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hot, but still have the coast that's pretty cool. >> see you back here at 6:00, folk, bye. tonight. deadly flood disaster on the gulf coast. state of emergency declared in louisiana. heavy rain and heroic rescues as rivers overflow their banks up to rooftops. damage control, donald trump now says he was being sarcastic after repeatedly calling president obama the founder of isis. and hillary clinton releases her tax returns, trying to pressure trump to release his. violent flight, dozens of passengers hospitalized after being tossed through the cabin like toys, people hitting the ceiling. and the thrill of victory, michael phelps makes history again. we'll talk to his family. could he be back for 2020? and there's something about simone, we're with simone biles and aly raisman and the other simone who shocked the
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world. "nightly news" from rio 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. now one week into the rio olympic games, several big headlines from here that we will of course get to. but we start back home in the deep south where many areas are under states of emergency tonight. record flooding is ravaging parts of louisiana and mississippi, leaving communities cut off, pressing rescuers into action and plunging many into the dark and it comes as other parts of the country suffer in devastating heat. nbc's gabe gutierrez is watching it all for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight much of louisiana is under water. >> this is my neighborhood right now. water everywhere. in the houses. insane. >> reporter: in this
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parish, dozens of stranded residents rescued after being trapped in their homes by the rising water, in some areas, more than a foot of rain fell in 24 hours, this school bus stuck in floodwaters, no children injured. in east baton rouge, a 68-year-old man was kill when he fell into a ditch. several swollen rivers now at our near record levels in a region just recovering from record rainfalls in march. >> louisiana hasn't received this kind of rain in 500 years and we're going to do it twice in five months. >> reporter: the deluge also pounded alabama and mississippi where road closures cut off some towns. all that moisture not only drenching the gulf coast, but also responsible for sweltering humidity in the northeast. more than 70 million people are under advisories or warnings. >> with already six inches having fallent inches having falleno inches having fallent
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inches having fallenw inches having fallene inches having fallenl inches having fallenv inches having fallene inches having fallen, will lead to some areas picking up possibly more than a foot of rain through monday. >> reporter: here in louisiana, the national guard is on the move, thousands are without power and tonight debbie stout is at an emergency shelter. >> we don't know where we're going from here, we have nowhere to go. >> reporter: she took these pictures of her flooded apartment before she was rushed to safety. >> it's horrible, and you never think it can happen to you but it does. >> it took my home. the home i wanted to live in until the day i die. it's gone. >> reporter: here, many homes and businesses are islands. overnight there will be a curfew, flood watches are in effect through tomorrow. lester? >> all right, gabe, thank you. and tonight here in rio, team usa continues to lead the world in the medal count with dominating performances in swimming and women's gymnastics. michael phelps is swimming for gold again, all in the wake of the death of a military police officer that's also making headlines. nbc's miguel almaguer has it all covered. >> reporter: six miles
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from where opening and closing ceremonies are held, police swarm a favela where a member of the olympic security force was killed, the officer's convoy ambushed, sprayed with gun fire, after a wrong turn into the slums. at olympic parks controlled explosions of abandoned bags, but no serious security threats. today at the games, a soccer stunner, team usa the defending champs out in a shoot-out. >> the united states are out. >> reporter: but for kayla harrison in judo, rio is golden. using her life struggles as fuel to a consecutive win. >> there's been a lot of moments where i doubted myself and i almost quit and i'm glad i didn't quit because it was the best day of my life. >> reporter: fresh off her win, simone biles is the best of her generation, but tonight many say she may be the greatest of all time. >> this has been her destiny all along. >> reporter: in the 100 meter free, another simone is making history.
