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we will be back at 6:00. tonight, the tragic turn in the mission to rescue that trapped soccer team, one diver killed. oxygen levels dropping with time running out to escape. president trump on the attack, challenging one of his fiercest critics to get a dna test, mocking the me too movement and praising putin at a rally. a migrant mother hugging her child after two months apartdeline t the youngest with their parents. record-breaking heat in the west, wildfires turn deadly and the season's first atlantic hurricane taking aim. outrage after a man calls police on a black family at a community pool. >> nobody else was asked for i.d.
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i am the only black. i felt this is racial profiling. >> tonight the man in the video viewed millions of times speaks exclusively to us. the tow truck that led police on a wild chase that came to a smashing end. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. i'm kate snow in for lester tonight. the situation in thailand for the boys soccer team trapped in a cave is growing more urgent by the hour. torrential rain is in the forecast, and the amount of oxygen in the cave system is falling. tonight, for the first time, we're getting an inside look what it's like to be in the flooded narrow passages from the point of view from rescue teams and a grave reminder how dangerous it is. an experienced former thai navy seal died the countdown is on for officials to make critical decisions about how to extract the team and when. bill neely is there for us tonight. >> reporter: it was dangerous, now deadly.
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this video of the cave complex was taken just hours before a diver died here. his fellow rescuers up to their neck in water clinging to ropes, clearing a path to the trapped boys. the diver former thai navy s.e.a.l., sam saman gunan, was putting oxygen tanks along the exit route when he ran out of air. we will bring the kids home, he said, as he left to volunteer. this, his last instagram post with fellow rescuers. morale is great, he wrote. his fellow divers told me they won't but i'm still positive. >> reporter: if an expert diver died, what about these boys? the youngest, 11, getting diving lessons now for a six-hour trek through a death trap. and they now face a new threat from their rescuers. there are so many divers in the caves, oxygen levels are
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falling. two boys getting weaker, says the commander. oxygen lines being rushed in. they are working 24/7 here because the clock is against them. commanders are now ready to risk an emergency rescue rather than leave the boys to the mercy of monsoon floods. we can't wait for perfect conditions, he says. this is what lies ahead for the boys. it's hard to imagine a weakened 11-year-old wading through this. the divers pray they know the risks. the boys may have to take them soon. and more help is coming now from the u.s. the billionaire spacex founder elon musk has a team of engineers arriving tomorrow. risk of a rescue, kate? >> bill neely, thank you. back in this country, president trump was on attack mode in a range of issues using
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aggressive language at times. he defended vladimir putin again and launched yet another attack on democratic senator elizabeth warren. all this comes as the administration still struggles with the issue of separated migrant families. peter alexander has more tonight. [ cheers ] >> reporter: in boston, this rare reunion. a mother from guatemala embracing her 8-year-old daughter after two months apart, overcome by emotion. the trump administration tonight asking a federal judge to extend the deadlines to reunite thousands of children separated from their parenting, acknowledging only half of the roughly 100 children under the age of 5 will be reconnected by tuesday. overnight in montana mr. trump railing at elizabeth warren. >> to the fake pocahontas. >> reporter: the president challenging warren to take a dna test to prove she has native american ancestors. while mocking the me too movement. >> we have to do it
