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and a half and we'll see how far he goes a this is "world news." tonight, bracing to help. firefighters from around america trying to battle those flames. hot ashes four miles into the sky and we see the last image of the 19 brave young men before they were lost. pill peril, staggering medical news, american women overdosing on pills and drugs, dying more from drugs than car accidents. what is happening? and a new idea, a 16-month-old girl can swim like a champion but what about help for other parents and children if this happens and water clouds over a struggling child? something new on the way.
good evening to all of you and we begin tonight with help on the way, fighting that inferno in arizona, firefighters from around the country flying in. and the pictures still say it all, a wall of gray smoke, a sky of red, and ring of fire and all that remains of one family home a fiery skeleton. and of course everyone now working nonstop in the memory of those 19 young men who were lost. abc's david wright leads us off. >> reporter: today in arizona, a pitched battle to get this deadly blaze under control. more boots on the ground, more planes in the air. but even as firefighters struggle to gain the upper hand, mother nature seems to be conspiring against them. today's forecast, calling for hurricane strength winds, 80 miles per hour. >> expect to see extreme fire behavior, rapid rates of spread, long flame links. >> reporter: that appears to be what happened sunday, as searing
desert temperatures force columns of air into the atmosphere. plumes of hot air and cinders -- in some cases, four miles high, the largest one expert had ever seen. a sudden shift in air pressure, during an afternoon rainstorm, and those columns come crashing down, spreading fire faster than a human can sprint. today we learned new details about the final moments of those 19 firefighters, including the last photo of the team, one of the men texted it to his wife. also, a mystery solved, the identity of the lone survivor. >> he was on a hillside within a mile or two of the crew so that he is not only in radio contact but visual contact. >> brendan mcdonough saw that the weather conditions were changing and radioed back to the team. >> reporter: he saw they were in danger and he warned them? >> he warned them. >> reporter: mcnone na who
barely managed to escape himself is said to be grief stricken. it's shadowed the opening of the world's oldest rodeo since 1988. last night they read out 19 names -- and a riderless horse made one final lap to honor these real life western heros. let's not forget there are 500 other real life heros still in harm's way on the fire lines. it's particularly treacherous there because the temperatures here in arizona have been rising faster than any other state. the fire season across the west is now two months longer than it was 20 years ago. >> david wright still there on the front lines. thank you so much, david. for the big picture on what's ahead let's bring in abc's sam champion. start out west with the heat there. any relief on the way to arizona and the rest of the west? >> the worst possible situation, hundreds of record high temperatures, amazing drought through the area.
look at where the jet stream is and that little area of high pressure. that's hope for easing in the temperatures but not for a couple of days. sacramento has a little break, enough to help. in the arizona area it's going to take past the friday mark into saturday and sunday for cooler air to work in. but it's just temporary. first part of next week we're back to big time heat. it may be a break for two days, not enough to make a huge difference. >> all across this country 18 million people getting ready to travel for the 4th of july. what about the east coast, floods, rains? >> it has to be staggering to look at pictures like we have coming out from new york. they really going down to the carolinas. in florida scenes of flooding neighborhoods with three times the amount of rainfall in just a regular month. ten to 13 inches of rain has been falling. another area of high pressure. look at that area from new york to boston to washington, you see the lighter shades of blue there. a drier air mass will move there by thursday and shove it down to
georgia, the western part of the carolinas, the eastern part of tennessee and kentucky. there will be just a little break in that i 95 corridor. >> thank you so much, sam. a lot of reasons to be watchful on this 4th of july as we all travel. now we turn to a developing story tonight, a terror plot eerily similar to the boston marathon and once again a potential weapon made of an ordinary kitchen pot, a pressure cooker. two people are under arrest in canada and abc's pierre thomas joins us now from washington. tell us more, peer, who are the suspects and are these pressure cookers the new weapon of choice? >> reporter: they're canadians, a man and woman in their 20s and 30s. no ties to overseas but inspired by al qaeda. police are concerned because the pressure cooker bomb design is available online. in fact, al qaeda has promoting that type of bomb on the internet as a weapon of choice.
