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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the city. the american city plunging into darkness. traffic lights out. workers trapped. and the window washers stranded. authorities call it a, quote, "catastrophic" failure. the fbi moves in tonight. the teacher accused of abducting his student, a 15-year-old girl, he's now in federal custody. our team with new details from inside the cabin. the terror attack. we have new video captured in the middle of the attack. and the americans who were right there on the champs elysees. the new video emerging tonight. the retired librarian accidentally shot and killed during a police training exercise. the new
stroke, and dementia. andaking news on the case of the highway shooter. nine shootings, several dead. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the massive blackout, crippling an american city for hours. power knocked out, workers trapped. hospitals quick to move to backup power. traffic during rush hour coming to a halt. a major fire in a substation, a massive failure. window washers trapped on the side of this building, no electricity to raise or lower the scaffolding. nick watt is in san francisco leading us off. >> reporter: confusion and gridlock across san francisco tonight. a massive power outage jamming intersections and shutting down businesses. hitting some 90,000 gas customers in all.
>> there's been a significant power outage throughout the city. >> reporter: hospitals forced to use generators. window washers stranded. this jewelry store started pulling items from its shelves. >> the elevator just broke on us. we're stuck in here. >> reporter: many others were forced to evacuate buildings by fleeing downstairs. >> the power just went out about ten minutes ago. >> the lights went out and it was crazy. it's pitch black. >> so this intersection, power seems to be out. and we have a lot of traffic. >> reporter: police trying to keep order. street by street. while underground, subway riders used flashlights to find their way out. firefighters working to
blaze while smoke can be seen escaping from the side and roof. >> we have insulation that's still smoldering. we're trying to cool it. >> nick, some of the power back on, you were telling us. but traffic lights are still a real concern? >> reporter: absolutely. one-quarter of the traffic lights in san francisco went out. the cable cars, the trolly buses. the big objective is to get the power back on before the sun goes down. and the 15-year-old girl, allegedly abducted by a former teacher in tennessee. tonight, we've learned she's been reunited with her family after more than a month. new details from inside that can,
federal custody. here's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, elizabeth thomas in a safe location with family and friends. >> we love you and we can't wait to see you. >> reporter: as her alleged abductor, her teacher, tad cummins, swept up by the fbi, and because he crossed state lines, he's facing a federal charge in addition to a slew of state charges. the former health sciences teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with thomas. >> i think he was mentoring her and maybe just one bad decision started him off on a path that he didn't mean to go. >> reporter: authorities combing through nearly 1,500 leads from all 50 states. the last sighting, march 15th, at this walmart in oklahoma. stopping for gas here in cecilville, california, a week ago on their way to a nearby commune. >> there were all kinds of indications that there was something a little strange going on. >> reporter: the pair asked to leave the commune and returned to that gas station. caretaker griffin barry let them stay in a nearby cabin. but he says he soon got a strange feeling, too.
>> you know, that girl won't really look me in the eyes or anything like that. >> reporter: he called 911. authorities soon set up a perimeter. >> police say the pair was inside that cabin right there for two nights. no cell phone service, no running water, no electricity but police say they did find two handguns. authorities enlisted barry to help make their move, knowing the pair trusted him. police asked you to go kind of wake the couple up. >> yeah, the element of surprise would help, they didn't want the hostage situation or anything like that. >> reporter: cummins surrendered without incident, 2,500 miles from where they first disappeared. >> he made a statement to the effect that he was glad that it was over. >> reporter: elizabeth's dad with a simple message. >> we're glad to know she's safe. >> reporter: kayna, elizabeth is already receiving counseling? >> reporter: we're told the first thing she asked for was to see her fa
while she undergoes counseling. one thing is clear, she doesn't understand the magnitude of what happened to her. new video taking us inside the terror attack in paris. the new images showing the moment the gunman opened fire, killing one police officer, wounding two others. authorities revealing the suspect killed by police had a criminal past, and was carrying a note supporting isis. we're hearing from an american couple just ten feet away from the shooter. here's alex marquardt in paris. >> reporter: tonight, inside the deadly attack along on the champs elysees, the gunfire shattering a quiet spring night. the chaos captured here from across the street, a lone gunman
armed with an ak-47. targeting police, killing one officer and injuring two more. panicked crowds sent running. american john finney who was on vacation with his wife was just ten feet from the shooter. >> he rang out about ten shots, and then, at that time, my wife yelled, run. it was mass panic. >> reporter: in a nearby cafe, patrons taking cover under tables. >> people start screaming. i thought maybe to be the last minutes or seconds of my life. >> stay back, please. >> reporter: that gunman shot dead by police has now been identified as karim cheurfi, a 39-year-old french national who spent around 14 years in prison for charges, including attempted murder of police. but no sign he'd been radicalized, or was ever flagged for terrorist activity. but near his body, police found a note defending isis, as well
