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breaking news as we come on the air in the west. the state department issuing a global warning for americans following an attack that killed one of the world's most wanted terrorist masterminds. new details emerge about the cia drone strike taking out al qaeda leader ahman al zawahiri in kabul. two missiles targeting him as he stood on a balcony of his safehouse. smoke seen rising from the neighborhood. the white house releasing a picture of president biden with his national security team plotting the attack weeks ahead of time. and nearly one year after the u.s. withdrawal from kabul, growing concerns about other terrorists possibly now in afghanistan. cecilia vega at the white house. those images coming in tonight. house speaker nancy pelosi on the ground in taiwan. her highly anticipated trip defying threats from beijing and
risking a rise in tensions between the u.s. and china. the death toll is rising from the devastating mckinney fire in northern california. at least two more people found dead inside their homes. the fire burning more than 56,000 acres, nearly 6,000 people under evacuation orders. also, rescuers struggling to reach flood victims in eastern kentucky. dozens of people still unaccounted for. thousands without power or water. the new danger, temperatures expected to climb into the 90s beginning tomorrow. news tonight about more missing text messages following the january 6th attack on the capitol. a watchdog group is accusing the pentagon of wiping text messages from cell phones belonging to top officials. the nfl suspends the owner of one of its top teams. what the league is accusing him of doing. and why tom brady's name was part of the investigation. the monkeypox outbreak spreads across the u.s. more than 6,300 cases now reported. a fifth child now tests positive. the windsor castle intruder now charged with treason in the
uk. prosecutors accuse him of trying to kill the queen when he was arrested on the grounds allegedly armed with a cross bow. and america's new four-star general making history. good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this tuesday. i'm linsey davis, in for david. we begin tonight with new details emerging about the precise cia drone strike that killed the leader of al qaeda in kabul, one of the world's most wanted terrorists. the terror mastermind who helped plan attacks on u.s. embassies, the "uss cole", and 9/11 had been hiding in plain sight in kabul. the white house now releasing this image of president biden in the situation room on july 1st as he planned the assault with his national security team. a scale model of the target appears in a box on the table. smoke is seen rising from the neighborhood where the biden administration says he was taken out by two hell fire missiles
while standing on the balcony of his home. this marks the most significant u.s. attack in kabul since america's withdrawal from afghanistan nearly one year ago. the top masterminds behind the september 11th attack have now either been captured or killed by u.s. forces, including osama bin laden, ayman al zawahiri, and khalid sheikh mohammed. questions are now rising about whether other terrorist leaders are using afghanistan as a safe haven. abc's chief white house correspondent cecilia vega leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, this photo circulating online -- the building where it's believed the world's most wanted terrorist met his hend, the white house says standing on his own balcony, struck down by u.s. hellfire missiles. those missiles were likely flying ginsus, called that because they launch six long blades to kill a human target, while sparing those standing just feet away. the white house today asked how tey are sure zawahiri is dead. >> visual evidence and evidence collected through other means.
i really think that's about as far as i can go. but the assessment is high confidence that we got who we were aiming for. >> reporter: president biden describing the precision strike -- >> this mission was carefully planned and rigorously minimized the risk of harm to other civilians. none of his family members were hurt, and there were no civilian casualties. >> reporter: zawahiri had been on the run for more than 20 years, ever since the 9/11 attacks he helped plan. he was long believed to be hiding out in pakistan and the border region. but when american forces moved out of afghanistan, zawahiri reportedly moved back in, moving into a safehouse in an upscale neighborhood in kabul, essentially hiding in plain sight. and that's where u.s. intelligence located him months ago. top administration officials briefed president biden back in april. the white house releasing this picture from july 1st -- the
president reviewing the plans to take out the terrorist. in that box on the table, a scale model of the safehouse in kabul. >> no matter how long it takes, no matte where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the united states will find you and take you out. >> reporter: a major victory for the president, but today, the white house facing new questions -- did pulling american troops from afghanistan create a refuge for terrorists? how concerned is the administration right now that the -- afghanistan has become a safe haven for terrorists? >> i think if you were to ask the members of al qaeda, ask them how safe they feel in afghanistan right now. >> let's get right to cecilia vega, who joins us from the white house. and cecilia, just moments ago, the state department issued a new warning in the wake of his death. what are they saying? >> reporter: yeah, linsey, this just came in right now. they are warning of a continued threat of terror attacks and other actions against american citizens who happen to be overseas. they say that this is a direct warning that comes in the wake of the killing of al zawahiri. they believe that terror groups continue to plan attacks around the world on american interests.
