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free. >> she got the free nch. thanks for joining us. you have a couple hours to go out and vote. tonight, the shocking death of a fashion icon. kate spade, the woman hind an d of apparent suicide. tributes now pouring in from famous friends and fans. so many asking why. of volcano news. disasters. new evacuations as a so-called volcano of fire explodes again. and our team is there. >> reporter: rescuers are still working frantically searching for survivors, but the possibility of finding any diminishes with each passing hour. also tonight, in hawaii, hundreds of homes destroyed as lava takes an angry turn. new fallout from a political football. prident trump pulling the plug on a white house visit after only a handful of the super bowl champions plan to show up. another hot car tragedy. a 9-month-old girl dies after being left
in sweltering heat. the nd hot car death this week alone. tonight a warning for all parents. and a miss america makeover. swimsuits are out. brains over beauty, in. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome to our viewers joining us in the we. the namesake of an iconic american fashion brand kate spade was found dead toy. her death apparent by suicide here in new york has rocked not only the fashion worldbut onof who embraced her stylish handbags and made them a fashion staple. tonight, police are investigating the rcumstances of her death inside her manhattan apartment. nbc's stephanie gosk has the tragic details. >> reporter: tonight, a fashion icon who designed a beloved bag for a generation is gone. ave n kate spade bags. >> reporter: this morn tdiscovered by her housekeeper in her >> it appears at this manhattan home.
point in time to be a tragic case of apparent suicide. but it is early in the investigation. there was a suicide note left at the scene. >> reporter: when kate spade got into the handbag businessr goal, she sawas to design something simple, something classic. now one of the most recognizable brands in fashion. celebrities and fans posted tributes online. many just a photo of a bag th the story hindt. others stopping for a moment to shine a light on mental illness. it really goes to show success and family and money do not make you happy. born kate brosnahan, shgrew up in kansas city, eventually meeting and marrying andy spade, brother of actor david. they launched the company together in 1993 out of their cramped new york city loft. >> she was also this role model for other young women who wanted to start their own businesses. >> reporter: in 2006, spade sold the business to spend more time with her newborn daughter. >> it was a great time
for us to take a break. and it was much needed and was a great luxury. >> reporter: in 2016, the couple announced a new line and a new name. frances valentine. >> i think sometimes designers make the mistake when they're starting a business to look at the success of someone else's and say, oh, that looks good. no, no. that's already there. they don't need another one. so, you know, start your own and build your own sensibility. >> lester, tonight anna wintour the editor in "vogueadto say about kate spade. she had an enviable gift for understanding what wen the world over wanted to carry. adding, spade built a global empire that reflected who she was and how lived. long before we talked about authenticity, she designed it. she defined it. some powerful words there. >> all rig. stephanie, thank you very much. according to the cdc, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death me if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the national
suicide prevention lifeline is available 24 hou day, 7 days the number is 1-800-273-8255. us turn now to new eruptions and evacuations around that so-called volcano of fire as our team has now reached the disaster zone where rescue crews are frantically searching for anyone who may be buried alive. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the new images from the scene in guatemala. >> reporter: late today, another n evacuations. first responders scrambling to safety. the landscape near the volcano already apocalyptic. el rodeo, guatemala, obliterated. we met 18-year-old jose alberto miche searching for nine of his relatives, including his parents. i need my mom, he says. tears wash the ash off his face as he remembers the final word he said to his mother. good-bye. it was an avalanche of mud, rock, and ash con e side his motain so
quickly that this neighborhood could not escape. the volcano of fire is one of central america's most active, but residents tell us they'd never seen anything so powerful. today with some of the ound here still ng reaching 500 degrees, firefighters comb through tons of rock and ash. juan jose chavez says he pulled out 38 bodies and found en families trapped clutching each other killed by the toxic gases. in a somber procession, coffins were marched down the street. but in shelters, incredible stories of survival. julio lopez saved his 2-year-old daughter and 4-month-old baby but lost eight relatives. i thought i was going to die, he says. tonight, this is nothing short of a catastrophe. jose alberto has lost his family. he nls lost himself. here you can see the eruption.ower ofs cars tossed, heavy ash blanketing this neighborhood. rescuers are still
