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i'm carolyn johnson. >> from all of us here, thanks for this is "world news." tonight, holiday nightmare. a cruise ship catches fire. this evening, the passengers speaking of the emergency calls in the middle of the night. preparing to jump into life boats. the newest horror story at sea. what's going on? the school plot uncovered just in time. police say the student with bombs and weapons hidden under floorboards in his bedroom. tonight students say there were clues this was coming. investigators say the plot, bigger than columbine. on alert tonight, severe weather on the move. where it's headed after a weekend of whiplash. deadly flash floods, the snow, the five-foot banks, and that holiday picnic table. ginger is right here. and we remember -- ♪ >> -- on this memorial day, the men and women we lost.
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and tonight, the love story you won't believe. this woman, and the diary she just discovered in a museum 70 years later. it's all about her. good evening. diane is with her family tonight. it's great to have you with us on this memorial day. right over my shoulder, the boston skyline. the bottom there, a flag for every man and woman lost in that state since the civil war. there were so many moments today, and the president, of course, in a time-honored tradition, laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown at arlington national cemetery. we all loved this moment today. the world war ii veteran and the 8-year-old embracing each other there in roswell, georgia. we'll get to the images from across the country shortly here. but we begin with the developing
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story, a holiday nightmare unfolding after fire broke out on, yes, another cruise ship. alarms going off, crew members shouting, and passengers terrified. here's abc's matt gutman in miami tonight. >> reporter: in the middle of the night, passengers aboard royal caribbean's "grandeur of the seas" startled awake and told to put on life jackets. >> this is not a drill, not a joke. people are freaking out. >> reporter: the ship, with over 2,200 passengers on board, had left baltimore friday for the bahamas, when a fire broke out, engulfing a dining and bar area. passenger danielle miller was on the ship with her friend, katie coleman, describing the scene at the muster stations, the fear, infectious. >> so we were just in a panic. there were people crying. we were both shaking. >> reporter: the stern of the ship scorched. no injuries and the ship never lost power. but a harrowing experience. passengers standing on the deck for five hours before finally
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getting the all clear. >> shoulder to shoulder. a couple people fainted. people were throwing up. >> reporter: it's the latest close call for the cruise industry. in fact, more than 20 fires have broken out on ships in just the past 15 months. >> the engine room caught on fire. >> reporter: in february, an engine room fire crippled the the carnival "triumph," sewage running down the halls. it was a public relations disaster for carnival. but royal caribbean has already flown its president to the ship and tweeted these pictures of him surveying the damage and meeting with passengers. tonight we learned that royal caribbean is cancelling this trip. the ntsb and the coast guard are investigating this incident. the cruise line says it will send everybody home, compensate them, and that all of its passengers are accounted for. >> matt gutman in miami tonight, matt, thank you. in from the headaches on the high seas, to a scare in the sky
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tonight. when a passenger tried to open the emergency door mid flight. passengers stunned at what they were witnessing. that flight then landed in portland, oregon. here's abc's david kerley tonight. >> reporter: during one of the most critical parts of flight, this man allegedly started yanking on the handle of one of the plane's exits. alaska airlines said they were ten minutes away from landing in portland, oregon, when the passenger in row 17, one of the exit rows, made some unusual statements and started pulling on the handle, trying to open the emergency door. passengers leapt into action. >> they took him down. they held him down until the flight attendants could get there with restraints. those passengers continued to help them restrain this individual, who was wanting to get out mid flight. >> reporter: they used shoelaces and seat belts to hold down 23-year-old alexander herrera. the airline and experts say he never would have been able to get the door open in flight. >> as frightening as it is, it simply can't be done. until you're on the ground, there's enough pressure inside holding all those doors closed.
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>> reporter: passengers held down the 220-pound suspect who is under arrest. the question, why did he do it? david, tonight, that's what investigators are trying to figure out. >> david, thank you. now to the severe weather this evening and we're not in the clear yet after this weekend of deadly weather. torrential rains, flash flooding, even tornadoes, one in nebraska and another in wyoming just today. and snow in parts of the northeast. this image from last night has gone viral. the snow banks on memorial day weekend measuring five feet or more. what's next? another clash of severe weather in the works. and abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, begins with the pictures from the plains. >> reporter: iowa, inundated as six to ten inches of rain fell. flash flooding all but engulfed the holiday weekend. >> we usually go out in the boats. >> reporter: near sioux falls, south dakota, they've been muddling through. trying to salvage not the weekend, but their properties.
