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tonight, outrage over a bride-to-be killed by police after she called 911 for help, an officer shot her to death. and we don't know why. a deepening mystery in the demand for answers. a flash flood family tragedy. a birthday celebration when suddenly 14 people are swept away. only 3 survived. and a search for a missing father and a new threat of potentially deadly conditions. health scare. the gop plan already in peril of going down to defeat now delayed again as john mccain recovers from a serious operation. will o.j. walk free? a hearing so highly anticipated it will be broadcast live. when he could get out and where he'd likely go. and inspiring america. a chil
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twist of fate turning an orphan no one wanted into a ballerina leaping past the odds. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. and good evening. thanks for being here tonight. two days after her sudden and violent death, a family remains in search of answers as to how an unarmed bride-to-be was shot to death by minneapolis police outside her home. the 40-year-old australian woman had actually called 911 for help only to be shot through the door of a patrol car by one of the responding officers. police there offering no explanation as to how and why it happened. and it turns out the police body cameras, which might have shed light, were not operating. nbc's blake mccoy is on the story and has details. >> reporter: justine damond, 40 years old and engaged to be married m
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tonight dead after calling minneapolis police for help. speaking for the first time today, her fiance fought through tears. >> the death of justine is a loss to everyone who knew her. she touched so many people. >> reporter: her soon-to-be stepson by his side has taken to social media. >> my mom is dead because the police officer shot her for reasons i don't know and i demand answers. >> reporter: damond called 911 saturday night to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home. authorities say two officers responded to that call, one of them identified as mohammed noor fired his weapon, killing damond. officer noor's body camera was not turned on. >> when you hear that these cameras weren't turned on at the time, what do you think? >> i have the same question everyone else has. why weren't the body cameras activated? >> reporter: in minneapolis all patrol officers are equipped
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unlike many cities where they're automatic, these need to be turned on manually. news of the shooting is making headlines back in australia where damond is from. >> she was treasured and loved, and we will really miss her dreadfully. >> reporter: friends describe her as a spiritual healer, seen in this video just three weeks ago. >> being thankful for this community. >> reporter: as friends and neighbors continue to mourn outside the home she shared with her fiance, one question still unanswered -- how could this happen? the state agency handling the investigation has not yet been able to interview the officer or his partner and will not release any more details until that happens. officer noor has been on the force two years and tonight is on administrative leave. through his attorney he's offering condolences to the victim's family. lester? >> blake mccoy tonight, thank you. in arizona this evening rescue teams are scouring a winding river bed for a
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threat of the same conditions that killed nine others over the weekend when a fast-moving downpour sent a torrent into a usually calm river trapping an entire family. the area is facing more potentially deadly conditions tonight. nbc's miguel almaguer is with the rescue teams. >> reporter: the rolling wall of water, mud, trees and debris, triggered by a powerful monsoon. >> holy moly. >> reporter: barreling down arizona's verde river, an extended family of 14 wading in a swimming hole had no idea it was coming. >> they lost ten people. >> reporter: this video shows one person clinging to a tree. when search teams arrived four were rescued, but nine bodies were recovered. the victims 2 to 57 years old. >> he has to be found. >> reporter: 27-year-old father miguel garnica is still missing.
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>> he always said, i'm never leaving my children and my wife. he has to be with them. >> reporter: today facing the threat of another dangerous monsoon. >> we're going to follow this down. >> reporter: search teams scoured the river. >> we have spotters up above for all our safety issues. >> reporter: the terrain here is unforgiving, jagged rocks and downed trees everywhere. when the water was flowing through here, it was only a few inches tall, but after the monsoon we're told the water level was at more than ten feet high. more storms rolled in overnight dropping up to an inch of rain an hour. the victims never had a chance. >> there was a small breeze that came up. there was the sound of a rushing type water, and by the time they turned to look in that direction, it had already hit. >> reporter: tonight tragedy along the river. one of the deadliest flash floods in arizona history. the threat across this region is far from over. monsoon on
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and could run through september. and authorities fear in the weeks ahead more people will flock to creeks and river beds just like this one, and that could be another deadly combination. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. now to the new drama and uncertainty over healthcare. senate republicans have delayed a key vote on their revised plan to replace obamacare while senator john mccain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye. as nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker tells us, in this battle every vote counts. >> reporter: tonight protesters looking to capitalize on the healthcare delay. >> i can't go without treatment. >> reporter: dozens arrested on capitol hill trying to block a bill they call dangerous. >> healthcare for all! >> reporter: feeling the heat, president trump urging senator john mccain to get better soon. the republican stalwart had an
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remove a blood clot above his left eye, prompting leaders to delay a vote on the bill set for this week. >> we hope john mccain gets better very soon because we miss him. he's a crusty voice in washington. plus we need his vote. >> reporter: there are concerns mccain's recovery could take longer than just the one week first suggested. senators focused on their colleague's health tonight. >> seems to be a very successful surgery, but it was no small operation. so he needs to heal up before he comes back. >> reporter: without mccain's support, republicans don't have enough votes to even begin debate. at the white house, a show of confidence despite the reality. two republicans already oppose the bill, and they can't afford to lose anyone else. given that you can't lose any more votes, are you confident this bill is going to pass? >> we're confident as we continue to message the american people the importance of repealing obamacare and providing them with more options, that, yes, we'll get this passed. >> reporter: while some conservatives
