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here at 6. nbc nightly news is next. on this saturday night, nbc news exclusive. ryan lochte with matt lauer admitting his tale about being robbed in rio isn't the whole truth. golden more olympic glory for team usa. zika zone. growing worries after that virus is found in a popular destination for tourists. the measure some are taking to protect themselves in miami beach. faces of war. the symbol of an unending conflict. more on the desperate plight of so many syrian children with no way out. it's not just a
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"nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" reporting tonight from the olympic games in rio, peter alexander. >> good evening. after an exhilarating couple weeks of competition here in rio, it remains the biggest blemish on these games. an embarrassing episode involving ryan lochte and several teammates. tonit swimmers finally back home, lochte is opening up about the controversy in an exclusive interview with matt lauer. the 32-year-old calling his behavior that night immature and childish. lochte says he takes full responsibility for his actions and for not telling the full story from the start. >> you told me on the phone line, you said, we are victims here.
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we're happy that we're safe. in the police press conference they said they're not victims, they're vandals. how do you feel about that? >> it's how you want to make it look like. whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion or just us paying for the damages, we don't know. all we know is there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money. >> gunner in his statement to police said at some point someone who spoke and offered to help translate this altercation, and he made it clear that the security guard was telling the four of you, you need to pay for that stuff, that damage, before you can leave here or i'm going to call the police. you understood that at that time, didn't you? >> yeah, so then we had to give the money. >> at that point, you're striking a deal. you're striking a deal to pay for what damage
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police and this didn't become a bigger incident. isn't that fair? >> we just wanted to get out of there. there was a gun pointed in our direction. we were all frightened, and we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. and the only way we knew is this guy saying you have to give him money. so we gave him money and we got out. >> the first version of the story you told was much more about the mean streets of rio, and the version much more about an negotiated settlement to cover up some dumb behavior. >> and that's why i'm taing full responsibility for it because it overexaggerated that story. if i had never done that, we wouldn't be in this mess. those guys would never be in rio -- were in rio. none of this would have happened and it
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behavior. >> part of matt lauer's exclusive conversation with ryan lochte. you can see more of matt's interview with lochte tonight in our primetime coverage and monday morning on "today." here in rio, team usa keeps dominating as these games come to a close. just consider this. if the american women formed their own team here, they would have the third most golds of any country, looking to their medal count tonight. >> usain bolt puts them away and charges to the lead. >> reporter: usain bolt won jamaican bragging rights once again after securing perfection for himself. three straight olympics, nine races, nine golds -- an extraordinary finale to his olympic career. >> the triple-triple is in the books.
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>> reporter: for a moment, the u.s. men were draped in red white and blue. >> it is just now starting to sink in they've been disqualified. >> reporter: but it was wiped out in an instant. it cost team usa's first trip to the medal stand since athens in 2004. >> what are they saying happened? >> they're saying we changed the path a before the exchange. >> reporter: the team appealed the violation without success, forfeiting the bronze to canada. after nearly dropping a golden opportunity in a qualifying heat, saved by an interference call, american women sprinted into glory, defending their london gold with a thrilling repeat in rio. allyson felix has more olympic gold than any
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stronger. when you go through a lot, you just come in and you will you can do is keep fighting and that's what you did. >> there's your olympic gold medallist and for the first time ever she's from the united states. >> reporter: emotion rushing to the surface when it was over. similar sentiments in women's water polo. another u.s. gold. players honoring their coach whose brother died suddenly in california days before the games began. hardwood. the united states women powered to a sixth straight gold medal. another big honor for gymnast simone biles tonight. she's been named the flag bearer for team usa for tomorrow night's closing ceremony. the u.s. could add to its lead. >> biles a perfect picture, a 4'9" giant. back home in the united states, the zika virus is sparking
