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go down a little bit and back up. >> this is late in july. as a reminder, savannah guthrie is in on nightly news. >> hope to see you back at 6:00. tonight, dramatic new accusations from iran. 17 accused cia spies arrested, some facing death sentences. the president blasting the claims as totally false and issuing iran a stern new warning as the uk holds an emergency meeting over that seized tanker in the gulf. mastive protests, hundreds of thousands takes to the streets in puerto rico anger boiling over at the governor who's still defying calls to resign over leaked text messages horror at the ball park, another young fan struck by a foul ball. the major league batter
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devastated and calling for safety changes at america's stadiums, what some are already doing. the new warning at a vacation hot spot very popular with american tourists >> the alcohol tainting totally concerns me. i think i'll only drink from closed bottles >> the threat that's claimed at least 19 lives this summer amazon partnering with police to give homeowners the ring doorbell cameras. some say it's an incursion on your privacy tonight your ticket to tokyo, let the countdown to the 2020 games begin >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening i'm savannah guthrie in for lester tonight iran is making bold accusations against the u.s., the country claiming it busted the iranians laid out their case on state television in dramatic fashion today. but the white house was quick to dismiss these claims as just the latest provocation from a country feeling the heat chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell leads us off
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>> reporter: tonight another escalation in iran's showdown with the u.s this highly produced video claiming to show that the cia recruited 17 iranians, a charge president trump strongly denies. >> i read a report today about cia. that's a false story they put out propaganda. they put out lies. let's see what happens with iran we are ready for the absolute worst, and we're ready for sense too. >> reporter: iran also showing alleged business cards from u.s. diplomats iran says are cia agents in turkey and other countries, all presented at a highly unusual briefing. nbc's ali arouzi was there >> reporter: briefings such as this are incredibly rare, especially with all the information handed out officials here claim the iranians were offered visas and jobs in the u.s. which never materialized now some of them are facing execution. >> reporter: an ex-cia chief has his doubts >> they picked up all of the usual suspects whether or not they're guilty or not, they're going to make a show of trying to break down any intelligence by the united states
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>> reporter: this as british officials ordered protection for their ships after iranian command does seized a ship in the strait of hormuz friday. a former nato supreme allied commander says the british ship was not in iran's waters >> there is no question in my mind that that ship was conducting routine international passing. >> reporter: and tonight a u.s. intelligence official tells nbc news that regardless of whether true or false, iran is putting a target on the backs of any u.s. personnel and their families also shown in their video. >> thank you we are drawing closer tonight to what may be the most anticipated testimony on capitol hill in a decade millions are expected to be glued to their screens wednesday when former special counsel robert mueller comes reluctantly before congress. nbc's kristen welker at the white house tonight with what the president is saying.
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>> reporter: tonight less than 48 hours before robert mueller's highly anticipated testimony, the president who said he won't watch now signaling he might tune in. >> mr. president are you worried about wednesday? >> i'm not going to be watching. probably, i might see a little bit of it. i'm not going to be watching mueller because you can't take all those bites out of the apple. we had a total no collusion finding. the democrats were devastated by it they went crazy. they've gone off the deep end. >> reporter: mueller who has insisted he will not say anything that is not already in his report will spend five hours in front of two house committees subpoenaed by democrats who are still divided over impeachment now, some top democrats hope americans will take a second look >> the report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and we have to let mueller present those facts to the american people >> reporter: but tonight the president touting last week's vote -- >> without objection >> reporter: -- when a majority of democrats killed an
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impeachment resolution >> they tried an impeachment vote and got slaughtered last week they got absolutely slaughtered. i have a lot of respect for the democrats because most of them voted against impeachment. last week. and i have a lot of respect for those democrats that did that because they're doing the right thing for the country. >> reporter: and late tonight the president announcing a bipartisan deal has been struck in congress on the budget and debt ceiling for two years the president describing as a, quote, real compromise now congress has to vote on it savannah >> thank you, kristen. today in puerto rico the largest demonstrations yet, hundreds of thousands pouring into the streets again calling for the resignation of the governor there but tonight he is digging in gabe gutierrez is in san juan tonight. >>orter: the crowd stretched
