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tonight, miracle discovery. new video capturing the moment a boys' soccer team and their coach trapped in a flooded cave for over a week were found alive. the chilling terror plot to attack the july 4th parade and fireworks in a major american city. how the fbi foiled it. summer scorcher. lithe dangerous sizz heat wave threatening 60 million. is there any relief on the way for the 4th? deadly explosion aboard a tour boat in paradise. re >> people we jumping off the boat. people were already in the water. it was like in the movie. like a terrible scene. >> an american tourist killed, her father speaking out to us tonit. urgent man hunt. thousands of police officers searching for a notorious brazen prison his
escape on a hijacked chopper. and nba superstar lebron james with a huge game changer, taking his talents to the westco ast. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly new th lester holt. good evening. we begin witgood news tonight in a drama followed around the world. tonight, the miracle so many prayed for granted in the searchr group of soccer players and their coach lost in a flood cave in thailand. there were tears ach rs of relief as the 13 were located inside the cave, all of them f alive, but ning a risky hurdle to reach the surface. our richard engel has the late. >> reporter: they emerge in the darkness, the missing boys alive. their first words to rescuers, thank you. >> how man you? 13? brilliant. >> reporter: it's the first light the boys have
a week. over members of a thai soccer team, ages 11 and their coach have been totally cut off by flood waters and lost track of time in the cave. >> you have been here ten days. ten days. you are very stron >> reporter: the boys looking thin but grateful to be alive. >> i am really happy. >> we are too. >> reporter: today when an official announced our younger brothers have been found, there were cers, emotional families embracing, calling it a miracle.th e team went exploring in the cave in northern thailand then disappeared without a trace. u.s. military personnel joining the search. the problem now, how to get the boys out. the only way out igoto nder water to the cave's mouth in total darkness. a risky operation, en for experienced scuba divers, let alone a oup of young d nd exhausys.
richard engel, nbc news. w t a remarkable outcome. now to the dangerous fe-threatening summer heat here at home. a heat wave stretching acro much of the country as we head toward the july 4th holiday. tens of millions under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings. nbc's stephanie gosk has the .latest on the thre >> reporter: when it's hot, there's really only one fun thing to do outside. >> basically just got to stay in water. kids are just too hot otherwise. >> reporter: the dangerous heat spans from maine to north carolina with 60 million peop der warnings or advisories. burlington, vermont, broke a today, hitting 97 degrees, just 50 miles from canada. in d.c., the city set up a first-aid tent on the national mall. 50 people had to be evacuated from a new jersey nursing home after an air conditio malfunctioned.
and in massachusetts, camps are limiting outdoor time. >> it does get more dangerous as the days go on until you get y cclimated, which usuakes a couple weeks. >> reporter: with temperatures hitting 90 degrees three days in a row, it's officially a heat wave in new york, philadelphia, and hartford. and in burlington, it could be in the 90s until thursday. the advice is stay indoors, obviously some people aren't going to listen to that, especially tourists in new york city, where right here in times square, it feels like it's about a mile from the sun. have you ever been to new york before? >> never. first time. >> reporter: and you me on the hottest day of the year. >> with a sweater on. >> reporter: using whatever they can findo stay cool. >> we're loving every moment. >> reporter: oh, good. so you'll come back. >> yes. >> reporr: these kids in hudson river park definitely have the right idea. the tough thing for cities like new york, philadelphia, and d.c. is that it's notal cooling off much at night. temperatures in the 70s just simply aren't enough. tonight is goi to be another hot bun. lester? ps>> the relief is ste away. stephanie gosk, thank you very much. so is there any relief in sigfr these blistering temperatures, and how
will the heat impact your family's july 4th? nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking the threat good evening. >> reporter: lester, it is brutally hot for so many across the cotry. temperatures are warm enough, but the humidity makes it almost unbeable. for so many, it will feel like it 's above 90 degrees as we continue into tomorrow. the temperatures themselves wil be in the mid-90s, but it feels like we're closer to 100. we're going to see more of the same on the fourth of july with highs in the 90s. nu even as we con through the end of the week, high temperatures will be in the 90s and feels- temperatures will be in the upper 90s, close to 100. we will finally get some relief, but it takes until the weekend before tperatures cool down in the northeast and back through the midwest. highs will finally drop back down into the 80s. so we need that relief. just takes a long time before it gets here. lester? >> dylan dreyer in new york tonight, thanks. as americans make their holiday plans, the fbi sayshat
