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tonight, several developing headlines as we come on the aird down the east coast. the rescues, the trees coming down. authorities now warning the roots saturated. one homeowner killed inside. and tonight, the wildfires, as well. the warning at this hour for tourists now at yosemite. authorities saying, get out. rob marciano is standing by. the breaking headline late today. "people" magazine reporting that singer demi lovato has been rushed to the hospital. >> engine 87, female unconscious. >> she's talked about her struggle with addiction. and what authorities are now saying tonight. the new police video tonight. the armed man takgeseeent begi
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firing. police firing back. and tonight, it's now revealed the store president trump tonight, after igniting what many consider to be a trade war, the american farmers paying the price here at home. and now, the president is promising $12 billion in taxpayer money to pay the farmers back after his own tariffs. the four paramedics suspended tonight after answering a call. what they did not do, and this question from the family -- did it cost a young mother her life? a new development in the search for a missing student tonight. and the tourists trapped in greece. other runsing if their lives amoid deadly fires. for many, the other escape, running into the sea. good evening. us heron great heouit t. with theent warnings both in the east and the west tonight. authorities warning of more
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life-threatening flash floods in the east. 37 million in the path in the coming hours. we were following high water rescues in north carolina. flash flooding in baltimore. the entire region hammered by storms. a tornado in virginia. a woman there was killed by a falling tree. authorities warn the ground is saturated now, and that the high winds will break tring trees do. in the west at this hour, severe flooding near colorado springs, and that major wildfire burning near oyosemite. tourists told to get out. rob marciano is standing by with the track of all this, where the floods hit next, but first, linsey davis with the images and the man missing tonight, believed to have been carried away down the hudson. >> reporter: tonight, millions are on high alert. and in north carolina, dangerous flash flooding. >> the caller stated that the water was coming into the business. >> reporter: that rescue scene in charlotte unfolding live on our affiliate wsoc.
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>> we are watching the last two employees being fulled out. five people now safe from this recycling business. >> reporter: a firehose of flash flooding extending north to virginia. >> this vehicle was almost completely swallowed up by the creek here in annandale. we are told that the driver actually got out on their own. >> reporter: tragically, one woman did not survive after a tree crashed into this fairfax county home. >> obviously, with all the rain and the past couple of days, things of that nature, the roots of these trees have really loosened up. >> reporter: our david kerley is in baltimore. >> more than two inches of rain today making this the wettest july in baltimore history. and with another inch or two coming, there's a worry about the strain it's putting on these flood channels. >> reporter: and here in new york, authorities are trying to find a missing 48-year-old man in the hudson river. >> linsey davis with us live tonight along the hudson. and you've learned that the man missing in the river was actually trying to save someone else? >> reporter: that's right, david. the man saw a swimmer struggling
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in this river. he jumped in to help. now aviation units are searching for him, along with the coast guard, and the rain in the forecast is unfortunately likely to make that search even more difficult, david. >> all right, no question about that. linsey, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, of course, tracking it all. both the flooding and the fires. rob, what do you got? >> reporter: the pattern remains stuck, david, and it will be. unusual for july, this deep troug, all the way into the deep south. squeezing all that moisture north. north carolina, maryland and central pennsylvania. and this will continue tomorrow. shifting a little bit to the east, but the front that's going to push everything offshore still well west. another two to four inches expected in the same areas that are saturated. in the west, the heat continues to build. triple-digit stuff.11oretter inh thes developing news at this hour that has saddened many
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fans. "people" magazine reporting that demi lovato was rushed to the hospital after suffering a possible drug overdose. she's bravely talked about her battle with addiction before. abc's will carr tonight on what we know so far. >> reporter: the los angeles fire department responding to a medical call in the hollywood hills neighborhood at a home listed as a residence of demi lovato. the call came in at 11:22 a.m. >> ems 11. engine 97. already on the scene. unconscious. >> reporter: it was lovato, according to "people" magazine. a source telling them she is stable after an apparent overdose. lovato, who has been open about her battle with drug addiction, says she's been sober for six years. ♪ i'm sorry for the fans i lost ♪ >> reporter: but last month, she released a new single called "sober," seemingly admitting a relapse. ♪ i want to be a role model ♪ but i'm only human >> reporter: the superstar has been vocal about her issues with
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eating disorders and mental illness and said she's trying to lead a conversation about private struggles. >> i actually have bipolar disorder and i'm very open about that, because i think that mental health effects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it. >> and will carr is outside lovato's home tonight. and will, we know she's sought treatment for addictions in the past, and we heard just as she said moments ago that she's encouraged others to do the same, to try to get rid of the stigma attached to addiction. >> reporter: that's right, david. lovato went to rehab in 2010. she relapsed and lived in what's called a sober house for a year. and think about this. the cdc says in 2016, 64,000 americans died from addiction. tonight, friends and fans sending lovato positive thoughts. david? >> no question about that. addiction a real issue across this country. will, thank you. there are also new images tonight after that deadly hostage standoff at a trader joe's.
