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in san francisco today. thank you very much for watching. night ly news is next. we'll be back here again at 6:00. tonight the tent city now going up for migrant children detained and separated from their parents. the trump administration's hard-line immigration policy playing out in real life. the big melt going on in antarctica, scientists surprised by its speed and warning of global consequences. the new study on kids and sleep. how the lack of it can lead to big health problems. they're no longer home alone. savvy seniors are turning that extra room into cash, and making new friends. and celebrating a two-wheeled classic. a look back in time at the bike that kids just had to have, still turning heads today. this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening, i'm blake mccoy.
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jose diaz-balart is on assignment. there's growing national outrage over the trump administration's policy of separating families who cross the southern border. administration officials say they're enforcing existing laws meant to discourage illegal immigration. opponents say the practice is an affront to american values. it's all happening as a republican bill is working its way through congress, a bill that would restrict the practice but also fund the president's controversial border wall. we begin our coverage with nbc's gadi schwartz who is near the border in california. >> reporter: they're building tent cities near the border, a necessary step as the trump administration's hard-line immigration policy has had its intended effect. thousands of migrants swept up, detained after both legal and illegal border crossings. many of them children. 2,000 already separated from their parents in the last six weeks, housed in a former walmart or small group homes like this one in san diego. >> if a family has both boys and girls as children, then the
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siblings are separated. the girls live in a different facility. the boys live here. >> reporter: it's not just near the border where you can see the story playing out. on a porch in chicago, some 2,000 miles from the tijuana border crossing where maritsa delgado entered the u.s., seeking asylum, her family awaits a hearing and every day they wait for this call. >> reporter: her 18-year-old daughter on the phone, separated from her mother and sisters and detained in california for more than a month. >> they haven't told her when she might be able to get out or see her mother again. >> reporter: the family entered with the country in a migrant caravan, asking for asylum. she says gangs tortured and killed her father. >> they found him in the field and that he had been decapitated. >> reporter: a return home, they say, would be certain death. attorney general jeff sessions said this week, fear of gangs is no longer a reason to be granted safe haven here. using bible verse to justify the administration's new immigration practices. >> i would cite you to the apostle paul in
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his clear and wise command in roman's 13 to obey the laws of the government. because god has ordained the government for his purposes. >> reporter: and tonight a protest outside this facility in san diego with another protest scheduled, an even larger one in the town of tornillo, texas, on father's day, where a tent city has sprung up faster than residents there expected. just to put things in expected, tornillo is a small town, of about 1,500 people. when this tent city is up and running at full capacity, it will mean that a fifth of the entire town's population will be children separated from their families. blake? >> gadi schwartz, in california for us, thanks, gadi. those hard-line immigration policies are causing gut-wrenching pain for some families, and president trump lays the blame squarely on democrats, but his strategy carries some risk for republicans. here's white house correspondent kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: far from the real world
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consequences is the red meat of immigration politics. today president trump tweeted, "democrats can fix their forced family break-up at the border by working with republicans on new legislation for a change." this white house video links an alleged gang murder to rules affecting child immigrants. >> the gang member reportedly entered our country through glaring loopholes for unaccompanied alien minors. >> reporter: one day after he distanced himself from his own administration's zero-tolerance policy that triggered the separations. >> i hate it. i hate to see separation of parents and children. >> reporter: the president's strategy is to blame democrats for blocking passage of immigration reforms and border security. but ou oe treatment of immigrant children could blow back on republicans. oklahoma senator james langford posted video where he tells a constituent he has a message for the white
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house. >> keep families together as much as we can possibly keep families together. >> reporter: for republicans candidates, immigration is an issue that gets conservative voters to turn out. >> build that wall! >> build that wall! >> build that damn wall! >> reporter: congressman dan donovan has president trump's enforcement in month's staten island, new york, primary. today he also had his lawyer's campaign help. >> you know i represent president trump. >> reporter: issues like immigration could determine control of congress. the president's allies, like rudy giuliani, plainly argue the president's fate is on the line. >> let's stop the possibility of a ridiculous impeachment and let's make sure that i don't have to see nancy pelosi on television anymore! thank you! >> reporter: president trump plans to visit house republicans tuesday to talk about strategy for two immigration bills. thmore conservative hard-line approach is not likely to pass. leaving open the door for a moderate
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compromise, which would address the separation of families, would grant legal status to young immigrants known as dreamers and beef up border security. it's possible those votes could happen late next week. blake? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, thank you. an update tonight on that deadly courthouse shooting in kansas city. a second deputy died from her wounds today. police say the officers were shot by an inmate they were transporting from jail to a court hearing. both deputies leave behind children. now to a new climate study out this week that is shocking even scientists who study global warming. the key finding involves a major ice melt in antarctica. it's happening much faster than first thought. our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson has the details. >> reporter: ominous developments at the bottom of the earth. >> look at that. >> reporter: the melting of the massive antarctica ice sheets, speeding up, according to a new study, tripling in the past decade, causing sea levels to rise faster today than any time in the past 25 years.