foiled a chilling terror plot to attack the july 4th celebration in cleveland. ct tonight, a suss in custody after an undercover sting. nbc news justi correspondent pete williams tells us how the feds caught him. >> reportes target, federal investigators, say, was cleveland's july 4th parade and fireworks show.ec prors say a tip about the social media postings by demetrius pitts got their attention. two weeks ago, he began meeting with someone he thought was an al qaeda operative who turned out to be an fbi agent working undercover. court documents say pitttold the agent a week ago, what would hit them in their core? have a bomb to blow up the fourth oly parade. agents say he used his phhone to photogossible sites to attack with a car bomb, including the fireworks park. discussed terday, he giving remote control cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to thil en of our military uniformed members. >> reporter: but it was all talk. the fbi says pitts never had any
explosives and said he just wanted to scout locations, not carry out the attacks and was so unprepared, the undercover agent gave him a bus pass to conduct his scouting trip. but law enforcement officials say heas determined to be a terrorist. >> law enforcement, of course, ot sit back, in this case wait for mr. pitts to commit a violent act. >> reporter: the fbi says agents st ar him yesterday after he talked about trying to plan another attack for later this year in philadelphia, his hometown. lester? >> pete williams, thank you. now white house and the impending decision by president trump on who he'll nominate to the supreme court. the president is to fill the vacancy created by anthony kennedy's retirement, interviewing four ndidates today with more to come. we get the latest from chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> reporter: the president playing coy on his court picks, not saying who he interviewed today. >> mr. president, who did you speak with, sir?
>> reporter: only hony candidates he considered. >> during the mornini interviewed and met with four potential justices of e ur great suprurt. they are really incredible people in so many different ways.em acally and every other way. >> reporter: academically, a supreme scholar seems to be a high priority. people familiar with the process telling nbc news, the president prefers a aduate from harvard or yale. he says he'll have two or three more interviews this ioeek before a sele then the senate sales pitch. republican susan collins a crucial vote, is nowaw g her line in the sand, tied to a key abortion rights ruling, roe versus wade. >> a candidate for this would position who overturn roe v. wade would not be acceptable toe. >> reporter: a new poll out today shows most americans agree with that ruling, while the president made this pledge during his campaign -- do you want to see the court overturn roe v. wade? >> if we put another two or perhaps three justices on,
that's really what's going to be -- that will >> reporter: a deflection today on whether that still stands. >> would the president like to see roe v. wade overturned? >> i'm not going to get to any specifics. >> does he himself, just a matter of how he feels, his own policy, does he want s roe overturned? >> again, as this is ongoing, i'm not going to wingh anything specific. eporter: the white house did not comment on something else making news today, that new interview with the president's former long-time lawyer, michae cohen once said he'd take a bullet for the president, but now he seems to be signalinhe might cooperate with federal in prosecutors, s publicly his is loyalty with family, not his former boss. lester? >> and hallie, on a foreign policy front, we're learning secretary of state mike pompeo is going to go to north korea again this time on sd th. >> reporter: yeah, he's leaving this week, lester, but this trip g omes as nbc news is report u.s. intelligence agencies
believe pyongyang is secretly nuclear re fuel for weapons. that's even after, as you remember, the cotry edged to work toward denuclearization during that singapore summit. nohe white house today woul confirm or deny that but said they do believe they're still making progress. >> hallie jackson at the white house, thank you. we're learni more this evening about the suspect in last week's deadly shooting at a annapolis, n maryland, including exclusive details from a woman who says she wastalked by the man and thought he would kill her. he same time, a survivor is now talking about how he escaped the attack. here's nbc's catie beck. >> he knew exactly what he was doing to me. t >> reporter:ight the woman who says she was terrorized by suspected gunman jarrod ramos breaking her silence and asking us to mask her identity. >> i would be afraid he could show up at anywhere at any time and kill me. >> repter: ramos reached out by e-mail, but messages turned dark when she was slow
to respond. y >> he said ", go kill yourself, you're going to need a protective order. >> reporter: ramos pleaded guilty to criminally harassing her in 2011. the paper covered the ordeal. ramos sued for defamation and lost. police say a likely motive for his rampag inside the newsroom ot that day, phrapher paul gillespie, who de hid under his sk in fear, says the gunman shot employee after employee. when he stopped hearing gunshots, gillese made a run for it. >> i started running.he i d him chase me. i heard footsteps behind me. >> reporter: he made it out. ve of his colleagues did not. he hasn't slept much. when he closes his eyes, he sees them w loved them. we're like a tight family in there. >> reporter: that capital newsroom is forever closed. staff now work in a temporary ace covering five funerals this week. >> there was never any question that we were going to publish. when something in annapolis, "the annapolis capital" covers it.