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doesn't go far enough to repeal and replace obamacare, many moderates worry it cuts medicaid coverage, potentially forcing the sick and elderly to pay more. >> the senate effort in this gop to repeal and replace obamacare is, at best, on life support, but the time could be used to build some more public support. >> reporter: several republican senators have voiced doubts about the latest healthcare bill which is expected to be scored by the nonpartisan budget office tomorrow, trying to lock up a win the president will host a group of republican senators for dinner here at the white house tonight. lester? >> kristin, welker, thank you. president trump today kicked off his made in america week to promote u.s. manufacturing. it was the president's america-first messaging that helped him win the election, and while some recent numbers have shown his overall approval rating at a record low, a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll reveals his support remains strong in counties that voted for him last year. nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson went to a trump county in michigan to find o
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latest message is being received. >> reporter: at the white house president trump's focusing on what got him there -- jobs and manufacturing. showcasing products made in all 50 states. >> made in the usa. we're going to start doing that again. we're going to put that brand on our product. >> reporter: but on made in america week, critics counter the president never put his money where his mouth is when running his own business. >> we know that almost all the products that they sell are imported from abroad. it would be nice to see a lead by example there. >> reporter: the white house argues president trump's trying to roll back stifling regulations, part of a manufacturing message that plays well here, just outside detroit. >> when i hear made in america, i hear made in michigan, i hear made in macomb county. >> reporter: it's counties like macomb that are places where president trump really surged compared to
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republicans' 2012 performance or places he flipped altogether turning them from blue to red. these are the counties that fueled his win, and right now half the people who live there like how he's doing. his 50% approval rating in those counties is ten points better than his performance nationally. >> so far he's done what he said he's going to do. >> reporter: but there's a twist to this story. the president's support is slipping from where he was in november. dave pelter is now cooling on his candidate. >> i'd probably give him a "b." and that might be going a little -- maybe a little too far but -- >> reporter: common critiques include too much action on twitter and not enough on healthcare, with russia a wild card. chad sowesky has covered politics in this county for three decades. >> some people are saying when are we going to see this change? when are we going to get what we voted for? >> reporter: six months in, a question of patience for this president. hallie jackson, nbc news, warren, michigan. tonight o.j. simpson is back in the news nearly a quarter century after the trial and the courtroom vct
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gripped the nation. all eyes will be on simpson in a courtroom again. this time to see if he'd be set free after the robbery case that landed him behind bars. nbc's joe fryer has details. >> reporter: for the first time in four years the public will get to see o.j. simpson when his parole hearing is broadcast live this thursday. another must-see tv moment for the former football star who brought the country to a halt with his infamous bronco chase and then again with the not guilty verdict during his murder trial. now age 70, simpson has served nearly nine years for the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a las vegas hotel. >> i'm sorry for what has happened. >> reporter: like he did in 2013, simpson will tell commissioners thursday why he thinks he should get parole. >> i gave them my word that i would try to be or would be the best prisoner they've ever had here. and i think for the most part i've kept my word on that. >> reporter: simpson will be joined by his attorney at the correctional center appearing by
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parole commissioners 130 miles away. >> they're looking at the particular crime at issue, the severity of the crime, victim impact. >> reporter: the board plans to make its decision thursday, and if simpson is paroled, he could get out in october. >> the last time this parole board looked at o.j. simpson, they granted parole on several charges, which means he's got a good shot of getting full parole. >> reporter: tom scotto says if released simpson hopes to move back to florida. f. lee bailey was one of simpson's attorneys during the murder trial and last spoke with him in 2008. i'm sure he'd like to play a little golf, and i'm sure he'd like to find some means of employment. >> reporter: a couple of recent award winning tv programs is proof that fascination with simpson remains high. the world will be watching again. joe fryer, nbc news. police in indiana have issued a new plea to the public to help solve a double murder mystery. they've released a new sketch of a man
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and investigators believe one of the victims managed to record the killer's voice. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: tonight police hope this new composite sketch will help lead them to a killer and solve a disturbing double murder mystery that has gripped delphi, indiana. >> it's not a cold case. this case is still very active. >> reporter: investigators say more than 18,000 tips have flooded in and they've interviewed a thousand persons of interest. this abandoned railway bridge is where 14-year-old liberty german and 13-year-old abigail williams disappeared back in february. authorities soon released chilling audio from one of their cell phones recorded around the time the girls vanished. a man's voice saying "down the hill." the phone also captured the image of a man walking near the hiking trail. >> this horrible crime has torn a hole in our families. >> reporter: the girls' families devastated when their
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the woods nearby. police now hope the new sketch side by side will offer a clearer picture of the suspect believed to be between 5'6" and 5'10" with reddish brown hair. >> we want people to call in and give us information. >> reporter: the reward for information leading to an arrest now topping $230,000 as the mystery of what happened to two young girls deepens. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. there's more to tell you about. still ahead here tonight, dinner wars. amazon taking on those ready-to-cook meal delivery services like blue apron. is the online giant's reach getting too big. also the video warming so many hearts. a brave dog leaps into the water to save another member of the animal kingdom. the water to sa another member of the animal kingdom. steve was born over the course of 9 days he walks 26.2 miles, that's a marathon. because he chooses to walk whenever he can. and he does it with support from dr. scholl's.
