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you can understand. >> world news is next. >> from all of welcome to "world news." tonight, the shake-up. after so many american veterans didn't get the care they needed, the leader who walked into the white house today and resigned. and tonight, the surprise. he's not the only one gone. and who had dinner that night with the boston bombers new arrests. after what they had done? and what did he know? the massive sinkhole growing tonight and why it was so close. they were relieved it happened when it did. and spell bound. the drama at the spelling bee. >> correct. >> yes! and the spelloff that wouldn't end. tonight tie, the co-champs right here. >> hi, "world news". and who is the best speller? how they answered that.
good evening on this friday night. diane will be back on monday. we begin with the giant fallout after the veterans scandal. so many american vets not getting the treatment they needed as the national outrage of the treatment of our veterans grow. as the national outrage grows, so many faces and patients there. you've heard their stories on "world news". today, we watched as v.a. secretary eric shinseki turned in his resignation. today, his head bowed, he apologized for the system-wide failures of his agency. and one more surprise from the white house late today. we'll get to that in just a moment here. but first, abc news' jonathan karl on that major resignation. and how it unfolded with the president. >> reporter: eric shinseki started the day with a standing ovation from a group representing homeless vets, and an apology for the scandal that left some veterans dying while
waiting for health care. >> i can take responsibility for it. and i do. so, given the facts i now know, i apologize as the senior leader of the department of veterans affairs. >> reporter: about an hour later, he was at the white house meeting with the president and falling on his sword. >> a few minutes ago, secretary shinseki offered me his own resignation. with considerable regret, i accept it. >> reporter: pressure on shinseki mounted after this week's report from the v.a.'s internal watchdog found delayed care for thousands of veterans and deception throughout the v.a. health care system. >> our position is the process. >> reporter: just before resigning, shinseki took steps to deal with that. announcing senior leaders at the phoenix v.a. hospital at the center of the scandal will be fired. and all 1,700 vets who've waited for appointments in phoenix will be helped immediately. while all bonuses for senior v.a. health officials this year will be cancelled. >> i said we wouldn't tolerate misconduct, and we will not.
i said that we have to do better, and we will. >> reporter: president obama said the problem of long wait times and secret waiting lists took him by surprise. >> this was not something that we were hearing when i was traveling around the country. the particular issue of scheduling. >> reporter: but, over a year ago, the chairman of the house veterans affairs committee warned the white house about "management failures, deception, and lack of accountability permeating v.a.'s health care system." adding in a letter to the president "your direct involvement in leadership is required." the white house never responded. >> and jon, another bombshell. another big name leaving. this had nothing to do with the v.a. scandal? >> absolutely not. white house press secretary jay carney is one of the longest-serving press secretaries we've ever had. only one has served longer since they put television cameras in the briefing room. he had asked the president back in april to leave sometime this summer. the president made it official
today, coming into the briefing room, saying that jay would be leaving and saying that he has become one of my closest friends. >> i'm sure he'll enjoy the break there your many exchanges. thank you. now to developments involving the l.a. clippers. fast-moving developments. his wife inking a record deal to sell the team for $2 billion. then we heard today, her husband saying no so fast. well, tonight here, donald sterling's lawyers responding to he's not mentally fit. will the deal go through? ryan smith on this again tonight. >> reporter: the deal is done, but is it a done deal? the team will be sold to billionaire steve ballmer pending league approval. saying the sterlings resolved their dispute with donald sterling's wife, shelly.
