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30-minutes for a tonight, the deadly chaos on the vegas strip. the mother behind the wheel, accused of intentionally plowing into a crowd in las vegas. now charged with murder. her 3-year-old daughter in the backseat. and what authorities have just revealed about the mother. also tonight, the deadly attack on american troops overseas. the suicide bomber on a motorcycle. six soldiers killed. the war of words tonight. donald trump demanding an apology from hillary clinton, after what she said at the debate. the clinton camp with a fiery response tonight. trapped at the top for hours. the families, parents and their children, stuck inside the sky tower at sea world. and the epic blunder. >> i have to apologize. >> crowning the wrong miss universe, then taking the crown away.
tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with the horror that played out on the vegas strip. tonight, a young mother, now charged with murder, after driving into the crowd. with her little girl in the backseat. authorities say the driver repeatedly rammed her car into tourists outside several popular hotels, both hands on the wheel. witnesses describing her as amid the chaos, victims taken away on gurneys. fire trucks rushing to the scene, sirens blaring. tonight, investigators believe this was all intentional, and abc's kayna whitworth is in las vegas for us tonight. >> reporter: terror on the streets of sin city, as this silver oldsmobile runs rampant over crowded sidewalks. >> at least 20 people were ran over. >> reporter: police say 24-year-old lakeisha holloway, with her 3-year-old daughter in the backseat, intentionally slammed her car into dozens of bystanders. injuring more than 30.
>> people were punching the window, trying to get -- apparently the child out of the backseat. but she accelerated again and just kept mowing everyone down. >> it looked like she wasn't even trying to stop the car. she had both of her hands on the wheel and was looking straight forward, and there were men running after her, trying to stop the vehicle and they couldn't get to her. >> we're going to need somebody to shut down traffic. >> reporter: the famed las vegas strip shut down. police say she was accelerating when she came up onto the sidewalk right here. now, this is one of the busiest intersections on the las vegas strip. look how close it is to the belliago, where hundreds of people gather for their famous and police saying that she did this on purpose. >> as far as terrorism, we don't it, and we don't know enough of her background to make that determination. >> reporter: police believe she was previously living in oregon. chef was featured in a video talking about at-risk youth
she drove to the las vegas air kwa where she had been living in her car for days. it all finally came to an end here at a casino a few blocks away, where police say she drove up to the valet operator and told him to call 911, that she had just hit people on las vegas boulevard. she's now facing charges of murder with a deadly weapon and more charges are pending. david? >> kayna whitworth with us tonight. kayna, thank you. we turn now to the horrific scene that played out overseas. the deadliest attack on u.s. troops since 2012. six u.s. service members killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, not far from bagram air base. tonight, the taliban claiming responsibility. and here's abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: the attack happened this afternoon, not far from the huge bagram air base, the largest american military facility in afghanistan. a suicide bomber on a motorcycle plowed into a group of u.s. troops meeting with local afghan officials. six american soldiers killed. two other americans, and an afghan interpreter, wounded. the taliban immediately claimed
twitter. it was the deadliest day in combat for u.s. forces in afghanistan since august 2012. across afghanistan, the taliban are on the march again, and making gains in areas once secured by nato and american forces. last week, defense secretary carter, visiting troops in afghanistan, admitted things are not going well. >> the taliban's advances in some parts of the country, even if only temporary, underscore that this is a tough fight, and it's far from over. >> reporter: there are 9,800 american troops in afghanistan right now. 5,500 by the end of next year. and president obama, who last christmas declared an end to the american combat mission there, will leave this war to his successor. david? >> our chief foreign correspondent terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. now, to the race for 2016, and the showdown between hillary clinton and donald trump tonight, on the heels of the democratic debate in new
hillary clinton, calling trump, quote, isis' best recruiter, claiming isis uses videos of trump to recruit more radical jihadists. trump calling that a lie, demanding an apology tonight. and now, the clinton campaign firing back with two words. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the campaign trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton's campaign is saying, quote, hell no, she won't apologize for this shot she took at donald trump in the abc news democratic debate. >> he is becoming isis' best recruiter. they are going to people, showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> reporter: after the debate, clinton's campaign could provide no direct evidence that happened. >> i will demand an apology from hillary. she should apologize. she lies about e-mails. she lies about whitewater. >> reporter: trump himself has been repeatedly accused of
