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tonight, president trump on any possible u.s. military action against iran. what the president said late today, after the devastating attack on one of the world's largest oil facilities in saudi arabia. oil prices already shooting up tonight. gas pump and soon. the deadly explosion. firefighters have been called to the scene already amid fears about gas. then the deadly and powerful blast, debris raining down on the neighborhood. the massive strike tonight at general motors. nearly 50,000 workers walking off the job. this evening, we're with the workers what they're now demanding. and gm and the rare move. what they made public. the new firestorm tonight surrounding supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. a new report another incident of alleged sexual misconduct while at yale. tonight, abc news reaching the woman at the center ofhi ntonigt
off the east coast, gaining strength, approaching bermuda r. the 10-year-old girl dying afte amoeba while swimming. rod stewart tonight revealing his very personal battle. and the tributes tonight for rock 'n' roll hall of famer ric ocasek, the founder of the cars. and what his family is now revealing about his final hours. good evening and it's great start another week together. and we begin tonight with president trump and what he said late today on the possibility of u.s. military action against iran after that massive attack on oil facilities in saudi arabia. one of the world's largest facilities targeted there, an unprecedented blow to the world's energy supply. drivers here in the u.s. will see this, too, in gas prices. administration officials quickly pointing the finger at iran. the president at one point tweeting the u.s. is "locked and
louded." but tonight, what he said when asked, is iran behind this, and will the u.s. strike? anc's chie white house in theval office ask questions. >> reporter: after the attack on the world's largest oil refinery in saudi arabia, today, a restrained response from the president. >> i don't want war with anybody. i'm somebody that would like to not have war. >> reporter: the attack produced an inferno so large, the smoke was visible from outer space. a senior administration official tells abc news the attack involved nearly a dozen cruise missiles and at least 20 armed drones launched from iranian soil. within hours, secretary of state mike pompeo pointed the finger directly at iran, tweeting, "iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply." today, the president was less definitive. have you seen evidence, proof that iran was behind the attack? >> well, it's looking that way. as soon as we find out
definitively, we will let you know. >> reporter: immediately following the attacks, president trump tweeted the united states was "locked and loaded depending on verification." but today he said this -- >> that was an attack on saudi arabia and that wasn't an attack on us. but we would certainly help them, they've been a great ally. >> reporter: do you still think it's the responsibility of the saudis to defend themselves? or should the united states be -- >> i think it is certainly the responsibility of them to do a big deal of their defense. the fact is, the saudis are going to have a lot of involvement in this if we decide to do something. they will be very much involved, and that includes payment. and they understand that fully. >> reporter: the iranian-backed houthi rebels in yemen have claimed re iran, for its part, insists it had nothing to do with it. >> what's your message to iran right now?
>> i think i'll have a stronger message or maybe no message at all when we get the final results of what we are looking at, but right now it's too soon to say. there's plenty of time, you know, there is no rush. >> jon karl with us live at the white house tonight. and jon, the president had tweeted the u.s. is "locked and loaded," but today, it did seem there was a much more cautious tone with you. >> reporter: certainly, david. he talked quite a bit about the strength of the u.s. military and the u.s. ability to have a military response, but this did not sound like a president eager to get involved in another conflict in the middle east. >> all right, jon karl leading us off on a monday. jon, thank you. has already soared across the globe. how soon will drivers see it in the u.s.? let's get right to abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis with us live tonight, as well. rebecca? >> reporter: well, david, oil prices spiked immediately on that news, up 15% today. the biggest one-day surge in more than a decade. and for consumers, that means
higher prices at the pump. anywhere between 10 and 25 cents higher in the coming weeks. in particular, higher prices in california, which relies more heavily on imports from saudi arabia. the big question going forward is how quickly saudi arabia can bring production back online. and whether this conflict escalates. the united states is still the world's largest energy producer, but this is a global market, david, and what happens in the middle east impacts prices and consumers here. david? >> and we'll be watching. rebe ka, thank you. in the meantime, we turn to other news this monday night, and to the deadly explosion. firefighters had just been called amid fears of gas. when they got to the scene, the explosion. smoke from the blast obscuring the sun. debris falling from the sky. this is from farmington, maine. one of the firefighters who had just arrived on the scene because of those early calls was then killed. multiple injuries repory ies to.
