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worldwide to encourage girls to pursue a career in aviation. that's it for "abc7 news" at 5:00, we'll see you back at 6 tonight, breaking news. a second whistle-blower emerges. now a new official from the intelligence community, claiming to have first-hand knowledge, sounding the alarm about president trump's dealings with ukraine. the white house responding moments ago. this, as republicans try to defend the president. now blasting democrats for selectively releasing damaging text messages from diplomats. the key witness murdered. his testimony helped convict a former dallas police officer in the murder of her neighbor. now he's been shot to death. his family questioning, who killed him, and why? also tonight, the shooting rampage manhunt. the violence at a bar overnight. gunmen shooting nine people, killing four of them. the hunt is on for two suspects. police just releasing these new
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images. oktoberfest explosions. the series of blasts and the fireball after a transformer exploded. festival customers escaping the flames. trebek's revelation. the "jeopardy!" host and his battle with cancer. saying he's not afraid to die, but he does have one regret. and, miracle dog. three weeks after hurricane dorian hit, the 1-year-old dog rescued from under a pile of debris. how he survived. and the incredible drone technology that located him. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the breaking news in the impeachment investigation. abc news, the first to report that a second whistle-blower has come forward. an intelligence official claiming to have first-hand knowledge of president trump's dealings with ukraine, backing up the first whistle-blower's complaint.
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the white house responding a short time ago. this, as republicans are accusing adam schiff of selectively releasing text messages from diplomats. but this weekend, one more republican senator came forward to criticize the president. here's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, after reports that a second whistle-blower is coming forward to corroborate the initial complaint against president trump, the white house is pushing back. "it doesn't matter how many people decide to call themselves whistle-blowers about the same telephone call, a call the president already made public," the press secretary said. "it doesn't change the fact that he has done nothing wrong." an attorney who represents both whistle-blowers tells abc news his new client has first-hand knowledge of the president's behind the scenes effort to enlist the ukrainian government to investigate joe biden and his son. potentially undermining one of the president's repeated defenses. >> the whistle-blower was very inaccurate. he got his information, i guess,
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second or third-hand. in other words, he didn't know what was on the call. >> reporter: today, adam schiff commented the second whistle-blower. >> we're reliant on people of courage. >> reporter: today, the president's allies struggled to defend his public call for china to get involved, too. >> china should start an investigation into the bidens. >> the president asked china to investigate him. >> we know they're not, george. come on. >> why can't you answer yes or no? do you think it's appropriate? >> because i don't think that's what he did. i don't think that's what he did. >> so -- but it was right there on camera. >> reporter: the democrats leading the impeachment inquiry are under pressure, too. accused of selectively releasing damaging text messages from diplomats out of context. republican mark meadows of north carolina claims the full testimony from the former u.s. special envoy to ukraine directly undermined the salacious impeachment narrative democrats are trying to sell you. >> why not release the full transcript? >> we'll see what happens moving
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forward. but i have full confidence in chairman schiff. >> i wanted you to know -- [ booing ] >> reporter: back home in their districts, members of congress in tough re-election fights are hearing from their constituents. democratic congresswoman elissa slotkin, who supports the impeachment inquiry, got heckled. president trump won her michigan district by nearly seven points. most republican senators have refused to criticize the president's conduct. this weekend, senator susan collins of maine cautiously joined mitt romney and ben sasse, the only ones to break ranks. collins criticized the president's outreach to china but won't say what she thinks of his communications with ukraine. >> i don't want to prejudge the evidence. plus, not all the evidence is in yet. >> david, let's go back to the second whistle-blower. we know the second whistle-blower has already met with the intelligence community's inspector general.
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house democrats are pushing this inquiry forward. they've subpoenaed the white house. will the administration comply? >> reporter: senior white house officials tell abc news they have no intention of cooperating unless nancy pelosi holds a full vote of the house. they say without such a vote, the white house is deprived of certain rights, including to have counsel present during all depositions. but democrats say the constitution does not require such a vote. >> david, thank you. we turn to another major story we're following tonight. a key witness in a trial of a former dallas police officer convicted of murdering her neighbor is now the victim of a homicide. joshua brown lived in that same apartment building, and his emotional testimony helped
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convict amber guyger. was the killing linked to his testimony? here's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, dallas police trying to piece together a murder mystery that some are calling an execution. >> the only thing we heard was one shot and then a double tap after that. >> reporter: a silver sedan seen speeding away from a parking lot turned crime scene. the only victim carrying no form of identification. but tonight police revealing that victim was joshua brown, a key witness whose testimony may have helped convict former dallas officer amber guyger for the death of botham jean inside the apartment building where the three lived. brown testified less than two weeks ago, at times emotional, remembering how he would hear his neighbor singing gospel hymns from his apartment across the hall. he also described hearing jean's fatal confrontation with guyger. >> do you recall ever hearing someone say, hey, put your hands up, in a loud tone? >> no. no, ma'am. >> reporter: but it was what brown didn't hear that night that gave prosecutors reason to challenge guyger, who testified that after she mistakenly entered jean's apartment thinking it was her own, she gave him verbal commands to show his hands before shooting. >> not one of them heard you say that.
