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bay area dot com, and on developing news tonight. zika strikes miami beach. a new alert from the cdc, devastating news from one of the busiest tourist areas in america. south beach. pregnant women warned to stay away. and lochte says he's sorry for his behavior as his robbed in rio story falls apart. but is it enough? what his fellow swimmers admit in sworn statements to the police. and paul manafort resigns amid a wave of campaign headaches and questions about ties to russia. tonight the inside story on how it all went down. nothing left, families wiped out by raging fires and floods, as first responders race to save more homes. and olympic glory, the incredible thrill of victory here in rio.
"nightly news" 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 as we begin the last weekend of the 2016 summer games. the fact that we are here in brazil reporting our top story tonight carries a certain degree of irony, because for all the worries about zika in the buildup to the rio olympics, it has traveled to florida raising new red flags tonight after five locally transmitted cases were identified. a new travel warning women against travel to two areas in miami. word of new cases now threatens to deliver a blow to the area's vibrant tourist industry. nbc's kerry sanders has details. >> reporter: miami
beach early this morning in a cloud of insecticide, but with so many high-rises, planes can't swoop down to spray. at risk, public health, and a $24 billion tourism industry. >> tourism is a driving force of our economy and this industry has the full support of our state in the fight against the zika virus. >> reporter: today florida officials announced local mosquitos infected five people with zika, tourists from new york, texas and taiwan, and two residents of miami beach, two were men, three were women. >> i'm a young father who may want to have another child, this is a conversation we have in our household, these are valid concerns and the scariest thing is what we don't know. >> reporter: the new travel warnings for parts of famed south beach, a 1.5-mile zone, this new zika zone, only six miles from wynwood where the virus already showed up. tourists already
canceling trips to miami beach. >> this week we had three phone calls and three cancellations, one of which was pregnant for the fear of zika. >> reporter: tonight the cdc says it's possible homegrown zika may be in other neighborhoods in miami-dade just not yet detected. >> we found the messaging from the governor's office to be very dissatisfying, frankly misleading. >> reporter: senior florida department of health doctors telling nbc news they are frustrated florida's governor won't let them talk. have you muzzled them? have you put the economy of this state over the health of its citizens? >> we want to make sure every citizen in the state knows what's going on. >> reporter: tonight the cdc is warning any women who have been in the new zika zone to wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant. but the mayor here in south beach says that he would hate to be a mosquito on miami beach right now. lester?
>> kerry sanders in florida tonight. kerry, thanks. tonight here in rio, much of the talk of these olympic games continues to come off the playing field. american swimmer ryan lochte who made waves out of the pool after police say he lied about being robbed issued an apology today. it's what police and so many here in brazil had wanted after lochte said he and three other swimmers were robbed after a night on the town. nbc's miguel almaguer has late details for us. >> reporter: today ryan lochte breaking days of silence, saying in part on instagram, i want to apologize for my behavior last weekend, for not being more careful and candid in how i described the events of that early morning. his apology coming after police release security footage, proving, they say, lochte and three other american swimmers were not victims of a robbery, but instead are vandals, damaging a gas station after a night of drinking. after facing an angry crowd in rio, gunner
pence and jack arrived back in the u.s. this morning, brazilian authorities allowing them to go home because they never lied to officials. according to transcripts of their statements obtained by nbc news, conger said they had been drinking vodka and champagne before they stopped at a gas station where ryan pulled off a sign from the wall. conger admitted he and lochte urinated on the plants. ben said the story ryan told the american press was different from what happened. >> they could have avoided all these problems. what they need to do is going over everything and tell the truth. i got drunk, i broke a few things, i got involved in a confusion, big deal. >> reporter: as for jimmy feigen, the fourth swimmer who police say fabricated parts of his story, he revised his original statement thursday, after agreeing to pay nearly $11,000 in restitution to a brazilian charity, his
lawyer says his case is resolved. lochte could also face a fine, but will likely pay a much higher cost with his endorsement deal. >> ryan lochte's actions this week are going to sink his endorsement potential. i believe he's going to lose between $5 million and $10 million because of his antics. >> reporter: years of hard work in the pool, tarnished by a late night out that could still sink a career. tonight we have learned jimmy feigen has paid his restitution and is now cleared to fly back to the united states. meantime a review committee has been set up to review the actions of the swimmers did. they could still be kicked off the team or placed on probation. that's to be decided in the days to come. some pretty dramatic victories on the track here in rio. the fastest man in the world usain bolt blew away the competition to win gold in the 200 meters, and ashton eaton became the third