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tonight, the stunning video. and we have learned that the store manager was accidentally killed by police. dash cam video shows the suspect crashing his car outside the store, running inside, firing as he goes. the officers returning fire. shoppers escaping, running for their lives. you'll remember that image. some were climbing from windows. tonight, the video showing the flashes as the suspect opens fire and what's left in the aftermath. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, newly released dramatic police video showing the high speed chase through busy los angeles streets. >> shots fired. >> reporter: the gunman, identified by police as gene atkins, shooting at officers through his rear window. officers showing caution in their pursuit. >> do not shoot. >> reporter: the suspect crashing into a pole outside trader joe's. >> car tc. >> reporter: he runs out of the car, firing at officers. watch again. you can see the flash from his gun. officers rapidly shooting back.
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>> get down! >> reporter: telling civilians to take cover as they hide behind a cement wall. >> get away! >> reporter: customers and employees run for cover. one of those employees caught in the cross fire accidentally hit by police gunfire. >> i know that it is every officer's worst nightmare to harm an innocent bystander. >> reporter: witnesses say the 27-year-old was shot when she ran to the front of the sto the. the tense standoff beginning when atkins allegedly shot his grandmother seven times and forced his girlfriend into his car. the hostage standoff lasting three terrifying hours. people desperately escaping through windows of the trader joe's. atkins finally surrendering, coming out in handcuffs. >> and kayna whitworth joining us from outside the trader joe's where that standoff unfolded. and kayna, that suspect appearing in court, the judge nearly doubling the bail? >> reporter: yeah, david, because of the seriousness of
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, his bail has been raised now to nearly $19 million. he's facing 31 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping, and he did not enter a plea tonight. david? >> kayna whitworth, thank you. next this evening, president trump, after igniting what many consider to be a trade war, and american farmers, in some cases, paying the price, as other countries slap tariffs to retaliate. well, the president tonight is now promising farmers $12 billion in taxpayer money to pay them back, after the affects of the president's own tariffs. abc's terry moran at the white house. >> reporter: in missouri today, president trump admitted that american farmers, many in states he won in 2016, are becoming collateral damage in his escalating trade wars. and he promised better days ahead. >> the farmers will be the biggest beneficiary. watch. we're opening up markets. you watch what's going on. just be a little patient. >> reporter: but patience is wearing thin in kenton, ohio.
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where brian watkins raises pigs and has seen his business take a huge hit. >> we've seen somewhere between 10% and 20% price drop off our gross sales. that's enough to take a majority chunk out of our profits right there. >> reporter: when the president slapped steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from china, canada, mexico and the european union, those countries fired back with tariffs of their own on american products, particularly agriculture, pork, soybeans, dairy. the hardest hit places, include several states trump won, texas, alabama, south carolina, michigan, wisconsin and pennsylvania. >> right here, you can see the soybeans. >> reporter: where richard schlosberg grows soybeans and says he's watched prices plunge since the president announced his tariffs. >> i understand why he's trying to do it, but it's affecting farmers in a negative way. >> reporter: but after igniting the trade war, today, the president authorized a $12 billion emergency aid package to bail out the nation's farmers, the payouts beginning in september, just before the midterm elections.
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on capitol hill, republicans are unimpressed. >> here are farmers who just want to make a living. they're in our office, they want trade, not aid. >> reporter: and senator rand paul tweeting, "the answer is not welfare for farmers, the answer is remove the tariffs." >> so, let's get to terry moran, live at the white house tonight. and as you reported there, some republicans frustrated tonight. they say the taxpayer money will be used to pay farmers hurt by what they say is the president's own trade policy. >> reporter: that's right, david. being a republican used to mean a belief in treed trade and budget discipline. but donald trump took over this party. he doesn't share that. he remains undaunted, tweeting today, "tariffs are the greatest." david? >> terry, thank you. president trump, who has said russian meddling in american elections is a hoax, is now saying tonight that the russians may now be meddling to help democrats in the midterms. the president cited no proof today. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas now.