paid back the league for any suits from donald sterling who today announced he is suing the nba for $1 billion in damages. this after ballmer signed an agreement with shelly steriling to pay a whopping $2 bhl billion for the los angeles clippers. the largest sell in nba history. how was she able to sell the team when donald sterling refused to budge? a source tells abc news that donald sterling was found to be mentally incapacitated by neurologists this month. since the sterlings own the team in a trust, and the rules of that trust don't require a court to declare mr. sterling incapacitated, his wife shelly became the sole person authorized to sell it. today, another of donald sterling's lawyers telling abc news any assertion that donald sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd. mr. sterling's mental acuity is something shelly sterling raised with abc's barbara walters when talking about his now infamous racist rant. >> do you know what his state of mind is? >> my opinion of his state of mind, i think he's going through
dementia. >> reporter: as for the potential new owner, steve ballmer released a statement saying he's honored to have his name submitted for nba approval. it's been a whirlwind week for all involved. for the nba, even though there may be lawsuits the sterlings are gone for the league for good. david? >> thanks. >> thanks. tonight, they're cleaning up after a round of severe weather. from the dakotas to texas. and it becomes as we all now brace for something else, hurricane season. ginger zee with the hurricane forecast. but first, the pictures and the families rebuilding as we head into this weekend. >> reporter: overnight, skies alive from the canadian border to the gulf of mexico. almost 400 severe weather reports this week that have brought us some stunning images. hail covering roads as far as the eye can see in north dakota. >> look at that, dude. >> reporter: that striking ef-2 swirling through that rv park
injuring nine. and in south dakota, a storm chaser surviving a bolt of lightning that sent dirt and debris flying on impact. and today, the president at a briefing with fema. >> as hurricane season begins, we have to remember that responding to a hurricane is a team effort. >> reporter: reminding all of us that now is the time to prepare for what noaa says will be a season with 8 to 13 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes, and 1 to 2 major hurricanes. >> three to six hurricanes. and you always point out, don't be fooled by the number. >> right, because all it takes one to hit land. all of them could be in the ocean, or several could hit land. they're just probabilities not specifically how many can hit you. >> and this weekend? >> we do have some tropical moisture coming. that's why i wanted to bring you. in pacific, the remnants of amanda. and saturday into sunday, a
little tornado risk for south dakota, severe weather, damaging winds into the panhandle of texas. >> thank you. and tonight, more signs hillary clinton is mulling a presidential run and talking and fighting back about benghazi. with a new book coming, politico reporting she is taking on her critics. what is she writing? here is abc's chief global affairs corespondent, martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: the revelations in "politico" are the first indication of how she would handle the fallout from benghazi if she decides to run for president. and according to the online publication, she comes out swinging. her anger aimed at congressional republicans she accuses of politicizing the tragedy. "i will not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead americans," writes clinton according to "politico." it is the same anger she displayed last year on the hill. >> the fact is, we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest?
or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill some americans? what difference, at this point, does it make? >> reporter: whether the attackers were reacting to an anti-islamic video, as the administration initially stated, or were terrorists, "politico" says clinton writes, "it is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video. it is equally inaccurate to state that none of them were." there is soon to be a ninth congressional committee looking into benghazi. and what does clinton think of all these? politico says she writes that she respects congress' oversight but that there is a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened-to answers. david? >> thank you. and diane's exclusive interview with hillary airs monday night, june 9th, on abc.
to boston tonight and to word of a new arrest after the boston bombings. at the time, authorities pleading with the public while they searched for the suspects asking someone must know something. tonight a man under arrest. authorities don't know what he knew and they're asking why he didn't call police as soon as he saw the surveillance of those two brothers. here is abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: two bombs exploded at the boston marathon, and the hunt for the bombers was on. tonight, new details. 23 yooerld cab driver today charged with obstructing the investigation of the bombing. allegedly destroying records. and making false statements. less than an hour after the bombing, police say he called his friend and then took both brothers out to dinner. then three days later, the fbi first publishing photos of the two bottom suspects and pleads for the public's health. >> the nation is counting on those with information to come forward. >> reporter: within minutes, he's allegedly looking at the