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gently because we're in the me too generation. we have to be very gentle. >> reporter: warren punching back tweeting while you obsess over my genes, your administration is conducting dna tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas. you're too incompetent to reunite them. barely a week before his one-on-one summit with vladimir putin, president trump is dismissing critics' concerns about putin's past as head of russia's spy agency. >> president putin is kgb, this and that. you know what? putin is fine. he's fine. >> reporter: praising putin but again criticizing nato before his visit with allies next week. >> we're paying for it all. >> reporter: president trump taking a swipe at george h.w. bush and peppering his campaign rally with salty language ahead of the fall's midterms. on the president's plate this week, nailing down his
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supreme court pick. the president will discuss that topic over dinner with vice president pence tonight. the announcement monday night. kate? >> peter alexander with the president tonight, thank you. it's official, the u.s. and china are in a trade war. the u.s. imposing tariffs on $34 billion of chinese products. china immediately retaliating with tariffs of its own and accusing the u.s. of starting the, quote, biggest trade war in economic history. and as nbc's tom costello reports, some americans are already paying the price. >> reporter: on the cost of maine, cyrus sleeper is suddenly on the front lines of an international trade war. >> big boys. appetite for his added 25% tariffs to u.s. lobster imports. 17,000 jobs in maine depend on lobsters. >> it means everything. it means that families can put clothes on their kids and feed themselves. >> reporter: but while lobster prices are
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sinking. >> this one is $15. >> reporter: prices are soaring at the nation's largest nail company in missouri after the white house added 25% tariffs on cheap imported steel. mail orders dropped by 50%, forcing it to lay off 60 workers. >> they forget sometimes how we are fighting for us to live down here. >> reporter: some economists suggest 2 million american jobs could be at risk in a prolonged trade war. americans could soon pay more for everything from clothes to washing machines, tvs and cell phones. president trump insisttradbarriers and stop stealing corporate secrets. >> that's not free trade, that's stupid trade. >> reporter: many workers whose jobs are at risk say they support the president. >> i hope he knows what he's doing. i believe he can turn everything around for us. >> reporter: this could be just the start. mr. trump says the u.s. could ramp up tariffs to a total of $500 billion and
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that's just on china. tom costello, nbc news, washington. now to the dangerous double threat tonight. the blistering heat wave that gripped the east and midwest, now hitting the other side of the country as firefighters battle deadly infernos. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer is in the hot zone. >> reporter: tonight, scorching summer sizzle is baking beaches and cooking cities, up to 15 sweltering degrees above average. >> it's too hot. >> reporter: in downtown los angeles, the city of angels feeling more like hell. a record 106. >> it feels dangerous. it feels like i'm burning, and i'm wearing sunscreen already. >> reporter: in four hours, temperatures rose 30 degrees in universal city. at least 29 million under excessive heat warnings and advisories across the southwest. in phoenix, it never got below 94 degrees. the blast of heat also fueling firestorms, torching homes from
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the southern end of california to the north. a fire exploding overnight, killing one and shutting down i-5 and in wine country, 90,000 acres torched. >> we have fires here. it's not unusual but not of this magnitude. >> reporter: tonight, epic fire and record heat, dangerous and deadly combination. with many looking to cool off any way and anywhere they can, we expect temperatures to drop a few degrees tomorrow. it'll still break records. here in burbank it was 113, hotter here than death valley but kate, in the sun it 120 degrees. >> wow. miguel, thank you. we're also tracking beryl, the first hurricane to form in this atlantic season, and it could pose a risk to a vulnerable puerto rico. dylan dreyer joins us now. what's the biggest threat, dylan? >> reporter: kate, we have a keep an eye on the storm.
