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5:00. we will see you right back here for abc7news at 6:00. tonight, major news out of washington, d.c. as we come on the air. a bipartisan deal has been reached on gun reform. some of the most significant gun safety measures in 30 years. democratic and republican senators working through the weekend responding to the recent massacres in uvalde and buffalo announcing an agreement in principle, strengthening background checks and allowing for juvenile records to be searched as well as more money for states to enact red flag laws and funding for school security and mental health. but the proposals fall short of what president biden has been calling for, including a ban on assault weapons or raising the age to buy one to 21. what the president is saying tonight. our rachel scott standing by on capitol hill. the other major headline, the january 6th committee just moments ago releasing late details about tomorrow's hearing. former president trump's
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campaign manager now set to testify as members lay out the case against donald trump. what they say he did to stoke the fires of the insurrection. how he knew he had lost the election but chose to lie about it. the stunning arrest in idaho. 31 members of the far-right extremist group patriot front taken into custody, accused of planning to disrupt a local pride event. authorities say the group looked like a little army wearing shin guards and shields. local officials say they were coming to riot and had planned it out meticulously. the suspects are reportedly from several states and some as far away as alabama. the dangerous weather threats. 90 million americans on alert from california to alabama. potentially life-threatening heat now moving east. severe storms take aim from the northern plains to mid-atlantic and the increased fire danger in the west. meteorologist rob marciano times it all out. the navy's safety pause suspending nonessential flight operations for 24 hours after a string of deadly crashes. what officials hope to achieve
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as the families of the fallen mourn. brutal street fighting in eastern ukraine as russian forces move closer to seizing control of more territory. late today country music star toby keith reveals details of his private health battle. and our america strong, the teen touched by tragedy using her own experience to try to help ease the pain of the children of uvalde. >> announcer: from abc news world headquarters in new york, this is "world news tonight." good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us. on yet another busy sunday, i'm lnsey davis. as we come on the air, a bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on some of the most significant gun reform in more than a generation, and they appear to have enough republicans onboard to get it passed. their proposal would expand red flag measures, increase funding for school security and mental health, and also enhance the review process for anyone under the age of 21 trying to buy a gun.
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senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is voicing his tentative support of the measure. the talks have spanned several weeks in response to the mass shooting in buffalo where ten were killed and the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade in uvalde where 19 students and 2 teachers died. president biden says the proposal reflects important first steps that would fall short of the all-out assault weapons ban the president favors and an increase in the age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21. abc's congressional correspondent rachel scott has been covering this story for weeks and leads us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a significant breakthrough on capitol hill. after nationwide calls for action, senators striking a bipartisan deal on gun safety. >> there's still a lot of work to do. there's still a long way to go. but i'm really encouraged by today's announcement. >> reporter: the plan backed by 20 senators would strengthen background checks, allowing juvenile records to be screened for gun buyers under 21, expand gun restrictions for convicted domestic violence abusers, add
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funding for states to enact red flag laws to temporarily take guns away from people considered dangerous, and bolster school security and mental health programs. it comes weeks after the uvalde and buffalo mass shootings. 31 people killed by ar-15 style rifles. the youngest, 9. the oldest, 86. since then, there have been nearly 50 mass shootings in the u.s. outrage sweeping the nation. >> what do we want? >> gun control. >> when do we want it? >> now! >> reporter: and the families who have lived this testifying before congress, including the parents of 10-year-old lexi rubio laid to rest this weekend. >> somewhere out there, there is a mom listening to our testimony, thinking, i can't even imagine their pain, not knowing that our reality will one day be hers unless we act now. >> reporter: but the emerging framework is nowhere near what those families or what president biden called for.