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>> i can't tell you why. >> it's because you didn't say it. >> reporter: tonight, activists now calling for justice for brown and offering a $100,000 reward. his family, speaking through an attorney, say brown was a reluctant witness, and question if his death was connected to his testimony. >> he was shot and left to die by someone who clearly had an ax to grind. it's important that we answer who that person is because right now there are strong implications, no evidence, but strong implications that this may be retaliation for his testimony in the amber guyger trial. >> reporter: tom, authorities have made no connection between brown's testimony and his murder. they've been tight-lipped about the investigation. that silver sedan, the only lead they've shared. there's no physical description of any suspects. tom? >> kaylee, thank you. next to that manhunt in kansas city for two men who allegedly opened fire in a crowded bar, shooting nine people. killing four of them.
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police revealing these images of the suspects a short time ago. the bodies of the victims now taken away in a coroner's van. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the search is on for a pair of gunmen police say are seen here in these just released surveillance images. witnesses say the two walked into a packed kansas city, kansas, bar overnight and opened fire. at least nine people were shot, four of them killed. their ages rging fm 20s to 50s. >> we went inside and found four hispanic males that had been shot and were deceased. outside, we located five more victims that were transported to area hospitals. >> reporter: authorities say the incident may have stemmed from a dispute between one of the suspects and the bartender hours before the shooting. but just after 1:00 a.m., witnesses say the two people may have entered from the back of the tequila kc bar, both armed with handguns. at least 40 people inside. >> i can't think, you know, why somebody would want to do this.
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>> reporter: investigators are now interviewing witnesses, trying to piece together what exactly happened. tom, this neighborhood in kansas city, kansas, is in shock. this is an extremely tight-knit community. two of the shooting victims are actually related. the family says one is in the hospital, and the other didn't survive. tom? >> stephanie, thank you. now to the series of explosions in an underground electrical vault causing chaos at an oktoberfest celebration. first the explosion, then this giant fireball. you see it right there. and even more blasts happened. people escaping out into the streets, mostly unharmed. but five people were hurt, including two firefighters. kayna whitworth is on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, investigators near los angeles pinpointing the cause of a series of terrifying blasts that sent fireballs 70 feet in the air during an oktoberfest
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celebration. >> you could see the fire roll up the sides of the building. >> reporter: as many as 1,000 people scrambling to escape. >> that man pulled me out of my booth and that's where the final explosion was. >> reporter: officials saying one of those three underground transformers caused the blast, shooting the flames and sending a 50-pound metal lid flying. one of the owners of the festival hall alerted firefighters to a strange smell and immediately started evacuating people. his sister telling abc news he may have saved lives. your bother escorts the fire department down to look at the transformer, and that's when the explosion happened? >> yeah, because the minute he went to go open the door, he said, it's right over here. and he turned. right when that happened, that first explosion hit him and he just caught on fire. >> reporter: her brother and four others, including two firefighters, rushed to the hospital with burns. tom, look at the damage to the building here. and take a look at these lights. they're absolutely torched. they tell me this area was
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completely full of people just minutes before that explosion. tom? >> kayna, thank you. we head overseas to some outrage in the uk. a 19-year-old man killed in a car accident. his motorcycle colliding with another car. the driver of that car, the wife of a u.s. diplomat. and she's apparently fled the country. the parents of the 19-year-old are calling for justice. but the american woman is claiming diplomatic immunity. here's jennifer eccleston. >> reporter: tonight, outrage mounting in england after an american diplomat's wife left the country after becoming a suspect in a deadly car crash. >> we're just utterly broken inside and out. everything hurts day and night. >> reporter: the parents of 19-year-old harry dunn demanding justice after that woman allegedly struck their son's motorcycle in august. the suspect left the country, now claiming diplomatic
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immunity. >> i can't believe she's living with herself doing this. how can you just be like that, just get on a plane and go. >> reporter: the 42-year-old unnamed suspect was allegedly driving out of an american air force base on the wrong side of the road. police saying the woman initially cooperated, telling them she had no plans to leave the uk. the american embassy in london expressing their deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family, saying cases like this are considered carefully but immunity is rarely waived. >> reporter: tonight, the foreign secretary urging the u.s. embassy to reconsider. tonight, that family imploring the american suspect to come back, and issuing a direct appeal to president trump to rescind her immunity. tom? >> jennifer, thank you. now to the race for 2020. bernie sanders is back home in vermont after suffering a heart attack and having two stents implanted.
