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tonight, breaking news. the fiery jet crash. the images coming in now. the jet aborting takeoff and then bursting into flames. multiple people onboard. and the miracle escape, just days after a similar plane carrying dale earnhardt jr. burst into flames after landing. severe weather slamming the east coast at this hour. severe thunderstorm watches in effect tonight in new york city, philadelphia and washington. and ginger zee is standing by with the track. also breaking as we come on tonight, the arrest at a marriott, alleged threats against employees and the discovery. multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition. we do have late reporting. president trump abruptly canceling his trip to denmark, saying he did not like how the prime minister responded when he
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wanted to buy greenland, saying it's not for sale. the president calling her words nasty. the other plane crash tonight. the man and woman onboard, then recording after the crash as th s >h school u tiny afterges appearing now. the newrk attack to the hospital. and the fires raging at a record rate in brazil's amazon rain forest. scientists tonight and their dire warning involving climate change. and brazil's president tonight and who he's suddenly blaming. and america strong tonight. she is the good luck charm times 100. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we didn't tonight with that fiery plane crash in northern california, the cessna aborting takeoff and then bursting into
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flames. multiple people onboard. tonight, the images of that jet, you can see the flames, the smoke there, it had just been loaded with fuel. the pilot halted that fakeoff at the last minute. tonight, we are just learning about this miracle escape. how ten people got out of that plane. the jet was already on fire. and this comes, of course, just days after a similar plane carrying dale earnhardt jr. burst into flames after landing. abc's david kerley, who covers aviation, leading us off again tonight. >> reporter: that cessna citation bursting into flames. >> one plane fully involved off the runway. ax pri lx a half caacre of gras bushing.r: on e scene from our affiliate krcr is reporter briana haney. >> it does look like they are getting a handle on those flames, which is causing a lot of smoke in the sky. >> reporter: once the fire was out, just a shell of the two engine private jet remained.
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investigators say the jet was taking off from oroville, in northern california, for a flight to portland, oregon, when, for some reason, the pilot decided to abort the takeoff. apparently unable to stop in time. it was just last week that another cessna citation ran through a runway, this time, in tennessee, and this jet owned by nascar legend dale earn haharde. in fact, you can see earnhardt jr., his wife, their baby daughter, two pilots and the family dog, exit the burning jet. investigators say earnhardt jr.'s jet was landing and hit the runway at least twice, hard, its landing gear failing before running through that fence at the end of the runway. >> let's bring in david kerley tonight. both plane crashes resulting in no serious injuries. and investigators looking into what led to this aborted takeoff today? >> reporter: that's what the ntsb will want to know, david. and from those pictures of the citation coming to rest, the
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engines were still spinning. ten very lucky people who were onboard that jet. >> no question about that. david kerley leading us off. thank you. we are also watching the severe storms hitting the northeast as we come on the air tonight. the thunderstorm watches from d.c. to philly, new york city up through boston. wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. look at this. drivers near portland, maine, coping with heavy rain. and cell phone video show as tree coming down on top of a moving car in indiana. tonight, we've been told the driver has been treated for minor injuries. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all as we go into the night. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hi, david. we just watched a severe thunderstorm blast through midtown manhattan, just south of us here. it has now moved to the east, as so many of those storms are. we've had up to 63-mile-per-hour winds at college park, maryland, already reported. but from annapolis up to, say, kk kshgs, you're seeing severe thunderstorm warnings on the map ev a tornado warning right there in central kconnecticut. these storms will start to die
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out, without the eating of the day, but tomorrow, we heat it right back up again. another round of storms with that next low pressure system coming into tomorrow evening, along the i-95 corridor. but you know what else is coming in? much cooler air behind it, david. >> all right, relief coming. we'll have to wait for it. ginger, thank you. we do have new reporting at this hour after news of an arrest late today, authorities say a major threat at a marriott hotel in long beach, california, an employee arrested after threatening to shoot up the hotel. they did find multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammuniti ammunition. and abc's adrienne bankert tonight from california. >> reporter: tonight, police in long beach, california, seizing this arsenal of weapons, including an assault rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and high capacity magazines from the home of a cook who worked at this airport marriott hotel. authorities arresting 37-year-old rodolfo montoya, of huntington beach, for making a criminal threat of violence against hotel employees and guests. the investigation into montoya launched after a concerned hotel employee alerted authorities.
