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the disease that took john's life took our mutual friend's teddy's life. in fact, same disease nine years ago, couple days ago, and two years ago it took my beautiful son beau's life. it's brutal. it's relentless. it's unforgiving. and it takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them, that in order to survive, we have to remember how they dd. >> and r oy, lying in the capit where thousands will pay tribute to an american hero. >> to new mexico, where we now know what caused a greyhound bus
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to collide with a semi, killing at least seven. >> president trump threatens to get directly involved with the fbi and justice department if, as he says, they don't start doing their jobs right. >> and the trump administration is considering dramatic new guidelines that would change the rules how sexual misconduct cases are handled on college campuses. >> and celebrating the amazing life of the queen of soul. a memorial service with a who's who from around the world later this morning. "early today" starts right now. good friday morning, everyone, i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. breaking overnight, at least seven people are now dead after a gruesome crash between a greyhound bus and a semi truck in new mexico. the toll up from just four earlier in the day. state police say preliminary information finds theemintersta crossing the median and slamming into the oncoming bus. the impact seemingly ripping the front of the greyhound right
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off. 49 people were onboard headed to ephnirgency six people were transported to the hospital, so we've got six people that were injured or received minor injuries. everybody else has been transported to an area hospital throughout the county and into albuquerque. >> the driver of the truck was also injured but is expected to survive. the extent of the remaining injuries was not immediately known. greyhound issued a statement saying our first priority is taking care of passengers and their families, as this impact has deeply impacted all involved. the national transportation safety board is sending a team to investigate. washington, d.c., preparing a hero's welcome this morning as the maverick makes a journey to the capitol for one last time. john mccain arrived at a d.c. funeral home overnight. jim mattis welcomed the plane carrying his family and casket earlier in the day, and in his home state of arizona, senator
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mccain's colleagues from both sides of the aisle celebrated his legacy in a moving memorial. nbc's national correspondent alexander has more from the touching tribute in phoenix. >> reporter: the man so many arizonians celebrate at their hero saying good-bye 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, the military honor guard receiving his flag-draped casket, while his loved ones, including widow cindy, looked on. ♪ amazing grace a moving celebration of life with a native-american expression of love. ♪ ♪ 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.
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>>or mccain's friendhought of ja brother. we had a hell of a lot of family fights. >> 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
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for aviator, who always put country first, one final flight. >> thanks to peter alexander for that report. and now, d.c. will bid its th ll farewell to senator. after a private arrival ceremony this morning, his body will lie in state at the u.s. capitol rotunda. he's only the 30th american to receive the honor. tomorrow a memorial service, and on sunday he'll be laid to rest at a private burial at the u.s. naval academy. president trump is back in d.c. this morning after hitting the campaign trail ahead of the midterms. he fired up a crowd at a rally in indiana, while also stumping for senate candidate mike braun. the president touted his trade deal with mexico, as we as the economy, and launched a new waves of attacks on his own justice department, even threatening to intervene himself. >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing
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their job and doing it right and doing it now. because people are angry. i want them to do their job. i will get involved, and i'll get in there if i have to. >> the president also promising to crack down on tech titans that he claims are unfairly censoring conservative voices. >> you look at google, facebook, twitter, and other social media giants, and i made it clear that we as a country cannot tolerate political censorship, blacklisting, and rigged search results. >> and protesters also interrupted the president's rally several times, resulting in one of the night's most stirring images, a volunteer for trump's advanced team reaching out to block a photo journalist's camera as he tried to take a picture of a protester. an a.p. paragrapher snapped this photo of the moment. the trump campaign did not
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respond for a request for comment. a man has been arrested and charged with repeatedly threatening to shoot employees of "the boston globe." the fbi says when he made the threats, he mentioned a phrase that's frequently used by president trump in attacking the news media. nbc news' justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> reporter: an fbi s.w.a.t. team swarmed a home of a man threatening to attack "the boston globe." he called the globe's newsroom a dozen times, beginning august 10th, the same day the globe launched a national campaign that urged newspapers supporting a free press. as long as you keep attacking the president, he said in one call, he'd continue his threats, according to the fbi. and in another court document, he told "the globe," "i'm going to shoot you in the head today at 4:00." in several threatening calls he said, quote, you're the enemy of
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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 using again in a series of tweets attacking the media, including nbc news. >> there's a dangerous game, because there's a risk that individuals who are upset with the media will take this kind of language literally. >> reporter: he's charged with making threats and interstate communications. authorities say he has weapons and bought a rifle three months ago. pete williams, nbc news, washington. more details this morning in the case of a woman seen on video in texas wearing doorbells and wearing restraints. police have identified her boyfriend as 49-year-old ray cullens. he was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide. he left a note behind identifying the woman and saying he was sorry for what he'd done to her. >> due to the allegations made by the female of sexual assault, we will not be naming the victim
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in this case. we are confident, based on the totality of the circumstances and evidence available to us that we have identified the female in the doorbell video and she is safe. >> officials said if cullens were still alive, he'd be facing a criminal investigation. no charges are expected to be filed. switching over to some college football now. 21st ranked central florida went on the road against uconn and on the first drive they were on th early 21-3 lead and put it on cruise control there, stomping the huskies 56-17. despite the action during regulation, something happened at half-time. the uconn marching team paid victims to alex shakhter, whose parents say he was a huge fan that dreamed of one day playing the trombone for the school's band. >> it's friday, important weekend if you want to squeeze in every bit of summer.
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>> labor day weekend is like memorial day weekend. sometimes you can be a little cool or wet, depending where you are. the rain system gets hung up a bit there around des moines, ames, quad cities, chicago. then into sunday we continue with the disturbance there. also watch out from new orleans to houston, two or three days with a good chance of rain and further north we are going to be watching heavy rain through the labor y andda a sioux falls and sioux city, and then southeast, watch out for the storms in southern louisiana. that severe risk, we'll take a closer look at that. maybe even a flood risk. >> fingers crossing real tight about that one, bill, thank you. here's one for you
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police are searching for those crooks. they say they may be linked to another robbery in the san francisco bay area. some people not even knowing what's going on. a judge has ordered a new jersey couple to give a homeless man in philadelphia whatever is left of the $400,000 they raised for him. they raised that money raised that money for johnny bobbitt after he spent his last $20 to help katey who was stranded on the side of the road. oupl's claiming heev they every single dollar they collected. it's unclear how much is left, provide a full accounting of but he says more than $150,000 is still there. all right, this is bizarre one. police in georgia arrested a woman for what they was posing as a dentist for four years.
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and she faces numerous charges for operating without a license also insurance fraud and forging prescriptions. prosecutors say there are at least 18 victims many with damage to their teeth including one who sustained a tennis ball sized infection from her treatment. can't afford a $23 million bugatti, no worries, you can build oneou tugh. today." ad lib live picture- tra thanks for watching "early
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america shot good morning and thank you for joining us. i )m marcus washington. . >> good friday morning. we'll get a look at your forecast coming up in just a moment. thanks for starting your morning with us. i'm marcus washington. >> it is the last day of august. >> it is, yeah. >> and the weather? >> i don't know. we are getting started off on a
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warmer note. that's what i have been forecasting all week long. take a look at temperatures, 61 degrees. wind speeds at about 6 miles per hour. if you look at the current conditiot


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