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boy. thankfully the boy wasn't hurt but the dragon was left with minor damage. nice work, gentlemen. thanks for joining us. lester holt joins us next with "nightly news." tonight, president trump's first major supreme court victory, his travel ban upheld. >> tremendous victory for the american people and for our constitution. his critics call it religious discrimination against muslims. tonight all the latest reaction. extreme weather, tornado and flash flood threat, dangerous heat for millions and wildfires burning out of control. al roker is tracking it all. boiling over. another member of the trump cabinet confronted in public over child separations. >> why don't you leave my husband alone? >> why you separating families? and new images secretly recorded from inside the child migrant holding e surprisiw weapon for fighting a deadly form of cancer. how the polio virus may help patients live longer.
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aiindowns. a man caught on camera running across a busy runway and a passenger unleashing a tirade when her plane lands for a medical emergency. a new warning if you're about to buy a car. what the fbi says you need to know. announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, again tonight from los angeles as we welcome our viewers from the west. we begin with a major supreme court victory for president trump. the court declaring his travel ban on citizens of several muslim majority countries is legal. mr. trump's inflammatory rhetoric about a complete muslim ban did not escape the court's notice but the majority gave the president the benefit of the doubt about the motivation behind the travel ban. still, the order upheld today is a far cry from the one rolled out in the early days of his presidency. our justice correspondent pete
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williams has details. >> refugees are welcome here! >> reporter: after a year and a half of confusion, chaos at u.s. airports for those caught up in the first travel ban, repeated smackdowns in the lower courts and revisions from the white house, the court said this latest one can stand. supreme court upholds trump travel ban president trump tweeted. wow. led by john roberts the court's conservatives said the ban is legal as a presidential act to protect national security. it's an imrtant difference the court said that this one was based on a review of how well more than 200 countries do in fighting terrorism and verifying the identity of visa applicants. it restricts travel from five muslim countries. iran, libya, somalia, syria and yemen. today's ruling notes the president's anin the campaign and in office. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: apart from any religious hostility, the travel ban is based on legitimate concerns
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for the country's safety and that's what counts, the justices said. >> the justices said that because the travel ban raises the issue of national security, they are not going to get involved in figuring out what a tweet means or a campaign statement means. >> reporter: but in a blistering opinion for the dissenters, justifies sonia sotomayor said the travel ban was anti-muslim motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group. she called today's ruling gravely wrong. the lawyer for the challengers said they at least pressured the administration to come up with a narrower travel ban. >> they forced the president to rejigger the policy and give it the veneer of constitutionality. >> the decision is a defeat for this woman in virginia who wanted to get her relatives here. recently i had a s who wedding planned last week, they weren't able to come attend. >> reporter: this lifts the legal cloud over the travel ban which has been in force since december. it forbids people to
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move here from the affected countries but it does allow for some visitors such as students and people who can prove that they're not a threat to public safety. lester? >> pete williams, thank you. president trump hailed the court's cision as a tremdous victory at the white house today. he also seized the moment to press for his proposed border wall while another member of his cabinet got an intense confrontation in public over the separation of migrant families at the border. nbc's peter alexander has the story. >> the supreme court ruling was a tremendous victory for this country and the constitution. >> reporter: president trump tonight claiming vindication. >> the ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the democrat politicians are wrong. >> reporter: mr. trump reveling in a rare judicial win but on capitol hill demrats bashing the decision as disappointing. >> i say who's going to be next. is the president going to issue an executive order against mexicans? >> reporter: keith ellison, the first muslim in congress,
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warning the ruling should make all americans nervous. >> what it says is, as long as the president invokes national security, he has carte blanche to do whatever he wants to anybody. >> reporter: republicans rallying behind the president who initially dismissed this third version of his ban as watered down and politically correct. >> this is part of the never trump's resistance to mischaracterize this as being a muslim ban. ban. is not a muslim >> reporter: mitch mcconnell's campaign trolling political opponents by posting this photo of the senate majority leader with neil gorsuch. after mcconnell blocked president obama's nominee from getting a vote. >> neil gorsuch was an outstanding appointment. >> reporter: president trump trying to parley the court's endorsement into a wider crackdown on illegal immigration. >> what we'ras republicans i can tell you is strong borders, no crime. what the democrats are looking at is open borders, which will bring tremendous crime. >> reporter: that controversial stance igniting a fierce backlash and confrontations. >> why don't you leave my husband alone? >> reporter:
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transportation secretary elaine chao with husband mitch mcconnell challenged by protesters monday. and that's the latest example of these heated confrontations between protesters and top trump administration officials and new lls c news the now be protected by the secret service. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house, thank you. let's drill down now on this growing disconnect over the separation of those migrant families while washington says one thing, undocumented parents trying to find their kids are often finding a different reality as they battle red tape. we have exclusive new video from inside a children's facility as the future of the president's zero-tolerance policy is in question. nbc's gabe gutierrez is at the border. >> reporter: these are the first nongovernment supplied images inside a facility serving separated migrant children.