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>> we need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity mag magazines. ad if we can't ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. >> reporter: the vast majority of republicans were not on board with that. in a statement today, the president praising the deal while acknowledging, "obviously, it does not do everything that i think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction." if passed, it would be the most significant action taken by congress on gun safety in decades. parkland school shooting survivor david hogg went door to door on capitol hill pleading for reform. >> it makes me want to cry like tears of happiness because it finally shows that, you know, in some ways, you know, when we started doing this work, i thought that the government was at least halfway functional, but, unfortunately, you know, it proved not to be when our kids needed to be saved. >> reporter: and tonight with a deal in hand, texas republican senator john cornyn says, "the tragedies in uvalde and
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elsewhere cried out for action." >> and now they're trying to take some action. rachel scott joins us now from capitol hill tonight. rachel, this is far from a done deal, though. give us a reality check here. what are the next steps in order to try to get it across the finish line? >> reporter: linsey, so much of this still needs to be finalized. senators do have a framework, but next they will move forward with actually drafting the legislation. one republican source tells me the details of this bill will be absolutely critical to making sure enough republicans stay on board to get it passed in the senate, but tonight the president is calling on congress bipartisan support, there is no excuse for delay. linsey. >> rachel scott, our thanks to you. and we're staying in washington now for another major story. just moments ago, the january 6th committee released details about tomorrow's second televised hearing into last year's capitol insurrection. former president trump's campaign manager is expected to testify as the committee makes
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t the case against trump. members now say that trump was repeatedly told by advisors that he had, in fact, lost the election, but that he chose instead to lie about it and spark violence. here's abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks. >> reporter: the house january 6th select committee tonight preparing for their second televised hearing this month. the group says their focus tomorrow morning will be the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election. they plan to argue former president trump was told repeatedly by his closest advisers that he had, in fact, lost the election fair and square, but chose to lie about it instead and that that lie in time animated both a legal effort to overturn the election and motivated those who attacked the capitol. >> he had to have known he was spreading a big lie, and he continues to spread it to this very day. he continues to voice that propaganda on his followers. >> reporter: members of the committee pressed if their ultimate goal is for the department of justice to indict trump and whether that would be a good idea for the country. no former president has ever faced criminal charges. >> once the evidence is accumulated by the justice
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department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the president's guilt or anyone else's, but they need to be investigated if there's credible evidence, which i think there is. >> reporter: during last week's hearings, the committee's vice chair, liz cheney, accused some sitting republican members of congress of seeking pardons for attempting to overturn the election results. congressman adam schiff telling abc's martha raddatz that the committee has evidence to back up that claim. >> i think that is some of the most compelling evidence of a consciousness of guilt. >> reporter: tomorrow, bill stepien, president trump's former campaign manager and data expert, is set to take the stand alongside chris stirewalt, a former fox news political editor who helped decide to call arizona for president biden. >> i am not in a position now to tell you what my testimony will be about. i was asked to testify, and i got to go. >> we'll have to watch and see, maryalice parks joins us. they will hold several hearings.
