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tear gas and riot police in the streets of puerto rico as thousands turn out the demand the governor's resignation in th oe wakef profanity-laced misogynistic comments. kevin spacey has sexual assault charges dropped. presidt trump takes his attacks on four progressive members of congress on the road. >> so these congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous militant hard left. but that's okay because we're going win this election like nobody's ever seen >> he does not embody the principles, the responsibility, the grace, the integrity of a
true president >> 130 million americans are in the path of extreme weather as much of the country gets ready to bake through the weekend. and meet the puppy born with upward facing paws who had surgery to reverse the paws. milo has a new outlook on life "early today" starts right now >> good thursday morning i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm frances rivera. chaos in the commonwealth is our breaking news. the capital of puerto rico turned into a war zone smoke filled the streets as dozens of police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets. explosions rocking old san juan. protesters also firemolotov cocktails at police who tried to push crowds away from the governor's mansion the rage palpable as standoff
intensified as the night went on just hours ago they were joined by some of thegg island's biest stars, including ricky martin, calling an end to rick car doe roello's reign they say it's years of corruption and suffering, and they want him out g office. gabeutierrez is on the ground with more. >> reporter: more protesters are on the streets of san juan, demanding puerto rico's governor resign why should the governor bresign ause he isn't worthy of being the governor of puerto rico. >> reporter: there have been other demonstrationsn miami, d.c. and new york where "hamilton" creatorl lin-manue second-degree sounded off. >> i support t people. >> reporter: a second royal caribbean cruise ship canceled its visit toan the isld after police in riot gear fired tear gas to break up a crowd in san ju wednesd governor rossello has been under fire since nearly 900 pages of a privatgroup chat were leaked in public by the center for investigativsme journali in
puerto rico. it containedulgar jokes about female politicians and jichts as well as an anti-gay slur aimed at pop star ricky martin who joined protests. rossello insists he won't resign he faces mounting criticism over his government's response to hurricane maria in 2017. there are thousands of people at is protest, and political pressure has intensified here in puerto rico after several lol officials were arrested last week and accused of corruption now this crowd is ging rossello to resign, and all that pent-up frustration ispi sing out into the streets. >> gabe, thank you much of the country is already feeling thsse exe heatwave that's threatening over 100 million people in connecticut, seven chdren at a carnival day camp were taken to the hospital, and two firefighters there were also hospitaled for heat exhaustion the safety equipment these crews wear adds about 10 to 12 degrees
to their body temperature. nbc's blayne alexander has more. >> reporter: searing summer heat. >> it's very, very hot it's hot >> reporter: millions bracing for record-breaking heatwave it will feel like at least 100 degrees across 40 states >> we are seeing the high heat and humidity >> reporter: in the nation's capital, it feels like 105 inah wichita and oa city, 108. at busch stadium in st. louis, it's enough to send fans fleeing minutes into this midday baseball game. >> it's just hot. >> reporter: sun so intense, it's buckling roads in wichita and slowing trains in chicago. fears the heat will actually bend the tracks. hundreds of cooling centers are opening in new york city, and after a weekend blackout there, crews are working to make sure the power grid doesn't take another hit. >> we want tmake sure we balance the need for people to stay cool with the amount of elecicity that's being used in the city
>> reporter: but the real danger, your health. how many heat-related calls would you say that you had so far this summer? >> so far this summer i want to say we probably had a few hundred. >> reporter: paramedics like leticia vaughn are gearing up for more calls, stock up on ice packs and coldater, a reminder that heat exhaustion can set in quickly. be aware of symptoms including headache, nausea, and dizziness. and here in st. louis we are right in the middle of that heatwave certainly a reminder that heat exhaustion can turn deadly, especially for the very young and the elderly. 's important to drink plenty of water, and make sure to stay in the shade and inside where it's aired condition phillip? >> all right, thank you. let's toss it to nbc meteorologist janessa webb like she said, it is going to be unbearable maybe dangerous in some parts. >> a lot of people may be wondering why we're discussing this further we're in the heat of summer here that's why we have a chart it is a known fact that temperatures in the mid-90s , hereu kind of go into that panic mode
and that's why we're really concerned here over the weekeni the next few days with 130 million under heat concerns across the plains, and then it really spreads into the northeast. i do think this expands in the next 24 hours. we are talking feel-like temperatures that are in the upper s, but you're talking about humidity levels, feeling like you're in the deep end of a swimming pool. >> can't breathe. >> jan necesry sack, thank you. president trump is ramping up the heated rhetoric as he hits the road for reelection during a rally in north carolina, he lashed out against four democratic freshmen congresswomen one day after the racially charged comments directed at the lawmakers. nbc's trac the latest from d.c. go morning. >> hi there,rances, phillip. good morning the house voted to condemn the comments but did not vote to impeach him. that is off the table for now as lawmakers continue to instigate. but take a look at that rally in
north carolina last night. there were chants, "send herit home." as similar to the clothe lock her up" chants you may remember from 2016 as president trump to his time and one by one called out these four women of color, these four congresswomen that he's been targeting, saying that if they don't like what's happening in america, they should go back to their home country >> when you see the four congresswomen, oh, isn't that lovely omar has a history olaunching vicious anti-semitic screeds >> send her back send her back! >> these congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the hard but that's okay, litant because we're going to win this election like nobody has ever seen before. >> you c hear the chants there, the reaction from the
crowd down in greenville, north carolina the president speaking about each of themound also abt them as a group now, we did see reaction on twitter from one of there membs of congress that he has targeted, representative ilhan omar with this quote from maya angelou. you may shoot me with your words. you may cut me with your eyes, you may cut me with your hatefulness, but still, like ai i'll rise still president trump continues to go after these women saying that it is their hateful speech that should be condemned back to you. >> all right, tracie potts for us tracie, thank you. a fun and hugely popular app developed in russia is prompting new warnings about privacy and what the company ds with your photos nbc's gadi schwartz has that story. >> reporter: it's an internet challenge promising a glimpse of your future.
