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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. judge brett kavanaugh is now on the brink of confirmation. and the senator from maine, susan collins, one of the senators who saved his nomination. what she said today, with millions watching. the verdict is in tonight. the deadly police shooting. the officer, and the black teenager shot 16 times. what the jury decided late today. the break in the case. a wife, teacher, and mother of two who went missing in the middle of the night. the discovery, and what her husband is now saying. he's one of the most famous athletes in the world. soccer star cristiano ronaldo, on countless covers. tonight, police have reopened a case of alleged sexual assault. and this evening, you will see the video from las vegas that investigators will likely see, too. we're watching storms on the move right now.
drivers caught in flash floods. where the system is headed. and a threat in the tropics. there is a 70% chance it'll soon be named, and could it be headed our way? the deadly accident at a pumpkin patch. an inflatable bounce pad, and a 59-mile-per-hour wind gust. a 2-year-old boy did not survive. and now the new warning tonight for families. and, "made in america" is back tonight. turning the family recipe into millions. why didn't we think of this. and, do you have an idea? good evening, it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we have a lot to get to. we begin on the eve of what looks to be a vote tomorrow that will send judge brett kavanaugh to the supreme court. today, high drama playing out on the senate floor. undecided senators revealing their intentions, including republican susan collins of maine, now voting yes to confirm. and what she said in front of the senate, in front of america. >> shame on you!
>> and the protesters there all day, packing the hallways. and this moment here, shouting down the democrat who will vote yet, joe manchin. revealing his intention late today. the math is in tonight. it appears president trump's nominee will be confirmed. in front of a divided country. mary bruce with the story. >> reporter: with the fate of judge kavanaugh hanging in the balance, the day began with key senators still undecided. with just one hour to go before the crucial vote, democrat joe manchin racing back to that secure room to review the fbi investigation into kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct. for manchin and the three undecided republicans, susan collins, jeff flake, and lisa murkowski, the pressure is monumental. >> many women live in fear. how do you think kavanaugh will make us feel? >> reporter: when it comes time
to vote, collins is a yes. so is joe manchin. senator jeff flake, also a yes. but lisa murkowski votes no, the only republican to break with her party. later swarmed by reporters, she explains her decision. >> i did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning. i believe that brett kavanaugh is a good man. it just may be that in my view, he's not the right man for the court at this time. >> reporter: leaving the capitol, flake, who demanded the fbi do its investigation, makes clear he stands with kavanaugh. >> do you plan to vote yes tomorrow? >> unless something big changed, i don't see what would, but anyway, i'm glad we had a better process. >> reporter: what about susan collins? her office all day flooded with protesters. she takes to the senate floor. >> vote no!
vote no! >> reporter: for 45 minutes, she meticulously outlines kavanaugh's judicial record, insisting he is more of a centrist than his critics contend. collins is pro-choice, and she says in one-on-one meetings kavanaugh convinced her he would respect the precedent of roe v. wade. >> when i asked him, would it be sufficient to overturn a long established precedent if five current justices believed that it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no. >> reporter: and when she gets to the allegations of sexual misconduct, collins declares the fbi investigation did not corroborate the accusations of christine blasey ford. >> the presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking and i cannot abandon them. in evaluating any given claim of misconduct, we will be ill
served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be. >> reporter: then, her final decision. >> i will vote to confirm judge kavanaugh. thank you, mr. president. >> reporter: moments later, manchin says he too is a yes. ensuring judge kavanaugh will be confirmed. >> do you believe dr. ford? >> i believe dr. ford. >> reporter: but manchin is soon drowned out. >> shame on you! shame on you! >> reporter: and chased out. >> another dizzying day on capitol hill. a dizzying couple of weeks for this country. mary, the math very clear, the vote tomorrow. brett kavanaugh, likely to be confirmed. i know you will be there tomorrow.
