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get a break. >> a perfect place to be. >> sounds good. thank you. "nbc nightly news" up next. on this saturday night, under fire. donald trump faces harsh new criticism from his own party. he is told not to come to a big conservative forum after new insults aimed at a moderator of this week's debate. direct hit. destruction and death from a typhoon that dumped four feet of rain, cussing mudslides and cutting power to millions. toxic mistake. how a clnup effort by the epa caused an environmental disaster, polluting a scenic river with 1 million gallons of wastewater. and terror in the air. an inside look at how the u.s. military is preparing for the possibility that terrorists might use drones to attack the united states. and getting hooked. how a lesson in fly fishing helps these women move on with their lives. "nightly news" begins now.
>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news". reporting tonight, willie geist. >> good evening. it's been 48 hours since the first republican presidential debate. and a testy exchange between donald trump and megyn kelly has become the flashpoint in the campaign. because of new comments trump made last night, a conservative group to a gathering of candidates today was pulled. now republicans of the republican field are lining up to criticize him. word that an adviser and long-time friend has resigned from the campaign. trump says he fired him. more from nbc's kelly o'donnell in atlanta. >> reporter: good evening, willie. once again, donald trump has turned a few words into a firestorm. taking away oxygen from gop rivals, forcing his party to do damage control. he was supposed to be a highlight at a tailgate event
tonight. but he's not coming and was told to stay away. this is where donald trump was supposed to be a star attraction tonight. >> someone had to stand up to him. >> reporter: the welcome mat was pulled by the organizer of this conservative meeting. >> if you haven't heard, i disinvited donald trump. >> reporter: and top gop candidates were under pressure to call out trump once again. >> what donald trump said is wrong. that is not how we win elections. >> i think every candidate should treat everyone else with civility and respect. >> reporter: today's trump storm started brewing at the thursday night debate when moderator megyn kelly asked about his rhetoric toward women. >> you called women you don't like fat pigs dogs slobs, disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> reporter: only rosie o'donnell.
>> reporter: last night he complained about kelly's questioning on cnn. >> you could see blood coming it of her eyes, blood from wherever. >> reporter: the fallout was swift. red state gathering cancelled trump's appearance. carly fiorina said, mr. trump, there is no excuse today wisconsin governor scott walker avoided naming trump but sided with fiorina. >> i agree with carly that those comments are inappropriate and is worth focusing on. >> reporter: absent but upset. he said mr. trump made megyn kelly look really bad. she was a mess with her anger. the statement says he was talking about a bloody nose. only a deviant would think anything else. and called the red state organizer who bumped trump a total loser. erick erickson read to the crowd several angry e-mails from trump supporters. >> i'm so sick of political correctness that i may puke.
i'm mad as hell. >> reporter: among attendees, views were mixed. some disappointed. >> i've heard enough. and i'm a big girl. donald is free to say what he wants. >> i want to see them all be who they are. if they act like a buffoon, any of them, that's how we decide. >> reporter: and more turmoil for trump. a top long-time associate, both from his business world and in the political realm, roger stone is out tonight, a dispute whether he resigned or was fired. many say they are anxious to get beyond conversation about trump and to talk about issues. candidates are weary of it and so are some of those who attended this event. willie. >> kelly o'donnell in atlanta. thanks, kelly. we heard from another leading candidate today for tomorrow's meet the press. chuck todd asked marco rubio of florida about trump's latest comments. >> if i comment on everything hes, my whole campaign consumed
by it. that's what i'll do all day. i have to focus on the message. otherwise, the whole campaign would be how do you feel about donald trump. he says something every day. >> for more on this we are joined by chuck todd. chuck, all the experts said his comments could sink his campaign. then his questioning of john mccain's heroism. but his poll numbers continue to go north. is this different? >> this could be different for the republican party. i don't know if you will see him drop in support. we will have a first look at new numbers post debate the last few days on tomorrow's "meet the press." so it may not impact his poll numbers. but what you are seeing now is i would say getting close to a coalescing of the republican party. not just the establishment, not just big donors or not just folks in washington, but a larger pool of folks. more of the presidential candidates than are even speaking out are saying this is a total distraction. it's hurting the republican
party. and the accumulation of the offenses by trump on hispanics, veterans, now women. you can go back to the birther stuff and note that that offended a lot of african-americans. at what point is enough enough? this could be the straw as far as the rest of the party is is concerned. it may not impact polls but i think this time you will see much more aggressive action by many members of the republican party. >> you will get a chance to ask about this tomorrow on "meet the press". >> we will be there. >> and the full interview with chuck tomorrow on "meet the press" with senator marco rubio. a typhoon has been downgraded to a tropical storm. it is slamming parts of china after it caused widespread devastation in taiwan at least six people are dead five are missing in taiwan. ian williams has our report. >> reporter: it was a direct hit on taiwan.
