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sandhya patel and michael tonight, we have breaking news as we come on the air. tonight, we have breaking news as we come on the air. reports of a man, a foreign national, trying to break into a cockpit on a flight that left from los angeles. reports he had a suspicious item. our team is standing by tonight. also breaking, as president trump departs for his first foreign trip, investigations looking at a staffer inside the white house. also, what we' the president's conversation with the russians after firing james comey. the president saying i faced great pressure about russia. that's taken off. also, a car barrelling into a crowd in times square. police calling it a deliberate act. the driver allegedly telling
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authorities, i wanted to kill them all. and severe storms hitting as we come on, from texas up to illinois, and the whole system moving east tonight. good evening. great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the emergency playing out onboard an american airlines flight. reports of a man trying to break into the cockpit. authorities say he was holding a laptop computer. f-22 fighter jets escorting the plane. the airline has confirmed the incident. the plane has landed. and take a look. the man was stopped, subdued, taken off the plane in handcuffs. david kerley in washington, what have you learned? >> reporter: as you mentioned, american airlines flight was met by law enforcement when it landed in honolulu, and had been escorted by two f-22 aircraft. and the man is in detention at this hour.
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we're told by one source that the man, said to be a foreign national, tried to breach the cockpit. he was standing near a restroom with a laptop in his hand. he was told to sit down. that's when he made a move, trying apparently to open the cockpit door. that's when he was subdued. we're told that law enforcement officials are analyzing what they're calling a suspicious item associated with the case, not confirming it was the laptop. but the threat of explosives hidden in laptops has led to a ban on electronics larger than a cell phone on flights from ten airports from the middle east and africa. and there is talk about potentially expanding that ban on flights coming from possibly all of europe. it's a growing concern by
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security and intelligence officials. >> david, thank you. matt gutman is outside honolulu. passengers onboard that flight, witnessing this disturbing scene. >> reporter: that's right. it must have been a harrowing scene. 181 passengers, 6 crew members, they must have seen him being subdued, taken down, and hauled off in handcuffs. we know all the passengers are off the plane, they're safe. there was about a 30-minute delay here in honolulu, but airport officials are trying to make it up. what must have made it even more terrifying for the passengers, the two f-22s, escorting the plane back to honolulu. that must have made it even more frightening. that came from pacific command. coming from air bases like the one right behind me. >> no word on a motive, but the reason this alerted authorities, because the man was waiting near the bathroom with the laptop. amid concerns about laptops on flights around the world. matt, thank you. and david kerley as well.
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we're also following breaking governments involving president trump tonight. new reporting about what the president told the russians inside the oval office during their meeting. the day after he fired james comey at the fbi. tonight, the "new york times" reporting the president said i just fired the head of the fbi. he was a nut job. the "times" reporting the president said, i faced great pressure because of russia, that's taken off. jonathan karl on why those words could become very important. and how the white house is responding tonight. >> reporter: as president trump boarded air force one for his first overseas trip, another shoe in the russia story was about to drop. the "new york times" is reporting that less than 24 hours after president trump fired james comey, the president boasted about his decision to the russian officials in the oval office. i just fired the head of the fbi, the president told them, according to the "times," he was
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crazy. a real nut job. photos were captured by a photographer by the russian government, allowed in the room. details of the conversation included in an official white house document, read to the "new york times". trump has acknowledged russia was on his mind when he fired the fbi director. >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> reporter: the "times" reports the day after, the president told the russian officials, i faced great pressure because of russia. that's taken off. adding, i'm not under investigation. in the same meeting, trump also shared sensitive intelligence with the russians. all of this sets the stage for a coming showdown with comey. expected before long to tell his story to congress. the president claims comey assured him he was not under
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investigation, but comey has told associates that's not true. comey has also told associates that trump even asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. >> did you urge comey to close or back down the investigation into michael flynn? and also, as you look back -- >> no. no. next question. >> reporter: sources close to comey say the former fbi director kept meticulous notes, including about a dinner where he says the president asked him to pledge his loyalty. today, a friend of comey's says the director was disturbed by the president's overtures. early on, comey was summoned to meet with the president, but tried to blend in with the curtains. >> he wanted to blend in and not be singled out. it was like, almost like a chameleon, camouflaged against the wall. >> reporter: but the president
