Skip to main content

tv   ABC World News Tonight With David Muir  ABC  September 10, 2019 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT

3:30 pm
tonight, the major ske president trump fires his national security adviser, john bolton, saying, your services are no longer needed. bolton texting a cable news host while on the air. what he says about the president, contradicting him. the alarming new headline on vaping tonight. the emergency right here in houston at a high school. a student collapsing, rushed to the hospital. and tonight, the new death. now six people possibly linked to e-cigarettes, this time, the patient in their 50s. we are following a major train derailment. evacuations under way tonight. homes and schools. what the train was carrying. tonight, the stunning images. look at this. what we rarely see. this is what it was like inside dorian, a category 5. tearing through this home. loved ones wondering if the home
3:31 pm
would come down on them. the deadly schl tonight. the bus driver killed. several children hurt. what authorities think happened to the driver. tonight, the new images. the major u.s. strike on isis fighters. just 24 hours after our exclusid syria. the refugee camps where isis fighters are now living. where children are dancing around the isis flag. tonight, the trump administration responding to our report. getting out alive. reports a cia operative delivering secrets back to the u.s. from deep inside the kremlin. tonight, news on the reported mission to get him out alive and where its believed he is now. and the american family trapped atop a waterfall. putting a message for help on a bottle and sending it down the falls. what happens next. and good evening tonight from houston, where the stage is set for the democratic debate right here on abc, just two days
3:32 pm
from now. and we're going to have much more on that in just a moment. but we do begin tonight with the other political bombshell, the major shakeup at the white house tonight. president trump firing his national security adviser, john bolton. the president tweeting that he disagreed strongly with many of bolton's suggestions, saying, your services are no longer needed. bolton actually sending a text to a fox news host while he was on the air, contradicting the president. and tonight, who will be the fourth national security adviser for president trump? abc's terry moran is at the white house. >> reporter: in a curt tweet this afternoon, president trump declared he was getting rid of his third national security adviser -- "i informed john bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the white house. i disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration, and therefore, i asked john for his resignation, which was given to me this morning." but bolton was not going to go quietly, firing off his own
3:33 pm
tweet minutes later, contradicting the president. "i offered to resign last night and president trump said, let's talk about it tomorrow." and as the news broke, bolton reached out to fox news in real time. >> john bolton just texted me just now, he's watching. >> can you read it? >> yeah, he said, "let's be clear, i resigned." >> reporter: bolton also told abc's jon karl the president's story was flatly wrong. "he never asked for me to resign directly or indirectly." >> reporter: the sudden turn of events was a long time coming. bolton is a famous hawk, an early supporter of the iraq war and a strong advocate of regime change in iran. in both cases, at odds with the president. >> john bolton is absolutely a hawk. if it was up to him, he'd take on the whole world at one time, okay? >> reporter: and bolton was publicly skeptical of several of president trump's big foreign policy moves, like the ongoing talks with north korea. >> do you take kim jong-un at his word? >> the president takes him at his word. >> no, i know he does, but what about you? >> my opinion doesn't matter.
