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this morning on "world news now," a suspect standoff with police turns deadly. >> the shoot-out taking place after a fellow officer was allegedly killed by the suspect during a traffic stop. this morning, the husband and father of three being hailed as a hero. it looks like donald trump is gaining ground on hillary clinton. a new abc national poll shows he's jumped ahead of her with likely voters. this as the two take on the hot-button issue of gun control over the weekend and as bernie sanders hopes to cut into clinton's delegate lead in the golden state. a graduation gaffe for a west point cadet going viral. she's seen marching in formation but not without firing off a couple of text messages. is the criticism she's facing unfair? you decide. and a big night at the billboard music awards, madonna brought down the house with a
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tribute to prince and celine dion wowed the crowd with an emotional performance. but not before britney spears went all out in the show's opener. our reporter is live in las vegas on this monday, may 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." that's a good show. good morning. i'm phillip mena in for kendis gibson. >> i'm diane macedo. let's get right to our top story this morning. a sad one. a massachusetts police officer fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. hours later the suspect jorge zambrano died in a shoot-out with police. >> they say zambrano who had a long criminal record burst out of the closet guns blazing. the officer leaves behind a wife and three children. abc's chuck severson has more. >> officer down, officer down, shots fired, trying to get more. >> reporter: gunshots during a routine traffic stop in massachusetts. >> vehicle has fled is responding rochdale heading
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towards the direction of lester. >> reporter: police officer ronald tarantino's brothers in blue rushed to the scene but it was too late. shooter was gone and the married father, 42-year-old father of three died at the hospital. >> we are devastated for his family. the residence of auburn have lost a dedicated and brave public servant. >> reporter: immediately police launched a massive man hunt for the suspect. investigators say tarantino had stopped the vehicle just after midnight when someone inside opened fire, hitting the officer multiple times in the chest. >> i heard rapid fire gunshots. initially i thought it was fireworks but my wife was upstairs, had the window open. she said no, that sounded like gunshots. >> reporter: tarantino had just transferred to the auburn police department two years ago. state police escorted the fallen officer's body as members of the area fire and police departments
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saluted the procession. chuck severson, abc news, new york. a judge in baltimore is expected to issue a ruling in the trial of a police officer in the freddie gray case. officer edward nero is charged with assaulted, reckless endangerment and misconduct in connection with the arrest of gray last year. gray suffered a severe spinal injury in the back of a police van and died a week later. the officer chose for his case to be decided by a judge rather than a jury. six people were seriously hurt when their church bus rolled over near san bernardino the california highway patrol says the bus was returning from an annual retreat when the accident happened. none of the accident victims injuries are life threatening. ships, planes and now a submarine are scouring a 5,300 square mile area, hoping to locate the black boxes from the flight which crashed last thursday. investigators say without the boxes they won't be able to determine whether the plane malfunctioned or if terrorism is to blame for the crash. abc's matt gutman has the latest from cairo. >> reporter: as debris and personal belongings are being scooped off the surface of the
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mediterranean, the search begins beneath it. france moving this sub-hunting ship into place tonight. its mission now to locate something else in the depths, the wreckage of flight 804. and egypt's president saying his navy is deploying a sub capable of scanning the depths at up to 10,000 feet. how big is this search area right now? >> it's around 60 something kilometers. >> reporter: a radius of 66 kilometers, means the search area is massive. over 5,000 square miles, or about thsize of the state of connecticut. the pentagon announcing its p-3 planes flying round the clock sorties over the area, using those sophisticated sensors, have so far detected 100 pieces of debris. those warped seats, perforated handbags and smashed paneling suggest the violence with which the plane broke apart. during the final minutes of the flight, multiple smoke sensors going off. including in the bathroom and just below the cockpit.
