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amazing. >> "world news tonight with david muir" is next. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kri tonight, president trump slamming the growing impeachment investigation. this, as his own vice president is asked to turn over key documents. trump saying he never offered ukraine a quid pro quo to investigate his political rivals including joe biden. but tonight, newly released text messages tell a different story. the pipe bombs arrest. the florida woman in custody tonight, allegedly obsessed with mass murder. and the shocking arsenal discovered by investigators. two dozen bombs, more than 20 knives, and a hatchet. police say she wanted to, quote, hurt people. why authorities are praising her parents. the dramatic kidnapping rescue. the police chase. a suspect with a victim inside his car, taking off on foot. turning and firing on police. the entire shootout caught on camera.
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also tonight, the harshest sentencing yet involving a parent in the varsity blues scandal, who spent $100,000 and used a photo of someone else's daughter playing water polo. the pictures coming in. a massive plane slamming into the ground. rescue teams swarming the crash site. a survivor pulled from the wreckage. plus, the jurors in the amber guyger trial breaking their silence about that high-profile sentencing. and what the victim's brother said about that emotional courtroom embrace. and can you feel the heat? the summer swelter now deep into fall as millions suffer through record-breaking temperatures. and good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. we begin with several breaking stories, including new major developments in the impeachment showdown.
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just moments ago, house democrats issuing a subpoena to the white house to turn over key documents related to president trump and ukraine. the president slamming the house inquiry, insisting his calls for ukraine and china to investigate biden and his son have nothing to do with the 2020 election. and now house at democrats also demanding vice president pence turn over documents for the impeachment inquiry as well. republican senator mitt romney calling president trump's latest actions both wrong and appalling. jonathan karl leads us off. >> reporter: today, president trump insisted his calls for ukraine and now china to investigate his potential 2020 opponent joe biden have nothing to do with politics. >> i don't care about biden's campaign, but i do care about corruption. >> reporter: yet today the trump re-election campaign told abc news it's spending $1 million this weekend on ads attacking biden and his son hunter on the very issues the president is asking ukraine and china to investigate. >> have you asked foreign leaders for any corruption
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investigations that don't involve your political opponents? that is, are there other cases where you've asked for corruption investigations? >> you know, we would have to look. >> reporter: today senator mitt romney put out a blistering statement, saying, when the only american citizen president trump singles out for china's investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated. romney called the president's outreach to china and ukraine, quote, wrong and appalling. the only other republican senator who ventured to criticize the president, ben sasse of nebraska, who put out a terse statement saying, quote, americans don't look to chinese commies for the truth. contrast that with florida's marco rubio. >> do you think it's okay for president trump to ask china to launch an investigation of joe biden and hunter biden? >> i don't know if that's a real request or him just needling the press knowing that you guys were going to get outraged about it. >> reporter: in iowa, a constituent practically begged
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senator joni ernst to say something about the president's actions. >> where is the line? when are you guys going to say enough? and stand up and say, you know what, i'm not backing any of this? >> okay, so, president trump. i can say yea, nay, whatever. the president is going to say what the president is going to do. >> i understand. it's a non-answer answer. and i understand. i get it. i know what you're saying. >> i can't speak for him. i'll just say that i can't speak for him. >> i know you can't speak for him, but you can speak for yourself. >> some tense moments there for republicans. jon cajoins us now from the whi house. jon, you've learned president trump reached out to republicans today trying to rally support? >> reporter: i'm told the president made a surprise appearance on a conference call with republican members of the house. he said he had done nothing wrong, he has nothing to hide. he portrayed the impeachment effort as an effort by democrats to undo the 2016 election.
