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breaking overnight, president trump plans to end daca. the obama era program shielding hundreds of thousands of young unauthorized immigrants. >> north korea sent shockwaves around the world both literally and figuratively after it launch its most powerful nuclear test yet. >> and a look on the ground in houston as it continues to recover following harvey with tens of thousands still unable to get home. >> j.j. watt lends a helping hand and brings millions of dollars to those in need. >> and a football team honors a sick boy's wish in a way that's sure to warm your heart on this labor day. "early today" starts right now.
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>> good morning i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm dara brown. francis has the days off. >> breaking news overnight is rattling millions in the u.s., including hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. politico is reporting that president trump will soon halt daca. the program granting work permits to those undocumented immigrants who arrived as children. the president is expected to make an announcement on tuesday after wrestling with what to do on the issue for months. here's what mr. trump said in february. >> we're going to deal with daca with heart. i have to deal with a lot of politicians, don't forget and i have to convince them that what i'm saying is right. >> reports of the president's decision comes as up to ten states threaten to sue the administration if the program is not cancelled by tomorrow. and with nearly 800,000 daca recipients already shielded from deportation since the program started in 2012, the ramifications could be massive, impacting those so-called dreamers. the reaction has been fierce and immediate from facebook ceo mark
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zuckerberg and trump's former rival hillary clinton to actor george takai. lawmakers of all stripes are voicing their concerns, slamming the president for his yet to be announced decision. >> for more on this let's go to nbc's edward lawrence live for us on capitol hill. >> good morning, phillip. politico is reporting that this program, the daca program, will end with a six-month delay. that will give congress enough time to pass a law, if they want to keep the program, sort of the president kicking the can over to congress. the website is also reporting that president obama will break his silence speak out on social media if this announcement happens. now critics of daca, the federation of american immigration reform, says that they do not appreciate it. they say the president does not have the authority to set immigration law. that falls to congress. they do approve of daca being removed, and disregarded. now the anne frank center released a statement saying that this is child abuse under the guise of public policy. they say this is inhumane. i talked with a dreamer who said
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that he paid fees to be in daca. he worked through congress -- or worked through high school and to get a diploma at the university of maryland. he says that he could face deportation, even though he went through the entire process. phillip? >> a very impactful decision for so many people. edward, thank you. and as texas recovers from harvey's devastation, donations from across the country continue pouring in. first to wisconsin where 26 cheese companies are sending over 17,000 pounds of cheese to houston's largest food bank. next nfl star j.j. watt who a week ago set out to raise 200 grand but managed to amass over $18 million in donations for flood relief. the houston texan hasn't started using that money yet but he, his teammates and other volunteers unloaded ten semi trucks filled with donated water, food and other supplies giving it to storm victims. in washington, treasury secretary steven mnuchin is pressuring congress to raise the government's debt limit, arguing
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that not doing so could endanger nearly $8 billion in federal relief aid for texas. >> the president and i believe that it should be tied to the harvey funding. that our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money, it is critical, and to do that we need to make sure we raise the debt limit. >> in the meantime authorities have lifted the evacuation order in crosby, texas, near the chemical plant that exploded multiple times. last night the plant's own purposely burned the remaining trailers there to prevent any more explosions and make it safe for residents to return. we are in houston and sarah, let's start with you. it is going to be a long road to recovery. >> that's right, phillip. it's labor day here. but it is far from a holiday in southeast texas, where cleanup is just beginning from harvey. while many neighborhoods look like this, there are still many people without a place to call home. and while these floodwaters are
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now receding, we're starting to get a clearer look at some of the damage. as you can see, all of this stuff is piled out here on the street. these are the things that, you know, people came home to and this is what they found and now many of their appliances are out here on the street. the need here is also great. we're seeing that people have been waiting in line for water, and in places like beaumont, texas, they've been without power and city officials there are working to restore power to that area. meantime, local officials here say their top priority is to help clear out some of this debris and to try to help people find housing as soon as possible. back to you, phillip and dara. >> all right, sarah, thank you. >> and now to maya rodriguez at the george r. brown convention center. maya, how are the relief efforts going down there? >> well i can tell you that over the weekend they told us that here at the convention center they had about 1700 people still inside. that is down from a high of more than 10,000. last week during the height of the storm recovery. now, in addition to that, there are about 32,000 people that
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remain in about 200 shelters across texas. these are staggering numbers. but when you really think about it, the scope of hurricane harvey was massive. it affected just so many communities, and of course, the houston metropolitan area, which, as you know, is quite large. now you mentioned that the arkema evacuation order had been lifted. that is true. however, there is still one set in west houston for 4200 dwellings, because of flooding there. dara? >> maya rodriguez, thank you so much. tensions on the korean peninsula are heating up with a possible nuclear game changer after north korea released pictures of kim jong-un inspecting what it claims is a hydrogen bomb that can be launched by an intercontinental ballistic missile. hours later, a massive underground blast was detected at a nuclear testing site measuring 6.3 magnitude by the u.s. geological survey. president trump responded on twitter, calling north korea a rogue nation, whose words and actions are very hostile and dangerous to the u.s., and
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defense secretary jim mattis said this. >> we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea. but as i said, we have many options to do so. >> nbc's in beijing for us. janice, what is the latest on the standoff? >> well, not only are there reverberations from yesterday's nuclear test but south korea is today warning that north korea could be preparing another launch. possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. they say there's evidence that preparations are under way. south korea has been preparing, as well. carrying out bombing drills today, simulating ballistic missile strikes on north korea, saying the objective of these drills, which will continue, would be to wipe out the regime of kim jong-un. the government is also continuing with the rollout of the controversial u.s.-made missile defense system. this is the one that china and russia are so strongly opposed to.