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spotted him. >> he's become more famous than me. >> comey was disgusted by the episode. he thought it was an intentional attempt to compromise him in public. >> jon, with us live. the white house tonight, and this was significant today, is not disputing this conversation between president trump and the russians in the oval office. >> reporter: they are not denying it. they're not confirming it either. but press secretary sean spicer has responded with a lengthy statement that condemns comey, criticizing him for hurting relations with russia. spicer says, the president has always emphasized the importance of making deals with russia. by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into russia's actions, comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with russia. david? >> jon, our thanks to you. in the meantime, the white
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house also dealing with another bombshell tonight. abc news has learned that in the fbi investigation into possible collusion with the russians before the election, investigators are now interested in someone currently working inside the white house. we knew they were interested in michael flynn, who resigned 24 days in. but now, the investigation continues. including at least one person currently in the west wing. pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, sources tell abc news that investigators looking into whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the russians in the 2016 election are now interested in at least one staffer inside the white house. it's unclear what the exact focus is and officials declined to name the person. but the "washington post" is reporting it is someone close to the president. investigators have already been looking into retired general michael flynn, who lasted just 24 days as national security adviser. but now they say they are looking at someone still in the west wing.
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the russia investigation has accelerated since general flynn was forced to resign in february after allegedly lying to white house officials about his conversations with the russian ambassador. after his forced resignation, president trump openly supported flynn. >> michael flynn, general flynn, is a wonderful man. >> reporter: this week, the justice department turning the fbi investigation over to a special counsel. yesterday at the white house, when asked by david muir if he supports the idea of a special counsel, the president said, "i believe it hurts our country terribly." trump insisting this is the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in american history." >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but i can only speak for myself, and the russians, zero. >> reporter: the special counsel, former fbi director robert mueller is already at work for what is expected to be a sweeping probe. and a leading republican on the hill suggesting the president is entitled to his opinion, but that he should honor the
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decision and cooperate. this, after being briefed by the man who decided to bring the special counsel, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. >> the takeaway i have is that everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation. >> pierre, your sources telling you that james comey is still preparing to testify? do we know when that will happen? >> reporter: we've just learned that comey has agreed to testify before the senate intelligence committee in open session. it will be sometime after memorial day. again, comey will be testifying. david? >> pierre, thank you. at this hour, the president is in the air on his way to saudi arabia. nine days, five countries. and this question tonight -- will his words during the campaign play a role again? and how will he explain the headlines at home to the world leaders he's meeting with? here's cecilia vega in saudi arabia, where the president
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hopes to turn the page. >> reporter: tonight, air force one en route to saudi arabia. when president trump arrives in the morning, this will greet him. streets lined with american flags, giant billboards showing his face with the saudi king. we just landed, most of the white house press corps flying ahead of the president. every move, every word of his will be under a microscope on this trip. the president hoping to send a message to the muslim world by making this his first stop. but the political chaos at home is casting a shadow. his comments from the campaign trail hurting, too. >> i think islam hates us. there's something there, there's a tremendous hatred. >> reporter: nine days, five countries. the world's great religious centers. from saudi arabia, the birthplace of islam, to israel, then the vatican. the pope and the president meeting for the first time, following their public clash
