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really the big question. >> thanks for joining us. lester holt next with nightly news. there is breaking news tonight. fatal flood disaster. at least 20 dead. hundreds more trapped in a mall. homes and cars swept away by a raging catastrophe. the worst in a hundred years. shock waves around the world. markets free fall. retirement funds taking a big hit as britain makes a historic break from the european union. the deep impacts here at he. also, what did he say? donald trump in the uk, raising eyebrows, promoting his golf course, as the crisis unfolded right around him. burning to the ground. the fire emergency in california turns deadly, as homes quite literally explode before our eyes. and courtroom shocker. a man wrongly convicted of murder after 13 alibi witnesses were ignored by police. after spending 20 years behind bars, why he told the judge
today not to dismiss the case. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. in a moment, full coverage of the financial shock waves rocking the world from the historic vote in britain. but there is breaking news in an unfolding tragedy here at home we need to tell you about. in west virginia, at least 20 people are now confirmed dead in a catastrophic flood disaster, the worst in a hundred years. at this hour, 500 people remain trapped by those floodwaters in a shopping mall. waters so powerful, ripping homes from foundations and sweeping away cars. nbc's ron mott starts us off from the flood zone. >> reporter: it was sudden, it was violent, raging floodwaters ripping through whatever stood in its way, houses, cars, just about everything.
>> i watched my car kind of flip into the abyss. >> reporter: ten inches of rain, one-quarter of the average annual rainfall around here fell in just 24 hours, swallowing whole neighborhoods, leaving tens of thousands without power. >> oh, lord. >> i watched three houses go down the river. and then crash. >> reporter: the governor declared a state of emergency. >> the damage is widespread and devastating. >> reporter: deploying 500 national guard troops, the death toll rising through the day. >> this was supposed to be a quick trip? >> yes, it was. >> and it turned into what? >> a nightmare. >> reporter: shirley slater and her daughter drove into the shopping center yesterday, but left on foot today. the bridge that got them there, the only way in and out, gone. stranding 500 people along with them overnight. >> we're a whole lot luckier than a lot of people. so, hey, thank god we're all right. >> reporter: also flooded, the famed greenbrier golf resort, normally picturesque, now a
muddy mess. pro golfer bubba watson posting the video and photos on twitter. tonight as floodwaters recede, the cleanup continues, and a new escape route is carved on a hillside outside the mall. another long night ahead for many hoping to get home soon, if home is still standing. now, the people who did not scale that steep hill on the back side of this complex are stuck here for a second night. the fortunate ones have a room at that hotel. those who aren't so fortunate have to sleep in their cars or k-mart or kroeger's grocery store. they planned to put a temporary bridge across the span here, but they said the road is still moving, it's too risky. >> that is quite a scene. ron motte, thank you. now to the other major story, the historic decision by british voters by their country to exit the european union sent economic shock waves from the uk to the u.s. and a tidal wave of economic worries swamping the markets. the dow lost over 3% of its value, wiping out all its gains for the year. the eu established to
bring unity and economic clout to europe is in crisis, as europe, the u.s. and the rest of the world absorb the profound ramifications. we have full coverage beginning with nbc's bill neely in london. >> reporter: it was an earthquake, britain turning its back on europe, a shaken prime minister resigning. >> i do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. >> reporter: beaten by a campaign that aimed to take back control from the european union. >> let june 23rd go down in our history as our independence day! >> reporter: anti-elite, anti-establishment, it borrowed from the trump campaign. its leader heckled, but now favored to lead the country. >> it's about the right of the people of this country to settle their own destiny. >> reporter: britain will now leave the union of 28 countries. anxiety over jobs and immigration the crucial issues.
