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this is "world news." tonight, all-out battle. at this hour firefighters march into flames, mountains look like lava and fire creates a treacherous surprise. tipping point, our martha raddatz in egypt and a new warning for america. breaking news, the latest on what happened when 87-year-old icon dick van dyke explained that fiery car before it exploded. we'll tell you what we've learned. the family photos are here, mom, dad and tiny prince george together at home. >> good evening on a monday night. as we come on the air it is man versus nature, and there is a map that says it all, a giant
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wildfire spreading through idaho and watch it grow over this weekend. bearing down now on sun valley and the vacation homes, the giant mansions of the rich and famous there. veteran firefighters are calling this fire a beast and abc's aditi roy is right there with them. >> reporter: fanned by west winds, the beaver creek wildfire burns deep in the hills near sun valley idaho, more than 100,000 acres scortched and 1,200 crews attacking the flames and smoke from above and below. firefighters are working against hot, dry weather and wind gusts turning the fire into tornado-like spirals. these firefighters are putting in a sprinkler system to protect the homes but most work is done with hand tools like this pulaski. they're digging away shrubs, debris and anything flammable to
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create a fire line to make sure the flames don't burn beyond this point. it's slow and labor intensive work. close to 10,000 homes at risk, among them some of the most expensive real estate in the country, multi-million dollar mansions. bruce willis' 8,000 square foot vacation home is now less than a mile away from the zone. fellow action star arnold schwarzenegger owns a multi-million dollar estate six miles from the fire line. the crews protecting homes here include private fire companies hired by insurance companies. >> i understand why insurance companies sent us to protect these high value homes. i get that and i don't have any problem with it as long as they stay out of the way of our fire operations. >> reporter: farmer's insures millions of dollars worth of homes in idaho. >> we're able to spend some money, a little bit of money in order to save a lot of money, then any insurance company is going to want to do that. >> reporter: authorities tell me there are about 12 of these
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private outfits servicing the area. we're standing in front of the hot spot of the moment right now timber gulch. you can see the smoke behind me but there could be relief in sight, a chance of rain tomorrow. diane? >> let's hope for that. thank you. now we want to take you overseas to the very latest in egypt, all that chaos there. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz arrived there today walking the same streets she visited just a month ago. tonight she tells us why the spiraling crises is so dangerous for america. >> reporter: so where does this go from here? >> were you shot? >> yes. >> reporter: we spoke today to 25-year-old mohammed sultan, shot last week by the egyptian forces in the eruption of violence. he represents egypt's future, best and brightest, graduating from america's ohio state university. >> if we have to die so that the next generation can live freely then so be it.
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>> reporter: weeks ago we walked among jubilant protestors in tahrir square when the egyptian air force launched its own efforts to win hearts and minds. across town with a pro-morsi crowd building tents and digging in. there was hope for a peaceful end. instead, the egyptian security forces demolished this tent city, killing hundreds of people. tonight here in cairo on the very same spot we were just weeks ago, this scene is truly stunning, burned out buildings, very few people walking around and so much rubble. this is fast becoming a simmering civil war, one of america's great allies in this region awash in blood. on one side today the government admitted that 36 islamists in custody were killed, while on the other militants slaughtered two dozen egyptian police. the main concern tonight as the
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killing continues is turning this new generation into fighters against not only the egyptian military but the u.s. as well. martha raddatz, abc news, cairo. and now back here at home an uproar is building tonight after an announcement that the obama administration may be dealing a bruising blow to the program "head start" designed to helped preschool children catch up on education. word tonight the administration says the sequester forced cuts but critics say there may have been another way. tonight 57,000 children are facing the possibility they will no longer get educational support. now we turn to the late breaking news out of southern california about legendary actor dick van dyke, pulled from the wreckage of his car. the car exploded, the 87-year-old recovering tonight. abc's gio benitez has the latest
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breaking details. ♪ >> reporter: he's the 87-year-old iconic hollywood star known for his famous role in mary poppins. but dick van dyke's drama on california's highway 101 looks more like a scene out of an action movie, his car catching fire, the engine exploding, leaving behind this charred mess. but van dyke alive and well joking about the off duty fire fighter who pulled him out of his car. >> they yanked me out of the car. i was trying to call the dm. very exciting. >> reporter: he was on his way to the dentist in calabasas, california. he knew something was wrong. >> it started making a noise and then it started to smoke and ten burned to a crisp. >> reporter: his wife posting on
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a social media, along with this tweet, he's fine, god thank. tonight he's thanking the three heros who he says happened to be on the highway. >> there was a fireman, a nurse and a cop happened to be passing by. somebody is looking after me. >> reporter: adoring fans will remember that famous scene in chity chity bang bang where his car took flight. tonight van dyke cracks a joke about his real life car with a playful message. >> tell them i have a nice, used car for sale. gio benitez abc news new york. tonight an american govern known for his bare knuckle style through himself into one of the most highly charged debates in american life. govern chris christie signed a bill tonight that bans a method that claims to cure gay children, saying it's not a sin
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to be gay. >> reporter: this man says his deeply religious parents forced him into so called gay conversion therapy at the ripe old age of six. >> i was worried in school, oh, wait a second, is my wrist too limp or am i, you know, walking a little too girly, and i would feel terrible about it. >> reporter: he's one of the young people who lined up to tell their stories to new jersey law makers, stories of shock therapy. >> i, a child, was shocked repeatedly by people who had my parents' permission to torture me. >> reporter: today the govern signed the bill las vegas the therapy for minors, citing the american psychological association that trying to turn someone straight from gay poses serious health risks to direction and suicide. california banned it last year.
