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that. weather's going to be picking up for us tomorrow. we'll have more at 6:00. >> as a reminder, lester holt joins us and coring from pittsburg next. tonight, new images from inside the plane the moment those three americans released by north korea tasted freedom back in the u.s. and tonight, the summit is set. we know where and when president trump will meet face-to-face with kim jong-un. fighting back against a surge in robocalls, chances are they are flooding your phone. tonight the fcjust levelled its largest fine ever to a man whose been called a robocall kingpin. outrage after police questioned a black student that fell asleep while writing a paper in the common area of her dorm. what yale is saying about this video. a consumer alert as the weather heats up about all those sunscreen claims, sport, natural, mineral and this one. >> i usually look for dermatologist recommended.
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>> tonight what all those words on the bottle really mean. the surprising tech boom far from silicon valley. >> what's it been like to watch the change overall of the city? "nightly news" across america, why people are flocking to pittsburgh. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. a look tonight at the andy warhol bridge bridge above the allegheny river in downtown pittsburgh. stop four as we travel across america this week. good evening, everyone, from the city of bridges, our reporting on pittsburgh and its remarkable transformation from a steel town to tech town in just a few minutes, but we begin with those new images that middle of the night homecoming for three americans set free by north korea. president trump greeting them on the plane, and tonight, that historic summit between the president and kim jong-un is set. we now know where and when they will meet face-to-face. nbc's peter alexander starts us off tonight. >> reporter: first, the homecoming, now a
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shot at history, the president welcoming the former detainees back home before 3:00 a.m. >> this is a special night. >> reporter: president trump hours later announcing his blockbuster summit with kim jong-un in singapore june 12th. the president tweeting, we will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace. why singapore? according to a white house official, location, security history and a neutral site for both parties. the north korean regime is known for detainees. president trump praised kim for the release of the americans he imprisoned until this week. >> we want to thank kim jong-un who really was excellent to these three incredible people. >> reporter: kim dong chul of virginia telling the president being home is like a dream recounting the nearly three-year imprisonment. i had to do a lot of
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labor, he says, when i got sick, i was also treated by them. for president trump the toughest test lies ahead, convincing kim jong-un to give up the nuclear weapons. >> my proudest achievement will be, this is part of it, but will be when we denuclearize that president. >> reporter: mike pence with nbc's andrea mitchell. >> in this moment the regime in north korea has been dealing as far as we can see in good faith. >> we're seeing symbolic but important moves by north korea that then have caused the president to believe he'll get a deal on june 12th. that's a huge leap of faith. >> reporter: the president delivering a made for tv moment. >> i think you probably broke the all-time in history television rating for 3:00 in the morning. >> reporter: tonight, a late update on those three men. they are still being evaluated at walter reid medical center before they are reunited with their families. a spokeswoman says they are talkative, in good spirits and coping well. lester? >> peter alexander at
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the white house tonight, thank you. now to the tensions boiling over between israel and iran. israel's military striking back tonight after iranian rocket attacks on israeli soldiers. the growing confrontation days after president trump withdrew from the iran nuclear deal and days before the u.s. officially moves its embassy to jerusalem. our chief foreign correspondent richard engle has the story. >> reporter: israeli rockets and bombs rain down on syria overnight, syrian state tv broadcasting images of the assault. israel's target iranian infrastructure and military advisers in syria there to prop up president bashar al assad. israel says the assault was a counter attack after iran fired some 20 rockets at israeli military sites in the golan heights causing no riinjues. the confrontation between iran and israel now threatening to expand. israel's defense minister warned iran any aggression will be met with overwhelming
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force. if we get rain, they will get a flood, he said. and adding fuel to the fire, a political challenge from the united states. today, the sign came down from the u.s. consulate in jerusalem. it will officially become the american embassy on monday. palestinians who clashed with israeli security forces today said the symbolic u.s. embassy moved kills any hope of israeli palestinian peace. the trump administration says it reflects reality and is a sign of president trump's close ties to israel. but will it also push the increasingly tense middle east over the edge? richard engel, nbc news. back here at home tonight, the fcc has just levelled the largest fine ever, $120 million against a guy whose been called a robocall kingpin. it's a label he denies but the feds are fighting back as the number of robocalls surge. chances are you or someone you know has been flooded with the kinds of calls.
