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6:00 about that. we'll turn it over to koec a ka ban beach meltdown, chaos as delta suffers a worldwide outage, all flights cancelled for hours. terminals packed with passengers, temperatures flaring and an ongoing struggle still going on tonight. water slide tragedy, a 10-year-old boy dos on the tall est water slide in the world, a terrifying accident and growing questions about what happened. sounding the alarm, 50 senior republicans warning donald trump would be, quote, the most reckless president in american history, as trump tries to shake off another poll showing his support is cratering. and gold rush for team usa here in rio. and a star is born. we talked to the young american who won so many hearts with his tears of pure joy.
"nightly news" from rio begins right now. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from the olympic summer games in rio. good evening from copacabana beach. there is a lot of olympic news to tell you about. but before we get to that, we want to update you on the massive meltdown today at the world's second largest airline that's still affecting passengers as we come on the air. tonight delta airlines is in recovery mode, trying to get people where they need to be after its global flight network goe flight network go was grounded to a halt for several hours when it's commuters went down. the outage turned some airport terminals into virtual encampments, passengers waiting for flights and answers. and it comes amid a troubling spate of airline commuter failures.uter failureputer failures.uter failureputer
failures. gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: the outage was massive, stretching across the country from washington to miami to chicago. >> inside of the worldwide delta was shut down. i was like, whoa, i think i'm going to be kind of late. >> reporter: and around the world, delta passengers forced to deplane in london, the ground stop dragging on for six hours. more than 450 flights cancelled, thousands of passengers delayed. with customer service lines swamped, travelers took to social media to get information. delta's ceo tweeting out an apology. >> it's an all hands on deck effort. >> reporter: the airline says a power outage in atlanta around 2:30 this morning knocked its computer system offline. but georgia power blames delta saying the airline's computer system failed and caused the outage. andrea mohammed desperately trying to get to new york. >> panic. sheer panic. >> experts say a computer hack is unlikely, after years
of airline mergers, the failure could be due to decades old technology or human error. today no comment from delta on why it's backup systems didn't work. >> there's no doubt that a fortune 500 company should have backup systems for these processes, if they don't, it could be somebody's head at the airline. >> reporter: tonight delta's backlog is slowly improving but the ripple effect could last for days. here in atlanta, there is still a lengthy check in line and all of this will cost delta. the airline is now offering a fee waiver for anyone trying to rebook their flights and a $200 travel voucher for anyone with a flight cancellation today or more than a three-hour delay. lester? >> a lot of frustration today, gabe gutierrez, thank you. here in rio, perhaps the most crowded place is on the medal stand as team usa starts to
rack up some gold in dramatic and record breaking fashion. it's been 24 hours of exhilaration and heartbreak. we're not going to give away any results that haven't been already widely reported. nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: today, team usa, swimming, shooting for gold. the best in the world are here, but what seems to be missing are the crowds. rio 2016 says ticket sales topped 80%. but tonight, many seats are empty. today we learn troubling news three days after opening ceremony. the namibian flag bearer jonas junias was arrested, charged with sexual assault, the second boxer in the athletes' village to face similar charges. in competition, david boudia and steele johnson dove for silver, while katie ledecky and michael phelps qualified for
tonight's events. last night the men's 4x100 meter relay team looked perfect in the pool. >> the united states will win gold in the 400/3 relay again. >> reporter: the fastest team in the world, with help the of greatest olympian in history. >> the young bucks brought tears to our eyes. i was saying to nathan, i was trying to hold back as much as i could and then he started shedding tears and then ryan started shedding tears and that's one of the coolest races to be a part of. >> katie ledecky smashes her own world record. >> reporter: ledecky seems to be racing herself, winning the gold in the 400/3 meter. >> it was great to be up there on the podium and sing the national anthem, i'm really proud of this. >> reporter: for team usa, the thrill of victory comes with the agony of defeat. the williams sisters, three-time gold medal
champs losing for the first time in the first round. tonight the drama of the games in the quest for gold. tonight as americans look to medal in the aquatic center just over my shoulder, a short time ago, the plaza behind me erupted in celebration. the brazilians in this venue right here, taking home their first gold in judo, what a moment for this hometown crowd. lester? >> and we heard a little of that moment in our newsroom with our brazilian employees. miguel, thank you. it was one and gold for ryan held, you saw it in miguel's story. a first-time olympian, 21-year-old north carolina state student and springfield, illinois native had only one race to swim here in rio, and it was the third leg in last night's gold medal winning performance by the usa men in the 400 by 4 meter relay. i caught up with him this afternoon to talk about the race
