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i'm larry in for dan. thanks for your time. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the storms tonight and the flash flood emergency playing out right now. the high water rescues. neighborhoods submerged. families rescued by boat. tens of millions at risk tonight from d.c. up through philadelphia and new york. also tonight, the secret recording of the president. omarosa, who went from "the apprentice" to adviser in the west wing, now revealing her secret recordings from inside the white house. you will hear the conversation in the situation room with chief of staff john kelly. and tonight, we now hear the conversation with the president. two major air scares. the new one just today. a man stealing a jet and authorities say flying it right into his home, family members inside. and in seattle tonight, authorities coming before the cameras today, how did that
airport worker steal a plane and take off in this post-9/11 world? fighter jets scrambled, the recordings, what he said in the air before crashing. the stand your ground case tonight. a white customer angry with a black couple over where they parked. the black father pushing back, the father was then shot and killed. at first, no charges. authorities said it was stand your ground. the major reversal tonight. and the new reports this evening about aretha franklin and her health. prayers from fans around the world for the queen of soul. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy monday night. and we're going to begin tonight with the flash flood emergency playing out in the northeast as we come on tonight. rescue teams responding to several major flood emergencies, those water rescues under way. water rushing through benton, pennsylvania, fishing creeks spilling out over its banks, flooding parts of the surrounding community there.
also numerous roads and bridges have been washed out tonight. homes and buildings flooded in port carbon, pennsylvania. and this driver rescued in montgomery county, his car almost entirely under water there. there are flash flood watches in effect from washington, d.c. up to philadelphia right into new york. about 1,000 flights canceled at this hour. this is effecting travel coast to coast. and we start here with the dangerous driving tonight. the storms ahead this evening. abc's erielle reshef from pennsylvania. >> reporter: tonight, the northeast under siege. relentless rain swamping neighborhoods and roads. pennsylvania drivers attempting to cross through those dangerous fast-moving waters. a powerful current whisking this camper downstream. a rescue crew desperately trying to reach this person trapped on a small island. watch as they jump into the raft. finally reaching dry land. high water rescues across central pennsylvania. >> it's just crazy how quick it came up, you know, i don't think anyone was really expecting it to be this bad.
>> reporter: boat after boat shuttling trapped residents to higher ground. >> we're down to one lane and then some. >> reporter: up to four inches of rain swamping philadelphia area highways. crews now racing to clear mud and debris from the schuylkill expressway. heavy rain deluging the region all weekend. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: more than a dozen vehicles from a little falls, new jersey, dealership, hurled down a creek into a bridge, one by one, like bath toys. and at jfk airport in new york, a back flow of rainwater turning baggage claim into old faithful. more than 1,000 flights canceled tonight nationwide. >> and erielle reshef joins us live tonight from tremont, pennsylvania. and erielle, this is just the latest round of punishing rain for that community. >> reporter: that's right, david. residents many this area tell me this is the third time in three weeks that floodwaters have crushed their area. the homeowner here tells us it took just minutes for those
waters to rise, and here, you can see just how high it got. david, the mayor of this town telling me this flooding is historic. david? >> and we are on the watch into the evening. erielle, thank you. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee along the hudson river tonight. ginger? >> reporter: the rain totals, david, are impressive, from all around here, really. columbia county, pennsylvania, nearly eight inches of rain just today. why? because we've got all this moisture at the surface, coming up along that stationary front, it's been stalled for a couple of days. you got a lot of energy in the upper atmosphere lifting these storms. you can see their counter clockwise rotation, the flash flood warnings on the map, all around binghamton and around baltimore at this hour. that's where life-threatening flooding could happen. the next 36 hours, we start to dry out, and by wednesday, things look a lot better, but not before three to five inches falls. david? >> all right, i'll see you tomorrow morning on "gma." ginger, thank you. in the meantime, to the other major story developing, former west wing adviser, omarosa, who goes all the way back to "the apprentice" with the president. well, tonight, she's now released a secret recording of
the president. omarosa, once one of the president's fiercest supporters, claims the recording was made the day after she was fired. you will hear what the president says tonight. she has also released a secret recording in the situation room with chief of staff john kelly. the president is now responding tonight, and we ask here, could omarosa be in legal jeopardy for those recordings? here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: she was one of the very few white house aides close to president trump before he got into politics. now, he's calling her "wacky omarosa," tweeting, "people in the white house hated her. she was vicious, but not smart." her betrayal is so thorough, she surreptitiously taped her own firing, sneaking a recording device into the situation room. >> hi. >> i'm only going to stay for a couple of minutes. these are lawyers. we're going to talk to you about leaving the white house. >> reporter: on the recording, which she released to nbc news, chief of staff john kelly told
her she was being fired for, quote, "integrity issues." >> there are pretty significant legal issues that we hope don't develop into something that -- that'll make it ugly for you. but i think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be -- you know, you can look at your time here in the white house as a year of service to the nation. >> reporter: she tried to resist. >> is the president aware of what's going on? >> don't do -- let's not go down the road. this is a non-negotiable discussion. >> i don't want to negotiate. i just -- i've never talked -- had a chance to talk to you, general kelly, so, if this is my departure, i'd like to have at least an opportunity -- >> no. >> -- to understand. >> we can -- we can talk another time. this has to do with some pretty serious integrity violations. so, i'll let it go at that. so, the staff and everyone on the staff works for me, not the president. >> reporter: the next day, she secretly recorded another conversation. this time, a phone call with the president himself.
