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world news tonight is next. >> for all of us, we appreciate your time. tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." pope francis here in new york city. visits to ground zero, central park. and now, an evening mass. tens of thousands lining the streets. the popemobile passing through the park. and the powerful moment at the 9/11 memorial. and we show you the unprecedented security. a city on lockdown. >> also breaking, the sudden resignation today. john boehner, revealing he's done as speaker. was the pope a factor? the man shot while in his wheelchair. four officers, one suspect. police say he was reaching for his gun. tonight, the family outraged. trump fights back. lashing out at a candidate gaining steam. but what did trump say that had the crowd booing? >> i've been so nice. and, trapped. the exclusive tonight.
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the gas pedal, the cruise control stuck. the driver calling 911 before the crash. good evening. we have a lot of news to get to tonight. beginning with history made in new york city. pope francis tonight, celebrating mass at this hour for thousands at madison square garden. the end of a very full day in new york. a short time ago, the holy father riding in his popemobile. that jeep wrangler. open from the side. waving as he rides through central park. earlier today, a powerful visit to ground zero. placing a white rose on the names of those lost in the twin towers. we want to take you now to live pictures. inside madison square garden. 20,000 gathered there tonight to hear pope francis. and right there with them, terry moran, traveling with the pope. >> reporter: at ground zero, as the waterfalls where the twin towers once stood silenced the din of the city, pope francis
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prayed, placed a white flower of remembrance on the plaques with all those names. and then entered that vast underground space for a prayer service. ♪ >> reporter: by the last column, standing in front of the massive retaining wall, the pope joined with leaders of the many faiths of new york city, the many victims of 9/11. each in turn offering a prayer. >> oh, allah, you are peace. >> reporter: and then francis stepped forward. >> excuse myself for no speaking english. i cannot. >> reporter: he seemed weary, speaking of the families still grieving all those lost, and of the unfathomable courage of those first responders. "hands reached out, lives were given," he said. and he asked all together, each in his or her own way, to pray for peace. [ speaking foreign language ] ♪ let there be peace on earth >> reporter: out of the silence, the pain, the children lifted
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their voices. ♪ and let it begin with me >> reporter: one final image, francis and the imam, a warm embrace. a very different scene in harlem. >> it's the pope! >> reporter: our lady queen of angels school. francis having a blast, reinvigorated by the kids. in a classroom of third and fourth-graders, they sing, the pope conducting. ♪ >> reporter: and a little boy and girl show him their project. francis has trouble with the touch screen, and then -- [ applause ] >> reporter: it was a world away from the great and powerful at the united nations. where the pope urged them to do something about poverty and climate change. a long speech in a great hall, for a man who prefers teaching by example. and there have been two things
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the pope has reiterated again and again. one, dreaming. quoting martin luther king, to dream big. and reminding people that he, too, is the son of immigrants at a time when that's such a troubled issue around the world. david? >> terry, thank you for your reporting all week. the city electrified tonight. you can imagine the security in a city this size. and the pope visiting the school children in harlem. holding this little girl's face in his hands. cecelia vega in the middle of the crowds all day. >> reporter: it might be new york's park. but today, it belonged to pope francis. the chosen ones had to have a ticket to get in. a city-sponsored lottery for new york residents. 80,000 people won. >> i was one of the lucky few. it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. >> reporter: some of the tickets ending up on craigslist. scalped for $100 each. >> flags, buttons. >> reporter: but today, the hottest-selling items, anything with pope francis's face. >> he's one of the first to be
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inclusive of everybody. >> reporter: so, what does 80,000 people look like? a holy sea of the faithful, the lines stretching block after block after block. on some sidewalks, there are so many people you can barely move down the street. people as far as you can possibly see. security at fever pitch. teams of police officers, banks of metal detectors. an 8-foot-tall fence along the park. for this woman, and her family, just the chance to see him is worth it. >> even just seeing him is just amazing. >> reporter: he's not the first pope to take over central park. but this pope, he's not like any other. >> it's truly an honor to have him with us. especially in our beautiful city, new york city. >> reporter: this has been a jam-packed trip for pope francis. he's only on the ground for less than 40 hours. now he's off to his next stop, philadelphia. his biggest event so far, mass for up to 1 million people.