in fact today, fact-checking watchdog politifact called his quote, campaign misstatements, the 2015 lie of the year. they couldn't pick just one, so, they cited several. including his claim that muslims in new jersey celebrated on 9/11. >> and thousands of people were cheering. >> reporter: and that president obama wants to take in 250,000 syrian refugees. when the white house has said 10,000. >> to take in 250,000 people, some of whom are going to have problems, big problems, is just insane. >> reporter: there's no denying trump's words strike a chord with voters. many agree with his proposal to temporarily ban muslims from entering the united states. >> what would you say to the millions of americans watching tonight who agree with him? are they wrong? >> mr. trump has a great capacity to use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and to make them think there are easy answers to very complex
debate, clinton sounded as if the general election is already here. >> should corporate america love hillary clinton? >> everybody should. >> reporter: and that night, "snl" introduced the hillary clinton of 2008 to the hillary clinton of today. >> you changed your hair. >> yes, yes, well, people said i should, so i did. >> reporter: as for her big allegation about trump and isis, tonight, the clinton campaign is pointing out that trump's words have aired repeatedly on arab television, adding, if we don't think isis is using that, quote, we're fooling ourselves. david? >> jonathan karl traveling with the trump campaign tonight. jon, thank you. on the republican side, one candidate is out of the race this evening. lindsey graham announcing he's dropping out. graham, who never polled above single digits, frustrated by the two-tier debates, not on that primetime debate stage. saying tonight, this is not my time. that still leaves more than a dozen candidates in the republican race tonight.
weather, just as millions head out for the holiday this week. the west getting slammed tonight. 12 states under winter weather alerts. the images coming in now. an 18-wheeler blown off the road outside portland, oregon. 55-mile-per-hour wind gusts. a massive tree uprooted in forest grove, oregon. drenching rains in california, a mudslide in big bend. route 70 is closed tonight. abc's gio benitez with the dangerous driving for millions already traveling in the west and the weather pattern coming to the east, as well. >> reporter: tonight, strong winter storms slamming the west. 55-mile-per-hour winds ripping this tree from its roots. and slow blanketing these streets in northern california. all just in time for holiday travel. this, as more than 100 million people hit the road this week, the most ever. that's nearly 1 in every 3 americans. 38.1 million people are flying over the holidays. an estimated 2.2 million people expected to fly each day. atlanta, los angeles and chicago
but the overwhelming majority of travelers will be using their cars. the good news? the average price of gas is at a new low, $2 a gallon. that's less than a gallon of milk. gas down 32 cents from this time last year. and with those low prices, you'll see busy streets, david. so, it will help to know that christmas eve, christmas day and new year's day are the easiest travel days. the busiest? december 27th and january 3rd. david? >> a lot of people driving this year. gio, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano. those storms in the west tonight, and then the major warmth coming to the east. >> reporter: yeah, two stories for sure, but the storms if the west really still doing damage tonight with those winds as you mentioned. over 55 miles an hour. big jet stream energy pouring into the west here. one to three feet of snow expected over all mountain ranges. difficult driving there and tomorrow, also in the plains where severe weather expected across texas. tornadoes possible across the southeast on wednesday as this gulf warm air surges into the northeast. look at these numbers. 72, new york.
feeling more like may than december, david. >> won't be a white christmas on this side of the country. rob, thank you. now, to the dramatic images coming out of sea world in orlando. we learned families were trapped in midair, hundreds of feet up there, inside that sky tower for about three hours. their faces pushed up against the glass, waiting for rescuers to arrive. and here tonight, abc's david kerley. >> reporter: their sea world holiday vacation, stuck. >> i want to get out of this thing. >> reporter: the more than 40-year-old rotating, 400-foot sky tower elevator -- >> the tower is stuck with approximately 50 people and two employees. >> reporter: -- didn't move for about three hours, leaving this view for passengers. firefighters -- >> establishing sea world command. >> reporter: -- arrive for the rescue, as parents try to calm children. >> i know you're getting tired. just chill out and rest. >> reporter: finally, a basket. >> they're bringing supplies up with them. >> reporter: carrying a technician, as well. once on top of the sky tower, that technician able to get the ride to move.
