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bernie sanders -- people before polluters. sanders: i'm bernie sanders and i approve this message. breaking news. we're on the scene, the deadly tornado outbreak. at least eight dead, including a 2-year-old. homes destroyed. this truck blown over on the gw bridge in new york. the coast guard trying to save this boat. the showdown tonight. is this the last chance for the other candidates to try and take down donald trump before super tuesday? and the eye-opening new poll tonight from marco rubio's own state of florida. is trump unstoppable, even there? just 24 hours after our exclusive with apple's ceo, tim cook, the fiery moments on capitol hill today. and just in tonight, apple
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new reporting tonight after a passenger jet slams into a runway. the emergency evacuation. and sylvester stallone, coming back into focus. will he deliver a knockout punch at the oscars? we have stallone, right here tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we have several developing stories as we come on the air. and we begin with the deadly tornadoes. homes wiped out from texas all the way up to pennsylvania. more than 30 confirmed tornadoes now. this one in north carolina. tens of thousands without power at this hour. another twister captured on camera right there, and word tonight that among the dead, three people in waverly, virginia, including a 2-year-old boy. this home in virginia torn in half by a powerful storm. the fierce winds, all the way up to new england. a dramatic rescue in the waters off new york city today. this boat overturning. you can see the coast guard
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a coast guard vessel in the water overturning, as well. abc's gio benitez, leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a trail of destruction after 48 hours of terrifying storms. a rare tornado outbreak from texas to pennsylvania. >> it was like the whole house kind of shook. >> reporter: the first ever deadly tornado in virginia in the month of the february. the governor there declaring a state of emergency, after a tornado tore through the town of waverly, killing three, including a toddler. took cover in their storm cellar. pounding into the storm cellar really hard. >> reporter: when it was all over, root found victims, his neighbors, tossed 300 yards from their mobile home. >> 150 yards and the grace of god are what separated us from losing everything. >> reporter: our phillip mena seeing the damage up close. >> this empty lot is where that mobile home once stood. all that's left are those steps and piles of debris. >> reporter: in tappahonick,
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injuring at least 25 people, including an infant. homes in this community in lancaster, pennsylvania, flattened after an ef-2 barrelled through. >> noise was so loud, it was bang, bang. >> reporter: in the midwest, it was snow.kknifed tractor trailers in illinois. drivers stranded in their cars. sheets of rain and high winds downing power lines from pennsylvania to massachusetts. gusts strong enough to flip this trailer on new york's george washington bridge. >> we have a ship that's run aground here. >> reporter: and off new york's rockaway beach, seven crew members were rescued from this fishing boat, after 12-foot waves ran it aground. even the coast guard rescue boat overturning in those rough waters. the coast guard finally airlifting those fishermen to safety. david, so many close calls. and despite all of this devastation, here in lancaster, pennsylvania, no injuries and no deaths. but a schoolhouse was leveled here, and even so, workers here believe they will rebuild it in
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david? >> gio benitez leading us off from pennsylvania. the other breaking headline tonight, the republican showdown this evening, and the big question -- can any of donald trump's opponents take him down before super tuesday, just five days away now. tonight, trump already taking aim, not just at his rivals, but at a former presidential candidate, mitt romney, after romney predicted a bombshell involving donald trump's taxes. romney, of course, faced his own run. and tonight, the former president of mexico, unloading on trump, and trump's insistence that mexico would pay for that wall on the border. and a telling new poll this evening from marco rubio's home state of florida. trump with a crushing lead, 44% to rubio's 28%. abc's jonathan karl in houston at the debate tonight. tonight just might be the last big chance to stop donald trump. >> we weren't expected to win too much and now we're winning,
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>> reporter: but today, trump's taking heat from across the border. former mexican president vicente fox slamming trump as a crazy guy, and a false prophet. as for that wall? >> i'm not going to pay for that [ bleep ] wall. he should pay for it. he's got the money. >> reporter: trump, who's been dinged for his own foul language -- >> i would bomb the [ bleep ] out of them. i was going to say they're full of [ bleep ] but i won't say that. and you can tell them to go -- themselves. >> reporter: -- is now tweeting, "former president of mexico horribly used the f-word when discussing the wall. he must apologize." trump could get dinged on something else, too. his tax returns. before super tuesday. presidential nominee suggests he's hiding something. >> i think we have good reason shell in donald trump's taxes. as wealthy as he says he is or
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of taxes we would expect him to pay. >> reporter: in response, trump unleashed a barrage of insults on twitter. calling romney awkward, goofy, a dope, and one of the dumbest and worst candidates in history. trump also posted this photo of himself next to a tower of paperwork, with the caption, "signing a recent tax return. isn't this ridiculous?" waiting to take on trump tonight, ted cruz and marco rubio. they're increasingly desperate to kill each other off, but both are in danger of getting annihilated by the billionaire. >> i'll admit, he's the front-runner, and i'm certainly an underdog. but i've been an underdog my entire life. >> we can't be fooled by pt barnum. the time for the clowns and the acrobats and the dancing bears has passed. >> and jon karl with us live tonight inside the debate hall in houston. and jon, we saw that poll in florida. donald trump with a huge lead over marco rubio, in rubio's