man in history to win back to back decathlons after his victory four years ago in london renewing his title as the world's greatest athlete. turning now to the infernos raging in california where nearly 10,000 firefighters are fighting six wild fires, red flag warnings were extended through the day in several areas, including los angeles and san diego counties. now evacuees are beginning to return to find nothing of thleft. our joe friar has more from california. >> reporter: at first it's the fire that was playing offense racing across dry foothills forcing 80,000 people to quickly abandon their homes. gary williamson returned to his property to discover his car burned but his rv did not. >> i can't thank the fire department enough. this is just overwhelming to me that i was lucky. >> reporter: today it's the firefighters who are on offense,
with traces of smoke oef charred land where 96 homes have been destroyed. one of those homes belonged to ronnie moore and his family. >> the main thing is my family's safe. everything else can be replaced. >> reporter: they have been living in a rite-aid parking lot that's become a temporary rv park for evacuees. for now the kaine family is actually living out of a nissan with their three pets. >> it's been trying, but we're lucky we have this. >> reporter: in northern california, another fire this week torched 190 homes. one belonged to matthew porter who was at the olympics in rio where he managed equipment for team usa fencing. his athletes won medals, but his family lost their home of just two months. >> as long as we have got each other, we can get through anything. >> reporter: back here in southern california at the blue cut fire, more evacuation orders have been lifted so
some anxious families are returning home to see if their properties were spared or if they were destroyed like this one behind me here. lester? >> all right, joe friar, thank you. to presidential politics now and another bombshell from the trump campaign today. the resignation of the embattled campaign chairman paul manafort made a wave of bad headlines and growing questions about manafort's connections to russia. he has quit the campaign, all as trump made a presidential like visit to the flood zone in louisiana. nbc's katy tur has the inside story of how it all went down. >> reporter: it's been a head spinning week for the donald trump campaign. on wednesday, chairman paul manafort had a seat at the table, tonight he's out of a job, resigning two days after trump sidelined him with a new management team. the trump-manafort relationship was adversarial and was sometimes punctuated by screaming matches. trump wanted a hands on top aide, manafort spent weekends at his beach house.
>> i want to get something done, now i'm dubious because donald trump doesn't seem to listen to anybody. >> reporter: campaign sources say manafort was ousted because of bad polls, leaks and his questionable connection with russia. and this week court documents were released tying manafort to the russian mafia. he didn't want to be a distraction a source to manafort's thinking told nbc news. but today he was. >> in hillary clinton's america, the system stays rigged. >> reporter: taking attention away from trump's general election tv ad and his last-minute visit to flood devastated baton rouge. >> i'm just here to help, thank you. >> reporter: trump trying to show compassion a day after he made a rare admission. >> you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. i have done that. and believe it or not, i regret it. >> reporter: in 14
months trump has insulted hundreds of people, places and things. >> he was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said and that's all him. >> reporter: in michigan tonight, he read from a teleprompter again hoping to make it a full week without offending anyone. just now in michigan, trump told an almost entirely white crowd that african-americans living in communities under democratic control should vote for him because they're living in poverty. and jobless. what the hell do you have to lose, he said? lester. >> katy tur, thank you. after trump took some jabs at president obama today for not yet visiting flood ravaged baton rouge, the white house announced that the president will arrive there tuesday to view the devastation for himself. this as residents begin to fathom the enormous cost of this disaster. nbc's gabe gutierrez with more on that. >> reporter: one week after the skies opened and the rivers swelled, tonight there is still high water
and more rain in sorento, louisiana. new figures out today estimate the flood damage is at least $20 billion, more than 95,000 people have applied for federal aid. >> this is a family bible, it's soaking wet. it is overwhelming. what am i going to do now? it's definitely not over and it ain't over for a long time. >> reporter: we were there saturday as volunteers scrambled to rescue her. >> i have never seen nothing like this in my whole life. >> reporter: since then, she's stayed with relatives, sleeping on an air mattress, four feet of water tore her home apart. >> i have lost it several times. it's hard. it is. >> reporter: she is just one of the thousands without flood insurance, not asking for much, just not to be forgotten. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, baker, louisiana. tense moments overseas today when two syrian jets were met within visual
range by a pair of u.s. fighter jets according to a senior u.s. defense official. the syrians did not respond when the u.s. attempted to contact them and then the syrian planes left. it happened in the same area where the pentagon says syrian planes dropped bombs yesterday, the closest u.s. forces on the ground have come to being hit by the syrian government. still ahead tonight, triple threat, the olympic triathlete who left her desk job to chase her dream of becoming the first american to bring home gold in her event. and the joy and the tears. emotional moments that touched hearts around the world at the rio games.
