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>> i would love to say he's cute, but -- >> we'll be back at 6:00. "nightly news" is next. >> see you then. tonight, the tonight, the secret summit of north korea's kim jong-un and south korea's president. and the latest on the dramatic attempt to salvage a meeting between kim and president trump. an american held for two years by venezuela is freed by the regime and heads home. the white house hail the move. the growing threat from a big storm already being felt in parts of the south. we'll tell you about the biggest concerns this holiday weekend. the brawl that broke out on an american airlines flight to miami after a flight attendant denied a man more beer. another passenger getting it all on his phone. and a hidden struggle that interferes with life for many new college students. >> we're really talking about people who are suffering from a serious and potentially deadly disease that our society is not doing enough about.
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>> and the innovative way one university is dealing with it. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. we begin tonight with the surprise news of a secret meeting between north and south korea. the leaders of those countries met face to face again at the demilitarized zone. separating north and south. a big part of the discussion today, reviving the possibility of a summit between president trump and kim jong-un. a meeting that president canceled just two days ago but is now talking about again. nbc's janis mackey frayer is in seoul with the very latest. >> reporter: the surprise meeting took place on the north korean side of the demilitarized zone. kim jong-un playing host to south korean president moon jae-in. for two hours they had frank discussions about boosting ties and salvaging talks with president trump. their first summit last month took weeks to prepare.
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this one came together overnight. it isn't clear whether it was moon or kim who asked for it. both were blind sided by president trump's letter that canceled the june sitdown because of what he called north korea's open hostility. though sources told nbc news the president was actually afraid that kim would cancel first. >> if, in fact, diplomacy really does fall through, the united states is going to be increasingly isolated in its approach towards north korea. >> reporter: three days of head spinning diplomacy followed. the summit was off. >> i have decided to terminate the planned summit. >> reporter: and then maybe back on. >> we're going to see what happens. >> reporter: today the white house says an advance team will go to singapore just in case. amid the uncertainty, north korea has struck an oddly reasonable tone saying it remains open to talks at any
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time. the regime also claims it destroyed a nuclear test site. blowing up tunnels used to build its nuclear arsenal but refusing to let any inspectors verify that. today's snap meeting and the warmth between korean leaders showed their willingness to keep the momentum here with or without president trump. north korea state media reports this morning that kim jong-un and moon jae-in agreed to meet again frequently and soon, perhaps as early as june 1st. they also apparently discussed trust in the united states. moon is expected to reveal more of what was said later today. jose? >> janis mackey frayer in seoul, thank you. less than three weeks since those three were released by north korea, the white house is hailing the release of another american tonight. this time by the regime in venezuela. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has that story. >> reporter: a rush to
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a home coming bear hug from his father. hours after his negotiated release from venezuela. a police escort with lights and sirens whisked the holts off to an airfield. a rush to freedom today as an airfield in venezuela. a riot erupted there two weeks ago, and holt begged for help on cell phone video. >> they're trying to break in. they're saying they want to kill me. >> reporter: the 26-year-old utah man went to venezuela in 2016 to get married. he and his wife were accused of stockpiling weapons at her family home. and incarcerated without trial. holt said he was innocent.
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>> i need your help to get me out of this place. >> reporter: in utah, supporters rallied to raise awareness. holt's mother laurie. >> it's been really hard. it's been tough. and, you know, he's only 26 years old. he hasn't lived his life. >> reporter: relations with venezuela's socialist government are deeply strained. the u.s. imposed sanctions and labeled the re-election last week of president madura illegitimate. madura responded expelling two american diplomats. secretary of state mike pompeo thursday. >> we have an american there we desperately want do get back, joshua holt, so know that we are engaged. >> reporter: as chairman of the senate foreign relations committee corker went to caracas and met maduro yesterday. today president trump was first to announce the breakthrough with tweets calling holt an american hostage who will be landing in
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d.c. this evening and be in the white house with his family. holt's mother called the release a miracle. family and lawmakers who helped to secure his freedom are invited here to the white house tonight. nbc news communicated with holt by text and he said his trip home is an unreal experience. tropical storm alberto is bringing a lot of rain. dave price is tracking it all and has a forecast. >> jose, the first named storm of the season, of course the season doesn't officially begin until june 1st. this is what we're looking at. there it is sitting just 95 miles to the north of the western tip of cuba. winds sustained right now at about 40 miles per hour. movement to the north at about 13 miles per hour. wind speeds and forward speed probably going to pick up in the next little while. it's going to take a jog toward florida and then switch to the north and the west before finally making landfall around 1:00 p.m. west of panama city. one of the big concerns over 48 to 72 hours? soaking rain through florida. the storm then gains