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beach tonight after confirmation the disease has spread to one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. how people are responding to the health risk and the potential impact on the economy there. >> reporter: day or night, the rhythm of south beach is alive. outdoor caves, white sand beaches, and tourists everywhere, but now a portion of south beach is also a zika zone as five new cases of locally following an outbreak in nearby wynwood several weeks earlier. bill croft has managed sprees for 18 years and fears what word of its spread might mean for business and tourists like the allen family from ohio. >> viruses are more difficult to treat than bacterial infections. >> reporter: tourism drives miami's
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million tourists visited bringing in $24.4 billion. at this local gathering for expectant moms, the jitters were all too real. >> i'm confined to the indoors most of the time. >> reporter: zika can cause miscarriages and birth defects, with studieho pregnancies can be affected in all three trisemesters. >> you never know if you're safe or not. >> reporter: today insecticide spray continued. >> we think this is something that we can contain. >> reporter: south florida hoping this latest outbreak is stopped in its tracks soon with life returning to normal. some people are concerned while others are actually putting their lives on hold
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some of them are avoiding going outside as much as possible until they get the all clear. peter? >> thanks. in politics, donald trump is campaigning in virginia tonight, trying to move beyond a week have turmoil. also trying to connect with a group of voters who have largely dismissed his campaign. jacob rascon with our report. >> reporter: donald trump trailing by double digits looking to reboot his >> and it is going to be america first from now on. >> reporter: under new management, scripted, even modest. >> it is encouraging to see him be a little bit more humble, be a little bit more on script. >> i think he probably needed this, yes, and i think it is working out for him real well. >> reporter: trump now courting african-americans, polling with that group at 1%. >> you're living in poverty. you're schools are no good.
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unemployed. what the hell do you have to lose? >> reporter: trump also reaching out to hispanics. >> welcome to the world of trump. >> reporter: today hosting a roundtable with hispanic leaders flanked by his third campaign chief in two months. meeting with law enforcement members. among those not impressed with trump's reboot, hry her new web ad attacking trump's rare declaration of regret with his own words. >> do you regret saying that specifically? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: polls show hillary clinton with a nine-point lead nationally, but both candidates vulnerable. just 17% say trump has the personality and temperament to serve as president. only 11% say clinton is honest and trustworthy.
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e-mail controversy. a court now ordering her to give written answers to a conservative law group that filed a lawsuit over the issue. 20 events planned in the next 11 days. some hosted by hollywood celebrities. trump just wrapped up a virginia rally here reading off a prompter for the fifth time this week. during the roundtable trump asked for ideas about what to do with the 11 million estimated undocumented immigrants in the country. he expressed an openness to doing something other than deport all those immigrants. we turn to syria now. more tragic news this evening involving the family of that wounded boy whose image is
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matt bradley has that report tonight. >> reporter: three days after 5-year-old omran became the face of aleppo, his 10-year-old brother has died. he succumbed to wounds he received during the same air strike that destroyed his family's home earlier this week. there will be more. at least 100,000 children remain caught in aleppo's crossfire. the home of the also destroyed in an air strike. british aide worker has spent the past four years helping syrians. he filmed these images in an aleppo hospital this last week. >> every time i close my eyes, i see the faces. i've seen a lot of death in my time here, but for me, one of the most difficult things to see is children. >> reporter: sharif is
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city say they need food and medicine, but more than anything they need an end to the fighting. hospitals are regular targets. only a few dozen doctors are left in the city. >> we want the bombing and shelling to stop. that's the only thing that's left that we want. >> reporter: but it is the children that are carrying the burden of this expanding war. president assad's forces launched devastating air cities. matt bradley, nbc news. still ahead tonight, above and
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a woman in a red car sinking. >> i don't want to drown. >> reporter: a cameraman from tv station wafb captured the unfolding drama. they tried smashing the window with a pole. the car was disappearing. for david, there was only one thing left to do. >> i just didn't want to see this lady die in front of me and i >> get my dog. get my dog. get my dog now. >> i knew she wasn't going back to the boat without her dog. >> reporter: to this day, david doesn't know the woman's name or anything about her or the dog for that matter. >> i'm just doing what everybody else down here who has their own boat, good samaritan, would do. >> reporter: with all the misery piling up in louisiana after devastating flooding, people here look for