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david? >> i'll be joining you there. we'll have continuing coverage. i'll be anchoring this broadcast from philadelphia this weekend, and much more tonight on "nightline" and first thing in the morning on "good morning america." in the meantime, we turn to the other breaking headline of the evening. speaker of the house john boehner, his surprise revelation, that he will step down at the end of october. after that emotional meeting with pope francis, tonight he's revealing a moment alone with pope francis. and why he decided it's now time. jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: john boehner, the altar boy turned speaker of the house, couldn't hold back the tears as pope francis came to capitol hill. this morning, he seemed like a new man. ♪ my oh my what a wonderful day ♪ >> reporter: and he stunned the capitol by announcing he is stepping down. >> last night, i started to think about this. and this morning, i woke up and i said my prayers, as i always do, and i decided, you know,
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today's the day i'm going to do this. >> reporter: boehner, so clearly moved yesterday, told reporters today about his own private moment with pope francis. >> as the pope and i were getting ready to exit the building, we found ourselves alone. and the pope puts his arm around me, and kind of pulls me to him and says, "please pray for me." well, who am i to pray for the pope? but i did. >> reporter: not even boehner's closest friends expected that this would be the day he would resign. but if he hadn't, he conceded he would have had to fight to keep his job. >> this turmoil that's been churning now for a couple months is not good for the members and it's not good for the institution. and the house will be in order. >> reporter: if he had stayed, boehner faced endless battles with house conservatives who believed he was too willing to compromise with democrats, and who wanted a fight that could have led to a government shutdown in just a few days. a shutdown is now much less likely. david, boehner will remain as
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speaker until the end of next month. as for his replacement, it will almost certainly be california republican kevin mccarthy. he has a better relationship with conservatives, but they will undoubtedly challenge him, just as they did john boehner. david? >> jon, thank you. and president obama, hosting a state dinner with the president of china. the two leaders agreeing they will not launch or support cyber attacks against each other. president obama saying, it has to stop. china, also announcing a landmark climate change deal. forcing companies to pay for excessive carbon emissions. and news about the terror attack in ben zazi. the state department, which has repeatedly said that all of hillary clinton's e-mails about benghazi have been turned over. has now said that they've discovered more benghazi e-mails between hillary clinton and general petraeus.
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described as a small number, and planning to turn them over as well. and republican front runner donald trump, carrying a bible. speaking to evangelical leaders. getting an unexpected response. booed after blasting marco rubio. calling him a, quote, "clown." rubio been gaining in the latest polls. here's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: donald trump walking into the value voters summit, bible in hand. >> most importantly i brought my bible. >> reporter: promising today to save christmas. >> you go to the stores and it says "happy holidays." i want to see merry christmas. remember the expression merry christmas? you don't see it anymore. you're going to see it if i get elected. i can tell you right now. >> reporter: but trump then apparently committing a political sin. >> i mean, you have this clown, marco rubio. i've been so nice to him. i've been so nice. >> reporter: showered with boos after slamming senator marco
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rubio. rubio, rising in the polls, and taking on trump. >> but he can't have a conversation about policy because, quite frankly, he doesn't know anything about policy. >> reporter: but trump does know how to fight. now he's all over rubio. trump's fire once squarely trained on jeb bush. but now, bush facing criticism over something he said about how to attract african-american voters. >> our message is one of hope and aspiration. it isn't one of division and get in line, and we'll take care of you with free stuff. >> reporter: singer john legend tweeting, "it's always the guys born on third base talking about black people lining up for free stuff." david, tonight i spoke with senior members of the bush campaign, saying his comments were taken out of context. that he was talking about empowering people because the democrats' war on poverty has failed. david? >> tom, thanks. now to a new and troubling video. a deadly encounter with police, this time in delaware. four officers rushing to the scene. two of them, you can see here.
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their weapons pointed at a young man in a wheelchair. moments later, a hail of gunfire. here's linzie davis. >> reporter: new accusations tonight of police using excessive deadly force caught on cell phone video. >> give me your hands. show me your hands. >> reporter: police make this demand more than a dozen times. >> show me your hands! >> reporter: four wilmington, delaware, officers with guns drawn wednesday afternoon, responding to a call of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> drop the gun! >> reporter: 28-year-old jeremy mcdole was previously paralyzed from the waist down from a gunshot ten years ago. on wednesday, police say they thought he was reaching for a gun. moments later, a barrage of bullets, killing him. mcdole's mother disputes police who say a gun was recovered near her son's body. >> this is unjust. he had his hands in his lap, they opened fire on him four more times. >> reporter: the four officers involved have all been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. in the last five months, there's been a sharp uptick in officer indictments. at least 14 police officers have
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been charged with committing murder, homicide, or manslaughter while on duty. some say it's because so many of these incidents are videotaped. it is unclear whether the 911 call saying he shot himself was accurate. the local naacp is asking for an independent investigation. >> thank you. and to the nhl. the hockey star under investigation for alleged sexual assault. the chicago black hawks' patrick kane, a woman claiming she was attacked. the accuser's lawyer removing himself. >> i'm uncomfortable. because i don't believe the version of events is accurate. it's my obligation to withdraw. >> authorities saying no evidence has been compromised.
