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tonight, relentless disaster. 20,000 rescues as floodwaters carve a deadly path of destruction. emergency shelters packed as we see the mammoth scale of devastation. residents running for their homes burn to the ground in california. firefighters unleash a massive attack. extreme vetting. donald trump's new ideological test for immigrants, what he said today about allowing only people who support our values to enter the u.s. trapped by war. richard engel with a report inside aleppo, treating syria's children who fill bed after bed.
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usain bolt wins again, and simone biles wins another gold. are they the best athletes of all-time? "nightly news" from rio begins right now. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting from the olympic summer games in rio. from the olympics, full coverage, but first the headlines. at least seven deaths have now been reported in louisiana. the number of rescues has reached 20,000 after a staggering amount of rain, as much as 2 1/2 feet inside 72 hours in some places. from overhead, baton rouge this evening, we're looking at a watery scene that is in some ways
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ga ga gabe. >> reporter: now a federal disaster area. >> what are we looking at right here? >> a shopping center, clearly a major retail area. >> reporter: today a break from the downpours, but not from the heart break. many rivers rece but still at record levels. more than 7,000 people have been rescued in louisiana in the past few days, more than 12,000 or so have spent time in emergency shelters. life after the historic flood won't be the same. in the hard hit town of watson, after 34 inches of torrential rain, the loss is staggering. >> basically we lost everything other than our lives. >> reporter: mark mccully barely escaped
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quickly. >> in a couple of hours, we probably had six foot of water. water is probably one of the worst mother nature beasts there is. >> reporter: his son with his own rescue story. rescued by a helicopter just in time. now the tropical moisture spreading west and north, putting 20 million people in six states under flood watches, parts of missouri and texas have already flooded. >> it's acting just like aro it's grabbing all of that moisture from the gulf of mexico and continues to drop it as torrential rain along the gulf coast. >> reporter: in louisiana, communities cut off for days are assessing the unthinkable damage. pastor michael luce's church where homeowners sought sanctuary as homeowners were trapped on the second floor. tonight he is grateful to be alive.
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flood insurance and even as these waters recede, major roads are shut down and a com bit more rain is in the forecast through wednesday. >> gabe, we're watching another terrible disaster of a very different kind. it's unfolding in the opposite end of the country, in california where firefighters are battling eight large wildfires that are burning, they're scorched by bone dry temperatures and dry wind. >> reporter: out of control and burning fast. the so-called clayton fire ripping through main street of lower lake, a town founded in 1858. more than 1,000 firefighters battling flames on the ground. and in the air.
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shops behind. >> when i saw the flames coming, it was right here. it just come so fast. >> reporter: as these 175 structures decimated across 4,000 acres. >> the devastation is huge, the devastation is extensive and there are hundreds of homes and buildings and structures that have been lost as a result of the fire yesterday. >> reporter: the local building warehouse up in flames now to charred remains. >> it was like a bomb had gone off. >> reporter: jody barnes has lefted in lower lake for more than 20 years. >> grabbed the cats and grabbed the dog and basically ran for our life. >> reporter: all this devastation just a few miles from the historic valley fire last year. it was the third worst fire every in california. >> it's the last thing we wanted to have happen, really it's
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in lower lakes, the skies may be blue but the air smells of ash. the fire still very much on the move, just 5% contain and the cause still unknown. and the late day winds are picking up and this could send the fire in new directions and fast. lester? here in rio, a lot of news to cover, both on and off the field of play, a scare at the olympic park outside the basketball venue when a tv cam broadcasting service fell 60 feet from a cable above that snapped. seven people were injured and also two fires burning a few miles from the olympic field venue that kicked up smoke and ash and landed on the venue. and a pair of athletes who just might be the best ever in their respective sports.
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nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the race is less than 10 seconds, but the usain bolt show just keeps going and going. from the very moment he walked out, to well after the race was over. this is not just about jamaica loving you, it's about the world loving you. why is that? >> it's just my charisma, you know what i mean? >> reporter: yes, it's pretty clear what he means. compare that reaction to this. u.s. sprinter jus gatlin, banned from beijing in 2008 for doping finished second. >> i could see everybody so i was laughing. i knew i was catching him and one thing i always quote, just don't panic, take your time. >> reporter: gatlbolt's start was the second slowest, but then enough ahead to give a cheeky look. usain bolt is unstoppable.