but you spoke with lawyers for dr. christine blasey ford. i'm sure you asked them for their reaction, as this was unfolding. and if dr. ford has any regrets? >> reporter: her lawyers tell me this is a grave injustice, but she has no regrets. that she did what she believed was the right thing and her civic duty. as for what comes next, ford plans to return to teaching, and hopefully spend time with her family. david? >> again, the vote looking likely for tomorrow evening. mary, thank you. to tonight's other breaking headline. authorities on alert following the verdict in the racially charged murder trial of a police officer in chicago. jason van dyke found guilty of shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. van dyke had testified in his own defense, claiming he feared for his life. tonight, what the jurors thought of that defense. here's alex perez. >> reporter: with a city on edge, the jury taking less than ten hours to reach that verdict.
>> we the jury find the defendant, jason van dyke, guilty. >> reporter: jason van dyke showing little emotion as jurors found him guilty of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. one for each shot in the 2014 killing of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. the judge revoking the bond for the former police officer turned convicted felon, now booked in jail. and outside, jubilation as the decision was read. mcdonald's family saying justice was served. >> laquan mcdonald represents all oaf -- of the victims that suffered what he suffered. >> reporter: the white officer shooting the black teenager 16 times as he walked down a chicago street carrying a three-inch knife. the shooting, captured on police dash cam, sparked monthslong protests when it was released. some violent. today, more than 12,000 chicago officers placed on alert, bracing for demonstrations. on the witness stand, van dyke, who was responding to a call of someone breaking into cars,
testified he believed mcdonald was lunging at him and refused commands to drop the knife. >> i was yelling at him, drop the knife. i yelled, i don't know how many times. >> reporter: but in the video, mcdonald, who was high on pcp, appears to be walking away from van dyke when he is shot. prosecutors telling the jury the shooting was unjustified. >> there's no justification for shooting laquan mcdonald that night. not one shot, not the first shot, not the 16th shot. >> reporter: but defense attorneys arguing the video was "essentially meaningless" because it didn't capture the incident from van dyke's point of view. but the jury disagreeing, and tonight, some explaining why. >> he should have realized what the situation was and instead of escalating the situation, should have looked at other options. >> let's bring in alex perez live. jason van dyke's legal team is calling the verdict a sad day for law enforcement, but they also said something else, they
call this a relief? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. the defense calling this a relief because had he been convicted of first degree murder, he could have faced a life sentence. but still, he's looking at possibly decades behind bars. his attorneys plan to appeal the decision. >> alex, thank you. and now to new developments in the search for a missing teacher and mother in maine. her husband saying she vanished from their home in the middle of the night five days ago. search teams scouring the area around their house, making a disturbing discovery this morning. and what we've learned about what happened. the appointment with a medical professional in the hours before she disappeared. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, police tape blocking off this heavily wooded area in north yarmouth, maine. acting on a tip, authorities discovered a body found about a half mile from the home of kristin westra, a mother and teacher who mysteriously vanished five days ago.
>> the office of the medical examiner is on scene. no positive identification has been made. >> reporter: police now calling the case a death investigation. loved ones say she would never expect westra to abandon her kids or students. she was last seen sunday evening, going to bed around 8:00 p.m. her husband says he woke up around 3:30 a.m., noticed she wasn't there, but assumed she had trouble sleeping. for days, search teams sifted through tall brush, used k-9s and drones. >> the outpouring of support from the community has been huge. my wife is loved. my wife is loved dearly. >> reporter: family members say westra had anxiety issues, and saw a medical professional just hours before disappearing. her husband jay, writing on facebook, "my heart was crushed today." >> whit, thank you. next tonight, one of the most famous athletes in the world facing allegations of sexual assault.
more than $1 billion in endorsements at stake now. the 2009 case now reopened against cristiano ronaldo. now, the video likely being looked at by authorities. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: this video of the world's most recognizable athlete dancing with a model in las vegas, taken hours before she claims he raped her. cristiano ronaldo, who's racked up nearly every accolade in soccer and a billion dollars in endorsement deals, including nike, is accused by kathyrn mayorga of a rape in 2009. their night started at this club and he later invited her to his hotel suite and where he allegedly attacked her. hours later, she reported an alleged attack to the las vegas police and had a rape kit done, but she refused to name him so no charges were filed.
