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again, guys. great job. the disease that took life took our mutual friend's teddy's life, the exact same disease nine years ago, a comdays ago and three years ago it took my beautiful son beau's life. it's brutal. it's relentless, it's unforgiving. and it takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive we habe to rem how they lived, not how they died. senator day arizona john mccain will have it rare honor of lying in the capitol where thousands will pay tribute
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to an american hero. new new mexico where now we know what caused a greyhound bus to collide with a semi killing at least seven. president trump threatens to get directly involved with the fbi and justice department if as he says they don't start doing their jobs right. and dramatic new guidelines that will change how cases are handled on campuses. and the whose who from around the world will pay tribute to aretha franklin. >> good friday morning, everyone. breaking overnight at least seven people are dead after a gruesome crash between a greyhound bus and a semi-truck in new mexico. the toll up from just four earlier in the day. the state police a preliminary
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investigation found the impact seemingly ripping the front of the greyhound off. police say nearly everyone needed emergency ca. >> all b six people were tr ed transported to the hospital. so we've got six people that were injured or received minor injuries. everyone else was transpoed to a minor hospital throughout the county or through albuquerque. >> the driver of the truck was also injured but is expected to survive. the the extent of the remaining injuries waste not immed known. greyhound issued a statement saying our first priority is taking car of our passengers and their family as this incident has deeply impacted all involved. the national transportation safety board says it is sending a team to wvestigate. >>hington, d.c. preparing a hero's welcome this morning as the maverick makes the journey to the nation capitol for one last time. the late senator john mccain arrived add a d.c. funeral home
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overnight. d in his home state of arizona senator mccain's colleagues from both sides of the aisle celebrated his legacy in a moving memorial. denbc's national corresp peter alexander has more from the touching tribute in phoenix. >> reporter: the man so many arizonians celebrate as their hero saying good-bye for the .ast ti in a state with millions of voters here they felt they knew john mccain personally. at the family's church in phoenix whecc mn's younger children were baptized the military honor guard receiving his flag draped casket while his loved ones including his widow cindy looked on. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: a moving celebration of life with a native-american expression of love and the patrotti parad of tributes. >> he served his country with honor. fought the good fight.
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he finished the race. he kept the faith. reporter: praise punctuated by mccain's friend and former senate colleague joe biden. >> i always thought of john as a brother, had a hell of a lot of family fights. >> reporter:he former vice president reflecting on his own personaloss now helping t mccain's through theirs. >> but you know you're going to make it when the image of your dad, your husband, your friend crosses your mind and a smile comes to your lip before a tear to your eye. >> reporter: biden explaining why losing a proud statesman is hitting the country so hard. >> i think it's because they knew john believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of america. >> reporter: honoring her dad, bridget mccain. time ime to be born and a
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to die. >> reporter: mccain ever the maverick departing his way. ♪ i did it my way >> reporter: for this former naval aviator who always put countrrs one final flight. >> well, thanks to peter alexander for that report. d.c. will bid its final farewell to the late senator. after a private arrival ceremony this morning m bain'sy will lie in state at the u.s. capitol rotunda. hey the 30th aamericmerican to receive the honor. on sunday he'll be laid to rest at a private burial at the u.s. navaacademy. president trump is back in d.c. this morning after hitting the campaign t til ahead of mid-terms. he fired up a crowd at a rally in indiana also stomping for the senate candidate and he also launched a new waeb of attacks on his o justice department,
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even threatening to intervene himself. >> our justice department and our fbi have to startthoing r job and doing it right and doing it now. because people are angry. i want them to do their job. i will get involved and i'll get in i there ifave to. >> the president also promising to crack down on techat titans he claims are unfairly sensoring conservative voices. >> you look at google, facebook, twitte and other social media gits and i've made it clear that we as a country cannotte tole political censorship, black listing and rigged searc results. >> and protesters also interrupted the presidential rally several times resulting in wi one of the night's most disturbing images. reaching out to block a
