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>> we'll see you at 6:00. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. involving president trump. did he reveal highly classified information? late today, "the washington post" reporting that the president revealed that information to the russians, during their meeting at the white house. how is the white house responding tonight? cecilia vega is standing by with their response a short time ago and mary bruce at the capitol. where republican senators are calling the headline, troubling and disturbing. the deadly plane crash just outside new york city. the jet coming in over a suburban neighborhood. witnesses watching the plane come down. a fireball erupting. tonight, the audio, the calls from the cockpit. late today, the new horror the images emerging from syria. the u.s. now accusing syria of executing thousands in an alleged crematorium.
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what the satellite images reveal tonight. martha raddatz standing by with new reporting. and the tour bus crash, more than two dozen students and adults on their way to washington, d.c., and the emergency response. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with that bombshell headline breaking late today. "the washington post" reporting president trump disclosed highly classified information to the russians. "the post" reporting that the classified material was revealed during a meeting with the russian foreign minister and russian ambassador while they visited the white house last week. if true, senators on both sides of the aisle tonight saying this is alarming. the news traveling fast late today. let's get to cecilia vega, live at the white house, with the very latest for us. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. this is a bombshell allegation that has rocked the west wing. tonight, from the white house, a strong denial. >> i was in the room, it didn't
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happen. >> reporter: national security adviser h.r. mcmaster denouncing that washington post that saying during last week's oval office meeting with the russians that president trump disclosed high ly classified intelligence. >> the story is false. at no time -- at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. >> reporter: according to the post the classified information about a isis plot in syria was give on the u.s. by a partner. and is so sensitive that not even allies have access to it. that oval office meeting took place a day after the president fired fbi director james comey it was already under scrutiny but now raises more questions. tonight, the response from the white house swift. secretary of state rex tillerson was in the room for that
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meeting, saying, they did not discuss sources, methods of military operations. . no one here at the white house is specifically addressing the main allegation laid out in this story that president trump revealed classified information and in doing so, he may have jeopardized critical intelligence-sharing operations, david. >> cecilia vega leading us off. in the meantime that washington post headline that the president might have given that highly classified information to the russians raced its way to capitol hill. tonight, they're calling it troubling and one using the word alarming. and reaction just coming in. >> reporter: alarm bells are ringing here tonight from both sides of the aisle. >> that's really shocking and there's obviously going to be a lot more work for us this week. >> troubling. i have no idea. it's disturbing and let's find out the details are. >> reporter: the top democrat on the intelligence committee mark warren tweeting, if true this is
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a slap in the face to the intel community risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the russians. they're asking the intelligence leaders to brief the committee on what was shared with the russians in that meeting. >> mary, thank you. of course all this meantime as president trump looks for a new fbi director. after that warning to the director he fired, james comey, saying comey better hope there are no tapes of their conversations. tonight, republicans and democrats are now demanding to know, are conversations being recorded with the president? and if so, they now want them. how is the white house responding to that, here's our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: in the oval office today, president trump was asked about his search for a new fbi director to replace the fired jim comey. >> mr. president, how's the process of going -- >> thank you. thank you. >> are you shaking up your staff, mr. president?
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>> thank you. very good. >> thank you. >> moving rapidly. >> reporter: that search may be moving rapidly, but the white house is defying congressional demands for answers on whether the president has been secretly recording his conversations. late last week, he implied he was, taunting the fired fbi director with a tweet, saying, "james comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" >> if there are tapes as the president has suggested, he should turn them over immediately. >> reporter: even republicans are saying if there are tapes, they need to be preserved and turned over. >> you can't be cute about tapes, if there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over. >> if, in fact, there are such recordings, i think those recordings will be subpoenaed and i think they will probably have to turn them over. >> reporter: but the white house is refusing to answer any questions on this whatsoever. >> is the white house intending to cooperate with those requests and furnish that information as requested in writing? >> i think i made it clear last week that the president has nothing further on that. >> does that mean that the
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president will deny those requests? >> i said i was very clear that the president would have nothing further on that last week. >> reporter: as for the fbi director search it's apparently a crowded field. at least eight candidates, including senator john cornyn and former congressman rogers have already been interviewed. with more likely to come. leading the interviews, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and attorney general jeff sessions, a potentially awkward position because the fbi director would lead the russia investigation and sessions has recused himself from anything to do with that. >> a lot of democrats who think that because he recused himself from the russian investigation he should not be in that position. >> i think this is a process that's running completely as it should. >> jonathan karl live with us from the white house. there's also news this evening on two key figures and whether they'll testify before the senate and the american people, james comey himself and the
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deputy attorney general who wrote the review, cited in the firing of comey. who will we hear from first? >> reporter: rod rosenstein will be before the senate. all 100 senators are invited to the briefing. it's a closed briefing, david, which means we won't actually see what he has to say, and it's a confidential briefing. he'll face tough questions in his role in the firing. as for james comey, his associates say that he's willing to testify before open session, i talked to the committee a few minutes ago, still no word exactly when that will happen. >> jon karl, our thanks to you. meantime we turn to the scene just outside new york city tonight. a deadly plane crash, the learjet approaching teterboro airport. witnesses say it flipped upside-down as it flew over a suburban neighborhood. slamming into an industrial complex. tonight, the audio in those final moments. abc's linzie janis is on the scene for us. >> reporter: tonight, the harrowing scene -- a plane plummeting out of the sky, crashing and erupting into a ball of flames. >> request for a mutual aid ambulance in carlstadt scene of