>> foreigners. get them out. kick them all out. >> reporter: the vote to leave was roughly 52-48, with voters who were english, older, and poorer sealing the victory. some voted to protest, then regretted it. >> the family this morning, even though the majority of us voted to leave, we are actually regretting it today. >> reporter: there may be more regrets. this result puts thousands of jobs at risk. u.s. banks, jpmorgan and morgan stanley warning they'll review investments in britain. as did carmakers, ford and toyota. president obama reassuring britain and america some ties won't break. >> one thing that will not change is the special relationship that exists between our two nations. >> reporter: the news made britain's currency then start to globally fall. britain will now leave the world's biggest trading block.
google reported a sudden uptick in the search question, what happens if we leave? the answer? no one knows. after a vote that's turned britain and the european union on its head. the real danger now is a total break-up of the european union. other countries copying britain, even a break-up of the uk itself. the whole western alliance could be damaged. that worries washington. it would delight moscow. lester? >> bill neely tonight in london, thank you. here at home, the news is already having a deep impact on the wallets of so many americans. high anxiety from wall street to main street, the markets taking a dive, retirement funds hard hit. nbc's olivia sterns on what it means for your money. >> reporter: from the opening bell to the closing bell, a day of turmoil in global markets, with the dow jones dropping over 600 points. >> i think it's just a tip of the iceberg.
the british problem is far more widespread. >> reporter: former fed chairman alan greenspan sounding off on the brexit and warning of its impact here at home. >> this is the worst period i recall since i've been in public service. >> reporter: today's market plunge hitting retirement accounts, americans with 401(k)s losing an average of $3,100 just today. but it may stabilize in the coming weeks. do you think the brexit will drag down the stock market all summer? >> i think it's going to keep a lid on it. i don't want to say it's going to drag it down, because anytime you hear about problems in europe, the dollar gets strong and interest rates go lower. >> reporter: with the fed a lot less likely to raise rates any time soon. that's good news if you want to buy a home, but bad news if you have money in a savings account. economic uncertainty could slow down growth in the u.s. especially if consumers cut their spending, and companies cut jobs and manufacturing. another silver lining for americans, tonight the u.s. dollar is now worth a lot more in
the uk. meaning a trip to buckingham palace just got a whole lot cheaper. >> there might be near-term benefits we're seeing, lower interest rates, cheaper travel abroad, but then the volatility in financial markets we know, nobody likes to watch that. it's like an endless roller coaster ride. roller coaster rides are fun only for a short period of time. >> lester, of course, for many people the temptation is going to be to sell amid this uncertainty. but financial advisers will tell you that's actually the worst thing you can do to sell after a big market drop. that said, they said because of how low rates are if you do actually have money to invest, you might want to consider buying a new home instead of putting any more money in the stock market. >> olivia, thank you. the fallout is being felt also on and off the presidential campaign trail, which tonight stretches all the way to scotland, where donald trump held a press conference today as britons were still absorbing the news of their break from the european union. trump was asked about
brexit as it's being called, but at times he seemed more interested in talking about his golf course. nbc's katy tur has more. >> reporter: as the uk's brexit sent markets plunging overseas and at home, donald trump was touring his scottish golf course, and promoting his resort. >> inside the lighthouse right now is incredible suites. >> reporter: turning to the global chaos unfolding around him, trump saw opportunity while the world worried, both financially -- >> look, if the pound goes down, they'll do more business. when the pound goes down, more people are coming to turnberry, frankly. >> reporter: -- and politically. >> i really do see a parallel between what's happening in the united states and what's happening here. people want too see borders. they don't necessarily want people pouring into their country. >> reporter: the fight to leave the eu similar to the presumptive gop nominee's playbook, appealing to voters on trade, immigration and a sense of nationalism. >> that's something you can point to and say, look, there's support for what i'm doing across the
