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tonight, breaking news. this just in. the critical new numbers of the senate health care bill. how many americans could be left uninsured? and president trump declaring victory for his travel ban. the supreme court reinstating part of his executive order. raging wildfires in the west. nearly two dozen fires burning. homes in flames. hundreds of families evacuating. our reporter on the fire line. collision course. the new report. the captain of that massive cargo ship claiming the "uss fitzgerald" did not respond to warning signals moments before the deadly crash. and panic in the sky. the passenger plane violently shaking in midair. the possible engine damage caught on camera. the pilot telling passengers to
pray. tonight, what we have learned about why this happened. and good evening. i'm tom llamas in for david tonight, and we begin with that breaking news from capitol hill tonight. the senate's plan to repeal and replace obamacare, facing an uphill climb. senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell aiming for a vote by the end of the week. the president sounding optimistic, but there is resistance from a growing number of senators from their own party. resistance too at town halls in protest around the country. just today, this in bloomington, indiana, and tonight, the congressional budget office predicting that the plan would leave millions more americans uninsured while raising the premiums for the most vulnerable. abc's mary bruce starts us off on capitol hill. >> have you made a decision? >> no comment right now. >> reporter: with the pressure mounting, tonight republicans are scrambling to negotiate. >> do you think you will get to
yes? >> i'm trying to. >> keep in mind what the real choice is. it's the republican bill that has a lot of good things that should satisfy a lot of republicans or obamacare. >> this is the art of the possible and the art of getting 50 votes. >> reporter: tonight, the nonpartisan congressional budget office reveals the senate healthcare bill would leave 22 million more americans uninsured over the next decade. 15 million more uninsured next year alone. while some young people could see their premiums go down, according to the cbo, a 64-year-old making roughly $57,000 a year could see their annual premium rise by nearly $14,000. >> obviously, it's not good news. >> reporter: other republicans will likely point to the potential savings. the deficit would plunge $321 billion by 2026. republicans can afford to lose just two votes, but already five say they cannot support their own party's bill. five more have voiced serious concerns. one of the biggest sticking
points, the bill's plan to slash spending on medicaid by $800 billion. >> i'm also very concerned about the medicaid cuts, what it means to our most vulnerable citizens. >> reporter: today, republican senator ron johnson, warns those hardest hit will be those working class americans president trump calls "forgotten." >> unfortunately, the forgotten men and women remain ignored in both the house and senate bill and that's what i'm trying to press. >> reporter: candidate trump promised not to touch medicaid. >> save medicare, medicaid and social security without cuts. have to do it. >> reporter: he recently called the house version of the bill, mean, and says the senate bill needs to have more heart. >> i don't think we're very far off. famous last words. i think we are going to get there. >> mary bruce joins us now from capitol hill. so mary, president trump just said it. he thinks they will get there. and he has been working the phones as well, but where do things stand right now? >> reporter: tom, the president has been reaching out. the vice president too.
republicans insist they want to get this done this week. but tonight, it's unclear how they plan to get the votes, and if they don't, the president tweeted perhaps they just let obamacare crash and burn, tom. >> the deadline fast approaching. mary, thank you. next to one of the other victories for president trump's young presidency. the agreement to reinstate his travel ban. the supreme court allowing key parts to go into affect. terry moran, who covers the supreme court there for us tonight. >> reporter: in the rose garden, president trump did not mention the court's ruling today. and in an efficient white house statement, mr. trump hailed this for a clear victory. the supreme court ruling will allow the president's travel ban to go into effect, but only partially. is this a clear victory for president trump? >> i would say it's not a clear
victory for eeither side. this hands both sides something of what they wanted, but doesn't give anybody a clean victory. >> reporter: under the court's ruling, some people will be banned. some not. the president's order blocked travel to the u.s. for 90 days by people from six predominantly muslim countries. like somalia and sudan. the government cannot ban people if they have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the united states. that includes the court said, family members of u.s. reside s residents, students admitted to american universities, workers accepting a job offer in the u.s. speakers invited to address an american audience and more. in the end, analyst us say those most impacted will be refugees with no connection to the u.s. and that may be a small number of people. in the end, a signature campaign promise. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the