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what are some of the details you've just learned about what the members plan to present? >> reporter: aides for the committee told us tomorrow they will show that former president trump just did not have the votes to win and that he was told that. they say we'll hear testimony too from election officials who looked for fraud but just did not find it. and this is interesting. they said they will look at the money trail, the ways that the former president actually fund-raisered off these fraud claims. tomorrow is the first of three hearings from the committee this week. linsey. >> maryalice, thank you. abc news will have continuing coverage of the january 6th investigation. david muir and the entire team will be here for the second hearing tomorrow morning at 10:00 eastern. we turn now to the arrests in idaho. 31 right-wing extremists accused of plotting to disrupt a local pride event. many in the group were wearing masks and shin guards when they were taken into custody according to local authorities, who say they had come to riot. abc's zachary kiesch tells us law enforcement across the country has been on heightened
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alert for something like this. >> reporter: tonight, dozens of individuals belonging to the far-right extremist group the patriot front arrested in idaho have made bail. they were charged with planning a riot at a nearby pride event. authorities say evidence suggests the group planned to cause disruption and chaos at an lgbtq+ bride -- pride month celebration. >> it is clear to us based on the gear that the individuals had out with them that they came to riot downtown. >> reporter: their target, a park in downtown coeur d'alene, the host of the event. ♪ officials say, acting on a tip, police in heavy body armor pulled over this u-haul detaining 31 members inside with shields, riot gear, and at least one smoke grenade. >> it appeared to be very similar to an operations plan that a police or military group would put together for an event. >> reporter: among those arrested, patriot front founder, thomas rousseau, booked on criminal conspiracy charges. authorities say many of the men
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arrested traveled to idaho from other states. according to organizations tracking hate groups, the patriot front is considered one of the leading white nationalist organizations in the u.s. law enforcement around the country is on heightened alert over what they describe as an increase in violent threats from domestic violence extremist groups and neo-nazi factions. >> it is an ideology that is responsible for a lot of death in this country, and it's important that we call it out for what it is, and we try to stop it well before it gets to a place of violence. >> reporter: in a statement glaad blaming the political climate and what they call anti-lgbtq legislation. according to top law enforcement officials including the department of homeland security, the biggest domestic terrorism threat comes from white nationalist groups. linsey. >> zachary, thank you. 90 million americans are on alert tonight. a record-breaking heat wave is sweeping east across the country. hot and dry weather fueling this
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brush fire in san bernardino county, california. at the same time, millions from the northern plains and the mid-atlantic are monitoring severe storms. these images are from richmond, virginia. let's get straight to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, linsey. those storms will be getting to the northeast later on tonight but the heat is expanding as well. we had records fall in austin and amarillo, up and over 100 degrees measured in the shade without humidity. look at what the numbers will be tomorrow. with humidity, heat indices will get to 109, that is dangerous stuff. kansas city, the same thing and on the northern fringe of those damaging wind, large hail and maybe tornadoes with storms from chicago to pittsburgh. meanwhile, in the southwest we continue that hot, dry windy conditions. up to 45 miles per hour the winds will be. north of flagstaff, a new fire burning there. these warnings will persist midweek. linsey. >> some dangerous combinations there. rob, thank you. tonight the navy is preparing for a one-day safety pause tomorrow sparked by recent deadly crashes involving combat aircraft.
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the most recent fatal accident that of an osprey aircraft claimed the lives of five marines, one of whom was the son of former dodgers star steve sax. here's ax's zohreen shah. >> reporter: tonight, the navy pausing most non-essential flights while they investigate a recent string of crashes killing a navy pilot and five marines. it's called a "safety pause," grounding non-deployed aircraft for one day on monday following a trio of accidents in california this month. on june 3rd, u.s. navy pilot lieutenant richard bullock dying when his fighter jet went down in the mojave desert. on june 8th, five marines killed when their osprey aircraft crashed near the mexico border. >> a military aircraft osprey that went down. there's five subjects on the aircraft. >> reporter: on june 9th, a navy helicopter with four crew members crashed in el centro, leaving one injured. >> i am getting coordinates right now. it's a helicopter down in palo verde area.
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>> reporter: the navy saying the purpose of the pause on monday is "to review risk-management practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes." the names of the lost marines now released. they include captain john sax, son of l.a. dodgers legend steve sax, who during happier times talked about his son's lifelong dream. >> at 7 years old, my son was so fortunate to kind of know what he wanted to do in his life. he wanted to be a pilot in the marine corps. >> reporter: that father now saying on social media that his son is and always will be his hero. no doubt a sentiment shared by all of the families of the men lost. linsey. >> and our hearts go out to those families. zohreen, thank you. we turn now to the war in ukraine. the country's eastern region now under siege. russia is seizing more territory. street fighting is raging. the ukrainians are increasingly outgunned and outmanned. this video posted on social media shows fighting in a key eastern city in recent days. here's abc's britt clennett in ukraine.
