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on this saturday night, terrifying flight. a southwest jet with more than 100 people on board forced to make an emergency landing after the sound of an explosion. hitting home. gun violence strikes the family of nbc rs tunnel team. on the run, they expose the russian doping scandal. our richard engel with the whistle-blowers in hiding. second chance. as a tornado destroyed their gym, they huddled in the basement. a year later, we're
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lifetime. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nb the news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz balart. suddenly, the sound of on explosion. an engine problem and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. 99 terrified passengers are okay tonight and are describing what it was like when something went very wrong. >> reporter: a terrifying moment in the sky. >> we were kind of just zoned out and then all of a sudden it was that huge, loud noise. >> reporter: what sounded like an explosion on a southwest florida from new orleans to orlando. the pilot diverted the plane and made an emergency landing in pensacola.
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737 in emergency status. >> i was crying, especially after all was said and done and hearing how it could have been way worse. >> reporter: the boeing 737 landed safely carrying 99 passengers and 5 crew members. southwest said it was a, quote, mechanical issue with number one engine. photos taken aboard show the engine completely ripped away. southwest told us they bought in plane in >> reporter: the national transportation safety board now investigating this engine failure. southwest believes this was an isolated incident. the airline refunding passengers the cost of a flight and a voucher. chicago's wave of deadly violence has taken the life of dwyane wade's cousin. the shooting happened just one day after
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city's violence epidemic that's taken hundreds of lives. morgan radford has the story. >> reporter: hot shell casings on the ground and a community reeling once again. >> it's like there's no end to it. it just keeps going on and on and on and on. >> reporter: a weeping mother leaning on her sister for support. >> decided to find its >> reporter: she pushed her baby in a stroller on chicago's south side after registering her kids at school shot once in the head, once in the arm. alldredge caught in the crossfire when two men aimed at a third. >> what i heard was the gunshots first. >> reporter: a scene that's all too common, but this time gaining
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the cousin of dwyane wade. my cousin was killed today in chicago. four kids lost their mom for no reason. just the day with before -- >> can i say one more thing? >> reporter: wade spoke on a panel about chicago's gun violence. >> it is deep rooted and this is something that didn't start today. >> reporter: unfortunately tomorrow came too -- alldredge. 449 people have been shot in chicago since the beginning of this year. almost half of them kids. struck while doing everyday kid stuff like riding with dad on father's day or even drawing on the sidewalk or holding their mother's hands. >> it's a stunning, astonishing tragic number. the fact this is genocide before our very eyes and we're turning a deaf ear and
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>> reporter: as for nikita alldredge. >> she just wanted to have a better life. >> reporter: one that was taken far too soon. tonight, we're keeping a close eye on what's happening in the caribbean. several tropical systems are threatening to bring a lot of rain to the gulf. >> that's right, jose. we're trackinjo a big impact in the united states. now passing through the florida straits. once it gets to the warm waters of the gulf of mexico it could explode into a tropical storm. the entire gulf coast needs to be on alert over the next few days. we've had flooding concerns already up. up to another 6 inches of rain is possible in south florida and much rain across louisiana as well.
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tropical storm over the next few days approaching the carolina coast. >> those developing systems carry another potential danger as well, further fueling the zika threat in this country. while communities in florida prepare, thousands in the midwest are dealing with the aftermath of another severe weather system. >> reporter: with more than 40 people in florida already affected by the zika ru virus, growing fears the rain can increase the threats. it will wash away existing pesticides and create more of the perfect mosquito breeding grounds. >> drain it, cover it, so we don't have an excessive number of mosquitos. >> if any property owner doesn't comply, the public health is
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they will begin enforcement. >> reporter: indiana was slammed by record rain and storms friday night, many taken by surprise. >> decided to kick my door in and get out. thank god i didn't have my daughter in the car. she is only one and a half. >> reporter: gusting winds toppled power lines and started fire. in missouri overnight, about a half foof city. entire neighborhoods under water. this is what it looked like driving during the deluge. rising water turned roads into rivers. drivers were stranded all over the area. here in miami they're bracing for heavy rain and it could last for several days. today public works employees opening every storm drain throughout the city, emptying them out in anticipation of what's to come.
