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this is "world news." tonight, to the rescue, intense floods in the heartland and high drama as a baby is cradled to safety by firefighters along with her parents who sought safety in the attic. other people calling for help from their roofs and the top of their cars. crash news. can your small car stand up in a collision? tonight the fbi opens a cold case when this man learning a stunning secret about himself. barbara walters here asking for your help to solve the mystery. real money. grab your cell phones. we're going to put hundreds of dollars in your pockets in minutes tonight. and a good evening to you, and as we come on the air parts
of this country are in the middle of a kind of monsoon. more rain in one week than they usually get all summer long, and all day we have been seeing families scramble to safety, crawling on rooftops where they're waiting for rescuers. abc's alex perez starts us off with the story of firefighters and a baby girl tenderly carried to dry land. >> reporter: it was a dramatic scene that had two tennessee parents in a panic. little lauren marlin, just five weeks old, rescued from her family's attic by firefighters, her father in shock. >> next thing you know we are in the attic trying to get the babies upstairs. it's hard. it's scary. you don't know what the water is going to do. >> reporter: firefighters wading though that chest-high water, clutching onto baby lauren's carrier to get her to safety. >> it was emotional. you see your baby and she's a
n newborn and how are you going to do this? what are you going to do to get us out? >> reporter: across the nashville area, swollen creeks forcing some to the safety of their roofs and leaving cars floating on streets. rescue teams fanned out fighting the fast moving waters to get people out. not just tennessee, from arkansas to missouri, the heavy rain is hammering the heartland. over six inches of rain in madison, tennessee this morning, double what they see in a month. in wallace, kansas, the past 24 hours, 8 inches. and the worst, richland, missouri, 17 inches this week, enough for an entire summer. and, diane, tonight here in the nashville area there is still water rushing through these swollen creeks. at one point the water rose so high it carried debris and garbage all the way up to that bridge. this creek is usually only one to two feet deep. diane? >> alex perez reporting from the flood zone. thank you, alex. from the downpour in the
heartland now to the raging fires out west. hundreds of families evacuated there. homes threatened. abc's cecilia vega on the fire lines for us. >> reporter: the flames came right up to steve chittenden's face torching even the gate. all he could do was fight back with a garden hose. >> you can imagine 100-foot flames right there and it just roared. it was loud. >> reporter: in just seconds the raging inferno ripped through his 9 acres but somehow spared his home of more than 40 years. >> i thank my stars it didn't come any closer. >> reporter: many neighbors were not as lucky. in a matter of hours overnight the fire burned more than 15.5 square miles of land about 90 miles east of los angeles. drought conditions and hot temperatures have made for a dangerous fire season in the western u.s. the flames spread so quickly here residents say they had just minutes to evacuate. the fire even blocked an
evacuation road, trapping rescuers for a time. everyone made it out. >> we're watching stuff just explode right in front of our faces. >> reporter: five people injured so far. four of them firefighters. even with more than 1,000 people battling the blaze on the ground and in the air, it is still just 10 percent contained. for one family this is all that's left, this porch. the plume behind me, that's the hot spot. really what has been the biggest challenge, the wind. one fire fighter lent me his wind detector just a couple of minutes ago. it's hitting up to 19 miles per hour, not making fighting this battle any easier today. >> thank you, cecilia vega. great to have you reporting in for us on the fires tonight. and now we turn overseas to bring you the news tonight on that worldwide terror threat which shut down so many u.s. embassies. abc's chief global affairs correspondent has the latest at
this hour. martha raddatz is here. it's almost a week into this threat so what is the very latest tonight? what are you learning? >> diane, overnight there was a u.s. drone strike in yemen, the 6th since the plot was uncovered. when you get a significant threat from a specific country like yemen, u.s. intelligence moves everything it can toward that country, drones, surveillance aircraft, to try to disrupt the terrorist network. despite these six drone strikes, the u.s. believes this plot is still active. as one intelligence official told me, the cause for serious concern remains. and the men behind it, al qaeda leader nasir al wuhayshi and bombmaker imbrahim al siri, are still in hiding. what really has intelligence worried is that the plot will morph into something else, now that the embassies and consulates are closed, that the terrorists will set their sights on a soft target overseas, a hotel or something else largely unprotected. still a lot of concern tonight.
