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upper 60s, beach weather for you. >> that's gorgeous. thanks for joining us here at 5:00. lester holt is next with "nightly news." tonight the sex trafficking case against jeffrey epstein and its ties to the trump administration one day after the billionaire's indictment, two presidents now trying to distance themselves from epstein >> i had a falling out with him a long time ago. i don't think i've spoken to him for 15 years i wasn't a fan >> but the president's labor secretary faces growing pressure to resign over his role as a federal prosecutor in an earlier sex abuse case against epstein that resulted in a lenient sentence the calls for justice after the killing of a black teenager over his rap music. >> this is the worst feeling ever no parent should ever go through this >> the suspect charged with first degree murder. police say he was annoyed by the loud music the teen was playing in his car
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growing outrage on social media and the #justice for elijah was the cruise line at fault in the death of a 1-year-old girl whoa fell out of a window on the ship? her family now asking why was there an open window 11 stories up a stunning medical breakthrough the first baby born in the united states after a groundbreaking transplant what this could mean for women struggling with infertility. the price you pay, we've got some great insights into how to find the best travel deals heading into prime vacation season get ready to pack. and a potentially big storm gaining strength tonight. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, everyone the fallout from the indictment of the well-connected billionaire jeffrey epstein on sex trafficking charges has been swift, with democrats now -- calling for the resignation of labor secretary kokkinen
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over a plea deal he once made with epstein. also presidents trump and clinton have quickly moved to put some distance between themselves and epstein. both have been part of his elite social network around the time prosecutors say epstein was procuring under-aged girls for sex. our stephanie gosk has the story. >> reporter: after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking charges, jeffrey epstein sits in the manhattan jail cell, a far cry from parties like this one in mar-a-lago alongside donald trump in 2000. today president trump distanced himself from the billionaire socialite. >> well, i knew him like everybody in palm beach knew him. people in palm beach knew him he was a fixture in palm beach i had a falling out with him a long time ago. i don't think i've sp >> reporter: this is what the president told new york magazine in 2002. >> i've known jeff for 15 years, terrific guy he's a lot of fun to be with. and he's even said that he likes beautiful women as much as i do, and many of them are on the younger side
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epstein, who made his fortune investing rich people's money, moved in powerful circles, connected to more than one president. bill clinton's office released its own statement on monday president clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes jeffrey epstein pleaded guilty to in florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in new york adding that clinton hasn't spoken to epstein in over a decade, but did fly on his plane for trips connected with the clinton foundation in 2002 and 2003, president clinton took a total of four trips on jeffrey epstein's airplane, one to europe, one to asia, and two to africa during that time, federal prosecutors say epstein was creating a network of under age girls whoa he sexually assaulted in his florida and new york city homes until 2005 today democrats turn their attention to labor secretary alex accosta.ls f his resignation. >> instead of prosecuting a predator of children,
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accosta chose to limorte accosta, a florida 08 epstein avoided prosecution by pleading guilty to state charges including soliciting prostitution from a minor. he registered as a sex offender and spent 13 months in jail, but had permission to leave six days a week and work from a local office accosta commenting for the first time since epstein's new york arrest the crimes committed by epstein are horrific, with the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the new york prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice but an attorney who says he struck financial settlements with epstein for three alleged victims, holds accosta personally responsible
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for what he calls an awful deal >> mr. accosta's office categorically kept us in the dark they failed to inform any of my clients what deal that they were attempting to cut. >> reporter: his clients, he says, felt they were taken advantage of twice, but a predator and a broken system >> so, stephanie, this deal has been widely criticized by democrats as well as epstein's accusers anybody else speaking about it >> yeah, there is. we spoke to the former police chief from palm beach. he helped lead the initial investigation into epstein all those years ago. he's critical of that 2008 deal and says that the victims and their families deserve an apology from someone in authority. lester >> stephanie gosk, thank you. as stephanie reported, there are growing calls for alex accosta to resign as labor secretary and tonight president trump is weighing in. nbc's peter alexander has that part of the story from the white house. >> reporter: despite those calls for alex accosta's resignation, tonight president trump is praising him >> i can tell you that for 2 1/2 years he's been just