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a plane crash into a building. >> reporter: at 3:30 p.m., the learjet, less than one mile from the runway at new jersey's teterboro airport, when eyewitnesses say the plane lost control, flipping over, and slamming into three buildings. >> it skidded after it hit the top of a building. and then skidded into the building adjacent to it. blowing up cars and anything in its path. >> reporter: the plane taking off from philadelphia, two pilots onboard died. flying debris destroying everything in its path. >> i just heard a loud boom and a flame go across the whole front of our building, across the street. >> reporter: teterboro airport shut down, planes grounded, while the flames still burned. >> it hit three buildings, there are just pieces of the plane, like, all throughout the yard. melted cars that were parked here. it's really almost impossible to describe. >> reporter: rescue teams racing to the scene, a warehouse complex, incredibly no one on the ground injured.
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>> and linzie with us live from the screen. investigators i know are looking into the cause, linzie. you were telling us, one factors they're exploring are reports of high wind gusts around the time of the crash. >> reporter: that's right, david. wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour. it's not yet known if they played a role into the crash. investigators from the faa and the ntsb are on their way here. david. >> linzie, thank you. next tonight to the headline -- yet another harrow emerging from the war in syria. the u.s. department accusing the syria carrying out mass executions. u.s. officials say they uncovered the atrocity using satellite images of a notorious prison outside damascus. abc's martha raddatz at the state department tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new horrors revealed in these satellite images. a secret crematorium, believed constructed in the notorious
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sednaya prison, where as many as 50 people are killed every day. look at the nearby buildings in the complex, a white blanket of snow covers them, but the roof of this building, with the intense heat from within, snow free. that is where the state department believes bodies are burned, to hide evidence of an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 political killings. >> the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in sednaya prison. >> reporter: the evidence of the no images exist from inside, but amnesty international has recreated the prison itself, based on interviews with those who managed to survive the conditions. "as we arrived," says this man, "every guard grabbed a detainee and started beating him." the u.s. blames assad for the crematorium, but says russia and iran have played a part, for supporting the regime. a regime the u.s. attacked last month after evidence emerged it
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used chemical weapons to attack civilians. >> martha raddatz with us live tonight from the state department. martha, this new evidence comes as the president prepares for his first overseas trip to saudi arabia, israel and the vatican. surely these images will come up. >> that's right. he's going over to saudi arabia. he'll meet with sunni leaders. they'll be shown these satellite images. all of those groups already despise the assad regime. they'll be very happy about this tough stand against them. david. >> martha, thank you. and now to another global worry at this hour. we do have new reporting in the massive cyberattack. hospitals paralyzed, surgeries halted, and today we learned of an auto assembly line suddenly stopped because computers had shut down. hackers infecting some 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries now, including the u.s., locking those companies up through their computers, and
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then demanding ransom to free the files. and tonight, investigators say new clues may be pointing to a familiar culprit. here's brian ross. >> reporter: cybersecurity researchers tracking the attack tonight, say the trail could lead to north korea. that the computer code that produced the attack with these ominous messages, the code used by north korea on attack on international banks last year. it could be someone else using the north korean code, says researchers. but the country has a long record of computer criminality. >> we have seen them steal money and information. we have seen them destroy information. >> reporter: there's still no attribution of who was behind the massive attacks. as of tonight the tally of attacks has grown. more than 300,000 in 150 countries. auto plants, offices, railroads around the road, and fedex in the u.s. were all hit. the most devastating, hospitals in great britain, where ambulances were turned away. cancer treatments and surgeries
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cancelled. >> horrible. cried a lot. didn't really know what to say. >> reporter: only a few hundred companies appear to have followed the hackers' directions to pay $300 in ransom or more to have their files freed, and that, too, turned out to be scam. >> it appears less than $70,000 has been paid in ransom. we're not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery. >> brian ross with us live tonight. those attacks are still coming from that same group, brian. >> that's right, there was a new variant of the attack today and another one yesterday, but were shut down before they spread too far. >> new waves of this attack. what do you do? >> the most important thing is to download any upgrades, the fixes with the patches that block this attack. >> use those automatic upgrades. all right, brian, thank you. to other news tonight, north korea also celebrating its most recent missile test. we have new images of that tonight, showing kim jong-un
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there on sunday. as the medium-range rocket was readied and launched. the first successful launch of this new type of missile. potentially they say capable of reaching u.s. bases in pacific. afterward, north korea upping the threat, claiming the missile could be loaded with a nuclear warhead. u.s. officials cannot confirm that claim tonight. next, back here at home, and to an accident on i-95 in maryland, injuring more than 20 schoolchildren. their bus overturned on their way to washington, d.c. for an event marking international police week. behind them on the road, another bus, full of police cadets who rushed in to help everyone. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the eighth grade field trip in an instant, terrifyingly, turned upside down. >> this is a mass casualty, with at least 30 patients. >> reporter: mostly students, tossed about. >> when the bus began to flip, she heard some screaming and stuff, but she thought it was all a dream. >> reporter: two of those on board critically injured.