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>> other than that, we're just praying that it stops. >> reporter: in the northeast, you could say it was rough. that's three feet of fresh snow in upstate new york. and at killington, in vermont, they opened up again, using every last inch. and some mud. and in new jersey, it was a weekend 180. from miserable, to downright magical. and check out this stunning super cell thunderstorm in nebraska yesterday. more than 200 severe weather reports this weekend alone. all on the eve of what will be a very stormy week. >> i want to bring in ginger now who has been tracking this since this morning. severe weather tonight into tomorrow? >> there's a real tornado threat for northern kansas and southern nebraska. so that's the area i want you to laser focus in on here. the severe storms, that huge red area, from rapid city, to kansas city, to abilene. not just tonight and tomorrow, what you're going to see here, right there, tomorrow this extends all the way into western pennsylvania, western new york, and this entire week ahead.
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i'm very concerned because the jet stream does something called "negative tilt." it has more time. could be violent storms from the mid week and beyond. >> on the watch straight through the week. pulling double duty with me, ginger, thank you. overseas tonight and to a surprise visit in syria. senator john mccain spending this memorial day meeting with the rebel fighters in syria, the ones trying to bring down president assad. abc's alex marquardt is in beirut for us tonight. >> reporter: good evening, david. we spoke tonight with the group that organized that trip for senator john mccain today. they told us that he crossed into syria from turkey with a contingent of american security, but largely under the protection of the syrian rebels. we're told initially he wanted to go deeper into syria, but in the end, went just across the border. he spent about an hour meeting with five different rebel commanders who came from all over syria to plead with him for heavier weapons, a no-fly zone, and air strikes against the forces of president bashar al assad.
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they also repeated claims that the assad regime has used chemical weapons. mccain has been one of the most outspoken supporters of arming the syrian rebels, and they made it clear they're not happy with the lack of u.s. support. >> alex, thank you. back here at home to that school bomb plot. thrds say the teenager had a plan bigger than columbine. the weapons, hidden under his bedroom floor. tonight as the school is swept, so many questions from fellow students who now say, there were warning signs. abc's linzie janis on this again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new revelation, 17-year-old grant accord may have dropped hints to classmates about the massacre police say he was planning at his oregon high school. police say they found a stockpile of home-made explosives in the teenager's bedroom. pipe bombs, napalm bombs, molotov cocktails, detailed plans, even a date for the attack. now we're also learning accord spoke to classmates about making bombs.
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>> he just walked up out of nowhere and asked if we were talking about bombs. we gave him a funny look, well, no. he kept going on about the different materials you would need to make a pipe bomb. >> reporter: he says he wasn't alarmed at the time. >> it was strange, but he's a fairly strange kid. >> reporter: but police say someone did report strange behavior, calling 911 late thursday night saying accord was planning to blow up the school and had asked friends to film it. investigators rushed to his home, finding an arsenal hidden under his bedroom floor. grant accord will face charges in court tomorrow, the same day his fellow students go back to class. we should note, no explosives were found in the school. >> okay, thank you. to coaches and the bad behavior. you'll remember the coach caught on tape at rutgers, hurling basketballs and slurs at those players. tonight the woman hired to clean it up, under fire herself. and there's a different kind of video generating a firestorm this time.
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here tonight is abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: she's the woman rutgers hired to fix the athletic department after that damning video of a coach berating players. [ bleep ]. >> we will no longer have any practice anywhere anytime that anybody couldn't walk into and be pleased about what's going on in that environment. >> reporter: now julie herman is facing allegations that she was abusive while coaching the university of tennessee's women's volleyball team. 15 players saying they wrote a letter to school officials complaining of mistreatment in 1997. >> she told us we're fat, stupid, whores, alcoholics. not letting us shower or eat on our road trip from florida to tennessee. >> reporter: late today she issued a statement, that she never knew about the letter. adding, she was an intense coach, and also, i am truly sorry that some were disappointed during my tenure.
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there was also video of this as an assistant coach's wedding, seemingly joking. >> you know, because the office and all, and it would be a baby in there. >> reporter: that assistant coach says she was fired after becoming pregnant. in an interview with our sister network, espn, herman said the allegations are absolutely not true. tonight rutgers is standing by her as athletic director. >> i know you'll stay on this, gio, thank you. we move on to moments across the country, marking this memorial day as we remember the true meaning of this day. with his hand to his heart, president obama paying tribute to the men and women who have served and have been lost. across this country today, we remember, a widow next to her husband's grave in georgia, paying tribute. this man remembering a loved one at arlington national cemetery. where soldiers were planting flags on too many graves to count. >> and we are tasked, every single one of us, to honor the strength and the resolve and the
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love these brave americans felt for each other and for our country. >> in boston, the image that gets us every year, the flags on boston common, one flag from every man and woman from massachusetts lost since the civil war. >> the children, this boy in wisconsin, peering through star-shaped glasses, holding the american flag. so many young faces across america remembering the generations before them. of course, the homecomings made this weekend special. one of our favorites this year, this little girl singing at school. ♪ sweet land of liberty >> just watch her face, stunned, when who shows up. suddenly it was too much for her to stand there. she runs right into the arms of her father. and on this memorial day, a love story we heard about today, with a brand new chapter just now being written. laura may davis, here, holding a photo of herself from the 1940s. her boyfriend serving in world
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war ii, he never came home. but nearly 70 years later, walking through a museum in new orleans, she spots something, a diary kept by her boyfriend. and in it, words she had never read, but she sees her name. the marine writing, you'll find my life history of my days in the u.s. marine corps, speaking of love of family, and writing most of all, my love for laura may, for whom my heart is completely filled. that is simply extraordinary. a love story with a new chapter tonight. still much more ahead on "world news" this memorial day. high anxiety. elevators backed with people came to a screeching halt. a lesson for all of us tonight. and later here, america loves her. julie andrews with words for the next generation and why she suddenly brought up that famous moment atop that hill.
