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have a great night. breaking news tonight. now officially a hurricane and growing. several possible tracks. north carolina, up to new jersey, new york, straight to boston. all bracing for a possible hit. it could grow to a category 3 hurricane. the secret meeting we now learned. the county clerk who refused marriage licenses to gays was invited to a secret meeting with pope francis. what did he say? american war planes suddenly put on notice. given only a one-hour warning about the air space, as russia unleashes strikes over syria. martha raddatz, standing by tonight. the manhunt in this country. the convicted killer, set free by accident. he's been on the days now. and the alarming headline about taking calcium. are the side effects worse than the help? dr. besser says women and men should take note tonight. good evening.
and we begin here with hurricane joaquin tonight. much of the east coast this evening bracing for a potential direct hit as this hurricane continues to strengthen. from the carolinas all the way up to new york city. and take a look at the new track tonight. just issued by the national hurricane center. 85 85-mile-an-hour winds. it could reach category 3 strength. right now, landfall this weekend. that cone from will mongemington all the way up to new york. a state of emergency already declared in virginia. and it comes after a dangerous 24 hours already. the other powerful storm from fredrik, maryland, to chelsea, massachusetts. drivers there facing stretch rouse commutes. we begin here with abc's gio benitez and the damage already, as many now prepare for the hurricane next. >> reporter: tonight, parts of the northeast under water. >> about 30, 35 on the highway. that's it. portland, maine -- getting hammered! >> reporter: in portland, maine, roads looking more like rivers. >> this is where i work. >> reporter: this airport parking garage completely
flooded. perhaps most frightening, this daycare. 23 kids age 4 and younger inside when water came rushing in from the drains. >> in a matter of ten minutes, we were completely underwater with a couple of inches. >> reporter: the children quickly moved upstairs, all safe tonight. in massachusetts, this woman carried from her car to the back of this waiting pickup. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: it's been a hellish 24 hours up and down the east coast. in frederick, maryland, hundreds of thousands of gallons water are being pumped out of the ymca. >> it could be days and weeks until we're back up and running. >> reporter: virginia's governor already declaring a state of emergency. meanwhile, just as the jersey shore is getting back to normal, a coastal flood watch issued. the threat of hurricane joaquin churning in the caribbean. since sandy, homeowners have been raising their homes, hoping to avoid any future flooding. >> it's not cheap. >> reporter: any hurricane threat here causes people to
worry. sandy was so traumatic for this community. >> well, yeah, that's the problem. it's like the kid who touches the stove. it's hot. you don't want to touch it again. >> reporter: and david, look at this. we are right next to the seaside heights boardwalk, destroyed during sandy. they are taking precautions here, building this giant wall of sand to block all that water from coming across. david? >> gio, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, who has this new track tonight. rob? >> reporter: david, before this thing even makes a move to the u.s., it is going to sit over very warm waters and strengthen. the next 36 hours over the bahamas, battering those islands. big surf, big rain. look at it sit there. then it makes a move north. record temperatures at the moment in the water. expect it to strengthen to category 3 status. stay that way through saturday. weakening as it heads north. landfall saturday into monday. big margin of error. with any storm that parallels the coast like this. here are the computer models. more of them going to the west.
as far as tonight goes, right now, we are pretty confident it's going to make a u.s. strike. >> from wilmington to new york, the most likely, though? >> reporter: big piece of real estate there. >> rob, thank you. we're going to turn now to the secret meeting. pope francis an that county clerk. we have now learned before leaving the u.s., the pope met with kim davis. the clerk sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. she says the pope giving her these rosaries, thanking her for her courage. tonight, the exclusive interview describing that meeting with the pope and here is abc's paula faris. >> reporter: today, so many questions about what happened behind those doors in washington. that secret meeting with controversial kentucky clerk kim davis. >> it was really humbling to think he would want to meet with me or know me. >> reporter: davis, such a divisive figure -- an elected official who went to jail after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples when the supreme court made marriage a right nationwide. >> under whose authority are you not issuing licenses?
