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breaking news tonight. new violent clashes erupt at another donald trump rally. again, police in riot gear confront chaos. the first independent investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. the warning she got revealed. hot seat. the tsa chief forced to answer why tens of thousands are missing their flights. and what a tsa insider is telling nbc news tonight about what's to blame. demolished by a deadly tornado outbreak. dozens of twisters. new warnings on the radar. despicable crime. the president apologizing over a murder case that has shocked ja ban. and stress test alert. millions get them. but top heart doctors are warning theyay
tonight, who really needs them. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we begin tonight with new chaos and arrests on the campaign trail. police in riot gear confronting protesters, at times violent at a donald trump rally in anaheim, california. demonstrators marching through the streets. it comes a day after some of the most chaotic scenes at a trump rally we've seen in albuquerque where protesters smashed through barriers, jumping on cars, again, police in riot gear moving in to quell the violence. we get the very latest now from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: tactical teams on the streets of anaheim. steps from the happiest place on earth. inside only a handful of disruptions, among
>> get them out of here! >> reporter: local authorities here not taking any chances. after protests turned violent in albuquerque last night. tear gas, flames and anger. >> donald trump cannot come to our city after calling us rapists. lies. >> reporter: the candidate dismissing tuesday's protesters as thugs who were flying the mexican flag, and trashing the highest republican latino, new mexico governor for saying she was too busy to attend his rally. >> the governor has got to do a better job. she's not doing the job. hey! maybe i'll run for governor of new mexico! i'll get this place going. >> reporter: martinez, the chair of the republican governors association, another trump holdout, said in a statement she won't be bullied by him. where trump goes, unrest follows. chicago, pittsburgh, kansas city, eugene, dayton.
a new "wall street journal" poll finding national political support is split. trump taking rural white communities, while clinton gets the larger more diverse cities. >> every day, there's something again that makes me shake my head saying why in the world would i support trump. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan and donald trump will have a phone conversation tonight. meanwhile, hundreds of protesters were lining this street just a few minutes ago. now, only a couple dozen stragglers remain. anaheim police holding the line. lester, this is the same scene that we are seeing play out in city after city across america. >> all right, katy, thank you. an independent government report is breathing new life into the controversy that just won't go away for hillary clinton. a harsh rebuke from the state department's inspector
office over clinton "use of a personal e-mail server for official business when she was secretary of state. it comes at a critical time in her race for president. nbc's andrea mitchell now with late details. >> reporter: today hillary clinton dogged by her e-mail controversy. an investigation from the state department, blasting clinton for using only a private home e-mail server while secretary of state. and finding she violated the federal records act by not turning over all official e-mails before she left office. concluding, sending e-mails from a personal account to other employees is not an appropriate method of preserving e-mails. despite her previous claim. >> this was fully above board. people knew i was using personal e-mail. i sent e-mails that i thought were work related to people's dot gov accounts. >> reporter: clinton knew as early as 2010 her e-mails were not all safe for the
she was asked, should she get an official state department e-mail address or release her private address to the department? clinton responded, let's get separate address or device, but i don't want any risk of the personal being accessible. the report found no evidence clinton requested or obtained permission to use a private server, and would not have been granted it if she'd asked. clinton refused to be interviewed by investigators, saying she wanted to talk to the fbi first. >> we quite fairly, i think, made the decision that we were going to await the opportunity to answer questions from the justice department. >> reporter: but already donald trump firing away. >> she's as crooked as they come. inspector general's report, not good. >> you have the state department saying hillary clinton exercised bad judgment. she shouldn't have done it. and that's going to be a republican talking point now all the way through election day. >> reporter: the report also says former secretary of state colin powell did retain his personal e-mails. but the rules were tightened under clinton years later.
long-standing cybersecurity failures. lester? >> andrea mitchell tonight, thank you. let's turn to the latest in the long tsa lines at airports we've been seeing nationwide. just as the summer vacation season sets to kick off this weekend. the man who runs the tsa today said the agency is making progress in cutting the wait times at many airports, but there's still 4,000 to 5,000 screeners short. we learned today on hundreds of occasions, tsa officers have been pulled from airports to work political events. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: one big reason the tsa is in trouble, the numbers just don't add up. in 2011, there were 45,000 screening officers at the nation's airports. five years later, 2,500 fewer are on the job. with 100 million more passengers flooding the system. that's what the checkpoint backup stretching one, two, en three hours. tens of thousands of passengers missing their flights.
this summer which we are aggressively meeting head-on. >> reporter: the tsa chief on the capitol hill hot seat today. >> what i think most of the american people view as a historic critical failure. >> reporter: today another stunning number. 250 times screening officers have been pulled from their airport duties to help screen people attending major events, sporting events, even political rallies. >> where is the priority of supporting these events that have nothing to do with your core mission? >> we have 75 people on standby to assist with presidential security events over the course of the summer. >> reporter: he wants the officers back on the job at the nation's airports. the tsa said it managed to cut to 20 minutes the lines at chicago o'hare that stretched two hours last week. part of the national strategy, hiring more screeners and converting part-timers to full-time. in atlanta today, a trial run for a new tsa checkpoint. fully automated with each bin full of passenger carry-ons, getting assigned an
recycled through the system once empty. what the tsa hopes could help speed checkpoints along. >> we're looking at a lot of lessons learned and operations ovaserseo incorporate some of the things that are happening here in the united states. >> reporter: american airlines representatives will testify before congress tomorrow that they believe so far this year, lester, 70,000 of their passengers alone have missed their flights. tens of thousands, in fact 40,000 bags missing their connections, all because of this tsa mess. back to you. >> as you remind us, the flying season is about to heat up. tom, thank you. as is often the case, it is the most visible who get the blame. in this case the blue-shirted tsa screeners who man those checkpoints. it's by accounts a difficult and thankless job. today a veteran former screener opens up about the pressure of screening so many passengers a day, and hoping you don't miss something. she spoke with nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer.
