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welcome to "world news tonight." welcome to "world news tonight." president trump and the call for a special prosecutor. a top republican saying a special prosecutor should investigate russia's meddling in the 2016 election, including any possible contacts between the trump campaign and moscow. gunned down. the car crash taking a shocking turn ending with gunfire, an 8-year-old girl shot and killed. was it a case of road rage? the manhunt tonight. prank horror. the freak accident involving a fire truck, a false alarm and a fraternity party. investigators looking at whether a prank played a role in the death of a female college student. snapchat arson? the man accused of torching a
country club and posting it on snapchat to get back at the young woman who turned him down. and before they were stars. from "baywatch" to reality tv, before they were the toast of hollywood, they were, who? a revealing look at some of the nominees. good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday for a special edition of "world news tonight." i'm tom llamas reporting from los angeles. and we begin with the latest developments into russia's meddling into the presidential election. a leading republican congressman now calling for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into possible contacts with russia. and just moments ago, the president announcing on twitter he will be breaking a white house tradition. we start with abc's david kerley in washington. >> reporter: a new call tonight for an independent investigation. as president trump battles the media and reports of ties to russia. >> we are fighting the fake news.
it's fake, phony, fake. >> reporter: "the new york times" reported earlier this month the trump campaign had numerous contacts with russians connected to that country's intelligence community. now, a senior republican house member is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate, saying the attorney general must recuse himself. >> jeff sessions, who was on the campaign. and who was an appointee. you're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to take not just to recuse -- you just can't give it to your deputy. >> reporter: not only did the white house unsuccessfully ask the fbi to rebuff that report, tonight we've learned the white house also reached out to republican chairs of the intelligence committees, which are investigating such contacts and asking them to talk to reporters. representative devin nunes did. according to a spokesman, he told reporters he "couldn't find evidence" of "the times" report. senator richard burr, also contacted by the white house, did not comment.
but his democratic colleague mark warner says he has "grave concerns" about the white house effort. tonight, the national debt is also on the president's mind. >> we inherited a national debt that has doubled in eight years, think of it, $20 trillion, it's doubled. >> reporter: that is true. but the tweet today, suggesting the media has not reported the national debt went down by $12 billion in his first month, comparing that the $200 billion in president obama's first month is misleading. president obama took office at the height of the great recession. president trump inherited a growing economy. more fallout from the battle with the media. president trump who has been a guest, will not sit at the head table as president. tweeting, "i will not be attending the white house correspondents' dinner." >> david joins us live from the white house. the white house correspondents association responding to the
statement. putting out this statement, saying they still look forward to dinner, saying it's a celebration of the first amendment. earlier today, something that he encouraged his supporters to hold a rally. he got a response back from senator bernie sanders. >> reporter: yeah. a bit of a tweet war. tom, the president tweeted, that if everybody who voted for him had their own rally, it would be the biggest rally of them all. bernie sanders responded, they did. it wasn't. he tweeted side by side pictures from the inaugurations of trump and obama. a bit of a back and forth between the two men, tom. >> definitely a back and to the. all right, david. thanks so much. next to the pivotal moment for the democratic party. leaders duking it out to choose a national leader. a bitter and divided battle for the party still reeling from a big white house defeat. abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: the democrats in a boisterous fight tonight over who will lead their embattled party. [ chanting ] >> reporter: the winner, tom perez, obama's former labor secretary, edging out minnesota
congressman keith ellison, who's a muslim, a progressive, and one of the first to take a trump presidency seriously back in july of 2015. >> this man has some momentum. we better be ready for the fact that he may be leading the republican ticket next. >> reporter: in a show of unity, perez offering ellison the deputy job, and siding with him when it comes to investigating donald trump. >> you're now seeing republicans call for a special investigation of what happened in the run-up to the election. and i think there has to be an independent investigation. >> reporter: perez takes over after last year's scandal of leaked e-mails forced the resignation of debbie wasserman schultz. it's a tough road ahead. what does today mean for that? >> today is a new beginning. we move forward today. >> reporter: after last november's crushing defeat of hillary clinton, the party now without its most powerful leaders. cheered like a winning candidate, highlighting the vacuum left behind. president trump chimed in on the race results this afternoon on twitter. he offered his congratulations
