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the marines are here. marines are landing. >> this will not happen overnight. this is going to be a marathon. >> a growing humanitarian crisis in puerto rico, self-service is barely existent. and aid has yet to reach many after almost a week. >> the dallas cowboys take a fferent approach to the nfl kneeling controversy, but president trump continues to be hammered by athletes. >> because the people run this country, not one individual. and damn sure not him. >> but the president is not backing down. >> emotions running high, 181 arrests. the latest dramatic health care cliff hanger in an effort to replace obamacare. >> and rewriting the record books. the judge is in session.
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"early today" starts right now. good morning, i'm phillip mena. >> good tuesday to you. i'm frances rivera. the federal government is ramping up its relief effort in puerto rico as residents remain without adequate food, water, power or supplies. president trump tweeted about puerto rico for the first time in four days saying the island is in deep trouble. due to a devastated electrical grid and billions still owed to wall street. a debt which he said must be dealt with. >> fema says over 10,000 federal staff are helping with rescue and relief efforts. the massive clean up effort is leaving some residents feeling forgotten and overwhelmed. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: when maria rowerar on shore, they felt the impact. norma lost the roof off her home and the business flew away entirely. >> many of us don't have a lot of money. that will take us a long time to recover from the things that we
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lost. >> reporter: now the hunt is on here for the basics. this woman snagging water from the side of a mountain. everything is destroyed, she says. with mangled power lines everywhere and eye popping lines at gas stations, people feel paralyzed and disconnected. satellite images show the island before maria hit and after. now almost totally in the dark. no cell service either. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: and this woman hadn't been able to reach her family in indianapolis. when offered a satellite phone, she tells them she's all right, but her 95-year-old grandfather passed away during the storm. san juan's airport packed as travelers rush to escape on the few commercial flights. the u.s. military delivering humanitarian aid launching relief missions from the uss kiersich by sea. >> marines are here, marines are landing. >> reporter: they help clear roads. >> it is not going to happen
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overnight, it will be a marathon. >> reporter: in northwest puerto rico they are inspecting a major dam after finding a crack. thankfully so far it's holding. >> it is sad to see -- >> reporter: the pastor runs this massive church that his father built, and maria ripped apart. >> and see it just destroyed in just a few hours is really, you know, sad, but we are a church of hope so we are going to rebuild. >> reporter: rebuilding will take time for an island in crisis and in need. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, mount nabo, preerk. >> today is a battle between the president and the nfl reaches a new level. it is extended into a fourth day. dallas cowboys owner jerry jones who poured a million dollar into the president's inauguration linked arm in arm with his football team kneeling in a show of unity. the arizona cardinals stood together inter locked in defiance and solidarity. the president fanned the flames with some 15 tweets since friday as the controversy continues to
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make headlines. here's nbc sports bob costas. >> when you start calling people sobs, when you start dehumanizing them and you start making it appear as if the definition of patriotism belongs only to those who agree with you, somehow, somehow people who think of themselves as conservatives view themselves as automatically more patriotic than those who are moderate or left of center. that isn't necessarily true. >> the vice-president is also following suit, tweeting on the issue before voicing his opinion before a rally in alabama. >> now, folks, we've all got a right to our opinions. but i don't think it's too much to ask the players in the national football league to stand for our national anthem. and i know the people of alabama agree. >> this morning one administration official is telling politico, mr. trump dug
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in on his feud with nfl players as a way of stirring up his base. >> and while major nfl players are digging in their heels on the decision to protest, one player is steelers defensive tackle and former army ranger stood alone on the field during the anthem sunday. is voicing regret. >> every single time i see that picture of me standing by myself, i feel embarrassed to a degree because like i said, unintentionally i left my teammates behind. it wasn't me stepping forward. i never planned to boycott the plan they came up with. >> he apparently deleted his twitter account in the last couple days, no doubt due to the immense scrutiny following sunday's game. >> in washington the gop's latest attempt to repeal obamacare is on life support. republican senator susan collins came out against the bill becoming the crucial third lawmaker to oppose it. >> obviously this was an issue to which i have given a great deal of thought because there
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are many problems in the affordable care act that do need to be fixed. however, it was clear to me that the graham/cassidy bill was not the answer. >> collins' opposition came as nearly 200 demonstrators were arrested on capitol hill, dragged out of a committee proceeding on the gop's plan, chanting shame at its chief architects, senators bill cassidy and lindsey graham. overnight late night host jimmy kimmel who has been at the center of the health care debate for weeks celebrated the bill's apparent defeat. >> one of the two key republican hold outs, susan collins the senator from maine, said she would not support graham/cassidy, which means -- [cheering and applauding] the bill is almost certainly dead or at least on life support which isn't covered so it will be dead. thank you, senator collins. >> for more on this we go to nbc's tracy potts. tracy, now where does the bill go from here? >> reporter: what's next is if
