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tonight, the massive and deadly fire ball in the gulf. the pictures now coming in. the workers jumping for their lives. the cell phone videos taken by the survivors. also breaking tonight, the massive cheating scandal and the verdict. elementary school teachers principles convicted. taken away in handcuffs. the water emergency in the west tonight. from this to this. california tonight ordering extreme measures. the jet crash in the alps. new details about that disputed video inside the plane, the final moments. le and the airline ceo, in front of the camera. what he would not answer today. and the investigation tonight, this new york city police detective, caught on video. >> how long have you been in this country? >> what he says to this uber driver. the passenger in the backseat
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recording the entire thing. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with the breaking news. those images coming in from the gulf of mexico tonight. a ball of fire as an oil platform explodes offshore workers jumping into the gulf to save their lives. one survivor saying there was nothing to do but run. at least four people killed dozens injured. hundreds evacuated. this fire comes just as we approach the five-year anniversary of the bp disaster. and abc's matt gutman leads us off. >> reporter: the inferno lighting up the gulf of mexico tonight. the fireball sometimes blinding. survivors of the blast saying they took these cell phone videos. this man describing the fire as huge. "we couldn't do anything but run away." many men leaping into the water. mexican authorities said the blast and flames have killed at
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least four, dozens more were hurt and about 300 evacuated. pemex, the mexican oil authority, said cruise ship-sized firefighting boats have been dousing the flames since dawn. those giant arcs of water apparently doing little. the oil authority did not say how the fire broke out on what it called a processing platform and said it was not pumping directly from the seabed. the blast, just days before the fifth anniversary of the deepwater horizon blast, the pictures of those skyscraper sized pillars of fire eerily similar. mexican oil authorities insist that burning platform is not attached to the seabed. but they refused to comment when we asked them whether or not this could cause another oil spill. david? >> matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. and now to the major headline breaking in atlanta late today. the verdict. after a massive cheating scandal. elementary school teachers principles arrested. tonight, many of them convicted,
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led out of court in handcuffs. they could go to prison for decades now. and abc's steve osunsami on what they did. >> we the jury find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: striking images out of this georgia courtroom. the judge wasting no time throwing the 11 convicted educators in jail. guilty in one of the largest u.s. school cheating scandals ever. >> they have made their bed, and they're going to have to lie in it, and it starts today. >> reporter: the way it sounds, you'd think they were mobsters. convicted of racketeering. tonight, facing up to 20 years in prison. but these are former elementary school teachers principals and test coordinators found guilty to conspireing to give answers to students during achievement tests or corrected the answers before they were electronically graded. >> i think because of the decision of this jury today that people will stop. i think people will stop and they will make an assessment of our educational system. >> reporter: the scandal is a blow to public school parents everywhere who worry if their children are getting a quality education. the investigation that uncovered
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the cheating, from "the atlanta journal constitution", found suspicious test scores and curious erasures on standard achievement tests in 196 school districts across nearly 20 cities. in atlanta, teachers who quit in disgust told us a familiar story. >> we were told we needed to get these scores by any means necessary. >> reporter: they had to raise test scores or lose their jobs. we've been following this case for several years now and part of the issue is the enormous pressure across this country placed on parents and teachers to find that magic bullet that will raise test scores. sometimes the improvements are too good to be true. david? >> all right, steve osunsami. as steve mentioned, on this case from the start. this evening, a major development in the case of that jet crash in the alps. this new view from the crash site workers wrest. ing with chunks of the fuselage as the ceo of lufthansa comes before the cameras, and it comes after the airline admitted it knew about the co-pilot's major bout with depression letting
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him fly anyway. abc's alex marquardt in germany tonight, on what the ceo refused to answer. >> reporter: navigating with ski poles and wearing climbing spikes recovery workers scaling the mountain hoisting huge sections of the plane. this piece, the airline's tail with its distinctive colors. and today, laying a wreath, the embattled airline's executives now under fire after admitting lufthansa hired andreas lubitz even after he told them he had suffered a serious depressive episode. >> we're just very, very sorry that such a terrible accident could have happened in >> reporter: but they left in a hurry, ignoring questions. >> when did you find the 2009 e-mail from lubitz? >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> why did it -- sir, your employee crashed a plane! why are you refusing to take questions? >> reporter: the airline's insurance companies already setting aside $300 million to compensate victims' families.