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the culprit, climate change, greenhouse gases heating up the water and air when we burn coal, oil, and gas. >> the largest glaciers have been speeding up in recent times in response to a warmer ocean. >> reporter: this doctor is one of the authors of the study published this week. using satellite surveys, scientists from more than 40 international groups found antarctica shed three trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017, adding .3 to sea level rise. doesn't sound like much, but if the trend continues, we could see three feet of sea level rise by the end amica's century >> it will be a sort of flooding that's not going to recede. flooding of streets and neighborhoods that's not going to go away once the water evaporates. >> reporter: today most of the ice loss comes from west antarctica where two glaciers are in rapid retreat. and an ice shelf collapse in the antarctic peninsula.
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scientists say we can slow down the melting if we move to cleaner energy sources to keep the ice and seas where they belong. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. now to that brutal civil war in yemen where saudi-backed forces claim they've retaken the airport outside a key port city long held by militants. that city is the main gateway for aid shipments into the country and the fears that a long battle could put millions of people at greater risk of starvation. nbc's matt bradley has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, the fate of yemen's worsening humanitarian crisis -- hangs on the fight for hudaydah. yemeni government troops are pushing into the port city this weekend. today they claimed to seize the city's airport but left some half a million civilians stuck in their homes, unable to flee what could become yemen's biggest battle. four days of fighting has already killed more than a hundred people, according to afp. ali omar was injured
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in an air strike. we spent three days without being able to leave, said his father. whatever happens in hudaydah will send shock waves throughout a country grappling with three years of civil war, famine and the worst cholera epidemic in history. that's because 70% of yemen's food and fuel comes through hudaydah's port. a modest size city crushed under a power struggle. the shi'ite muslim houthis, supported by iran, are fighting yemen's military, backed by sunni muslim powers, saudi arabia, and the united arab emirates. getting support from the u.s., with fuel, intelligence, and special operations. an american role in what many are calling the world's worst humanitarian horror. matt bradley, nbc news. in moscow, disturbing video from near red square today. a taxi rammed into a sidewalk crowded with world cup visitors. the driver jumped out of the car and tried to flee the scene but has been detained. eight people were injured, including two
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people from mexico. here at home, it's a universal problem for parents, getting kids to go to bed on time. especially teens who may protest putting away electronics. but a new study shows enforcing bedtime rules may be critical for your child's health. catie beck explains why. >> time to wake up, baby girl. >> reporter: waking up the kids is a struggle most mornings. >> time to wake up. >> reporter: mother of three elizabeth turley says it's a especially tough for her 15-year-old alyssa. on average, she gets just five hours of sleep a night. >> would you say that among your friends that's pretty common, five, six hours? >> yes. maybe even less. >> reporter: because most of them are doing this? but a new study says sleep-deprived adolescents and teens shouldn't shrug off sluggish symptoms, now linking a lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high b panobesity. >> sleep is just as important as nutrition and physical activity in predicting our
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cardiovascular health. >> reporter: this study monitored the kids' sleep patterns, through a watch, tracking the amount of sleep and the quality of the rest. nine hours of sleep is the minimum recommended for kids 11 to 13 years old. eight hours for those 14 to 17. most in the study weren't getting what they should. >> i'm so tired from not getting enough sleep. >> reporter: doctors tell parents to improve their children's sleep, set a consistent bedtime, cut the caffeine before bed, and no screens in the bedroom. turley said she already enforces many of these rules, but after this study, she has reason to set more. >> you want them to live a longer life. >> reporter: and sleep is a key to that. catie beck, nbc news, riverside, california. now to a growing trend among senior citizens. enterprising elders have found a way to turn their homes into extra income, making money and new friends. business correspondent jo ling kent has the details. >> reporter: empty
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nester carolyn winter isn't your typical entrepreneur. after retiring from her fashion industry job, she was looking for a new way to make ends meet. >> why did you decide to start hosting people with airbnb? >> things were not working out financially. and it was a matter of choosing whether i wanted to stay in my home or leave. >> reporter: carolyn is part of a major economic boom for the 60-plus set. airbnb says that senior citizens are the fastest growing and highest rated host demographic, with over 200,000 seniors actively welcoming guests, taking advantage of the burgeoning silver economy. since listing her two spare bedrooms, she's had more than 300 guests over two years, bringing in about $28,000. nd how hth >> the guests have been great. i've had people from every nationality, every race, every continent. ♪
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>> reporter: including a professional flame dancer from hawaii who recollects performed for her family. carolyn is proud of her five-star rating. >> i treat the guests how i would want to be treated. >> reporter: and the extra income has allowed her to open more properties to host. but experts say the broader trend is linked with seniors' desire to stay active in retirement. >> the main driver, we find, are behavioral changes that relate to the desire for independence, the desire for activity. >> reporter: carolyn carefully vets guests before they come into her home, but aging specialists suggest added security with in-home cameras and alarm systems. >> i didn't think i would enjoy it so much. it's been very interesting meeting so many interesting people. >> reporter: making her empty nest full again. jo ling kent, nbc news, piermont, new york. we're learning tonight iconic blues guitarist matt murphy died of a heart attack on friday. his death announced by a nephew on facebook. murphy was best known for his collaboration
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with the famous comedy duo. ♪ >> reporter: so good at his craft, "guitar" became his middle name -- matt "guitar" murphy of the legendary blues brothers. recruited to the band in the late '70s after dan aykroyd and john belushi saw him perform. by the '80s, she was a star. playing aretha franklin's husband in the blues brothers comedy classic. ♪ freedom ♪ >> reporter: aykroyd telling nbc news, the blues brothers would not have bn what they were wit matt's playing power, stage magnetism and knowledge of music. a veteran of the chicago blues scene, he performed with some of the greats. b.b. king, etta james, and memphis slim. his family tonight says he poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took. ♪ >> man, could he play.
