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the humidity. >> excellent point. the glass is half full. >> there you go. >> back in a half hour. see you then. tonight, deadly nightclub horror terrifying moments as a balcony collapses at a nightclub in south korea. american olympic athletes among the injured. >> everyone was trying to pull each other up. >> the investigation now into what went wrong. two american teenagers arrested in rome after a police officer is stabbed to death. what the police say they found in their hotel room the settlement in a huge data breach are you among those entitled to be paid back by equifax? >> this is ridiculou >> we'll show you how to find out and how much you might get the invasion in sin city so massive you can see it from space. what has brought on the assault of the grasshoppers in las vegas?
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and the woman who decided to foot the bill, paying it forward by buying up a whole store full of shoes. it all began with a simple question from her daughter this is nbc "nightly news" with jose diaz balart good evening it was a night of celebration, american athletes and others out late on a friday night in south korea when the floor literally gave out from under them. this is video from just seconds after the collapse, patrons struggling to hold it up two people were killed, more than a dozen injured, including u.s. athletes there for the water polo world championship nbc's matt bradley is in hong kong tonight with the very latest matt >> reporter: jose, a night out became a nightmare for hundreds of patrons at a popular south korean nightclub earlier this morning when a balcony them a balcony inside this
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nightclub collapses. killing two south koreans and injuring 16 more. among the injured, four american water polo players including 27-year-old kailey gillcrest who required surgery for a laceration to her leg. the team out celebrating the u.s. women's water polo team victory in the world championship celebration turned tragic as patrons are heard trying to lift the balcony. giving many a chance to escape. like team australia's captain who witnessed the slow motion collapse >> i was lucky i was holding my teammates' hands at the time. we were dancing and ho other i never felt alone you saw everyone trying to pull each other up you never felt that scared >> reporter: officials said the balcony simply couldn't carry the crowded dance floor. it was found out the steel structure was unable to withstand the weight and collapsed, said this firefighter fina said in a statement, we are carefully monitoring the situation and will
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activate all measures to ensure health care and assistance is provided whenever necessary. the accident happened at a bar called coyote ugly in guangzho about 200 miles south of the capital seoul the city is hosting the world aquatics championship where more than 2500 athletes are competing from around the world. tomorrow's closing ceremony now marked by tragedy. >> matt, do we now know any specifics about what went wrong? >> reporter: jose, it's been reported that the owners of the club have been detained for possible negligence. police are investigating whether the club abided by in the region, and we yet, the it's daylight should learn more as the day goes on. >> matt bradley in hong kong. thank you. president trump has been criticized tonight about his comments about a well-known african-american congressman and the city he represents the president calling parts of baltimore dangerous and
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rodent-infested. tonight on their escalating war of words. >> reporter: president trump picked another twitter fight with an african-american lawmaker calling representative elijah cummings a brutal bully. for shouting and screaming at trump officials testifying before congress. the president reacting to the grilling cummings gave last week to acting homeland security secretary kevin mack mcaleenan. >> what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces? can't take a shower. come on, man >> reporter: today, the president touted conditions at d. before disparaging cugsdisgusting rat and rodent-infested mess, cummings shot back it is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch, but it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents and the mayor of baltimore defended his city by questioning
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the president's motives. >> this president has had a history of attacking minorities he attacked the congresswomen. he's attacking elijah cummings who else will he attack >> reporter: he was critical of trump for telling four democratic lawmakers of color to go back to their home countries >> do you believe president trump is a racist >> i believe he is -- yes. no doubt about it. >> reporter: today, house speaker nancy pelosi rallied to cummings' defense and eeting, we all charge, reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership >> meanwhile, the president had a victory at the supreme court last night >> reporter: he can proceed with a plan to use $2.5 billion in pentagon funds to build the wall remember, the president has been claiming for months now the wall is being built. the president may not want to claim his grand designs for a wall are subject to supreme court
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approval jose >> thank you in rome two american teenagers are in jail held in the fatal stabbing of a police officer who had just returned from his honeymoon. nbc's sarah harmon has the details. >> reporter: two american teens behind bars in rome tonight over the fatal stabbing of a police officer there. italian police say 19-year-old finnegan lee elder and 18-year-old gabriel christian yorth, both of california, were arrested at a four-star hotel in rome friday, ready to leave italy. inside the room police found a large knife hidden in a ceiling panel, along with clothes the men allegedly wore during the attack a detention order describes elder as repeatedly stabbing policeman mario rega as he and a fellow officer confronted the americans over a drug deal gone wrong. an eyewitness saying he saw them running away both americans now accused of murder and attempted extortion.