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>> just when you think you have seen it all. >> reporter: simone manuel in a tie for gold, but standing alone, the first african-american woman to be the best in the pool. >> i just got a gold medal and i'm just so blessed. >> reporter: for michael phelps, another golden race, the rivalry with ryan lochte, the 200 i.m. was close, but may not be over. >> michael phelps has done it again. >> i think he's going to miss it again and i think he'll come back. >> reporter: michael phelps and katie ledecky both swim for gold. meantime after that loss today, goalkeeper hope solo said the swedes played like cowards and they deserved to lose. that's not going over well here, lester? and fresh off their first and second place finishes in the all around, i had a chance to sit down with american gymnastics sensations
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with simone biles and aly raisman. for aly, it was a chance to win the gold medal she lost in london in a tie breaker. and simone biles winning her first gold. i began by asking what it was like to be her at that moment. >> what's it like to be me? right now it feels like i'm going to cry every minute. but i remember i'm an ugly crier, so i can't do that. >> you did get emotional. and we haven't seen you get emotional a lot. >> yes. >> what about that moment brought the tears? >> it's something you've dreamed of for so long and it finally happens and it hits you and you have a rush of emotion that you can't even control. >> and aly, everybody likes a good redemption story, how was it for you? >> it's been a hard road, but me and simone kept saying, we're going to go one-two. >> watching the two of you genuinely supporting each other, what was going on down there? >> i think we were so happy for each other
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in the way we competed, and to share that moment together, it's amazing. >> and you're competing against each other, you're also rooting for each other. what's that like? >> it's nice because obviously everyone knew that simone was going to win. we went one-two the first day, so that was the goal. i feel like it was actually a little bit less pressure for me. >> when you just said everyone knew simone was going to win. >> yes. >> that has been the story line since we all got here. i still have trouble understanding how someone deals with that kind of pressure and expectations? >> yeah, we don't get it either. >> i'm not someone that just brushes it off. there's always something that could happen or go wrong so i never take anything for granted because who knows? >> a lot of young girls were sitting in front of tvs watching you. what do you want to say to them? because they want to
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be where you are? >> i say that i love them all with all my heart and i was one of those girls watching 2012 so i know exactly what it's like so to share the podium with aly, it's like amazing, it can happen. >> that was a pretty neat moment. starting sunday, simone biles has a chance to earn three more individual medals here in rio. to presidential politics now. less than 90 days until the election, and hillary clinton is turning up the heat releasing her tax returns, trying to pressure donald trump to release his, after trump calling the president the founder of isis with sarcasm. we have it all with nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton hoping the release of her 2015 tax returns will pressure donald trump to do the same. >> because he refuses to do what every other presidential candidate in decades has done and release his tax returns.
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>> reporter: the filings show the clintons made a combined $10.7 million last year, far less than the $28 million they made the year before, they donated just over $1 million to charity, virtually all of it to the clinton foundation and more than half of the clintons' income from paid speeches, some of the same speeches she came under fire for during the primaries for not releasing the transcripts. >> when everybody does it, okay, i will do it. >> reporter: but the clinton campaign hopes today's release will cast a cloud over trump's campaign. 64% of americans saying trump should release his taxes, clinton supporter warren buffett even daring him. >> i'll bring my tax return and he can bring his tax return. >> reporter: but tonight fresh fears for the clinton campaign. intelligence officials say a russian cyber attack on the democratic party is a threat more real. >> with the amount of information the adversaries have access to, they're likely to start dropping that
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information into the public domain on a regular basis. >> reporter: the possibility looming of an october or possibly a september surprise. >> reporter: i'm halle jackson in pennsylvania, where less than 48 hours after he accused president obama of founding isis, even donald trump can't decide whether he meant it. >> obviously i'm being sarcastic. then, but not that sarcastic to be honest with you. >> reporter: the surprising sort of walk back followed the day when trump did more than double down. >> i meant exactly that, he's the founder of isis. >> i know what you went, you meant that he created the vacuum and he lost the peace. >> no, i meant that he's the founder of isis. >> reporter: now saying that the media misrepresenting him. remember when he said that the russians should hack the clintons? >> of course i'm being sarcastic. >> to trump, it's real talk, for some republicans, it's real
