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this is "world news." tonight, making his case. the president and his team preparing that address to the nation. why get involved in syria and why now? amid new and disturbing images of that gas attack. as president assad speaks tonight. what he says will happen if the u.s. moves forward with a military strike. extreme weather. the rivers of mud, the sinkholes opening. the punishing rains. and tonight, the new concern, preparing for intense heat and nighttime frosts. the weather whiplash on the way. palace jitters, after an intruder makes his way parainto buckingham palace. security on high alert, forcing a prince in the garden to put his hands up. and moon shot. what was that dazzling, millions looking up this weekend, on a perfect track for the moon until something went
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wrong. "world news" starts now. good evening. and it's great to have you with us on a sunday night. the stakes could not be higher for this president. we're a little more than 48 hours away now until president obama addresses the nation in primetime over possible military intervention in syria. tonight, the administration has revealed new and disturbing images of the chemical weapons attack against civilians, that the president says the world must respond to. inside the white house this evening, the president and his team preparing that address, as they continue to work the phones, calling members of congress, who they are still trying to convince. president obama has addressed the country just two times from the oval office in primetime. it is unclear where in the white house he'll deliver that message tuesday night. it will be a challenging sell. protests this weekend across the country and around the world. lawmakers getting an earful. we've shown you the images of senator john mccain getting push-back from his constituents in tucson. abc's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny
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starting us off from the white house tonight. >> reporter: in the most consequential campaign of his second term, tonight, president obama is losing. his bid to launch limited military strikes against syria, colliding with a wave of public apprehension and congressional opposition. syrian president bashar assad issued a new denial tonight of using chemical weapons and in an interview with charlie rose, airing monday night on pbs, assad is quoted as pledging some kind of retaliation, if a strike is made. this, as the white house is mounting an unprecedented 48-hour push to make its case. the president's chief of staff appearing on all five sunday talk shows. >> i've been talking to dozens of members of congress, not a single one of them so far has rebutted the intelligence. should there be consequences for his having used gases, chemical weapons, to kill more than 1,000 of his own people, including more than 400 children? >> reporter: the president will deliver a personal pitch monday in six network television interviews on the eve of a primetime address to the nation
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tuesday. senior administration officials tell abc news it is increasingly an uphill fight with congress. >> they have no viable plan for success. >> reporter: while some republicans are on board -- >> i think the president has made the decision correctly. >> reporter: while senate approval is still within reach, an abc news survey finds well over a majority, 231 lawmakers, in the house, are firmly opposed or leaning against military strikes. and on the home front, we found anxiety. >> we can do something. but that doesn't mean we have to bomb the hell out of the country. >> i don't believe that assad's allies will sit by and allow us to bomb them without some retaliation. and you're going to see more terrorist attacks here. >> reporter: as the obama administration this weekend used newly released gruesome videos of syrian victims to prove its case to congress, assad denies any knowledge of chemical weapons. >> and jeff zeleny joining us from the white house now.
