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because he is down in san jose where they have so many winners. dion: good tonight, we're following several major stories. millions are in the path of severe storms. the race to the midterms, our new poll shows which party is ahead on the issues most important to voters. >> and for the first time, we hear from a uvalde employee wrongly accused of levering a door open before the massacre. >> tonight, we're following the largest winter storm of the season. alerts are spread across ten states with at least a foot of snow in the rockies, plus severe storms headed for the plains. cheryl scott times it out. 16 days until the midterms. we're in nevada. the senate race in a dead heat. our new abc news poll shows republicans have the edge on key issues. including the economy and inflation. rachel scott on the ground with voters. plus, an abc news exclusive. our interview with the employee wrongly accused of leaving a
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door open that a shooter came through. tonight she's speaking out, correcting the record and telling our john quinones of the pain she still feels, what she wants to tell the officers who pointed accusatory fingers at her. children's hospitals overwhelmed. dr. fauci tells us why he's so concerned with the winter months with 43 states seeing a surge of young patients with respiratory illness. a top ukrainian general tells abc news they're winning but he's worried about a russian nuclear attack and fears vladimir putin could bomb an important dam and flood the south. breaking news from the uk. boris johnson bows out. why he's out of the running for his old job as prime minister and who might be heading to downing street instead. and america strong. serving with confidence. meet the tennis star who is inspiring others on and off the court. >> announcer: from abc news world headquarters in new york, this is "world news tonight."
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good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on this sunday. i'm linsey davis. there are several developing stories as we come on the air. the new poll that gives a boost to republicans with just over two weeks until midterms. the exclusive, the robb elementary staffer once blamed for a security breach now speaks out, but we begin with a winter storm alert. winter storm alerts across ten states, some higher elevations getting a foot of snow with high winds creating drifts up to two feet. these images coming in from montana. that system is now moving east, bringing a severe weather threat to the nation's midsection. tomorrow, the threat moves to the gulf states. cheryl scott from our station wls in chicago leads us off. tell us about this powerful storm that's now spreading across the country tonight. >> yes, linsey, this storm system is advancing east. already dumping over a foot of snow in parts of the rockies, and now this powerful cold front is going to bring very heavy rain and high winds to the middle of the country. gusts upwards of 40 to 60 miles
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per hour per hour. you can see the band of rain from the upper midwest to the deep south. this is slowly going to advance its way to the east. with it comes the threat of severe weather. tonight, the bull's eye, sioux falls down to kansas city. tomorrow, that severe weather threat in parts of southeast texas. by tuesday, into mississippi. we're talking damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain. a swath of 3 to 4 plus inches anywhere from chicago back to texas. this is much needed rain for the middle of the country, linsey. >> fall can still have some severe weather there. thank you. next tonight, the race to the midterms is heating up with just 16 days to go until election day, and a new abc news/ipsos poll is giving republicans a boost. 36% of those surveyed say they trust republicans to get inflation under control, only 21% favor the democrats. there are several key races that could sway control of congress. one of those senate races is in nevada. that's where we find abc's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, with early voting underway in nevada, all
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eyes on the race that could decide which party controls the senate. >> let's just get out that vote. let's do it. [ applause ] come on, nevada! >> today's the day we take back nevada, right! >> democratic senator catherine cortez masto against republican adam laxalt, the state's former attorney general. >> we simply cannot afford one more week of the joe biden catherine cortez masto economy. >> reporter: how are democrats doing on the economy? >> i think they're trying their best, but i don't think that's necessarily enough. >> reporter: our new abc news ipsos poll shows republicans retain the advantage over democrats on key issues like the economy and inflation. why should voters stick with democrats on this issue? >> i can tell you when i was attorney general, we absolutely had a downturn in the economy because of the subprime mortgage and i took on the big banks and fought them. cortez masto turning to abortion rights, a defining issue for several voters we spoke to, like
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lacy mendoza, a grandmother of 8. >> i believe women's rights is so important. if that's lost, can you imagine the other things that are going to be lost also? >> republicans only need to net one seat to gain majority in the senate, and five to flip the house. democrats are fighting to hold both. saying they believe they are gaining ground. >> we feel very confident. i have been in over 20 states since congress adjourned in the last month or so. and i see very clearly that the ownership of the ground is with us. >> nancy pelosi sounding very confident there. rachel scott joins us now from nevada. one of the closest races in the country. where do things stand tonight, rachel? >> linsey, this race is a dead heat. fivethirtyeight shows an even split between democratic senator catherine cortez masto and the republican challenger, adam laxalt. if republicans are able to win the senate race right here in nevada, their odds of flipping the senate go from 45% to nearly 70%.
