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tonight, the cia surprise. just days before a confirmation hearing why the president's controversial nominee to lead the agency offers to withdraw. the volcano emergency in hawaii, at least nine houses now destroyed as new eruptions send more lava and toxic gas into a neighborhood facing destruction. a local election for sheriff takes on national importance in the debate over immigration and deportation. a $10 million prize to keep the water clean. all you have to do is find a way to eliminate the cause of destructive algae. once upon a time when writing meant paper and a simpler machine, the poetry and proposals that poured out when people took a moment to connect. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow.
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good evening. the president's choice to lead the central intelligence agency gina haspel offered to pull herself out of contention on friday worried a looming confirmation battle on capitol hill could negatively affect the agency she's been a part of for more than 30 years. haspel would be the first woman to head the cia and tonight sources tell nbc news the president and haspel spoke this weekend and mr. trump is not looking to replace her. but democrats are gearing up for a fight. our report from kelly o'donnell at the white house. >> reporter: after decades of dangerous work in her life as a spy, the peril gina haspel faces now is washington politics. >> republicans and democrats should come together and confirm gina haspel as the director of the cia. >> reporter: finding enough votes turned into a difficult mission, so much so officials tell me haspel was prepared to step aside concerned a bruising
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confirmation battle would do damage to the agency, her reputation and the men and women she leads as acting director. urgently hoping to save the nomination, friday white house officials went to cia headquarters to reassure haspel the president wants her to stay. today, officials say haspel is committed to becoming cia director. former director michael hayden today. >> with a president who does not always attach his decisions to the real world, to data, to evidence, gina haspel is one woman i want in that room. >> reporter: political opposition to haspel centers on her time after 9/11 running a secret cia prison in thailand where a terror suspect was waterboarded and later she passed on the order to destroy individual topes of enhanced interrogation sessions that a senate report labeled torture. >> it's very concerning because those of us that
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worked on the torture report know some things that are classified and that this is an important part of this woman's career. >> reporter: much of haspel's career history is classified and that also includes achievements the white house would like to highlight. former cia colleagues praise haspel's skills and 33 years of service. >> i can talk to you about how she did her job as a senior cia official with the utmost intellectual honesty and integrity. >> reporter: haspel is preparing for the grilling she's expected to face on capitol hill. officials tell me they have done practice sessions three or four of those now including one today. the white house says she is qualified and despite political opposition, her nomination will not be derailed. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house for us, thank you. now to the emergency playing out in hawaii where new eruptions of the kilauea volcano destroyed more homes tonight. it's all happening on the big island where almost 2,000 people
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remain evacuated. mother nature's wrath felt just miles outside volcano national park. let's get the latest from nbc's steve patterson. he is there tonight. steve, good evening. >> reporter: kate, officials are warning everyone inside the risk zone be ready to flee at a moment's notice. they're letting people collect personal items but they say there's no sign of this volcanic activity from slowing down and today more homes were found destroyed. overnight, the earth opened again. kilauea's relentless eruption continuing. now, there's a ninth fissure, another route for the lava's release. officials warn nearly 2,000 residents to get out concerned about toxic gas, molten rocks and potential for wildfires. felicia frazier-harms lives in the path of the lava path. >> boom, your whole life comes to a screeching halt. >> reporter: she knows the
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trauma as well as anyone. losing her childhood home when the nearby town was destroyed by lava flows in 1990. >> just the thought of, like, losing everything we worked so hard for and my kids' childhood home and our community all, like, having to go through it again. >> reporter: the world's most active volcano exploded on thursday. >> oh my god. >> reporter: snaking rivers of lava through big island's east coast. accompanied by hundreds of earthquakes, including a massive magnitude 6.9. >> oh my god, you guys. >> reporter: so far, at least 21 homes have been destroyed. tourism officials concerned about the cancellations noting it's business as usual for those outside of the risk zone. even sunday services continue nearby prayers from paradise that the eruptions end soon. steve patterson, nbc news, hawaii. a carnival cruise
