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tonight, the deadly flash flooding as we come on the air. the water rescues under way. bystanders can be seen forming a human chain in the east. and the new warnings just issued late this afternoon here in the northeast. authorities tonight say take this seriously. and meteorologist rob marciano is standing by in the middle of it all. also, the mudslides in the west. the car swallowed into a sinkhole. the evacuations at yosemite. and the new fire raging outside los angeles. the police video sparking outrage tonight. the man with a gun appearing to run from police, shot in the back and killed. what police now say happened beforehand. president trump under pressure after his own tariffs, many believe igniting a trade
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war. e. promising.ries retaliatg. the surprise development involving vladimir putin's visit to the u.s. and the secret recording of the president by his long-time fixer and lawyer, michael cohen. you will hear the conversation about cash, a former playboy playmate and the owner of "the national enquirer." >> developing now, the search intensifying for that missing college student, vanishing while jogging. what authorities with the fbi on the scene are now saying about her boyfriend and about the f fitbit they hope she was wearing. and there is news tonight about singer demi lovato. the suspected overdose. and tonight, what someone administered on the scene -- did it save her life? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we begin with the dangerous flash flooding in the east. it has turned deadly. flash flood warnings and watches are up right now for 30 million
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americans tonight. rescues play in eme ncaroli, onpeon was k a the images comn of beach-goers forming that human chain. in colorado tonight, heavy rain in durango causing the d c'avid us off from the storm zone. >> reporter: flash flooding is, their banks. high water surrounding homes in central pennsylvania. >> you see a couple of family members in the raft right now, others are on the porch waiting to be removed. >> reporter: rescuers able to move this family of five and their four pets safely to dry ground. >> if you live by a creek, you know it's going to flood, get out. they put eight lives in danger today by ignoring the signs and the rain around them. >> reporter: to the south in hershey, more than two dozen people evacuated by boat, as the
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water crept up. wendell rittenhouse decided to stay. but you're just watching this water creep up toward your house? aners thinyodo th a i >> probably. >> reporter: nearby hershey park closed until at least friday. and in nearby hummelstown -- more than ten inches of rain in five days here in central pennsylvania. compounding the problem, when debris clogs a bridge, a dumpster over here creating even >> oh!>> repte and new dash cam video showing a tree crashing onto power lines in culpepper, virginia, narrowly missing a suv. along the north carolina coast, deadly rip currents. beach-goers in emerald isle, forming a human chain, pulling people out of the water. tragically, at least person drowning there. >> david kerley live with us
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tonight from pennsylvania. we see the water behind you. we know the river has crested and more rain in the forecast tonight? >> reporter: it's raining right now, david. another inch or two expected tonight. ighborhoods that hav been hit s. david? >> david kerley on the scene for us. david, thank you. that dangerous flooding shut down hershey park in pennsylvania today. it was closed mopd, as well. and with the heavy rain david just mentioned, it will be closed again tomorrow. abc senior meteorologist rob marciano live there, tracking the flood warnings here in the east. the concerns in the west. rob? take it away. >> reporter: good evening, david. five days of heavy rain here in hershey and another strong push coming tonight. we've got a flash flood warning up, and the risk for dangerous flooding exceeds into parts of central new york. the front going to squeeze off to the east, so, look for heavy rain to increase in d.c., philly, new york tonight. boston, as well. you're under a flash flood watch for one to three inches of additional rainfall.
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severe watch boxes out in the midwest, including colorado, which has had flash flooding this week. and the heat continues to build the way up to western washington state, where fires continue to burn. they can only dream of this kind of rain. david? >> rob marciano live with us tonight in a very wet pennsylvania. rob, thank you. and as rob mentioned there, the concern growing in the west tonight. visitors to yosemite national park were given until noon today to evacuate. the wildfire burning at the edge of the park is filling the valley with thick smoke, causing air quality concerns. tourists crowding into the park office. they were checking out, ending their visits at the height of the summer season. and then late today, a new fire igniting in southern california. the cranston fire, as it is called, forcing mandatory evacuations in mountain center. hundreds of homes are threatened tonight. arson is suspected, and a person is being questioned at this hour. to the president tonight, under pressure after his own tariffs igniting a trade war. other countries retaliating, and
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many american farmers paying the price. you heard from them last night right here. tonight, the president with a new promise. reaching out to the european union, he called them a foe just a week ago, but late today, calling a press conference outside the white house to say they will now work together. abc's terry moran at the white house tonight. >> reporter: reeling under increasing pressure from american farmers, congressional republicans and nervous wall street investors, president trump suddenly shed his trade warrior persona today and declared a truce with the european union. >> so, we had a big day. very big. we met right here at the white house to launch a new phase in the relationship between the s union. >> reporter: yes, that how tesi described it just ten days ago. >> i think the european union is a foe. what they do to us on trade. >> reporter: trump has imposed massive tariffs on steel and aluminum on the eu, mexico, canada and china. and those countries swiftly retaliated by slapping sweeping penalties on an array of american products.