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>> suspect montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty incident. >> reporter: police say a preliminarinstn ha revealed montoya was upset over a human resources matter. and david, the police tell us that this is the perfect example of see something, say something. and that employee who first alerted authorities to the threat likely saved many lives. that suspect is now being held on $500,000 bail. david? >> all right, adrienne bankert tonight on the breaking story in california. thank you. now, to president trump, who abruptly canceled his trip to denmark, blaming the prime minister and her response when he said he wanted to buy greenland. she said it was not for sale. the president called her response nasty. abc's kyra phillips at the white house. >> reporter: president trump today canceling his state visit to denmark, saying he didn't like the way the country's prime
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minister dismissed his interest in buying greenland. >> greenland was just an idea. just a thought. but i think when they say it was absurd and it was said in a very nasty, very sarcastic way, i said, we'll make it some other time. >> reporter: the prime minister making it clear greenland is not for sale. "thankfully," she said, "the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over." >> i thought that the prime's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty. i thought it was an inappropriate statement. all she had to do is say, "no, we wouldn't be interested." >> reporter: the prime minister now joins a growing list of women the president has called nasty. hillary clinton, nancy pelosi, senators elizabeth warren and kamala harris. even meghan, duchess of sussex. his attack s on denmark come
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as the president doubles down on his attacks on american jews who vote for democrats. today on twitter, he thanked a conservative conspiracy theorist for saying israeli jews love trump. quote, like he's the king of israel. while american jews don't even know what they're doing or saying anymore. >> in my opinion, you vote for a democrat, you're being very disloyal to jewish people and you're being very disloyal to israel. and only weak people would say anything other than that. >> reporter: major jewish organizations like the anti-defamation league outraged. >> i will be exactly clear on what that was -- anti-semitism. the charge of disloyalty or duel loyalty has been used against jews for thousands of years. >> reporter: today, #disloyaltotrump trending on twitter. the president pressed on his words about jewish loyalty. >> isn't that anti-semitic? >> no, no, no. only in your head. it's only anti-semitic in your head.
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>> kyra phillips with us tonight. and something else the president said today getting a lot of attention tonight. you asked him about the possibility of a recession if he continues his trade war with china and it was how he answered. >> reporter: making america into a recession. is it worth it and do americans need to back that up? >> the united states is doing phenomenally well, but one thing i have to do is economically take on china, because china has been ripping us off for many years. somebody had to do it. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. so, i'm taking on china. >> reporter: kyra, he says he's the chosen one. that's the part making headlines. and after a payroll tax cut was possible according to the president this time last night, today, that's not so? >> reporter: that's right, david. just 24 hours ago, the president said that he was considering cutting the payroll tax to help working americans. but tonight, a bit of a reversal. he now says it's just not necessary, david. >> kyra phillips tonight. thank you. now to stunning images of a
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p crash off the coast of california. the plane going down in the waters near san francisco. the tail seen in the ocean there. the pilot and passenger documenting themselves floating on the wing in the ocean. abc's will carr from california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, this frightening moment caught on camera. watch that single engine plane skip along the pacific ocean and then crash. seconds later, 34-year-old pilot david lesh and his passenger record themselves, incredibly, standing on the wing just before the plane sinks. >> there she goes. >> reporter: at times they laugh, then literally bob in the water waiting to be rescued. >> i'm holding onto my window shades as a floatation device. >> i'm on the seat cushion. >> yeah, we got a seat cushion here. >> reporter: lesh says his plane lost power just south of san francisco on a sightseeing trip. his friends, in a second plane, recorded video of those heart-stopping moments. the coast guard quickly swept in. the two waving from the water, avoiding serious injury but stung by jellyfish before they were a o c
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lothincoy, hfntbi behavior tand but if you think i crashed my brand new airplane into the pacific as a publicity stund, you need your head examines. >> reporter: the ntsb says they are waiting for the plane to be recovered before they decide if they want to launch a full investigation. kai david? >> thank you, will. next this evening, to that facing school in california facing outrage. tonight, there are now new videos emerging, that school facing new scrutiny. and here again, matt gutman. >> reporter: newly surfaced videos prompting school officials jut south of los angeles to expand their investigation into allegations some students engaged in acts associated with nazis and the con ffederac confederacy. in one video, you can see someone holding a german flag, appearing to high step and do the sieg heil salute.
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the images emerging just days after this video, students at an off-campus banquet last november, appearing to do a sieg heil salute. one teen singing a german marching song associated with the nazis. the garden grove school district telling abc news it found out about that video months later, saying that it "strongly condemns" the behavior, and that it disciplined the students involved privately, but that it "did not involve the larger school or district community in addressing the issue." that left parents and teachers from pacifica high school outraged overnight. >> you failed miserably. >> reporter: tonight, the pacifica high principal apologizing. >> we are sorry that our investigation and our transparency with the pacifica community fell drastically short. >> reporter: and dave, it is still unclear how those students were disciplined after that initial video surfaced. and tonight, that school principle reiterating that any student found engaging in either hate speech or activities will be punished.
