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90. >> we'll be back at 6:00. we'll see you then. breaking breaking news tonight. reports of multiple fatalities in a horrific greyhound bus crash. the bus, with dozens on board, colliding with a tractor-trailer. hospitals on alert for patients. we have late details. john mccain leaves his beloved arizona for the last time. a final flight after a moving salute. >> my name is joe biden. i'm a democrat. and i love john tears.. music and a military honor guard with his family looking on. a massive explosion tears through a water plant in chicago. the roof collapsing. at least ten people hurt, some critically, as rescuers rushed to find people trapped and pulled out alive. when harry met
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"hamilton." ♪ you say >> prince harry sings as he and meghan mix with musical royalty. and a collapse on their very first date caught on tape and a kiss that led to love. >> it was the best first kiss in my life, or my second life. >> tonight, they're miracle romance and their new mission to save lives. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, i'm kate snow, in for lester tonight. we begin with breaking news out of new mexico as we come on the air. authorities say multiple people have died and dozens are injured after a highway crash between a greyhound bus and aemgency r right now. hospitals are on high ar still on the scene with the latest on the crash from nbc's gadi schwartz in new mexico. >> reporter: along a new mexico highway, unbelievable destruction, showing a median covered with wreckage. the unmistakable shape of a greyhound passenger bus and a
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semi truck. new mexico police calling this a mass casualty event with multiple fatalities, but unclear how many. the crash happening late this afternoon on i-40 near the small town of thoreau, 100 miles west of albuquerque. police say the truck collided with a big rig, the impact so powerful, it sent parts of the vehicles flying hundreds of feet. the crash shutting down traffic on the highway as police investigate. local hospitals prepar preparing for dozens of patients. authorities still unclear how many passengers survived. gadi schwartz, nbc news. today in arizona, thousands lined the streets to honor their senator, john mccain, along the eight-mile route from the arizona state capitol to north phoenix baptist ur . there at a memorial, friends and family took their turns remembering the statesman before his final journey to washington. our peter alexander is there. >> reporter: the man so many arizonans celebrate as their
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hero, saying goodbye for the last time. in a state with millions of voters, here they felt they knew john mccain personally. at the family's church in phoenix where mccain's younger children were baptized, today a military honor guard received a flag-trapped casket while his loved ones, including widow cindy, looked on. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: a moving celebration of life with a native american expression of love. ♪ >> reporter: and a patriotic parade of tributes. >> he served his country with honor. he fought the good fight. he finished the race. he kept the faith. >> reporter: praise punctuated by mccain's friend and former senate colleague joe biden. >> i always thought of john as a brother. we had a hell of a lot of family fights. [ laughter ]
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>> reporter: the former vice president reflecting on his own personal loss, now helping the mccains through theirs. >> but you know you're going to make it when the image of your dad, your husband, your friend, crosses your mind and a smile comes to your lip before a tear to your eye. >> reporter: biden explaining why losing a proud statesman is hitting the country so hard. >> i think it's because they knew john believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of america. >> reporter: honoring her dad, bridget mccain. >> a time to be born and a time to die. >> reporter: mccain, ever the maverick, departing his way. ♪ i did it my way >> reporter: for this formal naval aviator who always put his country first, one
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final flight. beginning tomorrow, washington will say its final farewell, mccain becoming just the 31st american to lie in the capitol rotunda before a service at the national cathedral where he will be eulogized by former presidents george w. bush and barack obama. tonight the fbi is launching a civil rights investigation after a pair of violent arrests captured on body cameras in mesa, arizona. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has a look at the video that sparked outrage and what federal investigators are pursuing now. >> reporter: tonight the fbi is launching their own investigation into two violent arrests captured on body camera in mesa, arizona. the federal probe into robbery and 35-year-old robert 15-year-old for armed johnson, whose charges were later dismissed. >> i want mesa to be held accountable for what they have done.