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an excellent secretary of labor. he's done a fantastic job. >> reporter: the president says he first met accosta when he nominated him in 2017, years after accosta worked on that controversial plea deal for billionaire jeffrey epstein. now president trump says his administration will examine accosta's handling of that case. >> i feel very badly, actually, for secretary accosta. i know him as somebody who has worked hard and done a good job i feel badly about that situation, but we're going to be looking at that and looking at it very closely. >> reporter: but the white house had already announced last march that accosta's role as u.s. attorney in epstein's plea deal was under review, though no update has been provided in the months since >> whether it's u.s. attorney or assistant u.s. attorney or a judge, you go back 12 or 15 years ago or 20 years ago and look at their past decisions, i would think you would probably find they wish they maybe did it a different way. >> reporter: and two officials here tell nbc news
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that some top aides have been dissatisfied with accosta, even before this, frustrated that he hasn't shown more urgency to roll back regulations. but ultimately accosta's fate, lester, will be up to president trump. >> peter alexander at the white house, thank you next, a shocking murder case outside phoenix. police say a 17-year-old was stabbed to death at a gas station because he was playing rap music. now, anger over the case is spilling onto social media. let's get more from nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: the murder of elijah igniting #for elijah, outrage at what some say was a racially motivated murder the teenager who stopped at a phoenix-area gas station last week playing rap music in his car, stabbed in the neck allegedly by michael adams who police say has told them the music made him feel unsafe >> i don't understand. it's just too much >> reporter: his mother serena said her son loved rap, even wrote lyrics
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a high school senior killed heading home from work >> this is the worst feeling ever no parent should ever go through this >> reporter: murder and music like in 2012, jordan davis also 17, killed in florida after an argument about loud music with michael dunn, convicted of first degree murder. in arizona, adams now facing the same charge. a suspect released from prison two days before the alleged murder >> knowing that he suffers from autism, adhd as well as potential other mental illnesses -- >> reporter: adams' attorney arguing he's mentally ill. >> he was perfectly aware of what he was doing. there's no way there's no way >> reporter: the suspect now held on a million dollars bond in the killing of a teenager, playing his music that the suspect apparently thought of as a threat ron allen, nbc news. scary moments today in canada as emergency crews evacuated a hotel after a carbon monoxide leak was condition.
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we get details from nbc's miguel almaguer >> reporter: when paramedics arrived at the super 8 motel in winnipeg, canada, dozens were in trouble. an automatic alarm triggering the alert for carbon monoxide leak 46 people were quickly transported to local hospitals. 15 of them in critical condition. >> we saw the full range of symptoms ranging from moderate headache to nausea and vomiting, and weakness >> reporter: with authorities scrambling to shut off gas to the building, high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered in different areas of the motel. wearing specialized equipment, firefighters carried out the rescues. tonight still unsure how the leak happened. >> it's odorless, tasteless, colorless. >> reporter: carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer, but tonight in canada, a deadly disaster may have been averted because of an automatic a
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alarm. alaralarmaalarmlalarmaalarmra . miguel almaguer, nbc news we are keeping a close eye tonight on the gulf coast and the potential for a tropical threat over the next several days al roker is following it all al, what are you seeing >> lester, we are already seeing heavy rain in florida. sari sosa seeing flooding, so we're watching the system developing even as we speak. and, in fact, both models, the morn and the european model, bring the system into the gulf and then up and makes landfall according to the european model as a strong tropical entity sometime saturday afternoon or evening. it's stronger and further east the american model weaker and further west whatever happens, we're talking about tons of rain at least 7 inches in puerto rico her family is now saying the shocking death of that toddler on a docked cruise ship in cruise line is to blame. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest >> reporter: tonight the family of 1-year-old chloe is disputing initial accounts from police that she slipped through her grandfather's hands.