baggage screener at l.a.x. >> when i was there, morale was pretty low. >> reporter: cassandra calloway worked for the tsa for ten years. >> it can be very stressful. there's a lot of pressure to keep the line moving. >> reporter: calloway, who said she resigned in 2013, after a personal dispute with a co-worker, took her job after 9/11. >> it was a way to give back. to our country after what happened. it was just a way to show our country love. >> so what's to blame for the problem we're seeing now? >> the blame goes everywhere. to me, on the agency, and also on the passengers. >> reporter: calloway said most of the 42,000 tsa officers who start at $15 an hour are well trained. >> there's a little bit of difference between classroom training and real world training.
often say it's unprepared passengers who slow unforgiving lines. how difficult can passengers be? >> very difficult. scream, yell at you, racial slurs. but the one thing that i hear from a lot of passengers when i worked there was that, i'm not going to fly unless you're here. >> reporter: a look from the other side. those tasked with keeping nearly 2 million passengers safe every day. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. there will be much more on the tsa's troubles when peter nefenger appears on tomorrow morning on "today." a new extreme weather threat is brewing for millions tonight after deadly storms sliced through five states yesterday, unleashing hail, floods, and more than 30 tornadoes. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more from oklahoma where many are left picking up the pieces tonight.
>> reporter: the powerful tornadoes tore through the heartland. yanking a home off its foundation near dodge city, kansas. just moments later, another twister forming nearby. some drivers cut off by swirling debris. 30 reported tornadoes across five states. >> obviously took a direct hit -- >> reporter: in bristol, oklahoma today, beth roberts and her family are stunned. if you had waited a few more minutes -- >> we would have been sucked out that window. >> reporter: she rushed into her cellar with only moments to spare. the last few weeks in the state have been devastating, but the number of reported tornadoes this year is actually below normal. over the last decade, the u.s. has averaged more than 700 twisters by this point. this year, just 539. in arkansas, flooding almost killed a 13-year-old boy who was sucked into a drainage pipe. incredibly, first responders rescued him with only minor injuries. >> it's a miracl
>> reporter: tonight kansas and texas could see more severe weather. >> there's a slight risk of strong storms tonight in kansas and texas. but tomorrow, we're going to start off with very windy storms through parts of missouri. as we go into the afternoon, we're likely going to see strong storms through the central plains with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes likely. >> reporter: but for now, beth roberts is just grateful to be alive. >> if we had stopped for one thing, you know, if we had done one thing differently, we might not be here. >> reporter: the severe storms are blamed for one death near oklahoma city. in this neighborhood, six homes were shredded. on this property alone, more than two dozen rescue animals were lost. tonight there are new tornado watches in effect for parts of kansas and oklahoma. lester? >> gabe gutierrez tonight, thank you. a massive power outage this afternoon in seattle, knocking out traffic lights and leaving half the city paralyzed. it caused significant delays, as you can imagine, on the rails
the fire department also got several emergency calls about people suddenly trapped in elevators. crews said an equipment failure at a substation was to blame. but they were able to get things back up and running. president obama made a rare public apology during his visit to japan. after that nation's leader in a highly unusual moment dressed him down on camera over a murder that's been linked to an american from the u.s. military base in okinawa. nbc's ron allen is in japan with more on the death overshadowing the president's visit. >> reporter: anger aimed at america's massive military bases in okinawa, japan. after the body of a 20-year-old woman missing for weeks was found raped and murdered in the wooded mountains not far away. tonight japan's prime minister scolded president obama, and then said his entire nation is in shock. i feel profound resentment against a self-centered and absolutely despicable crime, he said.
inexcusable. >> reporter: in custody, a 32-year-old, former marine, now a worker at a base. reigniting deep anti-american sentiment. okinawa home to nearly half of the 50,000 u.s. troops here. now, with local leaders calling for the complete withdrawal of u.s. forces, the commander in chief vowed to do everything to make sure justice is served. it's all overshadowing mr. obama's plan for a historic trip to hiroshima, the first u.s. president to visit since america devastated the city with an atomic bomb. ron allen, nbc news, japan. back at home, a major challenge to the white house in the battle over which bathrooms transgender people may use. 11 states are suing the obama administration over its sweeping directive requiring all public schools to let students use whichever bathroom matches their gender identity. the lawsuit criticizes the policy calling it, quote, a massive social experiment. there's a lot more to tell you about tonight.
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>> home sweet home. >> reporter: but first, learning how to back up the airstream. so, why are a couple of 30-something bloggers crisscrossing america? >> i love exploring. >> reporter: and that is our national park legacy in its purest form. 411 areas, 59 major parks, 84 million acres. >> you see something new every day that we didn't know existed before. >> reporter: and a selfie at each location. today it's pinnacles national park in california, with rugged volcanic spires and rare, soaring condors. perhaps the greatest discovery somebody can make in a national park is finding something out about yourself. >> you get more connected, more invested into preserving it. >> reporter: when the summit is reached, a communion of sorts. then, of course, being 21st century explorers, time for a few more selfies. does it make you proud? >> it does.