>> under god's authority. >> reporter: davis herself married four times. i recently asked her if her right to religious freedom trumps another person's legal right to wed. issue. i feel if i issue a license. >> reporter: you feel you would >> i would be participating in that act. reached out to gays and lesbians more than any other pope. "if someone is gay and he searches for the lord and has good will, who am i to judge?" he has said. still, davis, who is not catholic, says the pope told her to stay strong. >> i put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it and i hugged him and he hugged me. and he said, "thank you for your courage." on the plane back to rome, abc's terry moran asked the pope whether he supports government officials who say they can not follow some laws because of their religious beliefs. >> do you support those kinds of
claims of religious liberty? >> reporter: without mentioning davis, the pope defending conscientious objectors, saying, "it is a human right. and if a government official is a human person, he has that right." from the vatican spokesman tonight, this one-line statement. "i do not deny that the meeting took place, but i will not comment on it further." >> paula is with us now. a lot of opinions on this meeting and you've been in touch with kim davis and their lawyers. they contend this meeting was planned before his trip to america? >> yes, and they were asked to keep it under wraps. her laush says it is because the pope didn't want this meeting, david, to overshadow his trip here in the u.s. >> paula faris tonight. paula, thank you. and we reported last night here, the pope asking for mercy for a mother on death row in georgia. seen there with one of her children. they were pleading for her life, as well. the parole board moving forward with the execution last night. kelly gissendaner singing amazing grace in her final moments. to other news tonight, the
secret service under fire this evening. a new government report claiming an assistant director with the secret service encouraged colleagues to leak unflattering debails about the republican leading the investigation into misconduct by the secret service. at least 45 secret service agents said to have accessed and old job application of representative jason chai his when he applied to join the agency. zblefr joe seas tonight, and the breaking developments out of syria now. russia giving u.s. authorities just a one-hour warning before launching air strikes. they say targeting isis in syria. it comes after that meeting between president 0obama and russian president vladimir putin. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: today, the deadly roar of russian airpower. images posted by syrian activists showing the sudden, dramatic escalation in russia's involvement. fear in the streets, chaos in the hospitals.
the russians say the targets were isis fighters and command posts. but this is where the bombs hit. just outside of homs. there are no isis fighters here. >> it does appear that they were in areas where there were probably not isil forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach. >> reporter: the target the russians more likely were going after? opposition forces, some backed by the u.s., here seen with an advanced tow missile, who are fighting against syria's brutal dictator, and america's enemy, bashar al assad. the other concern? russia only gave the u.s. a one-hour warning of the air strikes, putting u.s. pilots flying strike missions in greater danger. >> putting lots of different airplanes in the same airspace creates the potential for collision. >> wasn't there talk that the
u.s. and the russians would be meeting about that air space and just a one-hour warning? >> reporter: exactly, david. once the russians started moving wear planes into syria, the u.s. and russia were set to have talks about keeping the airplanes separated, but the russians didn't wait, though the defense secretary said today the talks are now on track to happen within the next few days. david? >> all right, martha raddatz with us tonight. martha, thank you. now to the race for 2016, and a major new development involving hillary clinton late today. 6,000 new pages, e-mails from her private server released. also new tonight, what was said about the committee investigating benghazi? now investigating longer than the watergate scandal. you're about to hear what the man many believe could be the next speaker of the house said what that committee has now accomplished. and hillary clinton's fiery response. and she's not the only one talking tonight. former president bill clinton back in the game, as well. abc's cecilia vega on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, more than 6,000 e-mails from hillary clinton's private account made public.