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>> reporter: just a week ago, president trump said no when asked if russia was still targeting the united states. >> is russia still targeting the u.s., mr president? >> thank you very much, no. >> no, you don't believe that to be the case? >> reporter: but today, a reversal the president declaring without evidence, "i'm very concerned that russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election. based on the fact that no president has been tougher on russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the democrats. they definitely don't want trump." the 2017 assessment by u.s. intelligence agencies concluded putin and russia hacked the democrats to hurt hillary clinton. and in helsinki, putin acknowledged he very much did want trump. >> president putin, did you want president trump to win the election? >> reporter: "yes," putin replied. "yes i did." the russians so giddy after the summit, their foreign minister called it "fabulous, better than super." still tonight, the president says russia is now out to help the democrats. today, the fbi, cia and director
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commentigence refus tells abc news they've seen no evidence to support the president's claim. and while attorney general jeff sessions has recused himself from the investigationnto 2016 campaign, that didn't hold him back today before an audience of young conservative activists. >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> lock her up. >> lock her up! lock her up! >> well -- so -- i heard that a long time over the last campaign. >> reporter: we reached out to multile agencies to give them a chance to endorse the president's statement, and they would not comment. just days ago the president himself tweeted he got along very well with putin, who has been invites to the white house this fall. david? >> pierre, thank you. we are also following those devastating fires overseas tonight. fierce winds fueling the flames near athens, greece. people fleeing through the
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hellish scene. for some, the only escape was by running into the sea. at least 74 have died tonight, whole families huddled together. and abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell has arrived on the scene. >> reporter: they're calling it a biblical disaster. a raging in fin fore in greece erupting from out of nowhere. people forced to flee with little warning surrounded by flames. for many the only escape the sea. some standing in water for hours, desperately hoping for rescue from the raging fire. tonight, at least 74 people killed. the youngest victim, just 6 months old. many perished while trapped in the crush to escape. just look at this here, you can see the intensity of the blaze that ripped through this area, literally incinerating everything in its past. daylight revealing an eerie graveyard of charred cars. too much to bear for many. officials say in one town, 26 bodies were found huddled together. parents trying to protect their children.
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nearly 50 fires have broken out in the past 24 hours. driven by 65-mile-an-hour gale-force winds. hundreds of firefighters scrambling to fight a blaze that seemed almost out of control. more than 1,000 homes simply devoured. the search goes on for more than 100 people still reported missing. this is one of the worst tragedies in modern greek history, and the fear is the death toll could go higher. david? >> ian, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the four paramedics suspended after answering a call. what they did not do. and this question from the family tonight -- did it cost a young mother her life? we'll have more on that. also, the consumer alert this evening when it comes to goldfish. and new developments tonight in the search for that missing student who vanished while jogging. a lot more news ahead. ng back tr just for a shot. with neulasta onpro patients get their day back to be with family, or just to sleep in.
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point. and so did grandpa john. remember him? tonight, he's back, with another angle. you'll remember that very proud grandfather who had just met a young couple on a sight-seeing tram in albuquerque. so excited that the boyfriend was about to propose. 71-year-old john didn't want to miss it, but his phone was stuck on selfie mode. >> oh, that's so cool. >> reporter: his video entirely of himself. >> oh, congratulations! >> reporter: you can hear the whole crowd cheering as she says yes. grandpa john was in new mexico. the couple was in line when they met. you can see the man on the left in plaid, his fiance there. grandpa john so excited. >> i wanted to tell you so bad. >> give her that ring and it will give her the biggest smile. >> reporter: about to tell the couple he caught the whole thing. >> i got it on video. >> reporter: but then, his family breaks the news. >> you were filming your face the whole time!
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>> reporter: john telling us afterward he was not ashamed, because his video brought many styles, too. but he did one wish. to meet the couple. and tonight, we've learned they reached out, christopher and candace. they've shone him the video, the moment he tried to capture. they also gave him something else -- an invitation to their wedding. hoping grandpa john shows up with that smile. i hope they hire a wedding photographer. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. . >> announcer: live where you
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live. this is abc 7 news. a look back, and he was wiping off his knife and stood at the stairs and just looked. >> police believe they arrested that man last night. and today we're learning more about the suspect's long rap sheet. good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. show you mug shot of john cowell. team coverage this afternoon. melanie woodrow is with the family, but we'll vin with vic lee who has more on the suspect. >> reporter: we do not know what cowell's juvenile record is, but it's clear from his adult record that he's been in and out of trouble since he was 18. john lee cowell, just 27 years old, already with a long rap sheet. when he was 18, his criminal record included misdemeanor drug
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offenses, obstruction of a peace officer, and assault. on the assault charge he was quicked and released on probation. when he was 22, he was convicted of battery. two years later in 2015, another conviction for using drugs. then in 2016, more misdemeanor charges. this time at the target store in contra costa county. cowell was caught shoplifting and carrying drug paraphernalia. scott alonzo says police also found him with this. >> a tear gas canister, i believe he was found with. >> in may 2016, his most serious crime back then, second degree robbery at lucky in el >> the loss prevention officer attempted to confront and detain, and that's when the defendant reached out with a
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handgun. >> reporter: it turned out to be