tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC July 12, 2019 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
david muir"" is next. appreciate your time. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. tonight, as we come on the air, the state of emergency. bracing for impact just hours away. authorities are calling this a life-threatening storm about to slam into the gulf. new orleans and the levees will be tested. mandatory evacuations. rob marciano is live with the track and when this makes landfall. also tonight, president trump's labor secretary is out. just 48 hours after taking questions, explaining why he allowed a controversial plea deal for jeffrey epstein all those years ago, alexander acosta now resigning. what the president said standing right beside him. yet another round of earthquakes in the west tonight and then in southern california. the ground moving again. the major headline tonight on the hill. jon stewart with 9/11 first responders by his side. the effort to make sure money for their treatment never runs
out. what just happened. r. kelly under arrest. this time, federal charges. surrounded as he was walking his dog. the massive fire in hawaii. residents and tourists evacuated. planes diverted. and what oprah did to help. and the family emergency. their newborn stopped breathing. the deputy who frantically works to get her to breathe again. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we begin tonight with what authorities are calling a life threatening storm about to hit the gulf in hours. tropical storm barry gaining strength now. the outer bands already hitting. the roads covered in water. driving conditions worsening thundershower at this hour. look at the flooding already. this could make landfall in louisiana as a hurricane. the levees in new orleans will be tested. look at the size tonight.
and emergency officials are warning not just about the storm itself. this is the highest the mississippi river has ever been with a storm this size set to hit. president trump already declaring a state of emergency. meteorologist rob marciano is there. he leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, barry churning its way onto the gulf coast. the slow-moving tropical storm now nearing hurricane strength with winds over 60 miles per hour, already pushing water inland. thousands scrambling to pack up and get out. this gas station running out of fuel. >> as you can see, there's gas already running out of these pumps. several of these pumps no longer have gas. in fact, only two are up and running right now. >> reporter: store shelves emptying, too. officials warning this is a life threatening storm and the clock is ticking. >> time is short. if you have preparations that you need to complete, now is the time. >> reporter: tonight, grand isle, louisiana, already under water before this storm even hits. residents here ordered to evacuate, but not everyone getting out. >> we have a neighbor down the road from us that she is
hospital bound, in a hospital bed. they're not leaving either. >> reporter: to the west, our alex perez is directly in the storm's path. >> here near morgan city, you can see residents are taking no chances already filling up sandbags. we're here near the central coast of louisiana. this could be right in barry's bull's-eye. >> reporter: and tonight, conditions deteriorating by the hour. in new orleans, residents are being urged to shelter in place. tourists are pulling out of town. have you ever been through a hurricane? >> yes, hugo. i'm from charleston. >> reporter: you don't have any feelings about sticking out for this one. >> no. they tell you to evacuate, you need to listen to that warning. you get out. >> reporter: store fronts in the french quarter being boarded up. anforstimen history, all the city's floodgates are closed. >> i've never seen them close off the river. like the barricades, see that? >> reporter: the governor is confident the upgraded levees will hold back the mississippi river, at least in new orleans.
>> our state is better prepared, but that comes with a caveat -- you never know what mother nature is going to serve until she has served it. >> that is for sure. let's get right to rob, who has the new timing and track of the storm. set to make landfall overnight? >> reporter: that's right. we've been hit with heavy rain squalls all day. the water in lake ponch is rough. the center of the storm, 50 miles off the coastline. here it is on the satellite picture. and the heaviest weather to the south. which means we'll get the heavy weather even well past landfall, which is expected to happen in the next 12 hours, likely as a hurricane. to lafayette around lunchtime, then moving northward. the storm surge will be about six feet, the worst of which will be on the east side, as will the heaviest rainfall. i'm worry about places like baton rouge, which could see over two feet of rain. places in mississippi as well. it's a slow mover, so it's going to be a weekend-long event across the southeast. david? >> we're thinking about everyone in the path of this.
