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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on. gold medalist ryan lochte breaks his silence. tonight, the apology -- 24 hours after this surveillance was revealed. and for the first time, michael phelps is asked about his teammate and the scandal. also breaking tonight, donald trump moments ago taking aim at president obama. asking why he's golfing instead of visiting the disaster in south. just hours after trump toured the flood zone himself. the friday rush hour nightmare. the deadly collision. two buses crashing into each other. for the first time, we take you inside the fire zone tonight. moving at stunning speed, east of los angeles on the way to vegas. nearly 100 homes burned to the ground. and the new headline tonight about zika right here in the u.s. now several cases in a major
good evening, it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we begin in rio, where a short time ago, the final swimmer, the last of the four, james feigen, has just been given his passport back. and tonight gold medalist ryan lochte, who so far has been silent on this, is now offering an apology and his explanation. it comes 24 hours after the surveillance was revealed. showing a different scene from the initial story from lochte. and the fourth swimmer who spent hours in a real police station today after they confiscated his passport now has it back. and tonight, michael phelps was asked for the first time about lochte and the scandal, and whether lochte will emerge
rio. >> reporter: lochte issuing an apology for not being more careful and candid about describing the events. when this security video shows him and three other u.s. olympic swimmers. romping through a gas station, and police saying, being belligerent. the worst, lying about the facts, broadcast on nbc. >> these guys came out with a badge. a police badge. they pulled us over. a guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, he said get down. i put my hands up, i was like, whatever. >> reporter: but in fact, lochte and three other swimmers -- gunnar bentz, jimmy feigen -- weren't victims, they were vandals. and could be charged with false
here, you see them being confronted by gas station attendants. is the attendants appear to pick items up. once the swimmers find their car, a security guard blocks them from leaving, and eventually holds them by brandishing a gun until they pay for the damages. police say they paid about $50, lochte's lawyers say they were extorted for about $400. there's much on the line for him. lochte, the second most decorated american olympian of all the last summer games in 2012. since then, he's had a reality show. >> my philosophy is simple, go big or go home. >> reporter: scoring big endorsement deals worth an estimated $1 million. when asked if lochte could emerge from the scandal, michael phelps said, we have good people taking care of it so hopefully.
back to the airport. for another flight to the u.s., seen here settling in, in the back of the plane. >> matt, at that gas station in rio. late word just coming in about the fourth swimmer still in rio. brazilian authorities say he is going to be allowed to return to the u.s.? >> reporter: yes, jimmy feigen paid $11,000 to a charity here, a judo school, but that doesn't mean that the swimmers are out of hot water. both the ioc and u.s. olympic committee say they're going to investigate the incident. david? >> matt, thank you. and we turn to donald trump, just moments ago taking aim at president obama, asking why the president didn't travel to the
instead of golfing on martha's vineyard. the governor had said a visit wasn't necessary. fearing a drain on already-stretched police resources. adding that what's most needed is help. and late today, we learned the president will visit on tuesday, as trump now turns it into a campaign attack amid his own reset. apologizing to those who he offended. we ask tonight, who specifically does he mean? here's tom llamas in louisiana. >> reporter: trump force one touching down, the campaign heading to the disaster zone. >> you'll be fine. you're going to be fine. >> reporter: trump and running mate mike pence touring flood ravaged baton rouge. signing autographs and shaking hands. >> mr. trump, why did you want to come here? >> to help out, i want to help out. are you okay? >> reporter: but louisiana's democratic governor, john bel edwards, wasn't
welcome them to louisiana, but not for a photo op." >> give me a good, strong guy here. >> reporter: the governor's concern -- high-profile visitors drain law enforcement resources. he suggested trump volunteer or donate money instead. trump's trip coming amid a major campaign reset, and just hours after that rare mea culpa. >> sometimes, in the heat of debate,
and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. i have done that. and believe it or not, i regret it. and i do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.
taking many by surprise. david asking trump's new campaign manager about the change in tone. >> donald trump saying i do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. who was he talking about? >> he was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said and that's all him. you know, he took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen, so that was a
decision he made. those are his words. >> reporter: trump's campaign thrown off-course after he attacked the gold star parents of captain humayun khan, who died fighting in iraq. family personally? >> he may. but i certainly hope they heard him last night and certainly i hope america heard him. >> you're a couple of days in as the new campaign manager. what he said about the khans was weeks ago. why the regret now? some people might say was that you? >> it was not me. that's all donald trump. he's the candidate here, i'm not. >> but why the regret now? >> it's an expression of regret. perhaps he felt it before, but he expressed it now. >> reporte here in louisiana i asked trump to clarify. >> so many talking about your speech yesterday. was that an apology?
they see it. i really enjoyed that speech. i think people enjoyed it very much. >> reporter: in the flood zone, inspecting a damaged school. late this afternoon, trump taking a shot at president obama, vacationing in martha's vineyard. >> honestly, obama ought to get off the golf course and get down there. >> reporter: president obama will visit louisiana tuesday. trump dealing with yet another campaign shakeup. campaign chairman paul manafort resigning, already sidelined by staff changes and plagued by stories about his consulting work for politicians in ukraine with close ties to russia. >> my father just didn't want to have the distraction looming over the campaign. >> tom llamas with us tonight from louisiana. tom, the president now visiting louisiana next week after trump's visit today. and hillary clinton, their campaign knows full well that trump was there. what was she doing?