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they were obtained by msnbc and secretly recorded last week by a former worker at the cayuga center in new york before she quit. that worker is critical of the president's zero-tolerance policy. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: today 17 states plus washington d.c. sued the government over family separation arguing the trump administration violated constitutional due process rights. >> the rhetoric we hear from the other side on this issue as on many others has become radicalized. >> reporter: customs and border protection has already announced a pause in prosecutions of adults arriving here with children. >> until they can build the resources and the coordination to keep family units together, we would not expect to see any family unit prosecutions for the misdemeanors. >> reporter: as for reuniting kids already separated, hhs secretary told a senate committee that migrant parents have
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options. >> there's no reason why any parent would not know where their child is located. i sat on the orr portal with just basic key strokes within seconds could find any child in our care for any parent. >> reporter: how easy is it for these migrants to hop on the computer? >> we're talking about people coming from rural communities in mexico or in guatemala and central america. many of them they don't have computers, they don't know how they work. >> reporter: people like mario who didn't want us to use his last name but is desperate to find his 10-year-old daughter. [ speaking in foreign language ] i haven't heard anything he says as he and so many others wait. as the first lady prepares to visit the border again later this week the dhs now says it has 2,047 migrant children in its custody. that's only six fewer than last week. today the department wouldn't say whether it's still receiving separated children. lester? >> gabe gutierrez at the border for us tonight, thank you. first responders are on the scene of a
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hospital explosion in texas tonight. the blast happened this afternoon outside waco sending a huge cloud of smoke into the air. there are reports of multiple injuries and residents of a nearby nursing home were evacuated to a local church. officials say the explosion may have originated in the boiler room and part of the hospital that was under . millions are at risk of severe weather tonight from the midwest to the southeast. already we've seen a possible tornado form in wisconsin and kentucky getting hammered by rain and powerful winds. a summer scorcher, dangerous heat on the way from the midwest to the northeast. our al roker is in central park tracking it all for us. al, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. we've got a beautiful evening here but around much of the country we are looking at very severe weather firing up, still the risk of tornadoes tonight. as you can see, we've got basically strong storms. the risk of severe thunderstorms stretching all the way from the dakotas down into parts of missouri, illinois and
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indiana. as this system pushes through, we do have the risk tonight, an enhanced risk for at least 14 million people for strong storms, damaging wind, hail and tornadoes. and the heat's a big problem. 40 million people for tomorrow will feel like over 90 degrees. in fact, as you look from oklahoma city, austin, brownsville, ft. myers, mobile, it will feel over 100. and then as we move into tomorrow, more of the same. 60 million people under heat indexes that are over 100 degrees, lester, and into the weekend it stays the same. we are looking at dangerous, dangerous heat. lester? >> that's a lot of red on your map. thank you very much, al. here in california, firefighters are still trying to bring an intense wildfire under control in northern lake county. the pawnee fire has grown to almost 18 square miles. it's destroyed 22 buildings, 1,500 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders. the fire has been wdy ed by unusually conditions.