typhoon making landfall early saturday, packing winds that topped 100 miles per hour. the monster storm dumped four feet of rain in some places triggering flash floods and landslides, cutting power to 3 million at the height of the storm. thousands of troops and emergency workers were deployed. this fire crew rescued residents trapped by a surging river. while this woman is desperate to reach friends in a village cut off by the surging mud and rocks. there are reports of an entire village swept away by early evacuations spared lives. taiwan was in lockdown when the storm struck. the eye passing to the south of the capital taipei. this is a fast-moving storm. it will quickly move across the island and out towards mainland china. people began to venture cautiously outside to assess the damage. downtown taipei is now littered with uprooted trees, torn from the ground by the sheer force of the storm. the wind was still gusting
powerfully. taiwan is used to typhoons but rarely of this strength. was it scary? >> very scary. >> i can't sleep with all of the wind. >> reporter: emerging from the storm unscathed, the class covered taipei 101, the world's second tallest building. tonight the typhoon has moved to mainland china, hitting coastal provinces at reduced strength but still packing a formidable punch. ian williams, nbc news, taipei. back in this country, officials in colorado are dealing with a big environmental problem tonight. the accidental release of 1 million gallons of toxic wastewater that found its way into a colorado river and it was caused by the epa itself. more on this tonight from gadi schwartz. >> reporter: over 100 miles of scenic river now a neon ribbon of sludge. >> it makes me want to cry.
it's a huge disaster. >> reporter: the environmental protection agency was excavating when they tore this hole and out gushed mardest colored ooze. it worked its way south towards durango, shiprock and the colorado river moving less than 4 miles per hour. officials say they are protecting drinking water from the contaminated river. tests show the water around the mine has traces of lead and arsenic. and is as acidic as strong coffee. >> i wouldn't eat the fish. i wouldn't drink the water. i wouldn't go swimming. >> and river guides have been sidelined during the busy summer season. >> we have 40 guides that don't have work right now. and it's taken a big effect on them. >> reporter: at a town hall meeting in farmington friday, the epa apologized. >> we typically respond to emergencies. we don't cause them. this is just something happens when we're dealing with mines sometimes.
>> reporter: this afternoon the leak was finally stopped. but the questions continue. >> what are you going to do for our safety? >> as long as this situation persists, we will be here and providing resources as needed to continue to support whatever efforts are on ongoing. >> reporter: the governor of new mexico took aim at the epa on facebook friday morning posting, imagine what would happen if a private company caused this waste spill. adding, i am disturbed by the lack of information provided by the epa. after it took the epa over a day to notify state officials. a catastrophe caused by the very agency charged with keeping this river clean. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. it will be one year tomorrow since the shooting death of michael brown by a police officer in ferguson, missouri. today brown's father was among about 200 people who took part in a memorial march. the killing led to rioting and national debate over race and police conduct.