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nbc's gabe gutierrez has the details. >> reporter: the national nuisance is getting worse. 30 billion robocalls last year alone. >> you have been selected to receive 2,600 travel dollars toward your next trip. >> reporter: today, the fcc fought back slapping this miami man with the largest fine ever, $120 million. the agency says companies he controlled were behind 100 million robocalls in three months. >> he was engaged in the single largest malicious illegal spoofed robocall campaign that the fcc has ever investigated. >> reporter: he has denied engaging in fraudulent activities. >> i'm not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged. >> reporter: in new jersey tony novak is frustrated with multiple robocalls a day, many appearing to come from his area code. a tactic known as location spoofing. >> i like to talk with
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customers, strangers, clients, but it actually made me hesitant to want to pick up the phone. >> reporter: experts say most robocalls are legal such as debt collection or political calls but estimate as many as 40% are scams. pin drop is a security firm specializing in fraud prevention. >> the most important thing to know about any phone call you're receiving nowadays is that the caller i.d. cannot be trusted. >> reporter: more and more phone apps are available to stop robocalls but analysts say the reason scammers keep using them is that they work. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. more than seven months after the ambush in niger that claimed the lives of four american soldiers, the pentagon released the most detailed account yet of that surprise attack. and while the report cites a series of failures, ultimately it does not assign blame. we get more from heinz nickels with reaction from the widow of one of those fallen soldiers. >> reporter: tonight the pentagon admitting individual organizational and institutional failures caused the death of
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soldiers in niger last october. an unclassified report shows training and bad command oversight at every level. but in the end, isis simply surprised a 12-man green beret team and 30 nigerian partners. >> the cause of the attack is the enemy achieved tactical surprise and our forces were outnumbered approximately 3-1. >> who is to blame? >> i have responsibilities as combat commander. the service has responsibilities. >> reporter: the pentagon laid out the heroics of the outnumbered soldiers including johnson. he unloaded his rifle and picked up a sniper rifle. in the chaos of retreat, he was separated and tried to sprint to safety but was gunned down. >> he made his last stand where he fought 'til the end under a dense thorn tree. >> reporter: there is no blame. >> they all did what they were supposed to. i was praying from the minute it happened was that if brian was gone, you know, please
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let this person and this person and this person come home. >> reporter: the pentagon issued new rules for mission approval in africa but says that u.s. troops will stay on the continent to help local forces defeat islamic extremists, lester? >> heinz nickels, at the pentagon, thank you. to the outrage and disappointment erupting at yale university after a white student called police on a black schoolmate sleeping in the common area of a dorm. it's just the latest in a series of similar incidents that made headlines in the wake of the controversial arrest of two black men at a philadelphia starbucks last month. nbc's ron allen has that story. >> why? >> because we have a police call for you. >> reporter: racial bias or an honest mistake? >> i have every right to call the police. you cannot sleep in that room. >> reporter: a black yale graduate student confronting a white student who called police. she says she was working on a paper and just fell asleep. >> i was sleeping in the common room and she comes in and turns the lights on and she's like why are you sleeping here? you're not supposed to be sleeping here. >> reporter: police demanded she bring them to the dorm room
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and show them her i.d. >> i deserve to be here. i pay tuition like everybody else. i'm not going to justify my existence here. i'm not even going to -- it's not even a conversation. >> reporter: the video now viral, over 1 million views on her facebook page. in a statement, yale said incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make yale a truly inclusive place. yet another encounter sparking outrage on social media. people calling police suspicious of people who don't look like them and weren't doing anything wrong. like the arrest of two black men at a philadelphia starbucks. three black women, including bob marley's granddaughter suspected of robbery as they left the california air bnb. nordstrom rack, apologizing after accusing black teens of shoplifting while they were shopping for prom. in colorado two native american brothers touring a college, stopped by police. >> do you have anything in your