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other runners 43. which means each of his strides is nearly 8 feet long, from here to here. now i'm 5'8" and i'm not even close. and i probably can't get up. now bolt has a record three gold in the 100 meter dash. he will race three more times in rio. while in gymnastics, dominance slipped for simone biles. >> if yhi it, i'm the only gymnast out here that has won as many times as i have. so i have to give myself props for that. >> reporter: instead of gold on the beam, she won bronze. allison felix is going to race in the 100 meter. she's hoping to repeat her gold medal win in london. a busy day on the campaign trail today,
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states. trump unveiled his new immigration proposal, something he called extreme vetting while clinton had some high powered help in going after donald trump. we start with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: tonight donald trump's message is clear. >> hillary clinton launched isis on to the world stage. >> reporter: under democrats, isis is expanding, under him that will end. trump is outlining new details for his muslim ban. >> i call it extreme -- extreme vetting. >> reporter: the vetting including what trump calls a cold war e era ideological test. >> we must screen out any hostile attitudes towards our country. >> reporter: trump also calls for using warning signs for international intervention. >> this new system will be used for local police officers, federal investigators and immigration
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are going to want to set aside some civil liberties. >> reporter: notably missing trump's past insistence that obama founded isis. it gets repeated in the middle east and puts a target on u.s. troops. >> if my son were still in iraq, and i say to all those who are there, the threat to their life up a couple clicks. >> reporter: trump's message on isis turned to -- anti-corruption task force uncovered a ledger allegedly documenting $7.12 million in off the books cash payments from ukraine's past from paul manafort. manafort called the allegation silly and
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andrea mitchell in scranton, where hillary clinton is going after donald trump where he's strongest, with white working class voters. trump is counting on them to give him his best and perhaps only shot at the white house. joe biden is helping clinton make her case. >> if you're worried about your job, then there's only one person in this election who will possibly help you and that is hillary the biggest investment in new good paying jobs since world war ii. >> reporter: joe biden telling me donald trump's economic plan doesn't add up. >> he has no notion what he's talking about. and just look at his budget. >> reporter: what do you say to white, not college educated men in pennsylvania, in scranton. >> that's what i'm saying here, take a look at the facts, take a look at what he's talking about. >> reporter: clinton
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out in pennsylvania. it's where the democrats held their convention, launched her bus tour, and though polls have her head among white working class voters, trump is up and gaining. so we went to a local coffee house and asked why trump? have you decided who you're going to vote for? >> i'm going to vote for trump because i think he can by jobs back because he's a successful businessman. >> donald trump knows what it is to run a business, he knows grow. >> reporter: clinton with a big dose of joe bid biden. tonight we have a rare look inside a secret operation saving lives in war torn syria. it's an underground hospital hidden away as the brutal conflict between government forces and rebels wages on above. and so many patients brought here are children. richard engel brought us inside where some
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disturbing to watch. >> reporter: the syrian government-led bombing of aleppo has targeted so many hospitals the few still working have been forced below ground. nbc news was granted rare access to one of these unmarked hidden basement clinics, where 2-year-old bayon was barely alive after an air strike on his home. medical staff tirelessly tried to push and pump life into the boy. then listen for a but there's no time to take in the horror, children keep streaming in. after bombings in this city, rescue workers often save children first, so it's children who fill nearly every bed. >> the images never leave you, they scar you. >> reporter: this doctor is a surgeon in chicago, but last month, he snuck into aleppo to volunteer. >> the doctors are
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trapped, if there's a message to relay to the world, it's that they want the world to know what's happening. >> reporter: the makeshift hospital rooms are crowded. it can take days for families to find their injured sons and daughters. 10-year-old sawad lost her leg, she had been sleeping by a window when a bomb dropped. the doctor asked if any of her relatives were hurt. she says no, but she's wrong. she doesn't know that the attack that took her her 8-year-old brother. a boy nearby repeats, he wants to leave. but there's no leaving aleppo, it's encircled, starving and under attack. the injured children forced under ground. richard engel, nbc news. >> and that nightmare continues. there's more ahead as we continue, violence in the streets, fears of another dangerous night in a major american city where
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rules in every way. square mile after square mile, one-fifth of all the fresh water in the world. i first traveled to the amazon 25 years ago to see the work of scientists cataloging this treasure house of the natural world. so how many lifetimes would it take for you to know a lot more than you do now about what it's going on here? >> well, you know how it works, the know, the more you need to figure out. >> reporter: this man and his wife are hid of national am zonian research. >> this is part of the national treasure of the earth, right? >> the forest is very important for a lot of people. >> reporter: prized by scientists and fortune seekers alike. when you're in the rain forest, it has kind of a spiritual effect. but it also has a
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ecologists, naturalists and people who want to develop this area. according to an international human rights organizationization, 24 activists have been killed for their work in the amazon in the first four months of this year alone. the many indigenous tribes are under tremendous pressure here as well. >> there is a feeling that protecting the rain forest and natural ecosystems in the amazon is against progress. it's really important that we make it clear that everybody benefits from a preserved ecosystem. >> reporter: a future without the amazon is simply unthinkable. >> we really haven't come close to describing everything there is. this is the michael jordan of biodiversity. >> or lebron james these days. >> right. >> reporter: mario has been upriver for a long time. for him, no man-made
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wonders that are part of his every day life. tom brokaw, nbc news, in the amazon. and that will do it for us on this monday, a reminder, nbc prime time olympic coverage begins at coming up two bay area teachers hurt in a crash. the accused driver under arrest. it's that time again we'll take you for a boat ride as alligator hunting season
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right now on news channel 8 at 7:00. good evening two popular music teachers in critical condition tonight following a

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