upholdinge a profession they love and honoring those who died doing it. catie beck, nbc news, annapolis, maryland. there has been another tragic turn after the stabbing se rampage in b idaho. police confirming today that the 3-year-old girl stabbeat her own birthday party and the youngest of the nine victims injured has died. t now usp charged with first-degree murder. police say he was staying with a woman at the complex and may have wanted revenge after being kicked out on friday. we'll turn now to the vacation horror in paradise. an explosi tearing through a tour boat carrying a dozen passengers, including ten amicans, in the bahamas. one of those american tourists was killed. ght we're hearing from the grief-stricken father of the victim. nbc's tammy leitner has the latest. >> reporter: the boat was on a wildlife excursion when it burst into flames. >> the boat exploded right in front of us. li>> reporter: kil 49-year-old malika
grimes jackson from chattanooga as she celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary. her husband was seriously injured. >> they were a partnership and fun loving. she valued family very highly. >> reporter: nine other americans were injured, inclung 22-year-old stephanie schafer, a dancer and athlete. >> she did ballet e dancing from the t she was very, very young. >> reporter: to save her life, doctors had to take both her legs. >> due to the b accident, she h her legs were amputated at her knee. she's going to survive. we're going to pray and she's g to survive. >> reporter: people watched in horror from another boat as those passenge begged their captain to move e he boat back. >> somople were already in the water. >> reporter:everal jumped in to help, even as ames shot into the air. the owr and boat's
captain was also injured. the tour company, four seas adventure, declined comment while the explosion is under investigation. the company is licensed and had been recommended by "travel and leisure" magazine.e, me jackson's family is remembering her. ul >> she lived a life and full in tha it could overflow toward others. >> reporter: and coming trms with an anniversary trip that ended like this. tammy leitner, nbc news, clearwater, id fl some highly emotnal reunions are taking place just days after a federal judge ordered that migrant families separated at the border be reunited. they included a mother and daughter from o guatemala whunited in los angeles after about a month apart. a similar scene in florida, another reunion there between a girl and her mother. it's not known how many of the more than 2,000 children separated are now back with their parents. still ahead as we continue tonight, the great escape. a hijacked helicopter prison into and frees a notorious gangster. also news tonight
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child with so much respect and love. >> reporter: the park even created a sensory guide, ranking each ride to help families better plan their visit and has designed quiet rooms where kids can find comfort. this isn't the first time sesworkshop m.as brought awareness to aut >> julia? >> sometimes it takes julia a while to answer. >> reporter: in 2017, they introduced julia, a muppet with autism, now a permanent figure in the park. >> i can't possibly explain to you what it means to a special needs family. c >> reporter: for e and his family, this amusement park has become a home away from home. >> just to have this little break, to be able to come here and let him enjoy himself, you can't buy it. >> glad to share that story with you tonight. at the end of our broadcast tomorrow, we've got a remarkabley stout bob dole, world war ii veteran, former senate leader, and presidential nd ate, now in his 90s taking on a new mission in our "those