searching for survivors, but with each passing hour, that possibility diminishes. lester? >> all right, gabe gutierrez in guatemala. thank you. that other volcano disaster we've been tracking, the one in hawaii, is growing even more intense. hundreds more homes were destroyed by lava overnight on the big island according to hawaii county spokeswoman. most of the residents had already evacuated the area which has a mix of vacation rentals and year-round homes. to the white house now and the controversy over what was supposed to happen there today. president trump suddenly canceling a visit by super bowl champs the philadelphia eagles after many players refused to attend. so the president threw a celebration without them and reignited the uproar over national anthem protests. nbc's peter alexander has the story. ♪ oh say can you see >> reporter: president trump tonight calling an audible rebranding a super bowl ceremony a celebration of america. >> and we always proudly stand for the >> reporter: one attendee heck
president. >> stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem! >> thank you very much. >> reporter: another taking a knee. president trump deliberately war abruptly pulling the philadelphia eagles' invite. faces possible embarrassment, the possibility only a few would show. philly's mayor kenny. >> he's a dysfunctional person that happens to be president. >> reporter: the feud follows the president's repeated attacks after some knelt for police brutality. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say "get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out"? he's fired. >> reporter: the president first blaming the eagles for the cancellation raising the anthem issue. but last season, not a single eagles player took a knee or stayed in the locker room.
the white house later claiming the vast majority of the eagles team decided to abandon their fans. >> if this wasn't a political stunt by the eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have out at the last d th minute. >> reporter: eagles safety malcolm jenkins, an advocate for social justice rejecting the president's explanation. writing, the decision was made to lie and paint the picture that these players are ca andti anti-military. after the white house applauded the supreme court's decision in favor of a colorado baker's refusal to make a cake for a same-sex couple. >> so if the white house supports the baker's right of free speech, why doesn't the white house support the players' right to free speech? >> the president doesn't think that this is an issue simply of free speech. >> reporter: this issue isn't over. tonight the nba's rival stars steph curry and lebron james are in agreement saying no matter which team wins the nba finals, the next champs will not visit the white house. as lebron put it bluntly today, no one wants the invite anyway. lester? >> all right. peter alexander at the white house, thank you. tonight on our nbc news excluvee learned hundreds of children are stuck at u.s. border stations
and are rapidly running out of space after many were separated from their parents under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy for migrants crossing into the u.s. illegally. nbc news national rrespoent miguel almaguer has the story. >>orr: ton hundreds of migrant children, many separated from their parents at border facilities so crowded they often lack adequate bedding, tr medical supplies. according to a nbc news, of the 550 children in custody as of sunday, nearly 300 have spent more than 72 hours at border stations. surpassing government time limits. >> it's no place to hold a childor long-terte period of time. >> reporter: it comes after the trump administration's zero tolerance policy. prosecuting all adults who enter the country illegally. two u.s. officials tell nbc news health and human services wasn't given proper warning of the new
policy and was caught unprepared. >> if people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. you will be prosecuted ifou b -- if you come in illegally. >> reporter: it's not the first time border facilities have faced overcrowding. these photos show coitions in 2014. hhs will tour three military installations to hel tonight, the dream defined a better life for many of the young and desperate may lead them here. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to aning for all parents as we head into summer. two children just this week alone found dead after being left in hot cars. that brings the total to nine children year. nbtie beck has the tragic reminder. >> reporter: a 9-month-old baby girl trapped inside this truck outside ton at.ours to die in >> one thought the other parent had