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this comes as republicans have been without a unifying message on how to respond to the impeachment. it may well have been the beginning of an effort to come up with a response to this. >> jon karl with the new reporting tonight. jon, thank you. now to the new developments coming in. the house issuing a subpoena to the white house, pulling vice president pence deeper into the impeachment inquiry. three house committees asking for any ukraine related documents, and now we're learning about the text messages made public, i peering to detail the trump administration's pressuring of ukraine. abc's mary bruce is on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, democrats are now reaching deep into the white house, investigating the role of the vice president, issuing a subpoena to mike pence, demanding documents about any role you may have played in the effort to pressure ukraine to investigate the president's political rivals. >> we have concerns about the role the vice president played in this presidential extortion scheme. >> what are you going to tell them? >> reporter: we're learning new
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details from the first eyewitness to testify before congress, former u.s. envoy to ukraine kurt volker. in his opening statement obtained by abc news, volker describes a president obsessed with a debunked conspiracy theory that ukraine, not russia, meddled in the 2016 election to help democrats. and volker handed over a trove of text messages that appear to show top u.s. officials dangling a potential white house visit as leverage to get ukraine to investigate trump's rivals. in one text, volker tells an aide to ukrainian president zelensky, heard from white house. assuming president z. convinces trump he will investigate, get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to washington. that message was sent just hours before the phone call that sparked this impeachment inquiry, when trump personally asked the ukrainian leader to, quote, do us a favor and investigate the democrats and joe biden. even some republicans say the texts are troubling. >> some of the text messages individually is concerning.
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there's no doubt about that. >> reporter: volker says he tried to convince the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani that biden had done nothing wrong, telling lawmakers, the suggestion that biden would be influenced in his duties as vice president by money for his son simply has no credibility to me. i know him as a man of integrity. but those words seemed to have no effect. >> why is it so hard to get biden investigated? >> mary bruce joins us now from capitol hill. mary, you're learning just moments ago, congress issued a subpoena to the white house? >> reporter: democrats just issued this subpoena to the white house for records related to ukraine. staying in a statement, quote, the president's a.m.s have left us with no choice but to issue in subpoena. and if the white house continues to stonewall this, democrats say this will only boost the case for impeachment. >> mary, thank you.
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authorities seizing a cache of pipe bomb and explosives. parents discovering the stockpile, calling police on their 27-year-old daughter. authorities allegedly find two dozen bombs in her bedroom with enough explosive material to possibly kill hundreds of people. here's abc's chief justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, florida authorities say this young woman was obsessed with how to kill people and was secretly amassing a shocking arsenal in her home. >> the amount of highly destructive materials we found in this home were astonishing. >> reporter: sheriff deputies claim 27-year-old michelle kolts had two dozen pipe bombs loaded with nails and screws for shrapnel, 23 knives, bows and arrows, pellet guns, and an assortment of dvds and books about assassins, serial murderers, and mass killings, ranging from the columbine massacre to the oklahoma city bombing. >> if used, these bombs could have caused catastrophic damage
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and harm to hundreds, even thousands of people. >> reporter: authorities say when she was arrested she said she wanted to, quote, hurt people. but this story comes with a tragic and simultaneously noble twist. kolts was turned in by her own parents, who discovered the arsenal and called police. if found guilty in all the charges, kolts could face up to 15 years in prison. her parents must be devastated. tom? >> pierre, thank you. to politics and breaking news from the campaign trail concerning senator bernie sanders. the presidential candidate leaving desert springs hospital in las vegas a short time ago. you see him right there for the first time. doctors revealing he suffered a heart attack. let's get right to terry moran. terry, this is big news from the campaign trail. >> reporter: it sure is. and as you saw, bernie sanders left the hospital, walked out himself. he says he was feeling great. he's heading home to vermont for a few days. a short time off, he says.
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but as you point out doctors at that hospital confirming when bernie sanders showed up complaining of chest pain he was diagnosed with a mild myocardial infarcti infarction. that's a heart attack. and they inserted two stents. unblocking the artery that caused it. all other arteries were normal. sanders saying he will attend the october 15th democratic debate. whether his health is an issue there, he will have to address it with voters down the trail. >> terry, thank you. new developments tonight in the college admissions cheating scandal. a fifth parent receiving five months in prison. the most of any parents so far. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, napa winemaker agustin huneeus slapped with the toughest sentence yet for any parent in the varsity blues scandal -- five months behind bars. huneeus had agreed to pay $300,000 to rig his daughter's college entrance exams and to exaggerate her athletic skills, sending this water polo photo to usc as part of her bogus application.