3:34 pm
>> reporter: just this morning, bolton was at work here at the white house, he even chaired a national security meeting. and he was scheduled to be at a briefing on new counterterrorism measures. instead, secretary of state mike pompeo and secretary of the treasury steve mnuchin addressed reporters. both often battled bolton, especially on trump's efforts to secure a peace deal in afghanistan. did he leave the white house because he disagreed with you, in particular, over talks with the taliban? >> so, last night the president asked for ambassador bolton's resignation. as i understand it, it was received this morning. the president is entitled to the staff he wants at any moment. >> and terry moran is live at the white house tonight. and terry, the president says he will name john bolton's replacement sometime next week. this will be the president's fourth national security adviser. and one top republican is sounding the alarm on all of this upheaval in the administration? >> reporter: that's right, david. it's ron johnson of wisconsin, chairman of the homeland security committee. and he's saying we're beginning to hear from more and more
3:35 pm
republicans. he says, quote, i don't care if it's business or foreign policy, i do like you think to see stability. my advice, my counsel to the administration on a lot of issues, i hope you understand instability is unhelpful. david? >> terry moran leading us off tonight from the white house. terry, thank you. we're going to turn now to the alarming news on vaping tonight, right here in the houston area, a high school student collapsing after vaping and was rushed to the hospital. and now, a sixth person has died linked to e-cigarettes. that patient in their 50s. here's abc's adrienne bankert now. >> reporter: tonight, new alarm about the risks of vaping, after an emergency at this houston-area high school. officials say a student suddenly sickened after vaping. >> the girl handed it to him. he hit it and passed out. and he would not wake up. so, the ambulance had to come out and get him out on a stretcher. >> reporter: it's just the latest in a growing number of cases around the country, doctors are reporting serious lung illnesses. more than 450 patients and
3:36 pm
counting, and tonight, a sixth death linked to vaping. that person in kansas, over 50 years old with underlying health problems whose symptoms worsened rapidly. most of the cases are linked to vaping thc products, but doctors are scrambling for answers. >> we don't know, but something clearly has changed in the last month to six weeks in the products that are being vaped, and that is what the cdc is working to find out. >> reporter: 18-year-old simah herman vaped nicotine then thc over two years, getting sicker and sicker, ending up on life support, on a ventilator. >> it was terrifying. i was just getting weaker and weaker by the minute. >> reporter: doctors put simah in a medically-induced coma. when she woke up, she asked to write this message on instagram, now seen around the world. >> i'm just trying to share my story and save people's lives. >> and adrienne tonight, the american lung association is also just out with a new warning? >> reporter: yes, david, that's right. they're saying that e-cigarettes and are not safe and can cause
3:37 pm
lung damage. they're saying young people are particularly at risk because their lungs are still developing. the surgeon general is calling this a youth e-cigarette epidemic. david? >> adrienne bankert reporting in tonight. thank you. we are also following emergency evacuations under way tonight after a major train derailment near st. louis. here are the pictures. at least 18 cars off the tracks carrying flammable liquid, catching fire. thick black smoke rising into the sky. nearby neighborhoods and schools have been evacuated, and a special hazmat team has rushed to the scene. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: the sky-high flames and billowing black smoke could be seen for miles. >> all members respond for a train derailment with fire. >> reporter: a union pacific freight train in southern illinois, just outside of st. louis, derailing at about 12:45 this afternoon. 18 cars jumping the tracks. crews racing to the scene, battling the flames, coping with 90-degree temperatures and strong fumes.
3:38 pm
>> i'm trying to get somebody on that scene, just trying to make sure our trucks don't drive right in the middle of a cloud. >> reporter: some of those train cars carrying a chemical solvent. authorities evacuating 1,500 ani people from three communities and several schools. teams eventually extinguishing the blaze. >> someone's going to have to clean this up. >> reporter: david, authorities say the train was still in the freight yard preparing for a departure when it derailed. what triggered the incident, now under investigation. but luckily, authorities say no one was injured. david? >> alex perez tonight. thank you. we're going to turn to the bahamas this evening. the official death toll has now climbed to 50. and this evening, what we have not seen before. what it was like for a family trapped inside this home when the category 5 hurricane hit. tonight, what it looks like from inside a home when this happens. here's abc's marcus moore from nassau.