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for miles, a sea of outrage on an island in limbo despite heavy rain organizers say hundreds of thousands of people turned out, by far the largest demonstration yet. >> there's rampant corruption and we need a change and we need the governor to resign >> reporter: today on fox news, puerto rico governor reiterated he's not resigning >> my focus is to make sure the policy we enacted moves forward. >> reporter: but he does say he won't run for re-election next year and is stepping down as the head of his political party, not enough for this crowd. the protesters started showing up just after dawn and right now they've shut down this major highway in san juan. the city is at a stand still the pressure has intensified since nearly 900 pages of a private group chat were leaked and published, the messages between him and several close
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aids include personal attacks on rival politicians, jokes about the victims of hurricane maria and a antigay slur directed at singer ricky martin who once again joined the protesters. president trump called the government corrupt and touted the miss universe pageants he hosted on the island >> i had a great relationship with puerto rico i'm the best thing that ever happened to puerto rico. >> reporter: local lawmakers are talking about possibly impeaching the governor. even if he were to resign, there's no clear successor tonight he is hanging on despite this deafening chorus. savannah >> tonight the fever is breaking, that dangerous heat wave finally cooling off a bit but just behind it severe storms with at least 46 million people in its path. and don't look now, there is new trouble brewing in the tropics too. al roker has got it all covered. al, where is it headed >> reporter: a line of severe thunderstorms bringing cooler area but heavy weather we got a severe thunderstorm watch until 10:00 tonight. from nashville and huntsville into the northeast, 13 states, 46 million people at risk, damaging winds, hail, and can't rule out an isolated tornado from nashville to new york,
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we've got a moderate risk of flooding tonight and if that's not enough, we have tropical depression number three. it's not going to become a tropical storm most likely, but it will bring heavy rain along the coast of florida and into the southwest, upwards of three inches the heat wave is over. the credit monitoring company equifax has agreed to pay a massive settlement, up to $700 million, for one of biggest data breaches in history the private information of half of the u.s. population was exposed. nbc's jolene kent now with the details on the pay out and how victims can get in on it >> reporter: tonight after 150 million americans may get relief from equifax, this after one of the largest data breaches ever that compromised names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, and driver's license information. >> they're going to pay consumers for their loss and they're going to pay to make sure something like this doesn't happen again >> reporter: equifax will pay $575 million to consumers
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including $300 million for free credit monitoring services alison thompson received a letter saying her data may have been compromised and says she still won't be able to trust the company. >> you pay them to protect you you pay them to get your credit report and then they make money by selling your information. i just think it's kind of disgusting >> reporter: the ceo of equifax trying to restore that trust today. >> today's announcement put the consumer fund in place that will give consumers peace of mind that their identity is going to be watched with the credit monitoring that will be offered. >> reporter: the massive settlement will give $25 for each hour spent ensuring information was protected, reimbursement for certain credit monitoring, and ten years of free credit monitoring going forward. for more information you can visit savannah >> thank you tonight there are new calls for protections at major league ball parks
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after another child was hit by a foul ball. this time it happened in cleveland. the player who hit the ball says enough is enough baseball needs to do more. here's ron mott. >> reporter: the hits keep coming and so do the injuries. a frightful moment for baseball fans in the line of fire of foul balls. the latest example when francisco lindor of the cleveland indians hit a line drive thata year-old boy sending him to the hospital. lindor was told the boy is in stable condition >> it sucks. i encourage every mlb team to put the nets all the way down. >> reporter: and tonight the chicago white sox are doing just that, extending the netting from foul pole to foul pole the washington nationals are doing the same the league is working with the teams on safety upgrades amid recent incidents last month a woman was left bloodied by a foul ball in chicago. in may, a cubs player was visibly distraught after his