back now with some olympic inspiration for anybody who's ever thought about leaving behind the daily grind to pursue a dream. kevin tibbles has one of rio's great untold stories. >> reporter: when jorgensen is as good at crunching the numbers as she is at competition. the triathlete was working as a full-time tax accountant just five years ago. >> you have to read the tax law and figure out different ways to hopefully save some money and it's like a little puzzle for me. >> reporter: not bad for someone who's only been riding for five years. solving the triathlon with it's grueling endurances of cycling, swimming and running takes hard work. just look at the math. last year alone, the
30-year-old ran 1,400 miles, raced through 22 pairs of sneakers and more than 30 bicycle tires. gwen who now lives above a bike shop, didn't exactly fall in test. test. test. test. test love with cycling as a kid. >> we had to bribe her with ice cream to ride test test. test. test. test. the the the the the the the going. i'll give you ice cream. okay, i'll ride the bike. then she would ride her bike. >> reporter: but she did feel at home in the pool and swimming remains her passion today. >> there's something about diving in that water and being on your own and challenging yourself that was really exciting for me. >> reporter: gwen won 12 straight world triathlon series races, part of her two-year undefeated streak which ended in april after a second place finish. still her winning record makes her the athlete to beat in rio, where she could bring home america's
first olympic gold in triathlons. but even in an individual sport, gwen says winning requires team work. gwen's husband has put test. test. test. this dedication and work that she puts into her job is second to none. >> reporter: he whips up meals brimming with calories because so many are burned with intense workouts. and when you cross the finish line, and you're in first. >> when you cross the finish line, even if you're not in first, if you know you've done everything you can to execute, it's an amazing feeling. >> reporter: a wise calculation by someone who's balanced likes books.es books.ies bookfes books.'s books. when we come back, sitting in with some of the musicians who provide the background to rio's sultry summer nights. welcome back. poor
the beach where cafes like this play music into the night. and music is a big part of the brazilian culture. one of its biggest exports is its take on jazz. the music scene here is one no music lover can afford to miss. brazil moves to its own beat. but no sub genre of brazilian jazz is more recognizable than the light and breezy bossa nova sound. born here in the '50s and '60s near the sparkling wind blown sands of ipanema. where on a friday night crowds pack to hear it performed. as musician and music professor explains, brazilian music is influenced by american jazz. >> brazilian jazz and american jazz, they're mostly cousins, they come from music that was mixed with the bouncing and swinging
of african heritage and was just a warmup in the new continent of americas, the american jazz north, the brazilian jazz south. the second is longer. >> whereas traditional american jazz is heavy on swing, bossa nova puts the emphasis on another beat. that forms the basis of the bossa nova, everything revolves around that, the rhythm. it also relies heavily on the guitar rather than piano, the result a rhythm and warmth that defies you to not sway your head. what is your inspiration, when you play jazz, is it the beach? is it the mountains? what is your inspiration? >> basically everything. especially in rio, we're between the ocean and the mountains, so
depending you look one side you see the ocean, the other side, you see the mountains, that's where rio is. >> my toe is still tapping. we're going to take a break, when we come back, the most surprising, dramatic and emotional moments of these incredible summer games. next at 6: a santa rosa man ends
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but finally tonight it has been an unforgettable two weeks here in rio. these olympic games have made spirits rise and tears fall. and our peter alexander has some of the most extraordinary moments. >> reporter: every four years these summer games come with the promise of greatness. >> yes! >> welcome to the club. >> reporter: as memorable as any medal, those dramatic moments. >> murphy, stretching to the wall for olympic gold. >> reporter: exhilaration that echoes across the globe. each embrace you feel from home. >> stanley and goodfellow have won bronze. >> reporter: these emotionally charged performances punctuated by spontaneous celebrations, from kenya. to kiribati. some things need no translation. ♪ >> reporter: the fujians winning their
country's first ever medal. >> it's over, the first gold for brazil, it's gold for silva. >> reporter: hometown favorite rafaela silva, rising from poverty to the podium, a chinese gymnast falling to her knees. joy and relief. still for all those dreams fulfilled -- >> that right there is an olympic gold medal winning moment. >> reporter: others are quickly dashed. here in rio, we have witnessed a mt. rushmore of modern sport. >> here's bolt, he makes it look easy. >> ledecky is a gold medallist. >> reporter: cementing their legacies. >> "superman" is finally hanging up his cape. >> where redemption was sought and history is made. >> peter alexander, nbc news, rio. >> so much fun, that is going to do it for us on this friday. prime time coverage of
the olympics begins at 8:00, 7:00 central, and usain bolt goes for the gold again in the relay. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night from rio.spare the air. a combination of problems leading to poor air conditions right now on nbc bay area news, spare the air. a combination of problems leading to poor air conditions . ross the bay area. evenews at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this friday. i'm janelle wang . >> i'm raj mathai. a hazy and problematic evening for a lot of people. smoke is smothering parts of the bay area. just look outside. . have gotten several calls and messages on social media, people anes fining about the smoke. san francisco, as you can see right there, getting hi hard tonight. isre is why. the wild fires burning to the l of aof us, the soberanes fire
in monterey county and the chimney fire. jeff ranieri joins us. can , seems like from our point of view the winds shifted and here it is. >> it is a rather complicated pattern we are seeing. we had had this area of high pressure sitting across nevada. circulation around this is helping to bring up more of a sugterly wind flow, and on some of it this area of low pressure off-shore is wrapping in a southern fire. on the north bay they're getting smoke filtering in from the clayton fire. not exactly the blewest of skies today. when it comes to air quality, it looks like it will be the worst as you continue through the next 24 hours. right across the south bay through san jose, morgan hill, san martin and gilroy and more moderate levels for the peninsula and north bay. the question, when do things improve. it looks likey