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christy, a catholic republican who may have his eye on the white house explained his views this way on cnn. >> i've always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. >> reporter: this type of therapy remains perfectly legal for adults. we visited a gay conversion camp near houston in 2010. it was the fist time cameras allowed into the so called journey into manhood retreat. we met preston who claims to be married to a woman. >> it does hurt me to see that so many other kids are still going to therapists and counselors who just instill this kind of shame on them. >> reporter: all in an attempt to fix something he says was never broken. ryan owens, abc news, los angeles. and next now tonight it is one thing to be a notorious
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batter like the new york yankees alex rodriguez. it's another to have an opposing pitcher hit you with the ball. red sox pitcher ryan dempster seems to have done it on purpose. what's the truth and what's the explanation? >> reporter: take the most vilified athlete in professional sports, the new york yankees alex rodriguez, and their arch rivals, the boston red sox and you get this. pitcher ryan dempster called it an innocent mistake. >> i was trying to pitch inside. >> ryan dempster is a national hero today hitting him as he should have. >> reporter: in boston it was the hot topic on sports talk radio. >> i thought it was great and i salute him for doing what so many of us would have wanted to do. >> that was unprofessional and
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silly. >> those words coming from a player fighting a 211-game suspension for cheating and obstruction baseball's investigation into the company that allegedly supplied rodriguez and nearly a dozen others with banned substances. >> a-rod just can't stay out of the headlines. >> reporter: now allegations that rodriguez is trying to take others down with him. a 60 minutes report that he leaked names. and now the team that will pay him over a quarter billion dollars isn't even comfortable speaking with him anymore after rodriguez accused the yankees of mismanaging his medical care. >> i know not everyone is against me. i have a lot of people in my corner. >> reporter: we just have yet to see them surface. now to a david and goliath battle, a 12-year-old girl against a towering black bear, a standoff on a wooded path. tonight that tiny survivor is speaking out about what she did that saved her.
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here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: abbey was going tore her evening jog when she spotted a black bear like this one. >> i was thinking oh, my gosh, this is it. i'm not going to live. >> reporter: the 12-year-old's survival instingts kicked in. >> i was running and all of a sudden the bear got me and put me down on the ground and started scraping me and clawing me and then i got away. >> reporter: but the bear pounced again. that's when abbey had an idea. >> i was like, petting it. i don't know where that came from. i thought maybe if i petted it it would like me. that did not work. >> reporter: so she tried something else. >> i heard that you should play dead so that's what i did. then it kind of went away. then it looked back and then it just took off. >> reporter: rescuers told abbey
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she was lucky to be alive because playing dead is what they tell people not to do. >> bears eat dead animals so you don't want to play dead. never try to outrun them. they're great swimmers, climbers, runners. >> reporter: abbey says he's not letting it get her down. >> this is a freak thing. it's over. i'm not going to go in the woods without anybody but i'm still going in the woods. i'm okay and i'll be all right linzie janis. abc news, new york. >> what a survive area tale. still ahead on "world news," how maddening is it for you to drive through a speed trap? and the royal couple at home tonight with their prince, new family photos and what mom and dad say about the baby who just will not sleep. [ male announcer ] this one goes out to all the allergy muddlers.
