tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC February 19, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
and the dramatic fire whorls, the whipping winds in chicago. >> your money tonight, are you passing up free money? and america remembering harper lee and her work, read by generations of american students. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the showdown just hours away in the race for president. and breaking developments on both sides tonight. in south carolina, the republican rumble, and the new poll. donald trump at 28%, but his lead not as large as before. cruz five points behind. rubio in third, with 15%. and tonight, donald trump at the center of another headline. telling people to boycott apple until they help the fbi break into the terrorists iphone.
tom llamas leads us off from south carolina. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump with a new target. the billionaire now declaring war on apple. >> how do you like it? i just thought it. boycott apple. >> reporter: trump fuming as the tech giant refuses to help investigators unlock the cell phone of one of the san bernardino terrorists. >> first of all, apple ought to give the security for that phone. okay? what i think you ought to do is, boycott apple until such time as they give the security number. >> reporter: tonight, senior apple executives telling abc news the company has no sympathy for terrorists. that they left their rights at the door. but this case is not about those terrorists. those executives adding, this is not apple versus the government. this is the people versus the government. saying they're out to protect their customers. apple, the second giant trump is trang -- tangling with this week. the first? pope francis, who suggested trump was not christian for wanting to build a wall on the
[ speaking foreign language ] >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. i'm proud to be a christian. >> reporter: but today, an olive branch from the vatican. the pope's spokesman saying his comments were "in no way a personal attack or an indication of how to vote." trump's tone softening, as well. >> today, he was very nice. you probably heard. he put out a message that cleared things up. i will say the pope is great. he's a very nice man. >> reporter: but the south carolina front runner's problems don't end there. trump now under fire claiming he is the only republican candidate who opposed the war in iraq. >> i was against the war in iraq. i told the truth about iraq. we shouldn't have done it. we did it. i should get points for vision, because i was totally against the war in iraq. >> reporter: but today, trump confronted with this recording of a 2002 interview with howard stern. >> are you for invading iraq?
done correctly. >> reporter: on the stump, the candidate trying to explain. >> the first guy that ever asked me about iraq was howard stern. i said, i don't know. yeah, i guess. then i started looking at it, before the war started, i was against that war. i was against that war. i don't go to iraq. i said it strongly, and i said it loud. >> reporter: but trump's campaign, unable or unwilling to produce a shred of evidence that he was ever a vocal opponent of the war before it began. on the other side of south carolina today -- senator marco rubio, surrounded by the state's top republican leaders. later tweeting this video on the plane with tim scott and nicki haley. do you feel a lot of pressure? >> it's in god's hands tomorrow.
>> reporter: but tonight, cruz with some problems of his own. new lawsuits in at least six states challenging whether cruz's name can appear on the ballot because he was born in canada. >> all of this on the eve on south carolina. tom llamas live from that state. how is cruz responding to the lawsuits? >> the cruz campaign says it's no coincidence. they have lawyers fighting back, saying he is an american because his mother was born in america. and in nevada, the neck and neck battle between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. the latest poll showing a dead heat. and the national poll, clinton
and on the eve of south carolina, hillary clinton getting a gift, a key endorsement. and bernie sanders confident, saying he was once made an honorary woman. cecilia vega from las vegas. >> reporter: tonight, the final push looks like this. >> how you doing? >> we're doing well. >> reporter: bernie sanders racing across the state. barely time for a pit stop with his wife. >> i hope we have a very, very large, very, very large voter turnout tomorrow. >> reporter: hillary clinton already looking ahead to the next state up -- south carolina. where today she got the boost she's been waiting for. that coveted endorsement from the state's most powerful democrat. congressman jim clyburn. >> my heart has always been with hillary clinton. >> reporter: clyburn saying nevada's neck-and-neck race pushed him to endorse now. >> i need you to caucus on saturday morning. >> reporter: here it is. a fight to the finish. clinton met with both boos and
tomorrow's caucus. >> senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. he doesn't know what the last two democratic presidents did. well, it's true. it's true. you know it's true. >> reporter: sanders, drawing laughter after this. >> gloria steinem, one of the leading feminists in america, made me an honorary woman many years ago. i don't know exactly what that meant, but i accepted it. >> reporter: it all comes down to the ground game. clinton opened her first campaign office here months before sanders. but he has more offices than she does. and is spending more on tv ads, too. but clinton's volunteers, 7,000 sanders' team says he has more >> hi. >> reporter: today i was there as clinton's army hit the streets. >> we've been knocking on doors since late august. going out seven days a race.