to perez, but throufle saying he couldn't be happier for perez or the republican party. tom. >> gloria riviera, thank you. much more on all this tomorrow on "this week" with house democratic leader nancy pelosi. now to the homicide investigation in houston, texas. and the manhunt under way. police say a collision at an intersection overnight erupted in gunfire, killing a little girl who was traveling in the car with her mother. abc's adrienne bankert has more. >> reporter: tonight, a manhunt and a mystery as to who shot and killed this third grade honor student. >> i never thought i would be burying my daughter. >> reporter: police say early this morning, two or three cars were speeding down this houston road. one, this white pontiac crashing into this honda accord, her 8-year-old de'maree adkins in the backseat. >> i said, are you okay? she was asleep. she never even knew what happened. >> reporter: moments later, police say someone pulled out a
gun, firing eight shots, bullets fly into the backseat hitting de'maree. >> had to be a case of road rage, i don't know. but my daughter was innocent. she didn't deserve it. >> reporter: the little girl was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive. >> she's gone. i'll never be able to wake her up in the morning to go to school, talk to her. we always had conversations. and she always said, mom, i love you. >> reporter: authorities now on the hunt for the shooter and those involved. police saying de'maree and her mother were innocent bystanders. >> she's an innocent child, i mean that's the worst kind of victim. >> reporter: de'maree's family in anguish over the loss of their little girl who they say had a bright future and loved playing the violin. >> my daughter was full of life, happy girl, witty, smart, she was a -- just a fun-loving person. i can't watch her grow up.
>> an incredibly sad story. adrienne joins us now. does that area have traffic cameras and could they possibly hold any clues as to what happened there? >> reporter: you know, tom, police say there are cameras in the area, and they hope video evidence leads them to the shooter in this heartbreaking crime, tom. >> adrienne, thank you. next to the tragic death on a college campus. at least eight students arrested. state police in connecticut say this 19-year-old girl lost her life following an off-campus fraternity party. abc's eva pilgrim picks up the story. >> reporter: tonight, eight university of connecticut students facing charges after the tragic death of a fellow student. >> on scene nothing showing. >> had an extinguisher. >> reporter: investigators said firefighters were responding to a call when their suv accidentally ran over this 19-year-old who had fallen
asleep against the firehouse garage door. >> it was kind of like, i don't know, i took aback. i was really surprised by it. >> reporter: the accident killed her, authorities blaming her death on blunt injuries to the head and torso. the emergency call turned out to be false alarm. two students allegedly stealing a fire exi think the extinguisher. both now facing charges. that's it. six students at an off-campus fraternity party facing charges after providing alcohol to her. they say her blood alcohol level was 1.25, twice the legal limit. though in the arresting document, one witness saying she showed up to the party with a water bottle filled up with white wine. while another one said, there was a table set up in the driveway and the bouncer was checking i.d.s. there were wristbands for those over 21. >> it's about sending a message, holding people accountable and recognize that when you give someone alcohol, it can reach a deadly consequences. >> reporter: the students posted bond and are due in court in march. tom. >> eva, thank you. now to that deadly poison
attack overseas. officials sweeping that airport tonight of any trace of deadly chemicals. officials say one female suspect was paid $90 for her role in the bizarre incident and police say she still maintains she thought it was still all a reality show. abc's alex marquardt reporting. from london. >> reporter: malaysian police tonight in protective gear sweeping for remaining traces of toxins in the kuala lumpur airport terminal, where kim jong-nam, the older, estranged half-brother of dictator kim jong-un, was murdered. in surveillance video of the attack, a woman is seen rubbing her hand on the north korean's face. another woman then did the same. tonight, both are in custody. one, an indonesian, now claiming she thought the liquid she was given was "baby oil," that it was part of a tv prank show for which she was paid around $90 in cash. instead, it was vx, the deadliest nerve agent in the world, classified as a weapon of mass destruction. >> it's one of the most lethal creations that man has ever come up with.