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a significant jump, linsey. >> a lot at stake there. rachel, thank you. we turn now to uvalde, texas, and an abc news exclusive. shortly after the massacre, authorities blamed a school employee for leaving a door open at robb elementary, allowing the shooter to get inside. that school staffer is now speaking out and trying to set the record straight. john quinones is in uvalde. >> tonight, nearly five months after the massacre at uvalde's robb elementary school, the staffer at the center of the controversy over the door where the gunman entered speaking exclusively to abc news. >> i am suffering mentally of course, emotionally. i still don't sleep. >> reporter: amy marin had only been working at robb elementary for a month, but the trauma of that day has endured. her words now come out stuttered and she suffers from a tremor. on that day in may, she says she saw the gunman's vehicle crash
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outside and watched as he jumped the fence with a rifle, hearing him firing shots. she says she kicked a rock out from under the school's outer door, which she had used earlier to prop it open, slamming the door shut behind her, while placing one of the first calls to 911. >> i cannot see him. the kids are running! >> reporter: but just days after the attack, here's what texas dps director steve mccraw said about her actions -- >> the exterior door where we know the shooter entered was propped open by a teacher. >> texas dps later acknowledging she did pull the door shut after all, but it didn't lock, as it was supposed to. >> do you think they were intentionally trying to make you the scapegoat? >> yes, yes. that's exactly what they were trying to do. >> what do you want to tell the director of the dps today, mccraw? >> your job was to sit there and watch that video.
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and see what happened from beginning to end. and you chose not to watch the whole video. you chose to blame me. >> is there any way they can make up for that? >> no, sir. >> linsey, tonight, the department of public safety issuing a statement saying it apologized to amy marin and her family for the additional grief this has caused an already horrific situation. for her part, amy marin says she just wants the world to know she did everything she could here at robb elementary to save those children. linsey. >> john, thank you so much. more of john's interview tomorrow morning on "gma," part of our continuing coverage in the series, uvalde 365. we turn now to the urgent warning for parents amid the surge in respiratory illnesses. that is overwhelming children's hospitals across the country. 43 states and the district of columbia are dealing with the influx of cases.
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some of those facilities are being pushed to capacity. tonight, the symptoms parents should be monitoring and why dr. fauci is calling the rise in cses particularly problematic. here's abc's phil lipof. >> reporter: tonight, doctor anthony fauci raising concerns about a surge in respiratory illnesses in children heading into the winter months. >> as we get into the flu season, you might have a convergence of three significant respiratory illnesses at one time in children. rsv, influenza and always the concern as we get into the winter about a surge of a new variant of covid-19. >> reporter: many hospitals across the country already stretched to their limits. minnesota is one of at least 43 states plus the district of columbia grappling with rising cases. >> emergency departments have been full. our hospital, our intensive care units have been full. >> reporter: rsv is most common in the winter months. it is the leading cause of hospitalizations in all infants and can be life-threatening to both infants and toddlers. katie kurnick is a mom and a
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pediatric nurse, so when her 4-year-old son jordan's cold-like symptoms got worse, she took him to the e.r. >> any parent seeing their child not being able to breathe properly is very scary. >> reporter: 71% of an estimated 40,000 pediatric beds are now filled -- the highest it's been in two years. >> you have a group of kids that haven't had any respiratory viruses, haven't developed any immunity for the last two and a half, three years, it's adding up to be a perfect storm. >> because the symptoms of rsv can mirror the common cold or flu, it can be tricky, difficult to figure out when to involve a doctor in a child's care. this is what doctors say to look for. if your child has a decreased appetite or decreased energy level, if the cold symptoms continue to persist, and of course, if your child has any trouble breathing, that's when it's time to involve a doctor. linsey. >> some potentially life-saving advice there, phil. thank you. overseas to the russian invasion. a top ukrainian general is speaking out telling abc news in
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an exclusive interview that we're winning but it is a war for survival. in russia, another military jet has crashed. these images circulating online sidential area.going down in a two pilots were killed. officials say no one on the ground was hurt. abc's britt clennett reports from ukraine tonight. >> tonight, ukraine liberating more villages in the south, edging closer to the strategically vital city of kherson. as the only regional capital captured by russians, retaking it would deal putin another humiliating battlefield defeat. ukrainian colonel general oleksandr syrskyi -- behind the victories in kyiv and kharkiv -- saying morale is high and momentum is on their side in an exclusive interview with our ian pannell. >> are you winning this war? >> translator: of course we are winning. it's important that we are winning mentally. we know what we are fighting for. but still this war is very hard.
