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welcome to "world news tonight." two days until super tuesday. but first, a racially charged controversy for donald trump. critics claiming trump refused to condemn the ku klux klan. >> don't tell me he doesn't know who they are. >> now, trump fighting back. hill little clinton in a landslide win in south carolina. >> i believe that america is great. right now. >> sanders admitting he was decimated. but vowing, he's not out. rookie officer killed. the female police officer gunned down on her first day on the job. the call for help that turned deadly. and what we're learning tonight about the alleged gunman. trapped in midair. the nose dive crash that ended like this. the 87-year-old pilot trapped for hours. how rescuers finally got him out.
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on the red carpet, and behind the scenes. the controversy. the chris rock factor. and a beefed up oscar. the award's new look. and good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. and we are counting down to the oscars tonight, and super tuesday, just two days away. the high stakes showdown. republican front-runner donald trump, under fire tonight. the race issue exploding. critics demanding he denounce the ku klux klan. marco rubio on a relentless attack, calling trump a conman. as ted cruz goes even further, suggesting trump won't release his tax returns because of possible mob ties. abc's mary bruce starts us off tonight. >> donald trump! >> reporter: tonight, donald trump on the defensive, forced to explain this answer when asked if he condemns the ku klux klan and its former grand wizard, david duke's call to vote for trump. >> i'm just
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>> i don't know david duke. i don't believe i've ever met him. and i just don't know anything about him. >> reporter: the backlash was swift. his rivals pouncing. >> we cannot be a party who nominates someone who refuses to condemn the ku klux klan. we cannot be a party that does that. >> reporter: tuesded cruz tweet really sad. you're better than this. kkk is abhorrent. trump fired back, noting this previous response. >> i didn't even know he endorsed me, david duke endorsed me? okay, i disavow, okay? >> reporter: trump is poised to win big on super tuesday. trump boost eed by his huge endorsement from chris christie. the new jersey governor was challenged today. >> you endorse the ban of having noncitizen muslims -- >> no, i'm saying that's only one piece of an overall
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>> i1 said that very plainly. >> reporter: with just two days until the next contest, the rival campaigns have turned into attack machines. hammering trump for not releasing his tax returns, sp k speculating about what he's hiding. >> there have been multiple media reports about donald's business dealings with the mafia. >> reporter: trump says he plans to release the tax returns, julgs not now. and tom, marco rubio hoping to get more momentum heading into tuesday, but he has a long way to go. and making it harder, donald trump just nabbed another big endorsement. he now has the backing of alabama senator jeff sessions. tom? >> all right, mary, thank you. now, to the democrats. hillary clinton, riding that wave of momentum into super tuesday. clinton winning south carolina by almost 50 points. receiving huge support from a record turnout among black voters. bernie sanders vowing not to give up the fight, promising
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challenge clinton until the very end. abc's david wright with the clinton campaign in arkansas tonight. >> reporter: in nashville, today, a scene straight out of abc's "scandal." the actor that plays the president made a show of telling her about donald trump's latest gaffe. >> you heard about his latest. >> what did he do now? >> he didn't know who david duke was. >> oh, that's pathetic. >> reporter: clinton's huge victory in south carolina has put a new spring in her step, heading into super tuesday. she has more delegates and more momentum than bernie sanders, as sanders freely admitted to george. >> we got decimated, george. we got decimated. >> reporter: clinton's mood, buoyant. >> i'm actually kind of looking forward, if i'm fortunate enough, to be the nominee, deting any one of them. >> reporter: she's also pointedly making nice. creating a contrast with some of the republican
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kindness. >> reporter: now, postof the super tuesday states are right here in the south, and that should play to clinton's strengths. but it plays into the expectations game, so, if bernie sanders is able to score a few big unexpected wins, well, the momentum of this race could change again. tom? >> and david, on that point, let's get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. jon, what's senator sanders' path to stop clinton at this point? >> reporter: well, it's a narrow path. he has to show that he can win in the south. and then, he has his eyes on the prize of california. the biggest delegate stake of all. that's not until june, and if he doesn't do better before then, he will be out of it. >> we're less than 48 hours from the voting on super tuesday. do you think this kkk controversy hurts donald trump? >> reporter: we don't know. on one hand, he's retweeted white supremacists in the past