>> moving to something impossible to predict. thank you, martha raddatz. now tonight the fbi is asking for everyone watching this program to help solve a mystery, re-opened today after nearly 50 years. a newborn was kidnapped from his mother in a chicago hospital, later returned, or so the world believed. but now after months of investigation by abc news and "20/20's" barbara walters, well, you hear exclusively from that little boy all grown up, and he is a man who has learned a stunning secret about his life. >> reporter: looking at old family photographs of paul fronczak is a strange experience because the baby in his baby pictures is not him. >> how do you feel when you see this picture? >> i feel like i want to find him and hug him and make sure he's okay. >> reporter: paul fronczak recently discovered his entire life, his name, parents,
birthday, all of it is a big mystery, a mystery that began with a kidnapping 49 years ago in 1964, just a day after paul fronczak was born, the first child of chester and dora fronczak. but baby paul was snatched from his mother's arms right in the maternity world of the chicago hospital. >> the baby was kidnapped? >> the baby was gone. >> i don't believe you're desperate to take another woman's baby. >> reporter: dora fronczak's public appeal to the kidnapper went unheeded. >> do you have any suspects here in chicago that you are going to question? >> we are questioning suspects throughout the day. >> reporter: a massive dragnet came up empty. just over a year later, a child somewhat matching paul's description was found in new jersey. the fronczaks claimed him as their own and took him home to chicago. now an adult, paul works for a college in nevada. he's married and has a child of his own, a normal life, until a year ago when a dna test showed
he is not the fronczaks' child after all. >> what are you trying to accomplish? >> my main goal for this whole project is to find the real paul. my parents raised me and they did a great job. i feel that if i don't do everything i can to help find their real child, then i'm not doing my job as a son. >> this is an incredible mystery. barbara walters is here. so now that the fbi has re-opened the case, does he really think it can happen? he'll find out? >> let's say he's cautiously optimistic. he hopes he may have better luck with help from the general public than he might get from officials. so "20/20" is putting the full resources of the abc news investigative team into the effort to help him solve the two greatest mysteries of his life, who he is and whatever happened to the real paul fronczak. we're also asking our viewers for their help. if you know anything about this case, let us hear from you. >> there are answers out there somewhere.
thank you so much, barbara. if you have any tips, again, please go to our website, abcnews.com/2020. now we have the results of a new crash test on small cars. 20 percent of the industry, millions of us drive them. today we learned nearly half of the small cars in this new test had trouble in the crashes. abc's david kerley takes us through it. >> reporter: this kind of crash is responsible for one of every four serious injuries or deaths. this is a new test which simulates when just a corner of your car is hit rather than full head-on, and six small cars did not do well. watch this kia forte, what the insurance institute calls a horrendous collapse of pillars in the instrument panel slamming into the head of the test dummy. chevy sonic and cruze were rated marginal or poor. >> the big problem here is a structural problem. the safety cage around the
occupants inside the vehicle needs to be stronger. >> reporter: despite the marginal or poor ratings, the car makers tell abc news their vehicles get good ratings in other tests and they are always working to improve safety. this is what the testers are looking for. the honda civic got the highest rating because nothing intruded into the passenger compartment. six small cars got that good rating. testers hope the results lead to safer cars. david kerley. abc news. now the lucky winners in that powerball jackpot, there were three winning tickets and today the owner of one of those tickets, a dad in minnesota, came forward. his family by his side, their lives about to change. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: meet paul white, america's newest multimillionaire. >> we went through, and sure enough they were right and i said, "i'll have to call you back later" and i went, "whoa!" and ran around the office. >> reporter: less than 12 hours