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foul ball struck a 2-year-old girl in the head fracturing her skull. and last season a 79-year-old woman died from head injuries after being hit in dodger stadium. >> you want to have a good interaction with the fans, getting autographs and stuff but at the end of the day we want to make sure everybody comes out of the games healthy >> reporter: to ensure that a day at the ball park doesn't end with a trip to the hospital. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. tonight an urgent man hunt is under way for a killer after an american woman and her boyfriend were found murdered. it happened while the two were traveling in one of the most remote parts of canada late word now the new disappearance of two teens could be connected morgan chesky with details >> reporter: tonight investigators believe this canadian highway may hold answers in hay murder mystery. north carolina native china on a wlerhen their 1986 boyfr chevy van broke down >> it's not yet clear whether
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lucas and china were targeted or if this was a crime of opportunity. >> reporter: police say sunday the couple pulled over at hot springs, a popular tourist stop, but nearly 16 hours from the nearest major city, juneau, alaska monday morning their bodies were found on the side of the road shot to death. reports of missing teenagers on another remote canadian road, their car found on fire. police were asked if the cases are connected. >> it's possible >> it's possible >> it's possible >> reporter: the canadian police urging anyone with a dash cam who travelled that highway to come forward in hopes of getting answers as families remember a young couple full of life exploring canada's national parks. >> for something like that to happen, it must have really been something because these are two people that have travelled kids at risk, oregon is making a major change to help young people face their struggles. it's become one of the first
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states to allow students to take mental health days as an excused absence. kate snow with the story >> reporter: hailey and derrick were seniors when they lobbied they'll be allowed to call in sick not just if they're physically ill but if they need a mental health day. >> i think the most amazing part of this whole thing is that it was student led. >> i'm personally in need of mental health days >> reporter: derrick told lawmakers he struggled with anxiety in high school >> being marked absent, unexhool today was too much and there's no system set in place to help me >> reporter: oregon has one of the highest rates of teen suicide in the country it's the second leading cause of death for 10-34 year olds in that state nationally, suicide is at a 50-year high under the new oregon law, mental health days will be considered excused absences
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students won't be penalized and can make up exams. their parents still have to call the school, but now they can be honest about taking a day off to deal with their depression, to deal with a panic attack, to not have to be anxious about not being able to make up work >> our biggest concern is making sure everyone knows mental health is as valid as physical health >> reporter: there's been backlash on social media wondering if kids will take advantage. >> children are already missing school for mental health reasons but they're lying about it we're hoping this gives them positive opportunity to explain what's going on and why they need help. >> it's such an interesting idea how many days could someone tame for mental health? >> oregon law says any student can take up to five days over a of excused absence and now each school district will be able to revise that as they see fit for their students' needs. >> we'll see if it helps kate, thank you very much. just ahead the new warning you need to hear before you travel this summer why tourists need to be careful what they drink at a popular vacation spot.
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also policing your porch some cities offering you incentives to install amazon's ring doorbell cam. and olympic fever, the new sports and familiar favorites you'll see in tokyo one year from now stay with us kbla
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we're back now with a new warning to watch what you're drinking on the next vacation. officials in costa rica say 19 people have died after drinking tainted alcohol, raising new concerns for travels to thaty a paradise. here's miguel almaguer >> reporter: the tainted alcohol discovered in costa rica has been linked to at least deat ine health ministry issues national alert after the government confiscated some 30,000 bottles of alcohol believed to be tainted with methanol. >> it's pretty tragic. it's really upsetting. >> reporter: the warning comes as millions of americans are in the midst of summer travel, some headed tonight to costa rica >> i don't think i would have a drink where i don't see where
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the alcohol is coming from >> reporter: with 14 men and 5 women among the confirmed victims, government officials identified several brands of liquor that were tampered with sellers sometimes dilute products with methanol to increase profits. according to a recent study illicit alcohol made up 19% of sales in costa rica, 28% in brazil and 34% in mexico. in the dominican report toxicology reports are pending found in antifreeze, it is toxic and you might not taste it in a drink. it can trigger a host of symptoms from abdominal pain to loss of motor function. experts say the best way to protect yourself overseas, avoid mixed drinks consider bottled beer or wine you watch being opened or buy your own liquor at a duty free shop after you land. take every precaution you can.
