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no new brothers or sisters just yet. >> that's it for tonight, several developing stories as we come on. american dynasty. team usa winning the women's world cup in a dramatic 2-0 shutout as millions gathered around the world to celebrate the historic victory. and the powerful message from fans inside the stadium. the billionaire takedown. sources telling abc news that jeffrey epstein was arrested at a new jersey airport, accused of trafficking girls for sex. his home raided. and what we've now learned about the allegations. severe storm strike. multiple tornadoes touching down. a dangerous lightning strike caught on camera. as stifling heat settles in. state of play. our brand new abc news poll is out. tonight, the good news for president trump, and what he needs to worry about as the race for 2020 heats up.
on edge. residents in california rattled after a pair of powerful earthquakes. tonight, the dramatic new pictures. thousands of aftershocks are expected. explosion investigation after more than 20 people are hurt in a strip mall blast. are authorities any closer to revealing the cause? and stevie's health scare. the music superstar on stage, revealing to his fans the very personal battle he is now facing. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the historic american victory in lyon, france. team usa completing their world cup quest. shutting out the netherlands, 2-0. so many superstars, opening the scoring with a penalty kick in the 61st minute. before a breakaway goal by lavelle that helped clinch the in watch parties.
check out the scene there in kansas city. the victory gives team usa back-to-back world cup championships, as players and supporters demand the team receive equal pay. adrienne bankert is there. >> that's it. u.s. wins their fourth world cup. >> reporter: tonight team usa, champions again, establishing themselves as one of the greatest teams to ever represent our flag. this win did not come easy. the team used to scoring goals early throughout the tournament, going scoreless in the first half. the netherlands with a mighty defense. >> we have no quit in us. we're so tight. and we'll do anything to win. >> reporter: the match, a knock-down, drag-out fight at times included this scary head-to-head collision with kelly o'hara. but soon, the star of the tournament, megan rapinoe, just back from injury, breaking the stalemate with this penalty kick. >> goal! u.s. wins.
>> milestone goal for rapinoe. >> reporter: the goal sending fans back home in america into a frenzy. but it was this stunner from one of our youngest stars, rose lavelle, that sealed the deal. >> the biggest goal of rose lavelle's life. >> i'm so proud of her. she's a superstar not even in the making. she's a straight up superstar at this point. >> reporter: after the game, tears and jubilation. this record fourth world cup championship for team usa. now the gold standard in women's soccer. jill ellis becoming only the second person, male or female, to ever coach back to back championship teams. >> they've put their hearts and soul into this journey and i can't thank them enough. it's been fantastic. >> reporter: and for the legions of american fans in the stands, some getting behind the fight to be treated the same as their male counterparts. >> equal pay, equal pay. >> reporter: most of the fans we met, they were basking in the historic win. >> my heart was pumping all the time. >> number one, baby.
>> adrienne, the celebrations continue for team usa, and a parade announced to celebrate their victory? >> reporter: yes, these matches felt like home games, with tens of thousands of americans in the stands and on the streets. and the players will get more love, too, with a ticker tape parade in new york on wednesday. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. and much more on team usa later on in the broadcast. but now, to a major story here at home. a billionaire in custody. sources say accused of trafficking girls for sex. jeffrey epstein arrested after returning on a flight from france. authorities seen raiding his home in manhattan. and it's a disturbing new chapter for a high-profile suspect accused of being a predator. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: federal investigators raiding the manhattan mansion of
multimillionaire jeffrey epstein. agents hauling out boxes of the financier's belongings. sources say epstein was arrested in a covert operation as he landed on a flight from france. the indictment against him sealed, but sources tell abc news charges will likely include conspiracy and sex trafficking of minor girls in new york and florida. some of the allegations against epstein, dating back more than a decade. courtney wild, one of his accusers, telling abc news about an alleged encounter when she was just 14, giving epstein a massage. >> he asked me to get comfortable, to take, you know, my clothes off. >> reporter: she claims he then touched her and himself. wild says epstein was often surrounded by a cadre of underage girls. >> that's what was weird was because even at that time, for me, you know, i was 14. i had braces on. like, i remember standing in his kitchen and, like, and he also had a lot of girls there all the time. >> reporter: in 2007, epstein faced potential federal
indictment for running a scheme to recruit underage girls to his home for massages, and in some cases, sex. >> basically, if you take off your clothes you are going to make more. if you let him do things to you, you're going to make more. >> by do things, you mean touch you? >> yeah, touch you in inappropriate places. >> reporter: the florida power broker struck a plea deal, serving just 13 months in county jail, registering as a sex offender. the agreement also halted a federal grand jury investigation, and gave epstein and any potential co-conspirators immunity from federal charges in florida. the u.s. attorney who authorized that deal, the current secretary of labor, alexander acosta. acosta questioned about the case in his confirmation hearing. >> the department of justice has defended the actions of the office in that matter under both president bush and president obama's administrations. >> reporter: courtney wild, a plaintiff in a long-running
