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hill little clinton in a landslide win in south carolina. >> i believe that america is great. right now. >> sanders admitting he was decimated. but vowing, he's not out. rookie officer killed. the female police officer gunned down on her first day on the job. the call for help that turned deadly. and what we're learning tonight about the alleged gunman. trapped in midair. the nose dive crash that ended like this. the 87-year-old pilot trapped for hours. how rescuers finally got him out. countdown to the oscars. on the red carpet, and behind the scenes. the controversy. the chris rock factor. and a beefed up oscar. the award's new look. and good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. and we are counting down to the oscars tonight, and super tuesday, just two days away. the high stakes showdown. republican front-runner donald
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the race issue exploding. critics demanding he denounce the ku klux klan. marco rubio on a relentless attack, calling trump a conman. as ted cruz goes even further, suggesting trump won't release his tax returns because of possible mob ties. abc's mary bruce starts us off tonight. >> donald trump! >> reporter: tonight, donald trump on the defensive, forced to explain this answer when asked if he condemns the ku klux klan and its former grand wizard, david duke's call to vote for trump. >> i'm just talking about david duke and the ku klux klan here. >> i don't know david duke. i don't believe i've ever met him. and i just don't know anything about him. >> reporter: the backlash was swift. his rivals pouncing. >> we cannot be a party who nominates someone who refuses to condemn the ku klux klan. we cannot be a party that does that. >> reporter: tuesday ed cruz tweeting, really sad.
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kkk is abhorrent. trump fired back, noting this previous response. >> i didn't even know he endorsed me, david duke endorsed me? okay, i disavow, okay? >> reporter: trump is poised to ed ed by his huge endorsement from chris christie. the new jersey governor was challenged today. >> you endorse the ban of having noncitizen muslims -- >> no, i'm saying that's only approach. >> you disagree with you? >> i said that very plainly. >> reporter: with just two days until the next contest, the rival campaigns have turned into attack machines. hammering trump for not releasing his tax returns, speck speculate ing about what he's hiding. >> there have been multiple media reports about donald's business dealings with the mafia. >> reporter: he trump says he plans to release the tax returns,
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and tom, marco rubio hoping to get more momentum heading into tuesday, but he has a long way to go. and making it harder, donald trump just nabbed another big endorsement. he now has the backing of alabama senator jeff sessions. tom? >> all right, mary, thank you. now, to the democrats. hillary clinton, riding that wave of momentum into super tuesday. clinton winning south carolina by almost 50 points. receiving huge support from a record turnout among black voters. bernie sanders vowing not to give up the fight, promising to challenge clinton until the very end. abc's david wright with the clinton campaign in arkansas tonight. >> reporter: in nashville, today, a scene straight out of abc's "scandal." the actor that plays the president made a show of telling her about donald trump's latest gaffe. >> you heard about his latest. >> what did he do now? >> he didn't know who david duke was.
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>> reporter: clinton's huge victory in south carolina has put a new spring in her step, heading into super tuesday. she has more delegates and more momentum than bernie sanders, as sanders freely admitted to george. >> we got decimated, george. we got decimated. >> reporter: clinton's mood, buoyant. >> i'm actually kind of looking forward, if i'm fortunate enough, to be the nominee, debating any one of them. >> reporter: she's also pointedly making nice. creating a contrast with some of the republican rhetoric. >> i think we need more love and kindness. >> reporter: now, postof the super tuesday states are right here in the south, and that should play to clinton's strengths. but it plays into the expectations game, so, if bernie sanders is able to score a few big unexpected wins, well, the momentum of this race could change again. tom? >> and david, on that point, let's get right to abc's chief
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jonathan karl. jon, what's senator sanders' path to stop clinton at this point? >> reporter: well, it's a narrow path. he has no to show that he can win in the south. and then, he has his eyes on the prize of california. the biggest delegate stake of all. that's not until june, and if he doesn't do better before then, he will be out of it. >> we're less than 48 hours from the voting on super tuesday. do you think this kkk controversy hurts donald trump? >> reporter: we don't know. on one hand, he's retweeted white supremacists in the past and not faced a backlash, but this could be different. look at the way his rivals poupsed on it and look at the way he felt a need almost immediately to come out and clarify to say, yes, i disavow. republican primary voter will tolerate a lot, but i don't think they will toll rate outright racism. >> all right, jon, thank you so much. stay with abc news for full coverage on super tuesday. special editions of "good morning america" and "world news tonight", george stephanopoulos
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political team on the air, beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern, tuesday night. and we do move on now to virginia, the deadly police shooting making national headlines tonight. a rookie officer shot and killed her first day on the job. two other officers wounded. her police cruiser today turned into a memorial. you see it there, with black bunting, a wreath placed on the hood. the alleged gunman, an army staff sergeant, assigned to the pentagon. abc's gloria riviera on the investigation tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a police department in the tight knit community it serves devastated by a shocking loss. prince p ashley guindon killed in the line of duty. >> when news came that she passed, it was -- it hit us. we weren't expecting it at all. >> reporter: authorities say the officer responded to a 911 call, reporting domestic abuse. >> i just want to be clear. do we have officers involved in a shooting?
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have been shot. >> reporter: it was here in this quiet upscale neighborhood that rookie cop ashley guindon and two others approached that front door. police say almost immediately the suspect confronted them, opening fire, and they all went down. >> i saw the officer laying right there, holding his leg, i figure he got hot. >> reporter: neighbor zakhar ris ch harris saying he heard three gunshots. the suspect, ronald hamilton, assigned to the pentagon. hamilton's wife was found dead inside the home. the two other officers are expected to recover. now, officer guindon's squad car, draped in black to honor the rookie lost too soon. ronald hamilton is expected to appear in court tomorrow. he is facing two murder charges, murder in the first and capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. tom snl.
