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this is "world news." tonight, the surprise moment. a community erupting into cheers when amanda berry, one of the young women held captive for a decade in that cleveland basement, that house, suddenly appears, waving to a city that never gave up. trouble in paradise. a tropical storm barreling straight toward the hawaiian islands. there hasn't been a direct hit there in 20 years. plus, the flooding in the east tonight, the rescues, the rains. abc meteorologist ginger zee right here. not again. the $50 million heist tonight. the hotel where the jewels vanished, and it comes after those brazen break-ins before. and a weekend to remember. the rare images from 50 years ago tonight, the album from a storybook summer, suddenly opened all over again.
good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night. and we do begin tonight with that unexpected moment for a community that held out hope for a decade. amanda berry, one of the young women held captive for ten years in that cleveland house, suddenly appearing in public and there was an eruption of cheers. amanda berry there on the left, walking out on that stage during a concert. and when the fans realized who she was, it broke into applause right there, because for ten years, all they saw was this image of berry, from the missing poster, along with the faces of the two other young women. this rare public moment comes after her captor, ariel castro, just friday, spoke for the first time in a courtroom, agreeing to a plea deal, sparing himself the death penalty, now spending the rest of his life behind bars. his one request, though, to see his daughter. the little girl amanda berry gave birth to inside that home. tonight, though, cleveland celebrating its first glimpse of that young mother, trying to take her life back.
here's abc's alex perez. >> i'm going to bring out a family that you probably know. >> reporter: listen to the crowd's reaction when they realize just who is on that stage. the woman who survived a living nightmare made her first outdoor public appearance. >> give it up for amanda berry! >> reporter: wearing dark sunglasses and a grin from ear to ear, amanda berry took the stage at a music festival in cleveland, ohio, last night. surrounded by loved ones, berry laughed as the crowd cheered her on. the surprise public appearance, just one day after ariel castro accepted a plea deal, life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years, for kidnapping and holding berry, the young daughter he fathered with berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight, hostage inside this house for a decade. >> i miss my daughter very much. >> reporter: as for this house of horrors, where that young child was born, cleveland
officials tell us it will be torn down within the next month. >> help me, i'm amanda berry. >> reporter: it was berry's voice, heard on that shocking 911 call made just seconds after escaping captivity last may. earlier this month, the women released their first video, thanking the world for their support, and the more than $1.2 million donated to help them. >> i'm getting stronger each day. >> reporter: still helping her own daughter to normalcy, gina dejesus' mom supporting berry. >> they need to be out, enjoying their life. >> reporter: and that strength and determination, front and center last night, as she danced along side rapper nelly. she smiled and took it all in. alex perez, abc news, cleveland. >> so great to see that smile. and we turn next to the weather tonight, and to those punishing rains and flooding across much of the east. the rescues. and we ask tonight, is it finally over? but first, that tropical storm gathering strength this sunday and barrelling toward the hawaiian islands at this hour.
if tropical storm flossie is a direct hit, it would be the first time in more than two decades. abc meteorologist ginger zee with the pictures from the islands, where they are getting ready tonight. >> reporter: tonight, prepping in paradise. tropical storm flossie has hawaii in its cross-hairs. by tomorrow morning, these provisions will be put to use. >> they need to get themselves prepared. we sold out of our generators. >> reporter: it's been more than 20 years since hawaii was directly affected by anything more than a tropical depression. and it was a big one. the hurricane, in 1992, with winds up to 145 miles per hour. seven people were killed. >> wow, 1992. it's been a long time. but you're saying this is headed straighttowards hawaii right now? >> reporter: right, nothing like that 1992 storm, but this is a solid tropical storm. this is cooking west at 20 miles per hour now. it's got 60-mile-per-hour winds with it. it will start to slow down
slightly, but still going to go quickly. that's good news, because monday into tuesday is the big impact. you saw the timing there. but tropical storm warnings for almost all islands. tropical storm watch up there, as well. up to 12 inches of rain, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour winds. the only good thing about it going so quickly, that means a little less rain, it will brush by. >> thinking about our friends in hawaii tonight. this the meantime, to the east and dorian. we thought we were done with this thing, now could be back? >> reporter: the tropics are tricky. you got to watch them. and that's what we're doing. national hurricane center went back out to investigate the remnants of dorian. and we're still watching that, trying to see if it can organize itself. still has a lot of dry air to fight and still has a big low pressure system, what we call upper level shear, to fight, as well. we'll be watching it. late week would be the timing if dorian comes back. >> all right, late week. before you go, those rescue images that came in all weekend long, we were watching them. is this finally over? >> reporter: this has been such a tough weekend, especially in western north carolina, up to a foot of rain in some places, less than 24 hours. the pictures are stunning. and they had multiple swift water rescues.