lawsuit challenging epstein's immunity, tonight telling abc news she's overwhelmed epstein is off the streets. >> she felt like, i was abandoned by everyone. 11 years later we still don't know the why. why would you cut this deal with jeffrey epstein? >> reporter: we reached out to labor secretary acosta's office. they had no comment. epstein is expected to appear in court tomorrow, when the indictment is unsealed. and his attorneys have no comment. >> erielle, thank you. we turn now to politics. a new abc news poll shows president trump with his highest approval rating yet, 44% approving, but 53% still disapprove. and after facing questions about unhealthy conditions in migrant holding centers, the same poll shows just 40% approve of the president's handling of immigration. tonight, he's firing back at his critics. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the president is defending his border patrol while firing back
at a "new york times" report detailing deplorable conditions in this migrant facility in clint, texas. >> the "new york times" story is a fabrication. i saw visually, i have people there that tell me the job they are doing is incredible. >> reporter: the joint investigation from "the new york times" and "el paso times" is based on accounts from unnamed border patrol agents who saw, quote, "outbreaks of scabies, shingles and chicken pox spreading among the hundreds of children who were being held in cramped cells. the stench of the children's dirty clothing so strong it spread to the agents' own clothing." no pictures accompany the article from inside the facility. but these images in a government report out just this week show the, quote, "dangerous overcrowding" in other texas holding facilities. some adults in these cells, held for a month at a time with limited or no showers. you can see their hands pressed against the windows. the president tonight indicating
migrants are being held in better conditions here than in their home countries. >> if you look, people that came from unbelievable poverty, that had no water, had no anything where they came from, those are people that are very happy with what's going on because relatively speaking, they're in much better shape right now. >> reporter: also saying he'll open the centers to the press. >> i want the press to go in and see them. we're going to have some of the press go in because they're crowded, and we're the ones that were complaining about they're crowded. >> stephanie, today, the acting head of the department of homeland security acknowledged the challenging situation at the border. and house democrats are calling for him to testify this week? >> reporter: yes, this is the time for lawmakers to get a real status report on the facilities. what's not clear is the acting head and other officials will show up. >> stephanie, thank you. and the new poll also
revealing a state of play for president trump as the race for 2020 heats up. several democrats with the chance to beat the president in a head-to-head matchup, with joe biden in the best position. this, coming as biden attempts to move on from controversial remarks about working together with segregationists in the senate. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: just 24 hours after expressing regret over his controversial comments about finding common ground with segregationists in his early days as a senator -- >> if any comments i made were taken in a way that people took offense from them, then i am truly sorry for that. that was not my intention. >> reporter: joe biden speaking directly to black voters in a pivotal early voting state. >> that's why i chose here in south carolina, and chose an audience that, in fact, would be the most likely to have been offended by anything. >> reporter: one of his most vocal critics, senator kamala harris, in south carolina, too. >> he's right to recognize the impact of his words and i
applaud him for doing that. having the courage to do it. there is still a point of disagreement between he and i. >> reporter: she challenged biden on his record on race from the debate stage, signaling he's out of touch with today's democratic party. but according to our latest poll, biden is the only candidate with a clear edge over trump in a general election match-up. leading the president by ten points among registered voters. four other democrats in a tight race with trump, including harris, bernie sanders, elizabeth warren, and mayor pete buttigieg. but one key democrat not hinting at an endorsement yet. though the former vice president touts his close relationship with president obama, michelle obama says the former first family will watch play out. >> it is early. it's like trying to figure out who's going to win the world series on the first seven games. i mean, that's where we are right now, it is so early. >> rachel, there was another promising number for president trump in our new poll.
for the first time, more than half of americans approve of the president's handling of the economy? >> reporter: yes, 51% approve. and compared to other issues, the president is stronger on the economy. and his campaign plans to use it as a key part of their message. tom? >> rachel, thank you. next to the severe weather threat. multiple confirmed tornadoes. look at this video from southern new jersey, where a brief but dangerous tornado lifts a car off the ground. in boston, a direct hit on this sailboat. at the same time, temperatures on the rise across the south. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: dangerous weather conditions marking a violent end to the holiday weekend from wyoming to the northeast. strong thunderstorms triggering intense lightning in boston. this one striking a 40-foot sailboat.
in new jersey, an ef-0 tornado flipping this parked car onto its side. the twister with 70-mile-per-hour winds ripping through mt. laurel. and along the jersey shore, massive storm clouds rolling through, sending beachgoers scrambling for cover. >> big tornado coming. >> reporter: this large tornado touching down near laramie, wyoming. significant flash flooding hitting parts of pittsburgh, trapping a 90-year-old man in his stalled car. >> i could see that the water was rising very rapidly and i considered my options, which weren't very good. >> reporter: two good samaritans racing in and pulling him out to safety. >> and rob marciano joins us live from central park with a look at the week ahead. rob, you're also keeping your eye on a disturbance in the gulf? >> reporter: hurricane season is upon us in july. lots of activity, from the carolina coastline to the colorado rockies. a severe thunderstorm watch for montana. flood watches, pittsburgh through d.c.