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>> to have an airplane accident in which your pilot may be culpable and worse that you may have had some previous knowledge of a handicap is the mother of all nightmares. >> reporter: especially now, amid reports the final seconds of the flight were caught on tape, watched by two german and french poply cases. >> the sounds of people screening, screaming and screaming again. >> reporter: david, german and french authorities haven't confirmed the video exists. they say they haven't seen it and demand whoever has it must turn it over. david? >> alex marquardt reporting in from germany again tonight. alex thank you. now, to the breaking news out of california this evening. the governor there tonight now ordering every california family to cult back on water significantly. the drought now an emergency. the before and after from orville, california tonight. a marina four years ago, and look at it today. a bridge then and now. the water, of course, receding.
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and that snow pack drastically shrinking. we've heard of local restrictions before but nothing this sweeping. and big fines if you're caught. meteorologist rob marciano tonight. >> we're in an historic drought, and that demanding unprecedented action. >> reporter: tonight, california's governor ordering all cities and towns to cut water usage immediately by 25%. the location for his announcement, the bone dry sierra nevada mountains. >> we're standing on dry grass and we should be standing in five feet of snow. >> reporter: today is supposed to be peak snow pack. tonight, it's at its lowest level in recorded history. look from above you can see the expanse of the snow lesseeier ares. these snow riders not riding on much but more important, california needs that snow to supply water through the year. reservoirs running dangerously low. these before and after pictures showing for the last four years they're the driest in history, too.
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these nasa satellite images show the progression of underground water loss. california's river basins have lost 4 trillion gallons of water every year. far more than all of california would ever consume. the new mandate could possibly see further restrictions on homeowners who were urged to re reduce by 20%, facing fines for things like washing off sidewalks. >> rob is tracking the severe weather up through the middle of the country. where is it headed? >> reporter: up until now, relatively quiet compared to last night. that could change. let's look at the threat. two spots that we're highlighting tonight. one across the northern and central plains and then in through parts of arkansas. windy conditions some hail. yesterday, we saw baseball-sized hail. that's not out of the question tonight. the entire system moves to the east and the area of concern is going to be springfield, illinois in through louisville. large hail, strong winds. i think tomorrow is going to be a greater threat and friday too. or the nay dole ortornado or two not
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out of the question. >> you are back from the twisters last week but tonight, a new view of the aftermath in moore, oklahoma. look at this. the police body cam showing an officer kicking in a door urgently going from one damaged home to the next. searching in the rain afterward for possible victims. 33 homes were destroyed in the storm and we now know that was an ef-2 tornado. tonight, a major investigation under way at one of the nation's top universities duke. after a chilling discovery on campus today. a noose hanging from a tree it comes just weeks after something else disturbing on that campus as well. abc's linsey davis on the story tonight. >> reporter: amid the stately buildings of this elite university, tonight, an ugly reminder of racism. a noose, discovered early this morning, hanging from a tree outside duke university's student center. this evening, on campus, a protest. >> we are not afraid. we stand together. >> reporter: duke's vice president of student affairs calling the incident "cowardly acts of bias," saying he "can't
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begin to describe" his disgust and anger. it comes just weeks after an african american duke student claimed a group of white men harassed her with a racist song. one black student, speaking in shadow, describes an increasingly hostile environment. >> right now, our peers do not feel pressure to accept us. they tolerate us, but they don't feel like they have to accept us. >> reporter: another tweeting "i've never felt as unsafe here at duke as i have the last few weeks." duke, just the latest college rock bid ray racism. the university of oklahoma still reeling from that fraternity chant, which apparently spread far beyond just oklahoma. tonight, duke has set up a support group for students and launched an investigation into who hung that noose. anyone with any information is being urged to come forward david. >> call the authorities. linsey, thank you. now, to that law in indiana. the governor calling for change now to the law after critics claim the law opened the door to discrimination against gays. well tonight, another governor now in the cross hairs, this one
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from arkansas saying he won't sign his state's bill after his own son urged him not to. abc's gio benitez on this again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the governor of arkansas refusing to sign the state's newly passed religious freedom bill, demanding action. >> i asked that changes be made in the legislation and i've asked that the leaders of the general assembly to recall the bill. >> shame on you! >> reporter: after mounting pressure from critics who argue, the bill would pave the way for discrimination against gays and lesbians. walmart, one of the state's largest employ years, urging a veto. tonight, tweeting it commends the decision. the governor calling the issue divisive across generations. even in his own family. >> my son, seth signed the petition asking me dad, the governor to veto this bill. >> reporter: hutchinson perhaps preventing the heated debate we've seen in indiana. after governor mike pence signed
