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breaking news at this hour, witnesses say gunfire and the sound of explosions erupting at a hotel popular with westerners. the pictures coming in at this hour. the friday freefall on wall street. the dow dropping more than 500 points during trading. what's causing this as millions of americans lose money in their savings? we're on wall street. also breaking, the urgent search at this hour for a dozen missing marines after a midair collision. the nor'easter hitting tonight reported tornadoes already. and a passenger jet hitting severe turbulence, tonight the injuries and the flight attendant attendant rushed to the hospital. fight night. ted cruz stands by what he said about new york values. new york city and donald trump fights back. why even hillary clinton tonight saying this time trump is right.
and just a short time ago they came before the cameras in tennessee with their dog and their winning ticket. what they said that had everyone smiling. good evening, and we begin with breaking news. images coming in as we come on the air. an attack on a hotel popular with westerners. these are the images coming in from the capital of burkina faso in west africa. eyewitnesses describing a horrific scene. gunmen, their heads covered shooting into the air then storming into the hotel. cars ablaze at this hour. gunfire heard in the streets. and now reports of possible hostages inside that hotel and a warning now from the u.s. embassy to any americans in the region. let's get right to abc's senior just first correspondent pierre thomas live in washington tonight. pierre. >> reporter: david, just a dangerous situation appears to still be unfolding in that west african country. at least four men attacking that hotel popular with westerners.
eyewitness reports of two car bombs going off outside the splendid hotel. you can hear the gunfire there as well. tonight there are reports of gunfire in and around the hotel and believe authorities are engaging the assailants. there was a similar attack in neighboring mali last year that left 20 dead. we have a group affiliated with al qaeda claiming credit. >> we want to stay with these disturbing pictures on the ground as, pierre, we want to get more information about the warning from the u.s. embassy for americans. >> reporter: exactly right. the u.s. embassy is warning all its personnel and u.s. citizens to stay away from the downtown area. to stay away. apparently the gunfight is still under way, david. >> pierre thomas, we'll be staying on this story into the night, thank you. back at home to wall street. stocks in a freefall today. the dow closing down nearly 400 points. wild swings. at one point down more than 500 points. experts this evening pointing to one major factor driving all of
this. the price of oil. already a very tough start to the year for americans and their savings. is there more to come? abc's gio benitez at the new york stock exchange tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a nightmare on wall street. all major u.s. markets in a freefall today. the dow dropping over 500 points before closing down 390, the nasdaq finishing down 2.7% and the s&p down 2.1%. so far this year the dow losing $547 billion. leading the way down, financial stocks and energy. >> when oil trades lower, yes, there is that benefit that gas prices are going to go down, but most likely you have an oil stock in your diverse portfolio and those prices are going to be reporter: a gallon of oil, now cheaper than a bottle of water in some places. so, what does that mean for your nest egg? the average 401(k) of $92,000 has already lost $7500 in value
since the beginning of the year. 6. >> one thing they shouldn't do is stwrad them. just as soon as it falls it may jump once again and you will have missed out on that. >> reporter: david, traders i spoke with here today say this up and down may actually be healthy for the market, to sort of stabilize those stock prices. but no doubt these are scary times for traders and investor, david. >> gio benitez on wall street tonight. gio, thank you. now to the search under way at this hour off the coast of hawaii for 12 marines missing after two military helicopters collided. search teams overhead all day today braving rough seas for any sign of survivors. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz on the desperate search at this hour. >> reporter: the searchers, in the air, on the sea, fighting high waves some 20 feet looking for those 12 marines and the wreckage from the two massive helicopters. the biggest the u.s. has, leaving a debris field some 15
miles long, virtually the entire north shore of oahu where abc's aditi roy is tonight. >> the marine corps is warning beachgoers here that there might be debris from the helicopters washing up since the two crashed just two miles offshore and asked people to call and report whatever they find and not to touch it. >> reporter: the ch-53s went down in darkness under a cover of clouds during a routine training mission, the helicopters believed to have clyded midair after reports of a fireball an loud boom. an eyewitness heard loud booms that shook her house. >> using night visions there are things that can give you perception of where your aircraft is. >> reporter: in the past there's been a rash of marine corps accident, the highest number of fatalities in at least five years. >> martha, we know most of those accidents have been in training.
>> they have been, david, and the marine corps will try to look at what's contributing to this, whether it's pilot training or equipment, but this is a reminder that military training is not without very real danger, david. >> martha raddatz in washington, martha, thank you. now to the air scare on board an american airlines flight from new york to miami hitting ex-treeks turbulence. there were several injuries, passengers and crew. this flight attendant injured rushed to the hospital. eyewitnesses now describing the moment the turbulence hit. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: that flight attendant with the bloodied nose on a stretcher. the american airlines jet heading to miami into this weather hit severe turbulence. passengers were screaming. children crying. >> it felt like a roller coaster. it was just very uncomfortable, and everybody was afraid. >> american 1410, we have one flight attendant with a broken nose, and we have several minor injuries to passengers. >> reporter: other planes were hit too.