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on saturday, elder's lawyer says his client exercised his right not to answer questions during a detention hearing. the victim, 35-year-old mario rega, a newlywed who just returned to work after his honeymoon. his killing sparking an outpouring of grief across the country american amanda knox spent almost four years in an italian prison for the 2007 murder of her roommate before she was ultimately cleared of all charges. a lawyer who represented her and other americans locked up abroad telling nbc news - >> these proceedings will be protracted and lengthy, and i anticipate this going on for a very long time >> reporter: tonight, the two teens remain in jail in a country mourning an officer gone too soon. >> sarah, what could be next for these teens? >> reporter: jose, they both remain in jail for now that lawyer i spoke to said we have to remember there are two different people in
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custody, and the facts and ultimately their fates could be very different. jose >> sarah harmon, thank you very much. a tragic story here in new york and a wake-up call to parents afte 1-year-old twins were found dead in their father's car they'd been left there all day. it is just the latest heartbreaking example of a problem that is all too common here's kathy park. >> reporter: juan rodriguez in court tonight is charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide after police say he left his 1-year-old twins in a hot car for nearly eight hours yesterday. >> the babies are not breathing, possibly dead inside of the vehicle >> reporter: police say the baby boy and girl had been in the backseat all day while rodriguez went into work they said he told them he didn't realize what happened until he got back into the car after his shift, and by the time first responders arrived, it was too late a witness describes a horrifying scene >> i go looking and looking, two babies
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dying inside the car i go back. >> you saw the babies? >> i can't say that. >> reporter: these types of tragedies happen every year as the weather warms up parents and guardians unknowingly leaving their children behind or assuming just a few minutes inside alone without air-conditioning won't do any harm. >> you left her in the car. >> i'm so sorry. >> no sorry. she could have died! >> reporter: even on a relatively warm day, withe s it doesn't take long for the inside of the car to warm up pretty quickly. it took just 20 minutes for the temperature to reach a dangerous 100 degrees. 52 hot car deaths were reported in 2018, rising temperatures impacting the young faster than adults >> basically it's only a few minutes before they start seeing -- experiencing issues, sweating and getting dehydrated >> kathy park joins us now. it's easy to see how people get distracted,
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but what are some of the simple things we can do to avoid these fatalities >> experts are saying you can introduce new habits and you can consider opening the back door of your car every time you park it, also consider putting items like your work bag, your phone in the backseat of your car as another reminder that you have precious cargo back there >> kathy park, thank you very much. two major protests overseas today in hong kong as police fired tear gas as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets protesting an attack by a pro-government mob that injured dozens last weekend. and in moscow, a fierce crackdown by police on demonstrators exclusion of opposition candidates in a local election. a thousand people were arrested in this country, a heat warning in the west tonight these were the highs today. temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in many cities, and is expected to continue tomorrow palm springs, 113 degrees. las vegas reaching 110.
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many cities hitting highs for the summer in las vegas, scientists say the weather has been a factor in bringing on an invasion of grasshoppers the insects so dense they can be seen on radar and by satellite. morgan chesky has more on a city under siege. >> reporter: on the las vegas strip right across from the mirage is this. in sin city, it's the insect invasion, putting on a show no one can escape >> they popped up out of nowhere. >> reporter: a 24/7 onslaught of grasshoppers that really sticks with ya >> what the heck you're covered in locusts. >> i know. >> you're covered in them, dude >> reporter: for many the first es biblical a high -- migrating hoard of bugs so big, you can see them from space. plus, a mild sprin made conditions perfect for the winged grasshopper. there are so many of
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them around here to make matters more they're attracted to bright especially white lights, finding their match made in heaven on the vegas strip. >> i've seen people running around away from the grasshoppers. >> reporter: scientists say the invasions only happened a few times over the past 30 years, and the gra grasshoppers pose more of a nuisance than a threat either way, the critter takeover has those in sin city hoping for once. >> this is kind of weird. >> reporter: what happens in vegas >> ooh they're gross! >> reporter: doesn't stay here. morgan chesky, nbc news still ahead tonight, it's payback time for those caughy equifax. more than half of all americans are owed money right now. we'll show you how to claim it also, the new fears in some military families over the change being considered by the trump administration
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tonight, there is more than a 50% chance that you were affected by that massive data breach by equifax, the credit reporting agency, and that you may be entitled to cash as part of the settlement announced this week. correspondent jo ling kent has the details >> reporter: this week more americans discovering for the first time if they were hacked in a massive equifax data breach >> it's really easy. you just put your last name in here >> reporter: we hit the streets to help people find out if they were affected >> it's extremely
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easy you want to do it right now? >> sure. >> it's pretty shocking to be honest with you >> we didn't know. >> i guess i was impacted >> are you surprised >> i am. >> reporter: the federal trade commission making it easy to check if you were hacked with the last name and the last six bidigits of your social security number part of the settlement equifax is paying for exposing names, birth dates, social security numbers, and driver's license information of 70 million americans in 2017. it's a number so big more than half of adult americans were affected impacted >> reporter: their offer, a one-tim payment of $125 if you already use a credit monitoring service, or ten years of free credit monitoring. >> i would rather get money than have my credit monitored for free by a company that already messed up. >> i don't think $125 will do it.