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>> and the colonel general with a clear message as russian nuclear rhetoric escalates. >> how worried should all of us be about putin's nuclear threats? >> translator: basically, you have answered your question in your first phrase. yes, we are worried, as we should be. >> russian state media accused ukraine of trying to explode a dirty bomb or tactical weapon on its own territory with the aim of framing russia. >> president zelenskyy tonight saying if russia calls and says ukraine is preparing something, it means one thing. russia has already prepared all this. meanwhile, russian leaders in kherson telling residents to evacuate immediately. and as putin's troop fall back in kherson, they're trying to divert manpower from the south by amassing several thousand soldiers to the north in belarus.
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these guys will be the first to see russian tanks roll in. after russia's horrific atrocities committed in its initial invasion, including bucha, he's out for vengeance. tonight, the national security council responding to those dirty bomb threats, calling them transparently false allegations, saying the world would see through any attempt to use this as a pretext for escalation. linsey. >> britt from kyiv for us tonight, thank you. here at home, an urgent search is under way in south florida for a suspect police say tried to abduct a 10-year-old. surveillance video shows the girl running down the street after allegedly being approached by the man. tonight, her family is speaking out. here's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: tonight, police in fort lauderdale hunting, searching for this alleged attempted abductor after they say he tried to lure a 10-year-old girl twice in just two days. >> offers her various things to try to bribe her into getting into his vehicle. >> reporter: take a look at this new surveillance video, allegedly showing that second incident on thursday. the child seen sprinting away. this man, who police say is the
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male suspect, wearing all black, walking toward her before turning away. a day before, authorities say the young girl told them that same man offered her candy while she was on her way to school. and then, approached her again the next day, but this time on foot. >> everything is just mind-boggling right now. i'm just happy she's okay. >> reporter: her mother telling our miami station, wplg, she's thankful her little girl managed to get away safely. >> i'm just happy that she made a good conscious decision to run and go seek help. >> and linsey, with halloween just days away, there's an urgent effort to catch the suspect. authorities continue to hand out flyers with the suspect's picture on it across the neighborhood hoping someone will recognize him. >> especially important at this time of year. elwyn, thank you. next to the turmoil in britain, where the race to choose the next prime minister is now under way, and tonight, we know it will not be boris johnson. the scandal ridden former prime minister who cut his family vacation short to return to the
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uk has now bowed out. but he has not shut the door on a future run. lama hasan has the latest from london. >> reporter: tonight, in a dramatic last minute decision, boris johnson says he will not be running for prime minister, releasing a statement saying -- "i am afraid the best thing is that i do not allow my nomination to go forward, and commit my support to whoever succeeds." johnson cut short his family vacation in the dominican republic hoping to drum up enough support to officially make a comeback as leader of the united kingdom. he needed a minimum of 100 members of parliament to support him and advance him to the next stage. he claims he did but came to the conclusion that, quote, you can't govern effectively unless you have a united party. that leaves two candidates who have formally entered the race -- former finance minister and front runner rishi sunak, credited with saving the economy during the covid-19 lockdown. sunak, who would be the first person of color to become prime minister, issuing a statement
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today declaring that "i want to fix our economy, unite our party and deliver for our country." he's already received more than 100 mps backing him. then there's the leader of the house of commons penny mordaunt, but she is lagging in support and might not make it on the ballot. >> withdrawing his name from consideration for prime minister, will that be the end of boris johnson's political career? >> not according to the statement boris johnson released tonight in which he says this is simply not the right time for him. so don't rule him out just yet. for this election, we could have a new prime minister as soon as monday. linsey. >> this will be the fifth prime minister since brexit in 2016. lama, thank you. next tonight, breaking news from the korean peninsula. both sides tonight say they fired warning shots along their disputed western sea border. south korea says it fired first after north korean merchant ship came close to its territory. north korea responded with artillery round. there are no reports of casualties. >> staying overseas and the history made in china.