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photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a picture of a protester. an ap fotphotographer snapped t photo of the incident. the fbi says when he made those threats against newspaper employees he mentioned a phrase that is frequently been used by president trump in attacking the news media. nbc news justice correspondent peat williams has more. >> reporter: an fbi s.w.a.t. team swarmed the cena, california, home of the man threatening tottack the boston globe. investigators say 68-year-old robert chain called the newsroom a dozen times starting august 10th, t same day the globe rached a national campaign that urged other newspapers to launch editorials supporting a free press. as long as you keep attacking the president, he said in one call, he'd contie his threats, cording to the fbi. and in other court documents say
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he told the globe i'm going to shoot you in the effing head today at 4:00. the fbi said in several of his threatening calls he said, quote, you're the enemy of the people. that's a phrase president trump has repeatedly t use criticize the press what he calls unfair coverage. >> i call the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. >> reporter: the pre using it again in a series of tweets attacking the media including nbc news. >> it's a dangerous game because there's a risk that individuals upset with the media and support the president for whatever reason will take this threat literally. >> reporter: authorities say had i had a rifle. police have now identified her boyfriend as 49-year-old ray cu collins. police say he left a note behind
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identifying the wom w and saying sorry for what he'd done to her. >> due to the allegations of the female made of sexual assault we will not be naming t victim in this case. we are confident due to the totality of evidence with us we have identified the woman in the doorbell video and she is safe. >> no charges are expected to be filed. switching over to some llege football now, 21st ranked central florida on the very first drive adrian, jr. rocks it into the end zone. theype j out to a lead and put it on cruise control from there. they stomped the huskies 56-17. something very spe happened at halftime. the yukon marching band played tribute to one of the victims of
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the parkland shooting. it is friday, a very important ekend. if you want to squeeze in every last bit of the summer here. >> sometimes you can be a little cool or littl wet depending on where. you a that system is hung up a bit there around des moines and ames, and as we track that into sunday we continue that disturbance there out with a watch for new orleans and a good chance of rain. that's a look at the big weather story o d the. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. today we have a slight rk of severe storms through minnesota all the way down through areas of iowa, even portions of of omaha. and watch out for storms in southern louisiana in the southeast. that severe risk, we'll take
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closer look at that. and maybe even a flood threat in the next couple days. re's one for you adrenaline junkies. six flags fiesta texas, unveiled plans for that newest thrill rideri fea that giant rotating disk that goes higher and higher moving at 75 miles per hour. it's going to debut next semer. this is closest i'll ever get to it. >> i have a lot of crazyut memories a that fiesta, texas. the place is fun, though. just ahead why president trump wants a federal pay freeze, and paying respect to the queen of soul. we'd been counting down to his retirement. it was our tresiba® reasoul he needs i to control his high blood sugar and, at his age, he's at greater risk for lows. tresiba® releases slow and steady and works all day and night like the body's insulin.a (vo) tresib is a long-acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes. don't use tresiba® to treat diabetic ketoadosis, during episodes of low blood sugar,f
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that ended with singing franklin's hit song "respect." all eyes will turn to greater dwr grace temple tonight. it boasts a long list of human rights activists as well as industry titans like sony music ceo collide davis will offer personal reflections. former president bill clinton will also offer his condolences to the queen of soul. musical artists expected to give musical tributes from pop star ariana grau ariana grande to chaka khan. the celebration will kick off at 9:30 a.m. eastern at greater grace temple in detroit. >> fitting tribute. loo leading the news this morning just as a new school
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washington. what you need to know. paid increase canceled. trump said the country can't afford it. >> "news 4 today" begins with breaking news. >> that breaking news, a nasty crash on495. >> let's get right to melissa and the s deta this crash. >> this is the top of the bel beltway, one of the slowest spots if whead into a travel or holiday weekend. this inner loop. the left lane is opened. a jackknifed tractor-trailer is going to add to the pae. uel cells, that can take so long, mix thatn with some potential rain here this morning, could get ugly. st of the beltway looking okay. not a huge


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