being represented. >> reporter: while the academy acknowledges progress has been made president cheryl boone isaac says there's still more to be done. >> that's what we're working on, right? those who will have the talent and the creativity. >> reporter: and no doubt it will be an exciting night. we'll have much more later in the broadcast. still ahead on this special edition of "world news tonight" on sunday -- an update on a heart breaking crime. the third grade honor student gunned down after a traffic accident. plus, pinpointing your
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be watching festivities from her couch. natalie portman is up for role in "jackie." but the three-time oscar nominee announcing she won't attend because of her pregnancy. this is her second child. coming up right here i'm going to take you down to the red carpet for an inside and up close look what it's like to walk that same track as all those stars. stay with us.
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found this color was much more flattering to the stars as they take photos along the line right here. so much of the media, international media is lined up. and the lucky few, they get to watch the red carpet from here. those people luckily got tickets for this. so the stars are able to walk this long carpet, about 900 feet long. it takes 900 man hours to put this together. these are the moments before the oscars starts so right now there's lot of hustle and bustle going on. all the different reporters and producers and photographers are getting their shots, setting everything up. so once they make their walk through here, they walk to that stage. that's where the oscars preshow is. from here they come to this grand entranceway right here. more than 300 films qualify for best picture and nine are nominated tonight. whoever wins best picture will get their names etched in glass outside of the dolby theatre. you can see 1935 one example there, "mutiny on the bounty." a big exciting night, it all starts with "live from the red carpet" at 7:00 p.m.
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the awards ceremony of course at 8:30 eastern and then live from hollywood, the after show with all of the best highlights from the oscars. of course we'll see more of those on "gma" in the morning. then later on "world news tonight" with david muir. i'm tom llamas in hollywood from the red carpet. thank you so much for watching. and have a great night.
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live, it's theet final countdown. we are a matter of hours away from the academy awards. we will be live on the red carpet with a preview. governor mcauliffe meeting with the department of homeland security. what they are discussing about president's halted travel ban. and, what season are we in? realeather has been a roller coaster, not ending anytime soon. the stormwatch 7 forecast coming up next. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> governors from all over the u.s. converging on d.c. for a white house ball. governor terry mcauliffe asking tough questions before coming face-to-face with the president. he met with th

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