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thank you for watching. "nbc nightly news" with lester holt is next. we'll see you back here tonight at 11:00. tonight, island emergency, millions rapidly running low on food and water in sweltering heat. growing fears of mass exodus from puerto rico as president trump defends his administration's response. flatline, gop's last effort to real obamacare is now dead and eyes turn to alabama, and insurgent candidate. ceo of equifax is out as many struggle to freeze credit. basketball bribery scandal rocked biggest
universities in america. and to the rescue, a groom who saved the day. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, recording tonight from savannah, georgia. >> good evening from the 165th air lift wing. making way back from puerto rico, stopping in savannah where the national guard continues to launch round the clock relief flights into the hurricane zone. puerto rico is where we start tonight as its governor warns of impending humanitarian kries s, issues a plea for more help, reminding us they're americans in need. president trump is speaking out and defending his response to the disaster that's left the island mostly in the dark, short on food, clean water, cash and reliable communications. gabe gutierrez remains
there with the latest. >> reporter: temperatures approached 100 degrees today. a stifling heat. nearly 12,000 people still in emergency shelters and half of puerto rico doesn't have drinking water as army corp. of engineers is now tasked with rebuilding the island's power grid. tonight in puerto rico, lines are long and tempers short. >> i need to get out of here. why? because we feel desperate. not just me, scary situation. >> reporter: in the airport, exodus on few flights. running low on baby formula and frantically trying to escape to florida. >> it's a nightmare, not where i planned to be or wanted to be during first few weeks of my baby's life. >> reporter: today president trump announced he would visit puerto rico next week and defended federal response. >> we got a pluses on
texas and florida and will on puerto rico but this is an island in middle of the ocean. >> reporter: announcing thousands of additional troops and navy ship headed to the island. san juan's mayor appreciates fema's response but lot of red tape. >> boots on the ground. but you have to start walking. seems to be taking a little bit too long. >> reporter: president also tweeting because of the infrastructure and massive debt, puerto rico is in deep trouble. didn't set well with puerto ricans who feel the u.s. territory is an afterthought. now most hospitals at stand still on backup generators. not enough power for critical surgeries. >> only one available. all the other areas are without electricity. problem is humidity is too high to work. >> reporter: help on
the way. more than 90 humanitarian supplies on the way. these from the dallas mavericks and point guard cora. >> takes time to get back to normal. >> reporter: san juan, puerto rico. >> in some remote parts of puerto rico cries for help written on rooftops. families desperate for aid. >> might be stuck in area they just can't leave. >> helicopters getting aid to remote areas like here where eight-year-old says her families need supplies. worried about grandparents she hasn't heard from in days. >> i hope you are fine. and i love you. >> this chopper crew also responsible for preventing major environmental catastrophe as nearby oil rig damaged by
hurricane. >> if had hit puerto rico how bad could things have gotten? >> pretty bad, would have had oil spill. >> one of the countless missions, american soldiers protecting their island, looking for more people to save. puerto rico. rough day for republicans in washington and could be a rough night. last ditch effort to repeal obamacare is now dead. short of votes forced to pull the bill before another embarrassing failure on the senate floor. attention turns to cliff hnger election in alabama, president trump's preferred candidate versus insurgent who could cause troubles for republican leaders. >> reporter: republicans in defeat. calling off vote to repeal obamacare. president let down again.