world. >> reporter: though this was not a campaign event, trump in turnberry to promote his brand, he didn't exactly stumble on the world stage. are you traveling with any of your foreign policy advisers? are you huddling with them to find out what the best way -- >> i've been in touch with them. but there's nothing to talk about. i've been saying that i would prefer what happened, i thought this would be a good thing. i think it will turn out to be a good thing. >> reporter: the hillary clinton team quick to use it all as political fodder. >> more people are coming to turnberry. >> reporter: clinton's campaign was caught off guard by her own populist uprising in the primary against bernie sanders. now some democrats are nervous what happened in britain could be a harbinger of a stronger than expected populist zeal in the u.s. that propels sanders and trump. ironic that trump would praise brexit in scotland, one of the few places that voted overwhelmingly to stay in the eu. it should be noted that while there are
similarities between the u.s. and the uk, the u.s.'s electorate is significantly more diverse than the uk. lester? >> katy tur in scotland, thank you. let's turn to the deadly disaster on the west coast, explosive, fast-moving fire burning out of control north of los angeles. already more than a hundred structures destroyed, and 1,500 more threatened. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the fire zone with a look at the mounting destruction. >> reporter: explosive when driven and now deadly. the fire quickly roared through 20,000 acres. at least 100 structures up in flames. consuming 11 miles in 13 hours, at speeds crews have never seen before, putting everyone on the run. >> our firefighters have been engaged in a firefight of epic proportions. >> reporter: homes devoured in minutes. hundreds scrambling to evacuate. a life-or-death race
to escape neighborhoods. tonight we learn some couldn't get out. several firefighters were injured from smoke inhalation. >> i've never been in a fire where i've seen so many homes burned. >> reporter: the fire captain used facebook to broadcast live. neighborhoods engulfed in flames. propane tanks exploding. there weren't enough firefighters or engines to save every home. >> my job is to show the people what's going on. as i went through here, the live video had thousands of followers, and shows what happened here, shows the destruction. >> reporter: the wind pushed this blaze over a highway. too dangerous for residents to stay. 74-year-old paul lost his home. >> absolutely destroyed this whole thing. look at it.
oh, man. >> reporter: with 1,500 homes still in danger, this region is on fire. the worst destruction this year. with two confirmed fatalities tonight, firefighters are searching debris fields like this one worried the death toll here will mount. the fire is only 5% contained. it's on the move, moving towards more neighborhoods. the concern? they'll see more destruction like this. lester? >> miguel almaguer in california tonight, thank you. still ahead, a man who spent 20 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. now he's free and he's talking exclusively to nbc news. what he did in the courtroom today that left the judge completely stunned. a massive sinkhole on a golf course reveals something utterly fascinating below.
here in new york today, a stunning development in a murder case nbc news has been following for nearly three years. a man freed this past spring after being wrongfully imprisoned for two decades, shocked a bronx courtroom today by asking a judge not to throw out the case against him. telling me in an exclusive interview, he is determined to expose where and how the justice system went wrong. richard rosario is free, but still a prisoner to the memory of 20 years behind bars for a wrongful conviction. obviously your best day was getting out of prison. what was the lowest day? >> every time i think about that cell.