and the emotions he displayed during the medals ceremony. you weren't supposed to be here, when i say that, no one really expected you to qualify for rio. >> that's very true. >> did you expect to qualify? >> no, i mean this time last year, i was honestly just thinking about u.s. nationals, hoping to make a final, maybe make the world university games, never the olympics. >> now was that where the emotion came from last night, during the medals ceremony? >> yes. that was a combination of the progression of having the past four years, and just thinking about everyone in the swimming community, from the springfield area, the raleigh area, and just remembering how much support and love they showed me. >> as you're racing, are you in some ways hearing the cheers back in the living rooms back home? >> a little bit of my mind inside me is
thinking, like, i'm doing this for everyone back home, i'm doing this for all of the swimming fans out there. but most of the time, it's just the sound of my own thoughts just telling myself to go, i can handle the pain, come on, push through it, this is for something bigger than me. >> because it really hurts? >> yeah, oh, yeah. >> what is it like to come right after a legend like michael phelps and he's given you a pretty good lead at that point. >> yes. >> that sounds like a lot of pressure. >> yeah, it was a lot of pressure. and i just couldn't let up any ground if we wanted a shot to win. >> and describe that moment of standing there and hearing our anthem and getting that gold. >> it was just an amazing moment. i've heard the national anthem hundreds of times before but this time it seemed a little sweeter, seemed a little more emotionally attached to me, that i know the emotion just kind of manifested into tears. >> what were the other guys saying to you? >> michael at the end, he put his arm around me, he was like, hey, man, don't cry, this is your time, take it
all in, be happy. and then as we got to the podium, caleb russell started crying and michael was like, oh, my gosh, you guys are going to make me cry. i've done this a few too many times. >> he's the tough guy? >> yeah. >> part of my conversation with ryan held, and i can tell you firsthand, there were plenty of misty eyes up in the viewing stands too in that moment. there's no easy transition as we turn now back home to growing questions after a tragedy on the world's tallest water slide. a 10-year-old boy died while on the 169-foo-foot8-foo slide at a kansas city party as investigators are trying to determine what went so terribly wrong. nbc's blake mccoy is there for us tonight. >> reporter: the ride's name, verruckt means insane in german. it's the world's tallest water slide and tonight it's shut down after a 10-year-old boy was killed sunday. caleb schwab was visiting there with
his father on sunday. his father is a kansas state lawmaker. schlitzerbahn water park is not saying what went wrong, only that a full investigation is under way. >> we honestly don't know. >> the slide is 17 stories high and can reach speeds of 65 miles an hour before shooting up a hill and back down again. witnesses tell our affiliate kshb it was on that hill where the boy was launched airborne, out of the raft and into a safety net. >> they let you sign up without having an age barrier. so you think your kids are safe and they're not. >> reporter: safety concerns date back to 2014, this video from a travel channel documentary shows rafts flying off the ride during initial testing. the opening was delayed three times as protective netting was added and parts of the slide were rebuilt. in the two years the ride has been open, no serious injuries have been reported. a schlitterbahn spokesperson says they
hire outside inspectors to check the park at the beginning of each season, their own employees check the rides at the beginning of each stay before opening. >> there are no federal regulations or requirements for amusement parks or water parks. >> reporter: tonight a 10-year-old boy is dead, with few answers as to what west wrong. we're told the boy died of a fatal neck injury. tonight we have learned the water park plans to reopen on wednesday, that slide, though, will remain closed. lester? >> all right, blake, thank you. tonight there are new head winds facing donald trump yet another indication his support is slipping. trump trailing hillary clinton by 13 points on a monmouth university poll out today. and as trump tries to flip the script on the economy, dozens of national figures are trying to explain the problems they see
in a proterrible trump pre presidency. >> reporter: today 50 of the country's leading national security officials who worked in republican administrations have had enough. signing a letter refusing to vote for trump. that list including former cia director michael hayden, former homeland security chiefs michael chertoff and tom ridge, the group warning the gop nominee would be the most reckless president in american history. that caution coming after trump addressed the detroit economic club, using the city's struggles as a backdrop to refocus his message. >> the city of detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent's failed economic agenda. >> reporter: coming off a bruising week in which the gop threatened revolt, republicans are getting in line. >> we are going to work with house republicans using the same brackets they are proposed. >> reporter: trump vowing to reform tax policies and renegotiate trade deals. and put a moratorium on the deficit.