which brings us to texas where authorities say they are investigating the police shooting death of a 19-year-old man named christian taylor. nbc's mark potter has that story. >> reporter: police say they responded to a burglary report at this car dealership in arlington, texas, just outside dallas early friday morning. >> suspect is is still inside on the property. 14, can they give us any description on what type of vehicle he might be called in. >> he broke into possibly a gray-colored ford mustang. >> reporter: the arlington police department says an suv broke through the dealership front gate, drove through the glass doors of the showroom and a report of someone damaging vehicles on the lot. >> we got shots fired. >> there was a confrontation between the suspect and officers and an officer discharged his weapon. the suspect was shot and is now deceased. >> reporter: the suspect was identified as 19-year-old christian taylor a football
player at angelo state university seen here wearing number 20. police say the officer is 49-year-old brad miller, a rookie, who had just graduated from the academy in march and was still being supervised by a training officer. taylor was pronounced dead at the scene, and the department later said he was not carrying a weapon. arlington officers do not yet wear body cameras. so police say they are looking at security video from the car dealership that may give some insight to the cause of the confrontation. taylor's older brother says he didn't deserve to die. >> he's a kid. he's a kid. kids do dumb things sometimes. nobody's life should be taken. >> reporter: ironically a week before his death, taylor tweeted i don't want to die too young. a year ago he wrote i don't feel protected about the police. it sparked a twitter feud on social media as to who is to blame. the police promise a thorough and transparent investigation.
mark potter, nbc news. as the u.s. government tries to combat terrorism here at home, it's becoming increasingly concerned about the threat from drones that could be used by terrorists. so over the past two weeks, the military conducted a testing event of what it says are the best counter measures and capabilities available. nbc's kristen welker was there. >> reporter: an unmanned aerial vehicle flying over ventura county, california a would-be attacker. but now itself a target in a testing scenario. welcome to black dart 2015. run by the u.s. military, black dart's mission is to test the best technologies and systems available from the military, government agencies, and private companies, to defend against attacks using drones. >> this year we have about 55 different systems that are out here. >> reporter: first started after september 11th. black dart was secret until last year. major scott greg is black dart's
project officer. >> it was time to lift the veil just to demonstrate and to let the audience know we are actively engaged in assessing and improving our own capabilities. >> reporter: to detract and disrupt unmanned vehicles of various sizes. combatting small drones is a key focus this year. a quad copter landed on the white house lawn by an intoxicated operator. how much damage does a small quadcopter like that do? >> some of the quad copters out there can carry anywhere from 4 to 15 pounds of cargo. so i think it's only limited by imagination. >> reporter: small drones like this one weighing less than 20 pounds and similar to the one that landed at the white house are such a concern because they fly slow and low. they are hard to detect and hard to stop in their tracks. on display, nonsecret hardware. these navy radar planes were
conducting overhead surveillance. army ground radar and live fire weapon. marine command center coordinating electronic data sharing. bottom line, is the u.s. military, the u.s. government prepared to deal with the threat from drones? >> we continue to work on the threat, but the threat continues to evolve. >> reporter: the continuing challenge, staying ahead of that evolving threat. the message, they're on it. >> hit it. there goes. >> did it? oh, good. >> reporter: kristen welker. when "nightly news" on this saturday, a red hot housing market sends prices soaring. so what is a buyer to do?
we're back on this summer saturday with a hot housing market. maybe you have seen it for yourself. a historically low supply has put frustrated buyers into bidding wars and driven up prices to new highs. diana oleick tells us why. >> reporter: jennifer and jared kolb like this house in suburban dallas well enough, but they're not exactly getting their hopes up to buy it. after putting in close to a dozen offers on other homes -- >> i think we're probably more emotionally detached now. >> reporter: -- they still haven't won a deal. >> in most of the houses we made offers on, there's multiple, 15 plus offers that come in. >> reporter: the number of homes for sale today is near historic lows nationwide, about half the supply. >> today's seller is tomorrow's
buyer. and they won't sell their home unless they know there's something to buy. with so little inventory, where are they going to go? >> reporter: another reason, new construction is still at half its normal pace. as crash crushed builders only slowly ramp up. demand however, is rising in turn pushing home prices higher now up over 6% from a year ago nationally but higher in tighter markets like dallas where prices are hitting new record highs. >> kind of like piranhas all going after the same piece of meat. it is not uncommon to go $10,000 to $25,000 higher than list price. >> reporter: there is a limit. a home that is overpriced can sit on the market for months. this one did until the seller lowered the price. it's estimated that three-quarters of all homes have been sitting too long, considered stale. >> buyers think if the home has been on the market for three weeks it's overpriced and no one
else wants it. >> reporter: those looking to purchase a home can get a competitive edge by using all cash adding an escalation clause adding how much they would like to pay above the offer. and agency also suggest writing a personal note to the seller, saying why they want that particular home. >> that's a pebble tech finish on the pool. >> reporter: buyers like the kolbs hope they will win the house. nbc news, washington. and when we come back, a best friend and the rescue i promise you will not want to miss.