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miguel almaguer, nbc news. coming up new privacy questions about amazon's popular ring doorbell cam. >> hey, put that down.
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we're back with new concerns about those doorbell cameras that have become so popular across the country police say they've become a valuable crime fighting tool, but critics say they're also putting entire neighborhoods under surveillance here's tom costello. >> get away from the door. >> reporter: from catching thieves in the act to cute kids on the front porch to solving kidnappings, doorbell cameras have gone viral. now some cities are partnering with amazon to distribute its ring cameras at a discount to deter crime. the police department says the cameras have already solved three burglaries >> whether it's inner city, whether it's a rural area, people want to be safe in their own homes. >> reporter: police have no
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access to watch the cameras live remains in the cloud for two months controlled by the homeowner who remains anonymous. if a crime occurs, police ask ring to ask homeowners if they'll share videos some privacy advocates warn more surveillance will unfairly impact minorities. >> we've seen a lot of high profile instances of people policing black folks and brown folks who they don't think belong in their neighborhood >> reporter: still washington, d.c. offers rebate checks to homeowners to register their cameras. >> these are citizens who want to help so they'll provide footage if there's something on their cameras. >> reporter: no different than cameras on street pole g someone is always watching. going for gold we're kicking off the countdown to tokyo 2020.
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finally tonight the countdown is on. one year until the summer games begin in tokyo keir simmons tells us now surf's up as new events make their olympic debut. >> reporter: tonight, tokyo ready for its close up 50 years since the city last hosted the summer games. this time, it's all about blending old and new from the venues to the medals made from recycled phones and laptops. a record 339 medal events and 33 sports including some new ones like surfing, skateboarding, climbing, and karate all making their olympic debut. soft ball and baseball are back too after a 12-year absence.
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>> mixture of the new sport and the new era will give people absolutely a brand-new feeling about the olympic games. >> young feeling >> young feeling >> reporter: the biggest challenge of these games may be the extreme temps. the marathon now starting earlier due to heat fears. for nearly a month last july, tokyo was as hot as the heat wave that just swept the u.s reducing lines for athletes and officials using facial recognition. some of team usa's biggest stars from rio expected back gymnast simone biles swimmer katie ledecky and the u.s. women's soccer team fresh off their world cup win. soon they'll all be here one of the most crowded cities in the world about to become even more crowded. keir simmons, nbc news, tokyo. >> and we'll continue the countdown with some of team usa's brightest stars tomorrow morning on today that's "nightly news" for this monday i'm savannah guthrie from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and have a good night
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right now at 6:00, flames, air drops, evacuations. the brush fire causing concern in the north bay. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good monday. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang in for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. we've been tracking the story on air and online for the past four hours. there is progress on the fire line. here's what we know at this very minute. fire crews are battling the flames. it's an aerial and ground attack. you can see some of the cal fire aircraft there at the helicopter. so far about 55 acres have burned. there is 55% containment. >> this fire burning for about four hours now right off wragg
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canyon road. this is the south side of lake berryessa. a reduction in the amount of homes evacuated. now we're hearing only nine homes evacuated. this is near the pleasure cove campsite and marina. nbc bay area's cheryl hurd just spoke with evacuees and cal fire, who just gave us an update. >> the aircraft can slow the fire down in certain areas sought hand crews can get in there and put some good containment line around it. >> they're doing one heck of a job because there ain't much smoke. hopefully it all works out. >> that is promising news. we want to let you know 128 is closed right now in both directions as firefighters bat the this fire. of course we'llupda brings thro. crews are tacking as you saw the flames from the ground and from the air. firefighters dealing with some pretty warm temperatures right now. the 80s there. let's bring in chief


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