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republicans can't convince one of these three members to change their minds, that could be it for this week for what the republican party's best chance to get rid of obamacare. we've got susan collins now along with rand paul and john mccain all saying no. that is one more than the republican party can afford. lindsey graham, one of the authors of the bill last night in a debate on cnn, saying that we're going to press on. it's okay to vote. it's okay to fall short. raising the question of whether the party will even bring this up for a vote if they know it's going to fail. and then overnight, president trump tweeting video of lindsey graham putting pressure on him over and over saying how he wanted to repeal obamacare. the president saying, my oh, my, hasn't he changed. we saw those demonstrations here on capitol hill nearly 200 people arrested. democrats are putting the pressure on.
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the president is putting the pressure on. but at this point, if republicans can't tweak something in this bill to get at least one more person on board, then they won't meet saturday's deadline and the significance there is that after saturday, it will take more, even 60 votes to get rid of the affordable care act. philip? >> quite an uphill battle for the president. tracie, thank you. >> a helicopter crashed into the roof of a home in odessa, oklahoma. he suffered life-threatening injuries. he was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition. luckily no one was inside the home at the time of the crash. a dog was inside, but was not hurt. >> target employees are getting a raise. the retail giant has announced it's raising its minimum hourly wage from $10 to $11 starting next month and to $15 by the end of 2020. target hopes the raise will help the company recruit and retain top quality staff and provide a
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better shopping experience for customers. competitor wal-mart has raised its starting pay to $10 in 2016. >> now to england, one impatient dad was trying to pickup his partner's child from school. the teacher stopped him and said go another way. the dad refuses. all of a sudden he hits the accelerator flinging the teacher on the hood of his car, he turns, the teacher flies off the ground. the father pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing bodily harm to the teacher. the teacher was treated for a head injury and then the two kids on the bike, too, that he dodged. >> nearly missed them. what is he thinking? my goodness. all right. it was historic day in the bronx for new york yankees rookie aaron judge in the third inning. judge blasted his 49th home run of the year. that tied mark mcguire's record for most home runs of the season. his day was not done. the young bomber hit number 50
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in the seventh inning right into the left field seats there, to pass mcguire. he stands alone with six games still to play on the regular season schedule. congrats to him. >> congrats. when you see those guys out there playing baseball and the weather some of us have been having, it's like, all right, it's not fall yet. >> it doesn't feel like fall yet. >> yeah, we had to get through the hurricane season. we want the fall there to come because it cools everyone off and we can get rid of these storms and deflect them out to sea. this one was a close call. just barely going to hit the outer banks of north carolina being. some of the highest winds gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour. moore head city area, virginia beach also 40 to 50. shouldn't cause too many power outages. as far as storm surge we should see areas of inundation. we will get wash on 12. the surf will be huge. there will be huge waves. cruise ships or on boats, 20 foot seas near the cenr ofte
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amarillo, 62 degrees, lubbock 67. and the temperatures are a big story. we'll talk more about that and when it is finally going to cool off for some of us. >> looking forward to it. thank you, bill. fast forwarding into tuesday, roger stone is set to testify behind closed doors before the house in tetelligenc committee. he plans to deny he had discussions with russian operatives. >> president trump heads to new york city for a fund-raiser. while his pick for alabama primary luther strange faces off against former alabama chief justice ray moore who is backed by former trump advisor steve bannon in a runoff election. keep it here on "early today." coney island has been around for a long, long time. reminds me of how geico has been saving people money
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gaining out 4-5 scenarios for resolving the north korean nuclear threat and that "some are uglier than others." nbc chief correspondent richard engel has more on this heated nuclear standoff. >> reporter: on the same day north korea said the u.s. has declared war, it released a computer simulation showing how it would destroy american aircraft and set a carrier ablaze. it's propaganda, but experts say there is now a real risk of an exchange of fire with nuclear-armed north korea or worse. the growing concern comes after president trump stepped up his personal insults against kim jong-un, labelling him little rocket man and tweeting he won't be around much longer. beyond rhetoric, the u.s. this weekend flew two advanced bombers near north korea's border. north korea's foreign minister replied, "since the united states declared war on our country, we will have the right to make countermeasures, including shooting down u.s.