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>> i do think there is gog to be blame on the cruise line and i will do everything i can to hold them accountable for what appears to me to be negligence >> reporter: police in san juan, puerto rico, say she fell sunday from an 11-story window of royal caribbean's freedom of the seas, landing on a dock. the family attorney michael winkleman now says chloe's grandfather sam placed her on a railing by a window but had no idea it was opened the toddler was used to pressing up against glass back home watching her brother's hockey games. >> why would you leave a window open and an entire glass wall full of windows in a kids' area why would you have that kind of hidden danger without any warning? >> reporter: royal caribbean said it is assisting gligence in a previous written statement, the cruise line said it is de tragic accident the family remains in puerto rico meanwhile back hom
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bend, indiana where chloe's father is a police officer, the community is raising money for them >> even though that's not immediate family, it's still our family so a part of our heart breaks just as much as anybody else's >> reporter: what was supposed to be an unforgettable family vacation now an unthinkable loss gabe gutierrez, nbc news >> there is newly released video showing the tragic moment of impact when a tour helicopter collided with a small plane over the italian alps mounted go pro cameras captured the deadly crash in january. our tom costello has more on the increasing questions about safety in the tourist industry reporter: it was a beautiful chopper ride over the alps that suddenly turned deadly a tourist plane carrying three pilots learning alpine flying crashing mid-air into the helicopter that had just lifted off. the chopper coming apart and crashing to the ground, five on board the chopper dead, two on
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board the plain also killed the is video just released by the search and rescue team it comes in a string of accidents involving tour craft two tour planes collided in alaska two chopper crashes in hawaii three dead five tourists killed in new york when the chopper went down in the east river >> this is really buyer beware you as the customer have to do your research to determine the safety level of this company because they don't operate at the same more consistent robust standards as a major airline. >> reporter: search google or the faa and ntsb websites is the operator certified as an air taxi are the pilots licensed to the minimum standard or required to have more experience have there been accidents? if so, what happened and if it doesn't sound safe, don't go tom costello, nbc news, washington >> one of the more colorful characters ever to run for president of the united states has died ross perot, the self-made texas billionaire who tried to reach the white house twice as a plain-talking independent. andrea mitchell tonight on an american original. >> reporter: he was a populist
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billionaire before donald trump >> the party's over and it's time for the clean-up crew >> reporter: a quirky brash country body from texas born bo poverty who built a computer services empire. launched daring missions to iran and vietnam. he turned the 1992 presidential race upside down with his self-financed independent run. at one point he was leading president bush 41 and democratic challenger bill clinton in a three-way race >> you don't care about anything but making money, there will be a job sucking sound going south. >> reporter: with a nasal twang that was instant fodder on snl. >> i can't deal with a problem unless i can feel it, touch it, smell itst touch it a little more. >> reporter: always combative on tv >> may i finish? >> may i finish? it was a simple question >> you've already finished >> reporter: using charts and graphs as an idea to fix the deficit. >> time to take out the trash and clean out the barn >> reporter: abruptly quitting the race and still winning nearly 20% of the vote
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the bushes long blaming perot for the loss to clinton and the nafta trade deal >> this is not good for the people of the country. >> reporter: and running again for president. ross perot was inspired by winston churchill. >> never give in never give in. never, never, never. >> reporter: and by his never-ending love for the lone star state >> i was texas born, texas bred, texarkana raised and when i'm dead i'll be texas buried >> ross perot was 89 just ahead, giving new hope to women struggling with infertility. also, the price you pay, big ways to save if you still need to book that summer vacation then tennis superstar s onhe court. stay with us
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the u.s., a woman gave birth after receiving a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. doctors in cleveland are celebrating a big step in modern medicine that could bring new hope to women struggling to conceive children. kristen dahlgren has our report >> reporter: she may be tiny, but tonight this baby girl is a big deal the first baby in america and only the second worldwide ever delivered from a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. >> it went very well and it was not as complex as we anticipated, which is obviously something that you always hope. >> reporter: in june, a team of doctors at the cleveland clinic delivered the little girl to a mother in her mid 30s, who had been born without a uterus her transplant in 2017 was part of an ongoing clinical trial. the baby conceived in 2018 through ivf. >> i'm quite confident that over time, that we will have come up with technical improvements that will make this more
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widespread >> reporter: since the trial began, doctors have completed five uterus transplants. three have been successful, including this one and two others now awaiting embryo transfer >> i think it is important that these women have options. >> reporter: tonight those mothers-to-be have new hope in this little girl some thought they would never see kristen dahlgren, nbc news >> pretty remarkable coming up, the price you pay for summer fun why experts say it's not too late to score some major deals on travel.