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over the border wall last year. pope francis called building a wall unchristian. [ speaking foreign language ] >> i am a christian. i'm proud of it. for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> and cecilia, the white house sees this first foreign trip as a chance to reset. to turn the page. but the president told me yesterday, he's aware the world leaders are watching the headlines, and are very much aware of the chaos swirling around the white house here at home. >> reporter: yes, and in fact, jared kushner has been working on this trip since day one. since president trump took office. i'm told the highlight will be a speech on sunday where the president talks about extremism. not about islam, but in terms of good versus evil. but the headlines and chaos is following him right here to saudi arabia. >> cecilia, thank you. and we have new reporting about the driver who barreled
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into a crowd in new york's times square. we also have stunning new images of that horror. the driver mowing people down, then crashing his car into a barrier. the only thing that stopped him. nearly two dozen injured, and one tourist is dead. tonight, prosecutors saying it was a deliberate act. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: new disturbing video tonight of the mayhem in times square. everyone you are about to see survived this horrific attack. the suspect in this car turning directly into helpless pedestrians. then continues. barreling down one of the busiest sidewalks in the world. block after block. appearing to aim directly at the crowds. >> he waited for those cars to pass and he accelerated, striking down these pedestrians. that goes to his state of mind and his motivation. >> reporter: police claim that driver, 26-year-old richard rojas, said he wanted to kill them all and that police should have shot him. rojas seen here trying to flee. that's when kenya bradix, right
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behind rojas there in the hat, helped stop him. holding rojas' head while an officer handcuffed him. >> you went over there and you tackled him. you stopped him. >> i stopped him. >> from doing any more damage. >> that is correct. >> did he say anything to you? >> he was just screaming but there were no words. >> reporter: rojas, handcuffed and in court today. charged with 20 counts of attempted murder. and one count of murder. 18-year-old alyssa ellsman visiting from michigan, losing her life. he was apprehended at the scene, after speeding down three streets. creating 60 seconds of terror. hitting nearly two dozen people and not stopping until it slams in these steel security barriers. crowds all around. tonight the nypd crediting those bollards with saving lives. >> many more people would have been killed or seriously injured if it weren't for the security measures in place on 45th street. >> and linsey davis with us live tonight. times square, of course, one of the most watched, busiest areas in the world. and now, authorities
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re-evaluating security there? >> reporter: yes, the mayor says that the city plans to re-evaluate security. not only here but in other key areas. and just in the last 24 hours, they've put up these concrete barricades. there's an increased police presence. and that's on top of the things they're doing that we can't see. they're being extra vigilant. >> linsey, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the deadly fire at an american shopping center. a firefighter killed, two more injured. we'll have new headlines coming from that coming up. also, the suspect barricaded inside a church after attempting to light a car on fire. what we've just learned on that front. and breaking news involving the weather. storms hitting from texas to illinois. that system now moving east. rob marciano standing by live with the storm track for us t.night. live longer...
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>> it turns out, leah had a special gift for her favorite singer. >> i will cherish it forever and ever. >> the two of them singing together. ♪ wish i could be part of that world ♪ >> mandisa then giving a concert at leah's church, raising thousands to support the bone marrow registry called be the match. leah's singing already generating hundreds of new donors. and tonight, the people at be the match, grateful to that little fighter using her voice. ♪ you're an overcomer >> and so we choose leah. be the match. i hope to see you on monday. good night. good night. . breaking news just in on the amber alert for a 1-year-old
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kboi. 4 new picture of him and his suspected abductor, his own father, and where we have just learned they are going. >> this is too crazy. two robberies in two weeks at the costco in danville. the campus controversy that had parents suing a school district and winning. >> and that breaking news is all over the freeways and on your phone, an amber alert for a 1-year-old boy. >> chp says he's been abducted by his father from san francisco. the parents recently seen in menlo park. >> this is a picture of 1-year-old machai vangora, abducted by cecil lamb. >> chp just revealed where they think the pair may be going?
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>> reporter: they gave us an update. they told us they believe the father and son may be driving southbound on i-5 headed towards southern california. they ask that you not try to intervene yourself, but they ask that you please call 911, they want to get that boy back to his mother safely. a little while ago the da's office showed us this surveillance image that shows jason lam pushing his 1-year-old son machai. last night he didn't show up to drop machai off. last night the mother went to the san francisco da's office.


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