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several breaking stories this monday night. on the eve of the make or break showdown, donald trump now defending himself tonight. after the fights and after the scare onstage. >> this is a love fest. >> and this question tonight. could the republican nomination be nearly wrapped up tomorrow? plus, sarah palin, and the emergency. and hillary clinton and former president bush. what led to this moment? the young officer ambushed, shot and killed. tonight, the suspect who allegedly started it all. police say his brothers recording the whole thing. and was it a fellow officer who fired the fatal shot by mistake?
the tornado in ohio. historic flooding in the south. and the pileup in the east. more than 100 cars. the amtrak train derailing. passengers screaming for help. what the engineer saw ahead of him. and, tonight, right here, the video. the young american captured, accused of fighting for isis. good evening. and it's great to have you with us as we start another week here and we begin tonight with the race for the white house. and what could happen tomorrow on both sides. could donald trump effectively wrap up the nomination? tonight, trump and his new defense, arguing his rallies are not violent. fest. it comes after tense moments on that ohio stage. trump looking unsettled himself. the secret service rushing to protect him. the stage. and, of course, the violent clashes in chicago. donald trump with new reaction to that tonight.
and the new polls this evening. in ohio, donald trump tied in one poll with governor john kasich. while in florida, trump leading marco rubio in his home state easily. so, tonight, if trump wins ohio and florida tomorrow, is this nearly done? abc's tom llamas leads us off from youngstown, ohio. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump casting his raucus rallies as kumbaya sessions. >> i'm a peace-loving person, folks. we love peace. we all love peace. there's no violence. there's lovefest. these are love fests. different trump from the candidate fired up against those from test or the protesters. >> if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. and they started punching back, it was a beautiful thing. i'd like to punch them in the face, i'll tell you. i promise you, i will pay for the legal fees. >> reporter: some recent trump events seeming more like riots than rallies. in chicago, fist fights. in kansas city, police using pepper spray.
trump supporter charged with assault after sucker punching a protester. now trump may pay his legal bills. >> the man got carried away. he was 78 years old. he obviously loves this country. and maybe he doesn't like seeing what's happening to the country. i've actually instructed my people to look into it, yes. >> reporter: at times, the violence, even startling trump himself. grabbing his podium when a protester rushed the stage in dayton, ohio. the secret service jumping into action. trump later tweeting the pro test or the, quote, "has ties to isis." turns out that was a hoax. but today, security visibly tighter, as top trump supporter sarah palin defended him. >> what we don't have time for is all that petty, punk ass little thuggery stuff that's been going on with these quote unquote protesters. >> reporter: but trump's rivals now seizing on the chaos. >> this country is not about us
rallies. that's not what america is. >> reporter: senators marco rubio and ted cruz both pointing out how they handle protesters at their events. >> oh, look, a bernie sanders sign. don't worry, you're not going to get beat up at my rally. >> isn't it amazing that we can have that conversation, without anybody getting violent, without anybody insulting anybody? >> reporter: but the candidates now faced with a dilemma, having all pledged to support trump if he's the republican nominee. rubio sounding anguished when asked if he'll stand by that promise. >> i don't know. i still at this moment continue and intend to support the republican nominee, but -- getting harder every day. >> reporter: but no such hesitation from cruz. >> at the outset of this campaign, i committed i will support the republican nominee. and i honor my word. >> and tom llamas joins us live from ohio tonight. and tom, you talked to a lot of trump supporters today and they told you they're not bothered by
>> reporter: that's right, david. many of those supporters in the crowd you see just behind me, and not a single one i spoke to hold donald trump responsible for the violence at his rallies. one woman told me that donald trump can say anything, i will vote for him. another man told him that there are instances that trump supporters should fight back against those protesters. david? >> tom llamas, thank you. and you saw sarah palin in tom's report there. suddenly canceling the rest of her appearances, after palin received word that her husband, todd palin, was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident. tonight, we've learned he is in intensive care. palin returning home to alaska to be with him. we're going to turn next here to the democratic side tonight, and to a critical moment for hillary clinton. can she finally close the deal, or will there be another surprise like michigan? overnight, during a town hall, not very good at this part of it, the campaigning, and went on to explain why. you'll hear from her in a
