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tonight, new details. the very close call. the passenger jet trying to land in charlotte. the wind warnings. we've seen what can happen before. this time, the jet aborting the landing. the tail, though, slamming into the ground. also breaking late today, the teenage girl facing her accused attacker. testifying about what allegedly happened inside one of the most prestigious high schools. were male students keeping score? the tornado just touching down. and the flooding in a major city in the east tonight. and the wildfires. you will see the smoke jumpers diving in for duty. terror in the streets. foreigns killed. the alleged bomber caught on camera. and rosie o'donnell and her very public plea for help at this hour, after her own teenage daughter disappears.
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good evening. and we begin tonight with a passenger jet landing in charlotte, north carolina, a u.s. airways jet aborting the landing after a sudden burst of wind. but not before the tail hits the ground. 159 on board this weekend. tonight, we now hear the call, and how close this flight came to possible disaster. abc's david kerley, leading us off. >> reporter: a near disaster in charlotte. wind shear slamming a jet liner to the ground. >> he bounced it, went around. >> reporter: this is what it looks like when a plane is trying to land and is hit by a sudden downward burst of air. wind shear. it can be sudden and strong. the pilot of the u.s. air wakes a-321 with 153 passengers on board approaching charlotte from atlanta saturday was hit by wind shear. he aborts the landing, hits the power to go around and try again.
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>> 1851, we had about a 20-knot wind shear, loss of speed at about ten feet above. >> reporter: what the pilots don't realize at the time is they hit some of the landing lights, damaged the underside of the jet liner. >> it tells me they came as close as you can having a major catastrophe. he ran the tail along the ground before he was able to get airborne again. >> reporter: once the jet was on the ground, the damage apparent and the runway shut down. >> david kerley with us live now, and we've all been on planing trying to land when that wind hits. it can be terrifying. david, what can you tell us what investigators are looking into tonight? >> reporter: this is a serious incident, david. already the ntsb has both of the black boxes. that's going to tell them about the last couple of seconds. what happened to that jet liner when it was hit and how did the pilots react? >> david kerley, live tonight in washington. david thank you. and next tonight, it is now official. a tropical storm now churning.
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there is also world at this hour of two tornadoes touching down. a tornado watch still in effect at this hour in parts of this country. look at this funnel cloud spinning through eastern away. a driver in illinois tonight seeing this one through the car window. here's abc chief meteorologist ginger zee tonight. >> reporter: tonight, tornado in eastern iowa >> get ready, get in the basement. >> reporter: these images just streaming in. reports of treatments down. no injuries. that tornado embedded in a strong line of storms, stretching from missouri to wisconsin. while in charleston, south carolina, more than three inches of rain clogging streets. underpasses under water. neighborhoods passable by standup paddleboard only. and tonight, we learn that tornado in southern mississippi monday, and ef-0. winds up to 75 miles per hour. the images of a funnel from colorado and what could have been a tornado not yet confirmed south of denver. damaging winds crumb pming
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silos, taking out buildings. >> let's get right to ginger. the severe weather is moving qui quickly. >> reporter: question, david. severe thunderstorm watch that includes st. louis. you can see the watch, northern illinois, just outside chicago. they will get the storms later tonight. kansas city back to northern oklahoma and the storms blast east. primary threat is damaging wind ail above 60 miles per hour. that's the severe. all of michigan going to get it tomorrow. then, the excessive heat warning for 24 more hours in las vegas, portland, oregon, close to a record. 96 for tomorrow. they're going to be very hot. very dry. the gusty winds are sticking. finally, that tropical storm, it is danny. by the end of the weekend, it takes it just into the eastern caribbean. >> we'll continue to watch that. ginger, thank you. as you point out, the heat in the west, the war on the wildfires continues at this hour. 92 fires burning. 30,000 firefighters on the front lines. this view from a california national guard black hawk helicopter carrying water to douse the flames.