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now a new consumer warning from the fbi. beware when you're shopping for a car online. thieves are advertising cars that they don't own and once yay they run off with your money. so far victims have been taken for tens of millions of dollars. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer explains how to protect yourself. >> reporter: it's becoming one of the most popular ways to find a car. no sales floor, no test drive, just click and buy, but tonight the fbi are warning online scammers are taking car shoppers for a ride. >> what part of this doesn't look authentic? >> reporter: mike got photos and documents via email, but after wiring $2,500, he was sideswiped. >> i kept trying to get back in touch with people and things kind of fell off the earth. >> reporter: with more than 30,000 complaints and $54 million stolen, the thieves are posting cars with
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verifiable vin numbers but once cash is wired, the thief is gone, even websites like this fake one for edmunds.com is easy to mistake for the real one. >> look at the url and if you see a whole string of letters and numbers after the dotcom or after the forward slash, that's a tip-off. >> reporter: experts say if the seller insists you communicate via email, never gives you a phone number to call and won't meet you in person, it's a sign of trouble. tonight pumping the brakes on thieves while keeping car shoppers in the driver's seat. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we turn now to the alarming revelation of the parents from a 20-year-old college football star who died by suicide earlier this year. his parents now saying the doctors have discovered he had the same brain disease linked to the suicides of many former nfl stars. we get more on this from nbc's stephanie gosk.
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>> reporter: a star quarterback for washington state, a beloved son, brother and friend. in a documentary for "sports illustrated," tyler henski's parents say no one knew there was something terribly wrong. >> i remember my phone ringing and it was coach huff and he said, i'm sorry, but tyler's dead. >> reporter: the 21-year-old took his own life just five months ago. his parents telling hoda kotb that's when the mayo clinic asked to do an autopsy. >> we immediately said sure. we'd like to know what we can find out. >> reporter: the results were shocking. of cte, the brain disease multiple studies have linked to repetitive blows to several former nfl stars who suffered from the disease took their own lives as well. tyler played football from an early age. >> medical examiners said you have the brain of a 65-year-old. >> reporter: in a
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statement to nbc news, washington state university says it had many safeguards for their players and is adding even more, including a second formal mental health screening for all members of the team after losing tyler. >> did football kill tyler? i don't think so. did he get cte from football? probably. was that the only thing that contributed to his death? i don't know. >> reporter: they're youngest son continues to play football while the family struggles with loss and unanswered questions. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. at the white house today, a world war ii hero received the nation's highest military honor. president trump awarded the medal of honor to first lieutenant garlin murl conner of kentucky. in january 1945, conner do ied in 1998.
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his widow expected the medal today. an exciting new development in treating some types of cancer. the polio virus now being used to battle the disease. also the tense moments on a spirit airlines flight as a passenger has a profanity laced meltdown.
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we're back with new hope of fighting one of the deadliest forms of cancer. glioblastoma is the type of brain tumor more affecting senator john mccain and thousands of other americans but an experimental treatment using the polio virus is showing promise and helping patients live longer. nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres explains. >> reporter: when stephanie hopper was diagnosed with the deadly brain tumor at age 20, doctors didn't know if she'd live to finish college but incredibly more than six years later she's in remission. >> god didn't raise me up to be 20 years old and put me through evything that i've been through in my life to just kill me off with cancer. >> reporter: stephanie was the first patient to undergo a cutting
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edge braince university where doctors injected a form of the polio virus directly into her tumor. >> reporter: this is not the ordinary polio virus. >> reporter: it's designed to target and kill tumor cells without patients contracting polio. it stimulates the immune system to destroy stray cancer cells. promising early results reveal 21% of the patients in the study were still alive three years after treatment compared to just 4% of those who underwent standard therapies. >> this is virtually unheard of with the treatments for recurrent glioblastoma especially to have these very long-term survivals. >> reporter: the next step, a bigger study with more patients, but it's giving stephanie the chance to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse and marry her college sweetheart. >> i believe that i will some day be able to have children and tell them my story and be able to share my story with absolutely everybody. >> john, this is the
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kind of story that gets people to sit up and pay attention. what is the potential this treatment could be effective in treating other forms of cancer? >> i'm certainly hoping it's big potential. in just a few weeks duke university is starting clinical trials to see if this works with breast cancer and melanoma. researchers think there's a lot of solid tumors this treatment might work for, of course, a lot of research needs to be done. >> it sounds promising. i know you'll follow it for us. thanks. up next, stunning new images of a volcano and its fury.