meantime, a confident bernie sanders fueled by michigan, clinton. and tonight here, a new poll showing hillary clinton with a slight edge in ohio, but that lead even smaller than what the polls showed going into michigan. abc's cecilia vega with the clinton acknowledging her weaknesses on the trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton in chicago, turning an attack on donald trump into a campaign rallying cry. >> that people who run for president ought to unite our country, not divide our country. >> reporter: but before trump, bernie sanders, now closing the gap in ohio. >> a few weeks ago, people were ohio? no way. clinton's lead. >> we have a good vote tomorrow, people come out, we're going to win here in ohio. >> reporter: a buckeye state loss not enough to block clinton's path to the nomination, but it would be an embarrassing setback. and a reminder of the vermont
voters. "snl" this weekend joking that clinton is morphing into sanders to win over that coveted group. >> i know you little len y'alls. you're fired up. you're angry. and, i'm angry, too. because the top 10% of the top 1% control 90% of the wealth in this country. and i've always said that. >> reporter: clinton admits, she still struggles to connect with some voters -- insisting she's not a natural campaigner like her husband or president obama. >> i watched my husband campaign. i watched president obama campaign. it is poetry. i mean, it is just -- i mean, i get carried away and i've seen them a million times. you know? i go, oh, my gosh, you know? both of them. you know, that's not necessarily my forte. >> reporter: and hillary clinton isn't the only one with a lot riding on tomorrow. bernie sanders needs to win states and he needs to win
this race, and that is why he is outspending clinton in tv ads in every state except for one heading to the polls tomorrow. david? >> cecilia vega with us tonight. thank you. let's get right to abc's jonathan karl tonight with the bottom line here. the two states that could determine it all on the republican side. if donald trump wins florida and wins ohio, will he be the nominee? >> reporter: david, we've done the math. and by our calculations, if trump wins both ohio and florida tomorrow, he will be well on his way to clinching the republican nomination. he'll still need to win 54% of all delegates going forward, but that will be much easier as both marco rubio and john kasich would almost certainly drop out after losing their home states. >> trump would be well on his way, as you point out. let me ask it this way. kasich, then what do we have? >> reporter: well, if he loses ohio, and the latest polls do give john kasich a slight lead there, it makes it highly likely even probable that he would have
all the way to a contested republican convention this summer in cleveland. >> all right, jon karl with us tonight. jon, we'll see you tomorrow night. and one more image that caught our eye, hillary clinton, on the trail, often with a harsh critique of the bush administration, and then this image just surfacing today. sharing an embrace, forrer president george w. bush there hugging and latching with clinton before nancy reagan's former residents of the white house, perhaps with more in common than we often think. and stay with abc news for primary results throughout the night tomorrow. a pivotal night ahead. and team coverage, wednesday morning on "good morning america" and, of course, right here on "world news tonight." in the meantime, we move on this evening, and to the other major headline. the tragic death of a young maryland officer, in a gun battle, right outside the police station. officer jacai colson, under cover and out of uniform at the time. the police saying that a shooter, who wanted to die, started the gun fight with police, his brothers allegedly recording the whole thing. but late today, we learned that
him accidentally. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: this is the man authorities say opened fire at police headquarters, trying to ambush officers. police say the suspect, michael ford, apparently wanted to commit suicide, and in a bizarre twist, his two brothers were there with him, recording the ensuing gun battle on their cell phones. during the fire fight, undercover officer jacai condon was critically wounded. transported to a local hospital. his fellow officers holding he did not. and in a tragic turn, police disclosed that officer condon was killed by friendly fire. >> we believe the fired round that led to detective colson's death was fired by one of his fellow prince george's county police officers. >> reporter: today, a police department mourns one of its own. a veteran four-year officer with an outstanding record. a squad car draped in black to honor him. as for the suspect's motive,
