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going to get lucky because it's going to get stormy next week too. >> that's our news at 6:00. thank you for watching. noigt knig "nbc nightly news" is up next. sxwrnchtsz one of the biggest ever recorded breaking away from antarctica. is climate change to blame? and taking a mental health day. why so many are applauding one boss' response to something so many workers can
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relate to. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. we're glad to have you with us tonight. president trump says this evening he was unaware until recently that the trump tower meeting held last year in which his son donald jr. hoped to receive information on hillary clinton from a russian attorney. the president defended his eldest son in an interview with reuters just as an exclusive nbc video surfaces of the real estate m magnate celebrating. peter alexander has the latest. >> reporter: tonight this video shot exclusively by nbc shows donald trump celebrating. also there his son
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emin, the russian pop star who asked a trusted associate during the campaign to set up a meeting with donald trump jr. and a russian government attorney. >> it's going to be big. >> reporter: with the white house under siege, the president's now acting as defender in chief. tonight telling reuters, i think many people would have held that meeting. arguing he does not fault his son. earlier today on twitter, declaring don jr. open, transparent and innocent. calling the russia investigation the greatest witch hunt in political history. even as the younger trump acknowledges regrets. >> in retrospect, i probably would have done things a little differently. i know more now, but hindsight's always 20/20. >> reporter: insisting no meaningful information was exchanged adding he never told his father about the meeting. >> it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. >> reporter: the president's personal lawyer fending off accusations of collusion. >> there was not a violation of the law here. the meeting that took place is not illegal. >> reporter: also asked if he believed
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putin's denial of election meddling, mr. trump says something happened and we have to find out what it is. while touting america's improving relationship with putin. >> there are many other cases where getting along can be a very positive thing, but always putin is going to want russia and trump is going to want united states, and that's the way it is. >> the meeting was an ideal outcome, not for president trump and america's interests, but for putin and russia's interests. >> reporter: tonight president trump says he didn't know about his son's meeting with that russian lawyer until a couple of days ago. the president travels overnight to paris where he'll meet with the french president and tomorrow he's scheduled to take reporters' questions. >> peter alexander, thank you. after the last head of the fbi was unceremoniously dumped by president trump, the man the president has chosen to replace him was to declare his npd frens the white house in his senate confirmation hearing today. chris wray is widely regarded as well qualified to lead the fbi. nonetheless, after the
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messy firing of james comey amid the russian influence investigation, wray faced some unusually pointed questions. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: christopher wray entered the senate hearing room with one overriding mission -- demonstrate his independence from the president who nominated him after firing fbi director james comey. >> i will never allow the fbi's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice, period, full stop. >> reporter: he said no one, including donald trump, asked him to pledge loyalty, something comey said the president asked of him. >> it got very awkward. and i then said, you'll always have honesty from me. >> no one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath at any point during this process and i sure as heck didn't offer one. >> if the president asked you to do something unawful or unethical, what do you
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say? >> first, i would try to talk him out of it, and if that failed, i would resign. >> reporter: wray, age 50, is a former federal prosecutor in atlanta and then a senior official in the george w. bush justice department at a time when comey was deputy attorney general and his boss. wray was careful to defend comey's character discounting the president's description. >> you don't think director comey is a nut job, right? >> that's never been my experience with him. >> yeah. >> reporter: but wray also said comey was wrong to publicly criticize hillary clinton's handling of classified e-mails when announcing last year she should not be charged with a crime. wray said he would make sure special counsel robert mueller has everything to examine russian's election meddling despite the president's dim view of that investigation. >> i'm asking you as the future fbi director, do you consider this endeavor a witch hunt? >> i do not consider director mueller to be on a witch hunt. >> reporter: he said he has no reason to doubt russia was cyber hacking the election. many senate democrats said they'll vote to
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confirm him. so despite the strong opposition to how the president created this job opening, it appears that christopher wray will be confirmed by early august with bipartisan support. lester? >> pete williams, thank you. turning now to what's being called a breakthrough in the battle against cancer. today an fda advisory panel unanimously recommended the approval of america's first gene therapy treatment. it actually changes a patient's dna to better fight the disease. a development decades in the making and it all started with one little girl. rehema ellis has been following her story. >> reporter: today's landmark decision started with a young pioneer, emily whitehead, now literally the textbook example of this groundbreaking therapy. look at this face. this says i'm happy. >> couldn't be more proud. >> reporter: we met emily a year and a half ago at age 10, still cancer-free after being diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia when she was 5. >> at one point the doctor came in and
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said, you need to call your family in because emily's not going to be here tomorrow. >> reporter: what doctors at the university of pennsylvania and children's hospital of philadelphia developed the car t cell treatment. emily was the first child in the world to receive it. >> she's cancer free. and i couldn't believe it. i thought it was a dream. >> reporter: here's how it works. from a blood sample, a patient's own immune cells are separated out and then genetically reprogrammed, turning them into superfighters that hunt out and destroy cancer cells. at the fda hearing today, fighting back tears, tom whitehead testified next to emily. >> if you want to see what a cure looks like, she's standing right beside me. >> reporter: this fall the full fda is expected to approve this treatment for relapsing leukemia in children and young adults. it's grueling, but 83% of patients went into remission. the ultimate goal, try
