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at least 187 million americans are about to be covered by a blanket of heat lasting through the weekend. as torrential rains and flooding could also be a factor >> john stewart blasts one senator for holding up additional health care money for 9/11 first responders as the 200th nyfd firefighter has died from breathingin toxic air fro the fire >> president trump disavowing chants of send her back toward ilhan omar >> we have an update on the open as the world's best golfers try to make the cut. >> plus details on the just released 2020 corvette the engine moved to the back and
sleeker than ever, but does it measure up "early today" starts right now >> good friday morning i'm frances rivera >> and i'm phillip mena. a dangerous heat wave is hovering over much of the country. triple digit temperatures could turn deadly this weekend new york city has declared a heat emergency and canceled the triathlon. some of the athletes and event staff will distribute water and gatorade around the city instead. and lyft is offering free and discounted rides to cooling centers in impacted cities including chicago. that's where nbc's blayne alexander is following the story. >> reporter: the relentless heat wave is showing no mercy from new mexico to new hampshire, 200 million people are under a heat alert through the weekend. in chicago, a.c. repair crews are stretched to the max and downtown, steam rising from sky scrapers after a morning rainstorm. here in chicago, it's the tale of two extremes. just six months ago this exact spot was frozen over
now it's on pace to hit near record highs in south dakota you can actually see the heat rising. one of the hotteste it feels li. >> it feels like i'm sitting in a sauna. >> reporter: and in omaha, the national weather service tweeting these pictures. biscuits baking inside a car as the heat continues, it's slow slog east, a warning in new york city run the a.c., but keep it above 78 anything lower could cause another blackout and new york and much of the east coast will feel the hottest temperatures on saturday, but for now it's the midwest that's getting the correct hit here in chicago it is expected to feel like 98 degrees today with much of the area under excessive heat warning. phillip? >> all right, blayne, thank you. >> it is insane we're talking about these kind of temperatures in such a huge, huge block of the country, janessa >> right it continues to spapd from yesterday. we were talking about the plains in portions of the midwest
as forecasted, this has spread into the northeast heat warnings involved around washington, new york we have 37 states, 187 million, and i do expect that to move into the mid-atlantic as well. so daytime highs, air temperatures are really going to sit in the mid 90s here. but when you factor in the dewpoints, what what does that mean it's the moisture in the atmosphere it's really not that dry sauna heat it feels like you're in the deep end of a swimming pool heat index, st. louis 110 degrees, 111 for chicago so this is typical air that we see in summer, but it's going to continue to hover and rise across the northeast so that's the big problem. >> it's going to stay and seems like it's growing in this part thank you, janessa >> new this morning, president trump is announcing his replacement for alexander accosta. eugene scalia, son of late antonin scalia as his labor
secretary. gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected. his nomination comes after accosta was forced to resign amid fallout from the jeffrey up stone sex scandal. >> ilhan omar returned home with a different chant. >> welcome home, ilhan welcome home, ilhan. >> this after growing backlash from president trump's latest d her back now the president is trying to distance himself from the controversy. our hallie jackson has details >> reporter: the chants easy to hear, but for some hard to listen to. >> send her back send her back. >> reporter: democrats and a few republicans appalled at the words "send her back" erupting at the crowd from the president's north carolina rally referencing congresswoman ilhan omar who escaped war-torn somali as a child >> i'm worried for our country
it's creating a volatile environment in the country >> the chant was just wrong. >> reporter: omar quoting. >> we tell people here in the united states, you defend patriotic. here in the united states, disagreement is welcomed debate is welcomed >> reporter: the president trying to distance himself from the chants, but he's the one who initially suggested that omar and three other democrats, all u.s. citizens, go back to their home countries >> i was not happy when i heard that chant i didn't like that they did it and i started speaking very quickly. >> reporter: he did not start speaking quickly instead, waiting 13 seconds before continuing on >> omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screams. >> send her back send her back. send her back. send her back. send her back.