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hardest hit? farmers. a crucial segment of the president's political base. gregg hora has been raising hogs in ft. dodge, iowa, for years. >> we need the administration to come to these deals quickly and not have agriculture products like pork used as a retaliation tool in these trade negotiations. >> reporter: in pennsylvania, richard schloberg grows soybeans. >> i understand why he's trying to do it, but it's affecting farmers in a negative way. >> reporter: so yesterday, a bailout, president trump promising farmers a whopping $12 billion in emergency payments right before the midterm elections. congressional republicans, who ran on free trade and budget discipline, hated it. >> and farmers don't want a dole. they want to trade, they don't want aid. >> reporter: all that led to today's declaration. tariffs remain in place for now, but the us and eu will work together to open markets completely. >> this is why we agreed today first of all to work together toward zero tariffs, zero nontariff barriers and zero
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subsidies on non-auto industrial goods. >> reporter: just ten days ago, as trump was calling europe a foe, he was extolling his burgeoning friendship with russian president vladimir putin, who said he wanted trump to win in 2016. >> president putin, did you want president trump to win the election? >> reporter: "yes, i did," putin said. when he returned from helsinki, trump invited putin to the white house in the fall, but the response from the kremlin, decidedly cool. and today, the national security announced there would be no meeting, blaming the russia investigation, saying in a state, "the president believes that the next bilateral meeting with president putin should take place after the russia witch hunt is over." more than a week after helsinki, it's still unclear what putin and trump discussed in their closed-door, two-hour meeting. secretary of state mike pompeo grilled on capitol hill today. >> has the president told you what he and president putin discussed in their two-hour closed-door meeting in helsinki? >> the president has a prerogative of choosing who is meetings or not.
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i'm confident you had one-on-one meetings in your life, as well? >> i asked you a simple question, i hope we can get through this. did he tell you what transpired in the two-hour meeting? >> i've had a number of conversations with president trump about what transpired in the meeting. >> the band act forth today. terry moran at the white house tonight. and secretary of state mike pompeo did say president trump did brief him on that meeting with putin. but secretary pompeo, you were watching, as well, terry, seemed reluctant to go into detail with congress today. >> reporter: and the lack of those details, david, that's got senators in both parties worried. the kremlin is already declaring that, quote, important verbal agreements were reached, that they're beginning to implement. senators want to know, what were those deals? and given there were no other officials in the room, is president trump at the mercy of president putin's version of events? david? >> terry moran, thank you. and now, to the secret recording of the president by his former fixer and personal attorney, michael cohen. tonight, you will hear the conversation about cash, a former playboy plait playmeat
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and the owner of "the national enquirer." that conversation just two months before the election. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: hope hicks was clear. just days before the 2016 election, the trump campaign spokeswoman emphatically denied her boss had an affair with playboy model karen mcdougall a decade before. hicks called the allegation "totally untrue." mcguy dal had sold her story for $150,000 to the publisher of "the national enquirer." they apparently bought it in order to bury it, a practice known as catch and kill. hicks claimed, "we have no knowledge of any of this." but in a conversation secretly recorded two months earlier, a very different story emerges. >> what's up, mike? >> reporter: trump and his former attorney and fixer michael cohen apparently discussing a plan to buy the rights to her story themselves from "the enquirer's" publisher,
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american media incorporated, which is owned by trump's close friend, david pecker. cohen proposes using a shell company to do the deal. >> i need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend david, you know, so that -- >> yeah. >> i'm going to do that right away. >> reporter: cohen says he's already set the wheels in motion with a top trump organization official. and trump apparently mentions a price tag. $150,000, the same amount a.i.m. paid the former playmeat. >> i've spoken to allen weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up with funding. >> so, what do we have to pay, 150? >> yes. >> reporter: the next portion of the tape is in dispute, as the men discuss how to pay. president trump's current attorney rudy giuliani says the president wants to pay by check, so there's a record. >> we listened to it numerous, numerous times, and the transcript makes it quite clear at the end that president trump says, quote, don't pay with cash. >> reporter: but cohen's own attorney says the recording shows the president actually wants to pay with cash.
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>> we know that trump used the word cash and people who use cash, rudy giuliani knows when he's u.s. attorney, are either drug dealers or mobsters. >> reporter: listen carefully and judge for yourself. >> when it comes time for the financing, which will be -- >> what financing? >> we'll have to pay. >> reporter: at that point, the tape cuts out. but tonight, one thing is indisputable -- the president is furious his former fixer secretly recorded their conversation. "what kind of lawyer would tape a client," he tweeted. "so sad." the president clearly upset about this. pierre thomas joins us from washington. pierre, many people do not think their attorney is recording them, but the other major question in this story, donald trump's campaign spokeswoman at the time said the president did not know about the arrangement with karen mcdougall, but this recording has them talking about money, about the owner of "the national enquirer," among other things. >> reporter: david, there's a lot of debate about this tape, but it does appear despite those
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denials during the campaign, then candidate trump was very aware of the playmate controversy and efforts to spike her story. david? >> pierre thomas live from washington. pierre, thank you. and from chicago at this hour, newly released police body cam video of a fatal shooting. it's causing outrage. the video showing maurice grant shot in the back by police after appearing to run away from them, and then laying there for several minutes with no one giving him aid. what policht sayne >> reporter: tonight, growing lg questir e icago police depart this controversial body cam the moments leading up to an officer shooting and killing 4-year-old maurice granton jr. >> my son, my dna, my blood, just get murdered in cold blood by chicago policemen. >> reporter: in the video, which is difficult to watch, granton is seen running from police, attempting to scale a fence when an officer opens fire.