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it on other cancers. >> it's hard for me to even articulate how exciting this is. this is -- everybody has been working toward this for so long. >> reporter: for emily whitehead, today's decision is about hope. >> it's kind of exciting because it will get the treatment to a lot more kids. >> reporter: a historic step in science thanks to a brave young girl. rehema ellis, nbc news. >> pretty amazing, isn't it? at the bottom of the world tonight a massive fracture on the continent of antarctica has caused one of the biggest icebergs on record to break away into the ocean. it's so big it could fill lake erie twice over. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer with the extraordinary details. >> reporter: tonight in antarctica, a titanic shift in our planet's landscape. a massive iceberg, one of the largest in recorded history, has broken away from an ice shelf known as larsen c. its size is stunning, a block of ice
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weighing 1 trillion tons, roughly the size of delaware. >> that crack has finally gone through all the way and formed an iceberg. and that iceberg is now free to move off into the southern ocean and to melt. >> reporter: nasa is tracking it all, surveying the ice and mapping its movement. though changed to ice shelves in the coldest continent on our planet is not unusual, this event is redefining geography. over the last several years scientists watched the rift slowly grow reaching 120 miles in length, a 2200 square mile chunk of ice breaking away. that separation is called calving. scientists say for now there is no consensus whether this break is linked to climate change but say the region is in peril. >> antarctica is losing mass at an alarming rate. that's a climate warming signal much
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more important than this iceberg. >> reporter: scientists say the iceberg will likely have no direct impact on our lives, but warn this is a snapshot of our changing world. miguel almaguer, nbc news. closer to home, parts of the upper midwest are bracing for another night of severe weather. flash flooding was widespread today with up to eight feet of water in some places. some drivers found their cars submerged on flooded roads and a boy in indiana died after being swept away in a swollen creek. air travel was backed up in detroit and chicago where a small plane slid off a runway. chicago also saw a fantastic display of lightning, the same system caused several tornadoes late yesterday including one that damaged buildings in cedar rapids, iowa. this country's opioid crisis is forcing some to take new and unusual measures. a school district in drug-ravaged ohio will become the latest to keep a heroin antidote on hand starting this
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coming school year. supporters say it will save livgs but critics are worried about the message they say it sends to kids. here's nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: this school board in akron, ohio, voted 5-1 to equip its middle and high schools with nal objection o doan, better known by its brand name narcan. >> it's heartbreaking to talk about putting this in our schools but you do hope what you're doing is potentially saving a life. >> reporter: nine states have adopted laws on the use of n narcan in schools. the maker began offering a free carton of the antidote to all high school last year. in ohio, the heart of the nation's heroin epidemic, 29 teenagers died of opioid overdoses in 2016. but not everyone thinks narcan is the answer. >> i've never used narcan. won't use it till the courts make me. >> reporter: richard jones is the sheriff in butler county, ohio. he refuses to allow
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his deputies to carry the antidote because he believes it encourages drug use. >> narcan's not a cure-all and i'm not going to have my guys do it. >> reporter: in akron, the school board's only no vote said she was worried what the message of stocking naloxone would say to kids. only trained officers will have ak stoes the doses, which cost 100 and will be stored in secured school health clinics. >> hopefully it's one of the things that it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. >> reporter: as the heroin crisis surges, the debate is raging over how best to protect its youngest potential victims. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. there's a lot more to tell us about this evening. still ahead, as millions of americans travel this summer, what one airline is now doing to make sure passengers don't get pump bumped from their flights and avoid nasty confrontations. also the big upset by an american today at wimbledon. the world's
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back now with the summer travel season in full swing, there's a new effort to ease the anger and frustration from airline overbooking. united says it's trying out a new system to cut down on the problems with oversold flights three months after the world saw that video of the doctor injured as he was dragged off one of their planes by airport security. nbc's tom costello has more. >> reporter: it's an everyday problem in
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the airline industry -- you show up for a flight that the airline oversold. now united airlines is working on a way to keep you and everyone else happy. >> psk, thank you. >> reporter: while still making money. experimenting with a computer program that i.d. ast oversold flights five days in advance then e-mails frequent fliers with simple eye tin rathers asking if their plans are flexible. if they're willing, they'll be rebooked and offered compensation. united could then charge more for the seat. >> it's going to help keep down any interruptions on the day of the flight and make everybody happy if it works. >> reporter: just last week united apologized to a mother for giving away a toddler's seat she paid a thousand dollars for, forcing him to sit on her lap. in april, united passenger dr. david dow was dragged down the aisle of an oversold plane after refusing to give up his seat. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: ceo oscar munoz told lester holt united will never
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again remove a seated passenger instead offering up to $10,000 to customers willing to be rebooked. >> and those two combined is one of the solutions because itses a not just monetary, it's a combination of when can i get to my destination. >> if i don't have any prior commitments, then sure, i'd be willing to do it. >> i think that's a better idea than letting me get to the airport, then asking me to change my flight. >> reporter: this pilot program will only be offered to mileage plus customers for now as united looks for oversold flights and flexible customers. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with big we're back in a moment with big troubles for one of nick was . not necessarily after three toddlers with boundless energy. lower back pain won't stop him from keeping up. because at a dr. scholl's kiosk... he got a recommendation for our best custom fit orthotic to relieve his foot, knee, or lower back pain, from being on his feet, by reducing shock and stress on his body with every step. so look out world...