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>> reporter: in both cases, a neighboring police department investigated, clearing all of the officers of wrongdoing. a shock to johnson's attorney, who says his client was not resisting arrest when he was brutally beaten by police. >> we're hoping that the fbi can come in and root out the evil that's in the mesa police department. >> reporter: after video of the arrests went public -- >> i'm angry and i'm deeply disappointed by what i saw in those videos. >> reporter: the police chief promised a thorough independent investigation. the mesa fraternal order of police saying in part, our officers dorepeatedly second-guessing the work of police officers puts everyone at risk. tonight, the tale of the tape. the very officers just cleared of wrongdoing by local officials now under federal scrutiny. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to that
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massive explosion in chicago. parts of a water treatment plant collapsing, trapping people inside. first responders rushing to save them. at least ten people were injured and now investigators are trying to find out what caused the blast. we get details from nbc's gabe gutierrez. [ sirens ] >> reporter: the rescue was dramatic. firefighters dug six feet down and tunnelled through another 20 feet of concrete to drag out this man. >> it continued, we came very close, too close. we might have had an amputation. >> reporter: he was trapped after a massive explosion at a water treatment plant on chicago's south side. >> it was like, boom! it was like it just -- fee it because of ebuding before noon. >> straight down. pancake collapse. >> reporter: a huge swath of the roof collapsed. >> we've got a total collapse of the structure. we have multiple victims trapped. >> reporter: in all,
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ten people were injured, rushed to the hospital in serious to critical condition. >> it's a concrete building, concrete walls, concrete roof, concrete i-beams on the ceiling. that's why the gentleman was pinned so bad. >> reporter: the plant had been operating since 1922. it passed its earlier inspection this month. >> investigates are saying possibly a methane explosion. >> reporter: investigators are trying to figure out what caused it. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. a southern california man is charged with repeatedly threatening to shoot employees of "the boston globe." the fbi says when he made those threats against newspaper employees, he mentioned a phrase attacking the news media. >> reporter: an fbi s.w.a.t. team swarmed the encino, california home today of a man accused of threatening to attack "the boston globe." investigators say 68-year-old robert
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chain called "the globe"'s newsroom a dozen time, the same day it launched a national campaign that urged other newspapers to run editorials supporting a free press. as long as you keep attacking the president, according to one call, he would keep making his threats. he told "the globe," i'm going to shoot you in the f-ing head today at 4:00. the fbi says in several calls he said, quote, you're the enemy of the people. that's a phrase president trump has repeatedly used to criticize the press for what he considers unfair coverage. >> i call the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. >> reporter: the president used it again today in a dangerous game, because there's a risk that individuals who are upset with the media, who support the president for whatever reason, will take this kind of language literally. >> reporter: chain is charged with making threats and interstate communications. authorities say he
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bought a rifle three months ago. pete williams, nbc news, washington. just as a new school year is getting under way, the trump administration is considering new guidelines that would dramatically change the rules on how sexual misconduct cases are handled on campuses, giving more rights to the accused. nbc's rehema ellis has those details. >> reporter: the department of education draft proposal would be a dramatic turn from obama-era regulations, strengthening the rights of students accused of sexual assault. the draft obtained by "the new york times" has not been independently verified by nbc news. the proposed regulations would narrow the definition of what'sxualharassment, limiting it to the most severe acts. schools would only be required to investigate allegations that occurred on campus or during school programs. and the alleged victim and perpetrator would cross-examine each other during proceedings. >> these policies, if this is what the
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regulation turns out to be, will absolutely prevent survivors from coming forward. >> reporter: but some, including the secretary of education, argue the previous guidelines put in place by the obama administration go too far. >> survivors, victims of a lack of due process, and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved. >> reporter: in the last seven years, more than 200 people have filed lawsuits claiming their due process rights were violated. >> i think that the goal isn't for everybody to be happy. i think the goal is for everyone to think the guidelines are fair. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, the department of education said, we're in the midst of a deliberative process and any information "the times" reports is premature and speculative. tonight, no word on when the new regulations will be officially announced, as the nation's schools are left looking for guidance. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. overseas now, new warnings tonight that civilians are in grave danger in the last
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rebel stronghold in syria, where government forces are threatening a new offensive. but in aleppo, once ground zero for the horrors of the syrian civil war, including so many children and families caught in the crossfire, some refugees are coming back while others say they'll never be able to return home. nbc's kelly cobiella got rare access inside. >> reporter: the images shocked the world. relentless bombings. stunned survivors. but tonight, tens of thousands who fled aleppo are back. like 18-year-old anas ahmed. he left three years ago. >> when they were shooting with rifles, that was bad. >> reporter: now giving up his new life in germany. so why come back? >> i want to study here. something in my y country. >> reporter: the divide in this city is stunning.
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the west bustling, open for business. but the east, once the center of rebellion against bashar al assad, is in ruins. we saw some streets, just piles of rock and dust. the united nations says roughly 66,000 refugees returned to syria last year. but more than 5 million have fled since the start of the war. now syria needs people and money to rebuild. the government back in control of eastern aleppo is telling refugees they have one year to claim their property or it will be seized. but dr. al qatib says he can't go back. he was a doctor at eastern aleppo's last hospital when it was bombed by the assad government and its russn and his young family are now seeking asylum in britain. what do you think would happen if you went back? >> for sure i'll be arrested. targeting hospitals, targeting schools.
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they have said, we stopped doing this, just come back. the syrian government is the main problem. >> reporter: a country still torn apart. kelly cobiella, nbc news, aleppo. still ahead tonight, another daring higheeist caught on camera. a gang of thieves in and out of an apple store in 20 seconds. wait until you hear how much money they got away with. and joining the cast of the smash hit "hamilton" onstage, and showing off his royal singing skills. doug's a man on the move.