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back now with the price you pay for summer travel. if you still haven't booked your trip yet, we've got some great ideas that could save you a bundle here's nbc's morgan chesky >> reporter: if you're still searching for an affordable summer get away, the savings can be significant travel experts say one-stop-shopping could payoff big. >> so, you want to look for inclusive packages where you get the most bang for your buck
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>> reporter: if you're looking for more than just a beach get away, you don't have to settle for an old-fashioned road trip. if you know where to look, some of the best deals out there are just across the pond according to kayak, bargain hunters can still find summer airfare to iceland, spain, ireland and london all under 800 bucks round trip one of the lowest fares we found, round trip from boston to paris for less than 400 bucks. >> europe is in a ripe old mess economically starting with london where bank city collapsing pound, you'll get great value. >> reporter: elsewhere across the globe your dollars will stretch the most in places like canada, argentina, even vietnam but some of the best dealcomes llf you're willing to bend a little >> flexibility is going to be the key. you want to look at alternate airports you want to be prepared to go somewhere that has a terrific offer. if you can be flexible, that's how you're going to stretch your bucks. >> reporter: through summer, making memories with get away deals easy on the wallet morgan chesky, nbc news >> up next, superstar
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serena williams opening up about one of her toughest moments ever
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finally tonight, serena williams advancing at wimbledon today, and also opening up about a tough loss last year that sparked a lot of controversy. we've got more from nbc's blayne alexander. >> reporter: serena williams is headed to the semi finals after another wimbledon win. >> game, set, match. >> reporter: but it's her thoughts on a different match that are getting attention. in a new cover article for harpers bazaar, serena recalls last year's u.s. open during an emotional confrontation with the umpire, serena was penalized for slamming her racket, losing a point and ultimately the match to naomi osaka. i was hurt, cut
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deeply, she writes, for herself and her opponent serena said afterwards she couldn't sleep and started seeing a therapist. finally, she wrote to osaka. i am truly sorry i thought i was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself i am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. serena says her punishment is the same thing that women endure in the workplace every day, sidelined for defiance she says her daughter olympia is her inspiration and the reason she speaks up even making a point through her photos, each one published unretouched. as for osaka, serena says her former opponent praised her for standing up for herself, telling her, continue trail blazing. blayxander, nbc news, london >> and that is "nbc nightly news" for this tuesday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.
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. joining the presidential race late. the billionaire looking to shake things up. the fight doesn't end after the flames are extinguished. the new research about the impacts for firefighrs a father killed while riding his bike. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening, everybody. a deadly fourth of july week for a family in san jose and
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today some answers. the man had just wrapped up his daily bike ride when a driver hit and killed him. today the man faced the judge. nbc bay area is in san jose with the latest. >> reporter: understandably the family is still in shock and today the daughter of the victim spoke out in court to try to make sure that the suspect doesn't get out on bail. the victim was an avid cyclist. last friday was no different. when the 62-year-old didn't return home, his wife used a phone tracking app and it led her here. her heart sank. >> the coroner told me he didn't make it. >> reporter: the police say a car slammed into him and the driver took off. that 35-year-old driver was in cour t

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