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it could indicate catastrophic mechanical error, or terrorism. >> in my view, it's highly likely because of the amount of effort that isis and al qaeda have put, over the last few years, into trying to develop an undetectable bomb. >> we've examined the overhead images, we've looked at the signals intelligence. we've looked at the manifests. we haven't come up with any hard evidence of terrorism as of yet. >> reporter: in these recordings, you can hear the pilot talking to air traffic control, his voiceeerily cheerful. >> thank you so much. good day, good night. >> reporter: hundreds gathered >> reporter: hundreds gathered at his funeral. the aviation minister saying his goal is to bring the families a sense of peace. >> the human remains will be the number one priority. >> reporter: what everybody wants are answers. but since not a single terrorist group has claimed responsibility, it's possible the only clues may be with the black boxes, and there are fewer than four weeks to retrieve them before they go silent. matt gutman, abc news. turning now to the race for
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the white house and donald trump gaining ground on hillary clinton. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows trump with a two-point lead. that's a statistical dead heat but it's a big jump from march when clinton was leading by nine points. over the weekend, clinton slammed trump over his gun policies warning they're dangerous and would make the country less safe. >> he's talking about more guns in our schools. he's talking about more hatred and division in our streets. >> i don't want to have guns in classrooms although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly. >> former president clinton also blasted trump during a campaign stop in california. in a rare move, he mentioned trump by name several times. he told voters trump is demonizing muslims by trying to keep them out of the country and labeled trump's make america great again slogan as dumb. bernie sanders is also in california taking direct aim at donald trump, saying he must not
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be president. and he criticized trump for insulting mexicans, women, muslims, and others. sanders is holding two more rallies in the los angeles area hoping to cut into hillary clinton's advantage with latino voters. he is refusing to drop out of the race, saying he still has a pathway to victory. president obama is in vietnam this morning for the first stop on his week long visit to asia. speaking at a press conference, the president announced that the arms embargo with vietnam is now lifted. he will then travel to japan where he will visit hiroshima, and attend a g-7 summit as well. and president obama has just issued a statement about this weekend's killing of a top taliban leader in a u.s. air strike. he calls the death of mullah mansour aktar muhammad a milestone in our effort to bring peace to afghanistan. the strike which happened just across the border in pakistan is the most aggressive u.s. military action in pakistan since the raid that killed osama bin laden. investigators now say that prince may have been dead for six hours before his body was
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found in an elevator at his minnesota home. but there's still no official word on the cause of death. last night, stevie wonder joined madonna for a touching tribute to prince to close out the billboard music awards show. we'll have more highlights from the show later in this half hour. nick menza, the former drummer for the metal bands megadeath is dead. he collapsed on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in los angeles. menza was megadeath's drummer for nine years and five records including "rust and peace." the cause of death is thought to be a massive heart attack. nick menza was 51. there was another security scare at the white house just two days after the secret service shot an intruder. someone spotted some mystery objects flying over the ground, ompting a lockdown on sunday afternoon, but it turns out it was a few stray party balloons that eventually landed on the north lawn. that lockdown lasted a very short time. they lifted the lockdown as soon
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as they figured out what the issue was. >> lonely balloon. safety experts advise against walking and texting, right? but how about marching and texting? a facebook video showing a cadet at the u.s. military academy doing just that during a pregraduation parade. moments later she and the rest of the glass of 2016 received their 2nd lieutenant bars. >> the video has now gone viral with some viewers complaining not only about the texting but that they say the cadets weren't all in step and they weren't all in their proper uniforms. we don't really see that here. it looks like everyone is in step. it does appear that new officer is texting. >> of course, she's getting a lot of criticism this morning. i think unless you've actually been in the military, i think you know, that's. >> it's hard to know especially because it's a pregraduation march, not like they were calling her up to come receive her bars and she was texting on her way up to the stand. you know, the uniform issue seemed to be more about shoes. some of the women who were in skirts had stockings of a certain color on.
