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a week and gets his inspiration from his dreams. >> he could start a class with that. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. i'm da we have breaking news tonight. straight from the fbi. the terror threat. the fbi just now warning there are hundreds of isis followers here in the united states right now, being told to, quote, kill, kill americans. fresh off that deadly gunfire in texas. pierre thomas standing by. the scare in the sky tonight. the flight taking off from the south, headed to new york city. smoke filling the cabin. you can hear the alarms. the severe weather threat tonight. major storms. >> oh, my god. we're getting hit so hard. >> deadly tornadoes already. 48 reported twisters. firing back tonight. superstar tom brady, his agent calling it a sting. his own father calling it framegate. and the intruder caught on video. the man following this middle school student home right into her house. she fights back. and now, the manhunt tonight.
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good evening. and we have several breaking stories. the severe weather coming tonight. but first, the urgent warning from the fbi. we have known of the threat from isis, but never have we heard this before. hundreds, if not more than 1,000 isis followers right here in the united states, and right now, being urged to kill. this comes after that dramatic terror attack we saw in texas. the two gunmen who drove all the way from phoenix, picking up to that event and opening fire. a traffic cop somehow able to take them down. images of the aftermath, that burned-out car, those gunmen inspired by isis. and tonight, the fbi revealing hundreds more. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas just back after meeting with the director of the fbi tonight. >> reporter: he is the newest face of homegrown terror. and elton simpson, the man behind the texas terror attack, seen here in this video just released today, is now what the fbi director is describing as an
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urgent threat to the homeland. james comey said the terror group has launched an unprecedented social media campaign aimed at hundreds if not more than a thousand followers here in the u.s. he said followers are being bombarded daily with two primary messages. come join the islamic state in syria and iraq and if you can't, the message is to quote, kill kill, kim, wherever they are. isis radicals and sympathizers are constantly messaging followers and providing them videos, pictures and audio files. intelligence officials estimate that isis and its supporters are issuing at least 90,000 postings a day worldwide. >> isis has really surpassed any other terrorist group in how it's used propaganda and particularly social media. >> and pierre thomas with us now live in washington. and pierre i wanted to get back to one of those gunmen now, simpson. we're learning that the fbi warned local texas authorities about simpson before the attack? >> reporter: yes, david. comey said about three hours before the attack, the fbi sent information to texas authorities
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that simpson was following the controversial cartoon contest about the prophet muhammad and could end up there. >> all right, pierre thomas with the director of the fbi today. pierre, thank you. now, to the other breaking story tonight, the severe storm threat. 17 million in the path. a state of emergency in oklahoma. deadly tornadoes already. severe storm and flash flood watches across five states tonight, after a terrifying 24 hours. just listen. ferocious winds in oklahoma. and this number tonight. 48 reported tornadoes in just 24 hours. this one in kansas. and look at this. one family's storm shelter in oklahoma pulled right from the ground. abc's ryan owens from oklahoma tonight. >> reporter: good evening, david. i want to show you this house. it's one about 50 in this area with severe damage. this place is a total loss. but the family that lives here, they are safe and sound tonight, and here's why. they rode out the storm in this underground shelter. >> tornado is on the ground. you can see the winds beginning to pick up. >> wow!
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>> reporter: as tornadoes bear down on communities near oklahoma city, josh longest grabs his wife and three kids and heads to this underground shelter, that tonight, still has water inside. >> the rain was just coming in, filling up really fast. it's cold, the kids were freaking out. i was scared. >> reporter: his family huddles in here for two hours as the storm destroys the home just above them. >> i was just holding them as tight as i could, letting them know it's going to be okay, we're protected. >> reporter: here's the new view from his master bedroom. but at least his family made it out alive. a 42-year-old oklahoma city woman drowned, trapped in her storm shelter. this area got more than seven inches of rain wednesday, a new record. the ground so saturated, this storm shelter, apparently installed incorrectly, popped right out of the earth. >> tornado crossing the highway right now. >> reporter: in all, more than 40 tornadoes reported across the plains wednesday. more than a dozen people were injured when a tornado hit this rv park south of oklahoma city.