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patrick kane insisting he has done nothing wrong. and to the weather. powerful storms in the southeast. an ef-2 outside charleston, south carolina. the downed trees there. flash flooding in columbia. the streets underwater. here's the map into the weekend. storms from the carolinas north to virginia. and a chance of scattered showers for the millions turning out to see the pope in philadelphia on saturday. and new questions about safety on the roads after the deadly crash in seattle. a duck boat, slamming into a charter bus. four students were killed. now, those duck boats are under fire. many built during world war ii. popular with tourists around the country. some critics saying they're too old to be safe. here's ryan owens. >> reporter: stunning images and a staggering casualty count. four are dead. 50 others taken to the hospital. >> it was just mass destruction. >> reporter: tonight, the ntsb has arrived in seattle, looking into what caused this duck boat to hit a charter bus. the four international exchange students from north seattle college were headed to
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orientation on the bus when they were killed. >> he overcorrected, shot across all three lanes at full speed. >> reporter: critics have long warned these amphibious assault vehicles, designed to carry troops in world war ii, have no place winding their way through american cities. ♪ >> reporter: with drivers, like this one in seattle, also acting as tour guides. earlier this month, the duck boat company in san francisco shut down after the city started requiring a separate tour guide so the driver could focus on the road. here in seattle in 2011, a surveillance camera catches a duck boat running over a motorcyclist, seriously injuring him. and just the year before that, a huge barge plows right over a duck boat in philadelphia, killing two onboard. the owners say they are cooperating, but the mayor says no more amphibious vehicles on the streets until they figure out what happened. david?
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>> thank you. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the exclusive tonight. the driver trapped on a speeding car on the freeway. the gas pedal, cruise control stuck. and the 911 call for help. >> my car is swerving all over the place. ma'am, i'm so scared. >> the incredible call just before the crash. every driver's fear, trapped behind the wheel. that story, coming up. also, the close call during takeoff. the plane damaged, flying too low during takeoff, clipping the runway lights. and we have spectacular new images coming from pluto. the best look yet at the planet's surface. who would have guessed, the surface would look like this? a lot more news ahead.
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to the "index" of other news tonight. we're learning more about a close call at miami international airport. a passenger jet, flying too low. clipping three light poles at the end of the runway during takeoff. only once they landed 14 hours later did they realize the belly of that boeing 777 was scratched. no one was injured. and the national zoo's baby panda has a name. bei bei -- which means "precious treasure." first lady michelle obama and china's first lady choosing the name together. stunning new photos tonight of pluto. scientists describing it as a snake skin-like surface. scaly and colorful. spots of red, yellow, white and brown. also, keep your eyes peeled for that super blood moon this weekend. bigger, brighter, glowing red. the last, we're told, until the year 2033.
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>> reporter: they're behaving because it's pope francis. >> that's right. >> reporter: if you look up, you can actually see the chopper flying over central park. here in new york city, much of the city on lockdown for much of the day. but look down here. you can see the enormous crowd of people. so many with smiles on their faces. hoping to get a glimpse of pope francis. and there was someone who did. sister norma. we all met her during that stunning moment. our town hall with the pope inside the vatican a couple of weeks back. at one point, the pope signaling to me after spotting sister norma in the pew. telling me he'd like to talk to her. he'd heard about her work in texas to help immigrants and families in need. thanking her, and all the sisters. then adding this. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i'll tell you one other thing. is it inappropriate for the pope to say this? i love you all very much. >> reporter: sister norma, invited to see the pope again today in new york. that message for all of the nuns in america --
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how powerful was that? >> that was very, very special. very wonderful. so significant to me, and to everybody. >> it was great to see sister norma again. as we leave you tonight, this is the young peoples' chorus of new york city singing. i hope we see you this weekend from philadelphia. from all of us here, have a good evening. good night. ♪ [ applause ] tonight, a sexual predator that could be back on the streets. and volkswagon under fire for a pollution scandal. bridging the divide between police and the people they're sworn to protect.
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the message in the bay area tonight from the nation's top cop. >> and the i-team goes after a surveillance video that could answer a father's question about what happened to his son on a school bus. a sexual predator could soon be roaming the streets, homeless, unless local officials resolve their differences. good evening, the predator is a 51-year-old, frasier smith is due to be released from the hospital. but officials have been unable to agree on where he will live. >> reporter: the $64,000 question is when? and where? the question came up during a court hearing about seven months ago for smith on this subject. and today, after that seven months, well, the state agency supposed to look for housing for smith finally told the judge we
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give up. the judge gave solano county prosecutors until october 13th to find a home for frasier smith. the 51-year-old convicted rapist is soon to be released from the hospital. the judge threatened to release smith as a transient. liberty health care contracts with the state to help sexually violent predators reintegrate says it looked into 4,000 places, which means jessica's law district restrictions on distance to schools and parks. it's most ever conducted. the last being 3,000 inquiries. in this case, they found only three homes, two in solano county, and one in contra costa county. >> the rights of the villians should not take precedence over the rights of the community, our neighbors, our lives. >> reporter: because of fierce

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