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two dozen others needing care. >> it ran anywhere from head injuries, broken bones, minor bruises, things like that. >> reporter: fortunately, another bus, filled with police cadets, was nearby. and those cadets sprang into action, trying to calm the crying, injured students. >> i haven't seen it very often, but i'm very glad that they were there because they were very helpful. >> reporter: the bus was halfway from the philadelphia school to a field trip in d.c. when a small sedan tried to pass the bus. that vehicle runs off the road as the driver corrects, the car crosses the southbound lanes, clipping the front of the bus sending it into an embankment lined with trees, and throwing it, and the 30 occupants, on its side. many of the injured students treated at local hospitals have already been discharged. the driver of that small sedan which apparently caused the accident, could face charges. david. >> david kerley with us tonight as well. thank you, david. there's still much more ahead -- we have new developments in the deadly police shooting of a teenager. new images raising questions and this major question, was he left there for six hours? the 15-year-old boy shot and handcuffed, seen lying on the
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ground. his family now saying his life could have been saved. the home that went up in flames. the family of seven that did not survive. investigators are on the scene tonight. what they're now saying. and later tonight, the skydiver jumping into the record books. you won't believe how old he is, or better yet, we should ask, how young is he? stay tuned for that. [boy] cannonball! [girl] don't... [man] not again! [burke] swan drive. seen it. covered it.
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connecticut, police, the officer shot negron after he refused orders to stop and hit the officer with a stolen car on tuesday. >> this is a young man, who put himself in a really bad situation and lost his life. >> reporter: the 21-year-old passenger was also shot, but suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. the police chief says negron's body was lying in the street for about six hours after the shooting for evidence-gathering reasons, but negron's family members say that police never provided him medical attention that they believe might have saved his life. hundreds gathered last week to pay tribute to the teen and call for action. that officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. david. >> linsey davis, thank you. when we come back -- the police officer's accidental overdose after he touched a kind of powder. they revealed what it was. and remembering the actor famous for his bad-guy roles.
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if you're eligible, you could pay as little as $25 dollars a month. finally tonight, he's become the world's oldest skydiver. the d-day veteran proving he's forever young. abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: what's about to happen in these next few seconds is a world record. this is 101-year-old verdun hayes, about to become the world's oldest skydiver. four generations of his family joined him for the flight, he only needed to jump from 10,000 feet for the record, but went for 15,000. >> how you feeling? >> all right, absolutely over the moon!
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oh, yes, hopefully i'll be doing it at 102 or 103. >> reporter: he beat the previous record holder by 35 days. >> i slept very well indeed and i woke up this morning the happiest man in the world. >> reporter: hayes is a war veteran who was there on d-day in normandy in 1944. clearly jumping out of planes makes him feel forever young. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> he's hoping to do it when he's 103. i'm david muir, i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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california are the "new york times" and "washington post" claim that president trump shared sensitive intelligence information. >> u.s. officials told the times
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and post it could expose the information source and jeopardize a critical relationship. >> the lawmakers want to know more. >> we have to have a special prosecutor, to look into what is russia's connection, both with the election and ongoing. >> congressman eric swolwell also called for an independent investigation. congressman k ar unwittingly sharing the intel would be dangerous, but doing it intentionally is much worse. meanwhile the investigation continues into that massive ransom ware attack on computers all over the world. >> you heard on "world news tonight" it may have originated in north korea. no o h


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