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caught on camera. a meltdown aboard a spirit airlines flight. a woman unleashed a profanity laced tirade up and down the aisle when the plane was forced to land for another passenger's medical emergency. it happened in rochester, minnesota yesterday. the woman said she was a veteran who suffers from ptsd according to police. she was removed from the plane but later released. and there was another bizarre
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incident today. this one at the world's busiest airport in atlanta. a man dressed only in a pair of shorts somehow got on to a runway and then approached a delta airlines flight. the man was quickly arrested. no significant delays were reported but a lot of double takes out the window. from hawaii's big island, some spectacular new images of the kilauea volcano. imagine being in a boat and watching this, the molten lava flowing into the ocean and causing explosions from below the surface. quite a sight. other pictures caught the sheer power and speed as rivers of lava flow out of the volcano which has destroyed more than 650 homes. we'll take a short break. when we come back our nightly snapshots. some of the best tree houses you've ever seen and they are not kid stuff. the south bay.
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why critics fear, it could drive away one of silicon valley )s biggest companies. plus, hoping to re-model your home? good luck. why you may have to wait a long time -- and pay a lot more. next the news at six starts right
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finally this evening our nightly snapshot. when you think of a tree house you probably remember the one you might have had as a kid. a rickety mass of 2x4's creaking in the summer sun. but these days tree houses for adults are all the rage. they elevate the architecture and it can be stunning and these houses can cost almost as much as those on the ground. >> it's just a few steps away from our house but it feels a long ways away. >> reporter: the sandersons were searching for a place to escape, then they >> we have all these awesome trees and decided to get up in them a little bit. >> reporter: the tree houses of today aren't kid stuff. >> ours comes with a sofa bed and a composting toilet. >> reporter: they're marvels of engineering. >> 30 feet off the ground. going across this bridge which is a little bit of a heart raiser. >> reporter: they hired an expert to bring it to life. dustin fieder has built dozens of these upscale nests. his passion has deep
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roots. woods like as early as i can remember, building tree houses and forts. >> reporter: his works inspire an evergreen sense of wonder. >> it's a childhood giddiness. that happens with a lot of clients. >> reporter: the adult tree house trend is branching out nationwide, featured every week on the show "tree house masters." they're even available on airbnb. fieder plans to rent out his dream house, a five ton pine cone suspended in the santa cruz redwoods. >> when the wind blows you also kind of sway with it. sings you to sleep almost. >> reporter: john marburger found he didn't have room for his relatives on his grounds. >> the property in the bay area is ridiculous so we decided why not put a guest house in the trees. >> reporter: it's also
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a cool getaway for his daughters. >> we have sleepovers with our friends. we like to stay up late because the parents can't really hear us. >> i definitely feel more connected to nature when i'm up in the tree house. >> taking the comforts of home to new heights. definitely a room with a view. that is "nightly news"now: good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirre. and i )m raj mathai. the immigration crisis hits home in the bay area... especially in contra costa county. the news at six begins now. thank you for joining us. crisis hits home in the bay area. at this hour, there are two major flash points. we've learned that there are two migrant children separated from their parents at the border who are being house insted in pleas hill. will the station reopen as holding center for migrant families. >> reporter: i'll tell you folks here are fired up about both of
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those developments. we're standing inside concord city hall as you can see, folks are streaming in quite a group has gathered here. they plan to give theounsel an earful. this is the center where the city of pleasant hill says they've confirmed two girls detained by ice at the border and families are now being cared for. southwest key the company that operates pleasant hill informed them by e-mail yesterday. >> basically told us that of the 25 minors that are currently at the facility, two of them are adolescent girls who have is been separated from their parents within the last 24 days. >> a spokesman told us he can't talk about the specific children being cared for at the center, but insists they're in good hands: as the staff tries to reunify them with their families. >> first thing we do is take care of them. second thing we do and it starts immediately is begin thero

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