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samba dancing? >> i know. she's really good. got her shoes for it. >> see you at 6:00. >> bye. tonight, live from rio. let the games begin. a star studded opening ceremony, wild excitement as team usa goes for gold. >> caught on camera, a teenager caught by police suspected of stealing a car. sudden change, as his poll numbers plunge, donald trump does an apparent turn about on statements. and a cold-blooded sniper taking aim into plunging a city into deep fear. tonight a dramatic plea for help. and here in rio, a big mystery, who will light the cauldron.
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nightly news from cop copacabana beach begins right now. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from the olympic summer games in rio. good evening, from copacabana beach, the picturesque ocean front skyline ablaze in lights as this city, this country this, continent lights the olympic torch. for the first time ever as the 2016 games begin. it hasn't been an easy road, a lot has happened in this country, in a zika pandemic. it starts just a few miles from us, at the maracana stadium where the olympic opening ceremony for the 2016 rio olympics is taking place. stephanie gosk is
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there, stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: i'm standing in front of the russian teammates, they are among the more than 11,000 athletes from 207 countries that are getting ready to march into maracana stadium. a place that is really the heart and soul of rio sports, since it was built in 1950 for the world cup. tonight, it will be on display like never before. for rio, it all comes down to this. nearly seven years after winning the bid -- tonight their olympics kick off. >> welcome to rio. >> reporter: this week, the first sneak peek of what the opening ceremony is going to look like. from leaked photos of a dress rehearsal. the hope is to create that golden unforgettable moment. james bond and queen elizabeth parachuting into the stadium in london. the drums in beijing. but brazil is throwing this party in the middle of turmoil. economic recession, a
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political crisis, and the zika outbreak. today thousands demonstrated to show their support for the president, who faces impeachment. the budget for the opening ceremony was significantly cut back to about one-tenth of what london spent. still the artistic directors understand the brazilians understand getting by with less. >> even when you go to very poor areas, you see people know how to smile, are friendly, and are happy and i guess the spirit is in the ceremony. >> reporter: it's that music, dancing and history. there will even be an appearance by beloved brazilian supermodel gisele bundchen. it will also be the first real test of the unprecedented security operation, 88,000 strong, among them 1,000 u.s. intelligence operatives, according to a classified report obtained by nbc news. but there's been no specific threats.
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and for the athletes like the u.s. women's g gymnastics team, this week has been about the fun. >> every time we're in the room, we're like screaming and laughing. >> reporter: the mystery over who will light the cauldron tonight, we're hearing that it is going to be a brazilian tennis legend. >> stephanie gosk, thank you. the chicago police department released nine videos showing in shocking detail how officers fired at a teenaged suspect in a stolen car. moments later he was killed after trying to escape on foot. with the chicago police already under intense scrutiny, it's the first time they have released videos so quickly. but these videos are provoking shock and outrage. nbc's tammany lightener has more tonight. >> reporter: chicago police in pursuit of 18-year-old paul o'neal. he narrowly misses a
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officer with this stolen jaguar. he then crashes and takes off on foot. cops chase him, shots were fired. o'neil was hit in the back. there's some confusion. >> i shot at the car after it almost hit me. >> he shot back, right? >> reporter: the teen was not found with a gun. his sister, distraught. >> i want everybody to know that paul had goals. >> reporter: the chicago police department acting swiftly, stripping three officers of their power, pending investigation. >> these police officers decided to play judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: the fatal shot was not caught on camera. authorities are investigating why the body camera of the officer who killed o'neil was not turned on. the investigating agency says all the video, as shocking and disturbing as it is,
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is not the only evidence to be gathered and analyzed. activists praised the department that's been under scrutiny for releasing the video just eight days after the shooting but question why once again this city is watching the images of an unarmed black man being killed by police. tammany lightener, nbc news, chicago. and there is a new sense of urgency in phoenix tonight where a serial killer has been on the loose for months. the police have now linked the suspect to a ninth shooting, while a reward for his capture has bin increased. >> reporter: a renewed sense of terror in phoenix, as a serial killer sets his sights on a new neighborhood. >> i can't even go out in my front yard. >> reporter: police now linking a ninth shooting to the gunman at large, the latest on a 21-year-old and his 4-year-old
