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tonight, the debate, the firestorm. is america safer after the deal with iran? president obama fights back against his critics here at home. the moment he chastises a reporter on live tv, saying, "you should know better." and the the asked about someone else. his eye-opening comments about bill cosby. breaking news tonight. new video of el chapo in his cell, moments before disappearing through that hole in the shower. and now, the birds reportedly discovered. did he use them to test the air quality in that mile-long tunnel? the video authorities did not want the public to see. the unarmed man shot and killed. the multimillion dollar settlement. and american taxpayers paying for these moments under growing scrutiny. the mystery baby. her remains found near a major american airport. more than 50 million views. late today, the new plea.
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and the surprise tonight on pluto. the first pictures coming in now. even nasa wasn't expecting this. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. several developing stories, and first tonight, the president fighting back. after that history-making deal with iran. tonight, taking on his critics at home and around the world. defending the deal with iran. that country now agreeing to sharply cut back its nuclear program, submitting to inspections. the crippling u.s.-led sanctions will now be lifted. but tonight here, you will hear from one of his most vocal critics. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu telling me that america is less safe because of this. but first, our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl with the tense moments during that news conference. >> reporter: the president came before the cameras ready to aggressively push back on efforts in congress to kill his iran deal. >> it looks like a large
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majority will vote to reject this deal. do you have any concerns about seeing a majority of the people's representatives in congress saying that this is a bad deal? >> there really are only two alternatives here. either the issue of iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation, or it's resolved through force. through war. those are the options. >> reporter: the president bristled when asked about the four americans who are still either imprisoned or missing in iran. a reporter, a marine veteran, an evangelical pastor and a retired fbi agent. >> can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four americans? >> the notion that i'm content as i celebrate with american citizens languishing in iranian jails?
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major, that's nonsense. and you should know better. >> and jon karl with us live from the white house. jon, you and i were both watching as the president also said to his critics on iran, "what i haven't heard is, what are your alternatives?" and jon, he's not the only one making this case? >> reporter: that's right. the president dispatched vice president biden to capitol hill today to meet with democrats in the house to convince them not to abandon the president on this. and david, i'm told by senior officials here at the white house, this is just the beginning of a full-court press to build support in congress, featuring biden, secretary of state john kerry and other members of his national security team. >> all right. thank you. as the vice president tries to convince people behind the scenes one person they won't convince, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, who told me today in blunt fashion that he believes the inspections have major holes.
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he points to a 24-day warning that will come from inspectors. mr. prime minister, you're aware of what president obama has said, that, quote, this deal is not built on trust, it is bit on verification. and that if iran violates the deal, all of those crippling sanctions you speak of will snap back into place. >> well, i read the deal, and, you know, i respect president obama, but i looked at the deal and i think something else comes out. i think the inspection regime is full of holes. because instead of having instant inspections, say within 24 hours, iran has 24 days to open up suspect sites. 24 days. imagine giving a drug dealer 24 days. this isn't going to work. it's like, you know, it's north korea, really. >> you spoke with president obama. what did you say to him? >> look, we always have respectful conversations because i respect the president and i think he respects me. and we have an honest disagreement. that can happen. >> and on that 24-day concern, president obama saying today, the u.s. will have 24/7 monitoring of known nuclear facilities. that the 24-day notion involves suspicious hidden locations that might arise. the president saying it would be nearly impossible for the
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iranians to hide a nuclear facility in such a short time. the president started by tackling criticism over his iran deal, but ended up making news on a much different story. eye-opening comments about bill cosby, accused of drugging women, sexually abusing them, asked whether cosby's medal of freedom should be taken away. the president saying there's no precedent for that, saying he doesn't usually comment on cases like these, but he then said this -- >> if you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug and then have sex with that person without consent -- that's rape. >> the president never mentioning cosby by name. we move on tonight. the major new developments in the search for one of the most dangerous criminals in the world, el chapo. we have stunning new images from inside his prison cell, moments before he disappeared. and tonight here, we take you inside the mile-long tunnel that carried el chapo to freedom.
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there are also new reports investigators want to know if el chapo used birds to test the air quality in that tunnel before the escape. abc's gio benitez in mexico again tonight. >> reporter: this is the last look at joaquin "el chapo" guzman, moments before his prison escape. watch as he paces back and forth in the cell, checking out the shower floor, taking off the tracking bracelet monitoring his every move. going right back to that shower and disappearing through the floor. so well-planned, he escaped through what authorities say is the blind spot in his cell. there even appears to be an electronic device next to his bed. where he went, through this underground tunnel, 30 feet below ground. this modified motorcycle used to move dirt and build that tunnel. he ended up right here at this half-built house. we got a first-hand look at the tunnel. all right, we're inside. the first room equipped with this giant generator to power lights in the tunnel. equipment that helped el chapo make his great escape.