they are warning, linsey, of specific things, everything from kidnappings to hijackings and possible bombings. this is for americans overseas and embassies, as well. a very serious warning tonight just coming in. >> lots of concern there. cecilia, our thanks to you. tonight's other major headline, house speaker nancy pelosi is in taiwan at this hour, blatantly defying threats from china. speaker pelosi and her delegation were greeted on the tarmac moments after landing in the capital. she's the first house speaker to visit taiwan in 25 years. her arrival could further strain relations between the u.s. and china. the biden administration, however, insists it does not signal a change in america's one china policy. here's abc's senior white house correspondent mary bruce. >> reporter: despite harsh threats from china, speaker nancy pelosi tonight defiant, touching down in taiwan. at the hotel, the speaker's motorcade greeted by cheering crowds.
it is the highest-level visit by a u.s. official in 25 years. the trip shrouded in secrecy until the speaker arrived. in a statement, pelosi defending her visit, saying it "honors america's unwavering commitment to supporting taiwan's vibrant democracy." pelosi has a long history of speaking out against china's human rights abuses, seen here in 1991 commemorating the pro-democracy protesters killed in tiananmen square. but china tonight is enraged, and accusing the u.s. of playing with fire. beijing views taiwan, a self-governing democracy, as its territory and has vowed to reclaim it. the chinese swift to condemn pelosi's visit in a flurry of official statements, calling it a "serious violation of the one china principle," and an "escalation of the taiwan/u.s. collusion." and announcing they will carry out military training operations, including live ammunition drills, in areas surrounding taiwan in the coming days. >> china's sovereignty cannot be
infringed and chinese people cannot be humiliated. and the reunification of china cannot be stopped. >> reporter: at the white house, spokesman john kirby said the speaker's visit is in line with u.s. policy and urged beijing not to turn it into a crisis. >> we've been very clear that nothing has changed about our one china policy. we said we do not support taiwan independence. >> reporter: president biden had said the u.s. military did not think the speaker's trip was a good idea. asked what biden makes of it now? >> he respects the speaker's decision to travel to taiwan. >> pelosi taking that controversial trip. mary bruce joins now from the white house. mary, we heard in your reporting that china has announced it plans to carry out military training operations in areas around taiwan in the coming days. how is the white house reacting to that? >> reporter: well, linsey, the white house says china's fierce reaction was expected, and says china could take even more
action in the coming days, including possibly large-scale exercises. and just now, word that the chinese foreign ministry is summoning the u.s. ambassador to china to lodge a formal protest to pelosi's visit. linsey? >> mary, thank you. we move on now to the devastating mckinney fire in northern california, still 0% contained. the death toll rising tonight to at least four people killed. nearly 6,000 people under evacuation orders. tens of thousands of acres destroyed. abc's will carr is there. will? >> reporter: linsey, tonight as the death toll has jumped, we learned that two people were in their cars, two others were on their properties and were unable to get to safety. authorities are going property by property right now, trying to find anybody else who was unable to make it out. this entire area is still under a mandatory evacuation. so far, this fire has scorched 56,000 acres, and as crews are trying to up the containment here, they have received a boost
from mother nature. we've had some rain today, also the humidity levels have increased, but the winds have also picked up. and smoke has smothered this area, leading to bad air quality across the region. linsey? >> as if they didn't have enough to deal with. will, thank you. now, to the search and rescue efforts for flood victims in eastern kentucky. emergency crews are still struggling to reach hard-hit areas and they have not located dozens of people. thousands remain without power or water, causing the concern to now shift from rain to extreme heat. temperatures soaring into the 90s starting tomorrow. abc's eva pilgrim is in kentucky. >> reporter: tonight, the desperation growing for families across eastern kentucky. >> you good on your medicine? >> yeah. >> reporter: we were with the department of fish and wildlife resources as they went door-to-door in perry county, conducting wellness checks, and delivering food and water to residents. >> thank you all of y'all for helping. >> yes sir, that's what we're here to do. right now, what we're seeing is just the need for everything. just your common needs of water, electric, food, toiletries, everything. just stuff that we take for granted.