departments. investigators searching his home outside paris and his car where they found a shotgun, shells, and several knives. isis quickly claimed responsibility but said the attacker was a belgian. france is already on its highest state of alert after two years of terror attacks. the presidential election just two days away. all eyes on far right candidate marine le pen, whose campaign has mirrored donald trump's. this morning, the president tweeting, another terrorist attack in paris. the people of france will not take much more of this. will have a big effect on presidential election. le pen today calling for a crackdown on france's borders. the president in an interview with the ap suggesting this latest paris attack will probably help le pen. whoever is the toughest on radical islamic terrorism, he said, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election. >> alex, i want to get back to
what you just said. isis had claimed responsibility. french police quick to say no evidence isis was behind the attack. >> reporter: the paris prosecutor said there was no evidence the suspect had been radicalized or had ties to islamic terror. but they're deploying 50,000 extra forces on to the streets on election sunday. >> that election this sunday, alex, thank you. back here at home, the new and major promise from president trump. he's now criticizing the 100-day benchmark. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: president trump greeted with cheers at the
he dropped this surprise. >> we will be having a big announcement on wednesday having to do with tax reform. >> reporter: the president says he will propose a massive tax cut, he believes it will be bigger than any tax cut ever. this comes at the president nears a key milestone, his first 100 days in office. during the campaign, he made big promises about the first 100 days. >> just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days. it's a set of promises for what i will do in my first 100 days. my reform plan will lift millions out of poverty, raise wages dramatically, and create at least 25 million jobs. and we can enact the whole plan in our first 100 days, and we will. >> reporter: he slashed regulations, and has a supreme court justice
but this president hasn't gotten congress to pass any major bill yet. health care, the travel ban, and there's still no movement on the border wall. now, trump is downplaying the 100-day marker. today, tweeting about what he called the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days. >> this white house isn't going to be pressured by artificial deadlines. >> reporter: still, trump clearly has his eye on the calendar. >> no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days. >> reporter: and in his final week, he's trying to put points on the board. not only promising to release a plan for the big tax cut, the white house is also trying to revive health care. senior administration officials say they think the revised bill could even pass the house next week.
this week doesn't matter. >> jon, health care and tax reform. both on president trump's agenda next week. but also facing the prospect of a government shutdown that could happen on his 100th day? >> reporter: a week from tomorrow, april 29th, funding runs out. and the white house says they're confident they will pass a new finding bill, but significant disagreements remain. and a new bill is not guaranteed before that shutdown would start. >> thanks. president trump helping to secure the release of two u.s. charity workers held prison in egypt. meeting with president trump today. the charges dropped, the couple's lawyer says
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finally tonight here, the abc news exclusive. diane sawyer one-on-one with caitlyn jenner, two years after jenner revealed her personal decision to the world. here's how diane begins, now two years later. >> reporter: so, let me start with the same question. >> yeah. >> reporter: caitlyn jenner is? >> happy. peaceful. peace in my soul. all of that confusion has left me. >> reporter: you told me two years ago that a feminine side was a part of you. >> mm-hmm. duh. >> reporter: do you ever have doubt that you did the right thing?
never had a doubt. i did the right thing. >> reporter: do you miss being bruce? >> no, not at all. not -- not even -- not even close. not even close. >> reporter: on her tv show, her friends are horrified by her republican politics. as you know, the question has been raised, especially now, are you still a trump republican? >> here's the deal. yes, i did vote for trump but here's the dealbreaker with the republican party. and the dealbreaker is, you mess with my community, you do the wrong thing with our community, you don't give us equality and a fair shot, i'm coming after you. >> reporter: looking at life, whatever she regrets, there's so much hope for the future. >> so good to see you again.
>> reporter: later in the day, someone joins us. her supportive older sister pam. >> i would love to see her have a companion someday. no idea what gender that companion would be, actually. i'm not sure you -- >> a nice person. >> i just have a lot of friends. >> reporter: that doesn't necessarily heal loneliness. >> and jenner sits down with a group of parents on both sides of the transgender bathroom debate. that's tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. until then, good night.
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