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welcome to "world news tonight." the swimmer at the center of an olympic scandal. ryan lochte facing questions tonight. >> did you admit that you lied finally? >> seen back home for the first time. what really happened at the gas station in rio and why his teammates are now pointing the finger at him. the new donald trump? his appeal to africa saying they should vote for him because they've got nothing to lose. >> you're living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. pregnant women told to stay away from one of the country's most popular vacation spots because of zika. families going to extremes to stay safe. and the warning, there will be more cases. the overturned boat, the family tossed into the river. the frantic race to save a little girl. >> i have a baby stranded in the water.
>> how she managed to stay alive. and going for the gold. from the win that almost never happened -- >> it's going to be the u.s.! >> to a first-time shot at the prize. the finish line so close for team usa. good evening and thank you for joining us on this saturday night. i'm cecilia vega. as we come on the air, there is growing fallout over that olympic scandal in rio. all four american swimmers now tonight for the first time we are seeing the gold medallist at the center of this international controversy, ryan lochte, right there in his hometown of charlotte, north carolina. two of his fellow teammates who were with him that night at that gas station now revealing what they say happened, and they are pointing the finger squarely at lochte. also tonight we are hearing from a brazilian witness who stepped in to help translate for those americans as it all went down.
developments tonight, and abc's matt gutman starts us off right there in rio. >> reporter: tonight, ryan lochte on camera for the first time since he told what brazilian police called a fabricated version of the now international incident at this rio gas station. now two of the quartet of swimmers in this now infamous video blaming lochte for inflaming a standoff that had them hauled into two police stations in rio. questioning lochte's version of events. >> he cocked it, put it to my forehead. >> reporter: police have accused him of lying and after a week of silent solidarity with lochte, both gunnar bentz and jack conger now apologizing and openly contradicting parts of his story. >> they pulled us over. >> reporter: not according to them. both saying in statements they pulled into the gas station. bentz writing, "we foolishly relieved ourselves on the back side of the building behind some bushes." then saying it was lochte who pulled to the ground a framed
walking back to the taxi they were confronted by attendants. you see one of them pick up that poster. conger's statement says the attendant hailed two armed security men. "there was a heated exchange among others. at one point a weapon was pointed at me." that's the point bentz writes that lochte inflamed the situation. "again, i cannot speak to his actions, but ryan stood up and began to yell at the guards. after jack and i both tugged at him in an attempt to get him bentz says a customer at the station, fernando deluz, offered to help and diffuse the standoff. lochte released his own tepid apology on friday for, quote, not being more careful and candid in how i described the events. that's an understatement says that good samaritan that you see here trying to mediate. we spoke with fernando deluz today. >> no police, no police, please, please, no police. >> they were saying no police. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: that good samaritan telling us that lochte was
security guards as lochte had said but about $50. and lastly, that at no point was a gun directed at those swimmers. now, lochte gets a chance to tell a new version of events tonight speaking to brazilian tv. cecilia? >> matt gutman leading us off, thank you. we want to turn next to the race for the white house and donald trump's campaign reset, the nominee with a new pitch to african-american voters, saying, quote, you're living in poverty, you have no jobs. hillary clinton calling his words ignorant. fallout and the firestorm. >> reporter: donald trump meeting with his hispanic advisers today as he ups his outreach to minority voters and asks african-americans this stark question. >> what do you have to lose? >> reporter: speaking to a mostly white crowd in michigan on friday trump urged african-americans to give him a chance. >> what do you have to lose? you're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed.
>> that the end of four years i guarantee you that i will get over 95% of the african-american vote. i promise you. >> reporter: but the latest polling shows trump with just 2% of the african-american vote. the comments sparking swift criticism. clinton tweeting, this is so ignorant, it's staggering. >> more than 75% of us are not living in poverty. we are employed. we are working hard americans who are contributing. we're t this will hurt him among african-american voters. >> reporter: trump's surrogates coming to his defense. >> it really doesn't matter what he does, he's going to be criticized but the important thing is he's starting to reach out. >> reporter: this as trump is trying to turn over a new leaf, including that rare admission of regret. >> you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. i have done that.