>> reporter: today in a bronx courtroom, as prosecutors tried to right the wrong and formally dismiss the murder case against him, rosario did the unthinkable, he asked for the murder case against him to remain open, until his name is cleared. >> the public should know the truth. the family of the victim should have that clarity, and that peace of mind that, you know, a murderer is not on the street and that his son receives the justice that he deserves. >> reporter: i first met rosario two years ago in prison. his story has never changed. did you shoot him? >> no. >> then why are you here? >> reporter: rosario was convicted of the 1996 murder of teenager george collazo in the bronx after two witnesses identified him. but rosario offered police his own witnesses, more than a dozen, who would say he was in florida when the murder
happened. what did you tell the detectives? >> i told them that the 13 witnesses i needed, gave them phone numbers. >> reporter: on his list, janine and john torres who remember the date well. torres is now a florida sheriff's deputy. >> my son was born on june 20th, 1996. and they're claiming richard killed someone on june 19th, 1996. which that's physically impossible, because he was in my house when we were leaving for my wife to go to the hospital. >> reporter: torres says he was never contacted by new york police. others on the list reached by nbc news say the same. sario was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. two decades later, his appeals exhausted, rosario's surprise break came this past march, after his lawyers from the exoneration initiative convinced brand-new bronx d.a. darcell
clark to take a fresh look at the case. his conviction was vacated. rosario was freed. clark's office concluded, he didn't get a fair trial. you want the system to say it made a horrible mistake. >> yes. >> reporter: the question today was whether he would be retried. but the prosecution moved to dismiss the case. when rosario shocked the courtroom, rejecting the dismissal. though reunited with his wife and children, rosario's refusal to accept a dismissal of the case leaves him still free, but not cleared. as the court wrestles with what it admits is uncharted ground. >> if i had to spend every day of my life in prison to prove my innocence, i would have been prepared to do that. >> the nypd has refused to comment on the case. meantime, the judge has adjourned the proceedings until august. the rosario case is a subject of a 12-part digital series called "conviction" and can be found at
dozens of people have been injured requiring medical attention at an event in texas, with motivational speaker tony robbins. they were burned after robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals, an exercise designed to help them conquer their fears. it's a regular part of robbins' seminars, and it's not the first time people have been burned. representatives for robbins say about 7,000 people have done the coal walk with only a handful requiring medical attention not available on site. with just six weeks until the start of the summer olympics, the lab in rio entrusted to handle drug testing for the games has been suspended. an official with the world anti-doping agency reportedly blames technical errors, and was quoted as saying they were pretty disturbing. historic announcement from
the white house tonight creating the first national monument of gay rights here in new york city, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement in america. it happened in 1969 when police raided a gay bar, the stonewall inn, sparking an uprising in greenwich village. the announcement comes as advocates celebrate this weekend, one year since the supreme court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. when we come back, i talked about a hole in one, a sinkhole on a golf course, reveals an amazing underground world. european union.
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multibillionaire vast pro empire, decided to dig deeper. much deeper. you saw this as an opportunity? >> might as well think positive. >> reporter: he had already discovered elaborate caves a few years earlier. what if this opened to another. could they all be connected? and in a few years, could visitors marvel at the newfound underground beauty like they already do in the others? >> a treasure hunt. and something to share with everybody. >> reporter: there's no gold, but golf balls. >> somebody made a hole in one. >> are you blown away a little bit by what you've found? >> it's beyond words, i think. >> reporter: 30,000 truckloads of red missouri clay hauled away. >> over 300 million years ago, we would have been standing here with sharks or other sea critters. >> has anyone questioned your sanity at all? >> people think i'm about a half a bubble off or crazier than heck. you can tell i'm really fired up. >> reporter: fired up at the thought that johnny's big dig might some day become a place where he can share the ozarks'
natural beauty, above and below the ground. kevin tibbles, nbc news, top of the rock, missouri. that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. good night, and have a good weekend. are now "opting out" of hy somes right now at 6:00, the intense security for this weekend's pride events and why some groups are now opting out of this well-known event. good evening and thanks for being with us on this friday. >> the pride party has begun. but that means the sfpd working overtime. let's take you out live right now. as you can see from our helicopter here, great aerial pictures of the trans march, already under way. security is very tight as the kickoff to pride weekend.
you can seat crowds down below, some say the increased police presence actually making them feel a little bit less safe. nbc bay area's christie smith is live at delores park where the recent shootings in orlando are top of mind at this year's pride weekend, christie. >> reporter: that's right. i have to tell you, there is a large crowd here gathered in delores park, and march organizers are ready at well. should be taking off soon. this comes as a handful of participants say they are with drawing from the pride parade, concerned about those extra police. stroll through the castro and it's clear the pride celebrations are ramping up. cliff's variety is a popular first stop >> it has been fabulously busy. it's been a very festive year so far. >> reporter: nearby, signs of support following the mass shooting in orlando along with increased security in the stepped up police presence. >> i just -- i'm just concerned