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president trump has said at this point, all options are on the table, and that there would be a massive military response if the provocation from north korea continues. it again puts pressure on china. with president trump tweeting that any country that does business with north korea would not be able to trade with the united states, that, of course, means china. but china is hesitant to cut off oil shipments to north korea, even though it could shut down the regime. they don't want regime collapse. phillip? >> janice mackey frayer for us in beijing, thank you. we have some very happy breaking news from the royal family. kensington palace announced that the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child. the palace said the families of prince william and kate middleton are delighted with the news. as with middleton's previous pregnancies she is again suffering from a severe form of morning sickness. she had to cancel a public appearance for today but she's being cared for at kensington palace.
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>> congratulations to them. >> yes. and time now for nbc meteorologist bill karins with the latest on hurricane irma. >> yeah this storm looks to be a serious threat for a lot of areas. we trend over the weekend with a further south pass so a lot of islands in the caribbean will be first up. then somewhere around cuba and florida by the time we get to next weekend. 115-mile-per-hour winds. this is a big one. should be a category 3 or four storm throughout much of the lifetime until it has some land interaction. that southerly pass is not what you want to see. that means land interaction whether it's puerto rico or the island of hispaniola or cuba itself. you can see how close it could be to south florida by the time we get to, again, that would be saturday, sunday, monday. and of course in the lower 40 for labor day the story has been the heat wave in california and much of the west from the worst heat waves in california's history we're just finishing up with much cooler today in france. it's hard to believe you were as hot or hotter than phoenix over the last couple of days. still very hot in the pacific northwest. 91 in seattle. again, what a hot summer. that's a look at the big weather
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story of the y. da what happened in san francisco with the all-time record high temperature was incredible stuff. >> 1 04, that was crazy. >> so odd to see so many places hotter than phoenix or just as hot as phoenix. bill, thank you. well, howard university, they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history. came into saturday's game against unlv as 45-point underdogs. in the final minutes they took a 43-40 lead with a touchdown, but vegas could not answer in the last possession and howard walks away with a huge win, and the college football record for biggest point spread upset. >> just ahead, it is the largest fire in los angeles county history. we've got the latest. that's here straight ahead.
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this dramatic video comes from staten island, new york. it shows the moments when an suv crashed through a laundromat on sunday, hitting several people inside. witnesses say one of the injured was a pregnant woman. the 74-year-old driver said he hit the gas instead of the brake when he pulled out of the parking lot. the victims were taken to an area hospital. police didn't charge the driver, saying it appeared to be an accident. >> so hard to watch. leading the news, los angeles county is in a state of emergency this morning, as firefighters battle one of the biggest wild fires ever to breach city limits. over 7,000 acres have burned destroying multiple homes. as of last night the blaze is only 30% contained. nbc's steve patterson has more. >> reporter: firefighters battling a blaze spread out over thousands of acres forcing hundreds of evacuations, destroying homes in what's being called the largest fire in l.a. history.
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the so-called la tuna canyon fire sparked friday, fuelled by scorching temperatures, low humidity, and high winds. embers hopped california's 210 freeway, creating a tunnel of flames before shutting down traffic. this weekend the flames marched into neighborhood. >> we've got to get this because if this oak tree goes it will carry over, so we've got to keep that wet. >> more than 1,000 firefighters are on the front lines trying to stop the spread creating containment on the ground, dropping retardant from the air. >> really, honestly, it's my worst fear. >> reporter: the fire is burning above tracy's home. she and her family spent packing anything important. >> our honey poon picture from 28 years ago so that can't be replaced. >> reporter: a few doors down we watched with silva's family who just evacuated, looking on as flames pushed into their yard. >> can you just tell me how you're feeling seeing the flames right there and knowing that's your house? >> sad. i believe we're praying and that's why we're here so the fire will start.
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>> reporter: the la tuna canyon fire is one of 74 major wild fires burning in the west, suffering from a record-breaking heat wave. in oregon, more than 150 hikers were rescued after being trapped between two out-of-control blazes in the columbia river gorge. sunday the dark skies over l.a., a constant reminder of danger, as neighbors hold out hope the worst is over. >> our thanks to steve patterson for that report. and just ahead, reports of north korea's hydrogen bomb test that's got stock markets around the globe on edge. we'll tell you what it means for your money, up next. r. just walk right in and pay zero dollars with most insurance. plus, when you get a flu shot at walgreens, you help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need through the un foundation. it's that easy to get your flu shot and make a difference. so swing by your local walgreens today. walgreens. at the corner of happy & healthy.