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a similar religious freedom bill into law, then called for a fix. tonight, officials say they are working to amend the law so it can't be used to discriminate. police say one pizza shop inundated by threats after admitting it would deny service to some same sex couples. >> if a gay couple was to come in say they wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no. >> reporter: here at the indiana state capital, ledge slay tomorrows are hopeful they can come up with a fix by tomorrow. it will have to be voted on but the governor wants to sign it into law before the final four this weekend. david? >> gio benitez, thank you. and now to politics and the breaking story out of new jersey tonight. democratic senator robert menendez indicted on federal corruption charges, accused of tradeing political influence for private jets caribbean vacations, luxury hotels in europe. he could face years behind bars and abc's david wright is in new
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jersey for us. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. moments from now, senator bob menendez is pektsed to be here to respond to the indictment. 14 counts of corruption and bribery charges. prosecutors say he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars only campaign funds and political perks from a florida opthamologist in exchange for political favors. among the alleged perks, caribbean vacations, deluxe hotel rooms in paris and trips aboard a private plane. menendez is the first u.s. senator in more than 30 years to face a bribery charge. he denies any wrongdoing and vows to fight these charges with all he has. david? >> david wright tonight, david, thank you. overseas now, and to switzerland tonight. those high stakes nuclear talks with iran. that deadline has now passed. the negotiations though now stretching into yet another day. the u.s. saying secretary of state john kerry will remain in switzerland, saying they've made enough progress to keep going forward. to the medical headline breaking at this hour.
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and it vininvolves 6 million children who suffer from adhd. a first of its kind study out of the cdc about small children preschoolers as young as 4 and 5 years old. questions tonight about how they are being treated. the medications they're being given and whether behavior altherr by would be better. so, let's get right to dr. besser and rich you told me in the news room that this is very concerning. >> reporter: it is. what they found is that a quarter of children who are in preschool with attention deficit disorder are only getting drugs. the first line therapy is behavior therapy. you need to try it for nine months. >> the study saying that therapy is better. so what is the concern about the medications? >> reporter: well they can have serious side effects. especially in very young children. problems with sleep, appetite and behavior. very troubling. >> and as you always say, check with your doctor. rich, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the new york city police detective under investigation tonight because of this.
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>> how long have you been in this country? i don't know what [ bleep ] planet you think you're on right now. >> the tirade caught on camera yelling at an uber driver. the passenger in the backseat recording everything. tonight, the city's top cop now weighing in. also the mystery death in the hollywood hills. a billionaire's son, one of the richest families in america. the investigation tonight. and we showed you tom brady taking that flying leap off a cliff. patriots fans asking what were you thinking? tonight, in what appears to be a hospital bed, in a cast? we'll get to the bottom of it. thank you mom, for protecting my future. thank you for being my hero and my dad. military families are thankful for many things. the legacy of usaa auto insurance could be one of them. our world-class service earned usaa the top spot in a study of the most recommended large companies in america. if you're current or former military or their family, see if you're eligible to get an auto insurance quote.
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>> reporter: nypd officer patrick cherry, a detective on the joint terrorism task force, seen berating an uber driver the detective reportedly upset the driver gestured at him to use his blinker while the officer was parking in an unmarked car. the tirade recorded by a passenger. >> okay. >> okay? do you understand me? >> yes. >> i don't know what [ bleep ] planet you think you're on right now. >> reporter: the officer slamming the car door. even appearing to mock the driver's foreign accent. >> stop it with you, for what sir, for what sir. how long have you been in this country? >> reporter: the video coming as the nypd retrains all of their officers in community relations as they recently shared exclusively with our david muir. >> how important is that? >> i think right now, it's the number one issue in policing in our nation right now. >> reporter: now, the nypd is calling this officer's behavior unacceptable. >> that officer's behavior violated every one of the tenants we are attempting to
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we wanted to be true. that lightning fast pizza. but if you're a patriots fan, you'll be relieved tonight. the image wasn't exactly for real. >> are you going to jump? >> it was the jump that had patriots fans gasping. tonight, brady in a cast. michael jordan signing it after shooting hoops together. was it that or was it the jump? it was april fools. then, there's petco tonight, making fun of humans in love with their selfies, offering a new product. >> introducing the dog on a stick from unleashed by petco. this revolutionary selfie stick for dogs is available only online and only for today. >> that's not all. >> the cat on a stick. >> april fools. dom nopes delivering something else. the driverless delivery. this man stunned. we were sort of hoping this one was for real. and finally, honda and their new car geared toward people in love
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