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tonight, another indication from amazon that it's determined to be a dominant player in nearly every corner of the e-commerce and delivery service world. the company hinting at plans to enter the ready-to-eat meal delivery service like blue apron that's become so popular in recent years. but is amazon getting too big? here's tom costello. >> reporter: it was news that sent blue apron's stock into a 10% slide today. the upstart meal kit delivery service likely to face competition from internet gorilla which just registered a trademark described as we do the
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exactly the service that made jennifer rosenberg a loyal blue apron customer. >> i can't even begin to guess how much time i'm saving and aggravation. >> reporter: the amazon footprint is growing by the day. last week's record-setting prime day bigger than black friday. now opening new brick and mortar stores, planning to buy whole foods, reportedly considering the pharmacy business, and then there's the amazon movie studios. >> they want to be your all-inclusive one-stop shopping for everything you buy and consume and watch and listen to. >> reporter: but for companies like blue apron, amazon is also a very real threat. >> you have to hope that you don't wake up in the morning and see amazon has decided to get in your business. >> reporter: amazon's $13 billion deal to buy whole foods will require federal regulatory authority. already a large grocery workers union is warning that automation could cost jobs although amazon denies that. but for small
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amazon marketplace is a boon. sales soared 80% on prime day. >> it's way for us to access customers who we wouldn't otherwise be typically able to access. >> reporter: but with $1,000 stock price jeff bezos has the access. >> most companies, especially larger companies, give up on things too soon. >> reporter: and seems determined to dominant the way america shops. tom costello, nbc news, washington. up next here tonight, how britain's youngest royals are spending summer vacation. spending summer vacation. tech: when you schedule with safelite autoglass, you get time for more life. this family wanted to keep the game going. son: hey mom, one more game? tech: with safelite, you get a text when we're on our way. you can see exactly when we'll arrive. mom: sure. bring it! tech: i'm micah with safelite. mom: thanks for coming, it's right over here. tech: giving you a few more minutes for what matters most. take care! family: bye!
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misdemeanors," capped off by winning ans a car for playing bella lug oesy. landau passed away on saturday in los angeles. he was 89 years old. britain's royals arrived today for a visit in poland. they left the plane with princess charlotte in kate's arms and prince george, who turns 4 on saturday, walking beside dad, william. poland is the first stop on the royals' goodwill tour of the european union amid tense brexit negotiations. the video of the day comes to us from the long island sound here in new york. a golden retriever named storm out on a walk when he spotted a struggling baby deer in the water. jumping in and dragging the fawn to safety. the deer ran back in the water, but by that time rescuers were able to grab her. she's now recovering at an animal rescue. what a good dog. up next, against all odds. how she rose from an orphan of war to star on the stage. orphan of war to we recently had a heart attack. orphan of war to but we are not victims. we are survivors.
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>> reporter: michaela deprince was born in the midst of a civil war in sierra leone. she lost her parents at 3, was abandoned at an orphanage and labeled the devil's child because of a skin condition. what were your chances for success in this world? >> for success, there was none. >> reporter: she witnessed so much horror and was almost killed herself. >> i felt very much alone. i really wanted to die. >> reporter: but there was one random moment that changed everything. a gust of wind blew a magazine up against the gate outside the orphanage, and she found it. this is a copy of that magazine, and the image of a ballerina on the front cover gave a desperately sad orphan something she'd never had before -- hope. >> it was not just the fact that she's a ballerina.
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i wanted to be happy. >> reporter: you wanted to adopt. thousands of miles away in new jersey, elaine deprince and her husband decided to adopt the girl who one else wanted. she showed her the magazine she saved. >> i couldn't believe i adopted an orphan from africa who wanted pointe shoes. >> reporter: mikhail la worked years to become a professional ballerina, and at 22, she's now a soloist with the dutch national ballet. >> i'm known for being one of the highest jumpers. >> reporter: beyonce hand picked her to choreograph a dance for the "freedom" video. is there anything you would want to say to michaela's birth parents if you could? >> i think i would like her mother to know that she has made something of herself. she saw her child as looked down upon. this child has risen from that. >> reporter: and still rising.
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>> what a beautiful outcome. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. us at nbc ne ♪ us at nbc ne ♪ [doorbell] ♪ ♪ ♪
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