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jeff, you learned from your sources a short time ago that the president plans another rare step in making his case? >> reporter: that's right, david. after making phone calls all weekend, president obama is going to capitol hill in person for a rare face to face meeting with senate democrats. he's really trying to win over those wavering democrats who are hearing an earful from their constituents. it's on the eve of the senate vote scheduled to begin wednesday. david? >> jeff zeleny, thank you. and tomorrow, diane sawyer sits down with president obama with the tough questions on syria. her interview, right here tomorrow night on "world news." and of course, tuesday night, abc news will carry the president's speech to the nation. will americans be convinced that the u.s. should get involved? tuesday night, 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central on abc. and in the meantime, as the president prepares to make his case to the american people, wall street already revealing it is not convinced about a u.s. strike. millions of americans and their 401(k)s already feeling this, even before any possible action. so, i want to bring in abc's chief business and economics
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correspondent, rebecca jarvis, who is with me here tonight. we already saw how wall street is, in real time on this. >> reporter: david, this is issue number one for the stock market. if you look at this, the stock market responding almost immediately, where you see on the left-hand side of your screen, the comments from putin, that russia would be backing syria and not the united states, a 150-point drop in the dow, because of that. so, you can see, david, how pivotal this week will be as the u.s. makes decisions about what its role will be in syria. wall street will be watching. >> a huge drop with just word from putin on syria. in the meantime, the other concern, you say, oil prices, already at what, a two-year high? >> reporter: $110 a barrel. and right now, americans are paying $3.57 at the pump. you could see that go up, with any type of military intervention, because this is a part of the world that controls about a third of our supply. >> the markets will be following the president as well. rebecca, thank you. and now, to the extreme weather tonight. heavy rains and the flash flooding that followed, turning streets into mud-filled rivers. and look at this tonight. a sinkhole triggered in utah
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under intense downpours. and a new concern tonight, about the week ahead. intense heat during the day, while at night, the first frost warnings of the season. abc meteorologist ginger zee on it all, starting with the pictures coming in tonight. >> reporter: muddy and overflowing in the southwest. >> look at this. i'm up to my -- i'm probably almost a foot deep in water right now. >> reporter: watch the storms blasting over the field at brigham young university. some spots picking up three quarters of an inch of rain in just 15 minutes. in southern california -- >> you can just hear twigs snapping in there. >> reporter: flash flooding transforming this desert land into roaring rapids in just minutes. >> here's the wash. >> as we've seen so often in recent weeks, it happens so quickly. ginger with us now. more flooding on tap? >> reporter: as we go through monday and tuesday, david, i want to show you how much rain is going to fall.
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this is, at times, will come all at once. in the areas in red, tucson, flagstaff, up into parts of western colorado and right there, to cedar city, one to two inches, that's a lot of rain, that could come quickly. >> incredible. a week of extremes, you mentioned. heat and then frost warnings in another part of the nation. >> reporter: i've got them both for you tonight. a big story. in the heartland, that's where we've seen the real heat. today, a record -- not a record, but close at 100 in kansas city. tomorrow, 98. min y'all list, if they get to 86, that will be a record. they are at least four states with heat advisories. we have to go to the other side, that would be the frost. frost advisories in place for parts of five states in null england. saranac lake will drop to 27. chilly here in new york city at 57. >> september in new england. ginger zee, thank you. we're going to turn now to a fightening accident in connecticut. children injured tonight at an amusement park. 13 children were thrown to the
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ground. some of the injuries are serious. they were rushed to nearby hospitals. the rise had been shut down tonight. the park does remain open. we turn overseas this evening and to london now, where security already on high alert after someone some how got past those fences and into buckingham palace. now we learn of another moment when officers thought they were again face to face with an intruder in the gardens, shouting for him to put his hands up. it was prince andrew. abc's nick schifrin from london tonight. >> reporter: for buckingham palace, it's been a week of unprecedented security jitters. the calm scenes that usually play out in this garden have been replaced by suspicion. even the queen's own son mistaken for an intruder. prince andrew was walking in the gardens when two armed police confronted him, forced him to identify himself and reportedly made him put his hands up. >> suddenly, you see somebody in an area where the public shouldn't be, then, yes, you are going to confront that person, say, hey, who are you? and you realize who it is and you end up with egg on your
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face. >> reporter: today, an embarrassed scotland yard insisted police didn't pull guns, but it apologized, saying, "we're grateful to the duke for his understanding." there's good reason the queen's guards are jumpy. on monday night, a real life intruder got into the queen's home. he broke through a door near an area displaying the priceless coronation necklace. police arrested him and an accomplice waiting outside. it's the most serious palace breach in more than 30 years. in 1982, this man hopped the fence and climbed up a drainpipe, right into the queen's bedroom. she woke up and stalled, speaking to him for ten minutes until security arrived. >> the queen has seen many intrusions over the years. her majesty's famous words are, get it right, put it right. and there will be a review. >> reporter: prince andrew accepted the apology and says he hopes his next garden stroll is slightly safer. tonight, david, scotland yard is conducting that review, looking at all aspects of palace security. >> that review under way. nick, thanks to you tonight. and to japan this evening, where they are celebrating a
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much-needed victory in that country. tokyo selected to host the summer olympics in 2020. this was the image of the joyful faces as that announcement was delivered. it comes after a week of new questions about the safety of the toque sheefukushima nuclear 150 miles away. here's abc's aditi roy. >> tokyo. >> reporter: crowds erupted in jubilation. tokyo beating rivals istanbul and madrid to host the 2020 summer olympic games. the decision came after japan's prime minister assured the international olympic committee the fukushima plant isn't a threat. >> let me assure you, the station is under control. >> reporter: fewer than 150 miles from tokyo, fukushima plant officials still struggle with containing leaks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled the country two years ago.
