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♪ only you narrow test. test. test. test. the road in up state new york. the toll is staggering. >> this is one of the biggest losses of life -- loss of lives that we've seen. >> 20 people are dead after a limousine crashes into a parked suv. young people celebrating a 30th birthday. a journalist feared dead. he criticized the leadership of saudi arabia in the american press. now some are claiming a saudi hit squad murdered him. >> the fight after the fight. the four-round championship bout last night was just the beginning. then came the real fireworks. as wildfires sweep through parts of the west, we're with the next generation being trained to join the battle. and giants descend on
england. giant puppets, that is. a parade you won't want to miss. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. it was planned as a fun saturday afternoon for a group of friends celebrating a birthday milestone. today authorities described what happened when the suv limo they were riding in sped into the parking lot of a popular country store, killing everyone inside and another two pedestrians. the crash so disastrous the national transportation safety board was called in. we begin tonight with matt bradley in schohairie, new york west of albany. >> reporter: in a matter of minutes a 30th birthday party turned to tragedy. >> there's a multi-vehicle motor vehicle accident. >> reporter: an suv limousine carrying 18 people careened off a new york state iowa. >> everyone inside was killed. >> reporter: witnesses said the limo sped down a hill, through a parking lot and collided with a parked
car. two pedestrians in the parking lot were killed. >> i heard some screaming and just it looked serious because people were just, you know, running back and forth. >> reporter: the snarled wreckage ended up in had a nearby creek bed. state officials declined to comment on whether the driver had been drinking, refusing to answer questions about what might have caused this tragic accident. >> i've been on the board for 12 years, and this is one of the biggest losses of lives that weave seen in a long long time. >> reporter: saying they won't release the victims' names until autopsies are complete, but some family members are already speaking out. >> i can't believe it. you know, it's not something you can wrap your head around. >> reporter: barbara douglas said four of her nieces, all sisters, among the dead. >> they were very smart, and they were beautiful, and -- and they were -- they lived life to the fullest. >> reporter: the collision said to be the worst highway accident since 2009 is now the focus of a
federal investigation. the ntsb sent a go team to the site. that ntsb team is going to be here for several days trying to reconstruct this accident. as you can see, this tire track, they are the only thing that's really left here. they want to determine how so many people could have died from the same vehicle and when these massive stretch limousines are even safe. kate? >> mate bradley, thank you. we turn to politics and what has become a big winning streak for president trump. his second supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh, of course, was sworn in this weekend, so what's next for the president, and what does this historic accomplishment mean for the upcoming mid-term elections? nbc's kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: with one hand on the bible, justice brett kavanaugh's sworn oath was not an end point but instead a political reboot for energized and sometimes angry
democrats. >> i said to the woman who are justifiably angry and determined, they should should focus like a laser beam on the elections. >> and a recharge for the republicans. >> i want to thank the other side for the tactics that have allowed us to kind of energize and get involved our own vote sneers today the president headed for the golf course with senator lindsey graham, justice kavanaugh's most fiery defender. >> i'm going to go throughout this country and let people in these, you know, purple states, red states where trump won, know what i thought, know what i think about this process. >> reporter: the president in rally mode saturday night. >> got to involvement got to vote. >> reporter: made the bitter confirmation fight a call to act. >> on november 6th you will have the chance to stop the radical democrats, and that's what they have become. >> reporter: but sticking with her party could have real consequences. republican susan collins' yes vote
unleashed instant anger to unseat here in 2020. >> i have to do what i think is right, and over the years the people of maine have trusted me to exercise my best judgment. >> reporter: while north dakota democrat heidi heitkamp who could lose her seat next month, tells "60 minutes" voting yes would have been safer. >> yeah. i don't think there's any doubt about that. i think that the -- the politically expedient vote here was a -- a yes vote. >> why not then? >> because this isn't about politics. >> reporter: the white house is planning to extend its own celebration by holding a ceremonial swearing in for justice kavanaugh tomorrow. while several other justices have had a public and private ceremony those were daytime events. president trump announced this would happen tomorrow evening that. maximizes the live tv audience where he can tout this accomplishment right before the mid terms. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, kelly, thank you. another accomplishment for the president this week,
what some are calling nafta 2.0, but not president trump. he insists the new trade agreement signed by -- last week by the united states, mexico and canada is a huge improvement. it's still not a done deal, but how could tim pact american farmers, factory workers and businesses? nbc's dave gura breaks it down. >> reporter: scrapping nafta is something president trump has wanted to do for a while. >> nafta is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere. >> reporter: and the new deal known as the united states mexico canada agreement or usmca will change what comes across the borders. trade among the u.s., canada and mexico is three times what it was almost a quarter century ago when nafta came into effect. this is one of the biggest crossings on the u.s.-canada border. every day 1,200 vehicles carrying everything from cars and car parts to fruits and vegetables come through here. today the trade relationship is valued at $1.2 trillion, and the agreement would affect automobiles, agriculture and copyrights. when it comes to cars,