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weeks until election day and it seems most presidential candidates are trying to same strategy this weekend. keep the focus on the opponent. we have two reports for you tonight starting with jacob rascon covering the donald trump campaign. >> reporter: good evening. donald trump tonight campaigning in iowa, attacking hillary clinton, appealing to minority voters, and attempting to clarify his immigration policy. locked in a dead heat in donald trump targeting hillary clinton's record with minorities. >> how quickly people have forgot that hillary clinton called black youth super predators. >> reporter: the rhetoric boiling over in recent days. she's heard enough. >> hillary rodham clinton has done some pretty ugly some things too. i wish both of our candidates would tone it done and start
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>> reporter: many bikers stood behind trump. others said they wish he would throttle back. >> what would he have to do to get your vote? >> he has to change how he talks to people. >> reporter: trump's minority outreach repeatedly criticized as tone deaf. >> to the african-american parents, you have a right to walk down the street of yourself without having your child or yourself after the fatal shooting of dwyane wade's cousin, trump tweeted just what i've been seeing. african-americans will vote trump. >> so we send our thoughts and prayers to the family. >> reporter: trump today unexpectedly talking immigration policy. >> we're going to build a great wall on the border, and we're going to institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal
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entitlements. >> reporter: still crafting his signature issue, hoping voters won't pull kasey hunt in new york. clinton's briefing came despite republican calls to stop it, but she didn't bring top aides whose e-mails to her private account while state drew scrutiny from the fbi. >> there is evidence there were extremely careless in their handling of highly sensitive classified information. >> reporter: on thursday, the judge said the state department has until september 13th to release e-mails uncovered during the fbi's investigation and donald trump is keeping up the pressure. >> i hear the nsa maybe has the e-mails. a lot of people say the nsa would have the
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>> donald trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. >> reporter: the clinton campaign trying to keep the focus on trump. their allies working to expand the map to states like arizona and georgia as other battleground states shift clinton's way. >> a couple of the states that were really close have actually moved into pretty safer territory. virginia is one. colorado is one. >> reporter: polls show voters on both sides are fed up with the tone of the race. >> i don't think what he or what she thinks of them. i care about their stance on issues. >> reporter: in this group of eight voters, only two said they'd be proud of their vote. clinton running mate tim kaine spending quite a bit of time reaching out to spanish-speaking voters in states like florida over the weekend. clinton herself off the trail raising money in the hamptons. jose? >> thank you very much. republican national committee
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will be on "meet the press" tomorrow. overseas, this was a national day of mourning in italy. the death toll from the past week's devastating earthquake now at almost 300. today a funeral was held for 35 of the victims. >> reporter: italy buried its dead today. the youngest 9-year-old julia. she died shielding her 4-year-old sister lived. they gathered to grieve and to remember, to comfort, hold, and bid farewell. a sweltering gym transformed into a makeshift chapel. before the boies were returned to their hometowns for final good-byes. the search continues, but hope is all but gone. among those who remain behind --
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the town will be any more that town. it's finished. >> reporter: he buried four of his relatives. >> two uncles and two cousins. they remained under the house. >> reporter: the youngest was 14. a town that withstood the test of time for centuries turned to rubble in an instant, and now this sea of tents is all these people have to call home. the question is for how long. little sofia was born three w quake. she won't remember the horror. her father will never forget. it was chaos, he tells me. the walls crumbled. everything is gone. i was lucky, he says. so many others died. but even here light and life amid the destruction. authorities say more than 2500 people have been left homeless by this earthquake. many are raising questions about whether more should have been done to protect both people
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concern about what happens when the next quake strikes again. jose? >> thank you very much. still ahead tonight, going deep underground with the u.s. border patrol as they
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isn't as simple as what's on the surface. we went deep underground to meet the u.s. border patrol's self-described tunnel rats. >> reporter: on the surface, deterrents are clear. signs in mexico to stay out. but underneath -- >> not a job for the cla stroe phobic. >> reporter: they call themselves tunnel rats, an homage to the vietnam-era soldiers charged with infiltraing the underground viet cong's extensive network. >> they're literally chip through the concrete, get to dirt, and then just simply tunnel out.
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cost millions. this is the galvez tunnel 70 feet underground. electricity, ventilation, and in some cases even a rail system. when found, the tunnels are destroyed. the rat pack leader says new ones are getting longer and narrower. >> it's more efficient too. you can build it in quicker time and it money. >> reporter: it is a dark, dirty, and sometimes dangerous job. >> you're going to have to trust the other guys. >> reporter: tunnel rats out of sight protecting a border from below. when we come back, a whistle-blower is on when we come back, a whistle-blower is on the run.
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russian government. >> translator: if something happens to us, it is not an accident. it is not accidental. >> if you suddenly end up murdered, is that what you're talking about. >> translator: yes, yes. this is exactly what we have in mind. >> reporter: two years ago, she and her husband, a former anti-doping officer, exposed the widespread use of banned substances in russian sports. dozens of russian from international competitions. a spokesman from president vladimir putin called her a judas. >> translator: it's not right. >> i personally do believe we are trying to do the right thing for sports, for athletes. >> reporter: we met the couple and their 3-year-old son for a rare interview. they're hiding here in the u.s., but their secret location has just been exposed. her online account at
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finally tonight, the story of a second chance for a group of young gymnasts in oklahoma appeared to put their olympic dreams on hold. >> reporter: for
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strength is a balancing act. >> strength is getting through something you thought you couldn't get through. >> reporter: she is one of 50 gymnasts at the academy whose strength last year was tested. >> when the tornado hit, that was the scariest part because it sounded like thunder hit the building. >> my first thought is the kids are safe. >> reporter: credited with saving the children's lives by huddling them in the basement before the storm blew through. firefighters swept in carrying the terrified girls to safety one by one. >> it is sad, but you know what? we're going to be bigger and better than ever, aren't we? >> reporter: with no permanent space, practice has been a struggle. the girls told replacing the building could take four years. >> i'm thinking some of these girls may not ever get to experience that if it takes that long. >> it seems like forever. it seems like forever
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students are bussed to what they think is a birthday at an established studio in town, they have no idea that a local businessman with a $1 million donation will allow them to keep this gym for themselves. the moment it dawns on sheridan ramsey and her friends means more than any medal. >> they never hope. and when you have faith in something that is bigger than yourself, miracles can happen. >> it has definitely made me love the sport even more now that i know i'm stronger than a tornado. >> reporter: a lesson learned off the mat. and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday.
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reporting from new york. thank you for the privilege of your
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donald trump's campaign stop. >> and $2 million on a dirt bike track? the push back on mayor jackson's ambitious proposal. >> and russ mitchell sits down with the leader of the group teaching low income families to break free of their economic hardship. good evening. thank you for joining us for another look between the lines at problems, progress, the


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