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this is the house. where he just walked into and disappeared. and here on the ground in mexico, several officers have told us off-camera that they may never find el chapo again. david? >> gio benitez from mexico again tonight. gio, thank you. we turn now to california this evening, and video authorities did not want the public to see. dash cam video showing three unarmed men, their hands in the air, officers with their guns drawn. police opening fire when one of them lowers his arms. the case is from 2013. the video just coming to light, settled for nearly $5 million. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas on how taxpayers are paying these massive settlements. >> reporter: the video, disturbing. an unarmed man fatally shot after three police officers confronted his friends over the report of a stolen bicycle. >> did they have a weapon or anything? >> i don't think so.
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>> okay. >> reporter: ricardo diaz zeferino was shot eight times after he was repeatedly told by the police officers to keep his hands in the air. but he does not follow police orders. at different points, dropping his hands. the third time he did so, taking off his cap and holding his palms out, police started firing. but no weapon was discovered, and the city decided to pay $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit. the police in the city of gardena, california, actively fought the video's release. but it was disclosed this week after a federal judge said the public had a right to see the video, even if it was embarrassing to police. his brother says zeferino was just trying to help him find his stolen bike. the video's release came just a day after new york city agreed to pay the family of eric garner more than $5 million in connection with his choking death. in recent years, cities throughout this country have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits involving allegations of police misconduct. new york city and chicago each paying out over $400 million. >> and pierre is with us now. pierre, even though the victim's
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family has settled in the case, they are now calling for a new investigation? >> reporter: that's right. the family is asking the justice department to open a civil rights investigation, and the u.s. attorney's office in los angeles is reviewing the case. david? >> pierre thomas with us live tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn now to that urgent plea late today about the little girl at the heart of a cold case. baby doe, as she's being called, her remains discovered near logan airport in boston. this computer-generated composite photo of the little girl, now viewed more than 53 million times. her identity, her killer, a mystery. and tonight, authorities going before the cameras a short time ago with a new plea. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: it is heartbreaking. a police computer-generated composite photo of what the little girl may have looked like. ever since her body washed to shore nearly three weeks ago, the boston area has been blanketed with posters appealing for information. so far, nothing. now, desperate for a break in the case, authorities today set up a special telephone tip line and an anonymous text line.
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>> all we want to do right now is identify this child. and someone out there can do it with one call or one text message. >> reporter: investigators have little to go on. who she was, her family, not even how she died. an autopsy was inconclusive. all that's known is that she was found wearing white leggings with black polka dots and with a zebra print blanket. since then, a facebook posting with her image has been seen by 53 million people. stirring outpourings of grief. one person writing, "she is an angel in heaven. i hope they catch the person who did this to an angel." tonight, investigators saying they are concerned that if there are other children in the little girl's family, they, too, could be in danger. police say the person most likely to know the little girl's identity is a parent or a caregiver. tonight, this emotional plea from law enforcement, examine your conscience and look into your heart and tell us who she is. david? >> ron claiborne with us tonight. ron, thank you. we are learning new details
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tonight about a massive drug bust in texas. 46 people. charges from money laundering to smuggling hard drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, right through dallas/ft. worth airport. at least two suspects, workers at companies inside the airport or with contacts inside the airport, accused of helping get drugs past airport security. those drugs then allegedly smuggled onto commercial flights and into cities across the country. we turn now to the severe weather. 7 million in the storm zone tonight from kansas to georgia. five reported tornadoes in 24 hours. those storms now on the move, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. just take a look. a massive bolt of lightning there in marietta, georgia, striking the top of that light pole. sparks there flying. this tornado touching down about an hour east of nashville. and now the new threat tonight. those storms hitting right now. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee here with the track. >> reporter: we have quite a dynamic atmosphere tonight. the leftovers of the same cold front that's done so much damage, almost 900 severe storm reports in the last 48 hours, and look.