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>> $120 is chump change i'm the loser no matter what. >> reporter: adding insult to injury, the payments may not really be $125 in the end. deep down in the settlement document, the ftc says only $31 million will be set aside for individual cash payments. that means if there's more than $31 million in claims, payments for such valid claims will be reduced. if you have already signed up for credit monitoring then you should absolutely file to get that $125, knowing that you might end up getting ls than that. fw great seeing you >> good to see youu want the money or protection, what do you do right now? >> go to and we'll direct you to the ftc page where you can enter your personal information and you can see immediately whether or not you were affected and you can apply for the payout, but you have to do it before mid-january 2020 >> if you don't do anything, what happens? >> this is interesting. there's a big loophole you waive your legal right to take any action against equifax in the future.
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>> it could be less than $125. >> it definitely could be and may very well be >> good to see you >> thanks so much. when we come back, new worries for some active military members as the trump administration considers a big policy change that could put their families at risk we'll meet a woman with a giant heart helping kids with her version of happy feet.
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the scene in the philippines today after two strong earthquakes struck a group of islands in the northern part of the country.
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at least eight people were killed, 60 were injured. baseball legend david "big papi" ortiz has been released from a hospital in boston almost two months after he was shot in a nightclub in the dominican republic the former bn red sox slugger will reportedly continue his recovery and rehabilitation at home in boston. history will be made tomorrow if 22-year-old egan bernal stays on track at the tour de france. bernal will colombia, the firs south american, to win the world's most famous bicycle race. for family members in this country, a deployment is stressful enough, but now there is new anxiety for some as the trump administration considers rolling back a policy that currently protects their undocumented family members morgan radford has that story >> reporter: as he prepares for a year-long deployment in afghanistan, 22-year-old luis ramos is ready to serve his
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country. >> i had these for, like, basic training >> reporter: he's also hoping to secure the future of the person he loves most >> luis, what made you enlist >> my mom always wanted me to do something good and this is my way to make her proud, i guess >> reporter: luis is a united states citizen. his mother rosa came to the united states from mexico 30 years ago and lives in constant fear of being deported [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: so you lea to lie the majority of your life inside the home now rosa is trying to apply for her green card, thanks to a little-known policy called parole in place. it allows the immediate family of military members and veterans stay in the country for one year while those enlisted serve. >> if we had walls up -- >> reporter: now the trump administration is considering ending
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this policy, putting thousands of families like the ramos' at risk >> my mom loves the united states more than she loves mexico. she told me this is our country now. there's no reason why we would go back and for her country to neglect her would be devastating. >> reporter: in emails seen by nbc news u.s. citizen and immigration services officials acknowledge discussing plans to end the program, but when asked for comment, the agency would only confirm that it was under review several senators including tammy duckworth, an iraq war veteran, sent a letter to the department of defense and homeland security saying that ending the program is cruel. >> i think that anythingt that jeopardizes the mission readiness of our troops who are currently deployed is something we need to be worried about >> reporter: now as luis prepares to leave to keep his country safe, he wonders if the woman he loves most will be safe right here at home [ speaking foreign language ] if you could speak to the president of the
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united states what would you say? [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: you want the president to know that if this country has triumphed it's because of the immigrants morgan radford, nbc news, chicago. when we come back, we'll meet a woman who is giving a great new meaning to footing the bill
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finally tonight, it began with a simple request from a girl in arkansas to her mom.
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could she buy a pair of shoes for a boy in her class who needed them molly hunter tonight on how it turned into her sole purpose >> reporter: carrie has always been a bargain shopper. >> when we walked in it had store closing sign >> reporter: the mother of three was browsing the soon to be closed payless shoe store scooping up last-minute summer 9-yr-old daughter harper wondered if they might pick up an extra pair for a classmate. >> i know he like oe and i said hey, mom, could you buy these for my friend? >> for the local lawyer and school board president in arkansas the answer was easy >> i jokingly lookedrest of thn here just joking. >> reporter: joking aside, she got a call the few hours later the entire stock of the store was hers if she wanted it, and she did, leaving with 1,500 pairs that day
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>> reporter: so where did you guys decide to give them away >> we were going to give them away at the middle school. >> reporter: in recent weeks, moresupplies, cash, and carrie and her three kids are collecting even more shoes ahead of august 10th a big back-to-school giveaway the whole town invited >> that's what it's all about. if it grco and it makes you do one little thing for that student fixing to go back to school, then it matters to that one kid. >> reporter: for carrie and her kids, there's one motto. >> be nice and kind. >> harper, what do you hope the kids who come get the shoes feel >> i hope they feel loved more than they did before >> reporter: molly hunter, nbc news and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday tomorrow on "nightly news" with kate snow, a higher calling saving the giant redwood trees. i'm jose diaz balart reporting from new york, thank you for the privilege of your time good night
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they both graduated after spending their senior year here together. tonight they sit in a jail cell in rous crime.
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italian police say this seems to have started with drug deal that went wrong and an extortion attempt. investigators arrested the two mill valley men in their four star hotel on friday. finnegan lee elder and gabriel christian natale hjorth are being held on homicide and extortion charges. police say they've confessed to the brutal crime. the police officer was stabbed eight times. newlywed who had just returned from his honeymoon. police say surveillance video and witnesses led them


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