send her back. send her back. send her back. >> and she talked about the evil israel >> reporter: well, publicly some top republicans defended president trump. privately it was a different message. nbc news has learned some sources familiar with the conversations, the gop leaders splapd to the vice-president that they thought the chant was not helpful and should be discouraged. frances, back to you >> all right, our hallie jackson for us hallie, thanks >> new unsealed court documents released on thursday tied then candidate donald trump to the 2016 hush money scheme to keep adult film star stormy daniels quiet about their alleged affair the documents reveal an fbi agent investigating the matter wrote that in the days following the release of the "access hollywood" video, michael cohen exchanged a series of calls, text messages and emails with stormy daniels's attorney, davi hope hicks and candidate donald trump. an agent testifying under oath said that he believed at least
some of these messages concerned the need to prevent clifford from going public. clifford, referring to the real name of stormy daniels, stephanie clifford we should note the fbi says phone records were completely derived from cohen's phone records and not because they had any recording or copies of trump's calls. >> tensions with iran re-ignited after a confrontation on the high seas. president trump says the u.s. navy destroyed an iranian drone that flew too close to an american war ship. threatening the safety of the ship and its crew. the u.s. said the drone ignored calls to stand down. nbc's courtney kube has the latest >> reporter: the announcement from president trump, the war ship uss boxer took down an iranian drone in the strait of hormuz >> the boxer took defensive action against an iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, and was threatening the safety of
the ship and the ship's crew the drone was immediately destroyed. >> reporter: this, one month after iran shot down a u.s. drone in the same area and iranian media reports iran seized a tanker they claim was carrying smuggled oil from small boats. the ship and its crew towed into iranian waters and detained. in an interview monday with lester, iranian foreign minister said iran is the biggest power in the persian gulf. >> nobody can maintain security in those waters without iran >> reporter: with tensions high in the region, commercial satellite imagery shows u.s. troops began deploying to prince sultan air base first time u.s. been there in more than 15 years. photos show what appear to be a u.s. military construction unit expanding a runway and building temporary housing. >> there is another site at the south end of the air base where there is a lot of ground clearing going on. we think it might be for
patriots or other missile defenses >> reporter: so far no comment from the pentagon on the deployment courtney kube, nbc news. >> now to the fight over funding for the 9/11 first responders, many sick and concerned that the money for their health care is set to run out unless congress acts john stewart is speaking out again as one senator is holding up the money here's nbc's peter alexander >> reporter: jon stewart unleashing a stinging rebuke on fox news >> it is an abomination. >> reporter: after republican senator rand paul helped delay a bipartisan bill to extend compensation funding for 9/11 first responders and victims >> so jon stewart could read, maybe he'd say, my god, who would vote for a bill that doesn't have a dollar amount in it >> reporter: paul argues he's not blocking the legislation, but was simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost >> there are some things they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community, the cops, the firefighters, the
construction workers, the vowel volunteers, the survivors, all of a sudden we have to go through -- >> reporter: the bitter comes back and forth after stewart speaker for 9/11 blasted lawmakers. >> you cost men and women the most valuable commodity, time. >> reporter: days later, retired n.y.p.d. detective louis alvarez who testified alongside stewart died and news i firefighter richard driscoll bectoth die from a 9/11 illness. los angeleses only reemphasizing the urgency. >> at some point we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us >> reporter: despite the temporary roadblock, the bill is expected to pass overwhelmingly with a vote scheduled for tuesday. peter alexander, nbc news, washington >> breaking overnight, a man took matters into his own hands after a fire broke out in a philadelphia high rise he made a death-defying escape,
scaling 15 stories down the side of the building to make his way to safety. it took him less than three minutes to safely reach the ground where he was greeted by police officers. the fire is now out and residents are back in their homes. six people went to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation >> shocking video shows a close call for a commuter in new york. this guy here is nearly threat into a subway train as a temporary wall collapses and the platform is flooded by rushing water. the mta said it was caused by a contractor working on a residential area they are taking steps to hold the contractor accountable >> it it was a major, major rainstorm the other day, now here we are with extreme heat. let's check back in with janessa. >> you have the cold front coming through we have scattered showers in the northeast. the talk is the bubble of warm air and many people trying to get some sleep tonight look at this, dallas sitting at
90-degree heat index definitely overnight lowes the next few days are going to be hovering in the 80s, 90s so make sure you have that a.c. cranking now, daytime highs are going to continue to shift to the east saturday afternoon, possibly going after some records from new york city to washington, d.c. so if you have to choose mid-atlantic northeast, tomorrow is the day you need to be out. >> sounds good thank you, janessa in today's quick hits, a florida man attempted carjacking with a fail when he was unable to drive the stick shift vehicle he was trying to steal woops. he couldn't figure out how to drive it so he stole another car which led to a chase with deputies and eventually his
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good morning, everyone no, this is not name your skyline. i'm going to give you the first two here chicago, d.c., when was the last time we saw triple digit heat? >> d.c. this week? >> this week yeah, this week shall, two weeks ago. wrong. >> three years ago for d.c new york and philly, when was the last time? >> two years ago >> two years ago >> got it right. going to be hot. i love that game thank you, janessa justhe aad, tom cruise surprises fans at comic-con.
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the stakes are at an all-time high for many of the golfers there. >> absolutely right. and we can have a look at a live leaderboard from royal port rush here at day two. ominous name moving up the leaderboard, he's won four majors out of the last nine starts brooks koepka has already picked up a shot early on day two, and he is moving into contention just one shot off the lead there. no other major winners on that first page of the leaderboard. and that's because most of them struggled yesterday. tiger woods being among them, 7 over par for him a real tough round for him in the afternoon. but hardly anyone had a tougher day than the favorite, the home favorite here, rory mcilroy. he is a four-time major winner himself, but it doesn't look like he's going to be an open champion this year his round was in tatters after just the first hole. the first shot of his round, and he was 4 over par after one.
8 overf his round. now, he's going to have to work very hard, as will tiger woods, to even make the cut today projected to be around about 3 over par tiger is off early this morning with rory, who will try to pick up his round later this afternoon. >> going to be hard for rory or tiger to get it done, especially with brooks koepka playing the way he is. hottest golfer on the planet now. adam, thank you. >> you can spend the weekend in the heat watching the open also check out these new movies and tv releases as well premiering on netflix. the fourth season of queer eye and comedians and cars getting coffee enjoy an ice cold brew in air conditioning watching jerry seinfeld and eddie murphy doing the crosby stills nash and young, they have a new documentary, remember my name hemilies hoping to beat the
it's finally friday morning. a nice look downtown san jose. lights glistening, still, wait aring for the sun's arrival. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia. >> and i'm scott mcgrew. marcus washington has the week off and we have the weekend off so let's get to it, shall we? >> it's going to be a nice one but a little bit warmer as we get a live look in san jose and head over to cupertino for our temperature trend. we'll be in the lower 60s this morning. a lot of sunshine and some upper 70s. not bad there, as we check out our south bay high temperatures staying nice and mild today with some low to mid 80s. we'll get a look ahead to the
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