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north korea's military tests a reported hydrogen bomb has stock markets rattled around the globe. cnbc's gem ma acton is following the fallout. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes, well it's safe haven very much in demand so we're talking gold and the swiss frank or the japanese yen. as a result we're seeing a little bit of weakness this morning in the u.s. dollar. but gold is really the one to watch. it's up around 1% so far today and it looks like it might actually manage to pierce the 12 month tie it raged last september the 24th. if it keeps going with the current momentum. well stock markets are a sea of red over here. there's not a single european stock sector that's trading in the green so far today.
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and they're taking their cue from weakness in asia overnight. of course, being labor day, u.s. markets are going to be spared that pain because they're closed. and let me not go any further without wishing you a very happy labor day. there was a survey done last year by bush's beans that said that 86% of grilling enthusiasts like to cookout doors for labor day. some like to cook on the grass, around 12% like to cook in their driveway. but the vast majority of you cooking enthusiasts like to do it on the patio in your backyard. have a fantastic day. back to you. >> any excuse to go grilling. >> exactly. i do like the patio better than the driveway, but it works. >> thank you, gemma. >> just ahead, a historically bad labor day weekend at the box office. plus, angelina jolie opens up about her divorce and being single. you're watching "early today." right now at kohl's
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movies. i guess they've just given up on labor day. >> given up. . we'll have them next week. >> angelina jolie is opening up about her divorce from brad pitt. the 42-year-old actress tells the uk's sunday telegraph she doesn't enjoy being single and it's not something she wanted. she says quote, sometimes maybe it appears i'm pulling it all together but really i'm just trying to get through my days. jolie filed for divorce from pitt in september of 2016, after two years of marriage, and a 12-year relationship. as for recent rumors of a reconciliation, a source tells e-news, quote, they are not getting back together. guess that means no new movies for the two of them, either. >> no, they probably won't. and you would think there was a lot of people, of course there's a lot of people that would be lining up to -- to -- you know to date her. but at the same time, it is difficult living in that situation. you know, everybody's always wondering who you're dating. who you're not. when you're going to get back with your ex. you know, sometimes you just don't want to talk about that sort of thing. but you know, i guess that's the life you chose to live. >> they're very much in the public eye. yes. >> well we wanted to ask you
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well heat advisories are still up for about 7.5 million people. we have cooled off some spots, some of the more marine influence. but still triple digit heat has moved into the interior sections. not on the coast like it was. that's what was so crazy about the last couple days. still 105 in reading. i believe you were the 110 to 112 range. portland 102. that's 22 degrees above average today. that's like unheard of type numbers. boise 17 above average at 100 today. and even as we go into tuesday. lewiston still 1 01. medford 101. salem at 99 degrees. you get the picture. not until later in the week that we really begin to cool you off, spokane, eugene and reno. just really off the charts. if it wasn't for harvey and now dealing with irma, that would be the story. montana really bad, too.
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>> odd summer for the northwest. >> yeah. >> all right, bill, thank you. one of the country's biggest fuel suppliers says that it plans to reopen a critical pipeline today, after it was shut down by hurricane harvey. the 5500 miles normally carries more than 3 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from houston up through the east coast. the company says the fuel should start flowing again on tuesday, and this could help lower national gas prices, which have spiked by an average of more than 20 cents per gallon over the past two weeks. tragedy at a popular burning man festival in nevada over the weekend. a 41-year-old man is dead after leaping into the flames at one of the event's ceremonies on saturday. aaron joel mitchell broke through the security perimeter before a crowd of 70,000 people. firefighters on the scene gave chase, but they were unable to stop him. he was eventually pulled from the flames, and airlifted to a burned treatment center where he died sunday. authorities are investigating. the red bull cliff diving
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world series made a stop in texas this labor day weekend. it's the only u.s. stop on its global tour. and it didn't disappoint. more than 9,000 people showed up to see former olympian blake aldridge from great britain take first place in the men's division. you can see him clinch a back three somersaults with three twists. not sure what that is but it seems extremelyive adult company pit was his first win. there it is in slow motion. look how impressive that is. it's his first win in the u.s. he beat out competitors from mexico and the u.s. wow. >> you go home and you practice that every day. i know you do that. >> i sure do. >> absolutely. >> except i don't end as gracefully. but yeah i'm working on it. it's your hidden talent. >> one of those days. >> twin pandas at zoo atlanta celebrated their first birthday sunday. ya lun and xi lun had a birthday cake made of ice. but they were more interested in playing with a box in their habitat. the cubs are the only set of giant panda twins in the united states and their parents are lun lun and yang yang. the twin names mean elegant and
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it is 4:30. happy labor day, folks. a live look outside in san jose. you can't see it yet but you will see it later. hazy skies and more smoky conditions. thanks for joining us today. i hope you're up early because you're off doing something fun. i'm kris sanchez in for laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm marcus washington. we're up and ready to go this labor day. >> we're ready to go. >> and today relief. >> some relief but the air quality isn't going to be very well. we're still expecting smoky skies, hazy skies. i know the temperatures will tease you to go outside but look at the temperatures right now. the past two, three days we've been waking

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