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>> that's great stuff. thanks, mike. >> world news tonight is next. we appreciate your time. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the miracle escape. new video just in showing dale earnhardt jr.'s baby daughter lifted from the burning wreckage after his jet crashed off the runway. erupting into flames as authorities release the 911 calls for help. also breaking tonight, the nationwide outage causing chaos at airports across the country, as the u.s. customs computer network goes down. new york, los angeles, dallas, all affected. long lines stacking up. the subway scare. and tonight, the manhunt. after authorities discovered three suspicious devices in new york city. two left in a subway station during the morning commute. now authorities asking the public, have you seen this man? the autopsy is in. the jail cell death of jeffrey epstein. what the medical examiner has
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now concluded. fear factor. president trump warning voters the economy will crash without him. saying, quote, your 401(k) will go down the tube, and you may hate him but have no choice but to vote for him. six hours on the tarmac. the nightmare for passengers on a delta plane at an airport complaining about inhumane conditions before a brawl broke out. police boarding the plane. and man versus mother nature. the close call for kayakers when a huge piece of ice comes crashing down. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy friday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. several developing stories as we come on tonight. we begin with the stunning images of the amazing escape from a burning plane for dale earnhardt jr. and his family. the new video showing their plane on fire after skidding to
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a stop. earnhardt's baby girl seen taken out, among first to be rescued. firefighters rushing to put out the flames. a blackened shell, all that is left of the plane. tonight, investigators with the first details from inside the crash. steve osunsami is on the scene in elizabethton, tennessee. >> reporter: new cell phone video tonight shows the moment when they were all safe, just after the plane came to a stop and the fire starts. the broken jetway opens, they pull the baby out first, and everyone gets out alive. federal investigators tonight believe that the private jet carrying nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. and his family bounced at least twice during landing, before sliding off the runway and blowing up into this ball of fire. >> it came out of the airfield through the fence and it is on fire. >> reporter: eyewitnesses who called for help cheered when the family ran out. >> there's a girl. there's one -- there's a baby. there's a dog. >> reporter: authorities say that surveillance video they've collected from nearby businesses show the plane hitting the runway so hard, the right landing gear was destroyed, sending the plane sliding through a fence and onto a
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highway. >> you can actually see the right main landing gear is collapsing on the video. >> reporter: earnhardt jr., his two pilots, his wife, and their 15-month-old not only walked away but without any serious injury. it was his plane, and the former racing star was the only one who needed medical attention with cuts and bruises. >> the good lord was in charge on that flight. >> reporter: these are some of the things they left behind in the rush -- a child seat, and other signs of what should have been an enjoyable start to the weekend. they're telling us that the plane could be here for two days while the investigators do their work. i don't know if you can see it, but there's a fence that's wrapped around the body of the plane. that's the fence the plane crashed through when it skidded off the runway. earnhardt jr. was here for the big race this weekend, where he was working as a television analyst. after getting released from the hospital last night, he took the weekend off. >> steve osunsami joins us now. steve, we can see parts of the wreckage from the plane over your shoulder there. incredible earnhardt and his family all survived.
