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>> it is like christmas in summer. >> thank you for joining us and i'm tonight, across the nation, massive protests. tens of thousands marching in more than 700 rallies coast to coast. demonstrators urging president trump to reunite children taken from their parents under his zero tolerance immigration policy. security breach? did a comedian trick the white house into putting the president on the phone? the bizarre incident raising questions tonight. what one administration official now tells abc news. and the latest on the president's search for a supreme court what court documents a revealing abe promdo. dangerous heat wave. more than 120 million people set to feel scorching temperatures from the plains to the northeast. brawl on board. a passenger head-butting a
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flight attendant and then taken down, the chaos in the cabin. and failure to launch. the rocket disaster shortly after liftoff. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the massive nationwide protests against the president's immigration policy. tens of thousands of protesters in more than 700 demonstrations like this one in chicago. in cities and towns, from coast to coast, in every state, urging president trump to reunite the families separated at the southern board. part of the fallout from his zero tolerance immigration policy. we start with abc's kenneth moton in washington, d.c. >> reporter: tonight, a resounding chorus from coast to coast. >> we're not backing down! >> reporter: tens of thousands of people demanding an end to president trump's zero tolerance immigration policy that at one point resulted in the separation of families at the border. they rallied in the nation's capital. >> i understand rules, i understand process, i understand all that, but this is about
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children. >> reporter: marched across the brooklyn bridge. filled plazas in boston, chicago, and los angeles. holding signs that read, "close the detention centers" and "children don't belong in cages." this young girl's handwritten message simply says, "families belong together." >> no hate, no fear. >> reporter: more than 700 marches in every state. demonstrators joining forces with celebrities. >> we are out here to save the soul of our nation. >> reporter: and politicians. >> don't give up. >> reporter: president trump signed an executive order to stop the separations. but more than 2,000 children still haven't been reunited with their parents. this 7-year-old from el salvador, separated from his mother for a month, reunited just yesterday in virginia. our tom llamas at the border this week asked the head of customs and border protection about the legal back and forth and the public pressure. >> at this point now, separating
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families, then the executive order came out and we're keeping families together. do you think it would have been worth it, should they have never separated families from the get-go? >> i think we have to adjust to changing conditions, in both the border flow and in terms of the public trust environment. as law enforcement, one of the foundations is, you have to have the trust of the public. >> reporter: a california judge stepped in this week ordering the administration to reunite families within 30 days. children 5 and under, two weeks. >> kenneth moton joins us now live from washington. the president trump doubling down once again how he wants to secure the border and due process. >> the president on twitter today, he said, "when people come into our country illegally, we must immediately escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering." remember, the white house said this week just because immigrants don't see a judge doesn't mean they don't receive due process. the pressure is also on congress.
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lawmakers left washington for the holiday without, failing to pass any legislation to fix the immigration problem. >> kenneth, thank you. next to the excessive and dangerous heat, from the plains to the northeast, and the severe storm threat from colorado to maine. tinder-dry conditions fueling colorado springs fire across 38,000 acres. not yet contained. and those cars on i-90 in south dakota, battered by destructive hail. scorching heat, expected to blanket the northeast for days. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano is in new york's central park. rob, it's only going to get worse? >> it is, tom. this is the first large area, long duration heat event of the season. take a look at this ridge, built across much of the eastern half of the country, on the western fringes of it, we have a lot of severe weather, from oklahoma to colorado, to nebraska, two tornadoes reported there. and the u.p. of michigan. later on tonight, with temperatures rising in the 90s across northern new england severe weather potentially for northern new york and northern
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vermont and new hampshire. excessive heat watches and warnings out, it will feel like with the humidity over 100 degrees in all of these spots with the heat potentially lasting right on through the fourth of july holiday. tom. >> rob, thanks. let's turn to politics now and a bizarre phone call raising security questions tonight. appearing to take place while the president was on air force one. did the white house patch in a comedian pretending to be a senator? what we're now learning. plus, the latest on president's narrowing search for a supreme court nominee. abc's tara palmeri is with the president in new jersey. >> reporter: tonight, the white house grappling with a security breach. an administration official telling abc news that this is in fact president trump on the phone on air force one thinking he's talking to senator bob menendez, democrat of new jersey. >> sir, your call is connected. >> hi, bob. >> hey, how are you? >> reporter: but it's not the senator. the call was a prank. former howard stern sidekick john melendez claiming to be
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behind it. he played the audio on his "stuttering john" podcast. here, they discuss zero tolerance on the border. >> well, bob, let me just tell you, i want to be able to take care of this situation every bit as much as everyone else. >> it really does raise questions about, well, what kind of security filter do we have on air force one? it's a very chilling thing to contemplate. >> reporter: the comedian at one point attempting to influence the president on his supreme court shortlist. >> i promise you, you will have my vote. will help you -- if you don't go too, too conservative. you know what i'm saying? >> yeah. well, we will talk to you about it. we're going to probably make a decision, bob, over the next two weeks. >> reporter: but the president not taking the bait giving a similar answer later to reporters. >> we have great people you know we have 25 great, outstanding people. look, i like them all. but i've got it down to about
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five. >> reporter: president trump said that two of the final five are women. he'll announce his choice on july 9th. among the top contenders, judge thomas hardiman, a strong gun rights supporter, and judge amy coney barrett, a critic of roe v. wade. a subject the president was asked about on fox news. >> are you going to ask your nominees beforehand how they might vote on roe v. wade? >> well, that's a big one and probably not. they're all saying, "don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that." but i'm putting conservative people on. >> tara is in new jersey with the president tonight. the president saying he may actually interview two judges on his shortlist this weekend? >> reporter: that's right, tom, he said he hopes to speak to two candidates from his golf course in bedminster, new jersey. a white house official tells me that since the senate will be in session this august they're hoping they can get through the confirmation process and have a supreme court justice on the bench by november 1st, just a week before the midterm elections.