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others didn't. some were in athletic shoes, some were in a low heel. i don't know. my inclination is usually to cut people a break like that. i don't know how strict the rules are for those ceremonies, in fairness. >> the full video if you catch it online, there are a couple of cadets carrying their shoes while they're walking. they're still trying to stay in step, but she pretty much stays in step while she was texting. who knows what she was doing. maybe she was talking to her parents. >> maybe she was telling mom and dad where she would be. >> it was graduation after all. so i say cut her some slack. >> congratulations to all the cadets. >> that's right. coming up, how much would you charge for your kidney? why one congressman from pennsylvania wants to make it legal for us to sell our organs. the controversial plan he says will save lives. music's big night last night in las vegas. who came out as the big winners at this year's billboard music awards? and the performance that had everyone on their feet. you can always weigh in on facebook and twitter @abcwnn.
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started by an electrical transformer explosion. no buildings were damaged. mosquitos carrying the zika virus are expected to begin infesting americans in the u.s. in the next month or so. dr. anthony fallacy says about 500 americans already have the virus but all those cases are travel related meaning the individuals were either infected while outside the u.s. or contracted it from someone who had traveled. turning now to another growing health concern. the chronic lack of donor organs. >> it's opened the door to the illegal practice of buying and selling those life-saving organs. >> a controversial plan would be turn financial incentives into a legal practice in hopes of attracting more donors. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> this game is rigged. >> reporter: the radical new proposal that kyle mckinney says could save his life. >> i personally think it would be a great idea. >> reporter: mckinney's kidneys started failing him at age 15. the husband and father now desperately hoping for a new one after four years on the wait list.
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>> it's hard on a family, it's hard on the girls. >> reporter: kyle is one of more than 100,000 americans on the wait list for a new kidney. every day, at least 12 people die because there are not enough donors. a new pilot program proposed by congressman matt cartwright would test whether financial incentives would attract more donations. >> you make it something like a pension contribution, or an education fund contribution, something that is not transferable. >> reporter: but the national kidney foundation argues organ donation with any monetary donation sa mistake. >> people who are poor may think differently about giving donation of a kidney if there is a financial reward. >> reporter: the mckinneys say the financial challenges for many donors are real and this legislation could help. >> i love the aspect of the noncash incentive. >> because a lot of these people have families. >> reporter: representative cartwright is making his proposal on thursday. congress is considering several
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related bills all aimed at getting more donors to save more lives. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. thank you. coming up in our next half hour, the controversial new move and the war on distracted driving. why people who text and drive now have a lot more to worry about than just the police. but first, there were distractions aplenty last night in las vegas at the billboard music awards. we're checking last night's big winners, the mayor moments, and the eye-popping performances next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this fro
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moments last night in las vegas. joining us now from the center of where it all happened is abc's lauren lyster. good morning, lauren. >> reporter: good morning, diane and phillip. yeah, the show had pop stars swirling through the air, dancing with fire, dancing with a giant guitar, saluting a music legend lost and, of course, getting a few awards in between. >> it's the weekend! >> reporter: accepting the first award of the night for the top 100 artist, most nominated artist the weekend evoking prince to start the show -- >> i want to dedicate this show to the late, great prince. rest in peace. >> reporter: top male artist going to 12-time nominee justin bieber. >> thank you to my family. i want to thank god. >> reporter: in billboard fashion, it's as much a concert as an awards show. britney spears opening with a medley of some of her greatest hits. ♪ >> reporter: and pink flirting with actual flames as she sang
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"just like fire" spinning in the air over the audience. celine dion performing on tv for the first time since the january deaths of both her husband and brother. ♪ i have to find the will to carry on ♪ >> reporter: accepting the icon award. >> honey, this one's for you. the show must go on. [ applause ] >> reporter: and madonna paying tribute to prince -- ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> prince, you know we'll love you forever. ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> reporter: and the big award of the night, billboard's top artist going to -- >> adele. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: and for those who couldn't be here at tonight's show, they could still play a role. fans voted for the billboard chart achievement award going to rihanna. diane and phillip? >> one of the big question marks
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was kesha in this dispute with her record company. originally said she couldn't perform. then it seemed like she could. how did that go over? >> reporter: well, she did perform. as you said, this is some controversy ahead of the show because she was performing and then wasn't and then was again. during that wasn't portion, it was because dr. luke, her producer and the record label rescinded approval for her act. she took to instagram talking about it. of course, this is bigger than just her performing at the show. it has to do with on going litigation between kesha and her producer where she's alleged abuse which he denies. nonetheless, the show did go on. it was a quiet moving and emotional performance. >> seemed like there were a lot of those tonight. >> thank you very much, lauren. >> definitely. >> first of all, kesha in a totally different light than how we're used to seeing her. >> bob dylan song. >> pink for me stole the show. she's just amazing. i don't know how she does it. >> i think on the internet, it was the performance by madonna
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and stevie wonder, the tribute to prince. >> when stevie came out, how fun was that? >> what a great night. ♪ was that? >> what a great night. >> when stevie came out, how fun was that. >> what a great night.