more components, three-quart, would have to be made in the united states, mexico or canada, and more of those parts would have to come from factories that pay workers more, at least $16 an hour. and u.s. dairy farmers would get more access to canada's milk market. >> this gives us hope in a tight margin business to be able to provide for the land, the community, our families and provide the farm to the next generation. >> reporter: a lot has changed since 1994. so there were new safeguards for intellectual property and new protections for pharmaceuticals. >> just an improvement upon or a change to the existing deal? >> i mean, i think this is a change to the existing deal. >> reporter: usmca is not a done deal. there's still a lot of political uncertainty. the three countries have to ratify it, and mexico will have a new president in december. >> i think the biggest risk is in the united states. >> reporter: members of congress have to vote on it, and the mid terms are just a few weeks away. david gura, nbc springs, high gate, vermont. >> he was a vocal critic of the saudi
regime and now a prominent journalist has did i appeared in turkey mission since tuesday. it's feared he may have been murdered by the government he so often criticized in the american press. here's our chief correspondent nbc's richard engel. >> reporter: the mystery deepens tonight over the fate of jamal khashoggi. did the saudi royal family have him murdered? khashoggi was already living in self-imposed exile, afraid he'd be arrested in the saudi kingdom because of his fierce criticism of the country's de facto ruler, crown prince mohammed bin salman. from abroad his attacks continued. he wrote articles in "the washington post" with headlines about a reprifs regime now unbearable. up headline comparing the crown prince with vladimir putin, but then last week khashoggi walked right into saudi hands. he went to the saudi consulate in istanbul. he needed paperwork to marry a turkish woman. she stayed outside on alert. >> he gave his featuresee his own toal phone and he said
quote, unquote, if i don't get out, if i don't come out in four or five house, call, you know, the office of the president of turkey. >> reporter: she sounded the alarm when he never emerged and protesters soon gathered. up named officials reportedly claimed more than a dozen saudi agents flew in, murdered khashoggi in the consulate and hid his body. >> saudi arabia is using state terror against its citizen, and what is happening now to mr. jamal khashoggi is part of this policy. >> reporter: but today turkey's president erdogan said that turkey wants to avoid a costly fight with the lte kingdom but one may be coming. the crown prince says he has no idea what happened to-by and reporters were given a tour of the consulate to show he wasn't
there. many critics of bin salman have been arrested inside saudi arabia but murder on foreign soil, if that's indeed what happened, would take his crackdown to a totally different level. >> i know you'll continue to follow t.richard engel, thank you so much. breaking news tonight on another mystery, this one involving the missing president of interpol, the international police organization. interpol received a letter of resignation from meng hungwei. meng, a chinese national, who lives in france where interpol is located, was traveling in china when his wife reported him missing. the chinese government says he's being investigated for unspecified violations of law. he is presumably being held by chinese authorities. now to haiti where an earthquake struck last night in a remote northern part of the country killing at least 12 people. the magnitude 5.9 quake damaged and destroyed dazes -- dozens of buildings including a jail allowing a prisoner to
escape. >> more than 1,700 people are now reported dead in the earthquake and tsunami in snoeshia. another 5,000 are still missing w.so much time having passed. authorities fear the missing may never be found. this thursday rescue workers say they will officially stop the search. pack here at home quite a scene in las vegas last night. an ultimate fighting match lasted four rounds, but the real fireworks started after it was over. even mike tyson thought it was kind of crazy. kathy park has that story. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: the highly anticipated ufc fight between mma rivals conor mcgregor and khabib took an ugly turn after mcgregor tapped out in the fourth round. >> reporter: the brawl shows him leaping into the crowd after they allegedly taunted him and then watch as this man quickly climbs into the octagon punching the back of
mcgregor's head. >> people have been saying mean things to each other for 18 years here at the ufc. nothing like this has ever happened. >> reporter: khabib's multi-million dollar purse being withheld pending an investigation, his title also in jeopardy. >> i know this is not my best side, you know. this is not my best side. you know, i'm a human being. >> reporter: in the post-fight press conference he brought up the bad blood between the two men going back to when mcgregor pled guilty to disorderly for attacking his bus last april. >> he talked about my religion. he talk about my country. he talk about my father. he come to brooklyn and he broke bus. >> reporter: the scuffle even creating quite a spectacle on social media with fans, celebrities and even boxer mike tyson 2003ing in saying the chaos was crazier than my fight riot and while mcgregor didn't press any charges he's indicated this fight is far from over
tweeting good knock. look forward to the rematch. kathy park, nbc news. we're following a newly named tropical storm michael now just south of cozumel, mexico. here's the way it's tracking so far. it's expected to get more powerful in the gulf of mexico and may become a hurricane by tuesday or wednesday. it's threatening parts of florida's panhandle where a state of emergency has already been declared. it has been a record-setting year for wildfires in the western u.s. in fact, right now there are 53 large fires burning in ten states. fighting these fires is daunting and dangerous, and it requires serious training. nbc's tammy leitner went to a south carolina college with a unique program teaching the next generation how to battle the flames. >> reporter: in a year fraught with some of the worst wildfires in history the race is on to train the next generation of firefighters. >> this is a burn unit.