and abc's gio benitez is on the scene for us. >> reporter: tonight, the apocalyptic scenes. debris and ash falling from the sky, after that devastating building explosion in central maine. the blast completely leveling this special needs center, damaging nearby homes and coating the surrounding area in dust. >> the impact blew our walls off and everything's ruined by it. it is what it is. just thankful to be alive. >> reporter: a maintenance worker from the building reporting a gas odor just after 8:00 a.m., leading employees to evacuate. the explosion erupting as thngr.llguesaid ibe he fallen comrade as the body was removed from the site. tonight, as authorities sift through the rubble, employees are calling that maintenance worker who reported the odor a within in that building when that happened. >> just incredible pictures from that scene. gio benitez live at the scene of the explosion in maine tonight. and gio, we're learning more about that fallen firefighter
end and his brother also on the scene there? >> reporter: that's right, david. that firefighter was a captain, he's 68 years old. his brother, the fire chief, he was also injured in this blast. four other firefighters were sent to the icu. investigators are here searching for answers, but no doubt about it, david, this community is in mourning. >> gio benitez tonight, thank you. we have new reporting this evening on the massive strike at general motors. nearly 50,000 united auto workers have now walked off the job. workers argue they helped save the company nearly a decade ago and that they deserved a share in the new success. and tonight, the rare move from al on a new contractctokers o gm turningn.1 of l conceio 20 ger wo seeome or
>> we made some sacrifices, and now that times are good, they need to come up and give us fair wages, afrd pce a that'll we're asking, really. >> reporter: gm making the unusual decision to reveal the offer it made to the union. >> inside that offer is over $7 billion in investment in plants and new product programs. that also impacts 5,400 jobs. >> reporter: the off er rejecte. tonight, the president says he wants to see a deal. >> i'm sad to see the strike, hopefully it's going to be a quick one. >> reporter: the stalemate comes as union leadership is under scrutiny. mbzl wke alled official annsiveag.on lav >> and alides a t bgainbl d bniin towra
moved to . mexico brought back to the u.s. david? >> alex perez in detroit tonight. thank you. the new firestorm tonight surrounding supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. a new report, another incident of alleged sexual misconduct while at yale. tonight, abc news has reached the woman at the center of this new alleged incident, and what she now says. here's abc's senior national correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: the new allegation against brett kavanaugh reigniting the bitter partisan fight over his fitness for the nation's highest court and prompting calls for his impeachment. "the new york times" now reporting that max stier, kavanaugh's former yale classmate, told senators and the fbi last year that he "saw mr. kavanaugh with his pants down at a drunken dorm party," where friends pushed his genitals onto a female student.
his claim never investigated by the fbi. the shocking story strikingly similar to an allegation made by another yale classmate, deborah ramirez, at the height of kavanaugh's confirmation battle. ramirez alleged kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a different party when they were both drunk, and when she shoved him away, she says she was touched without her consent. kavanaugh flatly denying that and all allegations of sexual misconduct. >> none of the witnesses in the room support that. the -- if that had happened, e been the talk of campus. >> reporter: kavanaugh is not commenting on this latest charge, but his defenders call it a political smear and point out that "the times" article, adapted from a new book out this week, originally omitted a key fact which editors later added. the book says that the female student stier described, quote, "refused to discuss the incident" and "several of her friends said she does not recall it." >> they've just announced there's a correction, but to do that about a supreme court
justice is a terrible thing. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned that senator chris coons, democrat of delaware, heard from stier and sent this letter to the fbi urging investigators to follow up on october 2nd. kavanaugh was confirmed to the court four days later. on the campaign trail, several democrats are questioning the investigation's legitimacy. >> there's not been a robust, a meaningful, investigation. >> my concern here is that the process was a sham. >> terry moran live at the court tonight. and terry, abc news has reached the woman at the center of this allegation. "the times" reporting her friends say she doesn't remember the incident. she's refused to discuss it with them. but she did have something to say to our team? >> reporter: she did, david. she said she's not doing interviews, but when we asked her, are there other sources that we could speak to about her story, she told us, simply, all i can say is, ask brett. david? >> terry moran, live at the supreme court. thank you.
next, to the weather country tonight. sides o dr ar from california toeshoeirortion along the i-5 inesndido. off the east coast tonight, we're watching hurricane humberto. now a full-on hurricane, trig r triggering rip currents right along the coast. let's go to ginger zee, in california tonight. ginger? >> reporter: it's only breezy here, but it is downright windy to our east. and that's where the fire danger is highest. much of the state of nevada in an extreme fire danger, into utah. then we've got the tropics. we've got to watch out for a couple of areas. 20% shot for the gulf of mexico to get something. even if it doesn't become a tropical cyclone, you have ten-plus inches possible for the coast of texas. hurricane humberto could become a major hurricane. big surf for buermudurr bermuda.