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tom. >> tara, thank you. and this programming note, tomorrow on "this week," martha raddatz goes one-on-one with republican senator susan collins of maine, a crucial swing vote who could decide the fate of the president's supreme court nominee. next to that deadly ram page in an american newsroom. we're learning about the alleged gunman, years of violent rants and court documents revealing what he called his oath to kill. that community in mourning after the attack on the capital gazette in annapolis. here's gio benitez with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, the chilling oath revealed in court documents showing a years-long grudge against "the capital gazette" by the man who allegedly opened fire into its newsroom killing five. jarrod ramos writing in 2014 that he "has sworn a legal oath that he would like to kill" one of the paper's writers "and he still would." that writer three years earlier penning this article, "jarrod wants to be your friend." detailing the chilling online encounters between ramos and a high school classmate. that classmate, according to her
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attorney, leaving the state in fear. ramos pled guilty to harassment. >> he befriended her on facebook. and he would use all the information he gathered from her to attack her. >> reporter: ramos upset at the article lashing out on twitter. in this tweet writing that he wished two of the paper's editors would "cease breathing." >> we had actually contacted the police. >> reporter: police interviewed ramos but claim employees at the paper did not want to press charges because it might inflame the situation. an officer involved in the investigation writing that he "did not believe that ramos was a threat." now, ramos is behind bars facing five counts of first-degree murder as hundereds took to the streets friday to remember the five people killed in the shooting thu some of the paper's reporters also there. like rachael pacella who was injured in the attack. >> what do i want the world to know about my colleagues? that i'll miss them. >> reporter: the paper's staff resilient, releasing this video of them printing the saturday
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edition. tom, tonight, investigators hope that the suspect will cooperate with them so that they can start piecing together what allegedly turned online threats into a newsroom massacre. tom. >> gio, thank you. overseas now, the race against time to save a soccer coach and his young players, trapped in a cave in northern thailand. the desperate search and the new reason for hope tonight. abc's james longman is there. >> reporter: hope is growing in thailand tonight, more than a week after a soccer coach and his team went missing. less rain is allowing rescuers to go deeper into the flooded tunnels where the group is believed to have vanished. as soldiers stage practice runs of what a rescue operation might look like, engineers today doubling the number of pumps bringing out water. 60 of them now working to clear the cave. and this is the aim. there are four known caverns immediately inside the complex. the fourth is believed to be higher than the water level, and where they hope the team is
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stranded. if the rain holds, that's where rescuers want to get to tomorrow, although it's a lot further inside. but every possibility is being explored in this massive operation that includes a u.s. military search and rescue team. all over these mountains, small groups of scouts like these have been sent ahead to find openings to the caves from above because they have been so badly flooded down below. this geologist told me his team can scan 200 yards down into the earth, looking for gaps to knock through new entrances. the reality is that time is running out for this group, who have shown no signs of life all week in this sprawling cave. but a little less rain has given people here a little more hope. tom? >> james longman for us tonight, james, thank you. down to miami and claims of bullying in the classroom. the alleged victim, only 5 years old. his mother accusing the boy's teacher and saying she has audio of the alleged abuse. here's abc's zachary kiesch.