3:39 pm
>> reporter: tonight, new video shows one group's harrowing brush with hurricane dorian. john slack and his family watching the storm move in at a friends house on treasure cay, because he thought his houb would be too dangerous. nine people, including a 4-year-old boy, helpless as storm surge pounds the home, breaking a window. that category 5 wind blowing right through the living room. >> that is when things really started going downhill quickly. >> it was horrible. we didn't know how high the water was going to get. >> reporter: when the eye passed over, they tried to escape in this car, but it got stuck in the mud. >> for the first hour and a half with those winds -- i don't think either one of us thought we were going to make it. >> reporter: slack, his wotife riding out the backside of dorian in this suv. for 17 hours is before making their way back to the house. the interior now completely destroyed. slack says the fact that their vehicle was stuck in the mud likely saved their lives, because it meant the wind
3:40 pm
couldn't blow their suv away. in the meantime, here in the bahamas, officials are considering using cruise liners as temporaryheltervirsho have nowhere to go. david? >> marcus moore reporting in again tonight for us. marcus, thank you. there is news tonight, remarkable images coming in, just 24 hours after our exclusive report inside iraq and syria last knight here in the hunt for isis fighters. we were with u.s. forces. and now tonight, this new video of a massive u.s.-led coalition air strike just hours ago. bombs dropped on what's described as an isis infested area in iraq that the u.s. military says had become a safe haven for the terror group. it was last night here, we were on the front lines with u.s. forces for an operation that took us deep into the anbar desert. and our team in syria, as well, where we showed you the refugee camps. one in particular where there are 70,000 refugees and where they believe isis fighters are now living. reports of children dancing around the isis flag. i want to bring in abc's kyra
3:41 pm
phillips tonight, because we know you asked mike pompeo about those camps. u.s. military leaders told me on the ground that they are a br d breeding ground, these camps, and here's what secretary pompeo said today. >> reporter: are you concerned about these refugee camps becoming a breeding ground for isis fighters? >> there's a long history of what you are describing, where prisoners were detained and extremist elements breeding in those places. but we've been working diligently on this. we will not take our eye off the ball, ensuring whether it's isis or others, continue to be under pressure from the united states of america. and that, just to close it out, and that would include in these camps that you're referring to. >> and kyra, secretary pompeo also talking about the strikes, the operations that we witnessed while we were on the ground there s there? >> reporter: that's right. u.s. and iraqi forces have conducted enormous operations against isis, even after its
3:42 pm
territory was defeated, even as recently as the last couple of days, which you actually witnessed yourself. and secretary pompeo telling me, quote, we are very focused on this. david? >> kyra phillips live at the pentagon tonight. kyra, thank you. as i mentioned at the top of the news tonight. we are here in houston, where the democratic presidential candidates will face off just twoig fno to thern all of the leading candidates will debate together for the first time, all on one night. i hope you'll join us. the entire abc news political team, that's thursday, 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. in the meantime, next, to the news tonight, to those reports that a cia operative deep inside the kremlin and with access to vladimir putin was delivering secrets back to the u.s. and when the cia feared he was about to be exposed, they launched a daring mission to get him out alive. tonight, the kremlin is confirming the official did work there, but calling the report that he was a spy pulp fiction. so, where is he now?
3:43 pm
here's abc's martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, media reports tell an extraordinary tale in 2016, at the height of russian interference our election, the cia reportedly had a russian telling us all about it. but that cia asset found himself in grave danger. the spy reportedly worked at this building in moscow, with access to the highest levels of the kremlin, the heart of vladimir putin's government. and when his identity may have looked like it was compromised, the cia made the decision to extract the spy, his wife and children. reports say he may have been brought here to the u.s. >> the united states government are aware of who he is and where he is and means we're a step ahead of the russians. >> reporter: cnn first breaking the story and russian media reports today revealing what they say is the name of a former russian official who worked in
3:44 pm
the kremlin. putin's spokesman confirming the official worked there, but calling reports that he was a mole "pulp fiction." secretary of state mike pompeo, the former director of the cia, safing those same reports were "materially inaccurate." abc news has not confirmed the name of the spy, nor will we reatll unkind to those who betray the motherland. it was just last year, russia was blamed for the attempted murder by poisoning of former russian intelligence officer sergei skripal in britain. and putin has made very clear in the past, spying will not be tolerated, saying -- "traitors will kick the bucket, believe me. whatever they got in exchange for it, those 30 pieces of silver they were given, they will choke on them." the russians have no doubt been looking for the spy for years, but by identifying him, they can
3:45 pm
let him know they are still looking for him and still waiting. david? >> a lot of intrigue surrounding this case. martha, thank you. next tonight, the nightmare on the way to school today. a deadly school pus accident on a mississippi highway. the bus landing on its side off highway 72. all eight children onboard were injured and the bus driver did not survive. they believe the driver might have suffered a heart attack. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: parents who had just put their kids on this school bus were frantic, hearing that it crashed. >> got an overturned bus with children on it. >> reporter: the children were on their way this morning to classes in benton county, mississippi, when authorities say the driver had a heart attack and students say he clutched his chest and slumped over, causing the bus to overturn in a ditch. the driver died. all eight children on the bus had to be hospitalized. >> none of them were ejected, but of course were bounced around in the bus and sustained injuries from that. >> reporter: the parents of an injured eighth grader say she has a broken ankle, leg and jaw,
3:46 pm
but will survive. >> just a little devastated, but at least the good lord was with everybody and had their hands on everybody and everything's going good so far. >> reporter: the driver who died had worked for the school system for five years and the school district says he was a dependable employee. david? >> steve, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the small plane crashing into an airport operations building. the tail sticking out through the roof. and we have news tonight on the peakers. also, the american family trapped atop a waterfall, putting a message for help on a bottle and then sending it down the falls. we'll tell you what happened next. and from right here in texas tonight, the major headline involving the dallas cowboy cheerleaders and why it's making news here in texas tonight. we'll be right back.