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this could be different. look at the way his rivals poupsed on it and look at the way he felt a need almost immediately to come out and clarify to say, yes, i disavow. republican primary voter will tolerate a lot, but i don't think they will toll rate outright racism. >> all right, jon, thank you so much. stay with abc news for full coverage on super tuesday. special editions of "good morning america" and "world news tonight", george stephanopoulos and the entire powerhouse political team on the air, beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern, tuesday night. and we do move on now to virginia, the deadly police shooting making national headlines tonight. a rookie officer shot and killed her first day on the job. two other officers wounded. her police cruiser today turned into a memorial. you see it there, with black bunting, a wreath placed on the hood. the alleged gunman, an army staff sergeant, assigned to the pentagon. abc's gloria riviera on the investigation tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a police department in
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community it serves devastated by a shocking loss. prince ashley guindon killed in the line of duty. >> when news came that she passed, it was -- it hit us. we weren't expecting it at all. >> reporter: authorities say the officer responded to a 911 call, reporting domestic abuse. >> i just want to be clear. do we have officers involved in a shooting? >> we have three officers that have been shot. >> reporter: it was here in this quiet upscale neighborhood that rookie cop ashley guindon and two others approached that front door. police say almost immediately the suspect confronted them, opening fire, and they all went down. >> i saw the officer laying right there, holding his leg, i figure he got hot. >> reporter: neighbor zakhar ch harris saying he heard three gunshots.
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assigned to the pentagon. hamilton's wife was found dead inside the home. the two other officers are expected to recover. now, officer guindon's squad car, draped in black to honor the rookie lost too soon. ronald hamilton is expected to appear in court tomorrow. he is facing two murder charges, murder in the first and capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. tom snl. >> all right, gloria, thank you. overseas now, the fragile cease-fire in syria. reports of russian air strikes hitting targets in the cities of aleppo and raqqah. syrian families caught in the middle, hoping the truce holding long enough for much needed humanitarian supplies to arrive. abc's alex marquardt in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: air strikes today in northern syria. just one of a growing number of incidents threatening this fragile truce. both sides accusing the other of violating the cease-fire. but tonight, it has largely held
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the fight continues against isis and al qaeda, but in much of syria, there's a calm that hasn't been felt for years. still at risk, the almost half a million people living under brutal sieges. in one town, local doctors say dozens have died from starvation. we tried to visit today, with government permission, but were turned away, told that mortar and sniper fire made it too dangerous. but the united nations is now trying to capitalize on the quiet, to ramp up deliveries of aid across the country. if the truce holds, they say, they can do more, better and faster. that will be tested tomorrow morning with the first convoys scheduled to go out since this temporary cease-fire started. alex marquardt, abc news, damascus. back here at home, a plane crash in pennsylvania. take a look at this. the 87-year-old pilot plunging into the trees, reporting engine trouble just after takeoff, suddenly trapped in midair. abc's phillip menan
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ground. >> reporter: dangling from the branches, this small plane left hanging from a tree, nose down, after a frightening crash. the only person on the plane, the pilot. 87-year-old herbert ñ+0bartell waiting hours to be saved. authorities say he had just taken off and ran into trouble. >> he tried to do a u-turn, but he lost control and it went into the trees. >> reporter: stuck up in the tree, bartell managed to call 911, but it took nearly four hours to get him down, because of all the branches in the way. >> he was in very good spirits the whole time there. he was conscious, alert, oriented the whole incident. >> reporter: bartell escaped with only minor injuries. >> think by the end he was a little apg shus to get out. >> reporter: phillip mena, abc news, new york. now, to a troubled cruise ship back in the headlines. anthem of the seas, the ship damaged after sailing into hurricane-force winds earlier this month, fce