the cluster of storms lasts overnight into tomorrow. and below the stationary boundary, the heat index up and over 100 degrees in dallas, houston, and new orleans. we're looking at a midlevel spin that will drop into the gulf of mexico midweek. about a 50% chance of it developing into a tropical cyclone. so folks in louisiana and florida need to watch that closely. >> rob, thank you. next tonight to california, where residents remain on edge, rattled by powerful back-to-back earthquakes. the 7.1 magnitude quake was the largest to hit southern california since 1999. and while some share relief the damage was not as catastrophic as feared, thousands of aftershocks, still expected. here's marcus moore. >> reporter: tonight, communities on edge as thousands of aftershocks rattle a region already hit by two of the
strongest quakes to hit california in 20 years. those violent tremors igniting fires, this woman struggling to get up during this severe shaking. >> we spoke with a lot of concerned residents. you should be getting prepared right now. >> reporter: officials warning of more potential violent tremors in the coming days. residents aren't taking any chances. >> my ceiling is cracked halfway through. i have a crack going up my wall so it's just not safe to go home. at this point i'm just homeless. >> reporter: the epicenter of friday's quake in isolated kern county, 11 miles from thursday's 6.4 tremor, but felt as far away as nevada and even mexico. this one of the vivid examples of how strong this quake was. take a look at this. the ground shifting, tearing apart the earth and leaving this scar in the desert. authorities tonight calling it a miracle that no one died, but urging residents to start preparing for the next quake. >> to get back to a normal life, it's important that we get the help we need to move past what we've all experienced. >> reporter: and first
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police going door to door to get more than 16,000 people to leave their homes. the explosive discovered at a construction site last month. and a medical headline about music legend stevie wonder. the singer surprising the audience in london's hyde park, announcing he'll be taking a break from touring to get a kidney transplant in september. >> you ain't gotta get no rumors about nothin'. i told you what's up. i'm good. all right? >> tens of thousands of concertgoers cheering the 69-year-old american star. wonder telling fans he has a kidney donor already lined up. and some sad news within our disney family. actor cameron boyce, known for his roles in the disney channel show "jessie" and the "descendants" movies has passed away. his family saying the 20-year-old died in his sleep after a seizure related to an ongoing medical condition. disney chairman and ceo bob iger tweeting boyce was filled with so much talent, heart, and life, and far too young to die. one more great story coming up after the break. the u.s. women's stunning
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>> the women's team, they're like superheroes to me. i cried, like, every single goal. they're awesome, yeah. >> reporter: role models in so many ways. from their diligence to their performance under pressure. speaking out about equal pay and bringing home a world cup title. >> that's it. u.s. winning their fourth world cup. >> reporter: champions in every sense of the word. >> it's so good to see, like, a group of women supporting each other, lifting each other up. it makes it all the better. >> reporter: their impact seen in these images from all over america. from tiny fans, like this group of little girls watching in awe from new orleans, to these friends, who grew up playing soccer together. watching every moment in the big apple. sendg isessageo am usa from everyone back home. >> just thank you for inspiring young women. for working as hard as you have. country. >> so true. congrats to team usa. we look forward to that victory parade. thanks for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing tomorrow morning.
david muir will be right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, the u.s. women take the world cup. how the victory highlights a mitch bugger when it comes to leveling the playing field. >> a plan to dutch more than a ton of rat poison on the farallon islands. how they could help the environment. >> the big legal decision on a san francisco tax measure to help the homeless. >> now, news to build a better bay area from abc7. >> we, the ground is still shaking in southern california. numerous aftershocks are rocking a region jittery following one of the strongest quakes to hit the state into two decades. thanks for joining us. i'm dion lim. >> aftershocks continue to rattle southern california following two powerful quakes that hit on consecutive days
near ridgecrest. >> a 64 on thursday and a.1 on friday caused extensive damage. ridgecrest is about a six-hour drive from san francisco. >> today a closer look at the aftermath near the epicenter. here's meghan tavarua rischian. >> reporter: this is a community hit the hardest from the quakes. when you drive down the streets of the neighborhoods, you can see the devastation. for example, look at this mobile home over here. it has been completely destroyed. it caught fire after the 7.1 earthquake on friday and it's hard to see inside because it's so dark and charred by this fire. if you look outside, here you can see there's furniture displayed all over the yard and parts of the tree have been burned. we talked to the kern county fire department earlier today. they say that most of these fires started because of broken
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