faces on the fbi's website. four hours later, the brothers drive to m.i.t. and allegedly murder m.i.t. police officer sean collier. >> why didn't he call the police? if he had, sean collier would be alive right now. >> reporter: the next morning, he goes to police about his friendship with him, and deletes 300 files from his computer. >> nothing he did or said was intended to mislead the fbi. >> reporter: he's in jail tonight held without bond. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> thank you. and now to the stunning sinkhole in florida. it happened in a parking lot where just hours later, families would be pulling in. abc's matt gutman in florida tonight. >> reporter: a tractor trailer-sized sinkhole turned a central florida parking lot into a no-man's land overnight. early this morning just before shopper's arrived. the crumpled-up lot, now nearly as big an attraction as
legoland, which sits across the street. officials say it is now a 70-foot-long, 15-foot-deep hole. it is the latest sinkhole collapsing homes, backyards, even swallowing a lake like this one in louisiana. those trees sunk right into the water. scientists say building on unstable land combined with florida's heavy summer rains is why we'll be seeing more and more scenes like this. matt gutman, abc news, miami. and to one more danger tonight. this one, in the backyard. millions of americans getting ready to swim again for the summer season. tonight authorities have a warning act an invisible danger in the pool water. steve osunsami has this story. what yo can do to test the water and with the 911 calls. >> we have a hazmat team on the way. >> reporter: here's exactly what health authorities are trying to prevent. more than 70 children and their families at a local pool in indiana, struggling to breathe after someone misused the chemicals that maintain the
pool. >> my nephew has thrown up seven times. like, 20 times. there's something toxic in the pool or something. yeah. >> reporter: many had to be hospitalized. their eyes were burning. they had to give children oxygen. new numbers from the cdc say there were nearly 5,000 emergency visits caused by pool chemicals in 2012. almost half were children. nearly half the injuries were poisonings, swallowing chemicals, or breathing vapors. and most of those happened on a weekend. nearly 73% in the summer months after the memorial day holiday. >> and those are the ones that just need treatment. that's just the tip of the iceberg. >> reporter: chlorine, hydrochloric acid. pool chemical suppliers warn families to follow the instructions, apply them close to the water's surface, and store what's left far away from petroleum products. >> gasoline, brake fluid, transmission fluid, it can't touch or interact with those products. it will explode. >> reporter: they say don't wait till the moment the kids are ready to jump in. add chemicals the day before and
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there was jacob, who couldn't contain his excitement. >> correct. >> yeah! >> and then the drama no one saw coming. it all came down to two. sriram and ansun. suddenly, one gets a word wrong. [ bell dings ] and the other gets the next one wrong. [ bell dings ] now it's a spell-off. 12 words later, the audience spell-bound. >> ansun, if you get this word correctly, we will declare you and sriram co-champions. correct. >> they declared a tie. not since 1962 has this happened. but tonight, look where the champions are now. >> hi, "world news". >> sriram, studying since the second grade. >> this is the culmination of my career. i guess.
>> his career. let me ask you guys, this is a tough questions for both of you, who is the better speller? >> he is. >> kindness from the fellow champ. how late were you up? >> i was up until the:00 and woke up at 5:00. i only took a three-hour sleep. >> and something they said right after. >> i think we know that the competition is against the dictionary, not against each other. >> you said this was a competition against the dictionary. you can realize that everyone else is just -- all the other spellers are cheering you on and are with you. >> do we sense a rematch next year? no comment. and we changed the subject. asking them, to look at the words we put on the wall right behind them. are those words now your nightmare? >> i don't know. they're all pretty cool words. i like all them. >> so, you know how to spell all
those words? >> yeah. >> we do now. >> those words committed to memory now. and one last question -- now that you're co-champs, what do you do? >> i guess we get on with life as it used to be. >> being a champion by yourself, it's okay. but once you share it with another person, i guess you get to feel their experience as well. >> and so we choose tonight both winners who told me this afternoon, they'll be friends forever. for diane and all of us, good night. a bay area man in custody for standing up for his son too forcefully. >> a school security guard in trouble for this hallway assault on a teenager in a wheelchair. tonight, why students are siding with the guard.
>> a seating technicality forces east bayers to retake a test. >> and the unusual incentive the marijuana dispensaries are offering to get out the vote. >> good evening, thanks for joining us. >> we begin with aest two of bay area men in separate incidents. one is caught on camera. the school security officer now fired after the beating of a teenager in oakland. first, to richmond. this man, a 44-year-old is facing charges of attacking a fifth grader with special needs for allegedly bullying his son. >> this happened on the bus route to school, and richmond pd says the fifth grade boy was
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