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and from washington, these firefighters, smoke jumpers, as they are called, leaping into remote areas. abc's neal karlinsky on the front lines. >> reporter: tonight, the west is playing defense from all sides. smoke jumpers leaping into rugged, burning terrain in washington state, trained to fight flames that are otherwise out of reach, survive on their own and hike out. planes making daring low level drops over dangerous fires in oregon. and the army, training 200 soldiers to fight a stubborn new enemy -- wildfires, including this one threatening 300 homes in santa margarita, california. we visited the front lines of the chelan fire, where much of the battle looks like this. the conditions they're working in aren't easy. it's actually pretty slippery. stuff has been rolling downhill. it's backbreaking, dangerous work. >> always a challenge of mopping up and making sure that everything is really out. >> reporter: now, a possible new tool. we've seen the huge dc-10s that
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can drop 8,000 gallons of fire retardant, but tonight, we've learned a company is building what it calls the global super tanker, a 747 which will drop 20,000 gallons, more than twice the amount. paying for all these fires is another question. it's been such a bad season, the u.s. forest service says it will exhaust its entire budget in the next month. david? >> neal karlinsky on the scene for us again tonight. neal, thank you. we turn next this evening to new hampshire, and to a case making national headlines tonight. the first day of testimony in a high school sex scandal. a recent graduate charged with sexual assaulting a 15-year-old classmate. late this afternoon, facing his accuser. jurors traveling to the campus to see where the alleged crime took place. abc's gio benitez is in concord, new hampshire, tonight. >> reporter: today, less than two miles from the leechy campus of their exclusive prep school, 19-year-old owen labrie sitting in court, watching his 16-year-old former schoolmate
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accuse him of rape. >> did you live on campus? >> yes, i did. >> reporter: we are not showing you her face and we're disguising her voice. >> do you see owen in the courtroom today? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: both teenagers agree, they did meet up late one night here in an empty room in the science building, and that they became intimate. the girl says labrie became violent and raped her. >> she's a 15-year-old girl without sexual experience. she tried to say no. >> reporter: prosecutors argue the alleged rape was part of that school tradition called the senior salute. senior boys competing to wrack up intimate experiences with freshmen girls, trying to, quote, slay the most girls by the end of senior year. labrie telling police, boys kept a tally written on a wall behind a washing machine. painted over by the school again and again until it was finally moved online. today, labrie watching as the juror was taken back to the science building. his lawyer says the girl knew
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all about the scene your salute and knew exactly what was going to happen when she met him there that night. >> it was a source of pride for girls is at the school to be asked to participate with a senior in the senior salute. >> reporter: still, labrie insists the teens never had sex that night, but prosecutors say what happened was rape. david, in a letter to parents today, st. paul's school says this. "current allegations about our culture are not emblematic of our school, our values, our rules." owen labrie will soon take the stand in his own defense, david. >> gio benitez in new hampshire tonight. gio, thank you. next, to new mexico here, and a serious accident at a construction site today. a five-story staff folding collapsed. eight workers were injured, three of them critically. the cause of the accident is not clear at this hour, but work at the site has been stopped. we turn overseas tonight, and to bangkok, a still still on
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edge for a second day in a row, another bomb blast. this time, at a crowded ferry pier. police now identifying a person of interest, this man in a yellow t-shirt, leaving a backpack at the outdoor shrine. here's abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: that is the prime suspect, authorities say. the man there in that yellow t-shirt, a whole city horrified and on only as he is caught on camera at the moment he's committing mass murder. arriving on the scene of the attack with a backpack, he sits down and removes the pack. then, you see him leaving without it. shortly after, the blast. this new cell phone video showing the terrifying instant from a walkway just above the scene. and then, this afternoon, just as calm was returning in the city, another explosion. in the water there, just a few feet from a busy pedestrian bridge. police say it was a bomb. tnt and ball bearings stuffed
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into a pipe, exactly like the one downtown yesterday. no one injured at that bridge. now, a nationwide manhunt is on. police scouring the scene for clues, using sniffer dock eer find traces of explosives, while grieving residents stop to leave candle candles, flowers and pray. authorities in bangkok still have no idea yesterday who is behind these bombings, or if more are coming. david? >> terry moran with us again tonight. terry, thank you. next, to the race for 2016 this evening. we have seen the moments along the way, activists with black lives matter speaking out at appearances with bernie sanders, jeb bush, and tonight, hillary clinton. video now emerges of a behind the scenes conversation, what appears to be a rare and unscripted moment from the campaign trail. here's abc's tom llamas. >> that's not enough. >> reporter: tonight, a candid look at hillary clinton in a very frank conversation with members of black lives matter, a
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movement protesting police brutality against african-americans. >> black lives matter! >> reporter: and now, disrupting presidential campaign events like this jeb bush town hall in las vegas. >> thank you, seattle! >> reporter: and just over a week ago, black lives matter protesters took over an event for democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders, then took his mike. but clinton did not back down and rejected their climb thaim she's responsible for the mistreatment of black people. >> that has been a problem of violence. it's not -- there's not much that we can do to stop the violence against us. >> i understand what you're saying. >> and respectfully -- >> respectfully, if that is your position, then i will take only to white people about how we are going to deal -- >> that's not what i mean. that's not what i mean. but what i'm saying is, what you
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just said was a form of victim blaming, you were saying what the matter needs to do to change white hearts -- >> look, i don't believe you change hearts. i believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate. >> reporter: david, recently, former president bill clinton apologized for implementing policies that led to mass incarceration. something the black lives matter group alluded to when they were talking to hillary clinton. but mrs. clinton wouldn't apologize, saying different times called for different measures. david? >> tom, thank you. as you know, hillary clinton making headlines just before we came on the air tonight. asked about her e-mails on that server and if there were any attempts to possibly erase some of those e-mails. and here's how she answered a reporter from fox news. >> we have turned over the receiver server. they can do whatever they want to figure it out. we turned over edge that was work related. every single thing. personal stuff, we did not, i