fortunately, that rain done. now it's in the northeast and new england, but moving much more quickly. >> all right, thank you, ginger. one more related story to the weather tonight. heavy rain in arizona flipping over a bus. it help in dolan springs. 31 people on board believed to be traveling from vegas to the grand canyon. so far, authorities say no reports of any injuries. rescue teams are on the scene. tonight, we're learning more about a tragic accident on the hudson river near new york city this weekend. on the eve of their wedding, a bride and groom to be, on a boat with members of their wedding party. that boat slamming into a barge and tonight, two bodies now have been recovered from the water, feared to be the best man and that bride to be. again tonight, abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: rescue crews pulled out the body of the man they believe to be mark lennon from the hudson river this afternoon. >> there was a jet skier, about 11:00, 12:00 today, out, and he thought what he saw was a body.
he telephoned the 911 call into our communications center. >> reporter: the victim was supposed to be the best man at a wedding in two weeks, and one of six passengers on a moonlit boat cruise involving members of that wedding party. yesterday afternoon, authorities discovered the body of a woman they believe was the bride to be, 30-year-old lindsey stewart. >> nothing but time will heal this, but it will never be forgotten. >> reporter: investigators say the man piloting the 21-foot stingray on friday night, 35-year-old jojo john, was drunk when he slammed into a barge near a major bridge. he's been charged with vehicular manslaughter. >> at this point, we have probable cause to believe he operated the boat while intoxicated and that's the basis for the charge. >> reporter: the groom to be, 35-year-old brian bond, was knocked unconscious during the collision. he's the one who called 911 when he came to. bond is now recovering from a broken eye socket and preparing for two funerals instead of his wedding. some witnesses are questioning whether there were enough lights on the barge. investigators say it was difficult to see late at night on the water.
authorities who are responsible for the barge say they are reviewing their safety procedures. david? >> just a horrible story. aditi, thanks to you. and from indianapolis tonight now, we're also learning more about that deadly tour bus accident. three members of a church group were killed. the driver now telling authorities that the brakes suddenly went out. the bus was returning from a church youth camp when it slammed into a lane barrier and flipped over. a youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a member of the congregation all died. and to a remarkable scene tonight from brazil. pope francis, finishing his trip, often called the people's pope now. there have been so many images like this one here, the pope with his hand and the head of a child. and this sunday, look at this. a sea of humanity. more than 3 million people at the final mass there in rio. there were early clues in the hours after he was named pope that this could be a different papacy, tipping workers, carrying his own bags. and tonight, the catholic church is hoping this trip signals even more change. abc's alex marquardt is in rio tonight. alex? >> reporter: david, the millions
of young catholic pilgrims who have come from around the world to rio's copacabana beach are now packing up to go home, as pope francis wraps up his first foreign trip, one he hopes will help reverse an exodus of believers from the church. they're the biggest crowds rio has ever seen. bigger even than when mick jagger played here. all for a man who has become something of a rock star himself. over the past week, pope francis has charmed his way through the masses, his energy, his light personal touch delighting the adoring crowds he stops his popemobile to wade into. >> i feel like he's really trying to be one with the people, rather than just trying to be a leader from the top. >> reporter: under that wide smile, the first latin-american pope knows his church is in crisis, hemorrhaging followers in brazil, the most catholic country on earth. their numbers dropping almost 30% in the past 40 years. in a speech to bishops this weekend, he said the church has been too intellectual, too cold. it needs a simpler, warmer
message, he said. the pope has made it clear here in brazil that he plans to radically change the church, to make it more about the people, more about the poor. whether that message can re-energize the church, bring catholics back, remains to be seen. david? >> quite a scene there in rio today. alex, thank you. tonight, to a developing headline from washington. middle east peace talks are set to begin tomorrow in our nation's capital. the obama administration acknowledging israeli and palestinian representatives will meet in washington for the first time since 2008. earlier today, israel's cabinet agreed to release 104 palestinian prisoners. secretary of state john kerry brokered the deal to restart the talks. and tonight here, to an embattled candidate, vowing to stay in the race for new york city mayor. anthony weiner speaking in church this sunday, defending his wife from critics, asking why she's staying with him. she has not been seen, by the way, since she was by his side early last week, and today marks her birthday. abc's jeff zeleny here on the campaign trail in new york.
>> reporter: tonight, anthony weiner is acknowledging his sins and seeking redemption. >> i've got faith here. faith is like that gps device in your car, if you ever make a wrong turn, it doesn't yell at you. quietly, it says, recalculating. >> reporter: he went where many politicians go when they are in trouble. to church. sometimes hard to hear, he spoke of his faith in unusual terms, comparing it to a car's navigation system. >> brothers and sisters, i've given it a lot of opportunities to say recalculating in my life. i have worn that machine out sometimes. >> reporter: weiner isn't dropping out of the mayor's race, but his campaign manager is, resigning overnight, after another sexting scandal sent the former congressman's political ambitions spiraling again. his wife, huma abedin, was not at his side today, on what was her 37th birthday. but he came to her defense. >> i will never stop being grateful to my wife for sticking with me. people are saying some unspeakable things about her, because she and i fought to keep our marriage together.