united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: but as soon as the ban was issued in january -- >> good stuff. >> reporter: with no warning and no consultation with agencies who would have to carry it out, there was trobl. [ chanting ] >> reporter: chaos at the airport. and protest in the streets. courts stepped in to block the ban, and in march, issued a new order rolled out by the new court today. the government will begin implementing the ban in 72 hours. >> terry, there are several steps to this travel ban. what is the time line on enforcement? >> reporter: well, the next steps, tom, already administration workers are working on how to implement the ban. state department officials saying we have 72 hours to figure this out. they will work with the justice department and department of homeland security, and find out who is covered under the supreme
court ruling and who is not. that will end in more lawsuits to get that decided. one more thing, this ban is written to last 94 days only to allow the administration to look at the vetting procedures. by next october when the court hears this case, it could all be moot. >> and terry, there was a lot of speculation that justice kennedy might be announcing a retirement today. what happened there? >> reporter: well, he is the crucial swing vote. there was great anticipation and anxiety over whether he would retire. he decided not to, and like every supreme court justice, nobody knows why, tom. >> terry moran at the supreme court. thanks very much. president trump doing on the offense about russia's meddling in the election, turning against he has predecessor. blaming president obama, saying he did nothing about it. accusing obama of collusion and obstruction for political reasons. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: for president trump tonight a warm embrace from the prime minister of india. but the president clearly has
something else on his mind -- russia. in a barrage of tweets beginning this weekend, the president hit his predecessor over russia's meddling in the election. the real story is that president obama did nothing after being informed in august about russian meddling. >> in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? he should have done something about it. >> reporter: the president was responding to a report in "the washington post" that obama hedged on punishing russia more strongly before the election. it quoted an anonymous obama official saying he had "choked." on twitter, trump fired back tweeting -- he didn't "choke," he colluded or obstructed, and it did the dems and crooked hillary no good. this as the special council looks into russian hacking and possible collusion with the trump campaign. trump himself has repeatedly raised doubts about whether russia was behind the hack at all. >> it also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs
400 pounds, okay? >> reporter: today n a briefing where cameras were not aloud, the press secretary was asked if he believes that russia did it. >> he believes that russia probably was involved, potentially some, you know, other countries as well could have been equally involved or it could have been involved unequally. >> jon karl joins us from the white house, and clear this us for us. for months, trump called the russia story a hoax. why is he now attacking president obama for not being tough enough on the russians? >> reporter: well, tom. he is clearly jumping on an opportunity to criticize president obama, but even as the intelligence community warns that russia will try to do it again, combatting russian interference has hardly been a priority at this white house, tom. >> jonathan karl, thank you. we move onto the wildfires raging in the west. 21 large fires in seven states fueled by the extreme heat and strong winds. take a look at the flames moving quickly across the winds. near prescott, arizona, and
burning close to the highway in california. more than 1,500 people forced to evacuate, hoping their homes can be saved. matt gutman is on the fire lines tonight. >> reporter: tonight an army of firefighters in utah battling a fire that has sent up walls of flame 100 feet high, torching an area the size of washington, d.c. >> i've never seen a run like what happened here. eight miles in one day. >> reporter: calling it "unprecedented" for this time of year officials have thrown everything at it, planes, helicopters and over 1,100 firefighters. red flag warnings expected to make this explode -- this is what firefighters have been battling all day here. that wind turning small fires into infernos like that. towering 100 feet high. just north of los angelesov angelesoverover night, this brush fire across hill tops, jumping highway 14.