but now, hundreds of those e-mails stored on her home server when she was secretary of state deemed so sensitive they've been marked classified. the house committee that brought the e-mail controversy to light back in the spotlight once again. the republican congressman hoping to replace speaker john boehner suggesting on fox news that the bipartisan investigation into benghazi is behind clinton's sagging poll numbers. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee. a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. why? because she's untrustable. but no one would have known any of that had happened had we not -- >> i give you credit for that. >> reporter: hillary clinton firing back today on msnbc. >> when i hear a statement like that, which demonstrates unequivocally that this was always meant to be a partisan,
it does a grave disservice. >> reporter: but now, her secret weapon, former president bill clinton taking on a new, more public role in her campaign, and on cnn, defending how she's handling the e-mail controversy. >> i think she looks great. i think she did a great job. and i think she's been doing a great job answering these questions now. >> reporter: yeah, bill clinton out of the shadows and center stage. he'll be fun raised-raising for his wife this weekend. she took on donald trump, too. this is the first time we are seeing him so out front. >> and the first time e-mailing asking for money, too. cecilia, thank you. now to the republican side tonight. donald trump, dr. ben carson in new hampshire. neck and neck in the polls. carly fiorina and marco rubio right behind. perhaps a new strategy from trump? kinder, gentler, amid new images from inside his home. abc's tom llamas also on the campaign tonight. >> reporter: donald trump now working to change a big part of his campaign -- his temperament. asked by fox news if he has to
>> is that a fair question? >> well, i think it's fair. i think the word mature is not appropriate. but i think it's certainly fair. >> reporter: trump now trying to show his softer side, posing for "people" magazine with his wife, melania, and youngest son, barron. but old habits die hard, and this morning, trump again unleashing on senator marco rubio, tweeting, "rubio is totally owned by the lobbyists and special interests, lady." tonight, trump returning to new hampshire. two of his rivals already here. jeb bush once considered the man to beat, now stuck in fifth place. so, donors have talked to us over at abc news and expressed some concerns over where you're campaign is right now. >> i think as you get closer to the cloexelection, it's not about the loud voices on the stage. it's about leadership. >> reporter: but bush losing to the low key dr. ben carson, whose style has catapulted him to the top of the polls. dr. carson, like trump, an unconventional candidate. listen to his response when i
asked him about what is now a hurricane pushing through the atlantic. you are in the white house, what would be your first step? >> ah -- i don't know. >> okay. thank you. >> reporter: david, i asked jeb bush that same exact question and he gave me a detailed answer of how he would handle the storm. bush led florida through nine hurricanes. bush tells me he is going to win new hampshire, but it's not going to be easy. here at the trump event, they are expecting 3,000 people. bush have yet to see crowds that size. david? >> tom llamas in new hampshire for us. tom, thank you. and we move to a manhunt under way in louisiana at this hour. a convicted killer released from prison by accident. the mistake only discovered days after he walked free. and here's abc's clayton sandell now. >> reporter: convicted killer didn't escape prison, he was let go. mistakenly released saturday by a louisiana state prison official who apparently never double checked to see that johnson was supposed to be serving time for manslaughter.
but it's something that should have been caught. >> reporter: johnson was serving 35 years for shooting and kill g killing cordese gales in 2010. >> he is a high priority to get him. >> reporter: it's not clear how many inmates get released by mistake, but it happens. these two florida inmates serving life for murder faked a judge's signature in 2013 and were released. and just days ago, another louisiana inmate facing murder charges were captured in california after a paperwork mixup allowed him to go free. david, tonight, we are told that prison official who made the mistake feels terrible, but it's still not clear what her punishment will be. david? >> clayton, thank you. we turn now to your health tonight, and that medical headline we first reported on last night here about calcium supplements. a new medical review of women over 50 finds taking daily calcium supplements does little to strengthen bones and might
even be harmful. and that the supplements can increase the risk of heart attacks, kidney stones and abdominal pain. let's get right to dr. besser. i got so many tweets after the news last night. let's start with a viewer question about the side effects. do they concern you and would you tell a patient to stop taking the supplements? >> reporter: if your doctor told you to take this, i would check in. but if you are taking it on your own, it's important to remember that some of these side effects are very serious and there doesn't seem to be much benefit. >> the other question that came from a viewer and this was asked often, what should women do to ensure they are getting adequate calcium and you say this pertain pertains to men, as well. >> reporter: that's right. eat a diet that's rich in calcium. and just as importantly, you need to do exercises that build strong bones. so, lifting weights and then anything that gets you up on your feet. walking, jogging, running, dancing. all of these can help. >> more than weights, just moving. dr. besser, thank you.
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