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it turns out that's not his daughter. in a phone call recorded by the fbi, ringleader rick singer told huneeus he wanted to make sure that you and i are both on the same page about telling the irs the cash was intended as a donation for underserved kids, not bribes. huneeus replying, dude, dude. what do you think, i'm a moron? huneeus saying in court, today is a hard day. i want to pay for my crime and atone for the harm i have caused. tom, 14 other parents have also leaded guilty, including actress felicity huffman. she will spend 14 days in jail later this month. actress lori loughlin is fighting the charges. tom? >> gio, thank you. next tonight, the record heat across the south. 150 cities reporting their all-time hottest temperatures for october this week. at the same time, the northeast getting ready for its first freeze of the season. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano is live in gainsville, florida, tonight, where, rob,
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it's a hot one. >> reporter: it is. back in the 90s, with record-shattering temperatures. from the carolinas, across georgia, into alabama. montgomery hit 102 today. but the script has flipped in the northeast. sub freezing temperature on tap with freeze warning for pennsylvania, new york, northern new england and maine and a frosty morning to start the day in other areas. here in the south, relief is in sight. but the front will squeeze more potential record-breaking temperatures. the cooling trend can't come soon enough for the folks sweating it out down south. tom? >> so true. all right, rob, thank you. overseas, prince harry announcing plans to sue two major tabloids for alleged phone hacking. harry accusing the owners of "the sun" and "daily mail" of intercepting voicemail messages. here's lama hasan. >> reporter: tonight, prince harry stepping up his fight with the british tabloids. this time taking aim at the owners of "the sun" and "the daily mirror" after his voicemails were allegedly hacked. >> allegations of phone hacking
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have happened before for william, harry, and palace aides. but harry is bringing up the past again. he is confident they can win this trial, and they have enough evidence. >> reporter: it comes just days after the duchess of sussex filed her own lawsuit against "the mail" on sunday for publishing a personal letter she penned to her estranged father thomas markle. the prince accusing the tabloids of creating, quote, lie after lie at her expense, even invoking his mother princess diana. i lost my mother and now and i watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. the couple, fresh off a successful tour of southern africa, where they were warmly welcomed and widely praised for their charity work. tom, tonight there's no comment from "the daily mirror" but rupert murdoch's news uk, which publishes "the sun," says they're aware of the prince's claim. tom? >> lama hasan for us tonight. lama, thank you. back here at home, and the
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murder trial followed by millions. two jurors breaking their silence about the sentence given to former police officer amber guyger for shooting and killing a man in his apartment. and we're now hearing from the victim's brother. abc's marcus moore is in dallas. >> reporter: two of the jurors who convicted former dallas police officer amber guyger of murder tonight taking us into that jury room. >> there was a lot of crying. >> a lot of crying. >> reporter: prosecutors were asking for 28 years. you all landed at 10. >> i told everyone, because we all agree it was mistake. i don't think bo would want to take harsh vengeance. i think he would want to forgive her. >> reporter: guyger shot and killed 26-year-old botham jean when she entered his apartment mistaking it for hers. >> you can't compare this case to any of those other officers killing unarmed black men. those officers that killed unarmed black men, when they got out, they went back to living their lives. amber guyger, she showed remorse in that she's going to have to deal with that for the rest of her life. >> can i give her a hug, please? >> reporter: this extraordinary
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moment of forgiveness from jean's brother right after sentencing, giving these jurors some peace of mind. >> it kind of helped us feel like we ended up with the right decision. >> reporter: brandt jean today speaking to "good morning america." >> who am i not to forgive someone who asks? i waited one year to hear i'm sorry, and i'm grateful for that. >> reporter: at trial, guyger acknowledged she intended to kill jean. the jurors telling me that's all they needed to hear to find her guilty of murder. total? >> marcus moore for us. marcus, thank you. news tonight on the american economy. the u.s. adding 136,000 jobs since september. unemployment falling to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years. the report helping boost the stock market. the dow gaining 372 points today, closing at 26,573. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the dramatic kidnapping rescue.
