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welcome to "world news tonight." protesters trying to stop donald trump in his tracks. taking to the streets in arizona, blocking the main road to a trump rally. the massive delays, the arrests and the rallying cry from phoenix to new york. >> while donald trump doubles down tonight. the passenger jet plunging to the ground, killing everyone onboard. a fireball lighting up the sky, was the pilot disoriented? details from the investigation coming in right now. the winter storm crashing spring break. from heavy rain to freezing
in the forecast? the move to ban texting while walking, the number of pedestrian fatalities on the rise, is texting to blame? and the picture-perfect pontiff, now on instagram, and breaking the internet in hours. #amen. good evening. thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. tonight, the pushback against donald trump louder and more forceful than ever. this, as voters in two more states now just days away from heading to the polls. in arizona today, protesters blocking the main road to his rally outside phoenix, some chaining themselves to cars, the traffic backing up for miles. anti-trump protesters taking to the streets right here in new york city, too. thousands of supporters did manage to make it to hear him speak.
massive rally and a sea of "make america great again" hats and the republicans plotting their own strategy to stop him as he heads closer to that republican nomination and abc's mary bruce starts us off with the growing resistance and donald trump's response. >> reporter: tonight, tensions rising across the country as trump faces new roadblocks. protesters outside phoenix blocking the main highway to a trump rally. using their own cars to stop traffic. gridlock for miles. three arrested. those cars eventually towed out of the way. sherriff joe arpaio, a lightning rod for controversy, coming to trump's defense. >> if they think they are going to intimidate you and the next president of the united states, not going to happen. not in this town. >> reporter: and in new york, thousands taking to the streets outside trump tower, clashing with the front-runner supporters. this, as the republican establishment tonight tries to block trump's road to the nomination. >> you have the establishment,
doing, they have no clue. >> reporter: top republicans, including mitt romney, now throwing their support behind ted cruz, as their last hope to deny trump the delegates to take the nomination. >> we need to come together and >> reporter: in response, trump is taking aim at romney. >> this guy is a loser! >> reporter: and questioning his faith. >> are you sure he's a mormon? >> reporter: but cruz is punching back. >> it is disgraceful to call into question the faith of another. >> reporter: trump is also hurling new insults at an old foe -- fox news' megyn kelly. tweeting his supporters to boycott her show, calling her "highly overrated and crazy." fox firing back, saying trump's "extreme, sick obsession" with kelly is "beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate." now, the big prize on tuesday is that winner-take-all state of arizona. but republicans are already looking ahead. the establishment is now hoping ted cruz can win enough delegates to prevent trump from claiming the nomination before the convention. se cecilia cecilia.
thank you. we turn to our other top story. all 62 people onboard killed in that plane crash, the final moments caught on video. a surveillance camera recording the impact in skies above russia, hours after midnight, during rain and fierce winds. the aftermath a somber scene. pieces of that plane scattered. landing on the runway. tonight, teams from the ntsb and the faa are joining the investigation. and abc's jennifer eccleston has the details of this fateful flight and the big question, what went wrong? >> reporter: security cameras capturing that flash of light against the night sky -- the boeing 737 plunging to the ground. seconds later the fireball. the plane erupting into flames. daybreak giving investigators their first look at the crash site.
the flydubai facing near-hurricane-force winds before landing. for two hours the pilot circled the area in a holding pattern, then tried again. radar capturing the sudden drop -- 3,000 feet in 15 seconds. >> given that we see it was night, it was bad weather, low fuel, the pilot was under pressure to get the airplane on the ground, everything suggests at this point that it was human error. >> reporter: investigators say there is no evidence of a terror plot like the one that brought down a russian plane last fall over egypt. still, the families of the victims overcome with grief and looking for answers. ntsb is now headed to russia where investigators say they are looking at weather, pilot error, and mechanical failure as possible causes. but we know both of the plane's black boxes have now been recovered. cecilia? >> so many questions still, jennifer, thank you. we do have breaking news now from turkey, two americans killed in a suicide attack in the heart of istanbul.