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david? >> matt gutman, thank you. now to the anger from many americans who have been demanding universal background checks. renel pand dayton. the president said after those recent mass shootings that he, too, wanted meaningful background checks. so, what happened? here's mary bruce. >> reporter: just after the massacres in dayton and el paso, president trump said this time would be different. >> there's a great appetite and i mean a very strong appetite, for background checks, and i think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before. >> reporter: americans have been calling for change, too. >> do something! >> do something! >> reporter: in iowa, republican senator joni ernst shouted down. >> a lot of the incidents that we see do come back to mental illness. >> no! >> reporter: but president trump has also been facing a different kind of pressure from the gun lobby. and now, two weeks after el paso and dayton, he's changing
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course. >> we have a lot of background checks right now. gun owners can tell you that, others can tell you that. but there are certain weaknesses it's a slippery slope, and that's what actually your gun owners and a lot of other people are concerned with. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the president promised the head of the nra he will not support universal background checks. >> 100 people a day guy from guns. do you so e that as a public health emergency? >> i do, i do, yeah. i do. and they die from a lot of other reasons, too. we're working on background checks. there are things we can do. but we already have very serious background checks. >> reporter: after the parkland shooting last year, the president welcomed survivors to the white house and made similar promises. >> and i don't understand why i can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. >> reporter: mary bruce with us live tonight. that new polling, the most recent polling showing 89% of americans support strong
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background checks. and mary, we know parkland survivors today were leasing their own plan, calling for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks. and we heard the president say today that we're working on background checks. anymore from the white house on what exactly he's talking about? >> reporter: well, the president, david, says he still has an appetite for background checks, but it's unclear tonight what exactly he's willing to support. and without clear guidance from the president, it's unlikely that republicans in congress are going to support any major changes. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. overseas this evening, and two american service members have been killed in action in afghanistan. nato commanders reporting their deaths without revealing how or where it happened. 14 american troops have now been killed in come bat-related incidents in afghanistan this year. now, to the economy tonight, and the alarming forecast involving the federal deficit. the nonpartisan congressional budget office reporting the federal deficit will reach $960 billion by september 30th. that's the end of this fiscal
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year. the deficit to reach $1 trillion in 2020, two years faster than expected. they cite president trump's tax cuts and an increase in federal spending. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the new shark attack. this time, a little boy on the east coast. lifeguards jumping in before he's rushed to the hospital, and what we've learned tonight. walmart now tonight. it does involve ca, wh's behind this ige in fromhe rn the warning about cli change. and this evening, who the brazilian president is suddenly blaming for the fires. a lot more news ahead tonight. stay tuned. this is also mia's pulse. that her doctor keeps in check, so she can find balance. this is mia's pulse, and now it's more stable than ever. this is what medicare from blue cross blue shield does for mia.
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planet's lungs, is struggling to breathe. record fires causing massive devastation, nearly 73,000 detected by researchers so far this year. an 83% increase from 2018. the fires, visible even from space. those white patches not clouds, but smoke. powerful winds carrying it nearly 1,700 miles away to sao paolo. these images from monday afternoon. drivers forced to use their headlights in the darkness. the major concern, how the wildfires could accelerate climate change. the amazon rainforest produces 20% of the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere. a vital defense against global warming. tonight, brazil's president without evidence suggesting environmental groups may have had a role in the fires as a ploy for money. and david, the president's critics say he's harmed the rain forest since he took office, selling it off to farmers, loggers and miners.
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finally tonight here, she's america strong, 100 times over. make no mistake. this smile, sister jean, is the good luck charm. >> and the dream is alive! >> reporter: last year, march madness. sister jean dolores schmidt, the secret weapon of the loyola chicago ramblers. at every game -- >> that's their guardian angel >> that was all you! >> reporter: that wassal you, sister jean. the team's chaplain and chief cheerleader. >> good and gracious god, we're here to beat miami. >> reporter: no offense, miami. and i remember asking her about divine intervention.i' wo si a ga, ato you say to efore they head out?
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>> i say a prayer. but sometimes there's a little more than talking to god in the prayer. but i do begin with good and gracious god. i pray for the other team, perhaps not as hard. >> oh! >> reporter: tonight, all the prayers from that team and all the birthday wishes are for her. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: sister jean today turning 100. and birthday wishes from the retired sisters from her order back in iowa. ♪ happy birthday ♪ >> reporter: we hope she feels the love. and on this birthday, a piece of advice from her. >> in order to have an impact on people, we have to be happy ourselves. just be kind, wake up, be joyful. >> isn't that the trust. happy birthday, sister jean. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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now, news to build a better bay area. from abc7. >> i was kind of disbelief, is this really happening over water. told them we were going in and to call in a may day call for us. >> hecalm. but this is wild stuff. we're hearing from the man behind the controls of a plane. it crashed in half moon bay. he gave us a play by play count exactly how it happened and explains his decision to record his own rescue. i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. >> here's a look where the plane krashds five miles outside half moon bay harbor. audio indicates the plane was easy for coast guard crews to spot. >> circling where the aircraft went down, correct? >> yes, sir. there's two people in the water. the aircraft is fine. >> news reporter wayne freedman spoke with the pilot today about the crash and the rescue and he
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jon joins us live from oakland airport. >> reporter: quite a story. the pilot's name is david lesh. by all accounts, he's a very good pilot, he has more than 1,000 hours. he has a bit of a reputation. he's no stranger to the news at least not in the denverer with came from, and this incident will only add to it. >> flotation device. >> reporter: david lesh, this would be a day of taking inventory. >> i was using this as a flotation device. >> reporter: it kept him and a friend afloat after an air to air photo shoot of his new airplane became the story of engine failure and ocean ditching captured on video from the second plane. >> once i accepted my fate of this airplane is gone, then you know, i just could fly the airplane and control it all the way down till it hit the water. >> the pilot