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pockets? >> reporter: a parent on the tour told police the two made her nervous. like at yale, things ended peacefully. all these encounters raising troubling questions about assumptions and bias. ron allen, nbc news. now across america and the urban makeover that is pittsburgh. the city is riding a wave of change and gentrification. its riverfronts, which at one time were lined with smoke steel mills are now lined with tech based companies turning out new jobs but with growth is growing pains including how to make sure no one is left behind. the steel city forging a future in tech with google and uber moving in and pittsburgh's bid in for amazon's next headquarters, the local economy is on the rise. and startups like duo language, the no-charge foreign language app have taken notice. >> the city is on an upswing so we're having a relatively easy time hiring
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people from everywhere in the country. >> reporter: the ceo co-founded the company teaching and capitalizing on pittsburgh's affordability using it as a recruiting tool. >> we put up a billboard in u.s. 101 near san francisco that just basically said, buy a home, work in tech, move to pittsburgh. >> reporter: duo language employee kevin wang did just that. relocating from california less than a year ago. he and his wife just purchased their first home. >> pittsburgh has tons to offer, affordable housing, great social scene with food and music. >> reporter: the average price of a home in san francisco is $1.3 million. in pittsburgh, it's around $135,000. >> many of the displaced residents are here tonight. >> reporter: but for some, housing isn't affordable anymore. >> we still feel this displaced in our community. all there is is new buildings. >> reporter: this neighborhood is at the
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center of the tech boom. ethea simms lived here for 35 years. there is a lot going on in pittsburgh right now, new jobs, gentrification. what is your concern? >> my concern is there is a group of people that is being left out of it. >> you're talking about housing? >> i'm talking about housing. i'm talking about employment opportunities. everything. >> uninformed residents. >> reporter: she think it is community changes are an injustice and not inclusive of long-time residents. what's it been like to watch the change overall in the city? >> going from an industrial, blue collar kind of city to the white collar silicon valley, i want to be excited about it but i want to make sure it's exciting for everyone. >> reporter: and the challeng challenges aren't just here but across the country. from seattle to chicago to washington
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d.c., locals have been taking a stand against big tech moving in. back in pittsburgh, mayor bill paduto says his team is focused on providing affordable housing, a commitment residents are counting on to keep the fabric of their community in tact in a city bursting with growth. bottom line is we heard from residents who say they welcome all of the changes underway here, just as long as their neighborhoods remain affordable. there is much more ahead tonight. with summer just around the corner, don't get burned by picking the wrong sunscreen. what you should look out for on those labels before you buy it. we'll be right back.
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we're back with the consumer alert as the weather is heating up and swimsuits are broke out, "consumers reports" put dozens of sunscreens to the test revealing their top picks but breaking down what many of those popular claims on the bottle really
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mean. here is nbc's kristen dahlgren with more. >> reporter: tonight, "consumer reports" shining a light on sunscreen claims putting 73 lotions, sprays and sticks to the test. warning companies don't have to back up some of the claims you see on the label like sport, natural, mineral and this one. >> well, i usually look for dermatologist recommended. >> reporter: what does it mean? >> well, dermatologist tested means what the company wants it to mean. it usually means a clinician has been involved. but it doesn't mean you have somebody scrutinizing. >> reporter: there are only three standards that have to meet government standards. spf, broad spectrum whether it protects against cancer-causing uva and uvb rays and water resistance. "consumer reports" top picks, walmart's equate and trader joes spray. others did well but the company says go for a higher spf. its testing found many sunscreens didn't meet the spf level printed on the package and make sure you're reapplying enough.
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>> no matter how high the spf is you still need to apply every two hours. >> reporter: good advise to keep you from getting burned. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. coming up, all aboard for a ride on a piece of pittsburgh history to one of this city's most spectacular sites.
