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see you at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." and the breaking news. the stunning new developments, the armed intruder who broke into the white house. carrying a knife, his car full of ammunition. just how far did he really get? just minutes from the first family. also breaking, the coach fighting back. the monster hit, the young quarterback knocked down, barely able to stand and kept in the game. tonight, the coach saying, "it's not my call." and now, the backlash. deadly eruption. the incredible pictures coming in. the volcano exploding without warning. rescuers halted by poison now poisonous gas. how many could be trapped and is there any hope tonight? and an american idea. why didn't we think of this? the giant new headline over that tiny camera. you can take it anywhere, so, we took it to the top of the empire state building. don't look down. "world news tonight" starts now.
good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with the breaking news. new revelations about that white house intruder. you'll remember those stunning images, a man sprinting across the white house lawn, carrying a knife. officials saying at the time the intruder got through the front door and not much farther. but tonight, a different portrait now emerging of that day. we know he made it much further into the white house, just minutes after the president and the first family had left. this evening, the breaking news raising troubling new questions about security at the white house. and why the secret service didn't reveal this from the very start. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: the suspect seen in this video running toward the white house got much deeper inside than the secret service first disclosed. sources tell abc news, when omar gonzalez burst through that unlocked front door of the white house, he overpowered the first secret service officer.
gonzalez, who was carrying a 3 1/2-inch knife, then raced past a flight of stairs that leads to the first family's living quarters. sources say he then entered the east room, a formal setting that has been the scene of history. he was finally tackled by a counterassault officer at the far end of the east room, some 80 feet inside. >> he got deep enough that had the president, the vice president or any other number of individuals been walking the hallways, they could have been attacked by mr. gonzalez. >> reporter: tomorrow, the secret service director is expected to appear before chairman issa's committee. she will face harsh questions about how a breach so egregious could have happened. >> the basics of the white house, locking the doors, having compartmental security, appears to have failed. and it failed because of the human element, headed by the secret service. >> reporter: and now questions about why the secret service did not fully disclose all those
details about how bad the breach truly was. the secret service story keeps changing. first, they told us the man was not armed. he had a knife. and the service initially left the impression that the suspect was arrested right after he got inside the white house. that clearly was not the case, david. >> pierre thomas leading us off live from washington. pierre, thank you. i want to get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. and jon, you reported at the time that the president left just four minutes before. how close twhuz guy? >> reporter: well, david, this building behind me is just not that big. he easily got far enough into the white house to reach the first family, if they had been at home. which makes it all the more incredible that the president and his daughters had left just four minutes before the intruder jumped over the fence. the first lady had left earlier in the day. now, the official line here at the white house is that the president still has confidence in the secret service, but make no mistake, he is personally keeping track of this investigation. in fact, he called the head of the secret service into the oval office just a few days ago to get an update.
and as you can imagine, the first lady is keeping a close eye on this, as well. >> i can imagine. jon karl, live at the white house. our thanks to you and pierre tonight. we're going to turn now to the other big story we're following here. the college football coach now under fire for that shocking moment on the field over the weekend. just take a look. his team's quarterback, 20 years old, hit so hard, he was fighting just to stay standing afterward. that quarterback was kept in the game and tonight, that coach saying it's not his call. so, we ask here, whose call is it? abc's tom llamas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, brady hoke, the university of michigan's $2 million a year football coach, defending himself for keeping quarterback shane morris in the game following this hard hit that left him reeling. >> this is atrocious to me. >> reporter: the coach today saying he wasn't trying to force morris to play with a concussion. >> i would never put a kid in that situation. never have and never will. because you get into this to coach kids. believe me. and that's what this game's all about. >> reporter: watch again.
morris, already limping from an ankle injury, hit by a 255-pound missile, knocked off his feet. dazed, he staggers, clutching at a teammate just to stay up. >> and he can barely stand up now. >> reporter: then he waves to his coach, signaling to stay in. and he does. >> it is appalling that he was left in on that play. >> reporter: today, coach hoke said it's all part of the game. >> guys play beat up every day. if they're not beat up a little bit, then they're not doing much. >> reporter: these hard hits can be the equivalent of being hit in the head with a sledgehammer. the nfl now predicts nearly a third of retired pro players will develop brain injuries. but coach hoke saying today, it's team doctors who make that call. >> i don't make decisions who plays, who doesn't play, as far as when there's injuries. >> reporter: espn's danny kanell, himself a former college player, says it shouldn't be on student athletes to take themselves out of the game. >> ultimately, i think it does have to come from the sideline. because players want to be on the field.
no matter what the risk they're putting themselves under. >> reporter: coach hoke says as far as he knows, morris didn't suffer a concussion. no official word just yet from the university. we did speak to shane morris' mother who says her son is doing okay. and david, tonight, many sports write herb writers, even the university newspaper, calling for hoke to be fired. >> a lot of reaction coming in, and tom, welcome. great to have you on our team. >> reporter: thank you. we move on now to a nascar great, tony stewart, speaking out for the first time since that horrific moment on the track. he hit that young driver, who had stepped out of his car, walking on the track there. that driver was killed. tonight, stewart revealing he is haunted by that moment. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, just days after a grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing, nascar great tony stewart says that while he's seen the youtube video of the crash that killed 20-year-old racer kevin ward jr. seven weeks ago, he often replays the incident in his head. >> and i wish i could say it was once a day, but it's not.
