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on this saturday night, deadly heat. millions of americans under heat warnings this first weekend of summer. ato ghnit, a tragic reminder of just how dangerous the high temperatures can be for children. fire fallout. hundreds are evacuated from apartment buildings in britain because they contain the same materials that led to that deadly towering inferno. swiftwater warning. record snow melt is putting first responders on high alert. daring procedure. why some patients are willing to be infected with a disease to live longer. and artful escape. inside a chicago program that's keeping at-risk youths safe and
glasswork. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. jose is off tonight. on this third day of summer, extreme heat has taken over much of the western u.s. temperatures as high as 120 degrees in some places and 27 million people under excessive heat warnings and advisories and the heat has been deadly. in less than a month, six children have died after being left inside hot cars. the latest, just last night. katie beck starts us off with the danger and new pressure to change the law. >> reporter: terrifying moments this week. a child trapped in suffocating heat. an indiana officer rescued a 4-month-old baby who they say was trapped inside a car for more than two hours. scenes like this captured on camera so
>> you left her in your car! >> i'm sorry! >> no sorry. she could have died! >> reporter: and too often they end tragically. last night in houston, a boy died after his father forgot him inside. cynthia randolph was arrested in the connection in the death of her two young children. they died in her car after she admitted to locking them inside as punishment while she sle slept. the temperature in a car can rise up 20 degrees in just ten minutes but some parents are not getting the message. the scenario that you've seen so many times, i'm going to run into the store and be right out, how dangerous is that? >> it's very dangerous. >> reporter: summer has just begun and already 13 children have died in hot cars this year alone. >> excessive heat warning stays with us. >> reporter: and with excessive heat sweeping the
the danger is growing. >> if it's 90 degrees outside, it can be 135, 140 degrees inside the car. >> reporter: and a child's chances inside a hot car are far worse than for an adult. >> they have more muscle mass, more fat, more fluids. as the temperature goes up, they can tolerate it better. >> reporter: there's a push for a new bill that's receiving bipartisan support requiring a vehicle to be equipped with a safety alert system so an alarm will go off if a child is left in the back seat. it's an effort to protect the most vulnerable passengers that can mean the difference between life and death. first responders say the toughest part about children in hot cars, those situations are completely preventible. over the past 20 years, 700 children have died in hot cars. the majority of those deaths caused when a caregiver simply forgets the child in the back seat. kate? >> such an important
catie, thank you. scary moments on florida's gulf coast when a small plane crashed into a daycare in ft. myers. the plane flipped as it hit the roof as you can see in that security video. the aircraft then burst into flames. one person on the plane was killed aanother injured. the cause of the crash is under investigation. it is a critical weekend for the new senate health care bill. so far, five republicans have bucked their own party coming out against the plan. this as president trump tweets about it today. kelly o'donnell has all of the developments this evening. >> reporter: taking the polls today in bowie, maryland. >> i'm concerned about the costs. >> reporter: democratic senator chris van hollen urges those anxious about a health care overhaul to pressure wavering republicans. >> we nee t
do the right thing by their constituents, not by the party bosses in washington. >> reporter: the president on the move today and trying to close the deal on an obamacare repeal. >> with a health care system that you deserve. we'll get it done. >> reporter: to coaxing phone calls. sources say president trump is reaching out this weekend. he's already spoken to ted cruz, one of five republicans publicly opposed to the senate health care proposal. republicans can only lose two votes from their members. a razor's edge margin, the president will la meant it in tomorrow on fox news. >> come up with something that everybody is happy with. it's so easy. but we won't get one democrat vote, not one. >> reporter: and on twitter this morning, "democrats slam gop health care proposal
[000:05:59;00] increase by over 100%." a twitter push from mike pence today, too. he could become the senate's tiebreaker vote. promising a repeal before summer's out. and with the senate vote expected this week and a congressional budget office score on the coast, implications of the bill due monday, sources close to the process say they are bracing for the bill to die and be revived a few more times before a final outcome is known. and kate, tonight the trump administration is turning from votes to vows. the president and first lady, the pences and a number of cabinet officials and senior white house staff are attending the wedding of treasury secretary steve mnuchin and an actress from scotland. it is a high society and high-security event here in washington. kate? >> more pictures tomorrow. kelly, thank you. tomorrow, my colleague chuck todd will have much more on the