city's popular shopping street, five people killed including the americans, 36 injured. no one yet claiming responsibility. terror attacks in recent months. isis and kurdish separatists being blamed. tonight, the white house condemning the terror attack. next, the hunt for most wanted man in europe, finally coming to an end. heavily armed police in brussels capturing the final suspect in the paris terror attacks. but tonight, a new twist. investigators now saying salah abdeslam planned to commit a deadly attack but backed out at the last minute. here's alex marquardt reporting from brussels. >> reporter: europe's most wanted man, tonight, behind bars and under interrogation. salah abdeslam, the lone surviving terrorist from the
to authorities that, after he drovethe car to france's biggest soccer stadium, he was supposed to be among the isis suicide bombers. but he didn't go through with it, the french prosecutor said, and fled to belgium. this image captured by surveillance cameras in a gas station. it's the first major revelation since police cornered abdeslam yesterday. shot in the leg, he was dragged away and rushed to the hospital for the night. for four months, this neighborhood, molenbeek, was the main focus of this massive manhunt. raids taking place across the area. in the end he was found right here in this building, just a few hundred yards away from his family's home. >> it's been very difficult for law enforcement and security services to really penetrate these heavily immigrant neighborhoods in cities like brussels, so they don't have sources, they don't have a lot of information. >> reporter: abdeslam was charged today with "terrorist murder" and being part of a terrorist group. four others, including three from a single family, were detained after that raid. two of them charged with hiding
is the opportunity to interrogate abdeslam, find out who else he may have been working with, find out more about his ties to isis. >> reporter: abdeslam's lawyer told reporters his client is cooperating but they'll fight having him sent to france, where he helped kill 130 people. belgian authorities will keep interrogating him, but the french said they expect to have him handed over in the 60 days. tomorrow, president obama heads to cuba. for the first official visit by an american president in more than 80 years. havana undergoing a face-lift a big step bringing the two countries together. they're repairing the roads and abc will be right there when president obama arrives and on monday, our david muir has an exclusive interview with the president, here, on "world news tonight." to the weather now, severe storms and snow on the move at
day of spring, but tonight, freeze and winter alerts from the south to the northeast. storms bringing heavy rain to corpus christi, texas, and this waterspout off a beach in ft. lauderdale, florida. abc's rob marciano, good to have but this forecast feels more like winter than spring. >> it's been a mild winter. a little carryover. spring. i want to talk about the severe weather across the south, you mentioned the waterspout. severe weather there and the snow across parts of southern pennsylvania, especially at higher elevations west of d.c., that will continue. some rain getting into atlantic we'll see this low develop off the coast tonight and tomorrow. by 7:00 p.m., some snow gets into new jersey. then it scoots off the coast. we won't get a blockbuster storm but monday morning, the commute will be a bit of a mess there. 57 to inches in western mass. cecilia. >> rob, great to have you back
thank you. we want to move on to scene the school bus carrying a high overturning, crushed. police said another driver side-swept the bus when the lid of her drink came off, the con tents spilling. players and coaches in the hospital, instead on the court. next to a health alert about lead in the water the crisis in flint, michigan, bringing it to light, now schools in newark, new jersey, under investigation and there are so many others. abc's eva pilgrim with the crisis. >> reporter: tonight, new jersey officials testing faucets at all public schools in the city of newark, after finding lead in the drinking water. parents are outraged. >> you don't care! >> we demand accountability. >> reporter: as many as 17,000 kids may have been exposed to the toxic water. many now undergoing blood tests. the city telling abc news a teacher alerted the district about discolored water. further testing revealing the
families, afraid their community could become another flint, michigan. >> i don't want people to get into a crisis thinking that there's something like on the scale of flint or that level. it's absolutely nowhere near that. >> reporter: now, worried the problem stretches well beyond flint and newark. a new study finding lead in 42 states. one school in maine with lead levels of 41 times higher than the epa limit. the epa saying that lead has been issued here in newark schools since 2003. the mayor's office blaming bad recordkeeping and communication for why this hasn't been addressed. se cecilia cecilia. >> eva, thank you. moving on to a frightening moment on a flight to hawaii. a passenger watching a movie on her iphone, when it bursts into flames. abc's linzie janis with the big questions.
>> reporter: tonight, these images of a charred phone, evidence of a mid-flight fire scare. >> i immediately thought this is the end, we were gong down. >> reporter: college sophomore anna crail was on her way from bellingham, washington, to honolulu, watching a movie on her iphone 6, when she says suddenly it burst into flames. >> there was, like, eight-inch flames coming out of my phone. >> reporter: with a blanket, she smothered the fire, putting it out in under 30 seconds. iphone fires have happened before, but they are rare. this atlanta man's refurbished iphone caught fire in his pocket in december. the same thing happened to this girl in philadelphia last may. >> the biggest threat is having something buried insid a bag or an overhead compartment. >> reporter: apple did not respond for our request to
her. the faa is also investigating. well, like it or not, tax time is fast approaching. tonight, a warning -- if your return was hacked last year, watch out, it could happen again. here's abc's lauren lyster. >> reporter: tonight as millions of americans are preparing to file their taxes, a warning -- >> there's an issue with your fed return and it's been rejected. >> reporter: the growing threat of tax return fraud happening to victims not once, but twice. you're the victim of tax fraud again this year. what was your reaction? >> i was angry. so angry. >> reporter: last week, hackers grabbing her refund, diverting it to a bank account that wasn't hers. this year, crooks beating her to it again. filing a fake return. how much is this happening, someone is a victim not once but twice? >> no one is really sure yet. this is a new but growing area. >> reporter: to combat the
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well, finally tonight, pope francis has described the internet as a gift from god and he is seeing some godly numbers on his first day on instagram. a million followers and counting. on track to beat david beckham on his first day. #instapope is, yes, now a very real thing. with the tap of a finger, almost as if from on high, his holiness joins the masses. his first picture, the pope deep in prayer. the words "pray for me" in nine languages.
@franciscus -- latin for francis -- attracting more than 100,000 followers per hour. pope francis going viral faster than you can say holy hashtag. >> pictures of pope francis go viral, so it's a match made in heaven you could say. >> reporter: instagram's ceo there for the big launch. >> the power of an image was that it could transcend culture or language and it can speak to anyone anywhere in the world. the sky's really the limit for him. >> reporter: new traditions for an old institution. this pope, already perfecting the photo-op. from the first family, to little kristupas. during his u.s. visit last year, i even got in on the action. #selfiegoals. pope francis might already be the coolest pope of all, but if he is praying for true instagram success, he'll have to step up his selfie game. #blessed.
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