they're needed right now in the worst way. >> reporter: across this part of the state, the need is great. and now a new threat -- what will feel like triple-digit heat starting tomorrow. >> i know you may be out there working to salvage whatever you can, but be really careful wednesday and thursday when it gets hot. >> reporter: thousands remain without power. the state now opening up cooling centers. >> especially for our seniors and those who are otherwise fragile, we need to make sure we get them to a cool place. >> reporter: most of the people i've talked to tell me they don't have flood insurance. most of these areas were not in flood zones. and you can see the damage, the homes destroyed. everything they had gone. rebuilding is going to be hard. linsey? >> relief is necessary on so many fronts. eva, thank you. late word tonight the department of defense wiped the cell phones of top trump pentagon officials. this comes as the january 6th committee investigates why the secret service and the department of homeland security deleted text messages in the
wake of the january 6th attack on the capitol. let's get right to abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl. jon, what's the pentagon saying about this tonight? >> reporter: linsey, the pentagon is saying, essentially, that it is standard operating procedure to erase cell phones when an employee stops working for the department of defense. this all came about because a group called american oversight sued to get access to these text messages and was told there are none because, quote, when an employee separates from d.o.d. or army, he or she turns in the government-issued phone and the phone is wiped. but linsey, there is a federal law called the federal records act, which requires federal employees to preserve their communications, which are then stored in the national archives. it is unclear how text messages on government-issued cell phones would not be included in that, especially messages sent in and around such an historically significant date as january 6th. linsey? >> so many questions there. jon, thank you. next tonight, critical
primaries under way in arizona, michigan, missouri, kansas, and washington state. former president trump's influence is being put to the test, endorsing several so-called election deniers. republican candidates who support his false claims of a stolen election. and targeting republicans who voted for his impeachment. abc's whit johnson is in arizona. >> reporter: tonight's primaries testing former president trump's power over the republican party. and nowhere more so than here in arizona, a state trump lost, and where he has now waged an all-out assault on the gop establishment that refused to go along with his false election claims. up and down the ballot, trump-endorsed candidates who deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election. for governor, former local news anchor kari lake. >> we are going to restore honesty and faith in our elections. no more stolen elections. >> reporter: arizona was not stolen. biden won this state by more
than 10,000 votes. lake's republican opponent, real estate developer karrin taylor robson, has the endorsement of trump's vice president mike pence. are you worried at all that if you one, she may not concede? >> well, she's already said she won't concede. she's already setting up a narrative that if i win, it will only be because of fraud. she's already attempting to undermine the vote before the votes are even counted. >> reporter: arizona is a revenge state for trump. he's endorsed candidates from the u.s. senate, all the way down to the state legislature, and even the secretary of state, who would oversee the next presidential election. trump's candidate? mark finchem, who acknowledged having ties to the oath keepers, and was in washington on january 6th. for voters like olivia foster, trump's influence remains strong. >> i think that there's more people supporting him now than before. >> reporter: but another republican voter, matt kenney, tells us he's exhausted. >> i can't just keep being dragged, like, through this over and over again, to keep saying, hey there was voter fraud, and then we say, okay, show it to us and then they show us nothing.