holiday coming up, tonight homeland security officials are sending out a bulletin urging vigilance even though there's no specific credible threat. >> thank you very much for this late breaking news. now we turn to the george zimmerman trial, the prosecution trying to raise doubt about his claim of self-defense the night trayvon martin was killed. today the issue, how serious were the injuries zimmerman suffered in the encounter. matt gutman has more from the courtroom. >> reporter: its case on the ropes, the prosecution today trying to punch its way out of a corner. >> i'm hitting you, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: the prosecutor hacking into zimmerman's claim of self-defense. >> that's what the defendants is claiming. i'm suffocating you. i'm not going to put my hand in your mouth. would you have your hands like that, like this or would you be fighting me? >> i'd be fighting you. >> reporter: swinging for one of the key clauses defining second
degree murder, ill will and spite, using zimmerman's own words from that night. >> they [ bleep ] always get away. >> in your opinion calling somebody referencing them as -- pardon my language as [ bleep ] punks? >> this is ill will. >> reporter: the state called a medical examiner who said his head may have been only slammed into the concrete once. zimmerman told police he had been struck up to 30 times. >> the injuries on the back of the defendant's head consistent with one strike against a concrete surface? >> yes. >> reporter: moments ago we spoke with zimmerman's lead attorney. mark o'mara. he told us to prove self-defense zimmerman doesn't have to show any visible injuries. all he has to prove is that he reasonably feared for his life. >> chief legal correspondent and "nightline" anchor, dan abrams, will be live in florida tonight, a special edition of "nightline" coming up tonight. now we head overseas to
egypt for so long a critical american ally in the middle east and with the iconic pyramids, a tourist destination for millions of us. tonight a caldron of unrest and for the next 24 hours the clock is ticking down to a deadline. abc's alex marquardt is there. >> reporter: in cairo's tahrir square the tension is rising as the seconds tick away to the ultimatum deadline. military threatening to intervene tomorrow if the president doesn't mean the people's demand. tonight morsi admitted he has made mistakes but was elected fairly and will not step down. we met a woman who launched the protests. and brought egypt once again to the brink of revolution. in the new constitution there's no role for women she said. in the morsi era women have no place. the anger is driven by fear that the muslim brotherhood wants to control egypt as well as that
decimated economy. look at egypt's famous pyramids filled with american tourists before the revolution. so vital to the economy, since then they've been practically empty. egypt's famous nile river used to be packed with these boats called falucas. the last american this man had on his faluca was a month ago. >> how much money did you make this week? >> this week, ten pounds. >> less than $2. >> reporter: he told us he's going to join the masses on tahrir square. alex marquardt, abc news, cairo. we head to africa, an arresting sight, president obama standing shoulder to shoulder there with his predecessor, george w. bush. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was with them. >> reporter: rare on common ground. president obama and president
bush, together today in tanzania to lay a wreath at the monument for the victims of the 1998 bombing of the u.s. embassy in dar es salaam. and at the same time, two first ladies on stage together, in a discussion on empowering women in africa moderated by abc's cokie roberts urging african first ladies to focus on the big issues and not the trivial. >> people stopped looking at the bangs and start looking at what we're standing in front of. >> we hope. >> they do. that's the power of our roles. >> reporter: the bushes talked to us in an exclusive network interview. >> what did you talk about when the cameras weren't rolling. >> what a pain the press is. >> reporter: on africa bush and obama see eye to eye. >> the president has been criticized that he neglected africa. is that a bad rap? >> the state department under his leadership has been helpful in our efforts to deal with cervical cancer. >> reporter: from mr. obama the biggest crowds of his africa
trip came out in his final stop at tanzania. the president got into the groove, another thing the two presidents had in common. >> what is it about this continent that makes presidents dance? >> in this case i was joyful. >> some dance there. and this just in tonight. it's on health care, a surprising delay to announce tonight in one of the most controversial parts of the president's new health care reform. that employer mandate which requires companies with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance or face fines starting next year. well tonight, a timeout. employers will now have until 2015, the obama administration says it wants to simplify the requirements to make it less confusing. and we have another headline about american health tonight and pills and painkillers. a hidden epidemic striking our neighbors and families. a new alert tonight from the cdc says the number of women dying from overdoses in america is sky rocketing.
more women die from overdoses on all drugs than die from car accidents. and a new member of our abc news team investigative reporter spent the day asking why. >> reporter: negin nourmohammadi started with just two pain pills a day -- relief from the chronic pain of crohn's disease. within months, she was up to 70 to 80 pills a day. >> it kind of spun out of control without me realizing it >> reporter: today that new government report revealed a woman is admitted to the er for a prescription pill overdose every three minutes. what's more, the number of women dying from prescription pill overdoses jumped 400% between 1999 and 2010. across the country women called in to share their struggles with addiction. >> i was very good at hiding it for a long time. i was very manipulative. >> it consumed my entire life, my whole day. >> my days were not normal unless i took my medication. >> how could i be addicted? you're prescribing this stuff to me.