but police say he had a mystery of mental illness. so many unanswered questions. police can't understand why the brothers didn't stop the suicide attempt, but instead record it. david? >> pierre thomas in maryland tonight. pierre, thank you. next, from south carolina, a guilty plea tonight in a racially charged shooting there. we reported before on this dash cam video, showing the white trooper shooting a black driver outside a convenience store. the trooper demanding that driver's license, but when he reached into his car to get it, the trooper fired four shots. the driver survived. today, the trooper pleading guilty, led away in handcuffs, now facing up to 20 years behind bars. next here this monday night, to the dangerous weather on the move at this hour. a tornado touching down near dayton, ohio, reports of damage coming in now. more than 130 cars in a massive pileup in north carolina along one rainy stretch of i-40 in the last 24 hours. and in texas tonight, an entire town cut off by the water, forcing families from their
abc's matt gutman is there with those families, and where this system heads next. >> reporter: with nothing left to save in this small town turned into a big lake, deweyville, texas, residents in saving themselves. early this morning, some remaining holdouts heading out. how bad is it in there? >> bad. >> reporter: bad? the sheriff now frantically focusing on those still there, despite a mandatory evacuation. >> a lot of folks already flooded in, decided the water's too deep. >> reporter: we climbed aboard a national guard truck with knew on the county sheriff's office. the only wail to get in or out is in a truck like this -- that is someone being rescued right now. deweyville's demise comes after a weekend that spawned tornadoes in arkansas. damaged 5,000 homes in louisiana and killed at least six in the region. and this is what it looks like
able to stop that water. it is rising and it is expected to rise several more feet. meaning that folks may not be able to get to their homes here for several weeks. david? >> all right, matt gutman in texas for us. matt, thank you. let's get right to ginger zee, who is tracking the system and where it is going next. >> reporter: right. we've got to get straight to the maps, david. you can see the upper level low that is in parts of kentucky and ohio, that's what spun up the tornadoes already. that's moving to the east tonight. and along the stationary front attached to it, you can see tomorrows that could be severe from virginia down through north carolina. so, we'll watch that just overnight tonight. but throughout tomorrow, and the next day, we're watching this winter storm in the northern rockies, wind advisories, california to kansas. that thing is going to slide into the midwest and great lakes and bring chicago, indy, peoria, ft. waine, all the chance for strong winds later tomorrow afternoon, about 5:00. so, supper time. large hail possible, too. >> on the watch. now that the dangerous weather is out of the way. i can say welcome back. >> reporter: thank you.
>> thanks, ginger. to other news this evening, and around the world. russia changing course in syria now. president vladimir putin reporting at least some russian troops to withdraw. instead, committing his country to a greater role in peace talks now. russian forces have been bombing enemies of syria's government for five months now. a cease-fire brokered by the u.s. and russia has mostly held for two weeks, but hopes that negotiations will end the country's bloody civil war remain dim tonight. back here at home this evening and to a terrifying amtrak derailment. it happened in kansas in the middle of the night. eight cars jumping the track. 145 people onboard, tossed around, dozens of them taken to the hospital. officials now saying that toll might have been much worse if the engineer hadn't stopped the train when he did, because of what he saw up ahead. abc's alex perez, at the scene. >> reporter: tonight, federal investigators on the ground in ks, trying to figure
flying off the tracks. amount of patients at this time. >> reporter: it was just after midnight, the train carrying 145 people, is traveling from los angeles to chicago. then, the engineer notices a significant bend or defect in the track and hits the brakes, following protocol to avoid a bigger disaster. but eight cars still come off. horrified passengers suddenly tossed around inside. >> next thing i know is, i just feel the train lift off the ground and it is back down on the tracks, and then it does it again. it lifts up and slams me into the door. >> reporter: more than 30 passengers taken to the hospital. two with critical injuries, air lifted. and david, investigators zeroing in on the condition of the track. reportedly checking if an unreported vehicle track may have damaged the tracks. david? >> alex perez in kansas. thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the new health concern for patients leaving the hospital. the invisible risk, the super
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