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witnesses nearby in an uproar as granton lay on the ground dying. the shooting happened june 6th. police were carrying out a drug investigation, and at the time, chicago police said granton was armed when he was shot. a police spokesman did tweet a picture of a weapon. and in the video, you can hear officers talking about a gun nearby. but the family says the video shows no weapon in granton's hands. >> at no point in this video is my son armed and at in point in the video was it a confrontation. he was running. >> reporter: chicago police say they are cooperating with the independent investigation. attorneys for the family say they do intend to file a civil lawsuit. david? >> alex perez in chicago. thank you, alex. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. news tonight about demi lovato, the suspected overdose and what happened at her home right before she was rushed to the hospital. also ahead tonight, the search now intensifying, the fbi on the scene for that missing college student who vanished
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while jogging. what they did say today about her boyfriend and about the fitbit they hope she was wearing. the new headline tonight about former gymnastics dr. larry nassar and what he now says happened to him behind bars. and america's new mystery millionaire. one winning lottery ticket worth $522 million. the entire crew is here in the studio, no one won it here. but there is a major clue that's now been revealed tonight. a lot more news ahead. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, ... with reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques. and the otezla prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. otezla may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. tell your doctor if these occur. otezla is associated with an increased
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in her home tuesday morning. >> ems 11, along with engine 97, already on scene. unconscious. >> reporter: narcan, or naloxone, can work within minutes to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, if it's administered quickly enough. it's not known what drug or drugs were involved in this incident, but lovato has openly discussed her battles with oxycontin, cocaine and alcohol. publicly celebrating six years of sobriety in march. ♪ warning signs of relapse perhaps were evident to fans on sunday at her last performance. the superstar stumbling over the words of her new single, "sober." >> [ bleep ]. i forgot the words. >> reporter: the sing er frequently used her voice to encourage others. david, that life-saving medication, narcan, is actually available over the counter in 46 states. and medical professionals advise that family and friends of those
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after world war ii. >> there's something magic about a chocolate bar come floating out of the sky. >> reporter: on this day, he's dropping candy to children thrilled in utah. >> they run just as hard now as they did in 1948. >> reporter: but hal has seen this before. after the war, tensions with russia were increasing. in 1948, the soviets cut off food and supplies to west berlin. so, the u.s. and its allies began air drops to a starving city. >> i was born in berlin. berlin got hit very hard. it's horrifying to a child. and i get too emotional. >> reporter: she was just one of the children hal was inspired by to to something. >> i thgh we gosh, i get a chocolate ration. i can share it. >> reporter: so, he began dropping his candy from parachutes, wiggling the wings of the plane to signal to the children in west berlin a candy drop was coming. on the ground, he saw the smiles
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of the children. hal smiling, too. >> it was exciting, you know? because, i mean, we were hungry, and, you know, for someone to come in and drop us some candy? >> reporter: all these years later, hal is still at it. here in the u.s. his daughter denise. >> air patrol groups tie the parachutes together. heinstructions, they do it, put it in boxes tied in a certain way. >> reporter: his generosity continues to this day. >> if we get outside ourselves on the road of life, for somebody who is struggling more than you are, then you're going to be rewarded in a way you'll never know. >> the groundbreaking for hal's museum in spanish fork, utah, is in oct . >> announcer: from abc 7, live breaking news. it's in the east bay, a
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two-alarm grass fire that started on marsh creek road in clayton is burning at least one structure. this is cell phone video sent to us showing the heavy smoke and the flames on the side of the road there. it's unclear if there are evacuations or if anyone has been hurt in this fire at this point. let's take a map of where this fire is to give you a better idea of it. just to let you know, it's burning east of mount diablo. we have the person who took the video on the phone with us, matthew hodgen. are you there? >> i'm here, good afternoon. >> tell me a little bit about how you came across this in the first place? >> my wife and 1-year-old and i were driving into walnut creek to do shopping. we started seeing smoke and we slowed down. the smoke got really thick. we parked with our hazard lights on to stop traffic behind us. that's when we saw the fire coming around the corner. one of the fire trucks pulled
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up, i think it was one of the first two trucks over to our left. and we just saw the flames get bigger and bigger and it was windy. so i just saw something i've never seen before. it looked like a fire tornado that's moving through, away from some of the fire trucks. honestly, we were just waiting for the thing to hop across the road. it was really neat to see how well the fire department worked, those guys are the real deal. >> it's scary though, we're looking at your video and we see how quickly the smoke just takes over the roadway there. >> oh, there was nothing stopping this fire, aside from the guys in the truck. and it was going the opposite direction from them, the wind picked up and it started moving quicker. i think one of the part of the video you can actually see there's -- the flames are