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frustrating. daring clinton to go after republican vulnerabilities with isis still launching deadly attacks. >> they're expanding. >> reporter: today to reassure republicans and help keep the candidate on message, a rare campaign cameo from party head reince priebus. >> in spite of the media, this man is going to win. >> reporter: not if these numbers win, maris polling out tonight shows clinton leading trump in four key swing states. >> without the comeback in his battleground states, the path isn't narrow, it's nonexistent. back overseas now, there's word of a horrific attack in the war in syria, where there's claims chemical weapons apparently used against children, many of them small babies. we have to warn you that some of the images are disturbing. nbc's bill neely has details. >> reporter: one of dozens of children who doctors say breathed in chlorine gas, this baby is kept alive only by hand dumped
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oxygen.umped oxygepumped oxygen. chlorine makes lungs fill with liquid, using it is a war crime. >> you don't have to be a doctor to know this is not right. >> reporter: this was minutes after the attack which rebels say the regime launched. a stream of victims. the u.n. says there's a lot of evidence this was a chemical attack. >> a red line for us. >> reporter: president obama threatened to retaliate for chemical attacks four years ago, he didn't. doctors in aleppo now writing him an angry letter, we don't need tears or sympathy or even prayers, they say, we need your action. aleppo's children and heroes are dying. the rescuer who famously pulled this baby out alive from the rubble two years ago, was found dead yesterday after an air strike. the air is filled with the sound of furious fight for aleppo, and it's claimed filled too with chemical gas, designed to choke its
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children. bill neely, nbc news. there is a lot more ahead as we continue tonight, we'll have much more from here in rio, including the other side of michael phelps. also the flight they'll never forget, dozens injured when a plane hits severe turbulence and plunges.
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welcome back to copacabana beach. what's old is new again when michael phelps is in the water. his short retirement served him pretty well during his rio come back where he has earned four more gold medals. since his last appearance in london, his family has extended with his new baby and his mother joining him in the stands. i got a chance to talk to the family about michael's present and future. i have to ask you, was there anybody happier to hear he was coming out of retirement and participate in rio? >> i did the supporting. >> were you the one pushing him in the direction of rio? >> no, no, no, no come on, lester. i wasn't pushing him. i said i have never been to rio, that would be nice. he said i'll send you on vacation. i stayed okay, that's good. >> nicole, you guys met in 2007. >> correct. >> did you imagine that he might be competing in the '16 olympics? >> no, and i never imagined that we would have a kid at this point and be getting married.
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and all the fun that we have gone through. >> one of the first things my wife and i learned as parents, never wake a sleeping baby. so you're there in the stands and little boomer is wearing earmuffs. what's it like to contain yourself and keep him under control? >> it's difficult but he's a breeze. he deals with me when i'm crazy and jumping up and down and then he goes back to sleep. >> what about the boomer's instagram account. >> okay my god. >> it's become an instant hit. it seems like he's always sleeping so when does he have time to post? >> he tells me, i need to do a post. prop him up on the pillows and he tell s me what to say and then we're good to go. >> are you in awe of him? >> i have to say, he absolutely amazes me in the comebacks that he has had. and last night in that race being ahead by so far, is so amazing. >> one of the things about our society is everybody does well and everybody says what's next? tokyo is four years
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away. would either of you like to see him race in tokyo? >> i think we'll just go, can we start with that? >> go on vacation? >> we're going to go and we're going do race? >> i just don't know if he can just stop. >> nicole, would you like to see him race in tokyo? >> i have to tread likely on this one. because whatever i say, he'll be like you said this, this is what's happening so we have to be careful. it would be incredible to see, might be even better to see 2024, but that puts him to be a little bit older than would be likely. so we'll see what he does. >> by the way, boomer slept through the entire interview. nicole johnson says she and michael have set a wedding date and soon was about as specific as she would go and of course we wish them well and much happiness. when we come back, a stunning reversal of fortune for the man in the center of the series "making a murderer." we'll be right back.
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back in the u.s., a harrowing experience last night for 151 people aboard a cross country jetblue flight when the plane
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encountered severe turbulence. two dozen were injured. blake mccoy now with details. >> reporter: this is the aftermath of what passengers describe as a terrifying ride in stormy skies. >> it was pure terror. we just dropped like that. >> reporter: jetblue flight 429 experiencing turbulence when passengers say something caused the plane to suddenly and violently drop. >> i was using my computer and it flew up into the air. >> overhead luggage would come down and the lady next to me started flying. >> reporter: the force so violent, it ripped the toilet off the lavatory floor. the flight that had been navigating through storms from boston to sacramento diverted to rapid city, south dakota. emergency responders waiting on the ground. >> they have numerous injuries on the flight due to turbulence. before landing, calls for a doctor at the back of the plane. >> flight attendants were standing obviously and they're the ones that took the brunt of the injury.