health care battle. independent senator bernie sanders and republican senator ron johnson. britain's parliament is investigating an apparent cyberattack targeting the e-mail accounts of it is members. a spokesperson tells nbc news they have blocked accounts from being accessed remotely as a precaution. the attack appears to be over and at this point it's not clear who might be behind it. also in london, people are being forced to leave their homes over safety concerns after that devastating fire at an apartment tower. tonight, lucy kafanov is in london talking to people who have been evacuated. >> reporter: ten days after the grenfell fire, a tragedy across britain. evacuation of apartments, hundreds of residents forced to leave their homes, dozens of buildings failing fire safety tests. manslaughter charges on the table as police investigate who should be held accountable
for the deadliest fire in decades. >> we have to leave. [000:07:58;00] that we've been living in a potential death trap for the last ten years. it is horrifying that this was able to happen. >> reporter: today, authorities announced that at least 34 high-rise buildings were covered in the same flammable materials blamed for the grenfell tower blaze. in that fire, a refrigerator on the fourth floor burst into flames causing the panels to melt in the heat allowing the fire to spread. fire safety specialists arnold tarling has been warning about the danger for years. >> buildings like tshi one which have been declared of being the same material are highly unsafe. you don't know from one day to the next whether there's going to be a fire. >> reporter: was the grenfell tower disaster preventible? >> yes, entirely preventible.
even if we have the cladding on the building that is preventible, the disaster would have been avoided having sprinklers in the building. >> reporter: the country is still grasping to come to grips with the disaster. 79 people lost their lives but the toll likely higher. prime minister theresa may determined not to let this happen again. >> the authority has the ability to do what is necessary to ensure that people have somewhere to stay and that the work is done so that those tower blocks become safe for them to return to in the future. >> reporter: but that's cold comfort for the hundreds of families left displayed tonight. lucy kafanov, nbc news, london. now to china where a massive landslide burned dozens of homes in a remote village. at least 140 people are missing after a side of a mountain gave way. jackie has that report tonight. >> reporter: torrential rains
pounded the mountain and water shearing off a side of a mountain. nearly 300 soil equivalent to 3,000 olympic pools covered a village. at least 140 people buried in the early-morning disaster. >> translator: the area is so large that the machinery could hardly go inside. >> reporter: more than 1,000 rescuers responded as the rains continue to come. chinese media reports they've recovered at least 15 bodies. this family of three, including their 1-month-old baby managed to escape after the baby woke them before the slide. >> translator: we heard a strange noise at the back of our house and it was a bit loud. when we came out, water flow washed us away instantly. >> reporter: officials say this is the biggest landslide to hit the region since
2008 when a 7.9 earthquake claimed nearly 90,000 lives in the same province. the reser all too familiar with digging through the rubble to search for the living and find the dead. janice mackey frayer, nbc news, beijing. california is now dealing with powerful swollen rivers. first responders say there could be a threat for weeks to come and they are warning people to stay out of the water. steve patterson has the story. >> reporter: from a distance, california's curran river looks inviting, even peaceful. but get a little closer -- >> are you hurt? stay where you're at. >> reporter: -- and you'll find a life and death battle being waged weekly. >> two feet. >> reporter: the fire department swiftwater rescue team is training double time. >> take my hand. jump right here. >> it's a nerve-racking feeling because you never know what can go wrong.
>> reporter: in just the last month, the department has received an unprecedented number of calls for help and they are not alone. 19 people have died statewide this year including this girl's brother ray. >> he was screaming for help and about 100 yards off he was not seen anymore. >> reporter: the danger starts at the top. massive snowpack in the sierra nevada mountains running into swollen rivers creating life-threatening conditions. from this point upstream, you can feel the full power of the water. it's snowmelt from the mountains and it's cold and nearly 40 degrees. what is letting people a good idea to getting into water like this? >> i think a lot of people think it can't happen to me and then they learn rather quickly that they are no match for the river. >> reporter: despite the warnings, people are still coming out to the river. >> it looks very fast and the current looks
pretty strong. we're not trying to go into the river at all. >> reporter: with this much power being first responders say it's not worth the risk. >> stay out. it's dangerous. you're putting yourself at risk along with the people that come to rescue you. >> reporter: steve patterson, nbc news, bakersfield, california. coming up, why some people are willing to contract a serious disease in an effort to live longer. and the $2 million hidden treasure that has people risking their lives to strike it rich. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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