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relative, 15 miles away from maryville where most of the attacks have occurred. police have widened their search to include this new area. neither victim was injured. but seven people have been killed since march 17th. nancy lost her twin brother on june 3 when he was walking outside their mother's home. >> we got to take back our streets, we do, we can't let this guy take away our sense of security. >> reporter: police sergeant james rothschild says the reward has been heightened to $50,000. >> we're willing to pay for that information but we all need to work together to get someone dangerous off the street. >> reporter: police describe the suspect as a light skinned latino or white male in his early 20s. he allegedly used several vehicles including a 5 series bmw said den. the gunman's motive, unknown. >> reporter: police are declining to provide any new details on the situation as families grieve and the community searches for answers all the while
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this serial killer is broadening his path. leste lester? donald trump's poll numbers and he appears to backtrack on the snub of paul ryan and hillary clinton trying once again today to clarify comments about e-mails as the trust issue continues to surround her. we got it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: in the last of wisconsin nice, donald trump's playing nice, not with hillary clinton today, a new attack on her in iowa. >> she's really pretty close to unhinged. >> reporter: but trump is expected to endorse paul ryan after refusing. ryan standing by his candidate for now. >> with any endorsement of anybody, there's never a blank check. >> reporter: for trump, the endorsement is a rare backtrack, with today, another
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one. >> taking that money off that airplane. >> reporter: for days, no one's known of what footage he meant of an iranian cash payment. his own campaign pointing to video showing american detainees arriving in switzerland. after days of doubling down, today tweeting, the plane i saw on television was the hostage plane in geneva, trump admitting he's wrong, maybe trying to show he can grow. even as his base shrinks. for the first time since january, hillary leads with men, trump's advantage with white voters and those with no college education. struggling in some battlegrounds, but his team hoping for a turnaround before it's too late. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker, tonight hillary clinton on the trust factor. >> people have count on me and trusted me. >> reporter: while speaking to the national association of black and female journalists, clinton trying to clarify this comment about fbi
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director james comey. >> director comey said that my answers were truthful and what i said is consistent with what i have told the american people. >> reporter: that debunked by fact checkers. vouchered for statements to the fbi but not what she told the public. >> is this not under cutting your efforts to rebuild trust with the american people? >> i may have short-circuited it and for that i will try to clarify. >> reporter: but then bringing back one of her previous explanations. >> i never sent or received anything that was marked classified. >> reporter: despite this testimony from the fbi director. >> secretary clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received, is that true. >> that's not true. >> tonight trump bouncing. >> i may have short-circuited and for that -- >> reporter: but on trust, clinton also getting a big boost. cia director mike morrell endorsing her, saying trump would be
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a dangerous commander in chief. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. there is tragic news tonight from georgia, a pair of toddlers, twin girls found dead in a hot car. the latest such tragedy during this stifling summer. as nbc's rehema ellis reports, there are already more cases already this year than all of last year. >> reporter: tonight family members are mourning the loss of 15 month old twin girls who died thursday after they were allegedly left in a sweltering suv by their father. >> i never thought they would come to my doorstep. >> reporter: the 24-year-old father is charged with involuntary manslaughter, the mother who was away visiting family at the time is devastated. neighbors who spotted the toddlers tried to help cool the girls down in a pool with ice packs, but it was too late. >> do you have an emergency? >> we have two babies
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here that i think are dead, they're not breathing. >> reporter: so far this year, there are reports that 26 children have died from being left in hot cars, that's already more than all of 2014 2014520145 2015.2015. >> one of the reasons it's getting faster is the failure of the brain's memory, and what makes that happen is we're just doing too much. >> reporter: technology may help. traffic app waze is testing a feature that tells parents to check before getting out of the car. and general motors will include rear seat reminder technology in new suvs. tragedies that didn't have to happen, and warnings tonight to prevent them. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >> a thought that makes you shudder. still ahead tonight, we'll take you to the other rio, the neighborhoods where millions lived in the shadows. also from a war
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zone, one young woman's ultimate journey to the olympic games against all odds.