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team rubio. >> reporter: oh, it sure is, david. if marco rubio were to lose florida, his campaign would be over. now, team rubio is saying that they don't believe that poll is correct. in fact, top rubio adviser todd harris tweeted that "we are going to win florida, period, take it to the bank." but david, they are also preparing to take the fight for the nomination all the way to the republican convention this summer, because they believe there's a real possibility that nobody, not marco rubio, not donald trump, would get a majority of the delegates before then. >> all right, jon karl, we'll be watching right along with us tonight. jon, thank you. now, to the democrats, and just five days until super tuesday, as i pointed out earlier, and south carolina, of course, right before it. the newest polling showing hillary clinton ahead of bernie sanders by nearly 30 points in south carolina. sanders not even campaigning in south carolina today, but drawing huge crowds across several states, voting on super tuesday. abc's cecilia vega asking sanders, do you still have a path against hillary clinton? and you're about to hear his
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>> reporter: hillary clinton feeling the love in south carolina. >> we need you! >> well, i'll be there for you. >> reporter: from gymnasiums -- >> thank you so much. >> reporter: to churches -- >> and i will always remember south carolina. >> reporter: the enthusiasm here reflecting just how strong clinton's lead is in the palmetto state, especially among african-american voters. >> we love some clinton. >> reporter: what do you know about bernie sanders? >> nothing. >> nothing. >> reporter: clinton and her husband bill crisscrossing the entire state, making 13 stops in south carolina this week alone. bernie sanders? just two. but he's drawing massive crowd ofs in super tuesday states and beyond. 7,000 in missouri, 8,000 in massachusetts, 9,000 in oklahoma. >> together, we're going to transform america. thank you. >> reporter: sanders recently telling me, he still has a path to the nomination. there are a number of people
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doesn't add up for you, looking forward. how do you think you can win this nomination? >> are you ready for this one? the answer is by getting more delegates than my opponent. >> reporter: but he'll have to get past south carolina first. >> more delegates, his answer. cecilia vega live in charleston tonight. and cecilia, hillary clinton seems to be spending a lot of time there in south carolina, even though super tuesday looms large. is this a calculation on the part of the campaign? >> reporter: it certainly is, david. and she has another event that starts here soon. she is hoping for a really big win on saturday, and with that, the momentum to propel her into next week. looking ahead to super tuesday, david, she has visits to five different states between now and then. david? >> all right, cecilia vega, always great to have you. we turn now to a major new development in the standoff between apple and the fbi. late today, word apple has now responded to a judge's order that it break into that terrorist's iphone after san bernardino. apple refusing. tonight, asking the judge to vacate the order. apple's move comes just 24 hours after our exclusive with apple
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there could be information on that phone that could save lives? his answer here in a moment. and fiery moments on capitol hill today. the fbi director with his own words for apple. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas on the heated debate. should apple break into that phone? >> reporter: tonight, apple defiant, arguing a judge's order that apple help the fbi break into the san bernadino terrorist's iphone violates the constitution. saying the fbi is seeking a, quote, dangerous power. the move comes less than 24 hours after apple ceo tim cook sat down for an exclusive interview with our david muir revealing why they won't do it. >> this case is not about one phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is, can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around
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>> and you'd have to write that system in order to unlock that phone. >> yes. yes. this is -- we have no more information about this phone. the only way to get information, at least currently, the only way we know, would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. we think it's bad news to write. we would never write it. we have never written it. and that is what is at stake here. >> but in your quiet moments, do you have any concern that you might be able to prevent a terrorist attack by breaking into that phone? >> david, some things are hard, and some things are right. and some things are both. this is one of those things. capitol hill, critics taking aim at apple. fbi director james comey, just hours after tim cook's argument, testifying this is only about one phone. >> this is a single phone in a very important investigation, where the ask is, to write a piece of software that will work
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not in anybody else's phone. and you, apple, can hold the phone. >> i think apple leadership risks having blood on their hands and i think tim cook is going to have a very hard time explaining why he stood in the way of justice on this issue. >> reporter: a question we asked cook. >> to some people at home, listening to this argument, who understand where you're coming from, who might say this was a terrorist attack on u.s. soil, and that if ever there was a case that apple would make some sort of exception, that this might be that moment. do you really want to plant the flag on privacy and safety on syed farook's iphone? >> i think safety of the public is incredibly important. safety of our kids, safety of our families, is very important. the protection of people's data is incredibly important. and, so, the tradeoff here is, we know that doing this could expose people to incredible