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president xi winning an expected third term. meaning he will remain in power for at least five more years. questions were raised on saturday when xi's predecessor waesed from the party meeting. state media said he was experiencing health issues. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, including the search for the man who pushed a stranger onto the subway tracks. time. it's life's most precious commodity, especially when you have metastatic breast cancer. when your time is threatened, it's hard to invest in your future. until now. kisqali is helping women live longer than ever before when taken with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant... in hr+, her2- metastatic breast cancer. kisqali is a pill that's proven to delay disease progression. kisqali can cause lung problems, or an abnormal heartbeat, which can lead to death. it can cause serious skin reactions, liver problems, and low white blood cell counts that may result in severe infections. tell your doctor right away if you have new or worsening symptoms, including breathing problems, cough, chest pain...
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finally tonight, america strong. in the one sport that begins quite literally with love, we introduce you to a teen who is serving as an inspiration. >> 16-year-old clay watson is a force on the tennis court. and his serve is especially impressive. born without a left forearm and hand, that does not stop him from unleashing a powerful serve. >> i grew up with this limitation which -- that's what it's called, but i don't really see it as a limitation. >> as a young boy, he found ways to play basketball, baseball and golf but it wasn't until the seventh grade, that he decided to try tennis. >> i was like, hey mom, i want to try out for the tennis team.
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she was like, okay. >> i said okay, have fun. good luck. >> do we even have a tennis racket? and i was like, yeah, we have an old one out there. >> that's what he used and he came back home every day from tennis try-outs saying well, i made the cut. >> learning to serve with one arm or one hand was definitely difficult. but it honestly came very easy to me and pretty quickly. i really just tried different things, different tosses. >> now, clay is paying it forward, teaching tennis to 6-year-old aubrey, who was born the same way. >> she didn't think she could play, and then she saw me and was like, oh, if he can do it, i can do it. >> clay hopes to inspire other, as he lives his own life by this motto. >> there's always a way to figure the simple or difficult task out. >> just have to find a way. thanks so much for watching. david muir back here tomorrow night. i'm linsey davis in new york. have a great evening. good night. you next on c 7 news
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hundreds of bay area neighborsws are in a holding pattern tonight. waiting to see if their power stays on. your policies don't end up with results and california, you know that we have to suffer. we're in a constant state of crisis is position is extreme and that is something i hope the people of the state of california consider. the top two candidates for governor take part in their first and only debate where they stand on the top issues in the state. and long lines and a final goodbye for a bakery that became part of sweet childhood memories for so many who grew up in the east bay abc 7 news at 6 starts right now. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. this preparing for no power
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weather conditions means pg&e may shut off service for customers in more than a dozen counties including two here in the bay area. good evening, and thank you for joining us md on lim well happening right now a night of uncertainty for people in the north bay where the power could go out in an effort to prevent wildfires. here is the big threat. that is the wind. it brings with it the potential to knock down branches and trees right into live power lines. we do have live team coverage of both the threat of those outages and our weather conditions. let's begin with mike nico standing by and you have some optimistic potentially good news here the way i look at it. definitely dion i see things turning for the better a more positive spin that what's going to happen tonight as i think the winds are going to calm overnight. in fact the high pressure in the low pressure the pressure grading between those two that brought us the windy conditions the past two days that is going to relax overnight the winds right now. we're already starting to see