>> omarosa, what's going on? i just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving. what happened? >> general kelly -- general kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave. >> no. nobody even told me about it. nobody. >> wow. >> you know, they run a big operation, but i didn't know it. i didn't know that. >> yeah. >> i don't love you leaving at all. >> reporter: but now, a different story. >> lowlife. she's a lowlife. >> reporter: today, he tweeted omarosa was, quote, "nasty to people and would constantly miss meetings and work. when general kelly came onboard, he told me she was a loser and nothing but problems. i told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said great things about me until she got fired." that's true. >> when i say donald, you say trump. donald! >> trump! >> donald! >> trump! >> reporter: and there wasn't a peep of criticism when she sat down with abc's deborah roberts days after she was fired. >> do you think this president is racist? >> absolutely not.
i would never sit nor work for someone who i believe to be a racist. >> many people see donald trump -- >> nor would i have continued a relationship, a friendship, a business relationship with someone for 14 years if i believed that. >> reporter: but soon, she started turning. first, on another reality tv show -- >> i'd like to say not my problem, but i can't say that because, like, it's bad. >> reporter: and now she is flat-out calling the president a racist and a bigot. >> i had a blind spot where it came to donald trump. i wanted to see the best in him. and obviously, i failed miserably. >> reporter: on "meet the press," she said she made those recordings to protect herself. >> if i didn't have these recordings, no one in america would believe me. no one. >> jon karl with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, many questions tonight about how omarosa recorded those conversations, one in the situation room, one with the president. the audio was very clear. she hasn't revealed that. but jon, the situation room is supposed to be one of the most
secure places in the white house. is she in any legal jeopardy for these secret recordings? >> reporter: well, she certainly violated white house rules, david. anybody that goes into that room is supposed to leave all electronic devices at the door. they are simply not permitted in the situation room by white house rules. it's unclear, though, that she broke any laws, because none of this involved any classified information. david? >> jon karl starting another week at the white house for us. jon, thank you. we're going to turn next here tonight to the latest air scare over the weekend. a man stealing a plane at sea-tac airport, taking off and crashing and killing himself. today, another stolen plane. this time, a man stealing a jet and intentionally flying into his own home. some of his family members inside. abc's kayna whitworth at the scene in utah tonight. >> oh, the whole house -- oh, my gosh. >> reporter: neighbors watching, terrified, as this utah home is engulfed in flames. >> do they know what happened? >> it's an airplane. >> reporter: tonight, investigators want to know why
the pilot allegedly stole that plane and intentionally crashed it into his own home. that high pitched sound? the jet engine still running. >> there were two other people, occupants in the home. >> reporter: they weren't injured, but the pilot, 47-year-old duane youd, died in the crash. officials say on sunday night he was booked on domestic violence charges and made bail. police say when they escorted him back to his residence after midnight, he was calm. then, two hours later, they got the call. >> we've got a house that's fully involved. >> reporter: they believe the twin-engine jet belonged to youd's employer. his daughter tonight shocked. >> i'm still in a little bit of disbelief. and i -- it's going to be hard. >> reporter: david, tonight, investigators are talking to his wife. they are also on scene here, you can still see the tail of that
plane there in the front yard. now, this is not the first time that youd has faced domestic violence charges. the couple actually agreed to marriage counseling after an event earlier this year. but no word on what led him to this point. david? >> kayna whitworth from utah tonight. there was a major reversal today in that stand your ground case making national headlines. you'll remember the case in florida, a white customer angry with a black couple over where they parked. the black father pushes back. the customer then shoots and kills the black father in front of his own little boy. the sheriff initially said this was stand your ground. but tonight, the state prosecutor now stepping in and charging that customer. abc's victor oquendo on the case again tonight from florida. >> reporter: tonight, a florida prosecutor deciding this fatal shooting outside a convenience store was manslaughter. police arresting michael drejka for the death of markeis mcglockton. >> what do we want? >> justice! >> reporter: for weeks, members of the community have called for justice. >> michael drejka, period point-blank, is a cold blooded murderer. and he took markeis' life without a second thought.
