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>> you guys think you eat 70 dogs in a year? >> maybe four. >> one every five days. >> nightly news is next. we'll be back at 6:00. see you then. tonight on edge. heavy security from coast to coast. police out in force as america celebrates independence day and we learn new details about an explosion in new york's central park. wave of terror, a series of large explosions today in three different cities following a string of deadly isis attacks all in less than a week. take down mistake. caught on camera. a muslim man in traditional clothing thrown to the ground at gunpoint by police and the international travel warning it has caused. political fireworks, donald trump hits back after the clinton campaign accused him of anti-semitism while speculation heats up about his vp pick. and the potential hidden danger at many back yard barbecues that injures hundreds every year "nightly
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news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." good evening, i'm kate snow in for lester, happy fourth. on this holiday weekend, there are so many concerns of terror over the last week, a bombing in baghdad and three bombings today in saudi arabia.n bombings today in saudi arabie bombings today in saudi arabiw bombings today in saudi arabia. while the department of homeland security say there are no specific or credible threats to the nation, authorities are taking no chances. rehema ellis has more from new york where 1 million people are gathering for fireworks. >> reporter: as the nation celebrates the fourth of july, security forces are keeping a close watch 4 of jul security forces are keeping a close watct of july,
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security forces are keeping a close watch of july, security forces are keeping a close watch and police are putting on a show of force. in chicago, more than 5,000 officers on the streets, where shootings occurred this weekend. two people were killed, 30 wounded. in the nation's capital, boats patrolled the potomac, while bomb sniffing dogs made their way through the airport. boston is preparing for their annual fireworks extravagance a with barricades and police patrols. and in new york city, police are on foot and horse patrol after the explosion of a home made firework in central park injured an 18-year-old tourist. investigators say the blast was a result of someone else experimenting with fireworks and not a terrorist attack. but the massive police response shows that new york city is taking no chances this holiday weekend. >> we live in very dangerous times, the public depends on us and we depend on you. >> reporter: divers inspected the waters around the barge where the famed macy's fireworks are housed. meanwhile the newest members of the canine unites take the streets. >> police say there is more security this holiday weekend.
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are you comfortable? >> i don't think we can protect against anything that could happen, but we have the best security that you can have anywhere. >> reporter: while authorities say there's no credible security threats, people around the nation are carefully watching as the country celebrates the holiday. police forces have been on high alert since 9/11, but tonight there's more police on patrol than ever before. kate? >> rehema ellis in new york, thank you. feeding fears. today three different bombings hit three different cities in saudi arabia. that follows a string of deadly isis attacks across the globe during the muslim holy month of ramadan. we get more from nbc's bill neely. 6 >> reporter: minutes
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after a bomb attack outside the second holiest site in islam where the prophet mohammad is buried. this is medina, policemen the target, isis suspected so no claim of responsibility a symbolic blow to saudi arabia's rulers, one of three attacks there in a day. earlier controlled explosions outside the american consulate in jetta, where a suicide bomber blew himself up after being stopped by security. no americans were hurt. in a third city, a suicide bomber trying to kill shiia muslims at a mosque. in neighboring iraq over the weekend, carnage. it's iraqi's worst bombing in a decade. timed suicide attacks for the holy month of ramadan, where isis urged it's followers to strike hard. on friday night in bangladesh, three american university students were among 20 foreigners killed at a restaurant, the worst attack in that
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country's history. as isis loses ground in iraq, it strikes back globally, hoping to win recruits with high casualty, high profile attacks. the isis assault over ramadan spans three continents. from the asian strike in bangladesh, to turkey to paris and another isis inspired massacre in orlando. nearly 400 dead in three weeks. >> this is an isis attempt to reassert itself to show it's winning instead of losing. >> reporter: and it now has amid baghdad's bloodshed, the deadliest attack it has ever staged. bill neely, nbc news, london. back at home, anxiety over terror may have led to a troubling incident in ohio. it was all caught on police body cams. a man visiting from the united arab emirates, suspected of being a terrorist and taken down by police.