so close? >> i think it's expected. >> reporter: clinton, her eyes now on south carolina, hitting the airwaves there with this ad today. starring one of america's most famous voices, actor morgan freeman. >> she understands our country can't reach its potential, until we do. >> you were telling us, both of the campaigns acknowledged that this is very close. >> that's right. bernie sanders feeling very confident. saying if the turnout is good, he's going to win. >> and back in nevada, they flipped a coin previously. and you told us, they're going to use a deck of cards in nevada. >> they have them ready. >> cecilia vega, thank you.
top, donald trump taking on apple, calling for a boycott. and tonight, the justice department taking action as well. and changing the apple i.d. on the phone, saying once apple could help, it was too late. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, the justice department turning up the heat on apple, calling on a federal judge to compel the tech giant to hack into syed farook's iphone. the potential legal threat, that a federal court could hold apple in contempt and issue hefty fines against the company if it does not comply. the fbi says opening farook's phone is urgent because it could hold critical clues about the san bernardino massacre, including whether others were involved. but senior apple executives suggested the government's filing has no legal merit and could set a dangerous precedent. tonight, those senior executives saying they plan to fight,
master key that could unlock millions of apple phones. the net effect, they say, of a nuclear bomb for software, making customers vulnerable to hacking. apple says if it complies, requests from law enforcement could come with another phone an hour later, opening a pandora's box. they pointed to a manhattan district attorney who says he has 175 iphones with potential evidence from serious crimes, including murder, that he cannot open. he's lashing out at apple. >> they are acting like teenagers, saying you can't tell us what to do. >> reporter: apple officials say that right after the phone was recovered, someone reset the phone's apple i.d., making it even more difficult to retrieve information from that phone. apple claims it was in the hands of authorities at the time. the government says the change was made by farook's employer in the hours after the attack. >> and i want to get back to that point you made.
the apple i.d. on the phone while they had it? >> yes, they say they may have been able to recover the information had the password not been changed. and new images from hawaii, the helicopter crash. hitting the water. strangers jumping in to help. struggling to cut loose a young passenger. kayna whitworth is there. >> reporter: tonight, new details about the dramatic and terrifying crash caught on >> when someone screamed, we turned and ran. didn't have much time before it hit. shocked bystanders plunging in to help. the water just ten feet deep, but murky. new video showing the confusion on the surface, nobody realizing
below. >> i could hear them say they have ahold of his foot but they couldn't get to him and they couldn't get him out. >> reporter: the teen was bystanders using a knife and free. where he's in critical condition tonight. three other family members are okay, but the pilot has had to undergo two surgeries. david, the helicopter is still in the water behind me, just a few feet away. the navy is expected to haul it up today so the ntsb can continue the investigation. and this isis leader, believed to be involved in two
dozens of foreign fighters. and the flag-draped casket of justice scalia carried in today. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: former clerks, nearly 100 of them, lining the casket. scalia's final journey into the court. inside, father paul scalia led the casket in silence. on to the platform that once held abraham lincoln's casket. republican leaders said again
that scalia's replacement should wait until after the presidential election. outside a makeshift memorial, one slamming the majority opinion as pure apple sauce. and another, likens to the aphorisms of a fortune cookie. >> and the president is working on his nominees? >> yes, we're told he will be working on that over the weekend, and he's also called senate leaders democrat and republican that he's begun the process. we'll move on to the powerful windstorms across america tonight. in missouri, the wind whipping flames into fire tornadoes. let's get right to rob. the winds and the warmup this
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