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bombers even outside north korean air space." >> we have not declared war on north korea. and frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd. >> reporter: former nato supreme allied commander admiral stavridis says this may go beyond a war of words. >> the ordinance are approaching 50/50. >> reporter: he says the north korea could fire at a ship and the u.s. could fire back. >> we are at such a high level of potential escalation to full-blown war because of the relative inexperience of the leader in pyongyang and the leader in washington. >> reporter: the spokesman for the united nations seemed to agree. >> fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings. >> reporter: concern president trump and kim jong-un's game of brinkmanship could become a conflict. the big worry among experts is that there is some exchange of
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mexican officials are beginning to investigate the recently constructed buildings that somehow managed to collapse during last week's deadly earthquake. among them a school where 19 children ask seven adults were killed. the discovery of code violations could lead to prosecutions. meanwhile, rescue teams continue to search for survivors. nbc's miguel almaguer has more from mexico city. >> reporter: six days after the deadly earthquake here, signs of life are still coming from beneath the rubble. six people may be alive, buried in this building. dozens of family members anxiously wait. m oren o 26 is not on the list of survivors. so his brother daniel prays.
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we know they are working very hard, he says. we have hope that won't die. with more than 100 rescues, including this dog over the weekend, chances for miracles are fading. when this seven-floor apartment complex came crashing down, there were 15 people inside. 12 were killed, three survived. in this rattled country, fear is evident in everyday life, but it's lives they are trying to save. miguel almaguer, nbc news, mexico city. >> wow, it is going to take a miracle at this point, too. six days later. >> that's the toughest part, that hope is diminishing by each day. definitely thoughts are out there. we know the rescuers and crews are out there doing all they can. >> yeah. praying for a miracle. >> we want to take a turn now to this story thousands of spectators at an air show witnessed a harrowing moment, an italian air force pilot plunged
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to his death sunday. it happened south of rome. captain olandi apparently lost power after a mid-air loop. they captured the moment the airplane slammed into the sea. his body was recovered and an investigation is underway. the air show has since been canceled. >> hard to watch that. d.c. police have arrested a former memphis officer near the white house after finding nearly two dozen firearms in his car. the secret service says an agent approached timothy bates when he was spotted urinating nearby. bates told the agent that he had come to see nsa director mike rogers and defense dicktive jim mattis for advice on how to get the dog chip out of his head. police later found 20 guns including assault weapons in his car. way arrested on weapons charges and taken to the hospital for observation. >> well, that is our time. thanks for waking up with us on this tuesday. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. we leave you with some spectacular video, the northern lights as seen from the
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international space station. light show caused by electrically charged particles released from the sun. a car slams into a san francisco
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home. we are following breaking news at 4:30 this morning. a car slams into a san francisco home. the crew is on the scene right now. we have live coverage coming up in a moment. good morning to you. thanks for joining us, i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm marcus washington on this tuesday morning. you know, a lot is going on in the news. we want to head to the weather. going to be another warm one. >> slightly warmer than yesterday. it's expected to get warmer for tomorrow as well. get ready for 80s and more 90s for the east bay. not too bad. off to a mild start in the south bay at 62 degrees. the peninsula and tri-valley, 53. cooler

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