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and tonight we know why the fire was so intense. >> reporter: authorities explain it's because there was more than 1,000 gallons of fuel on the blane when it skidded off the runway. so much that some of it seeped into the stream directly behind me. they're out mitigating this right now. i can tell you that the smell of fuel is still very, very strong. tom? >> steve, thank you. next to the nationwide chaos after the failure of u.s. customs computers at airports across the country. the images still coming in. arriving passengers standing in long lines at new york's jfk. the terminal packed with people at dulles airport in washington. scenes like these in dallas, l.a., san francisco, and other airports as well. abc's senior transportation correspondent david kerley is at reagan airport in the capital. >> reporter: long lines at airports around the country on a friday evening. >> the airport is wild, it's just nuts. >> reporter: the customs service apparently suffering a computer
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system malfunction, showing if not halting some ports of entry. >> the international arrivals hall is at capacity. we'll continue to the hall as soon as space becomes available. >> reporter: new york's jfk the first to report what became a nationwide problem. from dallas to dulles, l.a. to miami. >> everybody is pushing and shoving. got a little crazy over there. i was in line for about two hours. >> reporter: customs and border protection nearly an hour into the problem called it a temporary outage, but added it is still processing international travelers using alternative procedures. but admitting lines are long at some of the country's largest airports. >> david kerley joins us now. david, we saw the long lines in your report. now we're hearing systems are starting to come back online? >> reporter: that's what they're telling us, the systems are up, they're processing passengers. it's going to take a while too deal with the backlog. this is not the first time this has happened. a year and a half ago, the
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system was down for about two hours as well, interrupting international travel. tom? >> david kerley with that breaking news from airports all across the country. david, thank you. now to the manhunt here in new york city after a bomb scare shut down a major subway station during the morning commute. a massive response after two suspicious devices found underground, a third found about a mile away. bomb squad teams carefully investigating. soon after the nypd releasing these surveillance images, calling this man a person of interest. gio benitez is in manhattan. >> reporter: at the height of new york city's busy morning commute, the bomb squad racing to downtown manhattan, reports of a possible explosive device. finding three abandoned rice cookers, one on the street near a trash can and two more inside a subway station. police later giving the all clear, no explosives inside. >> it certainly is the kind of thing that we would want to know, why is he placing them there and what is the purpose of that? >> reporter: but that scare closing streets and snarling subway traffic. >> they're just gonna put two
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pressure cookers downstairs? i mean, out of nowhere? no, that's scary. >> reporter: police calling the devices a hoax, but tonight they are hunting for this person of interest spotted on subway surveillance video. >> he places the pressure cooker on the upper level and then on the lower level. >> reporter: investigators zeroing in on that person of interest using some of the 10,000 surveillance cameras that routinely keep watch all over the city. the nypd on heightened alert ever since that pressure cooker bombing in new york's chelsea neighborhood back in 2016, injuring nearly three dozen people. that attacker, ahmad khan rahimi, was later captured and convicted. tom, in today's incident, vigilant people who are paying attention saw the rice cookers and alerted police right away. we're told police do know who that person of interest is. tom? >> gio benitez with that manhunt tonight. gio, thank you. and there are new developments in the investigation into the death of
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accused sex trafficker jeffery epstein. tonight, the medical examiner is out with the official cause and manner of his death. it comes as the woman accused by at least one young woman of recruiting underage girls for epstein was reportedly seen in public. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the official cause of death for disgraced financier jeffrey epstein revealed. new york's chief medical examiner ruling the multimillionaire, who was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges, died from suicide by hanging. according to "the new york times," in epstein's autopsy he hanged himself with enough force that he broke several bones in his neck. guards who were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes failed to do so according to sources. guards finding him early saturday morning in his manhattan jail cell. the report coming as conspiracy theories swirled about how epstein could kill himself days after being removed from suicide watch and after an earlier suicide attempt. all this as epstein's longtime associate ghislaine maxwell was reportedly seen in public for the first time since the
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millionaire's death. according to "the new york post" this image of her reading a book about cia operatives was taken monday at a los angeles fast food restaurant. abc news has not been able to verify the photo. >> jeffrey epstein and his network of enablers stole from me. they robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence, and my self-worth. >> reporter: maxwell and three others were named this week as co-conspirators in a new lawsuit brought by jennifer araoz, who claimed they helped facilitate her sexual assault by epstein when she was just 14. maxwell has denied similar allegations in the past and has not been charged with any crime. >> the alleged co-conspirators are now under the microscope even more so now that epstein has died. >> reporter: tonight, two more women are suing epstein's estate, claiming they were recruited by an epstein employee who may have also been one of his victims. the southern district of new
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york and the nypd say they will continue to investigate. >> this is more and more accusers are coming forward. stephanie, thank you. next to the shooting standoff in southern missouri. officers serving an eviction notice earlier this morning, hit by gunfire, an apparent ambush. other officers arriving, getting them to safety, then taking up places as the intense standoff went on. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that missouri standoff ongoing. >> shots fired. 1080 west. >> reporter: police calling it an ambush. officers serving an eviction notice fired upon. the suspect pinning officers down. >> he's armed with at least a couple of handguns. they are an a.k. style rifle and a shotgun. >> very active, very fluid. we got one person that was our suspect. he stayed inside the house. we've yet to be able to make contact with him. >> reporter: those officers finally pulled from what had become a shooting gallery. >> they're moving in to rescue the deputy now. >> reporter: one of the officers saved by his ballistic vest.