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ship docked in new orleans today after video emerged showing water shooting into a hallway on board evoking that high seas fear from passengers of being on board a sinking ship. we get more from nbc's maya rodriguez. >> reporter: the carnival cruise ship "dream" returning to new orleans today after a watery nightmare for some passengers. >> i was going to get my life jacket. >> reporter: hundreds of gallons of water spewing out of a broken pipe in a hallway leading to staterooms. passengers capturing the unfolding mess. >> we were just walking down the hall to go to dinner and all of a sudden we heard this pop and all of this water starting to drain through the ceiling. >> reporter: the water line break happening on thursday coming from the ship's fire suppression system. crew members forming a assembly line to clean up. carnival says the flooding impacted about 50 staterooms and that the company offered those passengers a full refund and a discount on a future cruise. in a statement to nbc news
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carnival added, quote, we appreciate our guests' understanding and sincerely apologize. we also thank our crew members for their quick action and hard work. this isn't the only incident carnival has had to navigate recently, including one in february when a massive brawl broke out among 23 members of a family on one of carnival's australian cruises. meanwhile back at the carnival "dream," some passengers s ay it's a trip they won't forget. >> it was a bumpy ride. >> yeah. >> but it was a great experience. >> reporter: carnival said the water damage was repaired with the ship heading back out to sea today in search of smoother waters. maya rodriguez, nbc news. overseas now, another deadly day in afghanistan where at least 14 people were killed when a bomb exploded inside a mosque. it happened in eastern province where the mosque was being used as a voter registration center. more than 30 others wounded. there was no immediate claim of responsibility but both isis and the taliban oppose democratic elections and have targeted them before.
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in less than a week, president trump will have to make a decision on whether to pull out of the nuclear deal with iran. that agreement lifted sanctions on iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. today, u.s. ally israel stepped up calls to end the iran deal but that drew a sharp response. nbc's ali arouzi joins me now ve in teheran. ali, what are they saying on both sides? >> reporter: good evening, kate. well, israeli prime minister netanyahu stepped up his calls again today to end the iran nuclear deal calling it a lie based on a fictitious iranian report. iran's president rowhani fired back warning that if america leaves the deal it will have what he calls historic regret. netanyahu argues the world would be better off without any deal than one he says is fakely flawed. otherwise iran would have a nuclear arsenal in a very short time. rowhani insists iran has plans to respond to any move by trump and that they would
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make and store as many missiles as needed. kate, no one knows the consequences of unraveling the deal could be. french president macron saying we would open pandora's box. there could be war. back to you. >> ali arouzi in iran tonight, thank you. back here in this country, the national rifle association ended the national meeting in dallas today with 800 exhibitors, more than 80,000 people attending the event. it comes when the nra faces growing challenges after recent deadly attacks including the parkland, florida, high school shooting. nbc's katie beck was at the convention and has our report. >> these are our liberties, these are our rights. >> reporter: at the annual nra convention in dallas, 15 acres of guns and gear. and voices for gun rights. >> the right to bear arms is part of our constitutional laws. we have the know how to exercise
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those. >> reporter: others calling for stricter laws. >> it is time for us to elect lawmakers free from the influence of the nra. >> reporter: survivors of gun violence partially blame the powerful gun lobby. >> we can't let this happen to the next generation of americans. >> reporter: with three of the ten deadliest mass shootings in american history happening in the past eight months, the nra is holding firm that guns are not the problem. >> the national rifle association is the only organization in america that gets blamed for crimes our members don't commit. >> reporter: the group says more guns are a solution by arming trained teachers to carry in the classroom. one vendor says his newly released two bullet iphone gun is the ideal conceal for them. >> if you're hiding in a closet with a bunch of kids and somebody's coming for you, i'd much rather have two shots than no shots. >> reporter: two sides passionate about the gun issue and far apart on a resolution. katie beck, nbc news, dallas. a deadly day on the roads in nebraska today. officials are