clinton sent an e-mail to supporters today asking for donations for flood victims in baton rouge. today, she's celebrating the birthday of former president bill clinton, turning 70 today. david? >> tom, thank you. and with donald trump's visit to that state today, and president obama's visit next week, this staggering new number. 110,000 homes in the flood zone. these families can't be forgotten. tonight, phillip mena with what they're going through. >> reporter: in denham springs today, we found vi singleton rescuing flags at the vfw post. >> we've got them all laid out trying to dry them >> reporter: when she spotted donald trump's motorcade -- >> that must be him in the black car. >> reporter: she just had to laugh. >> that's unnecessary, that's just publicity. >> reporter: as sheet rock and memories line so many streets here tonight, homes and hearts are gutted. >> it was like a whitewater
>> reporter: carl stewart jr.'s home once belonged to his grandparents. >> i kind of got shook up. >> reporter: your whole life is -- >> it's just ruined. >> reporter: carl's sister tamra helping him today, and so many more. she's taken 20 people into her home so far. >> we take care of our people. we all take care of each other. >> reporter: david, normally fema would help the displaced here get rental assistance, a temporary place to stay, but with so many homes damaged, there's nothing to give. and school is supposed to start next week. david? >> phillip, thank you. now to the other disaster, and there are new developments in the explosive wildfire in the west, after 82,000 people were told to evacuate. to race from their homes. tonight, the first count of the damage. more than 300 homes and buildings are gone. just like at the images. lauren lyster on what families
>> reporter: new images tonight of this train passing perilolyus close to the blaze. this massive california wildfire now leaving behind a trail of destruction. the blue cut fire burning 40 miles east of los angeles has decimated 57 square miles of land and 96 homes. poppy crandall's husband snapped these photos moments before they fled with their dogs and little else. what is that like to leave feeling like you're going to lose everything? >> i felt numb. i didn't know -- >> reporter: rescuers sent johanna santore this picture of her home, now reduced to ash. their 11 animals gone. she was reluctant to share the terrible news with her 10-year-old granddaughter. >> she keeps saying she's upbeat, and hopefully the hamster is still there. but there's nothing left. >> reporter: a number of residents telling us they're hoping they can return home, even if it's to this.
flames could pick up again if the winds do. >> lauren, thank you. and now to rob marciano, the extreme heat still coming. and you're also tracking severe storms in the middle of the country? >> we are. red flag conditions remain posted through this evening for the fire areas. they should be allowed to expire later this evening. the heat is building in the triple-digit heat in portland. seattle, in the 90s. more records likely to fall there. meanwhil a cool front in kansas. 60-plus mile an hour winds with these. putting the maps into motion, chicago and indianapolis, storms. and the cool front pushes to the east on sunday for more storms on the east coast. david? >> rob, our thanks to you all week long. and we turn to a breaking headline involving zika, right here in the u.s.
the cdc tonight is now warning pregnant women not to travel to a popular area of miami beach. and also saying they may want to consider avoiding travel to miami dade county. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: the fears tonight in south florida have come true. of the five zika virus infections in miami beach, two three are visitors. we met vanessa garcia, she shared this ultra sound of her baby boy, and said she and her husband plan to steer clear of the beach. you're not doing any business there? >> unless it's completely indoors, no. >> reporter: the vacation spot is the lifeblood of south florida tourism, and today the governor drew a box of 1.5
where infected mosquitoes are now spreading the virus. >> we want to do all we can to ensure florida remains safe for visitors and our families. >> reporter: the restaurants on lincoln road, the ritz, the delano hotel. the cdc's travel advisory includes all of these areas. and they're recommending that pregnant women and their partners think twice before traveling there. there's a lot at stake. last year, tourists generated more than $24 million in the miami area alone. and nearly half stayed on the beach. david? >> thanks, steve. overseas tonight and the u.s. is watching very closely a close encounter between u.s. and syrian forces. syrian jets bombing positions deep in syria's northwest portion. leading american fighter jets to scramble to protect u.s. special ops forces. martha raddatz, this was the closest encounter between u.s. and syrian forces that we can remember. >> reporter: it is, david.
into a major incident. the two syrian aircraft dropped bombs right in an area where the u.s. special operations forces are helping kurdish forces in the fight against isis, and the syrian pilots should have known that. as the u.s. jets were speeding to protect our forces, they passed the message via the russians that we would take whatever action necessary to defend american lives. the jets departed but they were back up in that area later today with u.s. fighter jets. >> you said whatever necessary. would the u.s. shoot those jets down? >> reporter: it sure sounds like it. a spokesman said, we have the right to self defense. >> martha, thanks. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the traffic nightmare. what caused this deadly accident, during the busy friday
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the driver of the empty bus. this video shot by an injured passenger shows the moments just after the accident, emergency crews moving through the mangled mess. >> i was the only one in the back who was good. and they got a lot of people injured. >> reporter: there are on average roughly 2,500 bus crashes each year. just like this one earlier this week in oklahoma. almost half happen in intersections. david, investigators are now looking at surveillance video in hopes of figuring out why that driver -- a nearly 30-year veteran -- collided with the other bus. david? >> eva, thank you. when we come back, the plane crash, the emergency landing, and the dramatic rescue with the chopper lifting them to safety. and how suspected robbers suddenly found themselves trapped inside. the owner smart enough to pull the gate.
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