rob, keep the crew safe too. in the meantime, we'll be watching your forecasts this weekend. the other major headline out of the white house, just 48 hours after taking questions about the secret plea deal for jeffrey epstein, alex acosta is out tonight, resigning today. president trump right there by his side. saying of his labor secretary, i'm with him. kyra phillips was at the white house as this played out. >> reporter: he tried to defend his reputation, but today alexander acosta stood next to president trump, who announced his labor secretary was stepping down. >> this was him, not me, because i'm with him. he was a -- he's a tremendous talent. he's a hispanic man. he went to harvard, a great student. >> reporter: acosta under fire since the recent arrest of wealthy financier jeffrey epstein on child sex trafficking charges. when acosta was u.s. attorney in florida 12 years ago, dozens of young women accused epstein of abusing them. but acosta gave the multimillionaire a plea deal
that sent him to county jail for just 13 months. he was even allowed to go to work six days a week. in a lengthy news conference, acosta insisted state prosecutors would have let epstein go free. >> we did what we did because we wanted to see epstein go to jail. he needed to go to jail. >> reporter: but the former state prosecutor called acosta's version of events completely wrong. and sources tell us the news conference didn't go over well in the white house. less than 48 hours later, acosta resigns. >> it would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that's 12 years old. >> reporter: president trump praised acosta as a great labor secretary. and said he's no fan of epstein. but it wasn't always that way. in 2002, trump called epstein a
"terrific guy, adding, it is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as i do, and many of them are on the younger side. did you have any suspicions that he was molesting young women, underage women? >> no, i had no idea. i had no idea. i haven't spoken to him in many, many years. i didn't want anything to do with him. >> kyra phillips asking the president that question today. she's live with us at the white house. and kyra, this resignation means there's seven cabinet level officials serving in an acting capacity. there's been record turnover in this administration, making news again tonight. >> reporter: that's exactly right, david. it's unprecedented. at least 25 senior administration officials have left this white house in just the first 2 1/2 years. we should note that alex acosta, well, he was the only latino member of president trump's cabinet. david? >> kyra, thank you. it was a very unsettling day for millions in the west. yet another round of earthquakes. this time shaking could be felt in seattle. and news of yet another quake hitting southern california.
here's clayton sandell with the pictures. >> reporter: shaking up and down the west coast tonight. near seattle, a 4.6 magnitude quake rattling people out of bed. >> our whole bedroom was shaking. the walls were shaking. my wife woke up and said, wow, we just had an earthquake. >> reporter: a few hours later, trembling in the same southern california region struck by powerful quakes over july 4th weekend. >> oh, my gosh. >> oh, my god! >> oh, my god. >> reporter: today's shaker near ridgecrest, a 4.9 on the magnitude scale, but a 10.0 on the anxiety scale. >> it rattled us pretty good. we were sleeping, we're still sleeping in the living room, because we're still shaken. we're still on edge from last week. >> reporter: in the last seven days, shifting faults have triggered a swarm of 585 aftershocks above magnitude 3.0, ending what had been a relatively quiet time for quakes. >> in the long run we should be seeing quite a few more than the last couple of decades have given us, and it's great that
we can use the quiet time to get ready. >> reporter: there were no injuries and no major damage from today's quakes, but this recent swarm has experts worried about what might be coming next. and they're warning people to prepare. >> clayton, thank you. singer r. kelly has been arrested tonight while walking his dog. behind bars on federal charges. arrested on federal sex crimes charges in chicago and new york. what he's accused of now. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: the man known for the chart-topping song "i believe i can fly" is back behind bars tonight. the embattled r&b singer r. kelly was picked up in chicago on two separate federal indictments. thursday night while out walking his pomeranan. one is a five-count indictment out of new york charging the singer with racketeering, alleging he was the leader of an enterprise made up of individuals who would recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with kelly, arranging for them "to travel to concerts throughout the united states.