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it has led to an international travel warning from his native country. >> reporter: the call comes in. >> there was an arabic male in full head dress, several cell phones claiming his allegiance to isis. >> reporter: officers quickly arrive on scene with assault style weapons, confronting what they believe is a possible terror suspect. the man is wearing traditional rope ane andbe and headdress. relatives of a hotel clerk called 911 after the clerk heard the man speaking on his phone in arabic. the businessman visiting from the united arab emirates appears confused, pleading with police. after about 10 minutes and finding no cause to make an arrest, he's allowed to stand up. then collapses. >> you okay? >> reporter: and is taken to the hospital. officials would later
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learn he had been in the u.s. for months, seeking medical treatment at the world renowned cleveland clinic. over the weekend, the town's mayor and police chief apologized. >> it was a very regrettable circumstance that occurred for you. >> reporter: tonight the man is telling nbc news hoe loves america and is upset by the incident. >> i'm sad, too sad and too much sad. >> reporter: officials are reviewing the incident and whether charges will be filed against the person who called 911, the uae has issued a warning to all its citizens warning them not to wear traditional clothing while traveling abroad. steve patterson, nbc news. a toxic emergency has put a serious damper on holiday celebrations in florida. authorities are trying to deal with a massive algae bloom. some say is growing into an environmental disaster. florida isn't alone. as nbc's gabe gutierrez tells us others in this community have been battling this problem
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for years. >> reporter: at bathtub reef beach, this 4th of july is different. >> it's heart breaking. >> reporter: allison green has lived in martin county all her life, but this year, the shore shut down, toxic blue-green algae threatens parts of florida, four countries under a state of emergency. >> it's hard for us, our whole family, we're a family that loves to swim. >> reporter: typically algae blooms feed off nitrogen from the water that feeds off pollution from homes industry and fossil fuels. the debate is raging over what's to blame for this latest growth, but scientists cite many factors including population growth and climate change. >> basically, we're fertilizing all of our waters to death. >> reporter: this doctor from florida university says it's too soon to know how long this glob will stick around. >> this could go on certainly for weeks, whether it goes into
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months, i can't say, how do you predict mother nature? >> reporter: algae blooms have been an environmental charge from california, to lake erie, to toledo, ohio. just last month the centers for disease control launched a website where people can report algae blooms. >> something absolutely has to be done. there's no way around it. >> reporter: tonight, on the treasure coast, allison green just wants her beach back. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, martin county, florida. millions are keeping their eyes on the sky in the eastern half of the u.s. tonight hoping rain doesn't spoil their fireworks shows. a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for parts of the south. washington, d.c. was also pounded by rain today leading the white house to move its annual south lawn picnic inside which marks a big day for pittsburgh daughter malia obama, she's celebrating her 18th birthday. to the race to
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fill the white house, donald trump firing back at hillary clinton tonight saying that an ad he placed on social media is anti semitic is ridiculous. kelly o'donnell with all the details. >> reporter: celebrating the fourth in indiana. >> hi, good to see you. >> reporter: governor mike pence joining a parade of potential trump running mates, a social conservative up for re-election. pence spent part of the holiday weekend with trump. >> we will always count it as a privilege that we were able to spend time with a family that we truly hope is the first family of the united states. >> reporter: using one of his golf resorts to tee up speculation about vp contenders, on twitter, trump gave the pence family a thumbs-up. and iowa senator joni ernst who delivered her state of the union response last year. for any of the running mates short listers, responding to trump made controversies,
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it's part of the job, today more fallout over this design used in a tweet to criticize him clinton. a star of david over the shape of $100 bills. the same graphic appeared two weeks earlier on an account that promoted racist imagery. trump's campaign altered the picture and called it a correction. but today trump blamed a dishonest media and said it could be seen as a sheriff's star. clinton's campaign responded in a statement. this blatant anti-semitic image is part of a pattern that should give voters major cause for concern. late today trump issued a statement. no apology, no explanation of where he got the offending image, but a counterpunch, accusing clinton of trying to divert attention from the dishonest behavior of herself and her husband. and trump is back on the campaign trail tomorrow in north carolina, but he will have competitive company.
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president obama and hillary clinton will campaign together for the first time on the campaign trail this year and we have learned that they will travel together on air force one. something that trump is already tweeting about critically. kate? >> kelley o'donnell in washington following it all. now to what's being called an outrageous affront to our nation's world war ii veterans, an overwhelming number who say they were intentionally exposed to mustard gas in secret experiments have been denied for decades. >> reporter: it's been 70 years since the end of world war ii, yet many of its veterans are still locked in a long battle. beverly howe says her husband and other service members were ordered into gas chambers and exposed
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to high levels of mass card gas at camp crowder, missouri in 1945. >> he got extremely ill right after he got out of the gas chamber, very ill. >> reporter: 96-year-old veteran robin edwards says he knows the horrors of the gas chamber experiences. >> it felt like you were in a fire, like a million fire affects all over you. >> to this day, he bares the scars. >> it's absolute torture to go through that test and then live to tell about it. >> reporter: for decades, arla harrell has suffered emphysema, asthma and physical scarring, symptoms of exposure to mustard gas. but last month the veterans affairs rejected harrell's claim for medical benefits. a congressional study found that over 4,000 veterans e posed to chemical testing and experiments, the va rejected 90% of their claims for lack of adequate records. >> there's something
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terribly wrong with that, it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: outraged, claire mccaskill has forced the va to open every claim it ever rejected. beverly howe fears it's too late already. >> it's very sad, and i just want my dad to be recognized before he's gone. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, the pentagon. still ahead tonight, an important safety warning for your back yard barbecue as americans gather this holiday, nbc news investigates a potential danger right under your feet. also the superstar athlete who just did something that left his fans stunned.