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from little rock to just north of tallahassee to savannah, georgia, still storms firing up. wanted to focus in on the computer model for tonight. much of kansas into des moines, iowa, going to look for heavy rains, large hail and damaging winds overnight. then there's hurricane dolores in the pacific. it's staying there. so, it is not going to hit land. but the moisture from that going to force more thunderstorms in parts of new mexico and arizona, and rough surf for southern california. >> all right, ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. around the world tonight, and to new images out of greece at this hour. violent protests in the streets there, as greece's parliament votes on strict new austerity rules, a condition of that tentative deal struck earlier this week that would keep greece in the eurozone. protesters right there throwing molotov cocktails at police. the police using tear gas on those crowds. a developing situation there. in germany tonight, oskar groning, a former guard at auschwitz, the notorious nazi death camp, convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. the 94-year-old known as the
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accountant of auschwitz sentenced to four years in prison. he's expected to be one of the last nazis to face a trial. the judge saying tonight, even after 70 years, there can still be justice. back here at home tonight, planned parenthood under fire, after this new video shot by an anti-abortion rights group, which seems to show one of their executives discussing a controversial policy over fetal tissue. anti-abortion rights groups accusing planned parenthood of selling that tissue for a profit. planned parenthood maintains it is donated for scientific research, saying they are only reimbursed for expenses. tonight, two house committees in at least two states opening investigations. we'll stay on it. next tonight here, new headlines emerging every day from california's so-called "gone girl" case. police first saying the victim and her boyfriend staged their kidnapping. then, the arrest of a suspect. authorities now warning there may be more victims. abc's cecilia vega on the investigation. >> reporter: tonight, new details about the alleged mastermind accused of plotting that stranger than fiction
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kidnapping. 38-year-old matthew muller spent four years in the marines, serving in the middle east and japan. and tonight, his lawyer says muller suffered from bipolar disorder for years. it sounds to me like you're setting yourself and your client up for an insanity defense. >> it's certainly something we're going to think about. >> reporter: tonight, police investigating whether muller could be behind as many as four northern california home invasions. last month, muller arrested, accused of breaking into a house in the middle of the night. and police in two other nearby cities say muller may have terrorized families there, too. >> he restrained her, blindfolded her and threatened to rob her and sexually assault her. >> reporter: the stories all eerily similar to what happened inside that vallejo home. as for denise huskins and aaron quinn, their lawyers telling me, they're happy the public finally realizes they were victims, that this was no hoax. david, they say they just want to get back to their lives. >> cecilia vega on the story again tonight for us. cecilia, thank you. and there is still much more
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surpassing even black friday. selling 35,000 "lord of the rings" blu-ray sets, even 1,200 $999 tvs in less than ten minutes. but surprisingly, quite a few shoppers tweeting complaints about the super sale for members of amazon's $99 per year subscription prime service. some sarcastically writing they've been waiting weeks for all the sales on products like this chef's hat. or that you'd be super lucky to snag this electric pencil sharpener. but retail experts saying that's because they're only seeing what's left over, after the best deals have been snapped up, often in just minutes. comparing these prices to the best black friday prices, what did you find? are there good deals on this sale? >> definitely on the big name electronics items. on the cheapest laptop, the cheapest tv, the cheapest tablet. it's right in the ballpark or better. >> all right, so, this continues until 3:00 a.m. eastern.
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so, what if you do want to get your hands on those fast, vanishing deals? >> reporter: keep your browser open, refresh often, so when something new pops up, you can snag it right away. >> still sounds like a lot of work for me. all right, mara, thanks. >> reporter: thanks, david. when we come back here tonight, we remember a pioneer in tv news. a member of the abc news family. also, those stunning pictures we showed you, the four-story building gone in a matter of seconds. word of the injuries tonight. and then, the big surprise late this afternoon. new pictures coming in from pluto. and if you look closely there, you might be able to guess what they were surprised by. it gets pretty stuffy. when dad opens up the window what's the first thing he does? the tobin stance. but when we open up the windows you can see the dust floating around. there's dog hair. pollen. more work. (doorbell) whoa! what's this? swiffer sweeper! swiffer dusters! removes up to 70% of dust and allergens. stays on there like glue. can't do that with the other broom. wow, i love it. the tobin stance! that is totally what it is!
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with humira, remission is possible. finally tonight, history set to be made at the espys. an olympic hero on a new journey, and that father and daughter. and that fist bump. jesse palmer is there. >> reporter: good evening, david, from the red carpet here at the espys. where the energy is simply electric. we are just minutes away from some of the biggest names in sports arriving here. we're going to take you on a behind the scenes look at all the biggest moments from tonight that you're simply not going to want to miss. tonight, the u.s. women's world cup team sure to steal the show. the latest stop on their victory tour. but we'll also be watching football star devon still, his
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5-year-old daughter, leah, bravely battling cancer. remember their youtube fist bump seen by millions? >> fist bump! >> reporter: leah has seen some medical setbacks lately, but tonight, she gets the jimmy v trophy for perseverance. and of course, tonight, caitlyn jenner. soccer star abby wambach presenting the olympic champion the prestigious arthur ashe award for courage. and david, we just received word that caitlyn jenner will be surrounded by her family tonight as she takes the stage tonight to receive the arthur ashe award. it all starts at 8:00 p.m., right here on abc. david? >> all right. looking pretty dapper there, my friend. jesse palmer, thanks. and thank you for being here. we can't wait for the espys, and we'll see you right here tomorrow night. >> plus flames breaking out on the bay bridge. tonight a new theory on what happened.
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a deadly crash closes a highway for hours. what it means for your commute tonight. >> we're live from the red carpet in los angeles at tonight's espy awards. >> 6,000. >> $30,000 >> it could cost a man in jail. the 54-year-old is facing felony charges for fabrication brought to light by our report. good evening. >> he is accused of using a fake military record to get money from his friends and neighbors. >> he pled not guilty to five counts of theft by false
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pretenses for the victims i met last year and one i interviewed this week the criminal complaint against chuck wyman reflects he convinced his girlfriend and neighbors he had an incredible military record. >> he said he worked in the service and was employed by the coast guard. >> i thought it was army corps of engineers like an ex-navy s.e.a.l. >> none of it was true. records record shows he was a mechanic, no active duty. >> you claim you're a navy s.e.a.l.