>> according to indictment as alleged, he's a predator. >> reporter: the other, a 13-count indictment out of chicago, charges kelly with child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice, accusing him and a former manager in one case of paying a minor approximately $250,000 to return a videotape depicting kelly engaged in sexual contact with minors. >> hold up a sec! >> reporter: a representative for kelly was interrupted by the family of joycelyn savage. her parents say she's been brainwashed by kelly and living with him against her own will. >> the same charges a decade ago. >> where's my daughter at? r. kelly is in there right now in jail. i want to know where my daughter at. >> reporter: this latest arrest comes nearly five months after the 52-year-old was released on bail for more than a dozen sexual abuse charges brought shortly after the explosive lifetime docuseries "surviving r. kelly." the series profiled multiple
women accusing the singer of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct. kelly has long denied all accusations of sexual misconduct and claimed his innocence in march on "cbs this morning." >> i didn't do this stuff. this is not me! i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] life! >> reporter: kelly's attorney maintains these cases are all old allegations and he says he hasn't seen any new evidence against his client. the singer is expected to remain in chicago until authorities seek to have him extradited here to new york. he will spend the weekend in federal lockup. david? >> linsey, thank you. president trump was asked today about the sweeping immigration crackdown he has planned for the weekend, expected to take place in up to ten cities. any new video just in tonight of the vice president in one of those facilities and here's what he said. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that surveillance image. over a dozen agents searching for a single undocumented person. the president stripping away any remaining mystery about the
timing of the raids. >> it's a major operation. so if the word gets out, it gets out. it starts on sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries. >> reporter: i.c.e. set to target 2,000 migrants with immediate removal orders. and tonight, immigration groups in los angeles telling us sweeps are already under way. those i.c.e. actions triggering protests. throngs in philadelphia. in milwaukee, wisconsin, they chanted -- >> free the kids now! >> reporter: tonight, many thousands of migrants preparing to hunker down and evade authorities through the weekend. and if i.c.e. comes to this door and knocks -- >> yes. >> reporter: what would you do? >> for me, and this time, no open the door. >> reporter: without a warrant. >> no. >> matt, as you know, new video just came out of vice president mike pence. he was touring a detainee
processing center in mcallen, texas. showing the vice president. he came face to face with detainees, and at one point our team hearing him say that this was, quote, tough stuff. >> reporter: that's right. the first time the vice president has seen these images we have been reporting about for months. dozens of men stuffed in the chain link fence. some looking absolutely stunned. we also hear the vice president saw children sleeping on mats on the floor, with those thin foil blankets. we've been trying to get our cameras in there for over six months. this is the first time we've been able to do that. one of the migrants looking directly into our cameras saying, we are not terrorists. david. >> matt gutman. thank you. >> major news involving john stewart and the/11 fit hha bn f. todastart went before the cameras. one giant hurdle now crossed. democrats and republicans in the house now passing this.
now it's up to the senate. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: on capitol hill a victory for the heroes of 9/11. >> this is necessary, it is urgent, and it's morally right zblnkts the house voting to extend funding to care for first responder after an emotional shaming from comedian jon stewart. >> your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity -- time. it's the one thing they're running out of. >> reporter: at his side, detective luis alvarez, who spent three months searching through the toxic rubble at ground zero. >> you all said you would never forget. well, i'm here to make sure that you don't. >> reporter: a final plea in his final days. detective alvarez died just three weeks later. >> such a sad development. mary bruce is live in washington again tonight. mary, mitch mcconnell is now
promising a vote soon? >> reporter: david, mcconnell told us he wants this done by the end of this month. in a statement today, he said the senate has never forgotten the victim compensation fund, and we aren't about to start now. david? >> mary bruce reporting. another week in washington. thanks as always. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the dramatic police takedown late today on life television. the suspect in a slow speed chase at first, authorities moving in and hitting him with a stun gun as crowds gathered, watching all of this play out. also, the powerful explosion on surveillance right here. authorities grateful there were no customers inside this restaurant at this time. where this played out. and the family emergency. the newborn had stopped breathing. the deputy who frantically works to get her to breathe again, and she does. an incredible moment. a lot more news ahead on a friday night. we'll be right back. kitchen messes ning tough d with sprays and wipes can be a struggle. there's an easier way. try mr. clean magic eraser. just wet, squeeze and erase tough messes like bathtub soap scum
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we are told baby ryleigh is going just fine tonight. >> erielle, thank you. when we come back, the dramatic takedown in southern california. the car chase suspect pulling into a parking lot in front of giant crowds as officers move in and take aim with a stun gun. and the dangerous fire on the island of maui. the warning to residents and tourists. why authorities are thanking oprah tonight. the "index" is next. ♪ corey is living with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. she's also taking ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor, which is for postmenopausal women or for men with hr+/ her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy. ibrance plus letrozole was significantly more effective at delaying disease progression versus letrozole. patients taking ibrance can develop low white blood cell counts, which may cause serious infections
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their wives and their new babies. 12 of them. three sets of twins in that group. what a gift after the firefight of their lives. the babies on their fathers' gear. they all have their hands full here, but they are all helping each other. new dad garrett claycamp. >> it's a big team effort, and very family-oriented and i think that's one of the reasons we love this job and being able to help each other out -- family and friends. >> reporter: and new mom, kimberly hanlon. one of the moms who gave birth to twins. she remembers that massive wildfire. >> after we all went through something really emotional, we all got together and were telling each other what was happening and we all kind of figured out we were pregnant together. >> reporter: 12 babies tonight. and one very solid prediction. >> we are going to have a lot of play dates and a lot of little kids and probably tantrums and good times together, yes. >> and so we choose the firefighters of the redding fire
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