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>> we have never seen this much radiation coming out of a reactor site, directly into the motion. >> reporter: the worst and most recent leak, just a few weeks ago. authorities say radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported. enough to kill someone within just four hours of exposure. the government's latest emergency plan? building a massive wall of underground ice to block hundreds of tons of radioactive water from seeping into the pacific. some scientists say this is just a short-term fix. the ice wall will cost about $320 million. that's in addition to the estimated $1 billion it will cost to renovate their olympic stadium. david? >> aditi roy, thank you. and one more olympic announcement tonight. the committee voting to reinstate wrestling seven months after ousting it. wrestlers, of course, thrilled, including the american teammates we met in iran earlier this year, where they could compete
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against iranian wrestlers but feared they wouldn't be allowed to compete at the olympics. now, they are back, beginning with those tokyo olympics in 2020. and now to a medical breakthrough tonight in the treatment of asthma, a condition that touches so many american families. nearly 25 million people suffer from it, more than 2.5 million americans have a severe form, life threatening. a new study out finds a new treatment providing benefits that last years. abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser with the tool that will help save lives. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: this is what it sounds like. >> i'm going to die. >> reporter: gasping, wheezing. it's a severe asthma attack. what you are hearing is the struggle to pull air into the lungs. through airwaves that have spasmed closed. shyla knows those symptoms all too well. wearing this mask nearly every day. >> wheezing has always been a normal breath sound for me. i've tried every medication. >> reporter: karen's severe asthma startled in her 20s. >> constantly going to the emergency room with attacks. i was pretty much a hermit.
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>> reporter: desperate patients and a new solution. a surgical tube with four tiny wires. it's called thermal bronchoplasty. the tube is guided down into the lungs. there, the four wires zap excess muscle from around the air wave. by releasing bursts of heat, about the same temperature as a cup of coffee. it's the only nondrug asthma therapy approved by the fda. doctors around the country are seeing remarkable results. after the procedure, 78% fewer emergency room visits. >> knowing that we have another way to attack asthma and have another tool in our tool box is extremely exciting. >> reporter: here is an airway before the treatment. it's almost entirely closed. and here's one after. >> this is a one-time treatment and it's very effective and safe. >> reporter: shyla had it done last year. she's still taking some medications, but -- >> it is a miracle. i never thought there would be a day where i would be able to breathe without, you know, wheezing or having to, you know, stop myself h.an
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>> reporter: and for karen? no more mask. breathing easier. something they'd almost forgotten. >> and dr. besser is here now. and this gives new hope to people with extreme asthma. and this is the device right here? >> reporter: yeah, it's really incredible. this little wire. they snake it down into your lungs, squeeze the trigger and apply heat and in a few seconds, you're all done. >> because the heat is moving the muscle out of the way? >> reporter: that's right. no longer a blockage. air flows very well. but it's not for everybody. it's for the severe patients who don't respond to medicine. it's giving them amazing hope. >> that is great news. rich besser, thank you. and for stargazers in a huge stretch of the country this weekend, something special in the sky. perhaps you saw it. suddenly, a snafu. so, what was it? it was the flash across the sky seen by millions up and down the east coast. seen here in the shadow of the empire state building. and here, shooting over this neighborhood in north carolina. and a spectacular shot from the beach in cape may, new jersey.
