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welcome to "world news tonight." she's in. hillary clinton makes it official. making another bid to be the first woman president of the united states with this launch video. >> i'm running for president. >> but the star is not who you think. her plan to win and how republicans will try to stop her. use of force. the death of walter scott just the latest case of a police officer using what appears to be excess ifr force. why does this keep happening when cameras are now everywhere? in the cross hairs. the jewelry store worker kidnapped from a parking garage. tortured for the combination to the vault. what's behind the growing number of jewelry store thefts? and lifesaver. one man whose heart had stopped. the other, reaching him before first responders arrived. the new phone app that made it happen.
>> give me a hug. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with hillary clinton's official announcement. after months of dodging the question, finally saying she's running for president for a second time. but she didn't do it in person. instead, the campaign kicked off with this video, sent out on social media. twitter lighting up. check this out with the 'announcement. retweeted 3 million times the first hour. trending number one across the globe. abc's cecilia vega who will lead our coverage of the campaign starting us off tonight from brooklyn. >> reporter: good evening. this building is hillary clinton headquarters. the street behind that, clinton street, appropriately named. for two years, questions about hillary clinton's political future. will she run? won't she run? tonight, we know the answer. a presidential campaign launched on youtube. hillary clinton making her long
anticipated entry into the 2016 race officially official with this. >> my daughter is about to start kindergarten next year. and so we're moving. >> reporter: a video that doesn't even show her face until halfway in. >> i'm running for president. >> reporter: the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state once again hoping to be the first woman in the oval office, making her pitch through voices like these. moms. workers. black, white, spanish-speaking, and gay. >> i'm getting married this summer to someone i really care about. >> reporter: it will be the theme of her campaign for the next 576 days. she says the focus is not on her, but on people she called everyday americans. >> everyday americans need a champion. and i want to be that champion. >> reporter: and while her supporters are cheering, chelsea tweeting, "very proud of you mom." so many others ready to pounce. from "snl" -- >> hillary would make a great president.
and i would make an even greater first dude. >> reporter: -- to republicans. opponent rand paul releasing this ad today. >> hillary clinton represents the worst of the washington machine. >> reporter: clinton may be the presumed democratic front-runner, but according to a new poll, 72% of democrats and independents say it would be a good thing if she faced a serious challenger. >> don't you some day want to see a woman president of the united states of america? >> reporter: first stop on the campaign trail, iowa, where clinton will meet with small groups of voters. the one person who won't be there? her husband. >> and cecilia joins us lye. speaking of her husband, what kind of role will former president bill clinton play in the campaign? >> reporter: we won't see him for the first few weeks of travel. a top hillary clinton aide tells us he has been involved in virtually every major strategy session. he's her most important adviser. we'll see him on the campaign trail eventually. you can bet on that.
>> we know you'll be traveling with her all the way. thank you so much. up next, senator marco rubio. a big announcement coming tomorrow on whether or not he'll run for president. the junior senator in florida could be joining a crowded field that could include his former mentor jeb bush. george stephanopoulos visits senator rubio at his home tomorrow for an exclusive interview. in south carolina, mourners and protesters came together one day after walter scott was laid to rest. his family comforting themselves at least a little knowing that his death may bring about change and encourage more police departments to equip officers with body cameras. kendis gibson with more. >> reporter: tonight, a vigil at the very spot where walter scott was gunned down. >> we come to stand on this spot to press our feet into the ground where he was. >> reporter: the gathering capping a weekend of prayer and protests in north charleston.