wrinkles, saggy skin, gray hair and all. >> it's justte wrinkles. >> rep face app. >> i feel like it's not what i'm going to look like when i'm older. >> reporter: and that then quickly spreading through socias media,rming the likes of justin bieber, kim kardashian, not even the rock immune to virtual old age. todait's theumber one app on iphones and androids, more than 100 million downloads. you basically take a picture and click here, and yikes. but what exactly are the pictures going and how nge they bei stored? it turns out the developer is based in russia. in a statement the company says user data is not transferred to russia, but in theirerms of service you agree to the transfer and storage of your information in and to the u.s. and other countries. >> this is essentially creating a surveillance technology industry that's going to be worth billions of dollars and will always know what you look like >> rorter: think minority report when tom crse walks by stores that know him by na. >> good evening, john. >> reporter: but experts say while there is concern other
companies are collecting a lot more information than what you might look like down the road. >> sites like facebook and google, those services look at all the different parts of your life, where you go, what you look like, what you buy. so is this app any worse than they are >> reporr: a question we all should ask as e face th future gadi schwartz, nbc news. >> all right a lot of us talking about the weather, because it is important and ngerous in some parts. let's check out meteorologist janessa webb again. >> good morning. the heat will continue to build here it's pretty stagnant across the plains right now, into the upper midwest. it shifts tothe east head booing the weekend so daytime highs, the air temperature going to sit in the middle 90s today from st. louis to new orleans but whenou factor in the humidity levels that are sitting in the 70s here, thavet oppressi air that's going throw us into triple-digit territory, and it really doesn't let down for the tonext 24 36 hours. look how it shifts into the northeast by the weekend here.
daytime highs and feel-like temperatures are still going to be in the 90s, potentially feeling like 110 degy.es for new york cit that's a look at the big weather story of the day here is a closer look at your day ahead. so we're back in the middle 90s here air temperatures, lots of bright sunshine across the southwest, into the south as well here. the bubble of heat but storms for the upper midwest this afternoon so i'm thinking about winter would you ra heat or sub-zero temperatures? >> i always play that, what would you rather game. >> i guess cold becau e yon throw things on. >> true. >> i'm a winter fan. >> heat. >> i wish i had the choice about now. in today's quick hits, west palm beach has a new tactic to keep homeless people sleeping from near their waterfrontvi paons. they're playing the kid song
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>> reporter: thetate of massachusetts dropping a nantucket case due to the unavailability of the complaining witness. that witness a young man who was 18 when he worked as a busboy at this nantucket restaurant.s himother told me in 2017 that spacey assaulted her son put his hand inside his pants that he really knew he was in trouble. r >>eporter: you say he didn't consent to that? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: the teen sent a incident to his girlfriend and texted with friends, but last week at a hearing, his attorney said after police reviewed the phone, it went missing >> your honor, we could not locate the phone >> reporter: spacey's attorney asked if tccer had deleted messages i don't believe, he said but his mother later admitted she did delete some content. at theearing, the alleged victim stopped answering questions, asserting his right against self-incrimination >> to turn any evidence in, and in furthce of a criminaltronic,
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modern movie history could jack have fit on the door alongside rose in the movie "titanic"? it's something we've all ndered about well, leonardo dicaprio, he was asked that question during an what happened.view, and here's >> no comment. >> did m yoution at the time can weake the door smaller >> like i said, i have no comment. >> anybody whose seen that movie or thought about it, it was great movie, no doubt. but you did wonderco, d she have scooted over a little bit >> this has been a decades, like 20-year-long debate. you got over the years scientists weighing in on it, other scientists and mathematicians and even james cameron weighing in on it. he could have fit. come on. >> the question that will go on all right. according to a new poll, kids these days would rather be on youtube than be on the moon.
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good morning, everyone let's talk about the weekend here i can promise you the heat is going to don't build it's going to be really extreme for the plains and even the northeast, even a few scattered showers for northern new england. but look at these daytime highs, even for cleveland into detroit. we're talking abouthe upper 90s, potentially record heat for the northeast. and it's still that warm air, even alaska. i see upper 60s. so my slurpee game strong this >> got it. thank you, janessa our top stories are next, including jon stewart calling out for 9/11 compensation.
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hot and humid day and busy, too. our melissa mollet is standing by with your first 4 traffic. >> let's start with storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. another weather alert day. tels yo tell us why. >> there is a chance for strong thunderstorms later on in the afternoon so we have a storm chance for today with heat index s around 100 degree and we get rid of the storm chance for friday and saturday but heat ndexes on friday and saturday both would be as much as 110 degrees. dangerous levels of heat and humidity. this morning, plenty of stickiness out e. your planner for your thursday, day time highs today only in the low to mid-90s. that will feel cool by comparison as we head toward friday. we will talk more about that weekend meltdown coming up. let's go over to melissa now. >> taking a look at the road here.