>> reporter: and linsey, debates like these are playing out in critical primaries across the country. the question many republicans are asking is whether these trump-endorsed candidates are truly the strongest to take on democrats in november. linsey? >> some consequential elections there. whit, thank you. we go now to kansas, where abortion is on the ballot tonight. voters are deciding whether to change the state's constitution, which considers abortion a fundamental right. abc's rachel scott is there. and rachel, this is the first time that we're seeing abortion on the ballot since roe versus wade was overturned. >> reporter: that's exactly right, linsey. kansas now becoming the first state in the nation to put the question of abortion rights directly to voters after the fall of roe versus wade. if this amendment passes, advocates say that it would clear the way for the state of kansas to severely restrict access to abortion or ban it outright. already across the country, at least 14 states have stopped nearly all abortion services. and today's vote comes as the justice department launched its first lawsuit against the state of idaho, set to enact its own
near total abortion ban in just a matter of weeks. the attorney general saying while the state's law does make an exception to save the life of the mother, it does not make exceptions for medical emergencies. that is a clear violation of federal law, and the department of justice now sending a very strong message to states with similar restrictions, linsey. >> so interesting to see how voters decide. rachel, thank you. the nfl is taking action against one of its top franchises. the owner of the miami dolphins suspended today and fined $1.5 million. the league is accusing him of tampering by trying to lure quarterback tom brady and head coach sean payton to miami while they were still under contract with other teams. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, the nfl suspending miami dolphins owner stephen ross and stripping the team of two future draft picks. an independent investigation finding ross violated the league's anti-tampering policy by trying to lure former saints head coach sean payton and quarterback tom brady while he was with the patriots and then the buccaneers. >> so, you have some of the
biggest names in the sport trying to be lured to miami while the dolphins have a quarterback and a head coach. >> reporter: the investigation stemming from a racial discrimination lawsuit from former miami head coach brian flores, who also claimed that ross offered him $100,000 to om in the end, the nfl findinno evidence the team intentionally lost games, nor did anyone instruct flores to do so. but for tampering, ross will now be suspended through md-october, and is ordered to pay a $1.5 million fine. tonight, he says, "i strongly disagree with the conclusions and the punishment." the dolphins will have to forfeit a first round pick in the 2023 draft and a third round pick in 2024. and nfl commissioner roger goodell calling the findings of unprecedented scope and severity. this also comes just one day after cleveland browns quarterback deshaun watson was suspended six games after accusations of sexual misconduct. linsey? >> victor oquendo, our thanks to you. next tonight, the monkeypox
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>> i'm going to interrupt my normally scheduled briefing here for some exciting news. >> southwest airlines flight 3658 served as a maiden voyage of sorts for captain holly pettit as she introduced her co-pilot, keely. >> i would like to introduce to you your first officer, a brand new member of the southwest team of pilots -- and my daughter, keely petitt. keely, come on out here. >> holly, an 18-year veteran pilot with southwest airlines, and her daughter keely, made history as the first-ever mother and daughter to pilot a southwest plane together. holly's piloting career started when she was a young mother, raising three children all under the age of 4, while also working as a flight attendant. >> i got to sit on the jump seat in the flight deck. i sat up there and had an ah-ha moment. this is it, this is what i want to do with the rest of my life. so i went home, told my husband and he laughed because we had
three kids. >> around 13, thanks to a christmas gift from her mom, keely went on her first flight with an instructor. >> i just remember going up on my intro flight. i was like, oh, my gosh, this is it, this is what i want to do forever. and so, that is 100% because of my mom. >> in my, keely made it official, earning her pilot wings as a first officer. >> it was really fun watching keely do all of our training. she would text me, mom, i just flew an ils, you know, all excited. >> the barrier-breaking mothe/daughter duo both fulfilling their lifelong dreams. a love that goes to the moon and back, or in this case, from denver to st. louis. they not only share the same dream, but the same smile. thanks so much for watching. i'm linsey davis here in new york. hope to see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening and good night. dan a.: the strong reaction to
the bat mobile's raid investigation spilled over at a supervisor's meeting today. what action they are taking now. >> reporter: a major step towards conclusion in a criminal case against the suspects accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old baby. breaking news coming out of the court just under an hour ago. sandhya: i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. still tracking showers and the humidity lingers. >> governor newsom declared a state of emergency over the monkeypox outbreak. abc7news at 6:00 starts right now. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7news. liz: there is only one place in the country where you can get a real bat mobile built. san mateo investigators traveled there on a taxpayer trip.
dan a.: thanks for joining us. the board of supervisors is taking action. the chief sent four investigators to raid the only garage that makes bat mobile replicas licensed by d.c. comics. ddan noyes is back with his exclusive investigation. dan n.: i have obtained some of the receipts for that trip funded by your public money. last week, i introduced you to realtor sam who ordered a $10,000 bat mobile from this indiana builder. he missed a payment and he couldn't reach him for more than eight months and moved the realtor from first position to the