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no go. the republicans' health care plan stopped in its tracks as lawmakers go back to the drawing board instead of try to force a showdown. chaos in caracas. a police helicopter fires on venezuela's supreme court as a terrorist attack aimed at ousting the president is thwarted. a massive global computer security breach as companies around the world are held hostage, including many in the u.s. every subway rider's worst nightmare and a summer of train travel troubles on the east coast. then, it's what happens after a bus barrels over this man that has people talking. and how's this for a new water sport? buckle up, "early today" starts right now. good being
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dem frances rive morning. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was dealt a massive blow, forced to scrap his long-held plan to ram through his health care plan by week's end after he was faced with defection upon defection from his own party. it is a stunning defeat for mcconnell and the president for a plan many republicans refused to rally around after just five days of scrutiny. still, dems say the fight against the bill isn't over. they're urging constituents to lobby their senators as they head home for their july 4th recess. here's nbc's kasie hunt on how it all played out. >> reporter: after seven years of promising to repeal and replace obamacare, a stunning delay and a major blow to president trump and his republican party. they don't have the votes in the senate. >> we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working towards getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place.
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he had promi and over again he'd hold a vote before july 4th. mr. leader, is your effort to repeal obamacare dead? >> no. no. we're continuing to talk about it. it's a very complicated subject. >> reporter: a complicated bill written in secret, released to the public just five days ago to immediate outcry. first from conservatives who said it didn't go far enough. >> i just didn't run on obamacarelite. >> then moderate republicans worried about deep medicaid cuts. >> not the answer. it's simply not the answer. >> reporter: the non-partisan congressional budget office estimated 22 million more people would lose health coverage under the bill. still, the number two senate republican insisting -- >> yes, we will vote this week. >> reporter: but it all fell apart by lunchtime, when mcconnell announced he was putting the whole thing off. vice president mike pence was in the room. >> we're going to keep working. >> reporter: do you think the delay is going to make a difference? >> reporter: leaving the capitol, a bus load of senators following him down the avenue, some to the white house. >> we'll get it done, and if we don't get it
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not going to like, and that's okay, and i understand that very well. >> that was kasie hunt. we're joined by nbc's tracie potts in washington. tracie, a number of republican senators came out against the bill right after the delay was announced, so can we say this is dead or is there a chance of being resuscitated? >> reporter: no, it's not dead, and there is definitely a chance of it being resuscitated, because we saw it done in the house. when they pulled the vote, they negotiated for several more weeks and then they ended up with something that the president ended up calling mean but that republicans in the house were able to work with. so, now, will that same thing happen here in the senate? now the arm-twisting begins. first of all, by democrats, and to some degree, by americans as well, as these republicans head home to hear from their constituents. what's important to them? to get something done, to save medicaid, to save money. they're going to hear it when they head home. now, will they have those town halls that we saw before? we don't know. some of them have avoided that.
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other side for republicans within their party. what can they give? what can they take? $200 billion in savings in this bill. can that be used to convince some of what ended up being nine republicans to get back on board here without losing others? the other big number that they have to grapple with, 22 million people that the congressional budget office says will lose health insurance. how will that play into this? so, is the bill dead? absolutely not. it is delayed. there are at least two more weeks now for that arm-twisting to begin on both sides. frances? >> and on that, we will certainly be watching. tracie potts for us. thank you. breaking overnight, an attempted coup in venezuela. according to embattled president nicolas maduro, when the country's supreme court and interior ministry were attacked from the sky. that's the sound of this police helicopter firing at the building after it dropped four grenades on the court. no injuries were reported.