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>> reporter: tonight, the mother of this 5-year boy is outraged. calling on the miami-dade school district to take action against the kindergarten teacher who, she says, bullied her son. >> he was behaving super weird. he didn't want to go to school. >> reporter: kandy escotto says after her complaints were ignored by banyan elementary school, she put a recorder in her son aaron's backpack. if you listen closely, you can hear what escotto claims is the teacher calling him a loser. >> aaron y tu losers. >> reporter: at another point, aaron's mom claims the teacher complains about both of them. >> you still don't know how to write. i feel sorry for your mom, i really do, she is a little lost. >> reporter: the district says the principal previously met with the boy's mother and moved aaron to another class. miami-dade schools issued a statement saying, "if the allegations are substantiated" there will be "disciplinary action." >> aaron y tu losers. >> children go to school to
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learn and if you call them loser, that's how they're going to feel. >> reporter: the family's lawyer tells abc news they may file a lawsuit if the teacher is not dismissed. at this point, the teacher hasn't be removed from the classroom or reprimanded pending the investigation. tom. >> okay, zachary, thank you. now to the woman known as the dancing doctor. georgia officials putting a stop to her surgical moves. the physician also forbidden to call herself doctor until the next decade. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: the woman known as dr. booty, infamous for dancing and singing around her sedated patients, isn't operating anymore. >> okay, ladies, now let's join sexy nation. >> reporter: windell boutte agreed to give up her medical license for at least 2 1/2 years. but those questionable videos aren't even mentioned in court documents. the board instead determined boutte failed to conform to minimal standards after investigating seven of her former clients.
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it found most had no pre or post op exams. in one case, a patient received a different procedure than was listed in medical records and a surgical assistant did surgery without supervision. that woman now has brain damage. with evidence, an unlicensed person in the room at the time was held out to be a nurse. boutte told our steve osunsami. >> i have medical assistants that are well trained in what we do because we do it every day. >> so you don't have any nurses in your office? >> not at present. i did at one time, yes. >> reporter: and boutte can no longer refer to herself as a doctor, a physician or an md until she gets her license back. she's hopeful that suspension will be lifted. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight." the fight aboard a packed airliner. the aisles looking like a wwe ring. as passengers battle crew members. what led to the mayhem. also, the getaway trip for high school seniors that turned into a lesson about being scammed.
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this coming as global trade tensions continue to escalate. we head to europe and a violent brawl on an easyjet flight from paris to mallorca, a passenger head-butting one of the stewards. security pinning to him in the ground in a chokehold. removing him and several others from the plane. tonight, easyjet said they'll pursue the charges against that passenger. in japan, a fiery failure to launch, this unmanned rocket crashing down just seconds after liftoff. a massive explosion there. no injuries reported. in sports, soccer fans, long debated who the best player is. argentina's lionel messi or portugal's cristiano ronaldo, today, both knocked out of the running for the world cup. argentina losing to france, 4-3. portugal losing to uruguay, 2-1. tomorrow, spain takes on russia and croatia faces off against denmark. and when we come back, two men who met under horrific circumstances, the chance encounter and the incredible bond they always had.
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finally tonight, america strong. the chance meeting that led a holocaust survivor to reunite with the man who saved him. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: a bittersweet reunion. more than a half century after these two men first met in dachau concentration camp, a place of unimaginable horror. at least 30,000 murdered there during the holocaust. nikolha choprenko, just 19 at the time, a nazi prisoner. this inmate number replacing his name. >> i was like a skeleton. i weighed just 80 pounds. >> reporter: 20-year-old henry stuehmeyer, an american soldier, among the heroes who liberated dachau in 1945, forging freedom for nick who would change his last name to hope before moving
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to america. >> i never gave up hope. >> reporter: both men going on start families and lead separate lives. until a chance encounter between their sons who realized their fathers, both now in their 90s, lived just one mile apart in california. >> praise the lord that i'm here. >> reporter: the images and memories from that day still painful to recount. >> i couldn't go through with it at the end. >> reporter: but 70 years later an unbreakable bond drawing them closer than ever. erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> they lived a mile part. that's so incredible and so great they got to meet each other again. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. "good morning america" and "this week" first thing in the morning. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening. good night.
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tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, breaking news. new vacations ordered in one of two large wildfires that flared up today. plus the bay area experiencing some high heat, but relief is on the way. protesters mobilized in hundreds of cities across the nation and drawing tens of thousands of rallies here in the bay area. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. right away getting to that breaking news, we do have a critical update on the pawnee fire happening in lake county. in just the last hour the sheriff there has ordered a mandatory vacation for a double eagle subdivision. that's because of a flare up. so far that pawnee fire has burned 13,700 acres and
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destroyed 22 structures. it is now 73% contained. make sure to download the abc 7 news app for all these breaking news updates. good evening and thanks for joining us, everybody. another area hit by another large grass fire flared up today. katey is live in concord for us tonight where firefighters are keeping a close eye on the valley fire tonight. >> reporter: firefighters have been working around the clock watching this fire and putting out flare ups. they have the main grass fire under control, but at this point trees that were caught on fire can smolder for days. and the concern is as the wind picks up, you can see as it blows my hair, it can then spark embers and then start new fires. that's what firefighters believe happened this morning. today's fire stayed within the secondary containment lines