already brought the child inside. and that wasn't the case. >> reporter: just one day earlier in indiana, 3-year-old hannah grace miller died after she spent two hours in a closed car. also an accident. already this year, nine children have died inside overheated vehicles. in 2017, 43 children lost their lives. >> we've done a great deal of education and raising awareness, but you can't train your ain t to forget. >> reporter: safety experts say there's never a safe time to leave your child inside a car, but even on days with temperatures in the 70s, the inside of your vehicle can easily reach over a hundred degrees in less than a half hour. advocates are pushing for alert systems in cars saying even respone s can forget. >> 90% of these parents are what we would call great neighbors, our best friends. >> reporter: dawn peabody's 2 1/2-year-old daughter mya died in a hot car in 2008 leaving a permanent hole in her heart. >> there's nothing
that will ever fill that hole on this side heaven. >> reporter: she relives her pain to reach other parents. >> this type of accident does not discriminate. >> reporter: a grim reminder with summer just weeks away. catie beck, nbc news, atlanta. >> a reminder we can't hear enough of. disgraced movie mogul harvey weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in new york today. the charges stem from allegations by two women, but dozens have come forward to accuse him of varying acts misconduct. weinstein remains free on bail of $1 million and he must wear an ankle monitor. now to those new questions surrounding the death of robert he w shot ea ago today during that turbulent and landmark year. 1968. now members of his family are asking do we know the full story behind his assassination. >> rtes an imagthat still haunts us 50 years later. moments after robert kennedy triumphantly left the stage of the ambassador hotel in
los angeles, he's seen bleeding on the kitchen floor. struck down by an assassin's bullet. now there are growing calls for a new investigation. kennedy's son robert kennedy jr. telling "the washington post" he met the man convicted of the crime, sirhan sirhan, in prison and left disturbed that the wrong person might beeconvicin the killing of my father. kennedy's daughter, kathleen kennedy townsend, telling us she's joining that call. >> i've talked to bobby, and i think that he makes very good points. i think it's worthwhile. >> reporter: robert kennedy jr. says among the evidence sparking his doubts, audio of 13 shots fired. sirhan's gun held just eight. >> if there is going to be an investigation of what happened that night, the fact that important family members feel there should be one should give this movement a lot of added energy. later, we're also left
to wonder about what might have been. by 1968, kennedy was a crusader for social justice. >> i run for the presidency because i dti party and the united states of america to stand for hope instead of dir >> reporter: as the vietnam war raged, and inner cities burned, his presidential bid raised hopes that he could somehow unite a divided nation. >> my father believed that he could lift people up and say that there is a better country and that you can be a better person. >> reporter: 2 million americans watched a train carrying kennedy's body from new york city to the nation's capital.ice ficers, fighrs, soldiers lud. families came out, say good-bye to my father. it was so incredibly moving. >> reporter: a connection that endures. >> i think his legacy
is that each of us can make a difference. each of us can be a ripple of hope. >> fy nd will honor robert kennedy tomorrow at arlington national cemetery. we'll take a short break. still ahead, a new era for miss america. the contest making major changes. also, retirement warning. why your social security is in danger of being slashed.
we're back now with that miss america makeover. the competition ditching the swimsuits and embracing a message of empowerment. nbc's anne thompson has the detas of the changes you'll see next time miss america is crowned. ♪ there she is miss america ♪ >> reporter: a me too makeover for miss america. now promising to emphasize brains over beauty. since 1921, the ever-shrinking staple
of every pageant, the swimsuit competition, is >> miss georgi alyssa beasley. >> reporter: in the evening gown segment, contestants will be able to wear what they want while talking about their ideas to change the world. and it will no longer be called a pageant. >> we need to remessage this organization and focus on the talent and scholarship we've always had. >> reporter: but some think this may be too little too late. >> if you're constantly reacting to events as opposed to trying to influence them, that's a big problem. >> reporter: targeted by proing feminists 50 years ago, miss america's long been criticized for promoting an outdated ideal of womanhood. even as it gave away ions of dollars in scholarships. and though it's derided for judging women, pageant et hillary livy friedman says it isn't all that different from what women face every day. >> you need to be smart but also look good while you do it. be competitive, but do it with a smile. have tbudon't
ea >> reporter: the new standards will be implemented in state competitions next year. trying to be entertaining and meet today's evolving expectations may be miss america's crowning achievement. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. up > comit a ntwel tell you y a stt walked across the border before she walked across the graduation stage.
