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tear gas and riot police in the streets of puerto rico as thousands turn out the demand the governor's resignation in the wake of profanity-laced misogynistic comments. kevin spacey has sexual assault charges dropped. president trump takes his attacks on four progressive members of congress on the road. >> so these congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous militant hard left. but that's okay because we're going win this election like nobody's ever seen >> he doese principles, the responsibility, the grace, the
true president >> 130 million americans are in the path of extreme weather as much of the country gets ready to bake through the weekend. and meet the puppy born with upward facing paws who had surgery to reverse the paws. milo has a new outlook on life "early today" starts right now >> good thursday morning i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm frances rivera. chaos in the commonwealth is our breaking news. the capital of puerto rico turned into a war zone smoke filled the streets as dozens of police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets. explosions rocking old s protestelsv cocktails at police who tried to push crowds away from the governor's mansion the rage palpable as standoff
intensified as the night went on just hours ago they were joined by some of the island's biggest stars, includi martin, calling an end to rick car doe rossello's reign they say it's years of corruption and suffe >> reporter: more protesters are on the streets of san juan, demanding puerto rico's governor resign why should the governor resign >> because he isn't worthy of being the governor of puerto rico. >> reporter: there have been other demonstrations in miami, d.c. and new york where "hamilton" creator lin-manuel second-degree sounded off. >> i support the people. >> reporter: a second royal caribbean cruise ship canceled its visit to the island after police in riot gear fired tear gas to break up a crowd in san juan wednesday governor rossello has been under fire since nearly 900 pages of a private group chat were leaked in public by the center for investigative journalism in
puerto rico. it contained vulgar jokes about female politicians and jichts as well as an anti-gay slur aimed at pop star ricky martin who joined protests. rossello insists he won't resign he faces mounting criticism over his government's response to hurricane maria in 2017. there are thousands of people at this protest, and political pressure has intensified here in puerto rico after several local officials were arrested last week and accused of corruption now this crowd is urging rossello to resign, and all that pent-up frustration is spilling out into the streets. >> gabe, thank you much of the country is already feeling the excessive heatwave that's threatening over 100 million people in connecticut, seven children at a carnival day camp were taken to theghrs there were alss wear adds about 10 to 12 degrees to their body temperature. nbc's blayne alexander has more.
>> reporter heat. >> it's very, very hot it's hot >> reporter: millions bracing for a record-breaking heatwave it will feel like at least 100 degrees across 40 states >> we are seeing the high heat and humidity >> reporter: in the nation's capital, it feels like 105 in wichita and oklahoma city, 108. at busch stadium in st. louis, it's enough to send fans fleeing minutes into this midday baseball game. >> it's just hot. >> reporter: sun so intense, it's buckling roads in wichita and slowing trains in chicago. fears the heat will actually bend the tracks. hundreds of cooling centers are opening in new york city, and after a weekend blackout there, crews are working to make sure the power grid doesn't take another hit. >> we want to make sure we balance the need for people to stay cool with the amount of the city >> reporter: but the real dangeryour health. how many heat-related calls would you say that you had so
far this summer? >> so far this summer i want to say we probably had a few hundred. >> reporter: paramedics like leticia vaughn are gearing up for more calls, stock up on ice packs and cold water, a reminder that heat exhaustion can set in quickly. be aware of symptoms including headache, nausea, and dizziness. and here in st. louis we are right in the middle of that heatwave certainly a reminder that heat exhaustion can turn deadly, especially for the very young and the elderly. it's important to drink plenty of water, and make sure to stay in the shade and inside where it's air conditioned phillip? >> all right, thank you. let's toss it to nbc meteorologist janessa webb like she said, it is going to be unbearable maybe dangerous in some parts. >> a lot of people may be wondering why we're discussing this further we're in the heat of summer here that's why we have a chart it is a known fact that temperatures in the mid-90s here, you kind of go into that panic mode and that's why we're really concerned here over thd
in the next few days with 130 million under heat concerns across the plains, and then it really spreads into the northeast. i do think this expands in the next 24 hours. we are talking feel-like temperatures that are in the upper 90s, but you're talking about humidity levels, feeling like you're in the deep end of a swimming pool. >> can't breathe. >> jan necessary sack, thank you. president trump is ramping up the heated rhetoric as he hits the road for reelection during a rally in north carolina, he lashed out against four democratic freshmen congresswomen one day after the house voted to condemn his racially charged comments directed at the lawmakers. nbc's tracie potts joins us with the,e frances, phillip. good morning the house voted to condemn the comments but did not vote to impeach him. that is off the table for now as lawmakers continue to investigate. but take a look at that rally in north carolina last night. there were chants, "send her