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>> right when it came over us it came right through the park and then just destroyed everything. >> reporter: also, a scare at this zoo. when storms slammed tiger safari, the owner thought some big cats might have escaped. fortunately, he was wrong. tonight, those animals are safe. so much here to clean up and so little time. tonight, the oklahoma city area under a severe thunderstorm watch and more tornadoes are possible this weekend. david? >> under a watch again tonight. ryan, thank you. and another remarkable moment. this one from norman, oklahoma, tonight. stormchasers their cameras rolling, and watch the left-hand side of your screen there, that light pole no match for the tornado that actually circles them. meteorologist rob marciano with the new storm track now and those pictures. >> tornado on the ground. >> reporter: stormchaser chance coldiron behind the wheel, reporting live for local tv. already, they're too close. >> get in! get in! it's on the ground right here. >> reporter: throwing it into reverse, the tornado following them. >> car behind you. car behind you.
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>> tornado now going right through norman. >> it's going to hit us. it's going to hit us. >> reporter: they park near a church as the massive cloud lowers. >> it's hitting me right now. i got debris. i got major debris. oh, my god. we're getting hit so hard right now. >> chance, are you there? >> yeah, i'm here, just pray. it's not over. circulation circulation's a mile wide. come on, man! >> reporter: they finally run into the church, the camera still rolling. >> they're lucky tonight. rob is with us now. been tracking this all day and these folks can't catch a break. the same region again tonight. >> reporter: yeah this -- tonight's going to be -- i don't think we'll see big storms like that as far as tornadoes go but we're going to ramp it up here over the next several days. oklahoma city, flash flood watches are up. going to get heavy rain. tomorrow, this region is going to see some red. that's never good. moderate risk for severe weather. large hail, a few tornadoes and strong winds. and then on saturday, even stronger risk of seeing large tornadoes, possibly long-track, destructive ones. and then sunday's no picnic, either. we are watching this, what could be a tropical system off the coast of the carolinas. about 200 miles out there. hurricane hunter aircraft were in there investigating today.
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we still think it's going to strengthen and will continue to hit the coastline of the carolinas right through the weekend. david? >> headlines on two fronts tonight. rob, thank you. we're going to turn now to the fast-moving developments from the nfl and superstar tom brady tonight, about to break his silence about deflategate. these shots coming in right now. brady arriving for a speech in massachusetts. he has yet to react to the investigation, but his agent has, and so has his father. they say it was a sting, they're calling it framegate. abc's ryan smith tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an embattled tom brady arriving by helicopter this evening for a speaking engagement planned before the deflategate scandal broke. he's one of football's most famous quarterbacks. the toast of the nfl, tom brady. a four-time super bowl champ, married to a supermodel, with a picture-perfect family. but tonight, facing fallout. the scandal at the afc championship game against the indianapolis colts. the nfl allegedly received an e-mail from the colts' general manager, expressing concern about the game balls' air
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pressure. his agent on the offensive, attacking the nfl itself, alleging it likely conducted a "sting operation" against brady and the patriots. an issue he says is buried in a footnote on page 46. quote, what does it say about the league when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue and no league officials or game officials notified the patriots? but the report states there was no sting, no change in "inspection protocols." the report, implicating brady as "more likely that not" aware of deflated balls, quoting text messages from an annoyed locker room attendant to a patriots equipment assistant. "tom sucks, i'm going to make the next ball an expletive balloon." even threatening to overinflate the ball if he doesn't receive gifts in kind, saying, "better be surrounded by cash and new kicks." still, brady's father, tom brady sr., coming to his son's defense in an interview with "usa today." saying, "this was framegate
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right from the beginning" and "i don't have any doubt about my son's integrity." >> reporter: when brady arrived, some fans rushed to his helicopter, screaming, "we love you, tom." as he waved to them. still behind me, thousands have been waiting online for hours, waiting to get in to hear tom brady speak. many wondering if he'll address the report, whose findings threaten to put his reputation on the line, david. >> ryan smith live in salem, massachusetts, tonight. ryan, thank you. we're going to turn now to some frightening moments on a delta flight from ft. lauderdale, bound for new york. forced to make an emergency landing. smoke filling the cabin, the alarms going off. abc's david kerley with the images and the passengers tonight. >> reporter: smoke and smoke alarms on a delta md-88. the cabin filling fast. when maria avla woke up from a nap, she had no idea what was happening. >> oh, my god, the plane's on fire. we're going to die. that's what i first thought. >> reporter: there was no panic, but passengers were told to put their heads between their legs to limit the amount of smoke they inhaled. >> i was really scared, because i don't know what's going on. the plane is full of smoke. i could barely breathe. >> reporter: it was an engine