the embattled police chief telling me the entire week has been difficult. it's got to be difficult. >> it's tough for everybody. >> reporter: scott's shooting death by officer michael slager, triggering a firestorm over police use of deadly force. "washington post" analysis of thousands of police involved fatal shootings over the last decade shows only 54 officers were charged. recent nonlethal encounters also increasing alarm nationwide. >> suspect being tased. >> reporter: in california, the fbi now investigating after sheriff's officers are seen punching and kicking a man dozens of times. in south carolina, a man shot several times last fall after reaching for his license. >> why did you shoot me? >> the south carolina shooting has been a game-changer. i think there's now a consensus on the part of law enforcement executives that they have to move in the direction of body cameras. >> reporter: north charleston already has body cameras on order for all of its officers. while it may not prevent future violence, many hope the body cameras will force some to pause before acting. scott's death right here
resulting in change far beyond this community. on wednesday, the south carolina legislature will hold hearings on equipping officers across the state with body cameras. tom? >> kendis gibson in north charleston, south carolina, for us. thank you. let's turn to the weather. in illinois. where people struck by that powerful ef-4 tornado are putting their lives back together this weekend. today, prayers at church services, remembering the two lives that were lost. and others on the streets where their homes once stood looking for things to be salvaged. all weekend, the threat of severe weather offered over the plains. hail battered the texas panhandle near lubbock. it bounced off the road and covered the ground like snowfall. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano is here. the severe weather is not letting up the. >> some of those hailstones were tennis ball-sized. we have two areas of concern this evening. one across parts of oklahoma and southern kansas. large hail, strong winds. potentially lightning. maybe a tornado. one report of a tornado last night. across the rio grand of texas,
southern texas could see the same deal. we have had a lot of severe weather. some heavy rains across southeast texas, southwest louisiana. sliding into southern georgia. some rainfall estimates there, two and three inches. we'll see another two to four i think, maybe over four this week here through houston, new orleans, jackson, mississippi. we'll be watching for flash flooding. tom? >> all right, rob. thank you. next to the change in relations between the united states and cuba. the first face-to-face meeting between a u.s. president and cuba's leader in more than 50 years. since president obama moved to open diplomatic channels in december, small changes already happening in cuba. and people in both countries expect more changes are coming. not everyone is happy. here's jim avila. >> reporter: tonight that historic handshake sparking reaction from washington to miami to havana. the cuban foreign minister in an exclusive interview with abc news, pressing barack obama to use executive action to bypass
congress to lift parts of the embargo and to quickly announce cuba's removal from the state sponsors of terror list. >> it was unfair. i'm confident that president obama will take the right and just decision. >> reporter: the cubans say the five decade long embargo is asphyxiating the cuban people, but president obama says the cold war days are over. >> we're not in the business of regime change. >> reporter: the new era has brought with it more american visitors. more prooifrt businesses opening. it's now legal for american credit cards to be used in cuba. u.s. citizens can bring home $100 of cigars, u.s. airlines are applying for regularly scheduled service, jetblue announcing new service between havana, tampa and orlando. but today, most cuban-american politicians criticized the new diplomacy. >> i think the president has a -- a misguided calculation that if you open your hands to dictators that they will unclench their fists. >> reporter: but recent polls show that even in south florida, a majority of cuban-americans support lifting the embargo while the minority remains vocal. >> it's not going to help the
cuban people. it will help only the american businesses. >> reporter: an independent poll taken last week by our sister network, fusion, showed that 97% of the cubans there support the new diplomacy. president obama told castro he has received and is reading the state department's recommendation that the country be taken off the terrorism list. the president expected to make that announcement some time this week. tom? >> jim avila in panama city, panama. jim, thank you. from the vatican tonight. pope francis causing a diplomatic dustup. after serving mas at st. peter's basilica. the occasion? the 100th anniversary of the killing of armenians by the ottoman turks. but it's what he called that conflict that has sent ripples across the globe. alex marquardt in london tonight. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: with just one word, it was the kind of groundbreaking remark this pope has become known for. striking a diplomatic nerve, pope francis today declaring out loud that the first genocide of the 20th century was committed
when turkey, then the ottoman empire, slaughtered as many as 1.5 million armenians a century ago. on par, he said, with the nazis and stalin. genocide. a term long rejected by turkey. the u.s. afraid to use it against its close ally. turkey today immediately summoning the vatican ambassador, and recalling their own. it's a painful chapter at the heart of armenian history. the 100th anniversary this year gaining more attention with a visit by armenian-american reality stars, the kardashians. pope john paul ii called the 1915 killings a genocide in a statement, but never in public. candidate barack obama said he'd be the first american president to do so, but never has. pope francis proving yet again today he's not afraid of making waves. alex marquardt, abc news, beirut. back here at home now. proving april is the cruelest month, tax day is tuesday.
if you haven't filed yet, you have probably spent part of this weekend trying to finish up. if you try to reach out to the irs for help, you may still be waiting. rebecca jarvis with more on that and ways you can still help yourself. >> reporter: tonight, the clock ticking. just three days to your tax deadline. crunch time when so many of us call the irs with those last-minute questions. >> welcome to the internal revenue service. >> reporter: but this year, help might not be a quick call away, according to irs commissioner john koskinen. >> more than 6 out of 10 people who called could not reach a live assistor. that is simply unacceptable. >> reporter: koskinen says budget cuts are to blame for the short staffing. and many tax filers finding out the hard way. >> i called the irs friday morning with what i thought was a pretty simple refund question. >> reporter: 44 minutes, then 63. jennifer norman instagramming her time waiting. >> and it ended up being on hold about an hour and 12 minutes
before i talked to somebody. >> reporter: long waits in person, too. this line outside a dallas irs office in march. even the irs' own tax paiser advocate group admitting that americans could be facing the worst levels of service since 2001. so how can you make this year a little less taxing? first, use the irs website for answers to the most common questions. next, don't leave money on the table. >> people are either not claiming deductions for which they qualify, or they're not using credits that are available to them. >> reporter: and finally, watch those typos. using direct deposit gets you your refund faster, but only if your bank routing and account numbers are correct. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. and from california tonight, a reunion between a man who nearly died and the man who saved his life. what brought them together? a simple phone app. here's abc's david wright.