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this shooting follows that standoff in philadelphia wednesday night -- six officers shot, two others pinned down for hours. that suspect also using a semi-automatic rifle. >> matt gutman joins us now. matt, i'm being told the suspect just surrendered? >> reporter: yeah, just moments ago, he surrendered to a s.w.a.t. team. the two officers who were shot, one of them has already been released. the other is in stable condition. tom? >> matt gutman with the details just coming in. and now to politics. president trump doubling down on the economy after a roller coaster on wall street. the dow rising 306 points today, but ending with its third weekly loss in a row. the president declaring the economy is strong at a rally in new hampshire, telling the crowd they have no choice but to vote for him or lose their 401(k)s and everything else. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: 24 hours after wall street took its deepest dive of the year, president trump warned his supporters that without him, they can kiss their life savings
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good-bye. >> if for some reason i wouldn't have won the election, these markets would have crashed. and that'll happen even more so in 2020. but you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s, down the tubes. everything's going to be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you've gotta vote for me. >> reporter: but there are growing fears of a recession. markets on edge amid the president's trade war with china. >> i never said china was going to be easy. >> reporter: actually, he did. just last year the president tweeting trade wars are good and easy to win. in new hampshire, the president's rally interrupted by a protester. >> that guy's got a serious weight problem. go home. start exercising. get him out of here, please. got a bigger problem than i do. got a bigger problem than all of us.
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>> reporter: turns out the president singled out the wrong guy. the man he mocked was actually a supporter. he later got a friendly call from air force one. the president leaving him a voice mail. >> kira phillips joins us now from the white house. before heading out to the rally, president trump pressured israel into blocking a visit from two american congresswomen. the move triggered international outrage. today, israel seemed to back down a little? >> reporter: that's right. congresswoman tlaib wanted to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the west bank. and today israel did agree to that, but with one caveat -- the congresswoman would have to promise in whiting not to promote boy at cos against israel. tlaib refused, tweeting, visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything i believe in. tom? >> kyra, thank you. and president trump is reportedly eyeing a new real estate purchase. floating the idea of the u.s. buying greenland.