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back now from pittsburgh, the downtown here framed by green hills and three major rivers, all of it best viewed aboard a moving piece of this city's past and present. if you want to view the city of pittsburgh in all its glory, the duquesne incline is a must see. opened in 1877, the incline is one of only a handful still in operation today in the u.s. >> i've been riding this all my life. >> reporter: tom reinheimer has been working here for
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nearly two decades but he's been a loyal passenger since childhood. 140 years ago, the incline brought coal workers to and from their jobs. today, commuters still use the incline but tourists and school groups keep it bustling 365 days a year. >> we got to look at the gears and the motors, which i thought was pretty exciting. >> i feel like it's a hidden treasure. >> reporter: i got my chance to ride today and the views did not disappoint. 400 feet up the hill, the incline is not built for speed. topping out at just six miles per hour. how steep is it? >> i happen to know that. 30.5 degrees. >> reporter: he jokes that the ride is a real bargain. some say it's expensive for a short ride. >> yeah, $2.50. >> reporter: every day tom is keeping history alive sharing his love and his knowledge of this mechanical wonder. >> when you come to the duquesne incline, not only are you riding a piece of transportation, you're riding a piece of history. >> i'm told at one point there were 17 inclines that carried
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folks up and down this city's hills. we're going to take a short break and when we come back, the warm welcome for the new neighbors that traveled so far to make pittsburgh their new home. inspiring america is coming up next. sent out a warn
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what it wants travelers to do - starting early tomorrow morning. plus, i )m monitoring a fire threat. i )ll tell you where winds could top 50 miles and hour. finally from pittsburgh, one of this city's famous sons, fred rogers used to ask every day, won't you be my neighbor? we found that here easing the challenges faced by matching them with locals who very much want them to be
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their neighbors. best friends, born worlds apart. >> i like running around. >> reporter: alex o'connor is from pittsburgh and monsor from syria. their families were brought together by hello neighbor, a program helping refugees and immigrants integrate into the community by pairing them with locals. together, they explore the city. >> i think in the long run we want them to feel like they are pittsburghers, like this is their home. >> reporter: sloan davidson founded the program in her hometown. >> this is the example we want to set for what americans can and should be. >> reporter: so far, 50 refugee and pittsburgh families have been matched. the refugees originate from seven countries. >> what was it like coming to america? you had to leave congo. >> first, when we came to united states, we a little bit scared. >> have you found a community?
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manuel and his family are from the congo. brad eddie and rachel weaver are their mentors. >> everybody knows how it feels to be in transition, and, you know, whether it's something that we might experience like a new job or a new neighborhood, we just wanted to try to ease that transition. >> reporter: brad and rachel more than eased that transition. they became family, there for major milestones. >> she was the only family member who attended our graduation of our son. really, that's something that touch us. >> when jeremy was born, the first person i called, it was rachel. >> you called her because she's family? >> yes, yes, that's why i called her. >> reporter: brad feels the same way. >> i think we both feel like we have people we can count on and depend on and talk to. >> pittsburgh welcomed you? >> yes.
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>> reporter: once strangers now family making the world feel a tiny bit smaller. i'm feeling pretty welcome. got a hi from the guy in the floating tiki bar there. i want to say a big thanks to the people of pittsburgh that came out and our partners at wpxi for their warm welcome. we'll see yonow: good evening and thanks for joining us. the news at 6:00 joins us right now. good evening. i'm jessica aguirry. >> i'm raj ma sigh. tonight, a milestone in the north bay fire zone. 99% of all the debris from obligation fires has been removing and rebuilding is fully underway. this all comes as more fire danger is looming. our jeff meteorologist is tracking the dangerous conditions. we begin with sam brock in coffey park. sam, i see progress right behind you. >> reporter: raj, the landscape here looks different than it did just a few weeks ago. many signs of progress.
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as you can see, home frames are popping up. the sounds of hammers, something throughout the neighborhood. none of that would have been possible when there was debris on these lots. as much as a sign of evidence this is. as you look down hopper avenue, signs how far santa rosa still has to go. in coffey park, spirits aren't the only things rising. with mangled metal and other debris scraped away, new homes are sprouting up in their place. >> the debris cleanup has been unprecedented in the history of california. >> reporter: santa rosa mayor chris corsi compares the project's scope to the great quake of 1906. >> it's impressive to see the 5,000 homes that were lost in the county be completely sweeped clean in seven months is incredible. >> reporter: jeff represents roughly 1,000 coffey park homeowners wiped out by the october fires. he's pleased to learn 117 homes are under construction in santa rosa, but saysde


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