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the suspect with a kidnapping victim in his car. taking off on foot after a police chase. turning and firing at officers. the shootout caught on camera. plus, the florida man jailed ten days after he was picked for jury service and overslept. tonight, what he told the judge and why he's now being given a second chance. and the new images just coming in -- a massive plane slamming into the ground. rescue teams at the crash site. and the moment they pull a survivor from the wreckage. stay with us. survivor from the wreckage. stay with us. my bones strong? life is full of make or break moments. that's why it's so important to help reduce your risk of fracture with prolia®. only prolia® is proven to help strengthen and protect bones from fracture with 1 shot every 6 months. do not take prolia® if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, are allergic to it or take xgeva® serious allergic reactions, like low blood pressure trouble breathing; throat tightness; face, lip, or tongue swelling rash; itching; or hives have happened.
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remarkable leap of faith. in 1944, paul and betty grimmy fell in love and got married. over nearly 75 years, they built a family and life together. but in january betty passed away. at 94, paul now no longer had the love of his life and wasn't exactly ready for a new challenge. until something truly crazy happened. >> jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. >> well, i hope it's a good airplane. >> reporter: it was a surprise gift from his granddaughter she wasn't sure he would take. but then someone told him a guardian angel would be flying with him, his wife betty. >> i don't think i would probably do this, except i feel like i really want to do this in memory of her. >> reporter: so paul said, sure. suiting up, about to jump out of an airplane at 94, and how does he feel? >> i'm feeling great. i'm looking forward to this. >> reporter: paul taking the leap the day after what would have been their 75th wedding
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anniversary. a thumbs up from paul and his instructor. >> you ready to go sky diving? >> i'm ready. >> reporter: paul's legs slowly over the edge. a push and they're off. and just look at paul's face. he's loving it. >> we did it! >> yes, we did it. >> reporter: with his family cheering, paul says he was thinking about them, and of course about betty. >> yeah, i was thinking about her too. i didn't see her, though. i thought maybe she would join me. >> reporter: the jump, like his life over the last 75 years, surrounded by family. and right by his side, and in his heart, betty. paul is one brave guy. we thank him for sharing his story. and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. a programming note -- tune in tomorrow to the new two-hour edition of "gma" on saturday. i'll see you rig new at 6:00, a dramatic day
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of testimony. hear from the mother of the victim the last conversation she had with her son before he meanter went missing. protesters and supporters of the woman who will be the next district attorney for a while. golden gate park, one of several reasons to celebrate being in the bay area this weekend. now, news to build a better bay area from abc 7. in politics, you karnt please everyone. the woman now filling in at san francisco's top prosecutor heard from both sides today. good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. a day after george gascon resigned, the mayor appointed someone in his place. suzie loftus. >> the decision is controversial because loftus has been running for that office for more than a
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year. with only a month before the election, many say it gives her an unfair advantage over others. lyanne melendez has more. >> everybody knows the incumbent or the person appointed usually gets elected or re-elected. clearly loftus now has the advantage. what we saw today was san francisco politics 101. >> she is my choice to appoint as the next district attorney for the city and county of san francisco. >> making that announcement became somewhat of a challenge for the mayor and loftus herself. first protesters gathered in chinatown where london breed was supposed to deliver her message. the event was postponed for several minutes. then once protesters spotted loftus, they chased her around chinatown. loftus is a controversial figure because she once led the police commission during tumultuous times for the city.

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