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strength, four to eight inches of rain or more could be hitting the gulf states. that along with high surf and a rip current risk, as well. and that, of course, is if it doesn't stall and then we're talking about more rain. jose? >> dave price, thank you very much. actor morgan freeman issued a strong new denial after reported allegations of sexual harassment. at the same time, one big corporation of him in the television advertising says it has stopped using those commercials. we get more tonight from nbc's steve patterson. >> get busy living or get busy dying. >> reporter: for decades, he personified the voice of reason. >> i'm considered a bit of a story teller myself. >> reporter: now oscar winning actor morgan freeman using that same voice to craft a series of rebukes and apologies after reported sexual harassment accusations from at least eight women on film sets, during interviews and at his own production company. freeman now defiant saying i am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of
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being undermined. i am someone who feels a need to try to make women and men feel appreciated and at ease around me. but i also want to be clear. i did not create unsafe work environments. i did not assault women. the cnn report details what accusers say is a pattern of inappropriate behavior allegations of two named and six unnamed women range from unwanted touching to public comments about women's clothing or bodies. all spurred by the cnn reporter's own encounter with freeman. >> right when i walked into the room he began to make sexual suggestive comments to me. >> reporter: now, more video surfaced including a 2015 comment freeman made to a "entertainment tonight" correspondent. >> off dress halfway between your knee and your hip and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs. >> reporter: nbc news not verified the allegations and damaging his career. visa releasing a statement saying the credit card company will be suspending our marketing in which the
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actor is featured. freeman defined for his wide on screen roles now facing scrutiny for the offscreen behavior. steve patterson, nbc news, hollywood. the results are official tonight in ireland where voters overwhelmingly repealed the country's strict ban on abortion. it was a bitterly contested referendum that divided the mostly catholic nation. the government says it will amend the law to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. nbc's lucy cavanaugh reports from dublin. >> reporter: the moment campaigners in ireland knew they made history. >> votes in favor of the proposal, 1,429,981. >> reporter: in the end, it was a landslide. more than 66% overturning the country's controversial abortion ban. the stakes so high thousands of irish ex-pats from around the world returned to the emerald isle to cast their ballots. the eighth amendment gave an equal right to
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life to both mother and unborn child effectively banning all abortions except when a mother's life is at risk. despite their loss anti-abortion groups vowed to fight on. >> i think it's a sad day for this country. >> reporter: in the last three decades, ireland has legalized contraception, divorce and same-sex marriage. this vote marks a dramatic shift in what was once described as the most catholic country in the world. the ban forced thousands of women to travel aboard for legal abortions, women like shavon donahue she was looking forward to the birth of her third child when a scan at 20 weeks revealed a severe fetal abnormality. there was no chance her baby would survive. >> we had two horrible options. we could continue and torture ourselves with continuing the pregnancy or we could travel, shorten how long we had to deal with the horribleness. >> reporter: leaving home to have an abortion left her scarred, a traumatic experience that she hopes other irish women won't have to repeal. >> i often feel i do this in memory of my
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baby and what we went through and the brief existence not for nothing. it will have made a difference. >> reporter: lucy cavanaugh, nbc news, dublin. back in the united states, the eruption of the kilauea volcano on the island of hawaii shows no sign of stopping. lava continuing to wipe out everything in its path. but far away from the destruction zone the tourism industry is suffering, too. and now fighting to bring profits back to paradise. nbc's miguel amalguer has the story. >> reporter: it's one of the most destructive eruptions since kilauea started bubbling again 35 years ago. and while there's no doubt the ongoing disaster is devastating communities in this area, it's also impacting the entire island's number one industry. tourism. the biggest hit came right after early may's eruption. >> cancelations were island wide, from the
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highest luxury hotel down to the smallest bed and breakfast. >> reporter: the hoskins family of ohio was worried but came anyway. >> we weren't sure what to do. honestly. we were like, well, we're not from around here and didn't know. >> reporter: now resorts, hotels and even restaurants and airlines are offering deals and reassurance. desperately trying to lure back sightseers. the island's visitors bureau stressing almost everything is open for business. >> this is truly isolated to a very, very small section of our island. >> reporter: in fact, just about 1% of the land here is impacted by the eruption. the island, the largest in the state, is more than 4,000 square miles. hawaii volcanos national park is one of the island's most popular tourist destinations with more than 2 million visitors last year alone but now after this eruption businesses across the big island are taking a hit. almost 100 miles away it's having ripple
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effects on the island's west side, the kona coast. clear skies there but this hilton resort is feeling the pinch. >> naturally there have been cancelations that have come through. obviously a lot of people around the world concerned about what is going on. >> reporter: captain zodiak boat tour owner linda zabalski says profits and jobs are also at stake. >> we have employees and employees who have families. and they depend on us. >> reporter: one reassuring sign, a major cruise liner that stopped service to port here will be back next week. a small bit of hope even as there's no end in sight for the eruption. miguel amalguer, nbc news, hawaii. still ahead tonight, the scary scene in the air as flight attendants try to deal with an unruly passenger and a mid-air fight breaks out. also, the hidden problem faced by many college students and how one university is taking the lead in offering help. better things than