it -- i think about it a lot every day. it will never go away. it's always going to be part of my life. >> reporter: the video that shows that fateful moment, where ward gets out of his car after an accident with stewart, waving his arms at stewart, until losing his life when stewart's car hits him. stewart says he couldn't get out of bed for the first three days after the accident. today, saying he's willing to speak with ward's family. >> i want to be available to them if they want to talk about it. i -- at this point, i don't need to talk to them for closure. i know what happened and i know it was an accident. >> reporter: he says he wishes he would've never been at that dirt track to begin with. >> i do it to have fun and it didn't end up being fun that night. >> reporter: so, what's next for tony stewart? well, he insisted, he loves his sport, and tonight, david, he has no intention of quitting. >> all right, gio, back on the story. thank you. we're going to turn around the world tonight, and to japan now, and the dramatic new images, the moment a volcano erupts without warning, catching
hundreds offguard. keep your eye on this video. that is a window there, hikers taking refuge in a hut. the sky then goes dark, the light obscured by all of the ash. and just listen in. that is the debris from the volcano outside that window. and abc's gloria riviera with the pictures coming in tonight. >> reporter: the first sign of trouble, a dark plume of ash spiraling into the clear blue sky. more than 200 hikers on japan's revered mt. ontake, just before noon on saturday. when the volcano erupted. this hiker, who often posts his travels on youtube, capturing the moment the day turned deadly and dark. here, another group taking refuge inside that hut. helpless as the sky goes black. "the rocks fell like hailstones," this man said. at 12:42, inside another shelter, people huddled
together. listen as volcanic debris rains down. officials warned another blast could send boulders up to 2 1/2 miles from the crater. survivors making their way through a moonscape. carpeted in a thick ash, nearly two feet deep in some places. ontake is just one of some 450 volcanos that make up the ring of fire in the pacific ocean. responsible for 90% of the world's volcanic eruptions. we saw their power first-hand when we traveled to indonesia. when you're this close, you not only hear that boom, but you feel it. in japan, the search suspended today. more than 500 rescue workers forced off the mountain by dangerous levels of poisonous gas. now, watching and waiting for conditions to improve. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> gloria, thank you. and she'll have much more of those stunning pictures tonight, and her own journey, that comes up tonight right here on "nightline." in the meantime, back here at home and 2 million americans
under threat of severe weather this evening. flood watches, so many, still drying out after relentless rain. in phoenix, look at this. the roof collapsing at the sky harbor international airport. in charleston, south carolina, historic downtown, under water. and this evening in the heartland now, a tornado watch. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee tonight, who begins with the severe weather. >> reporter: in colorado, we have hail and snow just about 100 miles apart. so, you know there's a powerful system. david, i'll take you right there. that low deepening across the plains. and you can see the potential for severe weather includes damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes. it goes through nebraska, down to new mexico. that's where we find the tornado watches and severe thunderstorm watches. you mentioned charleston, and david, i'll take you to florida, where we still have flood potential. we could see up to two inches sitting along that stationary front. it's exactly why, from southern georgia, all the way through central florida, we're on flood wash. >> all right, we'll be tracking it through "gma" in the morning. ginger, thank you. and now, to a new development late today in the case of that missing college student. this surveillance tape showing hannah graham, the night she
vanished. a man later seen on that tape, too, now under arrest and this evening, authorities now revealing forensic evidence might link this case to another mystery, a young college student who disappeared years earlier, and later found murdered. abc's steve osunsami on the case. >> reporter: tonight, virginia police believe that 32-year-old jesse matthew, charged and jailed in the disappearance of 18-year-old hannah graham, might have had something to do with the 2009 disappearance of 20-year-old morgan harrington. >> we are really pleased. >> reporter: harrington's parents have been trying to connect the hospital assistant and former football coach to their daughter's case for weeks. >> we know where morgan is. morgan's in a box over there. hannah graham is still missing. >> reporter: harrington was a student at virginia tech, visiting the university of virginia for a metallica concert when she went missing. a farmer, outside charlottesville, discovered her body three months later, in january 2010. police aren't revealing tonight exactly how the disappearances
are connected. only that it's a "significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue." take a look at matthew's mug shot. police are trying to determine if he's the same person in this general description of the suspect from 2009. it's also possible there's a third case. dna evidence from harrington's case in 2009 linked to a sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman in the d.c. suburbs in 2005. she survived. graham has now been missing more than a week. matthew has not yet entered a plea. he has a bond hearing thursday. david? >> steve, thank you. tonight, there is new concern about that mysterious virus striking children. sending families to the emergency room. spreading fast and here's the map we've been tracking here for you. three weeks ago, just 11 states. two weeks ago, 27 states and tonight, 46 states with confirmed or suspected cases. and this evening, an urgent new concern. the cdc tonight investigating reports of paralysis in children, a new case just late