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helicopter was stolen by a police pilot named oscar perez. well, he posted a video to instagram, declaring himself in rebellion against maduro, saying an operation was under way to restore democracy, but the chaos wasn't all directed against maduro. pro government protesters tried to storm the national assembly with opposition lawmakers inside. after months of protests, maduro says if his government is overthrown, he and his supporters would take up arms and fight. this morning, security experts are trying to contain a damaging cyber attack that crippled computers across the globe. the ransomware virus seems to have originated in ukraine. it affected banks, hospitals, utilities and other businesses in several european countries. some american companies were hit as well, including pharmaceutical giant merck. nbc's lucy kafanov is live in london with more. lucy, how is this virus working? >> reporter: good morning, frances. this is a ransomware attack, which is a type of virus that basiy
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computer and then demands money to release in this case is infected, the ransomware encrypts important documents and files and then demands a ransom, typically in bitcoin for a digital key to unlock those files. and if the victims haven't backed up their material, they either basically have to pay this ransom or face losing everything, so this could be very devastating for companies. this particular attack has been crippling computers worldwide. europe is affected. ukraine and russia appear to have been hardest hit in this attack. in kiev, we saw atms stop working and workers had to manually monitor radiation at the old chernobyl nuclear plant when their computers failed. in the united states, it's affected a number of companies, including one that owns food brands oreo and nabisco. there is a company, heritage valley health care system, which runs hospitals and care facilities in pittsburgh. their systems have also been hit. now, this virus's pace appears to have been slowing down. security experts say that they expect the impact to be smaller than the wanna c
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may because many companies have been patched up with windows updates. and this new attack apparently used the same national security agency hacking tool, eternal blue, which was used in the wanna cry episode. frances? >> lucy kafanov for us, thank you. human error. that's what officials are blaming for a massive subway derailment that left up to 34 people injured in what one city paper is calling agony. it happened in new york city after a major subway line carrying hundreds of riders initiated its emergency brakes, jumping the tracks and crashing into a wall. well, it led to chaos and panic as injured passengers found themselves deep under ground, forced to evacuate through darkness and smoke. >> i really thought i was going to die, to be honest. at first i thought it was a terrorist attack. >> i'm like, oh, this is serious. i started getting very fearful. >> according to the mta, the derailment was caused by an improperly secured piece of replacement rail stored on the tracks. it's just one in a series of incidents plaguing the world's largest subway
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and the worry is that this is just the beginning in what the state's governor warns could be a "summer of hell" for transit riders. three chicago officers are charged with covering up fatally shooting another officer, jason van dyke's shooting of laquan mcdonald. he's on trial for murder for shooting mcdonald in 2017. authorities allege the three officers did everything they could to cover it up, including saying the teen assaulted officers. but the story was blown apart when the city released a video showing mcdonald with a knife being shot 16 times by van dyke. the prosecutor called investigating police a sobering responsibility and said this -- >> while they are sworn to serve and protect as well as uphold the law, they are not above the law. >> if convicted, the three officers each face up to five years in prison and up to $75,000 in fines. two have resigned from the force and a third is being suspended without pay.
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now to wildfires sweeping across parts of the west. the largest of the fires is in a resort area of utah. flames scorched 72 square miles. crews are trying to fight fires in dry and windy conditions that have produced flames up to 100 feet high. but with severe weather threatening the midwest over the next few days, it has meteorologist bill karins' attention. what are we looking at? >> not too many tornadoes, but the possibility of wind damage. good morning, everyone. as far as the storms last night went through south dakota and nebraska, we've been tracking these with wet weather to start your day in minnesota. round one will die off with round two this afternoon. 60 million people at risk with the greatest threat over omaha, into areas like madison, wisconsin, also the quad cities there. then late tonight dropping down towards kansas city and st. louis. again, not too many tornadoes and a lot of wind damage possible. that's the wind
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day ahead. where the storms went through yesterday, it will be cooler today in south dakota and wyoming. temperatures are still on the coolish side. at least the humidity's still pretty low, but it's creeping up there throughout the south. we'll get your typical afternoon storms in florida and also on the gulf coast. and as far as this video went, this is a demolition crew in eastern china. they found an explosive way of dealing with flooding. they blew up this dam to help discharge some of the water. the excess water was wearing away the support of a nearby railway bridge. crews said the idea was to create a gap in the dam to allow the water to get through and ease further damage. >> wow. blow it up. bill, thank you. plenty more ahead on "early today," the heated off-the-court battle of the sexes between john mcenroe and serena williams. and the luckiest day of one man's life and what he did that has people talking. we'll bring that to you next. can you actually love wearing powerful sunscreen?