they settled in 2010 for $375,000, but she now claims she was pressured into it. las vegas police reopening the case now that ronaldo has been named in a civil suit. ronaldo vehemently denying the rape allegation. >> what they said today is fake, fake news. >> reporter: the fallout has already begun for ronaldo. he has been left off of the portuguese national team at least through november, and nike has said they are deeply disturbed by the allegation, and will monitor this investigation closely. >> matt, thank you. now to the flash flood alerts across the midwest, heavy rain from texas to the great lakes. and a separate system causing flash flooding in pittsburgh over the last 24 hours. and we're tracking a new tropical threat heading toward the gulf. rob marciano with us. hey, rob. >> reporter: let's start with the flood threat, and some severe storms across the plains.
the flood watches for chicago and milwaukee. a lot of rain along that front, which doesn't move much. st. louis, northern illinois, kansas city. the rivers are swollen, so it's not going to take much. tropical action, this disturbance likely to become a named storm in the next five days. it could come to the northern gulf of mexico next week. >> rob, thank you. we have new safety concerns tonight about a popular children's attraction. police in nebraska said a toddler died after playing on an inflatable bounce pad. we have reported on this danger before. this time, a gust of wind, almost 60 miles per hour, launching it 30 feet into the air. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, tragedy in lincoln, nebraska. a 59ile-r-urgust tore this inflatable bounce pad at a pumpkin patch from its moorings and sent it 30 feet into the air. >> children inside of a bouncy house that tipped over due to the wind.
>> reporter: 2-year-old caleb acuna was killed. his 5-year-old sister, injured with a broken arm. police now launching an investigation. >> we extend our condolences to caleb's family, everyone involved in this incident. it's tragic. >> reporter: the owner of the pumpkin patch saying they have been advised by attorneys not to answer questions, but released this statement. "our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with the family at this time." the same type of pumpkin-themed bounce pad was involved in a new york accident last october, injuring dozens of kids. it turns out regulations for inflatables are left up to the states. >> at 18 miles per hour, you need to shut the ride down, completely deflate it. >> reporter: even with these stakes. >> even with the stakes in the ground. >> reporter: david, the family's pastor says they are struggling to understand how and why this happened. a wind advisory had been issued that day, but the sheriff called the gust unusual. david? >> gio, thank you. and president trump not only welcoming the news on his
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you know we love "made in america" and we really love it when you make money off your family recipe. we've been all over this country. hundreds of "made in america" reports. and so many of them take us right into the kitchen. i can taste the kick. testing american recipes. this is all from montana, the wheat? and the family bakery. so many of these ideas making millions. with "shark tank" turning ten, we loved seeing some of their top investments were those family ideas. >> we have a deal. >> reporter: bantam bagels in new york city. from the tiny shop, more than $40 million in sales. >> hi, bantam bagels. welcome to our shelf. we went from one small shelf on bleecker street to every grocery store in america. >> reporter: to cousins maine lobsters. >> welcome to the family.
>> reporter: fresh lobsters from maine. sent to food trucks and restaurants, shipping to homes across america. $50 million in sales. creating hundreds of jobs. >> it just makes you feel very proud and honored to be providing for other people. >> it's the american dream. >> reporter: and the icing on the cupcake -- looks who's in the pantry. shark kevin o'leary with wicked good cupcakes. his investment paying off. >> come to mama. >> reporter: he did. this is a cupcake in a jar. >> oh, it's more than that, my friend. >> reporter: says the businessman. tonight, they say, $20 million in sales and rising. delicious. >> yeah? glad to hear it. >> reporter: family recipes, turned into dough. >> made in america! whoo! >> keep sending us your ideas. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. good night.