>> you can feel the heat. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: motorists fleeing that thunder cloud of smoke. the fire moving so fast, this homeowner spraying the fire with water from his pool. eventually these air drops brought it under control, but in arizona, these airplanes show the goodwin fire running out of control. 70 homes under evacuation orders. here in utah, over 1,500 folks evacuated. 13 homes destroyed. this type of terrain shows you how tricky it is to contain the flames. making matters worse, we are at 9,000 feet, and the elevation has taken its toll, and wind is still howling, meaning that the hours and days to come, we'll see more hot spots. tom. >> matt gutman with an upclose look at that danger. thank you. overseas now, that deadly collision involving a u.s. navy ship off the coast of japan. the captain report tli saying he tried to give warning, but the
"uss fitzgerald" failed to respond. abc's gio benitez with the latest report. >> reporter: tonight in what may be the first account of the collision that claimed seven american lives attributed to the captain of the cargo ship that struck it. reuters reporting the skipper told ship's owners that he flashed lights to signal the "uss fitzgerald" before the crash. and that he says the destroyer failed to take evasive action, suddenly veering into the ship' s path. >> there is negligence involved. two ships are not supposed to hit each other, and if both ships follow the rules the way they are supposed to be followed, they simply will not impact each other. >> reporter: abc news has not independently confirmed reuter's report of the captain's account. and the navy tonight is not commenting while it investigates why the ship slammed into the side of the uss fitzgerald. slicing through the destroyer's berths where over 100 sailors were sleeping. the crew scrambling to save the ship -- sealing off the flooded area so the ship didn't sink. and japanese investigators are analyzing the black box from that cargo shippi, looking for
evidence showing what may have caused that collision, tom. >> gio benitez with that new report tonight. gio, thank you. next to the desperate escape from a sinking ferry boat at a tour igs spot in colombia. you can see the ship rocking from side to side, and then quickly slipping under the water. passengers pulled down with it. at least seven people did not survive and a massive search is under way right now for those still missing. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight -- nearly a dozen people missing after this four-story ferry packed with over 150 tourists zhang. this footage, which is sped up, shows the two bottom decks under water -- dozens of people trapped inside. this woman says -- people began to climb onto the other people to get out. other boaters on the the popular reservoir near medellin, columbia racing to help. this man says he heard a roar before disaster struck.
the boat tipped and we all went to one side to counter the weight. as the boat straightened out, it was sucked into the water. at least seven dead. but tonight divers still searching for the missing. tom, several people on the ferry reported hearing a loud noise before it began lissing. investigators are trying to determine what cause it it to sink. >> linzie, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the midair scare. the worried pilot telling everyone on board to pray. the passage plane violently shaking for almost two hours. imagine seeing this from your window. looks like engine damage caught on camera. and tonight, we have learned why this all may have happened. plus tourists attacked in a famous american city. the new surveillance video. police asking for your help tonight. and the surreal mystery involving the artist, salvador
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back now with that midair emergency. the passenger plane violently shaking. you can actually clearly hear the pilot's concern in his voice asking everyone to, quote, say a prayer. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the intense shaking, a shocking experience for passengers on the air asia a-330. >> suddenly we heard like a bang noise and everything starts shaking. >> reporter: out the window, the left engine bouncing, sending those shudders through the fuselage. it happened 90 minutes into the flight from perth, australia to kuala lampur. the pilot turns around, asking the passengers to pray. >> our survival depends on your cooperating. hopefully, everything will turn out for the best. >> reporter: a disconcerting message for some passengers. >> that was a terribly unprofessional thing to do. it may have been an emotional reaction, but it's still something that you don't have luxury of doing.
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finally tonight, america strong. the 4-year-old girl in need of a wheelchair, and the 17-year-old high school inventor turning a toy into a life-changing gift. >> reporter: you're about to watch as 4-year-old miley brochu's life is about to change. >> put your feet right in here. >> reporter: it may look like a toy, but this souped up power wheel may be miley's first chance to get around by herself. >> there you go! >> whoa! look at you! >> reporter: miley is a shaken baby survivor and she can now move around by herself because of a high school science project. seniors at champlain valley union high in vermont built the mini mobility scooter in their robotics lab. >> working on this project, it's for this girl here. she can't really walk and so this is going to be her first opportunity to be able to move herself. >> turn it a little bit this way. less speed. >> we do a lot of high-tech
stuff here. the big piece this project tied in was empathy. >> reporter: a project that changed a life, and those students see that up close. miley's therapist saying by giving the little girl the power to move, they will help her with more than just transportation. >> kids who are unable to walk, if you give them the ability to independently move, then there are other motor skills increase. their social skills increase, and it encompasses everything and gives them that independence. >> we salute the inventor and miley as well for being america strong. thanks for watching on a monday night. i'm tom llamas. for david and all of us here, good night.
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