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would create. this would be bad for america. >> reporter: the justice department has just released a statement, rejecting apple's argument, and vowing to fight in court. and we just spoke to a legal scholar who believes this case is destined for the supreme court. >> perhaps all the way to the supreme court. pierre thomas on this case again. pierre, thank you. now, to an alarming case in pennsylvania. the high school honor student making headlines tonight. he came to america on a visa, overstayed that visa, and authorities say he changed his identity, even going to the local high school. parents now outraged, and, of course, the question now, why did he do it? abc's david wright on how they discovered him. >> reporter: asher potts was a so much so that when this high school senior, active in rotc, posed with a state rep, she tweeted a picture, #goingplaces. going to jail, it turns out. police say asher potts is actually a 23-year-old ukrainian named artur samarin, who
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police in harrisburg say samarin made up a phony identity, card and a pennsylvania driver's license. he enrolled at john harris high school as a freshman four years ago. and was just a few months shy of graduating. >> i was surprised, i thought he was like 17 or 18. >> reporter: classmates describe the student they knew as a straight arrow. >> i knew him since last year when he was in rotc. >> reporter: parents are >> you have beautiful girls in this school that are minors, that are underage. and you have, basically, a grown man in here, you know, misrepresenting himself. >> reporter: police say a tip finally led them to discover the hoax. the question now is why? david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. now, to a new medical headline tonight, and a breakthrough for women struggling to have a baby. the first uterus transplant in america performed at the cleveland clinic. a 26-year-old woman undergoing the nine-hour procedure. the organ from a deceased donor. the operation for some women unable to carry a pregnancy to
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and we want to get right to abc's chief medical editor dr. here tonight. and rich, this is the first time here in the u.s., and if of hope here. >> reporter: that's right. you know, it's hope for women who can't have babies because of a particular problem with their uterus. the first american recipient is 26 years old, part of a clinical trial to see, is it safe and effective? and cleveland clinic is going to do ten of these. >> a lot of hope right here in the u.s. in sweden, where they tried this, in a limited number of cases, some success? >> reporter: that's right. they've tried it nine times and have had four successful deliveries and healthy babies. the uterus is temporary, though. so, after one or two pregnancies, they remove it so the woman can stop taking transplant drugs. >> fascinating. and new hope for women tonight struggling to have a baby. rich, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. new developments. the air scare on the runway. you've seen the pictures. the passenger jet aborting takeoff, bouncing on the runway. the emergency evacuation. and what we are now learning tonight about the pilot. also, the new headline
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the embattled amusement park now admitting to spying. what's this all about? and the countdown to the oscars tonight. sylvester stallone, back in the spotlight, and getting another shot at the hollywood title. will it be a knockout this time? he sits down with our robin roberts, just ahead. robin roberts, just ahead. withvchantix. i decided to take chantix to shut everybody else up about me quitting smoking. i was going to give it a try, but i didn't really think it was going to really happen. after one week of chantix, i knew i could quit. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix definitely helped reduce my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse or of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you have these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away as some can be life-threatening. tell your doctor if you have heart
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finally tonight here, our countdown to oscar sunday. actor sylvester stallone getting another shot at an academy award. once again playing rocky, this time, in the movie "creed." revealing to robin roberts that he created rocky when he couldn't even get a job as an extra. >> i never wanted to do this movie. i thought, sick rocky is so counter intuitive to what rocky really is designed for.
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if you're afraid of something, that's the commitment of the artist. to pursue the unknown. you're going to see an opening, put it right on his chin. that will drop him. >> what do you remember from the oscars 40 years ago? >> i had a represented tux. and the tie was a little loose, and i was adjusting it, and it went sprung and it broke. so i take it, and i put my collar out, which at the time was disco fever, and i go in. i didn't think we were going to win. they brought me on stage, and i went, oh, no. no tie. to all the rockys in the world, i love you. >> when you said, this is for all the rockys. >> we're all rockys, in a sense. we all have this struggle to try to realize our dream. which is trying to be appreciated in our own lifetime, to say, you know what? i'm not the fastest, i'm not the prettiest, i'm not the tallest but i just like to take a shot at it. one time. >> we shall see on sunday.
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two deputies injured are still on the maryland. >> everyone we spoke with said most of all carrigan's smiling school. >> everyone is speaking so highly of him. >> reporter: that's right. they say he was just a charismatic humble kind of guy that would walk into anywhere in ttwn and talk to everybody in the room. now those in town are starting to come to a realization that are over. connected. everybody is really having a difficult time today. >> reporter: memory and stories are all that this bailey community and school district has left of deputy nate carrigan. >> one of our students who just competed quite well at the state wrestling tournament and nate pulled his car up next to this student and roll down the window and hey, you really represented us well. >> reporter: connected is an understatement. carrigan was a school bus driver while training to be a deputy.


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