>> reporter: it's the latest case of a politician's fall from grace. always men, it seems, behaving badly. judy smith, the crisis management expert who inspired the abc show "scandal," weighed in on "this week with george stephanopoulos." >> it's not like, sort of the usual politician having an affair. there's an element of creepiness to this. >> reporter: she expressed doubt his mayoral bid could survive. >> and jeff is with us now here on the desk. and weiner now saying he's going to recalculate like a gps machine. not sure it will be that easy. can he stay in the race, even though he's vowing to? politically, is that possible? >> reporter: that was a very bizarre turn of phrase this morning. politically, it's very difficult for him. two of his friends told me today that it's gon gone from impossible to very unlikely he can stay in. but he also thinks he has nothing to lose here. so, 44 days until the democratic primary here in new york. >> all right, jeff, great to have you in new york instead of washington for a change. in california tonight, a return to the church for pastor rick warren, back after losing
his son to suicide. in his first sermon this sunday, he addressed that loss, saying that this country should work to erase the stigma of mental illness. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: wiping back tears, pastor rick warren and his wife kay were back at the pulpit of their southern california megachurch. >> love you, too. >> reporter: for the first time, sharing how faith and hope were severely tested by their son's death. >> not for one second did god forsake my son. not for one moment has god forsaken me. >> reporter: in april, 27-year-old matthew warren committed suicide. he battled mental illness his entire life. >> for 27 years, i prayed every day of my life for god to heal my son's mental illness. it just didn't make sense why this prayer was not being answered. but i would rather walk with god and have my questions unanswered
than have all my questions answered and not walk with god. >> reporter: moving forward, warren says he wants to channel his grief into fighting the stigma of mental illness. >> your illness is not your identity. your chemistry is not your character. >> reporter: many of warren's 20,000 followers have faith he can do it. >> satan picked the wrong team to pick on. he just really did. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, our thanks to you. and we're going to turn next here tonight to a shocking polar bear attack. a lawyer from maine on a camping expedition in the north of canada dragged from his tent in the middle of the night by a bear that had broken through an electric fence. tonight, that american is in the hospital and his wife is now thanking the fellow hikers who helped save her husband. here's abc's rob nelson. >> reporter: tonight, a man from maine is in critical but stable condition in a montreal hospital, after being attacked by a polar bear, not pictured here, during a camping trip.
matthew dyer was camping inside torngat mountains national park in labrador when the bear tore through an electrified fence and attacked him inside his tent about 1:30 wednesday morning. other campers at the site were eventually able to scare the bear off using flares. dyer was rushed to montreal general hospital by helicopter, where he underwent emergency surgery. the extent of his injuries is still unclear, but the hospital says he is making good progress. dyer's wife released this statement over the weekend, praising the hospital staff. "my husband is in critical but stable condition. he is a strong man and he is making improvements every day." now, experts say polar bears attacking humans is very rare and when they do, it's usually because they are underfed, scared or even provoked. they also say that melting sea ice around is world is drawing more of these bears, david, ashore. >> all right, rob nelson tonight, thank you.
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finally tonight here, rare images surfacing of president kennedy and his children on this summer weekend 50 years ago tonight. the kennedy library taking us back. >> arriving at otis air force base, massachusetts, president kennedy forsaking the cares of state for a relaxing weekend on cape cod, is rushed by a toddler. >> reporter: america knew that toddler well, john john, as he was affectionately called, at the time just 2 years old. >> junior knows the ropes and is first aboard the copter, which is to hop the presidential party to hyannis. >> reporter: hyannis, massachusetts, on cape cod. and tonight, rare footage of a summer weekend 50 years ago this weekend. a 50-minute film posted by the kennedy presidential library. president kennedy teeing off.
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>> protesters set up camp outside this building in the east bay. >> the charges a driver could face after a crash that killed a woman this morning. two security officers attacked by a gunman at a bay area home depot and that man is on the loose. right now people are camped out in the east bay, fighting to keep historic post office from being shut down. let's go live to lillian kim who is at the post office rally in berkeley right now. reporter: we're at the owes office on alston way where protesters have been her since yesterday and have no plans to leave. they're here for the long haul. 15 people spent the night in one
of the nine tents set up in front of the building. the group is against plans to sell the building. postal officials say it needs to sell because the postal service is in bad financial shape. the protesters say the building belongs to the people. the berkeley post office was built in 1914 and is on the register of historic places and one of hundreds of post offices across the country slated to close. protesters say the camp is off to a good start. >> slept like a log. it was great. and you see we have food. we got up and somebody brought grits, and we're eatle well. last night we had a movie. the postman. >> how long are you going to do this? >> as long as we can, until we can stop the sale of the post office. it's the will of the people. the will of the representatives in city council,