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officer waiting under the sign. >> i'm going to pay these tickets, but it's a shame that the city don't have any money. >> reporter: meet kurt skarjune, a retired detroit area cop. >> i said when i got a chance to speak out i would. >> reporter: he says it's what you might suspect, cities and counties make a whole lot of money off of speed traps. >> it's like a dirty secret. >> reporter: along i-71 the speed drops to 60 for about 14 seconds on the highway. before a court stepped in last winter, the tiny town collected $800,000 a year. along i-10 in cajun county tickets from a speed limit change at the bottom of this bridge covered 80% of the budget for henderson, louisiana. more than $2 million. the police chief and his deputy deny it but they're accused of paying officers kickbacks to write extra tickets. across the country drivers are taking note, reporting 78,000 speed traps since 2000. in the data, a warning, the cities with the most traps are colorado springs, denver, vegas, austin, and the number one is
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houston. all those frustrated drivers who feel they have been pulled over in a speed trap, authorities say when there is a hill and the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, it's not a trap, it's about public safety. my police chief in georgia took me out for a little driver's ed near a hill i've had trouble with near my home. >> you need to cover that brake with your foot and slow down. >> reporter: the bottom of a hill is a classic ticketing hot spot. >> he's already up to 38 mile per hour. >> reporter: we know that speed kills. according to the federal government, nearly 10,000 americans die every year in speed related accidents. >> these are not speed traps. what these are, we're responding to citizens who reside in this community and are saying that people are traveling along this roadway at 40, 50 miles per hour. >> reporter: he says they certainly raise revenue but the real goal is to slow everyone down. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. next, corey monteith, lea
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the baby who will be king. tonight for the first time snapshots taken by the grandparents as prince william talks about falling in love with his little boy. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: prince george ready for his closeup and also fast asleep. he poses with his parents and with the family dog, lupo, the snapshots already hitting british front pages. in his first interview since prince george was born on july 22nd, prince william, a man who knows the importance of titles, opens up to cnn about his latest title, dad. >> i think the last few weeks for me have been a very different emotional experience. i find, again, it's only been a short periord, but a lot of things affect me differently. now. >> reporter: one big difference, prince william is now changing diapers or nappies as they call them in the u.k. >> at the moment, the only legacy i want to pass on to him is to sleep more, and maybe not change his nappies quite so many times.
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>> reporter: he's already seeing signs of his son's personality. >> he's a little bit of a rascal. he reminds me of my brother or me when i was younger. >> reporter: he expresses his desire to be a hands-on father, from putting the car seat in place -- >> i had to practice, i really did. i was terrified that it was going to fall off or the door wasn't going to close properly. >> reporter: -- to his decision to drive his wife and son away from the hospital. >> i'm as independent as i want to be. i very much feel if i can do it myself, i want to do it myself. >> reporter: contrary to this picture, he says his son, just a few days shy of a month old, isn't much of a sleeper. >> he's a little fighter. he wriggles around a lot and doesn't want to go to sleep that much which is a bit of a problem. >> reporter: which explains why william says he's ready to go back to work. linsey davis, abc news, new york. we thank you for watching. we always have the latest at "nightline" later. great to be with you this monday night and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.
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authorities investigating a deadly limo fire released a final report confirming what abc 7 news first told you weeks ago. >> plus, fire danger, across the bay area, tracking threats of lightning strike autos also a mystery on a north bay beach.
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pemplts trying to figure out why the whale died. >> and thewwei?hfree summer camp helps children with illnesses how it's trance forming young lives here in the bay area. >> get out, get out. chp released the 911 tapes and how the limo driver is reacting to the news he will not be charged. >> good evening, officials confirmed today that they will not press charges against the driver. >> a chp investigation found a problem was to blame for the fire that killed five women. >> abc 7 news reporter vic lee was first to bring you the details and is in the newsroom with more, vic? >> this saw long awaited report and they could find no
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criminal negligence. and that the fire was, to put it simply a tragic accident. the stretch limo scene burst into flames the night of may 4th, killing five women. four others survived. >> we have concluded the fire was accidental in nature. >> there will not be criminal charges. >> prime!6i, catalyst in this tragedy was catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system allowing the vehicle's drive shaft to come into contact with the floor hahn pan. a critical component are air shocks. our sources say it's likely the air suspension failed because air shocks ruptured by investigators say they cannot definitely point to that because the shocks were destroyed in the fire.


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