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♪ all right. time now for "the mix." we start things off in florida where if you think that the crocodiles there are looking maybe a little bit bigger and scarier, there could be goo reason for that. researchers say from 2000 to 2014 they have found three nile crocodiles. there's just one problem with that. unlike american crocodiles, nile crocodiles are not only bigger, they like to eat humans. >> african mile. look at that. >> whereas american crocodiles tend to shy away more from humans. >> if you forget what a crocodile attack looks like, there you go. >> there's a nice little reminder but we have a solution. >> there he is. >> look who that is. >> to the rescue. he can't be everywhere though. >> crocodile dunnedee. got to love him. not only does he save you from crocs, he saves you from muggers, too. >> i want to know how they got
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there. >> you call that a knife? this is a knife. >> i love that part. i love that movie. how did they get there? >> that's the question. and they only found three. but they suspect there are a lot more out there. >> got to have a bigger knife if you're hanging out in florida. >> watch out. all right. vodka, all kinds of vodka. there are grape vodka, wheat based, potato, all sorts. brand-new vodka coming from the bay area made of fog. made of fog. that's right. >> how does that work? >> it's called fog point. and the creators here from hangar 1 distillery wanted to do something that embodied the values of the bay area which are sustainability and local production and also wanted to give a nod to the drought that affected the state for several years now. so they got sheets to get the waterlogged fog and floats through them and sending drops down trickling in and they made enough over six months to make 2,400 bottles of this vodka.
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it sells for $125 a pop. >> are they going to make a smoky version for smog? like the mescal of the vodkas. >> after a few, i don't think you could tell a difference anywhere. >> maybe it's fogka. huh? marketing. >> get it now. i want to take you to a new controversial topic. a case in the uk has raised the issue of jobs where women are required to wear heels. many are saying it's unfair. this new company in the uk decided to turn the tables a little bit. they had all men for a day wear heels. these were the hilarious results. >> oh, no. >> i thought maybe it would be a good idea -- >> put them on. >> what do you think, phil? >> let's do it. >> can you do it? >> i don't know if we'll have enough time. i'll walk around. it's so difficult. i have no idea how women do it. >> i love the guy who says this is no big deal. this is easy. he very nearly falls down the stairs. >> it's never easy. it's never easy. how about some stroller talk? there is a stroller, look at
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that, the size of a human size
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this morning on "world news now," the race for the white house is now neck and neck as donald trump and hillary clinton step up their attacks on each other. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail. the deep dive for answers. the search for that missing egyptair flight is head together the bottom of the sea as families say good-bye to the passengers now presumed dead. a full report from the region just ahead. new this half hour, a chorus was supposed to sing the national anthem but instead was drowned out by someone else. >> the snub leading to a terribly awkward moment for the singers and the fans. find out why many think it wasn't exactly an honest mistake. and the biggest moments from last night's billboard awards, the best of the music world coming together to put on an