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investigating several accidents there. five people are dead after three different crashes this morning involving several vehicles. at least one was a chain reaction accident involving two semi trucks. officers believe the driver may have been texting while driving. now, to a landmark new health study aiming to be the largest and most diverse of its kind. today, the federal government launched an initiative called all of us. john torres was here at the event in new york and reports on what it's all about. ♪ >> to the left! pump it to the left. >> reporter: at the harlem street fair today, the federal government asked people to share their dna and health information. >> we're inviting you to be part of this national adventure. >> reporter: the goal enroll 1 million americans from all walks of life to bring diversity to medical studies that typically focus on white men. the program was launched today in seven cities across the u.s. miriam guzman signed up in chicago. >> i have a long family history of diabetes, and i
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thought that maybe there's information in my genes that could be relevant. >> reporter: for ten years, participants will give researchers access to their health records, provide blood and urine samples and answer questions about their lifestyles. the data will be used by thousands of researchers to help create more personalized treatments, a new approach to health known as precision medicine. is precision medicine better than the care patients get right now? >> precision medicine's already possible in some cases. you go to get a pair of eyeglass, they're going to be for you but if you are showing up with a new diagnosis of high blood pressure you will probably get an intervention that's pretty much like everybody else and that's not ideal. >> reporter: for miriam, the chance to give back overshadows any privacy concerns. >> i'm more worried about the cellphone i carry in the pocket. that's more scary to me than me willingly providing genetic information to the research
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study. >> john, this is important and personal information. how do they protect people's privacy? >> the nih gives each participant an unique identifying number to use instead of their name. on top of that, the program is protected by a law that keeps all the information protected from anything other than research, even law enforcement. >> why do they need so many people? why a million people? >> the more people you have, more specific information about the condition. with precision medicine research, it's a numbers game. >> dr. john torres, thank you very much. very interesting. there's growing concern about the health of our water. specifically, how chemical fertilizer runoff is causing massive algae blooms in some areas but how do you stop it or control it? that's the challenge in new initiative called the water prize that comes with big bucks for the team that finds the answer. here's our chief environmental affairs correspondent ann thompson. >> reporter: on a canadian marsh, a wave of ocean blue shipping containers is the venue for a kind of water olympics.
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nine international teams vying for $10 million if they can stop harmful algae blooms caused by agricultural runoff. the guacamole muck fouls boating and swimming plans as andy mann a photographer captured last year on lake erie. >> we call it the clean water machine. >> reporter: greg and the team of the university of idaho are thinking outside the shipping box to remove the culprit phosphorus. >> a process only uses air, water, sand, rust and charcoal. >> reporter: in a ruge goldberg type contraption, two stories high, the filtering system transforms the water. >> this is what it ends up? >> that's the clean water that we produce. >> it's unbelievable. and allows the phosphorous to be reused. when you look out on this farm land in ontario, do you see what you might see in florida? >> yes. >> just a little colder? >> little chillier. >> reporter: phosphorus helps feed the ag
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industry, but the runoff has fouled its other natural wonders, so its everglades foundation with scotts miracle grow are sponsors of the water prize. >> if we can deliver fresh water back to the rivers and lakes and estuaries, it is a game changer. >> reporter: scotts took phosphorus out of the fertilizer six years ago. jim, what do you hope coming out of this prize? >> it is less important who finds the solution. what's more important is that somebody does. >> reporter: a man-made problem needing a man-made solution. ann thompson, nbc news, bradford, ontario. still ahead for us tonight, the fight over immigration, at the center of a local election with national implications. and rocking out, we'll find out who made it into the rock n roll hall of fame this year.