today. is this virus now linked? abc's clayton sandell tonight. >> reporter: tonight, colorado health officials confirm they now have ten cases of young patients suffering respiratory illness who have now developed symptoms of paralysis. >> the spectrum is varying right from, say, mild weakness in one limb to weakness in all four limbs. >> reporter: the ages range from 1 to 18, all of them patients at children's hospital colorado. now medical investigators with the cdc want to know if this new complication can be blamed on a rare outbreak of enterovirus d-68. so far, they do not know. today, doctors around the country told us they're now watching for similar symptoms. in kansas city -- >> we have three cases that we're focused on that have limb weakness as a presentation. those have all occurred within the last two weeks or so. >> reporter: cleveland -- >> we will certainly be on the
lookout for kids presenting with any sort of neurologic symptoms. >> reporter: and michigan. >> over the last four weeks, we have seen a rise in the number of children presenting with the viral symptoms. >> reporter: doctors say the colorado patients are getting physical therapy, but they do not know yet if the symptoms will go away. >> the respiratory symptoms will resolve. they'll be healthy. but the question is, how, if any of them, will have permanent neurologic damage or not. >> reporter: and tonight, we are learning that officials in virginia and alabama are also seeing possible cases of paralysis, but until doctors figure out exactly what is causing all of these cases, emergency rooms like this one are going to be very busy. david? >> clayton sandell tonight. clayton, thank you. and one more image to show you tonight. this one from hong kong. protests in the digital age. tens of thousands of demonstrators calling for more independence from chinese rule. police using pepper spray and look. each light in these images, an iphone capturing the chaos and the confusion there.
there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. we all remember the horrific crash with that walmart rig. the famous comedian and friends inside a neighboring limo. what walmart is now saying tonight about tracy morgan and those passengers, and some are calling it eye-opening. also tonight, the new pictures coming in right now. chelsea clinton with her new baby just leaving the hospital. and there were some proud grandparents right there behind her. and why didn't we think of this? the american idea behind this new high tech view. we take you 103 stories up tonight, the empire state building like you have never seen it before. we'll be right back.
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well, this falls under the category of, why didn't i think of that? that tiny go-pro camera. you can attach it to anything. tonight, they're out with the newest model. and the inventor with us. on the same day he learned he's moving up the forbes 400. we took in the view with him. the corner of fifth avenue and west 33rd street here in new york. hey, guys. >> morning. >> reporter: how are you? where they're waiting for us. the inventor of the go-pro. right there, with a camera for me and the camera for him. okay, here we go. we begin our walk through the empire state building. they're about to take us to the top. we meet cesar, part of the security team. >> hi, america. >> reporter: you can see the small go-pro he's carrying actually on what they call an extender. a sort of man-made arm. and this is the first time he's tested out his cameras at the empire state building. and on our way up, we ask about
something else on the way up. his name. on the forbes list. so, nick, the big headline today, the forbes list is out. what do you make of it? >> welcome, and enjoy the view. >> reporter: that was a good way to comment. >> he couldn't have said it any better. welcome and enjoy the view. >> reporter: late today, forbes putting his worth at $4.9 billion. up more than 200% from this time last year. nick woodman came up with the idea. just 26, he's a surfer. attaching that camera to his surfboard. but his invention also has the american family in mind. swimming with your baby. sledding with your children. taking america to the top of empire state building. we're off the elevator and to the observation deck, walking through that door and just look. >> you got to be kidding me. >> reporter: look at this. lower manhattan. and if you look closely, right through the metal barriers, you can see it. the freedom tower standing high above the rest. he sticks his go-pro out beyond the fence with that extender. look at us. and then look at the view below. but our next stop was even higher. right up there, in the shadow of the spire.
>> i got to hang out with you more often. you get to go to the cool spots. >> reporter: right up to the 102nd floor. we go up one last set of stairs. this is exclusive access. >> all right. >> reporter: we climb the stairs, more than 1,250 feet up. the 103rd floor. the door locked, but we get the key. and just look at the view tonight. >> go-pros are used by film makers and by moms a s and dads. we're realizing our vision and it feels incredible. >> one incredible view. our thanks to nick for showing us the new technology first. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. >> it's unusual about the current event is that it's been persistent, and strong. >> bay area researchers say they have uncovered an atmospheric event that is causing california's severe drought. >> the damage done to a popular
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low. 60%. now, we know why. there is a drought and we know the cause of the drought. there is a high pressure system they called it ridiculous ridge. and it's off the coast but the cause has been a debate now, they know it's climates change. >> you're looking at a phd candidate that discovered the ridd ridd riddic ridge. >> here it is on the north pacific. the one persisted for two winters now. >> that is the rock. and the stream. yeah. that big red blob is over the course of the animation