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action-packed show. plus the performances that didn't leave a dry eye in the house. that's in the "skinny" on this monday, may 23rd. ♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> not enough special effects at the billboard awards last night. >> that was a lot of fun last night. a lot of fun. >> great performances. good morning, everyone, i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm phillip mena. in for kendis gibson. we begin with the battle for the white house. a new poll number showing an ultratight race between donald trump and hillary clinton. >> right, it's getting interesting if it wasn't already. the latest abc news/"washington post" poll has trump two points ahead of clinton within the margin of error, a virtual tie and a dramatic shift from march when clinton had a nine-point lead over trump. bernie sanders is also slamming trump while trying to chip at clinton's lead among latino voters. more from abc's david wright. >> reporter: donald trump is coming up fast, according to the new poll. the brash billionaire closing a nine-point gap to overtake
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hillary clinton by a nose. >> i call her crooked hillary. >> reporter: this weekend, the two of them squared off over the issue of guns. >> he's talking about more guns in our schools. he's talking about more hatred and division on our streets. >> i don't want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly. >> reporter: trump took the new numbers in stride. >> i think we're going to do very well. >> i think we'll do even better than that. >> reporter: the new poll also shows trump and clinton to be the most unpopular candidates ever to run. nearly two-thirds of registered voters have an unfavorable view of both major candidates. that's why democrat bernie sanders told george he's sticking around. >> i don't want to see the american people voting for the lesser of two evils. >> reporter: clinton has already crowned herself. >> i am going to be the nominee. >> secretary clinton is jumping the gun a little bit here. >> reporter: the season finale of "snl" imagined sanders as the guy hanging out at the bar a
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little too long. >> senator sanders, i'm sorry, but the night is over. >> no, no, it's not over. it's not over until i say it's over. >> reporter: sanders insists he still has a pathway to victory, and he's made it clear he plans to stay in the race through the end of primary season about three weeks from now. according to the new poll, he has the most positive rating of the three of them. david wright, abc news, new york. >> thank you. overseas now to iraq where a major battle has begun over the city of fallujah. iraqi troops are fighting to retake the city from isis which has been in control since december of 2013. the u.s. military is backing the operation with air strikes. if the battle is successful, only one iraqi city, mosul, would remain in the hands of isis. meanwhile, iraqi security forces have installed additional blast walls and layers of razor wire around baghdad's green zone, this after the compound that houses most iraqi ministries was breeched recently by hundreds of
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protesters, many of them supporters of a power shiite cleric who led months of demonstrations for government reform. a specialized robot submarine is joining the search for the egyptair flight 804 in the mediterranean sea this morning. so far they've have found belongings but the fuselage and flight recorders are still missing. marci gonzalez has the latest from paris. >> reporter: the u.s. navy searching above the mediterranean sea. >> is there a possibility they found debris already out there today. >> reporter: spotting more debris, at least 100 pieces believed to be from egyptair 804, while below an egyptian military submarine is now led to another area where the plane is believed to have crashed early thursday. they will scan as deep as 10,000 feet for the airbus a320's black boxes, we're told the key to answering what caused the disaster.