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greenland is an autonomous territory of denmark and already, the home of the fuel air base. it's not clear how serious president trump is about the deal, but greenland's foreign minister shut it down. saying we're open for business, but not for sale. a passing note from hollywood. tonight we are remembering a icon of the '60s counterculture, peter fonda. the member of a famous hollywood family. >> reporter: tonight, fans leaving flowers on peter fonda's hollywood star on the walk of fame after learning he lost his battle with lung cancer. >> i sure wish i was going with you. >> yeah? you got a helmet? ♪ you want to be a bird f w be known for the cross country trip in "easy rider" the iconic femme he costarred in and earned an
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oscar nomination for writing. >> she loves her kids. you can just stay gone. >> the academy taking notice in 1997, nominating him for best actor. >> it was the best time i had making a motion picture or play or anything. >> he was the son of henry fonda. the family tonight remembering peter as a sweet and gracious man, calling his death one of the saddest moments of our lives. we are told peter fonda died at his home here in los angeles surveillance rounded by family. they say he, quote, went out laughing. tom? >> thank you. still much more ahead tonight this friday. stranded on the tarmac. a fight breaking out, police boarding the plane. dramatic rescue. firefighters finding four
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flight finally took off and landed in miami at 3:00 a.m., eight hours late. >> i don't think that is any type of sufficient compensation for what people had to go through. >> reporter: delta tells us it offered a bus for passengers who wanted to get off. at this point it's unclear if delta will face a fine. the airliner claims the door was never closed for more than three hours. tom? >> six hours stuck. thanks so much. when we come back, the major recall involving a tyson chicken product. and more of that intense rescue. firefighters responding to a blaze, finding four small children inside. the heroic actions they took. stay with us. inside. the heroic actions they took. stay with us. and live your lives. that's why we redesigned humira. we wanted to make the experience better for you. now there's less pain immediately following injection. we've reduced the size of the needle and removed thcitrate b. and it has the same effectiveness you
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tyson foods issuing a voluntary recall for more than 39,000 pounds of weaver brand frozen chicken patties over concerns they may be contaminated with, quote, extraneous materials. there is more information on our website. and the close call with mother nature for two kayakers near anchorage, alaska. they were exploring the spencer glacier when they heard a massive ice bridge begin to collapse. first slowly, then with a massive crash into the water. luckily, they're okay. they called it the biggest adrenaline rush of their lives. when we come back, the teacher coming to the rescue of a former student. the incredible act of kindness. the incredible act of kindness.
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it's "america strong." in central texas, so many are talking about retired teacher michelle girard and what she just did. that's her smiling next to a former student, chris barrington, who just turned 30 years old. >> he deserves a good life. he's had a hard life. >> reporter: just two months ago, police found chris, who has special needs, wandering the streets of gatesville. when officers asked, he couldn't remember the name of anyone who could help except his junior high teacher ms. girard, who hadn't seen him in years. >> i said, what happens if i don't take him? will he get in a group home? they said, no, he'll have to go into an institution. and i was like, not on my watch, he's not. >> reporter: so she took him in and realized in his 30 years there was so much he missed. >> he's never had a birthday present, a birthday party. he's never had christmas, thanksgiving. nothing.
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>> reporter: so michele contacted a local fishing captain jimmy bennett, who helps people with special needs. they organized this birthday party. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: a spider-man cake, even a fishing trip. all for chris. chris was so excited to get on that boat and cruise around lake waco. >> as we were driving across the lake, he just said, "i love you, i love you, i love you." he was having such a great time. >> reporter: right now michele is applying to become chris' guardian. in the meantime, he's meeting new friends, having new experiences and hopefully getting a new family. tonight, we salute that texas teacher for being "america strong." thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
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you know the phrase pack your patience. that's what is needed tonight because customs computer systems went down. short term struggle for a long-term benefit. tonight we have live team coverage on changes that bart is making. you might not like it now but they are banking you will in the future. it's part of building a better bay area. i'm meteorologist patal. when it will reach inland areas coming up. he told me it's still going to be another half an hour so we're looking at three hours. >> every 15 minutes, maybe more. maybe an hour. >> the biggest line i've ever seen. etty much to the plane. e way >> this is not how you want to start or end a vacation but it is what thousands of people face at airports after customs and border patrol computers went down. good evening.
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thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. the systems are coming back online and not all airports were impacted. >> yeah, a spokesperson for oakland airport says their international flights were not affected but that's not the case everywhere. >> luz pena joins us live prfro san francisco international airport. how are you lines there in the. >> reporter: not too bad right now. imagine in th imagine this scenario, being awake since 3:00 a.m. landing here to sfo and being told you so wait in line more with no explanation. the system is slowing coming back up. u.s. and border protection tweeted the computers are back up after the backup and travelers are no longer being processed manually. a travel agent had to wait for hours for his clients and the golden family who are happy they are leaving the airport. >> waited like an hour. >> maybe an hour and a bunch of flights getting off ath