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turns out it was nasa's latest unmanned moon shot. a spacecraft lifting off from a launch pad in virginia. nasa's own camera trailing it as it raced across the sky. but then, word of trouble. that the spacecraft was spinning too fast and when nasa activated a stabilizer, it shut down instead. but tonight, they tell us, the engineers aren't worried, saying they had plenty of time to fix it and that the voyage continues. nasa telling us it's back on a perfect track to explore the moon after vowing so many americans who sow the journey begin. >> and still on track for the moon tonight. there is still much more ahead on "world news" this sunday evening. tough tackle. the low hit that knocked this player out for the season. does it come amid new tackle guidelines. the new kind of injuries that have authorities so concerned tonight. and later here, america strong. the determined husband who wore this sign to save his wife, walking hundreds of miles and he heard from tens of thousands. a prayer answered, right here tonight. [ male announcer ] this is claira.
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>> reporter: two high profile players taking direct hits to the knee. miami tight end dustin keller now out for the season, and minnesota defensive tackle kevin williams. >> and joe looney goes low. for no apparent reason. >> now, you take a guy in the knee and you're watching a guy's knee completely fold back. >> reporter: potentially causing that debilitating knee injury, a torn acl. 24 during last year's preseason alone. but now people are concerned that perhaps this could be one of the worst seasons for torn acls. >> well, i agree. >> reporter: why are we seeing so many knee injuries? some say it's new nfl rules. fining players for hits to the head. which can cause concussions. texans rookie, d.j. swearinger, who hit miami's keller in the knee, told "the palm beach post," in this league, you've got to go low. if you go high, you're going to get a fine. >> this is the new nfl. you have to have a target on a guy. you have to hit a guy low. all right? that is the compromise. >> reporter: an nfl official reportedly said the league will
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and finally tonight here on the broadcast, the husband so determined to save his wife, he put on a sign and started walking. hundreds of miles later, a prayer answered. and he's proof we are america strong. it all began with a sign worn by a devoted husband and his urgent message. need kidney for wife. the fear of losing her after 55 years drove him every step of the way. >> i just wanted her. >> reporter: larry began his quest last year. his wife, born with just one kidney and that one was failing. larry traveled 250 miles on foot, wearing his sign. >> i knew it was going to happen, because i know him. he wouldn't have stopped until he got me one. >> reporter: and he did. the donor, now ready and willing. the surgery could come as early as this week. and larry couldn't wait to tell everyone at work.
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>> i run through the shop, you know, all the people i work with, you know, tell them, hey, i got a kidney. >> reporter: he got that kidney, for his wife, but it doesn't stop there. the couple says all the attention paid to his walk, his sign, brought in tens of thousands of calls to them and to the hospital, they say, where jimmie sue will have her operation. >> every person that has called, i appreciate it. and -- more than i can ever tell them. >> we are pulling for that surgery this week. "good morning america" coming your way first thing in the morning with robin and george. and a reminder, diane sawyer sitting down with the president tomorrow, so many of your questions on syria asked. diane's interview, right here on "world news" tomorrow night. until then, have a great evening. good night.
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next at 6:00. live team coverage on two bay area brush fires, including one that forced evacuations in the east bay. a cooldown is coming. find out when temperatures are expected to drop this week. and football is back. why niner fans say it's a builter sweet return today. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> ama: sky 7hd is live above one of two large fires burning in the bay area tonight. just look at that smoke. this fire is threatening homes and forced evacuations in contra costa county. the other has burned structures in sonoma county. we have live team coverage from both fires as crews battle hot weather conditions to put out the flames. the fire in contra costa county
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spread to at least 400 acres. right now it's burning near clayton in mt. diablo state park. lillian kim has a look. >> there's a thick layer of smoke over mt. diablo. all the activities on the other side of the rim. flames have moved south and that's where there is an evacuation order. this started at 1:00 p.m. on the northeast side of the mountain, three miles south of downtown clayton. no reports of injuries but so far 400 acres have burned and 250 firefighters have been called to work this fire. an immediate evacuation has been ordered for oak hill lane at curry canyon road. residents have been told toll evacuate to diablo view school in clayton. residents on morgan territory road have not been told to leave their homes. the flames are moving a. from that area. but nobody is taking any

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