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he says he'll be at the next debate, just nine days away. but will he have to slow down? and how could this shake up the democratic race? here's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, senator bernie sanders resting at home. taking a full weekend off for the first time in months. arriving back home in vermont after his campaign said he suffered a heart attack. his family waiting at the door. the senator usually keeps a tight and intense campaign schedule, on his feet, packing as many as five events in a day, often in different cities. earlier this week, during a nevada event, the senator asked for a seat. >> can you get me chair? let me sit down here. it's been long day. >> reporter: later undergoing an emergency heart procedure. doctors inserting two stents to clear a blocked artery. leaving the hospital, sanders had this message for supporters. >> and i'm feeling so much better. see you soon on the campaign trail. >> there's always a question of, is he too old to be running for president? with bernie sanders and the way he conveys energy and what level of enthusiasm he seems to generate, i think he can
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overcome that. >> reporter: sanders raising more than any other democrat this year in a single quarter, hauling in $25 million. at 78, he is the oldest candidate in the race. the three early democratic front-runners are all in their 70s. and they have strong support in key early voting states. a new fox news poll shows former vice president joe biden with a commanding lead in south carolina, ahead of senator elizabeth warren and sanders. >> rachel, we know senator sanders' campaign said he will be on the stage at the next democratic debate, in a little over a week. will he do any campaign events before then? >> reporter: the schedule is still very much up in the air tonight. but as for his campaign, it's trying to move forward full steam ahead. they will be out with a new policy proposal first thing tomorrow. >> rachel, thank you. we move to the forecast, and a soggy start to the work week
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in the east, as a new storm is brewing out west. before heading across the country. rob marciano is here. you were just telling me, this new storm, we're talking snow now? >> yes, our second of the season, and this will have a wider reach. winter storm watches posting for wyoming and montana. snow will be there by tuesday, by thursday, into rapid city. and we could see six to 12 inches of snow. heavy rain across parts of arkansas, louisville, tennessee, ohio valleys tonight. tomorrow morning, pittsburgh with a messy commute. and this pushes into the east tomorrow night into tuesday morning. >> rob, thank you. when we come back, there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the security breach. how did a woman get on a flight with no boarding pass or i.d.? what the other passengers were forced to do. plus, "jeopardy!" host alex trebek. the new interview. and powerful reflections on possibly facing death and his
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>> we thought i was finished with chemo. that was a bit premature. >> reporter: the 79-year-old now undergoing a second round of chemotherapy, having a revelation. >> i have some regrets about having gone public with it. because a lot of people are coming to me and looking for help, reassurance. and that's tough. >> reporter: the host telling abc about his struggle. >> there are moments when, for no reason at all, i feel this surge of sadness, depression. >> reporter: but trebek has maintained his sense of optimism. still bravely fighting. >> hey, i've lived a good life, a full life. and i'm nearing the end of that life. so if it happens, it happens. and why should i be afraid of it? >> reporter: trebek has kept his word, continuing to host the show as he's undergoing chemotherapy. he says it can be difficult to speak. but tom, through all of this, he still hasn't missed a day of work. >> trevor, thank you.
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finally tonight, football and fellowship. teammates helping out their coach. the surprise on the field he never saw coming. down in lafayette at the louisiana christian academy they always knew when coach skip's car is coming. >> you knew it's him because of how loud it is and how much it squeaked. >> they used to hear me down the road, and they'd say, hey, that's coach skip. that's coach skip. i come around the corner, two wheels. that's coach skip. >> reporter: coach skip is always reliable. >> he's just always been there. >> reporter: but old squeaky, as his car was known, not so much. so gunner wirtz and trevor jeffrey, two of the team's eighth grade players, came up with their own playbook to help
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out the coach and shared their plans with their moms. >> gunner looks over and says, "i've been thinking of getting coach skip a new car." >> reporter: the boys picked up odd jobs like pulling weeds for cash, and also created a gofundme page to help raise donations. >> he does so much in the community that people were just glad to give. >> reporter: in just three weeks, they raised $12,000, enough for a brand new suv. on tuesday, the team, their families, and the new car were ready for coach skip. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's for you, bro. >> just because. >> reporter: the car so much more than a thank you for a man who is so much more than a coach. >> turn around, silver bullet. and i know i'm the only coach skip. >> reporter: coach skip getting into the car, at one point, jokingly wiping away tears. >> i'm going to sail off into the sunset. thank y'all.
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love y'all. >> enjoy the ride, coach skip. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, it altered the bay area. for those who survived, one of the most destructive wildfires in california history. sto ships are coming in for fleet week. you might be surprised for how much this condo is listed for. abc 6 starts right now. breaking news out of napa county where a wildfire has erupted and people are being told they need to prepare to evacuate. liz kreutz just got to the scene a short while ago. she joins us live from the canyon. liz, what are you seeing there?
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>> reporter: we're at american canyon high school right now. this is one of the areas that is under the evacuation advisory. behind me you can see some billowing smoke here. this fire right now, we're told, is about 200 acres so it is growing in size, but we are told they are confident that they will be able to have this fire contained maybe within the next 30 minutes. so they are making good progress. the fire started around 3:00. it quickly grew in size due to winds blowing the flames towards american canyon and the newell drive area. if you're familiar with that area, that is the area under this evacuation advisory. at this point it's been burning mostly through steep terrain, hills, grassy areas. that's been part of the challenge for firefighters. they said the most challenging part has just been access. in fact, if you come on over this way, rachel is moving the camera, you can see this charred hill behind us here. in front of that

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