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matt "guitar" murphy was 88 years old. still ahead, a school in philadelphia changing the face of teaching, to boost student performance and morale. also, the new volcanic eruption so explosive it blocked out the sun.
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back now with what many educators say is a crisis in our public schools -- the lack of diversity among teaching staff. especially african-american men. this comes despite studies that show minority students
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perform better when they have teachers who look like them. nbc's ron allen has the story of a school in philadelphia working hard to change the face of teaching. >> reporter: in a troubled philadelphia neighborhood, mr. douglas teaches seventh grade at bethune elementary school. so does mr. graham. that's mr. boyd and his fourth graders. >> we are the future. >> reporter: in fact, bethune has 13 african-american male educators, about 30% of the staff. across the country, just 2% of teachers are black men. it's the result of a conscious effort to recruit black men to a school where 80% of the students are african-american. >> i have a lot of children where they have mom at home, but they don't have dad. it gives them the hope, and it helps them understand that there is opportunity for children that look like them. >> you're great. >> i'm great. >> you're great. >> reporter: herman douglas greets each student with a positive message to counter the negativity in the streets on the
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way to school. douglas also grew up in a neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence. and sees teaching as aave many students as myids. they are kings and queens. and i will do everything possible to make sure that they are successful in my classroom. because education is the great equalizer. >> reporter: dayton boyd believes sharing his experience growing up in a single parent home, his mother struggling, helps him and his students connect. >> oftentimes, some of them may slip and say, hey, dad. >> how does that make you feel when they call you dad? >> it inspires me to continue to work. it inspires me to continue to come to school every day. >> reporter: a recent study suggests that having just one black teacher in grade school significantly increases the chances a black boy will graduate high school and consider college.at bhune, douglas's students. >> he don't try to sugar coat anything. he'll give it to us >> he motivates us, pushes us to our limits. >> reporter: a
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coalition of african-american educators, called the fellowship, hopes to recruit 1,000 more black male teachers by 2020, about double the number in philadelphia classrooms now. a goal the city supports. >> it's awfully ambitious, but it's also a vision for how we want to recruit. >> i am respectful. i am responsible. >> reporter: a vision like bethune's, of what educators believe gives their students the best chance for success. ron allen, nbc news, philadelphia. we are back in a moment with the huge fire that gutted one of the world's architectural gems.
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in southern japan today, a volcano violently erupted for the second time in three months, shooting ash, look at that, 15,000 feet into the air. residents say the smoke was so thick it blocked out the sun. meanwhile on hawaii's big island, dramatic new video of lava flows, the latest kilauea eruption has been active for more than six weeks. in scotland, an architectural treasure
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right now at 6:00, clinging to hope and clinging to the edge along the san mateo county coast. three hikers spent the night stranded on a cliff waiting to be rescued. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, everyone. thank you for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. let's start with the harrowing situation for a group of hikers forced to spend the entire night
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on a cliff until they could be safely rescued. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in pacifica where it all happened. christie? >> reporter: well, terry, fortunately they have been reunited with family today, but, boy, what an ordeal they went through. three hikers including two young teens spent the night out here near the bottom of the cliff. >> you know, they just went out for a late hike, and i guess the tide came in, and they had to go to higher ground. >> reporter: family members waited for the rescue as a chp helicopter moved in to hoist them up and off a cliff to safety. they were stranded overnight after a walk by the shore near pacifica. >> the kids look like they're okay, so, you know, we're going to make sure they're all right and take them home. >> reporter: the trio spent a long, cold night near an unmaintained path. >> the tide came in and they were trapped. >> reporter: firefighters say there wer

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