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problem that created all that smoke. it cleared in five minutes. the ft. lauderdale flight to new york, diverted to charleston, where it made a safe landing, and firefighters were waiting. one passenger tweeted, "thanks, pilots. never a dull day." delta is working to get the passengers to new york and the faa is investigating that engine problem and smoky cabin. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, thanks. and this evening, a stunning revelation here from the pentagon. hundreds in trouble. allegedly using their pentagon issued credit cards for gambling, strip clubs, wracking up staggering bills. government credit cards. it's your money, and we ask, have they paid it back? here tonight, abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: from las vegas to atlantic city and casinos in between. pentagon employees have been using their government credit cards to wrack up charges on gambling and adult entertainment like strip clubs. in just one year, a pentagon audit found more than 5,000 such transactions.
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the cost? nearly $1 million spent at gambling establishments and close to $100,000 charged at those adult venues. there has already been disciplinary action in 364 of the cases. the pentagon says the employees themselves paid these added expenses, not taxpayers. >> seven a winner! >> this is going to get a lot of people's attention. martha with us now. first of all, why would they use these credit cards, martha, and how can we be sure they paid all this money back? >> reporter: well, david, there's speculation that the employees were trying to hide the charges from a spouse or hide a gambling addiction. but the pentagon says the employees did not seek reimbursement for the charges. they paid them out of pocket. i guess, hoping no one would notice, david. >> all right, martha raddatz live in washington. martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to the big legal blow tonight to the government's domestic spy program. an appeals court ruling it illegal. the nsa collecting millions of american phone records every day. the court today saying the program goes too far. exceeding the guidelines of the
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patriot act. congress and the white house now deciding how the program will be changed. and here in new york this evening, a sea of blue at the funeral for nypd officer brian moore. the 25-year-old, shot in the head in an unmarked car last weekend. tonight, thousands of fellow officers from across the country and from canada paying their respects. moore is one of 40 police officers killed in the line of duty in this country so far this year. we turn now to the manhunt under way in northern california at this hour. for this man, caught on camera trailing a 13-year-old girl on her way home from school pushing his way inside in broad daylight, they say. he was trying to assault her. that girl fighting back and now the manhunt. abc's aditi roy right there in san jose tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an alleged sexual predator at large in northern california. his latest attack caught on home surveillance camera. watch as he follows this 13-year-old girl home from school, then forcing his way through the girl's front door. police say he attempts to
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sexually assault her right there and then. but she fights back, pushing him away. the suspect then flees. today, the teenager speaking out. her family asked that we not show her face. >> i was just trying to get him off of me. so, i pushed him back, and at one point, i slammed my flat palm into his face and i think that's what scared him off. >> reporter: after he leaves, she says she hid in the closet and texted her father, "daddy, come home now. some guy tried to rape me." police say the same suspect followed a woman into a grocery store restroom last month and attempted to sexually assault her. releasing these surveillance photos from that incident. do you believe he'll hit again? >> without a doubt. these guys are predators. >> reporter: aditi roy, abc news, san jose, california. >> aditi roy tonight. aditi, thank you. we're going to turn now to that number. more than 600,000 frozen embryos in the united states alone. a lot of couples have been watching this very public battle play out. tonight, sofia vergara, right
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here, saying this is the last time she is going to talk about this, saying she will win this case. amy robach with the interview. >> reporter: just hours ago, sofia vergara with her new fiance, getting her star on the hollywood walk of fame. but make no mistake, she is saying enough is enough, this is the last time she'll talk about that battle over frozen embryos. >> there's papers signed. there's a court date. >> reporter: she says her ex-fiance is using her star power in the fight and the bottom line, they had a signed agreement. that ex, nick loeb, making his case in "the new york times," and on tv, just today on cnn. >> these are lives that have already been created. >> reporter: he says he wants to raise a family on his own. she says it's simple. they signed not one, but two contracts with the fertility clinic. and she says adds something more. those embryos were made when they were together and happy. what a baby deserves. hurt 'emembarrassed, angry?