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but an underlying depression triggered by the challenges of college left her unable to enjoy life. >> just feels like kind of dead inside in a way. you know? just like don't care about things that you know you love. >> reporter: one in every ten college students struggled with a disorder so common experts have a name for it. college depression. >> we're really talking about people who are suffering from a serious and potentially deadly disease that our society is not doing enough about. >> reporter: which is why ucla has designed an innovative approach to fight depression on campus. >> we're offering all students at ucla the opportunity to get screened for depression and if we find that they have evidence of depression we offer all of them treatment. >> reporter: an anonymous online survey for incoming freshmen helps find those at risk. >> how often do you feel others would be better off if you're dead. >> reporter: this academic year over 3,700 students took the screening, it identified 828 severely depressed, 734 with moderate signs of depression and 607 mildly depressed. more that are 1,600
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students in all. those with severe symptoms are offered immediate professional help. but many universities can't keep up with the growing number of student that is need mental health services. >> nationwide the numbers that have depression overwhelms any system. what is the answer? >> well, the answer has to be that we do something more than just rely on the trained experts. >> reporter: so there's a second part of the equation of the resilience peer network. ucla trained more than 350 student coaches in tools proven to reduce depression like talk therapy and meditation. >> simply remaining aware of your breath flowing in and out. >> reporter: they provide something else, too. support from someone going through the same college experience. >> you can relate to that person. there's no power play. it's just two students. >> reporter: back on
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the flight attendants on an the flight attendants on an american airlines flight to miami are being hailed tonight for their calm handling of an unruly passenger who wouldn't take no for an answer when he demanded more beer and led to a tense confrontation and a mid-air brawl all caught on video. we get more from nbc's maya rodriguez. >> reporter: anger in the skies on board an american airlines flight. all apparently over a beer. >> please sit down. i'm not bringing you anymore beers. >> reporter: cell phone video capturing a flight attendant speaking to jason felix as 1293 headed from st. croix to miami and felix is told no more alcohol. >> no more beers. >> you are my bartender? >> i'm your bartender. >> reporter: that's when the situation escalated. according to the criminal complaint, as passengers told felix
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to calm down, he threatened to kill another passenger, a law enforcement officer in the virgin islands. and a fight broke out between the two. >> hey! >> reporter: several passengers jumping in attempting to break it up. >> you all right? >> reporter: in a statement, american airlines said they asked law enforcement officers to meet the flight because of a disruptive passenger. miami-dade police boarded the plane when it landed handing felix over to the fbi. he now faces federal charges for interfering with a flight crew. >> chill. chill. >> reporter: maya rodriguez, nbc news, miami. alan bean did something only 12 people have ever done. former astronaut and navy test pilot fourth man to set foot on the moon in 1969 in the apollo 12 mission and he made a second mission to space in 1975 commanding a flight to the sky lab space station. after retiring from nasa, bean embarked on a new career as a painter drawing inspiration from his
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again leading the way. >> reporter: 72-year-old ruth simmons is just getting started again. >> class of '68! >> reporter: this is her first year running prairie view a&m historically black university in texas. >> dr. simmons is an absolute experience. >> ruth the truth is something every student is saying. >> she is short. but she gets around, you know. you have to represent. >> reporter: simmons expected to be retired by now after a career at some of this country's best known universities. in 2001, she became the first african-american to lead an ivy league school at brown university. >> what made you reconsider retirement? >> guilt. i thought about the younger me, teachers helping me. in effect sending me off to college. i thought it was sensible for me in a sense to repay that in my hometown. >> reporter: her parents were sharecroppers who moved their 12 kids to houston when simmons
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was 7. >> this is clarence. >> reporter: her older brother clarence went to prairie view. he pushed her to take the job here on an interim basis. >> he is a fine young man. >> reporter: the students convinced her to stay. >> our students have immense talent. immense capacity. the only difference between them and students who have lots of resources is resources. >> reporter: she's also recruiting faculty and traveling across the country to explain why prairie view is so important. >> you can go to an ivy league college and you can come to prairie view. it's all valid and there's good work to be done everywhere. >> reporter: when simmons was a teenager, a historically black university changed her life. 55 years later, it happened again. david gura, nbc news, prairie view, texas. >> and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow, team spirit and how it's used to save the home of the beloved league of women. i'm jose diaz balart reporting from new
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york. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night. privilege ofof your timeme. good night. right now at 6:00, a water park in the east bay welcomes crowds to try out a newly reopened water slide, one with a troubling past. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, everyone. thank you for joining us. ti i'm terry mcsweeney. >> almost a year after a 10-year-old boy was launched off an east bay water slide and
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injured, people got the chance to check out the new changes to that slide today. >> marianne favro live at the wave park in dublin with a look at these changes. >> reporter: terry and anoushah, if you look behind me, this green water slide is where a 10-year-old boy was injured last may. it's called the emerald plunge. while no structural changes have been made since the accident, the water flow has changed, and the city says the slide is safe. today the emerald plunge is back open as dozens of people went down the 48-foot-high waterslide. they also tested out the water slide next to it, called the dublin screamer. both slides were closed on opening day last may after a 10-year-old boy was launched off the emerald plunge and injured. the city of dublin runs the wave waterpark, and a spokeswoman today says after months of testing, the slides are

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