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>> we will announce when we get close to them or at least identify where they are. >> reporter: as the first funerals are held for the 66 victims, investigators are also looking into alarming messages transmitted from the plane moments after this final conversation with air traffic control. >> egyptair 804. contact padova 1-2-0, decimal -- 7-2-5, good night. >> this is 0-7-2-5. thank you so much. good night. good day. >> that was followed by silence from the cockpit as the plane's transmission system was reportedly warning of smoke on board. those alerts continuing for three full minutes before the plane dropped from radar. >> now we have evidence that says something mechanically went wrong whether that was caused by a bomb or it was just plain mechanical, we need to figure that out. >> reporter: the only way to figure that out is with the data on those black boxes. french officials say they now have a sonar ship expected to arrive monday to help with the search. marci gonzalez, abc news, paris. >> marci, thank you. president obama is in
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vietnam this morning. he's welcomed at the presidential palace in hanoi earlier today. he said there's a warm friendship between the u.s. and vietnam, he's now the third sitting president to visit the country since the vietnam war, vietnam is the first stop on a week long visit to asia. his next stop is to japan which which include a high-profile visit to hiroshima. a man who shot and killed a massachusetts police officer is now dead. police say jorge zambrano came out of a closet firing at police officers searching an apartment for him. last evening first responders in central massachusetts honored ronald tarantino killed during a traffic stop. a veteran cop transferred to the auburn police department two years ago. he leaves behind a wife and three children. an indian man is now the third climber to die on mount everest in recent days. the search is on for two others. dutch climber eric arnold on his fifth trek died on friday from altitude sickness. the other victim was maria strydom who died after reaching
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the peak with her husband. the san diego padres are apologizing to the local gay men's chorus for the mishandling of the group's performance of the national anthem on pride night. as the group began that performance, the chorus was drowned out by a woman recording the anthem. that sparked outrage from the gay community. they say there's no evidence of malicious intent but the team has disciplined an employee of not correcting the mistake. now turning to basketball, the thunder rolled over the warriors in the nba western conference finals, 133-105. kevin durant had 30 points for oklahoma city. russell westbrook threw in 30 as the thunder matched the franchise record for the most points scored in a playoff game. the thunder out-rebounded the warriors out everythinged them that night. golden state's steph curry held to just 24 points. oklahoma city now have a 2-1 lead in the series. game four is tuesday night. now to soccer and paul
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arriola had quite a debut for the u.s. national team, the first player in 16 years to have a goal and an assist in his initial appearance with the team. >> wow. >> tim ream and bobby wood also scored for the u.s. which dominated in beating puerto rico, 3-1. arriola was called as a sub for the exhibition game. many regular players stayed with their major league soccer teams this weekend. seemed to help. >> he got to show off his stuff. >> there you go. there's a mexican player who probably isn't so happy about the goal he scored yesterday, and that's because it was in his own net. >> mm -- >>hard to tell if he was confused or if the ball kind of bounced off his leg. he'll have a lot of time to think about it because his team is now out of the tournament while the other team, they're moving onto the finals. >> goal. how long was he going for that? >> he's still going. he started when we started. >> that announcer, his signature is that. despite the fact it was a goal scored on their net, he did not hold back. he continued goal -- >> they ended up losing that
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game. right off the head. whoops, no, the other way. >> i feel his pain. >> it's the worst feeling. >> in the many years i played soccer, i was a defender most of the time. and the only goal i scored was during a corner kick on my own net. >> at least you got on the board. >> and we lost by a point. >> that was a big game for them, too. now out of the semifinals. >> out of the finals. coming up, caught on dashcam video is a routine traffic stop in milwaukee that -- watch this, quickly took a wild and dangerous turn. what happened after this woman took off? and a big night in music in vegas. the moving performances by kesha after being nearly banned from the show by dr. luke and celine dion as she saluted her husband with a tearful version of "the show must go on." amazing. > it sure was. but first, here's a look at today's forecast. >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by downey unstoppables. forecast. >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by
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a traffic stop in milwaukee a traffic stop in milwaukee quickly took a dangerous turn. you see there the video shows the driver who had been pulled over for speeding, suddenly throws the car into reverse, slams the patrol car behind her and then speeds off. one officer was almost hit by oncoming traffic knocked over by the door of the car. the other holds onto the driver's door. the suspect was caught a short time later and could be facing up to 45 years in prison. another growing danger on the highway. we hear about this all the time, distracted drivers. >> increasingly if you text and drive, you may find you have a lot more than police to worry about.