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there is growing concern tonight about the paralympics which begin in this city just 18 days from now. organizers are slashing their budget as a result of poor sponsorship and ticket sales. listen to this. at last count, just 12% of tickets have been sold. officials say that means some competition sites will be closed and staffing level lss will be reduced. still none of it is dampening the spirits of more than 4,000 athletes from more that are going to compete in the paralympics. one of them is michael brangan. he just happens to have autism. kate snow has his story. >> reporter: mikey brangan simply loves to run. have you had to train yourself to hold back
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>> my teammates have been teaching me that. >> reporter: for mikey and his family, the road to rio goes all the way back to when he was a toddler and diagnosed with autism. >> he went from crawling to running and he would be running right into the walls. >> reporter: you were afraid he would be hurting himself? >> he had to hurt himself. >> reporter: his parents worried about his future, but when mikey was 7, his dad found a running program called rolling thunder and something just clicked. the running calme and with the support of his coaches mikey started to win. we first met mikey two years ago. do you think autism makes you a better runner? >> a better person. >> reporter: a better person? >> every time i brought him to a race or a practice, he was just a regular kid. knowing all the other stuff that goes on,
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when he's out on the track. >> reporter: after high school he started training with olympians and paralympians in chula vista, california. >> he moves his body like classical music, effortless. >> mikey represents hope for so many people. >> reporter: last fall winning gold at the world championships. >> i'm in top shape. >> reporter: his family will be there cheering him on. >> now i see everything as a gift. mikey is perfect. he was meant to go through this journey and inspire other people. autistic people can be elite athletes. they can. >> reporter: and mikey's advice -- >> try your best, find what you love, and stick with it and fall in love with it. >> reporter: when you find that thing like you found running, it's magic, isn't it? >> yes, it's magic. >> reporter: magic that could turn to gold.
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finally tonight from here in brazil, a journey into the amazon way north of this olympic park in rio.
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in this vast country. >> reporter: deep in the amazon is a family raising their children in the wild, learning about the jungles firsthand. like how to recognize the mark of a predator. that's where a jaguar climbed the tree. >> one year ago around. >> reporter: now their 9-year-old daughter kenna can call to monkeys. while her dad leo teaches me to apply natural insect repellant -- ants. they bite you. there are 390 billion trees in the amazon. we climbed one 180-feet high. don't look down, right? >> you can look if you want. >> reporter: anytime you're concerned about your daughter's
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fearless 9-year-old climbing in the world's largest jungle. this tree has been here 200, maybe 300 years, and from our drone, you can see what i can see -- the vast, stunning canopy of the ancient amazon. but leo does worry about his forest. >> the forest is weakening. >> reporter: because of climate change? >> yeah, sure. >> reporter: last year was the driest he's ever seen, leo says. while deforestation has ow is still losing trees. most folks worry about their family and home. the home this family worries about concerns us all. pierce simmons, nbc news, the amazon. >> who needs deet when you have got ants? that's "nightly news" for this saturday. i'm peter alexander in rio. for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for watching.
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milwaukee, this is today's tmj4 live at 6:00. >> it has now been one week since milwaukee police shot and killed smith leading to unrest in the sherman park neighborhood. eight buildings set on fire,
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the pieces. good evening, i'm katie crowther, thanks for joining us. veronica macias shows us how all they want is to get that area back to its full potential. >> katie, the only people out here today are part of a group called "we all we got." they want to make sure that the kids are safe. and sherman park gets their park back. >> is it normally this quiet out here? >> no. >> why do you think it's different >> reporter: on a saturday morning, these children would normally have to squeeze in for a spin on the playground. their grandmother brought them out today because she wants them to feel like this is still their park. >> like people burning stuff. >> you think that's why they're not out here? >> reporter: those visiting the park say they just want to go back to barbecuing out here, feeding the kids. but even that was taken away from one man who had his grill stolen last week.


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