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the force was enough to cause a fairly significant dent in one of the ceiling tiles. >> reporter: two flight attendants and 22 passengers treated at the hospital. other examples of violent turbulence this year including this flight to indonesia in may, 31 people were injured. tonight jetblue is apologizing for a flight passengers would rather forget. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. a major reversal of fortune tonight and a stunner for the tens of millions who watch the netflix true crime smash hit series "making a murderer." one of the men convicted may soon be set free after a judge ruled his confession was coerced. brendan dassey was 16 when he was accused of helping another man rape and murder a woman in wisconsin. dassey confessed with words that were fed to him, taking advantage of his low iq. today a federal judge agreed. prosecutors have 90 days to appeal. if they don't, brendan dassey will be a free
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man. we're back with more from rio, right after this.
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finally tonight,
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of all the great moments we have witnessed here in rio this past week, perhaps none carries more significance than what happened in the pool last night. when a young american named simone manuel broke a record and broke a barrier. here's ron mott. >> she's coming back a little bit and look at simone manuel. >> reporter: as with any first, there are lasting impressions. >> it's a tie for the gold. >> reporter: simone manuel's historic 100 meter gold medal swim was something to behold, not just as an olympic record, but as a cultural break through. >> i can't begin to tell you what this means for the sport of swimming in the united states. >> reporter: one the 20-year-old stanford university student had only dreamed. >> reporter: simone, last night the look on your face was priceless. describe the expression? >> i was just super excited. winning a gold medal was not something i expected in this meet. i just wanted to represent my country
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in the best way i know. >> reporter: she grew up in houston, but she was the first african-american woman to become a gold medal olympic champion. >> she was definitely a natural. i'm telling everybody, i was her first swim teacher. >> reporter: her race to glory is part challenging of stereotypes. >> i would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it's not simone the black swimmer. >> it's historic and in this venue, it's just great. >> reporter: tonight simone's mother sharon, flush with pride.e with pridd with pride. >> she has shown us from a very young age when she sets her mind to doing something, she's going to give it her all. so for me, i thought anything was possible, honestly. >> reporter: in the emotion of last night, simone shared. >> this medal is not just for me, it's for all the people after me who believe they can't do it. >> i want to swim just like that, but i know that i have to practice, practice to achieve my goals. >> reporter: a life lesson taught and
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learned in 52.7 seconds. ron mott, nbc news, rio. and that's going to do it for us on a friday night, a reminder, nbc prime time olympic coverage, begins at 8:00, 7:00 central. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night from rio. off the picket lines -- and back to work for county court clerks in the s b is it a done deal? off the picket lines and back to work for county court clerks in the south bay. tonight's agreement that might end this strike. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this friday evening. i'm janelle wang. >> i'm raj mathai. eight is enough. the eight-day strike might be over. it still wasn't easy. hours after mediation fell apart, they hammered out a tentative agreement. nbc bay area's robert handa
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joins with us the latest. >> reporter: it didn't start out looking like a day for the strike to end. the employees association members took their anger to the street and the new court building after contract talks conducted by a mediator fell apart last night after a single day. >> united. we'll never be divided. >> reporter: but nbc bay area broke the story that the union and the court management quietly decided to resume talks this morning and by the afternoon had worked out a tentative agreement. >> if these clerks could come back to court starting next week, that would be wonderful for all of my members and, frankly, everyone involve with the court system in this county. >> reporter: management had offered a two-year contract with a 9 1/2% raise in stages but no raise in the second year. we're told a new offer will be for 18 months and move up the timetable of the first raise then take some expected 2017 state funds for another 2.5% raise which could actually go up or down depending on how much state money is available. >> it re

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