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>> reporter: it began like any other night on a holiday weekend in atlantic city. the casinos crowded, bars busy, and hotels booked full. but early sunday, authorities responded to an emergency call at the revel hotel. >> when we got there, we realized we had 22 people trapped in the elevator. they were anxious. particularly uncomfortable when you feel like you're trapped. people get claustrophobic. >> reporter: the fire department cut power, pried open the elevator doors and dropped a 35-foot ladder down the shaft to the car below. four firefighters, wearing harnesses, then descended on to the car. attached ropes to the passengers and one by one, helped them up that ladder. it took 45 minutes to free everyone, but then a second emergency, 28 people stuck in another elevator at the same hotel. >> normally we get you know, six to ten of those type of calls in a year. never had one back to back like that.
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>> reporter: still these things can happen. for example, this guy trapped for 41 hours. and the cast of "modern family," begging for help. >> get us out! >> what should you never do if you're trapped in an elevator? >> never attempt to get out of that elevator. >> and chief leonard tells us, the best thing to do if you're stuck is exactly what these people did. stay put, call for help, and wait. >> glad everyone's okay. hope they have better luck at the slots. rebecca, thanks so much. still ahead here on "world news" this monday, the bride, the groom, and apparently they're not the only ones to take the plunge. the after-picture coming up after the break. years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? and now today, i see this in the news. once again, centrum silver was chosen by researchers for another landmark study. this time looking at eye health. my doctor! he knows his stuff. [ male announcer ] centrum.
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tonight. ♪ >> it is an honor to be speaking at your 2013 valedictory exercises, i believe that means i am this year's valedictorian. >> i keep looking at the lovely hills and i want to step out of the car and walk over to a grassy knoll, and make my signature turn. ♪ the hills are alive with the sound of music ♪ >> i googled "amazing speeches." oh, i know you've done it. [ laughter ] >> live right now. ♪ >> this question was asked of the great american poet and folk singer, james brown. what you gonna do now? ♪ >> and there's this guy, barack
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obama, who lost -- [ applause ] he lost his first race for congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband. [ laughter ] >> my only grandson. >> you can follow someone else's script, try to make choices that will make other people happy, or, you can write your own story. >> my dream is to make a difference. >> to me, success means simply that you have found your gift, found your passion. but once you find those gifts, you must share them, and get better at them every day. >> i dare you, class of 2013, to do better. i dare you, to dream bigger. >> thank you. >> and from what i've seen of your generation, i'm confident that you will. [ cheers and applause ] >> we're counting on you. that is "world news" on this memorial day.
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for diane sawyer and all of us here at abc news, thank you for watching. goodnight. a violent crash on a quiet holiday morning what investigators know about this hit and run wreck that killed three people. >> also, the bay area remembers america's fallen heroes and what the future holds for a once controversial antiwar memorial. >> late spring showers spoil
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holiday plans around here. you'll see how unusual sit to have rain on memorial day. >> if you pay to repair a defect on the car should you get reimbursed by the car company? coming up 7 on your side gives a big refund. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> we begin with a holiday tragedy on the peninsula. >> we're going to have developing news in colma. we have a picture of the man police believe was driving when three people were killed in a crash. police say he left the scene after the crash. all three victims died after the ford mustang was sheared in two. just horrible collision. it appears the mustang hit a wall after rear ending a honda along hillside boulevard. >> we believe the vehicle was traveling in a high rate of
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speed. we're looking at the possibility of alcohol being associated. >> the other car landed in cypress lawn cemetery. the driver is cooperating with police. police treated the home of one victim as a crime scene, looking for evidence this afternoon. the coroner identified the three victims. all three live in daily city. >> people around the nation and around the bay area today spent the day paying tribute to those who lost their lives serving our nation. >> that have is one of many renditions of "taps" heard around the bay area today. in another ceremony boy scouts and girl scouts placed 3600 flags at oak hill memorial

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