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overseas now, the fragile cease-fire in syria. reports of russian air strikes hitting targets in the cities of aleppo and raqqah. syrian families caught in the middle, hoping the truce holding long enough for much needed humanitarian supplies to arrive. abc's alex marquardt in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: air strikes today in northern syria. just one of a growing number of incidents threatening this fragile truce. both sides accusing the other of violating the cease-fire. but tonight, it has largely held for a second day. the fight continues against isis and al qaeda, but in much of syria, there's a calm that hasn't been felt for years. still at risk, the almost half a million people living under brutal sieges. in one town, local doctors say dozens have died from starvation. we tried to visit today, with government permission, but were turned away, told that mortar and sniper fire made it too dangerous. but the united nations is now
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quiet, to ramp up deliveries of aid across t country. if the truce holds, they say, they can do more, better and faster. that will be tested tomorrow morning with the first convoys scheduled to go out since this temporary cease-fire started. alex marquardt, abc news, damascus. back here at home, a plane crash in pennsylvania. take a look at this. the 87-year-old pilot plunging into the trees, reporting engine trouble just after takeoff, suddenly trapped in midair. abc's phillip mena on the rescue effort to get him back on the ground. >> reporter: dangling from the branches, this small plane left hanging from a tree, nose down, after a frightening crash. the only person on the plane, the pilot. 87-year-old herbert bartell, waiting hours to be saved. authorities say he had just taken off and ran into trouble. >> he tried to do a u-turn, but
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>> reporter: stuck up in the tree, bartell managed to call 911, but it took nearly four hours to get him down, because of all the branches in the way. >> he was in very good spirits the whole time there. he was conscious, alert, oriented the whole incident. >> reporter: bartell escaped with only minor injuries. >> think by the end he was a little apg shus to get out. >> reporter: phillip mena, abc news, new york. now, to a troubled cruise ship back in the headlines. anthem of the seas, the ship damaged after sailing into hurricane-force winds earlier this month, forced to turn around mid-trip this weekend, returning to new jersey because of a severe storm in its path. and now to hollywood. the academy awards about to get under way tonight. the star power building on the red carpet. the biggest celebs in the business about to arrive. everyone picking their favorites to win. abc's amy robach at the dolby theater. >> reporter: hello, tom. we're right here in the thick of
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the movers and shakers of the film industry and the stars are starting to make their way in and we congratulate all of the nominees. but this year, so much of the attention is on those who were not nominated, the lack of diversity among the nominees, setting off a firestorm. host chris rock making it clear, he will not shy away from the controversy, tweeting, "see you sunday #blackout #oscar s s" so many are wondering, just how far he will go. we're going to have it all and we're going to have interviews with some of this year's nominees, of course. and, all in our oscar preshow countdown to the oscars. that's coming up, right after "world news tonight," tom. >> robin, thank you so muchlt of course, that was robin roberts, not amy robach. much more coming up on the oscars later. still ahead tonight. danger on the roadways. drivers forced to do more than keep their eyes on the road. debris frying right at them. how to stay safe. and protests erupting in an american city.
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finally tonight, you'll notice something different at the oscars when the winners give their speeches. the academy is trying out a new plan, but are the stars really going to go for it? story. >> jen for connelly. >> reporter: an oscar win is a big moment in anyone's life. like when jen for connelly won supporting actress in 2002. you don't want to forget anyone. still, nothing sinks the heart of an oscar producer like a litany of thank yous. >> thank you to all of our magnificent cast and crew for
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and most especially to ron howard and russell crowe. >> there was al pacino, winning in 1993. >> if you indulge me for a down. >> reporter: not every winner has pacino's star power. so, some get played off. as will farrell and jack black famously sang -- parakeet you're boring look at katherine zeta-jones she's snoring >> reporter: this year's oscar producers hope they've hit on a plan to perk up 2016's 45-second acceptances. a scroll at the bottom of the screen that will name all the names a winner needs to thank, spencer. >> and they don't have to fumble with a list. they don't have to find the glasses. >> oh, my god. >> it's like, look. you can thank more people, you can thank the same people.
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>> make a statement. >> reporter: the hope is for and deeply felt appreciation. the kind that have become part of oscar legend. jr.? >> i just want to -- oh, here we go. okay, the studio, love you, cruise! i love you, brother! i love you, man! >> reporter: and if the orchestra never has to play anyone off the stage, audiences around the globe will all be feeling, well, really grateful. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> and we hope for many moments like that tonight. well, the excitement is building for the academy awards. the red carpet starting to fill up. don't miss robin roberts' preshow oscar special coming up, and then the 88th academy awards right here on abc. a complete wrapup of the or kafrs on "gma" tomorrow morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york.
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good evening, everyone. i'm robin roberts. welcome to the biggest night in hollywood! we're live on the most famous red carpet in the world. taking you every step with us. here's a view you don't usually get to see. tonight, the biggest stars in the universe are here for the 88th annual academy awards. you can see the photographers are. and so is michael strahan. wonderful. >> it is great to be here. and you look amazing. >> thank you, thank you. we're going to have a great time. because, this is hollywood, super bowl and the excitement starts right now. >> life is full of dreamers. some dream of falling in love. others dream of changing the

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