some terrifying moments on friday for passengers on board a delta flight traveling from boston to salt lake city. the plane got caught in a hail storm over eastern colorado, suffering major damage to the windshield and nose cone, as you can see there. as the plane was pelted with hail, the pilots descended sharply. some passengers said they were crying and holding hands. the a 320 made a safe emergency landing in denver. a reunion between a blind philadelphia woman and a service dog who saved her life by calling 911 during a fire. she woke up and shouted danger. her labrador meant she could dial into special phone for help. they got back together after they were both treated for smoke inhalation. this isn't the first time
>> reporter: on wyoming's wind river it's tough to find trout today. not that tiny hanson minds. >> i don't care if i catch a fish. >> reporter: she's concentrating on her casting with 13 other women at this fly fishing retreat. >> it was the first time i hadn't really thought about what happened to me. >> reporter: so focused on the fish, kristen kelly forgot to think about breast cancer. >> stage 3c. so i had the toughest chemo, the toughest radiation, radical mastectomy. you name it, i got it. it was a very lonely process. i felt like no one understood what i was going through. >> reporter: but here they all get it. ♪ we decided to stick together ♪ >> reporter: each woman has sir vibed breast cancer and for some it's the first time they are talking about it. >> reporter: tonya is one of 7,000 who participated in a free casting for recovery retreat.
>> the majority of women have never attended any sort of conventional support group for their cancer. so that tells us that this unconventional approach to healing is really meeting a need >> reporter: the motion of casting helps exercise muscles that may be weaker after treatment, but this is far more than physical therapy. >> you learn a skill. and you have other women that have survived. and you feel a lot less lonely. >> reporter: it's even better when the fish are biting. >> it's a matter of being in the right spot at the right time. >> 10 minutes ago you said i don't care if i catch a fish. >> i lied. >> reporter: and after every catch, a release. >> you catch it and you let it go. >> reporter: at the end of the weekend, each camper takes home her own rod and reel, a new hobby and new friends. >> they know. you don't have to explain how i'm feeling. >> is it as good as catching a fish? >> no.
because that's exhilarating. that's life. this is life. i'm doing more of it. >> reporter: more than surviving, this is living. hallie jackson nbc news, dubois, wyoming. >> that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm willie geist. i'll see you back here tomorrow evening. good night. an east bay swim meet vacuateafter a foul smell makespeople dizzy. we've found ou right now at 6:00, an east bay swim meet evacuated after a foul smell makes people dizzy. we found out what was behind it. good evening. >> a big swim meet shut down.
this after a high school maintenance project causes the evacuation of everyone attending the meet. this is after fumes made several people queasy. chuck, everyone had to get out of there. >> reporter: absolutely. and the swim meet has since resumed. for a while it was shut down. this all happened at campolindo high school. work crews were working on the track. you can see the sheeting designed to partly keep in the fumes. those fumes drifted downwind about 60 yards. to the pool area at the high school where a big championship swim meet was being held this weekend. it is the orinda moraga championship, for youngsters between ages of 3-18. the event was stopped. people were told to leave after a dozen or so people reported that they felt dizzy, including two children.