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we're back with the debate over president trump's crackdown on immigration. it's an issue that's not only playing out in border states, it takes on special significance this tuesday in charlotte, north carolina, where the question of local police cooperation with federal immigration agents has become a hot button election issue. justice correspondent pete williams on what's at stake. >> reporter: this 20-year-old who asked that we not use his name fled honduras. after violent gangs killed his father. he entered illegally, settled in
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charlotte and was allowed to seek a green card. but when he was wrongly arrested and jailed after a hit and run accident, agents of i.c.e. moved to deport him, notified of the arrest under a program that enlists county help in enforcing federal enforcement immigration law. >> this program does catch criminals but it also catches a lot of people who are inaccurately suspected of being criminals. >> reporter: the mecklenberg county sheriff's office is one of 76 law enforcement agencies in 20 states that cooperate with federal immigration authorities. notifying them of people in the jails here illegally. who then face deportation. >> they have to serve their state sentence here. and then once that is complete i.c.e. comes in. >> reporter: sheriff irwin carmichael says in past 12 years, more than 15,000 people have been turned over for possible deportation and he says the crimes most often committed by those here illegally are serious ones. >> number one's dwi. number two is assault on a female. and number three is indecent
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liberties with a child. >> reporter: he says if they're deported they're not released back into the community to commit more crimes. the sheriff, a democrat, up for re-election in tuesday's primary. both of his opponents vow to end the program they say it makes immigrants reluctant to report crimes. >> victim of violent crimes, victim of robbery, victim of rape, but they're not going to report the crimes because someone may get deported. >> reporter: and the sheriff's opponents said the program sweeps up people committing minor crimes. >> we talking about the people trying to sustain their families, come here, make a living, they help build this community, help make the community what it is today. >> reporter: the race for mecklenberg county sheriff has become a referendum on whether the crackdown on immigration is making a community safer. pete williams, nbc news, charlotte, north carolina. we're back in a moment with a close call on the beach involving a vintage plane.
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♪ shot through the heart and
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you're to blame ♪ ♪ you give love a bad name ♪ the one and only jon bon jovi with bon jovi at this year's rock n roll hall of fame induction ceremony seen last night on hbo. in addition to the jersey rockers, dire straits joined with moody blues, the cars and the late nina simone and sister rosetta tharp. that was big weekend for nasa with a launch of a spacecraft headed for mars, mars insight probe blasted off from vandenberg air force base in california. it'll take six months to travel 300 million miles to mars. when the rocket lands it'll study the interior of mars, including seismic activity. and in england, it was a lucky landing this weekend. take a look at this. a plane from the 1930s had to make an improvised landing on a beach after its engine failed. you can see it was a little bumpy but the pilot and a passenger were fine. whew.
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when we come back, what happens when people log off and go back to the way we used to write?
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finally tonight, long before digital became a thing people used another machine to communicate. maybe you still have one up in the attic. rehema ellis has the story of how people are using a typewriter to tell some very personal stories. >> reporter: in ann arbor, michigan -- >> that's a bookmark. >> reporter: owners
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hillary and mike gustafsson encourage people to read. >> are you a fan of short stories at all? >> reporter: they're also inviting them to write. the old-fashioned way. >> what is this insane machine? >> reporter: with no power button or delete. >> you have to push down a lot harder. >> reporter: thousands of messages have been left behind. >> reams of them. >> reporter: messages so meaningful they've been collected for a book called "notes from a public typewriter. another. >> here's one of my favorites. when we were younger we would color our skies purpose, our trees blue and always looked perfect to us. >> reporter: the idea to put an old typewriter in a quiet spot in the store was inspired by michael's grandfather who left him a 1930s smith corona. >> i remember typing on it for the first time, click clacking and watching the hammer snap on to the white page and watching the ink form on the white page and it really made me feel connected not only to writing and to language but to him.
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>> reporter: and now a community connection. are you surprised by what people have written? >> i'm so surprised by the notes of love, notes of loss. we get marriage proposals. we get confessionals. >> reporter: customers like emma richter say typing makes it seem special. why were you drawn to the? >> it feels like the words matter more than just on your computer. >> reporter: her hopeful message became part of the book. >> our future will be okay if we keep sharing. >> reporter: a vintage approach to writing. >> it reconnects us and there's some irony in the sense of deconnecting to connect. >> reporter: finding new meaning in a digital age. rehema ellis, nbc news, ann arbor, michigan. >> deconnecting to connect. that is nbc "nightly news" on a sunday night. all this week lester holt heads out across america to report on some of the top issues facing the country. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. surgeries a
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rescheduled... because of something that will happen right now at 6:00, surgeries and appointments rescheduled because of something that will happen tomorrow across the bay area and the state. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thank you for joining us. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. >> thousands of uc health care workers are planning a walkout that begins tomorrow morning and pushing for pay hikes. their fight will impact patients. nbc bay area sergio quintana live with details and how hospitals are going to be affected. >> reporter: terry, there are some patients who are already getting notices that their nonemergency surgeries will have to be rescheduled until after this protest is done. now the demonstration will n

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