jerk the ride free, which did cause some people a little bit of panic as we jumped a little bit. >> reporter: but finally, the sky tower was lowered back to the ground. customers say they were told the emergency brake malfunctioned, it froze. sea world would not comment. of the 50 on board, none were injured. they are back on vacation tonight. david? >> david kerley with us. thank you, david. new developments tonight after that air scare for passengers onboard a boeing 777. the air france jet bound for paris making an emergency landing in kenya over the weekend. passengers evacuated, emergency slides deployed after what looked like a bomb, complete with a timer, it was discovered in the bathroom. it was a fake. cardboard, paper and a clock. the passenger who alerted the crew, a retired police officer, was questioned, but now has been released. and that investigation does continue tonight. there are also new developments this evening in the international manhunt for that american teenager, ethan couch. given probation for killing four people in a drunk driving accident, now missing since
probation officer. and this evening, authorities now officially declaring his mother missing, as well. revealing they believe she's helped him. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: police say ethan couch is on the run tonight, possibly in this black ford truck that belongs to his mother, tonya. she's missing now, too. >> we're going to prosecute her as fully as we can, if she helps him at all. >> reporter: couch is wanted for violating his probation after driving drunk in 2013, causing a crash that killed four people. he got no jail time after arguing he had so-called affluenza, too rich to know right from wrong. >> those people who dealt with him at the accident scene, and the post-accident scene, how saw absolutely no remorse. >> reporter: earlier this month, this video surfaced on twitter. investigators say it appears to be couch at a party, possibly violating his probation. >> i think that was trigger that sent him running, once that video surfaced.
marshals have now joined the hunt for couch and his mother, putting ethan's face on this wanted poster. there's now a $5,000 reward. >> let him get a taste of real prison and real adult justice. >> reporter: and david, officials here say they are receiving hundreds of tips from around the country. they are also checking credit card, phone, even passport records, but so far, no solid leads, they say, towards finding couch or his mother. david? >> clayton sandell in texas tonight. clayton, thank you. now, to a bear attack. a boy scout leader in new jersey, dragged into a cave, mauled by a black bear, saved by three of his scouts. using the very skills he taught them. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: 50-year-old scout leader christopher petronino taking his son and two other scouts deep in these woods to see an underground cave he explored in his youth. when suddenly -- >> a black bear quickly grabbed his foot and pulled him further into the cave. >> we have a gentlemen in a cave with the bear, he has been
>> reporter: the boys, the youngest just 12, calling 911. >> he is bleeding from his neck, his arm and his head. >> reporter: the scout leader's only weapon? a rock hammer. >> he believes he struck the bear several times. after that, he pulled the sweatshirt over his head and tried to just, you know, remain still. >> reporter: the young scouts using snacks from their hike to try and lure the bear out. a barking dog finally scaring it off. authorities tracing their cell phone signal, finally locating the group an hour and 20 minutes later, medevacing that scout leader to safety. he's now recovering in the hospital. david, the police chief telling me, that scout leader asked those boys if they wanted to go inside the cave with him. they were scared and didn't go. a decision that may have saved their lives. david? >> linzie, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the epic blunder on live television, millions watching as it happened. crowning the wrong miss
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a sheepish steve harvey slunked back on stage. >> i have to apologize. miss universe 2015 is philippines. >> reporter: one of the most awkward moments ever on live tv. >> i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. still a great night. >> reporter: a great night for afterwards, harvey attempted to explain himself. >> when i said the winner of miss universe 2015, instead of saying first runner up, i read the name on the card. >> reporter: and miss universe, both of them, did what beauty contestants do. >> everything happens for a reason. >> reporter: they made a bid for world peace. >> it's a very nontraditional crowning -- >> yeah, isn't it? >> it's very 2015. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. when we come back here tonight, the nfl star in trouble this evening. why he's just been benched for what happened over the weekend.
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can't help it. how they ran hit off. and... in an instant i heard people screaming. witnesses are speaking out after a driver hits dozens of pedestrians on the strip. here she is. the woman police say this is the driver who ran down several people on the strip....with her 3-year-old daughter in the backseat. action news was all over this breaking news with hours of continuous coverage of the chaos. tonight.. we have team coverage with the latest developments.. as they unfold. we begin with contact 13 investigative reporter stephanie zepelin.. live with how this might affect people visiting the strip. stephanie. police say video of the wreck makes it clear that the driver meant to go on the sidewalk and hit dozens of people. metro police say sunday's crash on the strip was intentional. 24-year-old lakeisha holloway