five to seven foot waves, north carolina to florida. david? >> ginger, thank you. tonight here in new york city, we have learned that the manhattan d.a. s b peoned o pss personal and business tax retuhe investigation of hush monaid to stormy daniels. we turn next tonight to antonio brown. today, his accuser answering questions from the nfl, and here's abc kayhartg. accusing nfl superstar antonio brown of rape and sexual assault meeting with league officials for several hours. nfl investigators questioning brown's former fitness trainer, britney taylor, who filed a civil lawsuit last week. the league allowing the all-pro wide receiver to play on sunday, despite the troubling allegations. espn reporting brown wasn't put on the commissioner's exempt list, because there's no criminal investigation. >> end zone -- caught by brown! >> reporter: brown celebrating
his first touchdown as a new england patriot sunday, then avoiding all questions. patriots head coach bill belichick still saying little. >> not going to say anything more. >> reporter: brown denies the allegations, posting this video on social media. >> the devil gonna try to bring you down when you get closer to your goals. >> reporter: david, they've been in settlement discussions for months. just days before that lawsuit was filed, a source says brown refused to make a $2 million payment. that same source telling us taylor initially requested more than $10 million. david? and a medical headline tonight. the cdc is stepping up its concern to vaping concerns, activating an emergency operations center. the cdc has confirmed six deaths tied to the use of e-cigarettes. there is a new casualty to report tonight from the war in afghanistan. nato officials say a u.s. service member was killed in action there today. 17 americans have died now in combat this year, the highest number in five years.
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ab you pens to you. d fever, doctors thought it e was a virus. but her condition quickly deteriorated. she spent days in a medically-induced coma. today, her cousin saying, "we wanted to bring awareness to the amoeba in an effort to prevent any other family from having to go through this." over the last 60 years, 145 people have been infected with this rare amoeba, but only four have survived. >> including sebastian deleo, who contracted it while swimming in a florida lake in 2016. these types of infections typically occur in warm, freshwater lakes and rivers. the best advice? keep your head above water, swim with nose clips and if you start to feel sick, let your doctor now. david? >> all right, just a devastating loss. victor, thank you. when we come back tonight, the nascar great killed in a plane crash that he walked away from at first. rod stewart's personal battle revealed tonight. and of course, we remember ric ocasek of the cars. what his family is now saying tonight.
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ric ocasek of the cars has died. he provided so much of the american soundtrack of the '70s and '80s. ♪ let the good times roll >> reporter: ric ocasek was a singer, writer, producer. ♪ let the good times roll >> reporter: the band started in boston, releasing their first album in 1978. ♪ she's my best friend's girl ♪ she's my best friend's girl ♪ but she used to be mine >> reporter: he and benjamin orr met in cleveland. they would start their own band. their music, just what we needed. ♪ i guess you're just what i needed ♪ ♪ just what i needed ♪ i needed someone to please
>> reporter: the bad's first top ten hit, "shake it up." ♪ shake it up >> reporter: there would be 12 more top 40 singles and a wife -- ♪ who's gonna pick you up ♪ when you fall >> reporter: he would marry paulina ports coe have a. they had two sons. oliver and jonathan. ♪ you might think i'm crazy >> reporter: "you might think" was mtv's video of the year in 1984. he graduated from maple heights high school near cleveland. returning next year when the cars were inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. >> i'd like to thank my wheelchaired grandmother for forcing friends when i was 5 y old. she also had the nerve to buy me a guitar when i was about 14.
>> reporter: the rest is history. tonight, his family saying he was home recouper rating from surgery. his two sons were there. and that he passed peacefully during the night, purportedly suppering from cared owe gteful the outpouring of love ♪ uh-oh it's magic >> we are thinking about his family as we celebrate his music tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you tomorrow. good night. now news to build a better bay area from. >> getting aggressive today. california joined other states that are making a strong move to stop young people from vaping. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. california governor gavin newsom issued an executive order designed to seriously cut the use of flavored e-cigarette
products. >> laura anthony has our story from sacramento. >> it's interesting that in many cases, these pods hold substantially higher concentrations of nicotine than even traditional tobacco. >> saying he's seen quite enough, california governor gavin newsom announced his own executive order to snuff out teen vaping and the ready accessibility of flavored e-cigarettes. >> governor alone is not af t rht t product outrig we wdvelope. we'll see how far we can go. >> newsom's order includes three initiative, warning labels on e-cigarette ads and at stores. $20 million into a vaping awareness campaign and the removal of illegal vaping products. >> in the next few weeks, the public should see a swell of ads
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