>> reporter: it all started when drejka confronted mcglockton's girlfriend for parking in a handicap spot while he was inside. when mcglockton comes outside, he sees the argument and shoves drejka, who then pulls out a gun and opens fire. the father of three is seen here stumbling back into the store. his 5-year-old son watching him die. >> it's a memory that's always going to with my 5-year-old. my three kids will be without a father. >> reporter: drejka claimed self-defense under florida's controversial stand your ground law. and the sheriff refused to charge him. >> under these circumstances, we can not make an arrest. >> reporter: now the sheriff saying he supports the state attorney's decision. mcglockton's family hopeful. >> when i got the news today, obviously, i was happy, i was ecstatic about it, but i'm just sorry that it took so long. >> reporter: david, police say that drejka has a history of threatening other drivers. he'll appear in court tomorrow. david? >> victor, thank you. the new headline tonight from the fbi. agent peter strzok has been fired. we have reported here on his text messages about
then-candidate donald trump. well tonight, strzok's lawyer now says this firing comes after an internal fbi review recommended he be demoted and suspended, not fired. strzok has come under fire from the president. was there pressure to fire him from the white house? abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas at the fbi tonight. >> reporter: after months of relentless attacks from president trump, tonight, embattled fbi agent peter strzok fired. the president quickly showing his approval, tweeting, "finally." >> how about that fbi agent? you think he liked me? you think there was just a little bias there? >> reporter: strzok, a senior agent in the hillary clinton e-mail investigation and then the russia probe. special counsel robert mueller took him off that case after learning strzok and former fbi attorney lisa page exchanged personal text messages in 2016 disparaging then-candidate trump. strzok repeatedly calling trump an "idiot." in one conversation, page asks, "he's not ever going to become president, right? right?"
strzok relies, "no, no, he's not, we'll stop it." >> at no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action i took. >> reporter: a report from the justice department inspector general found strzok did show unprofessional bias in those texts, but found no evidence he acted upon it. today, his attorney said an fbi internal review recommended a 60-day suspension and a demotion. instead, strzok was fired. the second top fbi official to be ousted after coming under fire from the president. former deputy director andrew mccabe fired in march, just two days before he was eligible for his pension. >> so, let's get to pierre thomas, he's live with us from the fbi tonight. and pierre, peter strzok's team tonight believed this firing is because the president wanted it? >> reporter: that's right, david. strzok's team has set up a website to raise money for his legal bills. tonight, they're accusing the president of making slanderous statements and of successfully pressuring the fbi to fire strzok.
but the fbi has just issued a statement, basically saying the firing was done by the book. david? >> pierre thomas on a monday night. pierre, thank you. and we're following late developments in the paul manafort trial tonight. prosecutors with robert mueller's team resting their case against president trump's former campaign chairman. he's accused of bank fraud and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts, they say. the defense has not said if manafort will take the stand. he's facing a possible life sentence if convicted. there is still a lot more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the new reports tonight about aretha franklin and her health. of course prayers coming in from all over the country and the world. also, the major headline after a baltimore police officer was caught on camera, you can see him here, repeatedly punching a man in the head. and what the commissioner said about this today. the urgent search tonight after a young woman disappears. what was left behind. and that other stolen plane i mentioned, you saw the reporting. authorities facing serious security questions today. they came before the cameras. how did an airport worker take off in a passenger plane in this
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went from a puddle to a raging river. >> yeah, it did. >> it was my brother's car and i felt so bad for him, but he was more concerned about ruining our wedding day and -- >> i was in my wedding dress. my wedding dress got ruined. >> we knew there was going to be rain on the wedding. i mean, there was thunder and lightning all day. >> reporter: when it rains, it pours. >> i was terrified. >> i -- here's the thing. i was willing to get out of the car and push it, but -- >> you weren't in a wedding dress. >> but apparently that wasn't an option. >> reporter: they got out, got help and they were off to the reception. they're on their hon gnu moon now, sunnier jamaica. >> the wedding dress is going to have mud stains forever. >> let's put it this way. at the very least, we have a story to tell people. >> reporter: and i just checked the forecast for jamaica tomorrow, a 60% chance of storms. don't tell them. good night. only on abc 7 news tonight,
hear one of the defendants in the ghost ship murder trial speak out for the first time since the judge put the case into legal limbo by rejecting a plan to plea deal. >> i have no feelings of anger towards the driver. >> amazing. a mother forgives the suspected drunk driver whose crash claimed the life of her teenaged son. >> it's a very, very painful situation made incredibly worse. >> the indentation remains, but the wedding ring does not on the hand of a man married almost 50 years. his family hopes this story will help it turn up before it's too late. >> live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> remorse is not equal to guilt. you can be remorseful and broken hearted, but you're not -- but you don't have to be guilty. >> only on abc 7 news tonight, one of the two men charged in connection with oakland's deadly ghost ship fire speaks out and
blasts the sentencing juthe.at'. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil in for dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. two men face criminal charges for the 2016 fire that claimed 36 lives in a story you will see only on abc 7 news tonight. derek almena speaks out about a decision to throw out their plea deal. derick almena spoke video hookup from santa rita jail. he told abc 7 news he was stunned when the judge dismissed a deal that would have resulted in a nine-year sentence for him. last friday judge james kraemer ordered them to stand trial saying almena didn't show remorse. almena says he has always been remorseful for the fire that took the lives 36 people, and says judge cramer took quotes from his written statement out of context. >> you know, if you take anything out of context, you can twist it around and make it about me. this statement was about everything.