after the drawing the 45-year-old electrical engineer came forward to claim his share of the $485 million jackpot. >> i feel this pressure off my shoulders that you carry every day with you. i have two kids. am i going to be able to pay for them to go to college. all these things gone. >> reporter: after taxes he is now $86 million richer. the remaining $172 million will be split between two mysterious, soon-to-be millionaires who have yet to come forward, one ticket bought here. there are reports that a group of employees went in an a winning ticket together. another was bought here at this shop and stop in north brunswick. there are several other newly minted millionaires today. in colorado, texas and oklahoma powerball ticket holders earned a $2 million prize. there were $1 million winners in a total of 16 states. as for white, he says he's been banking on this win for a while, something he had recently joked about in a game with his siblings. >> the description was their financial plan consisted of
playing the lottery. everybody picked my name and they thought it was funny then. who's right now? >> reporter: white says his first purchase is likely going to be a '63 impala for his 80-year-old dad. as for the stores that sold the winning tickets, they are all going to get a little jackpot of their own. this stop and shop says it's likely going to donate its $30,000 to the community. people have been lining up to get their powerball tickets for saturday night's drawing, another $40 million. >> i love the first purchase, by the way. thank you so much. still ahead on "world news," go get your old cell phones. we're going to show you a new way to put hundreds of dollars in your pocket right now. it's real money. and the new thrill awaiting you on your vacation? is your family ready to skyrocket 30 feet into the air? it's new. it's everywhere tonight. [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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chances are this guy will pay you good money for it. he's founder of a website, gazelle.com. >> consumers are blown away by how much they can get and it's usually more than they expect. >> reporter: that's because american households have on average 14 electronic devices going unused just sitting in their junk drawers. we've shown you before how to make money on those old devices. >> we have a blackberry. >> reporter: remember the cohens? they traded in their old gadgets on similar sites like amazon and the godwins used their old cell phones to the mall and got cash on the spot from eco atm. now gazelle predicts the amount you can make is about to go way up because nearly 5 billion consumers are now projected to own smart phones over the next few years. >> we think the big chunk of customers will want to buy used
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it wasn't pretty but it was fun. cheaper versions are on the way so soon this -- >> it's hard to stay in control. >> reporter: -- might be you. dan harris, abc news, ft. lauderdale. >> we thank you for watching. we're always there for you at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be here later and i'll see you tomorrow night. good night. "nightline" will be here later and i'll see you tomorrow night. good night. a major break in the killing of a nurgsing student. >> also big money step today in efforts to find a missing oakland woman. >> bart talks back on. are we closer to an agreement? another possible strike looms
just days away. >> nfl new security policy. the clear changes facing niners and raiders fans this season. >> that breaking news is in san jess yeah. an arrest in the murder of 19-year-old nurtsing student shot and killed last weekend. good evening. >> let's get to abc 7 news who is live in san jose with the latest. >> police have been looking for the shooter and others since this weekend when that murder happened. so this announcement came suddenly this afternoon. the announcement that police arrested a 23-year-old johnny lozano this, has been a high profile murder case.67t kimberly chico was hit by a stray bullet early saturday morning. she was riding in a car in the entertainment district. it appears she was the
unintended victim of a drive by shooting. the student had just gotten her assistant nursing certificate last month. a special gang unit was cruising san jose yesterday. one officer spotted some young people hanging out. ' approached them, he felt they were sus spishus. he talked to them and after a search found a loaded firearm on lozano. the are sargeant takes the story from here. >> brought him down, investigation was continued. he was interviewed we mulled over the physical evidence. we're not going release how he was involved or how we determined he was a suspect but we did present charges to the district attorney's office this afternoon. they have filed homicide charges against him. >> now, that gun will be tested in the crime lab. now, lozano has
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