a new government report today says the costs of social security will be greater than the amount the program takes in this year. that's the first time that's happened in over three decades. it means the program will have to take money from its $3 trillion reserve fund to cover benefits. thrert says that trust fund will run out the year 2034 unless congress acts to fix social security's finances. now the emotional reunion going viral. hours before leslie silva crossed the graduation stage, she o to see her order at father.was found living
illelly in t. and deported to mexico three times. he couldn't come to the graduation on sunday, so she went to him in her cap and gown. and another image that struck us today. the hero firefighter holding a little girl after her pregnant mom was in a car accident. the 4-month-old couldn't stop crying until captain chris blazek cradled her in his arms. the whole family is said to be doing okay. when we come back, the big milestone for the tiny toy beloved by generations. our "nightly snapst"is nt. disc.
our investigative unit has uncovered exclusive details about a woman found dead in a hospital hallway. plus, what triggered the explosions that forced hundreds to evacuate in the north bay. next. the news at six starts right finally tonight, our "nightly shot a new feature that looks at stories that captures how americans are living, connecting,
and innovating right now. tonight a assic aches a major milestone. hot wheels turning 50, and they're still so popular it's said 16 are manufactured every second. tonight we celebrate the tiny detailed cars that have brought big fun to kids for half a century now. 8-year-old eddy zahn and her 5-year-old sister finley have so many hot wheels, they've lost count. >> a million. >> morthan a million. ev a hot wheels y're suchans,i bed. >> they're cars and they're awesome. >> they're the fastest miniature metal cars you've ever seen. >> reporter: the toy created for boys in 1968 has come a long way. 50 years later, 6 billion have sold and some 41 million boys and girls have played with them. bruce pascal still remembers picking out his first model. >> the cooki the neighborhood had a camaro, but they were 16. i was 8 and i had my camaro. >> reporter: this is
pascal's office today. the real estate executive became a collector 20 years ago after finding a long-forgotten box filled with hot wheels. >> i was like, god, i really remember these toys. there's the camaro. there's the fleetside. there's the vw. >> reporter: pascal started hunting for rare vintage models. his collection is now worth over a million dollars. >> okay. so this is my holy grail of my collection. >> reporter: the rarest hot wheel in the world. a mint condition pink vw wor $150,0. of course, most hot wheels have a bit more wear and tear. >> that was awesome. >> reporter: a sign of kids' love for these pocket-sized cars that zoomed into play rooms 50 years ago and never left. anybody else want to be a kid again? tomorrow at the end of the broadcast in our "those who serve" report, you'll meet parents who made a life-changing decision after being so touched by the care given to their sick
baby in the hospital. that's "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. now: good evening and thanks for joining us on this election night. i )m jess the news at: 6:00 start the recei right now. thanks f thanks for joining us on this election night. we've learned san francisco homici homicide detectives are looking into another miss tearous death. a woman was found dead in a hallway. she had been brought in on a psychiatric hold. she was being held in the hallway when she asked to use theathroo around 2:00 a.m.
sources say that despite being on a psychiatric hold, it doesn't appear anyone checked on her until four hours later when her body was found. no word yet on the cause of her death, the city which runs sf general says itlways cooperates withtions but cment on any patient tu to privacy laws. this comes a week after the body of75-year-old ruby anderson was found in a stairwell on the hospital grounds. anderson, who suffers from dementia, had walked away from a residential care facility 12 days before her body was found. there are multiple state and local agencies investigating that case. it is a startling statement. one in three california families lacks the income needed to meet their basic needs. that's finding of a new report from the united way of california. we are j