>> reporter: clinton pouncing today in a new video slamming trump for not explaining what he regrets. >> i don't regret anything. >> i like not to regret anything. >> reporter: and there will likely be a lot more where that came from. clinton's super pac announcing it's out fundraising trump's pac by nearly five to one. cecilia? >> mary, thank you. be sure to tune into "this week" tomorrow morning in the lineup with george stephanopoulos. he is sitting down with kelly ann conway, and hillary clinton's campaign manager, robbie mook. that is a great lineup in the morning. next to the zika crises here in the u.s., a new threat zone tonight. one of the most popular vacation beaches in america. the mosquitos spreading the disease now jumping to another part of miami, and the cdc is now warning pregnant women to consider avoiding travel to an entire county in south florida. abc's eva pilgrim on the extreme measures some families are now
>> reporter: tonight south florida on high alert, two zika hot zones identified in miami, and health officials now investigating eight other cases outside those areas. >> we're certain there will be more infections identified. >> reporter: the cdc warning pregnant women and their partners avoid travel in those two hot zones and anywhere in miami-dade county. but there are an estimated 20,000 pregnant women living in miami. amanda and her husband are >> all it takes is one mosquito bite and it can affect the rest of our lives. and we're just not willing to take that risk. >> reporter: she's taking extreme measures to stay safe. scaling back to part-time work so she can avoid being outside and covering up and spraying down every time she leaves. her husband, just as careful, even for a quick dog walk. >> this is the decision that we feel most comfortable making, yes. >> it seems like an easy decision.
farther. >> i am not leaving home with the exception of for doctor's appointments or if there were an emergency. >> reporter: she's even talked about moving if zika is found in her neighborhood. >> if one of them were in my neighborhood, that would really make me consider much more strongly the idea of leaving town. >> reporter: expecting moms in miami tell me they want specific details from local officials so they can make informed decisions. cecilia? >> a lot of expected moms are frightened right now. thank you. for the little boy who became the frightened face of the syrian civil war. you will remember 5-year-old omar pulled from his home after it was destroyed in an air strike in aleppo. tonight we have learned that omar's older brother ali has died of his wounds, now adding to the count, at least 100,000 children lost in that five-year-long conflict. we want to turn to the extreme weather, severe storms battering western michigan,
funnel clouds, heavy rain, and wind also. near wichita, kansas, heavy rain there, too, flash flooding as well. people wading through the streets after being caught off guard by the rushing water. in hard-hit louisiana, a new threat tonight after that flooding disaster. homeowners on the lookout for alligators in the water. abc's rob marciano tracking it all. >> reporter: it's tonight a rapids. winds whipping through wyoming, michigan, knocking over this car and snapping giant trees. roads blocked by debris and downed power lines igniting. tornado sirens blaring in the rain and wind. that same system triggering waist-deep flood waters in mulvane, kansas overnight, dumping over six inches of rain in a matter of hours. more than 30 people rescued from their homes. >> i have some people trapped in
the creek. >> reporter: all of this one week after massive flooding in louisiana where tonight there's a new concern amid the cleanup. 30 alligators escaped from their pens during the flooding, and only five have been retrieved so far. this as residents are finally returning home, hoping to salvage what's left. >> the house is a total loss. >> reporter: jim jobes enduring his 11th flood, rebuilding each time. tonight his home in ruins. >> my house was as nice as it's ever been. and i'm sorry. i just can't take this. >> that is a tough situation there in baton rouge. you are just back from that area and you're still monitoring high water in louisiana. >> painfully slow to recede. we have a serious flood threat tonight. austin and san antonio get into the act. the next 36 hours could see