>> reporter: doctors tell us women are more likely to suffer from painful conditions like fibromyalgia and migraines. often treated by prescription pain pills. >> why are women more likely than men to become addicted? >> women are prescribed pain medications more commonly than men and also women tend to be smaller in size so the dose is larger for women who are smaller in size. >> reporter: women are more likely to consult doctors for pain and the cdc says are more likely to go doctor shopping, getting prescriptions from multiple providers. this woman told us she saw her primary doctor and four others on the side. >> one doctor was like 90 years old and he was writing me a prescription a week and he didn't even realize it. >> this is staggering news. what are we supposed to do with it? what's next? what can you done? >> doctors we talked to say that women need to make sure that don't stockpile medicine, that they don't keep pills lying around just in case. they also need to make sure that every doctor that they have is
aware of every pill that they're taking so they don't accidently become addicted. >> maybe start talking about it more with each other. welcome to abc news. it's great to have you here. and still ahead right here on "world news," this 16-month-old lighting up the internet, swimming like a mermaid. and the new technology that could keep children safe as they hit the water. and later, talk about your bad day? >> i'm stuck and there's two very large alligators out here. >> you won't want to miss what happened next. happened next. to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? and now today, i see this in the news. once again, centrum silver was chosen by researchers for another landmark study. this time looking at eye health. my doctor! he knows his stuff. [ male announcer ] centrum. the most studied. the most recommended. and the most preferred multivitamin brand.
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sounds a siren. for kids, it's just like putting on a pair of goggles. >> how'd it feel swimming having that on? >> um, it doesn't really affect how you swim. it's just there. >> reporter: for adults, it's a cutting-edge safety upgrade. the new canaan, connecticut ymca paid $30,000 to install the system in this pond, just the sixth installation anywhere in the world. >> why did you feel a lifeguard wasn't enough? >> because you're only as good as your best lifeguard who is having a bad day. >> reporter: watch, even in a clear swimming pool, how the movement blurs the presence of a swimmer. in murky water like a pond, it's even more dramatic. look how this bright yellow dummy just vanishes. for decades, the best way to find a lost swimmer was to form a rescue line, sweeping the area step-by-step. but now, lifeguards can pinpoint a swimmer with this locator. >> i was a lifeguard, back in 1980 was when i went through my training.
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finally tonight so many of you have written us about this champion and his friends who show us what it takes to carry one another across a finish line. "good morning america" anchor josh elliott on an athlete, husband and dad who is america strong. >> reporter: steve gleason, once a player for the new orleans saints is a beloved figure in the city that has defined resilient. it was just one year after hurricane katrina devastated new orleans when this singular play by gleason, that's him number 37 rushing from the middle, made him a cult hero. in 2011 gleason was diagnosed with als, lou gehrig's disease.
today ravaged by the disease he has lost most of his physical abilities and communicates through a computer. >> what did the diagnosis changes for you? >> i chose to search for new avenues of joy. >> reporter: gleason has never been one to take the easy road. here he is skydiving, marking the one year anniversary of his diagnosis. then he had a proposition for his good friend and former new orleans saints teammate. >> he said i'm going to go down to machu picchu. >> i said machu picchu as in peru? he said, yes, i want to go to the top. >> he made the trip, where some say the soul meets the sky. they would carry him for much of it on a specially designed sled over 11 grueling hours straight up. >> it was much more gnarly than we anticipated.
i was definitely scared but i chose to embrace it. >> reporter: his son was up there, too, his baby boy rivers, born soon after his diagnosis. gleason is doing all of this for him, too, creating a video diary. these memories so that one day his son can know his father. ♪ >> reporter: a symbol of america strong. >> and we thank you for watching. check in at abcnews.com. be here tomorrow night. day two of the bart strike. we're live to see who shows up for a new round of contract talk autos of i'm sandhya patel. excessive heat warnings looking at our view from east bay hills camera.
i'll show you the temperatures coming up. >> double murder at an east bay restaurant. police respond to an alampl what they found shows this was not a random robbery. >> on the bay, team new zealand. the story coming up at 6:00. >> here is the text. the district has been notified negotiations will resume at 6:00 p.m. tonight tonight. we're eager to get back to the table, it says but with just moments to go now it is clear the relationship remains contentious as ever. >> it took hours for the union to acknowledge talks would resume. they told us they hadn't been notified and later said they hoped bart would take their
concerns more seriously. the strike has crippled the bay area public transportation system. freeways have been jammed and length of the commute doubled as a result. we're live in oakland with the talks are getting underway right now. laura? >> they are. the negotiating team just walked by us about a dozen people looking innocent -- intent there. about 20 minutes ago we saw a team from fdiu walk n they told us they feel hopeful. we're hopeful. yes. >> now, today some of the negotiators told us what it's like inside those talks. >> rose is on the 17 member