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around mid-trip this weekend, returning to new jersey because of a severe storm in its path. and now to hollywood. the academy awards about to get under way tonight. the star power building on the red carpet. the biggest celebs in the business about to arrive. everyone picking their favorites to win. abc's amy robach at the dolby theater. >> reporter: hello, tom. we're right here in the thick of it. the movers and shakers of the film industry and the stars are starting to make their way in and we congratulate all of the nominees. but this year, so much of the attention is on those who were not nominated, the lack of diversity among the nominees, setting off a firestorm. host chris rock making it clear, he will not shy away from the controversy, tweeting, "see you sunday #blackout #oscars" so many are wondering, just how far he will go. we're going to have it all and we're going to have
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nominees, of course. and, all in our oscar preshow countdown to the oscars. that's coming up, right after "world news tonight," tom. >> robin, thank you so muchlt of course, that was robin roberts, not amy robach. much more coming up on the oscars later. still ahead tonight. danger on the roadways. drivers forced to do more than keep their eyes on the road. debris frying right at them. how to stay safe. and protests erupting in an american city. the police shooting sparking outrage. the investigation under way. what if one piece of kale could protect you from diabetes? what if one sit-up could prevent heart disease? one. wishful thinking, right? but there is one step you can take to help prevent another serious disease. pneumococcal pneumonia. if you are 50 or older, one dose of the prevnar 13® vaccine can help protect you from pneumococcal pneumonia,
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>> reporter: they come out of nowhere. objects like this mat threat. or this tire flying straight at you. sometimes crashing straight through your windshield. amanda mcdonagh was driving with her 2-month-old saturday when ice flew off the car in front of her. >> and his whole sheet came off and just shattered our windshie windshield. >> reporter: luckily, no one was hurt. but tom, driving on an indiana highway last week, came inches from death. >> it's a little sore. >> reporter: when a five-pound metal spring came off a semi, sailing through his windshield. it happens more than you think. debris triggering roughly 50,000 crashes a year. claiming nearly 450 lives. to prevent accidents like this one, caused by a mattress landing in the road, experts say the best thing you can do is be
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plan, but are the stars really going to go for it? abc's chris connelly with the story. >> jen for connelly. >> reporter: an oscar win is a big moment in anyone's life. like when jen for connelly won supporting actress in 2002. you don't want to forget anyone. still, nothing sinks the heart of an oscar producer like a litany of thank yous. >> thank you to all of our magnificent cast and crew for their invaluable collaboration and most especially to ron howard and russell crowe. >> there was al pacino, winning in 1993. >> if you indulge me for a moment, i had to write this down. >> reporter: not every winner has pacino's star power. so, some get played off. as will farrell and jack black famously sang -- ♪ no need to thank your parakeet ♪ ♪ you're boring ♪ look at katherine
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♪ she's snoring >> reporter: this year's oscar producers hope they've hit on a plan to perk up 2016's 45-second acceptances. a scroll at the bottom of the screen that will name all the names a winner needs to thank, as they explained to lara spencer. >> and they don't have to fumble with a list. they don't have to find the glasses. >> oh, my god. >> it's like, look. you can thank more people, you can thank the same people. >> thank your cat. >> make a statement. >> reporter: the hope is for unmistakable moments of emotion and deeply felt appreciation. the kind that have become part of oscar legend. who could forget cuba gooding jr.? >> i just want to -- oh, here we go. okay, the studio, i love you, and cameron crowe and tom cruise! i love you, brother! i love you, man! >> reporter: and if the orchestra never has to play anyone off the stage, audiences around the globe will all be feeling, well, really grateful.
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angeles. >> and we hope for many moments like that tonight. well, the excitement is building for the academy awards. the red carpet starting to fill up. don't miss robin roberts' preshow oscar special coming up, and then the 88th academy awards right here on abc. a complete wrapup of the or kafrs on "gma" tomorrow morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening.
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