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we're back now with a potential danger at fourth of july barbecues. experts say millions of outdoor decks at homes across america are simply too old. just today this deck collapsed in new york state sending four to the hospital. nbc national investigative correspondent jeff rossen has tonight's report on how to protect your family this summer. >> reporter: when decks collapse, it's fast and violent. and it's happening coast to coast. indiana, this family tumbling 15 feet when the deck gives way, several injured. on another deck, watch what happens to these students taking
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pictures before prom. terrifying moments. luckily, they're okay. already this year, major deck collapses from alabama, to south carolina, to new york, dozens rushed to hospitals, on average, more than 500 are injured every year. >> there are about 40 million decks in the united states and about half of those decks are not built to code. >> reporter: half? >> half of them. >> reporter: scott fisher is a structural engineer with simpson strong tie. >> if you see a board that attaches back to your house is connected with only nails, that can make the deck very unsafe. nails are smooth and round and they can pull away from the home. >> reporter: good for hanging photos, not for hanging a deck? >> exactly. another warning sign
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we want homeowners to look for, are cracked posts or beams. >> reporter: so even a crack this slight can bring your deck down? >> another sign we want homeowners to look for is rotted wood. an easy way to check if you have rot is to take a nail and poke it into the wood, if it's soft or spongy, you should have that post replaced. >> reporter: he said this is what a deck should look like, lots of metal attached to the house with screws and bolts, so important, in fact, watch what happens when he removes a couple of nails from our bad deck. >> look at that, it can happen in an instant. imagine if your family were up there. >> reporter: scary. >> scarey. >> reporter: and a reminder just how quickly the bottom can fall out. jeff rossen, nbc news. pleasanton, california. we're back in a moment with five-year mission to space that all hinges on what happens tonight. it is the moment
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it is the moment of truth for an ambitious nasa mission that blasted off five years ago and traveled nearly 2 billion
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miles, billion with a b. nasa's juno probe has finally reached jupiter. but late tonight, nasa has to hit the brakes by burning juno's main engine, slowing it down enough to enter jupiter's orbit. if it's successful, it will give us the best picture ever of our solar system's biggest planet. a surprise announcement, for the gold n state warriors, another major weapon in their arsenal. the most coveted fee agent on the market, kevin durant says he's leaving the oklahoma thunder to join the warriors. it's a deal worth more than $54 million. durant will join a stacked lineup that includes fellow warrior steph curry as the warriors avenge their los in the nba championship. and how some of america's wounded warriors are casting their troubles away. we'll show you what to do wn
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business charges you extra - ===jess/take vo===r credit cd. plus: theission jupiter jus into hyper-space. how you can keep up with nassmo= the news is next. sot today finally tonight, as we celebrate america's birthday, we want to take a moment to honor the men and women who have served our country on the battle field.
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for those who have suffered the wounds of war, adjusting to life back at home can be daunting. but many have found peace in a program that really for give the pun, has them hooked. >> reporter: robert bartlett is fishing for trout on a gentle stream in the blue ridge mountains. an ied took half his face on a battle field in iraq. >> not think about the future, not think about the past, but just fish for a bit. >> reporter: about a dozen years ago navy veteran ed nicholson was in walter reed hospital for cancer dream. he saw the young people around him, severely wounded in iraq and afghanistan and thought to himself -- >> i want to go out and fish. i bet some of these guys would like to join me. >> reporter: that was the beginning of healing waters, with more than 200 chapters now, volunteers teach wounded vets fly-fishing. they say it build a bridge back because for some that journey has been a desperate one. >> i don't know how many friends i've got that had .45s in their mouths and we got them in this program and it
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saved their life. >> reporter: david first linked up with healing waters ten years ago while recovering from an ied blast. he's now the chief operating officer. >> it got me away from thinking about all the negative things and all the things i couldn't do quite as well and it lifted that dark cloud. >> a day on the river, says captain alvin shell says can serve as a salve. both physically and mentally. >> it gives me calm, it relaxes me. >> reporter: there is joy in the catching, but camaraderie may be the biggest benefit. >> i can fish with
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another vet, they don't judge me, they've been there themselves and we move on. >> reporter: a few hours on a river may not wash away a war, but the vets learn the waters can heal you if you let them. harry smith, nbc news, syria, virginia. >> just fishing on this fourth, that will do it for us on a monday night, i'm kate snow, i'll see you on msnbc tomorrow, happy independence day from all of us at nbc news. thanks for watching and have a great night. today we're declaring our independence from the gun lobby in this country. >> right now at 6:00, using her personal experience to rally against gun violence. >> a sit-in on the fourth of july. jackie speier knows about gun violence firsthand. on the day when we celebrate our independence, she's demanding independence from fear of guns.
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today she staged a sit-in. what jackie speier wants the rest of the country to do. >> reporter: jessica, on day when downtown redwood city was packed with people celebrating the fourth, right in front of fox theater jackie speier sat down and formed a sit-in. congresswoman jackie speier and others fighting for gun control took a seat at the fox theater in redwood city, not to watch a movie but rather to call on congress to enact stricter gun control laws. >> make sure it's only in the hands of people that should own guns. >> reporter: for spear, the issue is personal. in

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