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here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> i'm recording you. put the phone down. texting and driving is illegal. >> reporter: a controversial new frontier. in the war on texting and driving. citizens using social media to shame drivers. >> look at this person texting and driving. the kid in the back seat. >> reporter: this concerned man recording people he says are texting and driving. >> you're endangering your child as well as everybody else on the roadways. >> reporter: then posting those confrontations on youtube. that wyoming man is not the only one calling people out online. catching another driver she says was snapping a selfie while behind the wheel. >> taking a selfie. >> reporter: in dallas, there's a facebook page devoted to outing distracted drivers. but is it safe? >> you don't know who you're dealing with. the person could be somebody that's armed with a weapon and so forth.
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it puts yourself in a bad situation. >> reporter: big brother is watching too, cracking down on the 660,000 drivers on cell phones while driving. the national highway traffic safety administration discovering this driver tweeting i'm either texting and driving eating and driving or sometimes both. nhtsa responding put down the phone and #justdrive. >> reporter: experts say you can safely glance away from the road while driving for two seconds. sending a text message takes on average five seconds. eva pilgrim, abc news, paramus, new jersey. >> most texts take longer than five seconds, too. >> i don't know about recommending other people especially because they're driving but they are also taking that video on their phone. i don't know that that's much safer than texting. >> that's all we were thinking while we were watching that. wait a minute, aren't they shooting that, as well. >> you should leave it to the police and the authorities to enforce those laws. you should be focused on the road. >> it is such an issue now. a quarter of all traffic accidents because people are texting and driving about six times more likely now to be in an accident because of texting and driving than if alcohol was involved.
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>> everyone's so focused on dwi. it's so important. we hear way too many horror stories because of that. everyone thinks the same thing, if i had just not sent that text. it wasn't that important after all. >> we're all for the public shaming of texting and driving, just do it from a stationary position. when we come back, recapping one of music's biggest nights of the year. >> we're checking out the top winners, the major moments and amazing fashion at this year's billboard music awards. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny, so skinny it is time now for "the skinny" and we want to start with last night's billboard music awards. >> that's right. they were live from las vegas and the ceremonies kicked off with britney spears whipping off her jacket to reveal a costume that was very bedazzled, a lot of jewelry going on. not a whole lot more than that. >> like it was 1999 all over again. >> she was honored with the millennium award and performed a high energy medley of her greatest hits, dialling it back to the '90s. not just with her music but with her stunning figure. doesn't she look awesome. >> i'm saying, i remember that in the late '90s she was "i'm a slave for you" video. all those running around. that's what it looked like. >> relax, phil. you'll be okay.
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>> keep it on that a little bit longer. >> whoo. getting hot in this studio. >> we're talking about justin bieber next. might, as well, wanted to let the britney spears video play as long as i can. justin bieber brought "sorry" and "company" to the stage setup complete with jets of fire and almost dizzying light show. >> say what you want about justin bieber. this song is awesome. you can't hear it and not want to groove to it. >> it's a good song. i wanted to see britney spears more than i wanted to see him. that's all. >> he won an award, too. >> speaking of people on fire, my favorite, pink. she performed "just like fire." a lot of pyrotechnics. going on, too. she actually sang inside a ring of fire and that was after she was swinging above the crowd, full on acrobatics and she says she never lip synchs. she does all of that singing live.
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kills it every time. unbelievable. >> hot and the smoke. suffocating. impressive. after almost being banned from the show by her producer, dr. luke, kesha gave a moving rendition of bob dylan's 1964 song "it ain't me babe." >> i love seeing this side of her. very, very different than the kesha we're so used to on the party songs and whatnot. nice moving performance from her. but when it comes to emotion this one may have topped them all. if not a close second. this was celine dion. she saluted her late husband and surprised by her own son came out and presented her with the icon award. emotions all around not only with the singing but with the acceptance speech. a really beautiful moment for her and her family there. >> it was. she ended her performance, obviously there was a standing ovation at the end, well deserved. with tears in her eyes said the show must go on. finally madonna paying tribute to prince.