110 acres. >> reporter: meet the clemson university fire tiger. they are student in a unique program that's teaching them wildfire prevention in and out of classroom. >> so i'm going to put a dot. >> reporter: for junior caroline sharp these lessons are personal. >> i'm very excited. >> reporter: she's never ventured very far from south carolina, but beneath her hometown southern drawl this fiercely determined 20-year-old knows she wants to battle wildfires. >> my dad is a structural firefighter back home and i'm a third generation. >> the tigers graduate as certified wild land firefighters. training alongside veterans like helen moore who start the program two years ago. >> there is a greater need for wildwood firefighters. we need people towns how fire works and how to use the fire to manage our land so we in the future have less catastrophic. they fight fire with prescribed burning, it reduces hazardous fuels which protect from more extreme fires, promote growth and minimize the growth of insects and disease.
>> we like to put fire on the ground under our conditions, under our terms. >> reporter: they are also learning to use the same innovative technology that firefighters out west are using. >> there's a lot of new map applications, apps out there for the ipads, the phones. >> reporter: once they complete the program, they are certified to fight fires anywhere in the country. >> you come out of college you're literally ready to hop on a fire crew right there. >> reporter: tommy leitner, sumpter national forest, south carolina. >> still ahead tonight, she was born into slavery, owned by one of our founding fathers, and now the story of sally hemmings is on display at a historic home. and have you seen this? a supersized parade this? a supersized parade dazzling what does it take to make this? a supersized parade dazzling digital transformation actually happen? it takes dell technologies, a family of seven technology leaders working behind the scenes to make the impossible... reality. we're helping to give cars the power to read your mind from anywhere...
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declaration of independence, and yet he's the man who owns 607 men, women and children. >> reporter: here the story of sally hemmings now takes center stapling. after more than two centuries of ignoring or covering up an open secret during jefferson easily. enslaved by jefferson, hemmings is believed to have given birth to six of his children. dna evidence backs it up. visitors learned about hemmings' life through the recollections of her son madison. >> it's emotional. you really feel it. >> i think it's important again to acknowledge that truth about our founding fathers. they were deeply flawed human beings. >> reporter: sally hemmings' story now embraced, wasn't always welcome here. >> i came on lots of tours of monticello and i remember when a tour guide would say, well, we don't talk about her. >> the sally hemmings exhibit were housed in what were once slave quarters here at the home's south wing. it was once a hidden space, but now the room and hemmings' new prominence are a much larger part of the story of monticello.
>> so when i had a chance to step on that dirt, actually got on my knees, and i rubbed my hands in the dirt because i wanted to feel the presence of my ancestors and i did. >> reporter: gail just yep white descends from one of jefferson's enclaved men, peter hemmings. hundreds of descendants returned to monticello in june. >> i think you can't understand this country if you don't understand how it was founded, and i don't think you can understand race in this country without understanding slavery. >> so monticello is more than a mansion on a mountain? >> yes. it's much more. it's a crucible of really what our country has been and what it means today. >> reporter: sally hemmings' story and others at monticello capturing the country's early aspirations and its stark contradictions. jeff bennett, nbc news, charlottesville, virginia. news, charlottesville, virginia. you need insurance. but it's not really something you want to buy.
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finally tonight, we go to england, and if you like big parades, you'll want to see the one they held there this weekend. lucy kavanaugh tonight on the march of the marionettes. >> reporter: in liverpool this weekend, a spectacular spectacle, giants roamed city streets. >> it feels like an actual living person.
>> reporter: towering over buildings and trees. >> it's just bringing it back to what really is magic and imaginary. >> reporter: more than a million came to be wowed, including americans kathy lean and pete. >> i said they are going to liverpool again. i've got to go. so we bought tickets and here we are. i can cross this off the bucket list now. >> reporter: it's puppetry of colossal proportions. at 20 feet tall, there's the biggest little boy you'll ever see. his playful canine companion always nearby. >> the dog is my favorite, and he just looks so real. >> the lunch menu. >> reporter: the pair working up big appetites. nearby a two and a half tonight giant slum percent by the sea, coming to life with the help of 44 artists and lots of acrobat sxwliks it feels like the whole city has come together, but this is so much more than a street theater performance. the giants inspiring us to dream big. all this the dream of
a french artist, reimagining an art form that's enthralled audiences for centuries. >> we don't call them puppets. they call them the giants. they are alive. yes, that's it. >> reporter: bidding farewell and leaving behind a dream of a world where anything is possible. the nbc news in the land of the giants, liverpool. ♪ >> just love the giants. that is nbc "nightly news" on a sunday night. tomorrow night lester holt begins his trip across america, first stop texas. i'm kate snow. from all
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