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>> no. i don't want to allow this person to take more advantage of my career and try to promote himself. >> and amy is with us now. we heard that number there at the top. 600,000 frozen embryos here in america. a lot of couples affected by this. not just a celebrity story. what does sofia think is going to happen with this lawsuit? >> reporter: vergara tells me that she believes the validity of the contracts will be upheld in a court of law, and frankly she's just ready to move on. she's very excited about her upcoming nuptials later this year. >> all right, well if anyone deserves a happy wedding, it's sofia. amy, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the headline we couldn't believe tonight. authorities suggesting you put your keys in your freezer. car thefts on the rise and they say there's something your freezer does to disarm the thieves from stealing from your car right in the driveway. also, breaking tonight, the popular home improvement company, suspending sales of flooring from china now amid a federal investigation into the possible chemicals being used. we'll have much more. and then, watch this. the moment that played out on live television.
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another technique uses a radio amplifier to, in theory, unlock your car from much further away than normal, say, after you've already gone inside. to help defeat this particular ruse, the experts say you can put your keys in something metal to block the signal. like your freezer. >> the best prevention is to lock your car, take your valuables out of it, park in a well-lit area. >> reporter: high crime going high tech. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thank you. when we come back here, the grocery store known for its fresh food but its high prices. the new move tonight to have you pay less. also, the home improvement company announcing a big change today, amid a federal investigation over possible chemicals used. and then, that video tonight. so many reacting to this scene from "dirty dancing." did it go too far? we'll have the reaction, coming up next. the world is filled with air. but for people with copd sometimes breathing air can be difficult. if you have copd, ask your doctor about once-daily
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finally tonight here, it is live television, after all. and last night, millions were watching, a lesson in good humor. being able to laugh at yourself. shaq sure did. it was the nba halftime show no one expecting this play. >> oh! >> oh! >> reporter: that's shaq on live tv, all seven feet, 325 pounds of him. >> oh! >> reporter: his shoe, size 23 -- >> you set me up, ernie. >> hey! >> what do you mean me? >> reporter: it was halftime, after all. they were ready with the instant replay. >> look at this. >> oh, my gosh. oh -- >> what -- what are you doing? >> reporter: but shaq, his sense
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of human always in tact, with a tweet. "whoever makes me the best meme of me busting my wins $500 cash. go." they were off. shaq playing twister. shaq in the ball pit. shaq as "smooth criminal." ♪ to the left there with michael jackson. shaq in gulliver's travels. shaq losing to fly mayweather. losing to usain bolt. and shaq with muhammad ali. stings like a bee. in the end, he picks himself up and picks up that shoe, too. and he was off to find the person who will place first. which is why i am buckled into this seat. thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. a brazen doorway assault on
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a 13-year-old girl. what police are asking us to do now to help locate the attacker. >> the message that made this church a target for vandals and a clever sign of forgiveness. an oakland man and children the subject of a sierra manhunt. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> thanks for joining us. nick and his children went camping, missing since tuesday and a manhunt is now underway. >> the church will go 24-7 as we've been told we saw a team of searchers
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i spoke with a stepfather and mother that spent a couple days camping just down the road. with nick and two kids. two kids went with their father on this trip when folks didn't not hear from them they called 911. >> my hope is that we find them. it's been worrying and we need to get those kids out of there. >> the search has been concentrated along the road behind me. we're told there are drop offs and the like the search will go 24-7. we have california oef and the national guard along with the red cross