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what a death-defying escape, and we have to warn some viewers here, you may find this video disturbing, but watch if you can. this 49-year-old pedestrian gets rammed right there by that double-decker bus outside of london. he gets just thrown on the side, but look! dusts himself off, gets right up and continues on to what's believed to be a pub. well, authorities say they're investigating and that the pedestrian was left dazed afterwards and left with just minor injuries and then just shakes it all off by guzzling down a beer. the story first reported by the "washington post." at least five trump properties, including mar-a-lago, are displaying a fake cover of "time" magazine featuring donald trump. the cover has the same barcode as an imagine in an online tutorial on how to create a fake "time" magazine cover. "time" is asking the trump organization to take it down. meanwhile, it is found that people around the world have
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regarding world affairs than they do of donald trump by a full five points. and another milestone for facebook. the social media network now says it has 2 billion monthly users. that number has doubled since 2012. now to 21st-century battle of the sexes. tennis superstar serena williams firing back after john mcenroe said that she would rank 700th in the world if she played tennis against men. as nbc's morgan radford reports, mcenroe isn't backing down. >> reporter: a heated match off the court. former tennis pro john mcenroe raising eyebrows in an interview with npr, questioning whether serena williams is as good as the guys. >> best female player ever, no question. >> why say female player? >> well, because if she was in -- if she played the men's circuit, she'd be like 700th in the world. >> you think so? >> yeah. that doesn't mean i don't think serena's like an incredible player. i do. >> reporter: still, williams fired back, tweeting "dear john, a
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please, please, keep me out of your statements that are not factually based." serena williams has scored 23 grand slam singles titles, more than any other player in the open era, male or female. >> she's won ten of them since she was 30. that's incredible! who else has that kind of longevity and that kind of winning? lebron james? no. tiger woods? no. john mcenroe? no. no one except serena. >> reporter: she won her last one in january at the australian open while eight weeks pregnant. this isn't the first time williams has had to defend her accomplishments. in december, she addressed what her fans call a double standard on espn's "the undefeated." >> if i were a man, i would have 100% been considered the greatest ever a long time ago. >> reporter: and in march, "gq" came under fire for posting this photo of roger federer, calling him the greatest tennis player of all time. fans quickly responded, writing "that's not serena." as for mcenroe, he did
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>> would you like to no. >> reporter: he admits serena williams has earned her place as a tennis great, something her fans already knew. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. just ahead, we'll tell you why google's $2.7 billion fine is such a big deal. and why did britain's queen elizabeth just get a huge raise? new charmin ultra soft! it's softer than ever. new charmin ultra soft is twice as absorbent so you can use less. and it's softer than ever... so it's harder to resist. okay, this is getting a little weird we all go, why not enjoy the go with charmin?
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aldie. that breaking news still unfolding after an amtrak train just outside eun station hit and killed two people. 4:26 now. good morning, everybody. >> we want to show you where this happened. look at the map, you'll see the 1200 block of new york avenue. here's a map for anyone familiar with the area around there, this is near a bus depot and mobile gas station. >> this happened just before midnight. amtrak spokesperson said two people
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the train was delayed as a result of the investigation. we have team coverage of this breaking story. we have the latest on the investigation. first, we begin with fi traffic and melissa mollet. what's the impact for commuters? >> good morning. we're keeping an eye on that, trying to see what's going on. worried there may be impact out of new york, out of philadelphia, out of baltimore towards washington, trying to get a better grasp on that. i will be updating through the morning. and southbound 95 after route 1, left lane. and 270 southbound looking quite
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good. no major issues. good morning. >> good morning. what a nice morning it is outside. >> it is beautiful. i have been using the word crisp. nice and cool outside. >> absolutely, maybe get away with using the word crisp. usually for the cooler season. this is probably as cool as we're going to be for the next two and a half months as summertime patterns, we don't get down below 60 very often in the summer. northwesterly breeze pushed humidity out of the area the next 24 hours. a nice day today. check out the numbers. winchester, va, 48 degrees this morning. a much milder 66 inside the urban heat island. today's highs, in the 80s. back to breaking news in
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two people dead after being hit by an amtrak train. >> it happened near the 1200 block of new york avenue east. justin finch is live near the location. tell us what you're seeing there. >> reporter: eun, good morning. the train remained on the tracks hours after the accident. investigators are on the scene. information is coming in from amtrak, it remains a fluid situation. you're looking at the train live now. we can tell you this all began close to midnight. initial calls about 11:20 on tuesday night. amtrak 175 was headed to union station. they did die as a result of injuries. this happened along 1200 block of new york avenue, northeast, right under 9th street bridge. we are told at this time it appears two people may have been trespassing. we also know no
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or the passengers. so what happened next was the train was stopped at that spot, hours later, passengers and crew set to be off loaded to a union station bound train. looking northeast, crews are still on scene at that mobile gas station off florida avenue northeast. that's a staging area for investigators. it does include metropolitan police. we have word from d.c. fire and emergency services that one railroad worker was taken to the hospital for injuries, they're not disclosed at this time. justin finch, news4. back to you. >> thank you for that. let's check in with the live desk and angie goff. >> i have been on a train with a situation like this, and you're stuck there for hours and stranded, there's no place to go. one place people go is


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