here. flash flood watches are posted. farther north we've seen the severe weather, this front slowly pushing to the east. we'll see storms today, tonight and tomorrow eventually across the i-95 corridor. we're watching heat the third day of seeing records in portland. 100 degrees just touched that elevated fire threat for the pacific northwest. 30 large fires burning out there so we'll continue to monitor that situation as well. we want to turn to a consumer alert now for college students and their parents, already so strapped with high tuition bills. tonight the irs warning of scammers demanding immediate payment for a fake federal tax and as rebecca var jis reports, they sound very convincing. >> reporter: tonight an urgent warning to american families, beware of calls like this. >> this is an automated message for you by the international revenue service. >> reporter: the new scam. >> he had my full name. he knew where i went to school. he knew the area that i lived
impersonato impersonators, demanding payments over the phone for fake taxes like the federal student tax. >> i needed to pay the money right away or else i would be taken into court. >> reporter: in just three years, american families conned out of nearly $45 million by irs phone scams. california, new york and texas among the hardest hit states. the real irs reminding taxpayers tonight it will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone, ask for your credit phone, or threaten to bring you to local police. and one more telltale sign it's a scam, the person on the other end of that line is demanding payment via itunes or other gift cards. the real irs will never ask you to settle a bill using gift cards. ever. cecilia. >> a good warning, rebecca, thank you. we want to go back to rio, the games are winding down but the gold medal count is still growing.
unbeatable lead at every single level, but tonight, we are also celebrating the fastest man on earth. >> usain bolt! >> reporter: the world's fastest man tonight celebrating a new title, one of the all-time greats. usain bolt tieing the record for most golds in men's track and field. >> the triple triple! >> reporter: after his final race, that salute, three fingers for winning golds in three consecutive olympics. >> it's going to be the u.s.! for the u.s. women's 4 by 100 relay team, it almost didn't happen. >> disaster for the united states. >> reporter: after a botched handoff, saved by a do-over, granted by a judge. their first place finish making allyson felix the first woman ever to win five gold medals in track and field. >> they have been disqualified. >> reporter: the men's four by 100 relay not as lucky, disqualified after this baton handoff well before the exchange
but from an unprecedented six gold medal for the u.s. women's basketball team to the first olympic games ever for bmx cycling, an american taking the gold. team usa is coming home winners. >> and five-time medallist simone biles will carry the u.s. flag into tomorrow night's closing ceremony. tonight biles calling it an incredible honor to be selected. we have much more ahead on "world news tonight." two dangerous inmates escape the tip to authorities, how they tracked them down. and troubled waters. new concerns at one of america's treasured attractions. also ahead -- >> i have a baby stranded in the water. please, god, send someone now. >> the race against time, the search for that toddler, how she stayed alive until they found
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for the past ten years, bob vila has been helping to save this old house outside of havana. >> all of the windows needed to be replaced. >> reporter: where hemingway lived from 1940 to 1960, even wrote some of his most famous works like "for whom the bell tolls." >> his papers, his personal books, 9,000, his photo albums, his correspondence, everything was in this house. >> reporter: ernest hemingway left cuba in 1960 fully intending to return and resume living here with his wife mary, but he died before he could come back. cracks and failing plaster and stuff. very bad condition. >> hi, i'm bob vila. >> reporter: vila is known to millions from his television show where he dispensed advice to viewers on how to repair and upgrade their own homes. the team of americans and cubans has been refurbishing the main hemingway house and building a repository for some of the treasures found inside, including volumes of personal letters that were discovered moldering in a basement.
>> reporter: for vila, this project is personal. he's cuban-american, born in miami to cuban parents. his father and mother left after fidel castro took power and never came back. >> it was, i think, a big motivation to have the opportunity to reconnect with this place and it's been a good thing. >> reporter: vila's goal now, to refurbish its look and save priceless american literary treasures. to make it feel once again like the home where hemingway lived and created great american ron claiborne, abc news, havana. >> our thanks to ron for that and thanks to you for watching tonight. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm cecilia vega.
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