3:47 pm
pain happens. saturdays happen. aleve it. aleve is proven better on pain than tylenol. when pain happens, aleve it. all day strong. ♪
3:48 pm
(tiffany) with counseling nicotine patch and gum, i quit for good. my tip is: get help to find the best way for you to quit smoking. (announcer) you can quit. call 1-800-quit-now for help getting free medication. colon cancer screening for people 50 and older at average risk. i took your advice and asked my doctor to order cologuard, that noninvasive colon cancer screening test. the delivery guy just dropped it off. our doctor says it uses advanced science. it's actually stool dna technology that finds 92 percent of colon cancers. no prep, and private. colon cancer screening that's as easy as get, go, gone. ask your doctor if cologuard is right for you. covered by medicare and most major insurers. next tonight here, the family stranded on their camping trip in california, trapped on top of a waterfall with no cell service. the father then sending for help the only way he could. and here's matt gutman. >> reporter: when curtis whitson
3:49 pm
led his family to his gorge in remote central california, the 44-year-old expected a rope would be there to let them down. he, his girlfriend and his 13-year-old son were trapped above the 40-foot waterfall. and so, in that act of desperation, and perhaps inspiration, he scratched out the word "help" on his water bottle, on a receipt inside, he wrote, "we are stuck at the waterfall. get help please." that message in a bottle found its way to hikers downstream. they alerted authorities, who launched a chopper. it wasn't too hard to find the trio, sleeping next to that s.o.s. sign. the next morning, they were all grins next to the california highway patrol chopper crew. the family says it hadn't seen a single soul during that three-day trip, so they were shocked when that helicopter hovered overhead, just hours after tossing that plastic bottle over the waterfall. david? >> all right, matt gutman with us tonight. thank you. when we come back from houston, the small plane
3:50 pm
crashing into a building just after takeoff. there are reports of injuries tonight. more on that. and the new headline tonight about the dallas cowboys cheerleaders. their major settlement with the team and what it now means, team and what it now means, next.s your wake-up call. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid tis, month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years, humira targets and blocks a source of inflammation that contributes to joint pain and irreversible damage. humira can lower your ability to fight infections. serious and sometimes fatal infections including tuberculosis, and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection.
3:51 pm
help stop the clock on further irreversible joint damage. tahe. noyour rheumatologist. humira. before discovering nexium 24hr to treat her frequent heartburn, marie could only imagine
3:52 pm
enjoying freshly squeezed orange juice. now no fruit is forbidden. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn? (announcer) you can quit. for all-day, all-night protection. call 1-800-quit-now for help getting free medication.
3:53 pm
to the index of other news tonight, a small plane crashing into a building in arizona. the plane slamming into the roof of an airport operations building just moments after takeoff. a pilot instructor and a student were both injured but they are expected to recover. apple unveiling its new aye phone 11. tim cook unveiling the iphone 11 pro and the pro max. the higher end models feature a new triple camera system. the prices range from 6 $99 to nearly $1100. they'll be in stores later this month. and a new deal tonight for the dallas cowboys cheerleaders. the team settling a lawsuit over pay with a former cheerleader, agreeing now to double gameday pay from $200 to $400. the cowboys, of course,al are te
3:54 pm
world, worthenest mated $5 billion. when we come back here tonight from texas, perhaps the most heartwarming image of the day. it's always the children. y birt! let's blow out the candles together! ok, let's huff and puff. like you do sometimes, grandpa? well, when you have copd, it can be hard to breathe. so my doctor said... symbicort can help you breathe better starting within 5 minutes. it doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. symbicort helps provide significant improvement of your lung function. symbicort is for copd, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. it may increase your risk of lung infections, osteoporosis, and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. symbicort could mean a day with better breathing. watch out, piggies! ask your doctor if symbicort is right for you. if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help.