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at bimwomen bell done. the number one rapged player in the world, andy murray losing in an upset to sam querrey who is now the first american men's player to reach the semifinals in eight years. joe fryer has the thrill of victory. >> reporter: with a 118-mile-per-hour ace, american sam querrey conquered andy murray, a wimbledon upset that seem to stun even querrey. >> i'm still in a little bit of shock myself. i was so happy to hit the serve, just thrilled right now. >> reporter: while murray, whose british, had the home court advantage, querrey, the tournament's 24 seed is gaining covert support. >> i'm rooting for sam. quietly. >> i think sam has a really good serve. >> reporter: quer is a california native, a lanky 6'6" big serve player who's found success, though not necessarily stardom, on the courts. >> he's really just playing with a lot of confidence. and i think the further he gets into the tournament, the more loose he is
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because he's got nothing to lose. >> reporter: he's the first american man to reach wimbledon's semifinals since andy roddick in 2009. >> it feels great to get to the semifinals. >> reporter: this is familiar territory for venus williams who takes center court tomorrow. at 37, she's the oldest woman to reach the semifinals here since 1994. this marks 20 years since her wimbledon debut but this year she's dealing with the emotions of last month's headline-making car crash. now she's fighting for her sixth wimbledon title while another american hopes for i first, hoping to shock the world again. joe fryer, nbc news, london. tough times for another retailer in this country as gymboree announced it will close 350 of its stores. the kids clothing chain filed for bankruptcy protection last month. the chain has faced
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growing competition from other retailers who are moving into children's clothing and from online retailers. we've got a new twist to the story we first reported last week involving that photo of that investigators from the history channel say shows amelia earhart alive and well after surviving a crash landing in the marshall islands back in 1937. researchers in japan say they found the same photo published in a japanese book on the pacific island in 1935, two years before earhart crashed. the history channel says it's exploring the latest development and will be transparent in its investigation. when we come back, who hasn't needed a mental health day? we'll go to one company where they're actually embracing that concept. i accept i take easier trails than i used to. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but no matter what path i take, i go for my best. so if there's something better than warfarin,
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or allergic reactions to your doctor right away. in patients with sickle cell disorders, serious, sometimes fatal crises can occur. the most common side effect is bone and muscle ache. so why go back there? if you'd rather be home, ask your doctor about neulasta onpro. finally tonight, a woman in michigan might have done more to highlight the importance of mental health in this country than anyone else vently simply by what she told her boss when she called in sick vently. and it drew a surprising response that has touched so many others. here's nbc's kevin tibls with the story. >> reporter: in the go, go, go of today's
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tech work world, madeline parker did something many wouldn't have the courage to do. >> i took a mental health day. >> reporter: she works in ann arbor, michigan, for an internet chat company. i'm taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. hopefully i'll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%. but truth be told, she was also a little worried. >> a lot of people don't think that mental health is health. they think that you aren't trying hard enough, and that's not how it works. it's an illness. >> first thing that went through my mind, wow, that takes a lot of bravery. >> reporter: to her surprise, the ceo replied all the way from palo alto, california. you are an example to us all and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work. >> you're already trusting people to stay home when they have the flu, trust them to stay home when they're not mentally all there. >> reporter: madeline who battles depression and anxiety now knows not to be anxious
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about needing time. her tweet of her boss' reply touched tense of thousands. mental health is just as serious and real as physical health. very important to break that stigma. any jobs where you work? her advice to companies? >> make sure that people know that this is a safe space and that mental health days are allowed and that mental health is health because it is. >> reporter: for this employee, taking the time to heal the mind makes for a healthier workplace. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. new photos.
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