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had no obligation to do so and did not. thank you all. thank you very much. >> hillary clinton late today. and we move on tonight to two women making military history in this country. the first to complete the gruelling physical and mental training and to qualifying a army rangers. but now, this question tonight. after achieving this feat, should they be able to serve? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with what those women had to endure every step of the way to qualify as rangers. >> reporter: it is a legendary course. meant to bruise, blister -- >> let's go! >> reporter: and break you. >> ranger school is the absolute toughest most demanding course in the military. not just in the army, i think actually in the military. >> reporter: and this is the first year ever that women were allowed. from the first phase requiring 49 push-ups, 59 situps, six chinups and a five-mile run in no more than 40 minutes, to the
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last phase in the snake-infested swamps of florida. 20-hour days, gruelling obstacle courses and hikes with 50 pounds of gear that, in the end, equal the distance from boston to new york city. >> the female students are doing the same thing as the male students. we just consider them all ranger students. >> reporter: only 2 out of 5 male soldiers ever make it through. but this friday, when this historic ranger class graduates, two women will be there, proudly wearing the ranger tab. >> really incredible feat. mart martha, even though the women have passed the course, when do they find out if they'll be allowed to serve? >> reporter: well, the services are doing assessments of integrating women and the secretary of defense will decide around the beginning of next year if all combat roles will be open to them, but a big step this week, david. >> all right, martha raddatz, great to have you. thank you. we turn next here to video emerges this evening that shows what often draws those great
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whites closer to shore. and encounter with a seal. the shark right here on the chase, the seat leaping out of the water. the shark, of course, jumping after it. is a scenario we've seen frequently this summer. seems and fish in shallow waters, drawing the sharks closer to beaches and to swimmers. abc's david wright with the beach where this was all spotted. >> reporter: just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water -- dramatic new pictures of the ocean's fiercest predator. watch again. that's a seal jumping out of the water off the coast of cape cod. the great white shark breaching right after, snapping its powerful jaws as it splashes down. seals are a shark's favorite food. last month, two cape cod beaches closed, blood in the water, after a great white caught a seal and spat it up right on the beach. incredibly, this high-flying seal got away, but the marine biologists say the next seal that shark encountered in the water, not so lucky.
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researchers with the shark conner conservancy told us they had never seen a great white breach all the way out of the water like that. that shark, clearly determined to get a meal. david? >> that's right. dinner brings them closer to shore. david wright, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. and we have breaking developments after rosie o'donnell's public plea for help today. her own teenage daughter missing for a time. we have new developments tonight just coming in, what authorities are now saying. former president jimmy carter's health battle. he is ready to speak publicly for the first time. and we've seen so many of these cases, dads, baby in one hand, reaching for the baseball with the other. but look at this. overnight, a little girl, almost over the fence, and we ask, when do you choose the child over the baseball? we'll be right back. after we are all inside for a while,
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daughter is safe and sound and in police custody. abc's linsey davis with the mystery that led to this. >> reporter: alarming news from rosie o'donnell today, alerting her followers that her 17-year-old daughter chelsea is missing. o'donnell tweeting about her daughter and her therapy dog -- "chelsea and her dog bear last seen in nyack, new york, may be in new york city." >> we're classifying her as missing at this point. we have not reason to believe she that she is any immediate danger, it's still an ongoing investigation. >> reporter: the 17-year-old was last seen a week ago. a missing persons report was filed sunday. and today, a rep for o'donnell saying, "chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. it has been a difficult road for chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe." parents across the country deal with mental illness every day. it's said to affect about 11% of young people between 9 and 17 years old, approximately 4 million people. o'donnell often raises awareness. >> so, obviously, we're dealing
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with some fairly significant mental illness, which is another horrible crisis in the united states. how do we treat mentally ill children? >> reporter: chelsea was adopted by o'donnell when she was just 2 months old. o'donnell's most pressing worry now, that chelsea could be in need of immediate medical attention. o'donnell says chelsea recently stopped taking an unspecified medication. david? >> and hopefully she's getting that attention now that she's in the hands of police. li linsey, thank you. and when we come back tonight, breaking news on what's been dubbed viagrviagra for wom and then the update tonight. the "dancing of the stars" judge, the former pro, she's very popular. very popular. the big announcement tonight. o . it can be hardget air out, which can make it hard to get air in. so i talked to my doctor. she said... doctor: symbicort could help you breathe better, starting within 5 minutes.
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alright. weighing in, how far is too far? when does the child come before the baseball? we've seen so many close calls this season. the cubs/dodgers game at wrigley field. keith hartley, right there in the blue shirt. baby isaac in one hand, the ball in the other. >> great play by that young man with the young child. >> reporter: remember what he told us how did you do that with isaac in one hand and, you know, catching the ball in the other? >> well, being a new parent teaches you a lot of things. one of them is how to have a free hand while still feeding with the other one. >> reporter: baby isaac, 7 months old, that bottle never left his mouth. but last night, many asking, what about the little girl? nearly over the fence, all for the ball that got away. let me know on twitter. thanks for watching here on a tuesday night. i'm david muir. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow.
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