home." it was similar to the clothe lock her up" chants you may remember from 2016 as president trump took his time and one by one called out these four women of color, these four congresswomen that he's been targeting, saying that if they don't like what's happening in america, they should go back to their home country >> when you see the four congresswomen, oh, isn't that lovely omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screeds >> send her back send her back! >> these congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous militant hard left, but that's okay, because we're going to win this election like nobody has ever seen before. >> you can hear the chants there, the reaction from the crowd down in greenville, north carolina the president speaking about
each of them and also about them as a group now, we did see reaction on twitter from one of the members of congress that he has targeted, representative ilhan omar with this quote from maya angelou. you may shoot me with your words. you may cut me with your eyes, you may cut me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, i'll rise still president trump continues to go after these women saying that it is their hateful speech that should be condemned back to you. >> all right, tracie potts for us tracie, thank you. a fun and hugely popular app developed in rusa prompting new warnings about privacy and what the company does with your >> reporter: it's an internet challenge promising a glimpse of your future. wrinkles, saggy skin, gray hair and all.
>> it's just wrinkles. >> reporter: face app. >> i feel like it's not what i'm going to look like when i'm older. >> reporter: and that then quickly spreading through social media, transforming the likes of justin bieber, kim kardashian, not even the rock immune to virtual old age. today it's the number one app on iphones and androids, more than 100 million downloads. you basically take a picture and click here, and yikes. but what exactly are the pictures going and how are they being stored? it turns out the developer is based in russia. in a statement the company says user data is not transferred to russia, but in their terms of service you agree to the transfer and storage of your information in and to the u.s. and other countries. >> this is essentially creating a surveillance technology industry that's going to be worth billions of dollars and will always know what you look like >> reporter: think minority report when tom cruise walks by stores that know him by name. >> good evening, john. >> reporter: but experts say while there is concern other companies are collecting a lot more information than what you might look like down the road.
>>all the different parts of yo life, where you go, what you look like, what you buy. so is this app any worse than they are >> reporter: a question we all should ask as we face the future gadi schwartz, nbc news. >> all right a lot of us talking about the weather, because it is important and dangerous in some parts. let's check out meteorologist janessa webb again. >> good morning. the heat will continue to build here it's pretty stagnant across the plains right now, into the upper midwest. it shifts tothe east head booing the weekend so daytime highs, the air temperature going to sit in the middle 90s today from st. louis to new orleans but when you factor in the humidity levels that are sitting in the 70s here, that oppressive air that's going throw us into triple-digit territory, and it really doesn't let down for the next 24 to 36 hours. look how it shifts into the northeast by the weekend here. daytime highs and feel-like temperatures are still going to be in the 90s, potentially
feelin so i'm thinking about winter weather. would you rather heat or sub-zero temperatures? >> i always play that, what would you rather game. >> i guess cold because you can throw things on. >> true. >> i'm a winter fan. >> heat. >> i wish i had the choice about now. in today's quick hits, west palm beach has a new tactic to keep homeless people sleeping from near their waterfront pavilions. they're playing the kid song baby shark starbucks is running a happy hour promotion, buy one, get one
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his mother told me in 2017 that spacey assaulted her son >> it wasn't until kevin spacey put his hand inside his pants that he really knew he was in trouble. >> reporter: you say he didn't consent to that? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: the teen sent a snapchat video of the alleged incident to his girlfriend and texted with friends, but last week at a hearing, his attorney said after police reviewed the phone, it went missing >> your honor, we could not locate the phone >> reporter: spacey's attorney asked if the accuser had deleted messages i don't believe, he said but his mother later admitted she did delete some content. at the hearing, the alleged victim stopped answering questions, asserting his right against self-incrimination >> to turn any evidence in, and in this case it was electronic, in furtherance of a criminal investigation, and you aldered it, that and of itself is a crime.
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