>> we're disappointed at certain so-called republicans. >> reporter: another embarrassing defeat for majority leader mitch mcconnell. tried and failed twice to follow through on campaign promise. >> would you say this is a tough day? >> we haven't given up on changing the american health care system. >> reporter: but the reality, health care is on the back burner. starting tomorrow, tax reform. last hope for major republican accomplishment. >> will republicans forgive you if you pass tax reform? >> most important thing to do to restore confidence to the country and get jobs and prosperity. that's why focused on getting it done. >> reporter: if they can't, could haunt them. election tonight in alabama could be first taste. >> don't be fooled, help trump drain the swamp, vote no to luther strange. >> reporter: establishment groups
spending money to get luther strange. president even campaigned for him. but conservative judge moore ahead in the polls. called himself the biggest threat to establishment power in washington and some voters believe he's better defender of president trump. >> need to get behind our president and listen to us. we're fed up and we'll vote you out. >> reporter: tonight another republican is taking himself out of the running. senator bob corker of tennessee announcing he won't run for re-election next year. he's a close friend of mitch mcconnell's and another sign of how toxic things are in washington right now. tonight hearing for the first time disturbing details from parents of otto warnbeer, first interview of what happened to their son in captivity in north korea, what he endured
coming home in coma where he passed away days later. >> reporter: president trump today with more harsh words against north korea, saying prepared to use military force if necessary. >> if we take that option it will be devastating, i can tell you that. devastating for north korea, that's called the military option. if we have to take it, we will. >> reporter: as tensions escalate, horrifying account from parents revealing how son was tortured in 17 months in north korean prison. sent home in coma. >> had a shaved head, feeding tube coming out of his nose, staring blankly into space, jerking violently, blind, deaf. as we looked at him, tried to comfort him, looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth. >> reporter: he died
days later. supposed crime, stealing a souvenir. fred and cindy speaking about how the regime destroyed their 22-year-old son. >> they kidnapped otto, tortured him. >> north korean menace. >> reporter: despite angry words and new sanctions, secretary of state saying the goal is diplomatic solution and pentagon seeing signs of military threat. >> we haven't seen a change in posture, we watch that closely. >> reporter: showdown with rogue regime and for one family, already a horrific tragedy. nbc news new york. new developments in the massive equifax hack that compromised personal information of 143 million americans. company ceo is stepping down a week
fr before scheduled to appear before congress to answer questions. meanwhile plenty of confusion among americans wondering how to protect themselves. more from tom costello. >> reporter: less than three weeks after announcing largest financial data breach in history, ceo richard smith resigned today, although keeping $18 million in pension benefits and possibly $30 million in stock options. two other senior execs have already left. expecting to get an earful on capitol hill next week. >> it's not enough. >> reporter: a cascade of federal and four state investigations. >> going to get to bottom of how the breach occurred, when it occurred and holding equifax accountable for actions since the breach. >> reporter: consumer experts urge all adults to freeze
credit reports at all three agencies so they haves can't use it. but americans struggle to get it done over the phone or online. some blocked by error messages. >> at what point will we see a solution? >> reporter: equifax hack and wall street regulator hack have experts issuing red alert. >> this absolutely undermines fundamental pillars that make our system work. >> reporter: want to know if lax security was to blame. why a patch in march when first alerted rather than july and why take six weeks to notify customers? >> in southern california, fast-moving wildfire forced more than 1,000 from homes. corona, just outside of los angeles, has
everybody on edge. all adding to the most expensive fire season in history. migu miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: this is the sight and sound of losing ground in los angeles. santa ana winds turning fire into a blow torch before sunrise in corona. >> it's scary. freaks you out knowing it's so close. >> evacuate. >> 1,500 people in scramble to escape the flames closing in. 500 homes in path of the fire. freeways and roads leading to safety surrounded by the blaze. known as the canyon fire, 25-mile-an-hour winds whip through the dry hills, funneling flames like a river towards homes. nonstop air attack,
helicopters using night vision soaring into neighborhoods. with southern california now beginning santa ana wind season, the most dangerous weeks are ahead. but fire season has already cost a record $2 billion and now the fire fight is getting more dangerous here every day and every night. nbc news, los angeles. turning overseas to the middle east, there is a big change coming to way of life in saudi arabia. major victory for women's rights there. first time ever, women legally able to drive there following a royal decree. more on the move that critics say was a long time coming. >> reporter: tonight saudi women who fought for right to drive are celebrating. will never be the same one tweeted, rain begins with single
drop. arrested after posting this video of herself behind the wheel. in 2017, saudi arabia still had a ban on women driving cars. only country in the world to do so. penalty, fines, flogging, for some women jail time. had been justified by the government under strict islamic law ♪ no woman no drive >> reporter: activists pushing for change say been gaining ground. limited voting rights in 2015, last weekend allowed in national stadium first time and today this surprise announcement. >> a royal decree has been issued in saudi arabia, giving women the right to drive. >> reporter: change will take effect in june of next year. giving ultra conservative country time to adjust to having a woman in the driver's seat. nbcsn news. more to come.
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a c-130 on the ramp here in savannah awaiting its next message. before we go, my time on the ground in puerto rico was short but don't have to be there long to understand the depth of the need. essential things in life from making a call to buying a gallon of gas to getting enough food and water are a struggle there. brings me to the national guard, we traveled with into the hurricane zone. some full time and some part-time guardsmen but all answering the call to deliver essentials to fellow americans in need. we know the people of puerto rico are grateful and we're grateful to the air national guard. thanks for being here. thank you all from being here as well. 165th air lift wing in .
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