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she was joined by stevie wonder for a stirring rendition of "purple rain." >> this was a great moment. nobody knew stevie was coming out. ♪ purple rain, purple rain just the choir behind them and the crowd waving purple bracelets. it sounded like the whole audience was singing along. the top story from the red carpet and the fashion. >> can't forget about the fashion. >> start with the show's co-host ciara turning heads in that silver metallic dress showing cleavage from every angle. her fiance seahawks qb, russell wilson, was right there by her side making sure nobody acted on anything. >> i don't think he minded the cutouts on that dress. she's working them. britney spears pretty much decided to keep it minimal wearing a black bra, black underwear, knee highs, fish nets -- you don't need to wear much else, britney. why not? >> keep bringing it, britney. >> meghan trainor looking beautiful in what i am told are iridescent sequins. >> getting fashionable on us. >> finally, can't let this one go by, someone we've never heard
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of, screaming for attention, but that's z lalal, in what looks like a bird cage. i don't know. >> she got the attention. still there... still still there... well that's how you rock a long travel day. new scent duets from gain it's the gain the keeps on keeping on. sniff, sniff, hooray!
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a little touch is all it takes. k-y touch. we're home. >> "star wars" fans could argue regardless of the scene, it may just be chewbacca who always steals the show. >> now a dallas mom is stealing some of that spot light, taking her love of chewy to a whole new level and delight millions of facebook followers in other words the process. here's abc's rachel smith. >> i'm really excited to share with you something i got. >> reporter: it is the record-setting viral video. >> this is worth every penny! >> reporter: soaring to new heights in the social media stratosphere. >> now i'm going to let chewbacca talk here. >> reporter: you can't stop watching. > watch my mouth actually moves. >> reporter: setting the record
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for most watched facebook live video. but why is this woman, candice payne, simply wearing a chewbacca mask and sitting in her car so popular? our friends over at slate are helping us break it down. >> she is very charming and self deprecating. she has a really infectious musical laugh. >> i'm such a happy chewbacca. i kind of want to drive around like this. it's the simple joys. >> she pokes fun at the fact that there are people staring at her while she's in her car in the parking lot and the fact she got this mask for herself and not for her kids. >> at the end of the day, it doesn't go in their toy box. it goes in my room. >> she made this video just because she needed to share something that brought her a lot of joy. there's something pure and uncynical about it. >> laugh it up, fuzz ball. >> reporter: and laugh she does.
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this is the best birthday present ever to myself. >> reporter: rachel smith, abc news, new york. >> i have to say when i watched, the buildup to it kind of takes a long time. i just thought what in the world? why is this video so overrated? and then when she actually put the mask on and starts laughing and the mouth is moving and making all these sounds, i was hysterical laughing. i couldn't stop. >> she cracks herself up. such a happy chewbacca. >> she's so charming. >> look at us. >> look at that. not as charming as candice smith there. >> candice looks a little bit cuter in her mask than we do in ours. >> we will not get 133 million views. >> i think the laugh ties it all up. >> i can't do it. >> if you haven't got enough of this, candice will be on "gma" later this morning and we can relive the whole thing all over again. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning -- we have breaking news, president obama is in vietnam making a major announcement overnight. hear the new decision by the u.s. that's sparking instant outrage from china. bringing out the big dog. bill clinton on the attack overnight as new polls show hillary clinton trailing donald trump. plus, is trump ready to pick a running mate? and a robot has joined the search for clues in the crash of egyptair flight 804. in texas shifting through storm damage overnight, as millions brace for more severe weather this week. and emotions were running high at the billboard music awards. celine dion getting a tearful performance as madonna and stevie wonder honored a legend. we have full coverage ahead. ♪ purple rain


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