>> he said nothing about how we're going to get our entitlements under control. >> reporter: clinton rallying in florida called it more of the same gop talking points. >> he wants to basically just repackage trickle down economics. >> reporter: a bright spot for trump this weekend, getting support from george p. bush, the son of a former rival jeb bush, late tonight donald trump responded to those national security leaders arguing that they were the ones who invaded iraq and they were the ones that were that gave rise to isis. the rising star who just shattered her incredible world record here in rio. what katie ledecky told us about how she handless the pressure. and a lot of people have been asking, what are those
as she tells matt lauer, she's just getting started. >> reporter: katie ledecky was the youngest member of team usa and her first international competition, she was a virtual unknown. then this happens. not only did ledecky win the 800 meter free style -- >> ledecky is a gold medallist. >> reporter: she obliterated the field by more than four seconds. >> and ledecky can't even believe it. looks at her time, looks at her place, oh, my gosh, what have i done? >> reporter: at what point during the 800 meter final did you think, oh, my goodness? >> it was right as i flipped at the 200 point. i flipped and it was like i just woke up from a dream. it was like one i'm at the olympics, two, i'm in the finals, three, i'm winning. katie, don't mess this up. >> reporter: as a child she loved swimming. >> we started out swimming competitively at the same time, she was only 6 years olds.
and i think that katie saw how i loved the sport and she wanted to catch me and eventually she did. >> reporter: growing up katie said she never thought she would be an olympian. she thought that was reserved for superhumans like michael phelps. that's her grinning ear to ear with him when she was just 9. >> in fourth grade, i break my arm playing basketball in gym class and one of the first questions i asked the doctor is there any way i can still be in the water, and he gave me this special plastic bag that was pretty tight on my arm and so i went to practice every stay and found a way to get better at kicking. >> reporter: that drive and discipline, are still the foundation of her daily routine. >> it's all about ledecky, how fast she will go. >> the hard working teen from bethesda, maryland has broken 12 world records, most recently here in rio. watching her swim is
not just exciting for fans, but a thrill for someone she once considered super human. >> people talk, did you see that? did you see how fast she went? that's just cool to watch. >> reporter: ledecky's focus is on rio, where many will be focused on her. can you swim with that big target on your back? >> there's a target on my back? i'll just take it off. i mean it's not going to weigh me down, i'm going to do the best i can. >> reporter: and her best may end up being the best in the world. matt lauer, nbc news, rio. >> it's amazing to watch. we're back in a moment with a multibillion dollar bet aimed at luring customers away from online giant amazon.
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in palm beach county, bringing the total number of cases in that state to 17. it was found well outside of the miami neighborhood pregnant women have been told to avoid. the patient did recently travel to the miami area, but it's not clear where the infection occurred. starting today, all pregnant women throughout florida can be tested for zika for free. a big deal in the business world today to report. walmart is buying online retailer jet.com which launched a year ago with the intention of challenging amazon's internet retail dominance. the deal is worth $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock as walmart makes moves to attract younger customers. a rare moment at the rio games when north and south korea united if only for a fleeting moment, if only for a selfie, two gymnasts, one from the north and one from the south snapped photos together yesterday as they prepared to compete.
finally tonight, it was the burning question on social media all across the country last night as michael phelps gathered with his teammates by the pool before their gold medal swim. what were those circular markings all over his upper back and shoulders? turns out there's a very good explanation, something that's been known in hollywood circles for quite a while. peter alexander went in search of the benefits of cupping. >> reporter: he's the world's most recognizable olympian, at these games decorated in unrecognizable marks. michael phelps arriving pool side brandishing a bunch of bruises that left americans guessing, on twitter, michael phelps probably just fell asleep on his medals. those circles, the result of physical therapy. >> i personally don't like walking out looking like i've been attacked by an octopus. >> this ancient chinese tradition may now be helping an
american. >> reporter: for many of us those red dots first appeared on the red carpet, gwyneth paltrow premiering her own fashion statement. the man delivering those whelps, the head athletics trainer, using one of a soup of popular therapies from massage to hot tubs. tubi tube. >> it's like asking your best chef about the garnishing he's using. >> so you're probably wondering, does it hurt? that does not look healthy. that's like the world's best flu shot there. >> already leaving a mark on this year's games. peter alexander, nbc, rio. >> reporter: and phelps keeps them on
for five minutes. already leaving its mark on these games. peter alexander, nbc news, rio. that's going to do it for us on this monday night, a reminder nbc's prime time olympic coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., 7:00 central, it's going to be a being night for swimming. i'm lester holt, from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night from rio. it's a toxic site right now. we know it's full of pollutants that are harming our communities. >> toxic waste buried in a bay area community. the cause and the new plan to clean it up. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us this evening. one of the bay aarea's wors toxic waste sites is about to undergo a cleanup. a state agency is finding a permanent fix to a lingering problems. take a look. this map shows where it's happening. just west of the bridge.
jodi hernandez is in crock et with the latest concerns. >> i grew up here. i wouldn't want to go anywhere else. >> reporter: while joe loves his home, he doesn't love what's hitthit hidden nearby. toxic waste. buried beneath pavement along the bay. >> i think it's a real problem. it's a toxic site right now. >> reporter: the site used to be home to a smelting facility. a plant that extracted precious metals from minerals or rocks. but the company abruptly shut down in 1971, demolishing the plant and its company housing. leaving piles of waste. >> we're having technical problems with that story. we will get back to it. we should add, regarding the