3:55 pm
bill's back needed a afvacation from his vacation. an amusement park... so he stepped on the dr. scholl's kiosk. it recommends our best custom fit orthotic to relieve foot, knee, or lower back pain. so you can move more. dr. scholl's. born to move. to call yourself an explorer? traveling to the darkest depths of the ocean. pushing beyond the known horizon. passing through... "hey mom,"
3:56 pm
"can we get fro-yo?", >>"yeah, fro-yo." "yes." the all-new 2020 ford explorer st. with intelligent 4wd and terrain management system. it's the greatest exploration vehicle of all time. audrey's on it. eating right and staying active? on it! audrey thinks she's doing all she can to manage her type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but is her treatment doing enough to lower her heart risk? maybe not. jardiance can reduce the risk of cardiovascular death for adults who also have known heart disease. so it could help save your life from a heart attack or stroke. and it lowers a1c. jardiance can cause serious side effects including dehydration, genital yeast or urinary tract infections, and sudden kidney problems. ketoacidosis is a serious side effect that may be fatal. a rare, but life-threatening bacterial infection in the skin of the perineum could occur. stop taking jardiance and call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of this bacterial infection, ketoacidosis, or an allergic reaction. do not take jardiance if you are on dialysis or
3:57 pm
have severe kidney problems. taking jardiance with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. lower a1c and lower risk of a fatal heart attack? onardiance. finally tonight, america strong. the preschool class that welcomed back their 3-year-old friend. they knew what he'd been through. tonight, this remarkable moment. this 3-year-old boy overcome, returning to his preschool in people brook pines, florida. he survived dorian. he'd been visiting family in the bahamas when the hurricane hit. winds blowing the door wide open. he thought the storm was a monster trying to break in. >> when he heard that, that
3:58 pm
sound, it scared him, so, he thought that it was a monster, basically, that was trying to get inseheotlius makai wore a s after the hurricane passed. he wanted to save other children who were scared like him. >> he was like, mommy, i have to go and save the children. you know, that's what he was thinking about at that time, that he had to be the super hero to go and save kids. >> reporter: he and his mother were stranded in the bahamas for a week. and this was the moment he returned to school. >> we missed you! >> reporter: the children surrounding him. mak makai overcome. his friends grateful he was back. we loved that. and again, the democratic debate, the first one with all the leading candidates on one stage, one night, thursday night, right here on abc from houston. good night.
3:59 pm
she told him to leave and he hit her and pushed her against the wall. >> a owner said he's under siege by violent people and city hall has been no help but the mayor is asking for more time. >> to people who had enough to just hold on. we're working towards trying to resolve the issue. if will take us some time but we ask for patience. >> good afternoon. thank you for joining us, i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. that business owner is thinking of closing. an ongoing problem we've been talking about in our efforts to build a better bay area. >> vic lee is live on eighth near howard with the story and the mayor's response. vic? >> reporter: ama, dan, the owner of the store the warmest market said enough is enough. he's tired of the attacks and dealing with street people who are violent and he's tired of the thefts. >> they come disoriented, they
4:00 pm
come high. the bathrooms are used to do drugs. >> reporter: gill and his sister marianne started the market 16 years ago but times have changed. a lot. >> i found people in bathroom here with needles in their legs. >> reporter: marianne said she's been attacked many times. the most recent -- >> with both hands he pushed me up against this thing here. >> right here? this ice cream container? >> yes. >> reporter: on friday she was bitten on the arm by a violent homeless man and sustained bite marks in june by a homeless woman. >> a girl came in trying to get her to exit the store and she grabbed my arm and jut bit me. we're not even running our business any more. we're dealing with street people. >> reporter: they're everywhere in the south market neighborhood living on the street and in the numerous alleys intersectioning eighth street. also here police and pub