>> reporter: a life or death emergency on this california soccer field for 62-year-old farid rashdi. >> i had a cardiac arrest. and my heart just stopped. >> reporter: lucky for him, help was just across the street. >> so i was about to sit down to dinner, and i received a cpr alert on my phone. >> reporter: trainee paramedic walter huber subscribes to pulse point, kind of like uber for cpr. an app that connects people with lifesaving skills with people who need help right now. >> one, two, three, four. >> reporter: so even as the first responders raced to the scene, huber was already there. >> and so i immediately started cpr. >> reporter: the app connects straight to the 911 call center in 1,100 communities nationwide using location data from cell phones to alert nearby volunteers. i gather that minutes matter. >> definitely, minutes matter. >> reporter: seconds matter. and pulse point can cut response times by ten minutes. are you worried that people will respond that don't know what they're doing?
>> you know our concern is really is, will people who are trained, will they engage, will they be willing to respond? >> hi! >> reporter: this weekend, farid rashdi and his hero had a tearful reunion. >> i'm kind of speechless right now, seeing you alive and well. >> reporter: saving lives, thanks to a smartphone and a good samaritan. david wright, abc news, san ramon, california. still ahead, why police are hunting for this red van after a frightening ordeal that ended on this cemetery. the latest on this kidnapping investigation. later, a soldier's surprise that floored his family. what happened next before thousands of hockey fans? those stories coming up. allergies can distract you. so when your symptoms start, doctors recommend taking
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and so much of that drama caught on camera. the images of a red van speeding away. what was happening inside the entire time. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, police are searching for two of the three men who carried out this brazen kidnapping in philadelphia last week. new surveillance video released shows the terrifying abduction. a red cargo van enters a parking garage near the victim's jewelry store. the long-time employee walks offscreen to her car at the end of her shift. just minutes later, that same red van reappears, leaving the garage with the victim, police say, inside. >> they put a hood over her face. they tie-wrapped her. they were tasering her. and what they wanted from her was the codes and the alarm systems. >> reporter: codes she didn't know. the team of thieves then beating and tasering her. stealing her phone, her atm card, withdrawing some $200 in cash. finally, leaving her at this cemetery. still in shackles, she managed to remove her hood and get help.
>> female supposedly tied up across the street from the cemetery. >> reporter: police have arrested 31-year-old khayree gay, who fled to south carolina on charges of kidnapping and robbery. jewelry heists in general on the rise in texas. just last week one example of what the fbi cites as a two-fold increase in the last year of the smash-and-grab type. in both cases, officials say the goods can be easily sold across state lines. innocent buyers ending up unknowingly with stolen goods. the victim in philadelphia suffered bruises and a concussion. she's recovering at home. khayree gay is awaiting charges and he'll appear in court tomorrow. police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that results in the arrest of the two men still out there. >> $10,000. good to know. thank you, gloria. when we come back, how this little mix master is rocking the beat.
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finally tonight, the dream of becoming a dancer. the incredible determination of one little girl who is not letting one big setback get in the way of become a prima ballerina. ♪ ♪ i'm charting my course >> reporter: this is the new music video from gentri and their song "dare." ♪ i'll fight till i win proud of the cause of my battle scars ♪ >> reporter: but the real buzz is not about this tenor trio. it's about this little ballerina, alissa sizemore dancing in the video. she's 8 years-old and only has one leg. one leg. she says the lyrics moved her. test test
>> we have been getting feedback saying how inspiring delivered a showstopper at her dance studio's recital. she performed an original piece, and if you think just the dancing is brave, watch this. alissa removes her prosthetic and doesn't miss a beat. i asked her why she did it. >> to show them that i was still me without it and to be myself. >> reporter: a ballerina whose moves show both grit and grace. what's your dream? >> to become an awesome dancer. >> and she already has become won. so brave. we thanks alissa for sharing her story. "gma" first thing in the morning. and david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. gñgñgñgñgññ