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products. they were in and out in a flash. authorities say this may not be the first time they've instructed. nbc's matt bradley has the tape. >> reporter: it took just 20 seconds, a brazen smash and grab robbery in an apple store. for a hooded thieves running down the aisles, snatching $30,000 worth of laptops and iphones, like picking apples off a tree. >> they were actually picking up computers, laptops, and just yanking them with the chain attached to the table. >> reporter: a fifth suspect waiting out front in a black suv for a getaway. some employees and customers not even noticing the crimes happening next to them. police believe it's not the only time this group of crooks has struck. >> we're linking them to other stores where they've hit in the bay area. than later. >> reporter: like this robbery in another san francisco area apple store, also happening within seconds. so far, no arrests. now bay area apple stores are bringing in extra security,
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keeping a lookout for these suspects, convinced they'll strike again. matt bradley, nbc news. coming up, the monster menace caught on camera, terrifying a family in their backyard. and their first date was literally a heart stopper. the couple who shared a lifesaving first kiss. the couple that shared a live-saving first kiss.
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outsidefrom that kind of monitor lizard can be very painful. ouch. what's more exciting than seeing "hamilton"? how about seeing "hamilton" with the royals? prince harry joined the cast onstage during the show in london and even carried a royal tune. here is nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: if "hamilton" was the hottest ticket before, imagine scoring a seat to last night's show in london, where there was not just a royal sighting, but a song. ♪ you say >> reporter: prince harry onstage starting to sing one of the king's songs from the musical. >> that's definitely not going to happen. >> reporter: "hamilton" creator lin-manuel miranda sharing a the royal endorsement that mocks harry's ancestor. >> i thought, it would be funny if i had king george in the show. smash cut to 2018.
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[ laughter ] and i'm sitting next to his sixth great-grandson. >> reporter: the couple on hand to raise money for a charity prince harry founded to help children in africa, giving the audience and cast a great story to tell. countri kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >> i'll have that song in my head all night. when we come back, you haven't heard a love story quite like this before. the first date that saved a man's life. filled with soft surfaces that trap odors and release them back into the room. so, try febreze fabric refresher. febreze finds odors trapped in fabrics and cleans them away as it dries. use febreze every time you tidy up to keep your whole house smelling fresh air clean. fabric refresher even works for clothes you want to wear another day. make febreze part of your clean routine for whole home freshness.
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again in san francisco, but not without some new rules. the strict guidelines companies will now have to follow. plus, the 50-million dollar fix after the big sur landslide that )s already cracking. finally tonight, the first date neither of them will ever forget. his heart didn't just skip a beat. it stopped completely.
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luckily, she knew just what to do, although neither pictured their first kiss being quite like this. here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: a real life hollywood romance, right here on this california beach. >> it was the best first kiss in my life. or my second life, i'm not sure how you want to put it. >> reporter: health nut 56-year-old max montgomery was on a first date, paddle surfing with andi trainer, then felt a pain in his chest. >> i'm having a heart attack on my first date. >> reporter: max captur collapsed on the a camera. like he was dead. >> reporter: andi, a doctor, called for it went on forev minutes. >> he had no pulse. he was not conscious. he had no spontaneous
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circulation. i didn't think he was going to make it. >> reporter: max came to in the ambulance and underwent open heart surgery the next day. their hearts beating together ever since. >> we laugh about it. we had a real kiss, about, i don't know, five or six days later. >> reporter: they have now turned the ordeal into a teaching moment, starting paddle 4 good and help a heart to promote the benefits of learning cpr. >> please get involved, please learn cpr. help someone else get another chance like i did. >> reporter: a love story for the ageshe kiss of life. kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> so listen, more than 350,000 americans have a sudden heart attack outside a hospital every year. 90% of them are fatal. so a reason for the everybody to know cpr. i got mine as a girl scout leader. snow in for
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lester tonight. thanks so much for watching. have a great night. blue sky ov but that could be changing, as right now at 6:00. blue skies over the bay area. that could be changing as the holiday weekend closes in. san francisco mayor puts pen to paper in effort to help the city housing crisis. >> parents wait in horror as a school is locked down after a student fires a gun in class. good evening, thanks for joining us. >> a school campus is closed because of gunfire. the handgun went off while a student was playing with it in the back of a classroom. >> live at the high school in san francisco. a lot of parents relieved tonight. you never want to hear a gunshot in a classroom. >> absolutely.
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about reports of a gun found on campus. as you can imagine they showed up here immedly tears. telling us they couldn't believe this is happening here. >> i was scared. i didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: parent rushed to the high school after receiving word of a gun on campus. it was emotional waiting as his son was stuck inside. with the campus locked down. >> i started texting him. he said he was scared. i told him i love him. >> reporter: police moved in and out of the school, yellow tape. many exchanging texts with children inside who later explained what was going on for them that whole time. >> we turned off the lights


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