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with opening ceremony about to get underway, brazil is highlighting its attractions and beauty. but it's neighborhoods where violence and poverty can be a way of life. we join paul almaguer on his journey inside a city where so many
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live. >> reporter: rio is known for its beauty, culture and color. throughout this city, there are more than over 800 sprawling cities called favela's. where more than 2 million live in poverty and the fear of violent crime. this is one of rio's notorious favelas. a stronghold for gangs and drug runners, police call it a war zone. favelas sit next to tonight's opening ceremony and just above the beaches of copacabana. with security we traveled into one of the favelas considered safe enough to enter. some of rio's favellas are literally cities within cities. one of the largest has more than 100,000 people, home to extreme poverty and also violence. it sits in the shadow
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of christ the redeemer. commander lima tells us police in the community are now working together here. even in the most pacified favellas, police often work in pairs and always armed. they expect the unexpected. dozens are under police control but the effort to bring peace can come with violence. anna's son was killed as police swept through her favella. she says her son was an innocent victim of aggressive policing. jose beltran spearheaded the project eight years ago. he tells us violent confrontation is inevitable and says more needs to be done to bring in social services for families. >> we expect that people would be able to not only see the beautiful side of the
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city but to actually see the huge problems we have on the ground. >> reporter: tonight as rio takes the world stage, this is a tale of two cities, one on display, as another sits in the shadows. miguel almaguer, nbc news, rio. and when we come back, i'll have more on how we are covering these olympics from here in rio. blp
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welcome back to rio, a city framed by it's dramatic beaches and it's soaring peaks. to show you a little more closely where our broadcast is positioned, we'll have to take you back a few hours time. as we noted yesterday, it's winter here and dark comes early. so before sunset, i took this short stroll along the beach. school's out on a winter friday on this opening of the olympics here in rio, kids, surfers, everyone having a good
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time on copacabana beach. this is a city that has beaches for miles and miles. we're anchored by this giant rock, pedro, leme. as you tilt up, you'll see the top of the famed sugarloaf. the views there are stupendous, as we continue to move the camera to the left, there are some of the hotels and apartments that frame this gorgeous piece of real estate. and from where we are, we're only about five minutes from one of the most popular beach venues. there's the beach volleyball venue, the temporary venue, the beach stretches out another mile or so over to ipanema. we'll take a break and be back live from rio
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de janeiro including an athlete representing team rough fee gee. p blah efugee. next at 6: brazil's big night.
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and we are live in rio. ===raj/vo=== jessica aguirre shows us behind the scenes...the final moments before the opening ceremony. ===janelle/vo=== and, nbc bay area responds. the new milestone they're celebrating and how they can help you. ===janelle/close=== next. ==nats of fireworks== fair to say each of the athletes here in rio have an impressive story to tell. but one of the women on the first refugee team, it's a remarkable story of
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perseverance. here is kelly. >> reporter: it's in the water where she feels most at peace. >> when i am in the water, i forget about everything. >> reporter: one of syria's stars in the pool, she even completed on the world stage at just 14. but ichra now 18, never imagined she would be swimming for her life, as her country crumbled around her. last august, ichra and her sister fled, with plans to join their father who had left them earlier. ichra and her sister escaped damascus, they made it to lebanon and then turkey. after way to greece, their overcrowded boat started to sink. ichra and her sister swam. >> we swam and tugged a boat all that time and you with respect afraid? >> i was afraid, but no one would help me,
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i had to try. >> reporter: they struggled to survive in waters thousands of others have not. finally on a train through austria to germany. >> i am now in munich. this is the train. >> reporter: are you happy now? >> yeah, finally. >> reporter: it took 25 days. the war took two crucial years out of her training. a new coach is showing her the ropes, working on her strength and speed. and she has taught him something too. >> this girl changed my way of thinking about competitive sports and about live
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too. and now against all odds, ichra has a shot at her olympic dream, on a small team of refugee athletes competing under the olympic flags. >> i'm going to the olympics! >> reporter: her father, a former swim instructor has been by her side since her first stroke. did you think that was this was possible? >> it's a dream. >> i hope i can give people hope and inspire them, evening if you lose someone, even if it's war, if you lose your house, you have to continue. >> reporter: words to live by from one young woman who never gave up. >> this is about so much more than just sports. and there is much more on the first olympic refugee team on our website. be sure to watch the opening ceremony tonight at 7:30 eastern and pacific, right here on nbc. that's going to do it for us here tonight
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from rio. on behalf of all of us at nbc news, i'm lester holt, thanks for watching and good night.==janelle//take vo== right now at 6 -- showtime. the athletes have entered the stadium as we await the right now at 6:00, showtime! the athletes have entered the stadium as we await the opening ceremonies. we are live in rio de janeiro. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us this friday evening. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm raj mathai. this is a time when the world unites. thousands of athletes and billions of viewers, history being made tonight in south america. this is a live look right now at the colorful olympic park from high above. this will soon be filled for the event, but right now, all eyes are at the stadium where the
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opening ceremony is, and in fact, just started a short while ago. and this is how it started. this is something you won't see in tonight's network broadcast. behind the scenes with michael phelps. he posted this video on facebook, as he led team usa, are you see everyone behind him, from the holding area, and towards the stadium. >> well, there is some disappointing news for a lot of people. legendary brazilian will not be part of tonight's ceremony. soccer legend pele says he's too sick to attend. so the question now is who will be chosen now to light the olympic caldron. our own jessica aguirre is live in rio. if it's not pele, who's going to do the honors? >> reporter: pele did say he was sorrying that he was disappointing people that he couldn't be here, that he hoped that god would bless all the spectators in the stands. if it's not pele, it is rumored that another olympian from brazil will light that caldron. they believe it might be a marathon runner, who in 2004 was

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