severe turbulence can toss people, their belongings, even heavy drink carts around the cabin. predicting turbulence like this has always been the problem, but some new software is giving pilots a view inside the storm. we were on board this test flight around miami recently where these test pilots aim for turbulence. we're headed right for this turbulence? >> yes, we are. >> reporter: on purpose. rockwell has developed radar software which american airlines is installing on its jets. green means go, a path through the storm. >> and when we have actually flown through those areas, it has been smooth as glass. there hasn't even been a ripple. >> reporter: technology which may prevent these turbulent rides. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. now to the extreme weather this friday night. the nor'easter hitting this evening bringing high wind, rain, tornado watches and warnings for a time across florida. one reported tornado near cape coral. cape coral, i should say whipping winds in sanaa bell island off the coach drenching rain outside this family's home
in orlando and the roof ripped off this strip mall in venice, florida. we're tracking the nor'easter and a major blast of arctic air elsewhere. meteorologist rob marciano here on both fronts tonight. >> hey, david. it's the southern flaveng of that that clobbered south florida. that has since moved out. another round on sunday but the center of our low over the carolinas and precip shield pushing across virginia into the northeast. fast-moving storm but will rain heavily with big winds across the northeast overnight. only the furthest northern mountains seeing snow. the cold front is where the cold stuff is. mine 17 in minneapolis blue that's the actual temperature. 43 below in duluth. spreading east on monday and 4 degrees in d.c., some areas will see the lowest temperature in two years. >> rob marciano with us, thanks. now to that showdown in south carolina last night. 11 million people watching the republican rumble and center stage donald trump and ted cruz, the gloves came off on a number
of issues including what ted cruz meant when he said trump has new york values. abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail tonight with breaking developments. word late today from cruz when asked if he would apologize. >> reporter: tonight, ted cruz asked again and again should he apologize to the people of new york after staying the course last night on that debate stage saying donald trump embodies new york values. >> cow explain what you mean by that? >> yeah, i think most people know exactly what new york values are. >> i am from new york. i don't. >> you're from new york so you might not. but i promise you in the state of south carolina, they do. and, listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of new york. but everyone understands that the values in new york city are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media and i
guess i can frame it another way. not a lot of conservatives come out of manhattan. i'm just saying. >> reporter: trump's response controlled contempt. >> when the world trade center came down, i saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than new york. everybody in the world loved new york and loved new yorkers and i have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that ted made. [ applause ] >> reporter: now cruz learning the risks of taking on new york. on the cover of "the daily news" lady liberty giving him the one finger salute. the mayor and governor democrats outraged demanding an apology. cruz tonight defiant. >> i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. i apologize to all the pro-life and pro-second amendment new
yorkers who were told by governor cuomo they have no place in new york. >> reporter: david, just to show you how cruz's new york values attack has really struck a chord, even hillary clinton siding with trump on this issue tweeting, just this once, trump's right. david. >> rare agreement on that front, all right, tom, thank you. george stephanopoulos will be interviewing donald trump this sunday on "this week" with george. now to a major development tonight in the story we've been following here on "world news tonight" involving lead in the water in flint, michigan. tonight a major investigation launched. the governor of michigan asking the white house to declare a federal disaster and this evening many asking what did authorities know and when did they know it? abc's alex perez back on the case. >> reporter: why? >> there's no delay. >> reporter: tonight michigan governor rick snyder and possibly other state officials under investigation after an unprecedented toxic water crisis in flint. the michigan attorney general today launching a formal investigation to determine if any laws were violated and why
it took authorities so long to respond. saying in a statement, the situation in flint is a human tragedy, in 21st century america, no one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet. angry residents now testing their children for lead poisoning. >> tell us how long we got to keep suffering through this. >> reporter: the frustration growing since 2014 when the city of flint stopped paying for water from lake huron and began to process it from the flint river to save some $19 million. it wasn't until more than a year later that officials declared the water unsafe. this week governor snyder deploying the national guard. volunteers delivering bottled water and tap water filters to residents. and, david, the governor even asking president obama to declare a federal emergency in flint. there's already a fema team on the ground accession the situation. david. >> alex, thank you. now to the capture of el chapo in mexico and the american actor at the center of so many headlines involving el chapo's
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the story starts 82 years ago, a little boy in forest, mississippi, his name, done 23458d triplet. >> and two parents recognize their boy is different. >> very. he never cries for his mother when his dad comes home he never looks up and runs to him. he's just somehow in his own space in his own world. >> reporter: but donald's parents, his mother especially determined to get into his world. >> but she didn't give up hope. >> no. >> reporter: it was the 1930s. no one had even heard of autism. >> mary triplet was in a world where if you had a kid like donald you were told one thing, put that child away and forget. >> and they did. >> they said, wait a second. >> reporter: she fought to get him into school and he was soon sitting in the first grade. what would a mother not do for her child? >> exactly. it's parental love and that's not not just for children with autism. that's for what would any parent do for their child? >> she would teach him how to drive, and tonight, this is
donald now. 82 and still driving. he learned how to drive at 27. >> yeah. >> and he drives in his own special way. >> both hands on the wheel using both feet and always a cadillac. >> you can imagine his mother saying use one foot but that didn't work. he still drives with two feet. >> reporter: everyone in that mississippi town knows him. >> hey, donald. how are you? >> all right. how are you doing. >> reporter: until just recently donald had no idea he was case number one. diagnosed with autism. decades later so many parents fighting for their children. including karen, her own son mickey here as a baby. >> here we go. >> reporter: fighting for him after his diagnosis, the schooling, with the other kids and look at him tonight. we have all watched him grow, karen was a longtime producer at abc news working with john donvan and reported those early stories on autism.
>> we have to see mickey and people like mickey as one of us and we're not there yet. we're getting there. >> reporter: she says with every child the whole community needs to have their back. donald's did, first his mother then everyone else. >> donald has autism today. i find it hard to say he's disabled because there's not anything he's unable to do. >> so we choose donald triplett and all of the children that come after him. john and karen in their new book "in a different key" comes out next week. an excerpt tonight on our website. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. until then have a good evening. good night.
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