>> reporter: just a drop of vx can be fatal, causing muscles to contract violently, inducing nausea and vomiting. as kim jong-nam reported the attack and then collapsed, the women allegedly washed their hands, one of them vomiting, and then made their escape. some experts believe the reason the two female attackers weren't seriously harmed by this nerve agent is that they each had one of the two necessary compounds that make up vx. separately harmless, but together, can be extremely deadly. tom? >> an incredible case. all right, alex. thank you. now to a severe weather threat at home. a system with strong winds now moving east. hail making its mark south of washington, d.c., take a look there. storms sweeping from north carolina to new england. with dramatic lightning strikes like this one in hatfield, pennsylvania. senior meteorologist rob marciano in our new york studio tracking it all. rob, some 30 million people in the path right now. >> reporter: that's right, and just now rumbling over top of our new york studios, some
thunder. off the jersey shore. the northern flank is still strong. heads into new england. it should weaken overnight. big changes on the way -- this is all in response of the record heat fueling these storms. that will be over as cold air moves in behind it. it will feel like the teens and 20s tomorrow. meanwhile, thankfully out west it's been somewhat drier. some showers around oscar primetime there around 4:00 p.m. temperatures in the 50s. not horrible. but not ideal certainly for you hot shots out there in tinseltown. tom, back to you. >> rob, we'll hope for the best, but we'll bring umbrellas to the oscars. thanks so much. we want to turn to the big story here in los angeles the academy awards, tomorrow night the splashy celebration of the best in cinema, certainly no stranger to politics. but some are saying this year may be shaping up to be one of the most political in memory. >> reporter: it's the season when hollywood and politics
collide, and meryl streep threw the first punch last month at the golden globes. >> hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. >> reporter: president trump punched back, tweeting, meryl streep, one of the most overrated actresses in hollywood. >> meryl streep, i think, kind of opened up the opportunity for other winners, other nominees to speak out. >> reporter: just yesterday, the united talent agency foregoing their annual oscar party, holding a rally instead. here's actress jodie foster. >> we know that the first attack on democracy is an assault on free expression and civil liberties. >> reporter: but past academy awards themselves might be the best predictor of what's in store for us. >> we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. >> reporter: marlon brando even famously rejecting his academy award having an actress of native-american descent make his
point for him. >> and the reasons for this being are the treatment of american indians today by the film industry. >> reporter: should fireworks fly tomorrow night, we could hear from president trump himself. he used oscar night to vent in years past, once live-tweeting, "the oscars are a sad joke, very much like our president. so many things are wrong." some of the president's supporters showed up today. yet more might take the limelig limelight. do you expect anyone to win tomorrow night and to support president trump? >> i talked to trump supporters within the industry and they have almost a reticent to speak out. they just don't want the blowback. >> all the excitement all here tomorrow night. and we have much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. a fire at a country club. what the expected arsonist did that landed him behind bars. why it involved social media. plus, a developing story we're following. several injured in a multiple shooting incident. we'll have the latest. what was the worst movie of the year? the razzies have spoken. stay with us.
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>> reporter: before she was hollywood's most nominated actress, she was mary louise streep, a jersey girl from the suburbs. vivacious. a cheerleader. even a homecoming queen. appearing on broadway in the play "secret service." >> please don't be angry if i ask you once again about your orders. >> reporter: there aren't a lot of oscar nominees who got their start on "baywatch." >> listen, i'm having a party friday night. you want to come? >> yeah, sure. >> bring sand in your shoes. we'll make it a beach party. >> reporter: yep, that's best supporting actress nominee michelle williams at just 13 years old. >> tell me about those handsome young strangers -- >> reporter: best supporting actor nominee jeff bridges, and his brother, beau, got their start on the show "sea hunt" with their late father, lloyd bridges. >> you promise not to tell. you better keep that promise. >> i promise! >> reporter: three-time oscar nominee, viola davis, grew up in
poverty. her acting career began at 8, when she and her four sisters put on a skit in a local talent show. >> we lived in a condemned apartment building with these tiny closets, and i would go in the closet for, like, an hour or two just rewriting the skit. >> i think i might make a good lawyer because -- >> reporter: emm then emily stone, as a teen took part in a vh1 reality competition series called "in search of the new partridge family." >> here comes emily stone! ♪ ♪ city of stars >> reporter: now she's looking for her first win for playing an aspiring actress and star-crossed lover in "la la land." chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> and our thanks to chris. before they were famous airs tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. eastern. and "world news tonight" is live from the oscars tomorrow night before our red carpet coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. i'm tom llamas. have a great evening. good night.
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on news at 4:30, an emotional recovery process after the flood. the new way san jose is aftering assistance today. >> and the big issues at a town hall meeting for a bay area congresswoman. and the one california lawmaker who is refusing to hold any future town halls. >> i'm kristen zse in hollywood. the red carpet is unveiled. i'll have the latest on the last-minute preps outside of the theer theater coming up. recovery is underway for many san jose flood victims. but not everyone is heading home. good evening, i'm kate larsson in for eric thomas. we begin with