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>> reporter: tonight, raging street battles in the key eastern city of severodonetsk. new images posted on social media showing intense block-by-block fighting. russia now claiming it seized control of residential areas of the city. attacks also sparking a fire at a chemical plant there. ukraine tonight saying russia has deployed seven battalion tactical groups to severodonetsk, adding rush has ten times the firepower. the kremlin today also claiming it destroyed a depot, which it says was storing weapons from the west, but ukraine denies that. officials releasing this video of a damaged apartment building. president zelenskyy tonight saying the fight is on in severodseverodonetsk, litera every meter. and in the midst of war, we met an unlikely hero in 15-year-old andriy pokrasa, who flew a drone over his neighborhood outside of kyiv as russian forces invaded back in february. [ speaking foreign language ]
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"suddenly, i saw lights on in one of the trucks. the russians, " he says, alerting ukrainian forces, who then struck the tanks within minutes. linsey, as russia appears to be inching closer towards taking the donbas region, president zelenskyy reiterating this message to the west saying, "the entirety of europe is a target for russia, and that ukraine is only the first stage." linsey. >> britt, thank you. the war in ukraine is one of the factors that's sending gas prices soaring. the national average is now $5.01 a gallon, yet another record. that's nearly $2 more than this time last year according to aaa. analysts do not expect prices to peak anytime soon. and tonight more relief for desperate parents in search of hard-to-find baby formula. 95,000 tins from melbourne, australia, arrived today in los angeles. this is the first of two flights set for the next few days. the second with another 95,000 tins is set to land in columbus, ohio, on thursday. the formula will be heading to
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finally tonight, "america strong." the michigan teen who is turning her pain into purpose by helping the victims of the shooting in uvalde, texas. when tragedy struck in uvalde, texas, it triggered something in ella klimowicz. >> it was just horrible. it was like i was reliving like that moment again. >> reporter: she was a senior at oxford high school in michigan last november when a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at the school, killing four and wounding seven. so after the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade took place n uvalde, ella felt compelled to help, raising money to create a stuffed animal for each of the students and staff at robb elementary. tragedy fostered passion.
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>> for me, going back to school was probably the hardest, and i think being able to have, like, a gift from someone that experienced the same thing would mean so much. >> reporter: she credits her dog bear, a goldendoodle with providing her the comfort she needed. >> after the tragedy that happened at my school what really helped me out the most was having my own therapy dog and all the therapy dogs at our school. >> reporter: now that she's graduated, ella is working with a toy company on a prototype and posting flyers she designed around town to raise money. >> what i hope from this project is for the kids of uvalde to have a little bit of comfort and support, and we want them to know that oxford loves them. we stand with them, and there are brighter days ahead. >> we certainly hope so. thanks so much for watching. david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm linsey davis in new york. have a great evening. good night. >> announcer: thank you for making "world news tonight" with david muir america's most watched newscast. next on abc 7
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news at 6 a major breakthrough7 out of washington on new gun legislation a group of bipartisans senate negotiators say they've reached a tentative agreement. a possible hate crime at a bay area library investigators say members of the proud boys stormed in when a drag queen was reading stories to children. they're still continues to be deafening silence. in the life helping to break the silence the message aids activists put on display through the aids memorial quilt abc 7 news at starts right now. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. important steps forward toward gun safety is nothing short of a political miracle. democratic senator -- durbin calls it a major achievement a
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bipartisan proposal announced today a new gun measures. good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm dion lim we begin now with developing news on what would be the most significant action congress has taken on gun safety since the federal assault weapons ban was allowed to expire in the 90s the proposal includes further funding for mental health and school safety resources strengthening the federal background check system a so-called red flag provision with the government supporting states to enact laws preventing people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing. or possessing a firearm. it does not propose increasing the age to buy a gun but for buyers under 21 the deal would require investigative period to review juvenile and mental health records abc news reporter aikojachi as the initial response to the proposal. a bipartisan group of senators announcing on sunday. it's reached a general agreement on new gun legislation. it's an agreement in principle and not