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it's a small storm, which means the track is not certain. by the time we get into monday, the forecast is for the storm to stay just to the south of puerto rico. again, if it jogs a little farther to the north, that'd bring more rain and much more wind to an already vulnerable island. we're also keeping an eye off the coast of north carolina, where tropical depression right become a named storm, chris, tomorrow. it looks like it will stay mostly offshore, but rip currents could be dangerous off the southeast coast. kate? >> dylan dreyer, thanks so much. the u.s. added 213,000 jobs in the month of june. unemployment ticking up slightly to 4% because the booming economy has more people now looking for work. the job market is so strong right now, nearly half of american companies say they are actually having trouble attracting workers. as nbc's ann thompson explains, many employers are offering big-time perks. adam's auto repair shop is firing on all
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cylinders. what's the difference working on an engine today than ten years ago? >> technology. >> reporter: lu says it's not easy to find qualified workers so he's offering a salary of up to $120,000, health care, and a $5,000 signing bonus for master automotive technicians. >> we're definitely in need of great talent, and that's difficult to find right now. >> reporter: perks may be the answer. 30% of american companies are increasing benefits, from wellness retreats to reviving pensions. >> it's a great time to be an american worker today. workers really have the leverage to choose where, when, and how they work. >> reporter: america's name brands getting creative. target increasing parental leave pay for hourly workers. kroger offering tuition reimbursement to grocery baggers, and for starbucks
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expectant workers, six weeks paid maternity leave. benefits only go so far. >> we do expect companies will have to pull the lever of wages to attract talent. >> reporter: seeking the right combination of perks and pay for the benefits that drive america's economy. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. secretary of state mike pompeo is in north korea tonight. a critical test of whether kim jong-un is really ready to give up his weapons. now, reports president trump may also be testing kim's sense of humor, by sending him a cd of elton john's rocket man, once mr. trump's favorite insult for the north korean dictator. we get the latest from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: secretary of state pompeo on his third trip to north korea, his first since the summit. and this time maybe bearing gifts. pompeo is bringing a letter from president trumnd pompeo laughing but no pompeo's mission
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nailing down kim denial. jong-un's promise to give up the nuclear weapons. after reports, first on nbc news, that intelligence agencies say he is expanding his arsenal. fueling criticism that president trump was too chummy with kim. >> they said, he's too tough. he's going to cause a war. he's too tough. now they say he's too nice. >> reporter: this raising the stakes for pompeo. >> a full decoloration, with the program with an agreement to intrusive verification. if you don't get that, you've got nothing, period. >> reporter: the secretary hoping the ll ret american soldiers missing since the korean war, even though the president has said kim already did that. but none have been returned since this trip we covered in 2007. emotional issue for the sisters of u.s.
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army sergeant victor dp aller gallerani. >> it would mean a great deal to us to know his remains were discovered and identified and laid to rest on u.s. soil. >> reporter: the family has a head stone at arlington hoping his remains will be returned this time. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. a powerful congressman is strongly denying allegations that he knew about sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at ohio state university and did nothing about it. among those defending republican congressman jim jordan, president trump, who called him an outstanding man. catie beck has our report. >> reporter: four former ohio state wrestlers said they were sexually abused by a team doctor, molested by richard str straus, who regularly showered with them in a university facility. >> it's public knowledge. everyone knew he was a serial groper at best. >> reporter: several believe it was known by jim jordan at the time, an assistant
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wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994. jordan denies knowing anything about the allegations before accusers spoke out this spring. >> if there had been any reports of abuse, i would have reported it. >> reporter: jordan, a member of the conservative freedom caucus, recently made headlines for grilling those in the russia probe. >> i don't know why you won't give us what you asked for. >> reporter: and rumored to be vying to become the next speaker of the house. >> the timing is interesting. it's right after the big hearing with mr. rosenstein. it's right when there is all this talk about a speaker's race. >> reporter: alleged victims, some that still consider jordan a friend, say his denials are hurtful and believe jordan knew what was going on and chose to look the other way. straus died in 2005 but the university now investigating the claims against him. questions remain about the possible crimes or a coverup. catie beck, nbc news. still ahead,
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outrage after a white man calls police on a black family using a community pool. that man now speaking exclusively to us. also, americans are having fewer babies. tonight, some answers why.
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back now with the tense encounter caught on video that's been viewed 4 million times already. a white man calling police on a black family at a neighborhood pool. the mom calling it racial profiling. the man is speaking out exclusively to gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: it was the fourth of july when jasmine recorded the viral video on her cell phone. >> why do i need to show my i.d.? >> reporter: this man adam bloom volunteered at the neighborhood hood and asked to see her i.d. he also called police. when officers arrived, she said she felt
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targeted. police verified her pool pass worked. >> and nobody else was asked their i.d. i am the only black -- i felt this is racial profiling. >> reporter: after several recent incidents from a starbucks pennsylvania to a barbecue in california. >> it's outrage and we see a lot of examples where african americans are being questioned on ordinary tasks. >> reporter: bloom says he was just making sure she lived in the neighborhood. would you have handled the situation differently if she were white? >> no, i wouldn't have. you know, if i in any way made her feel uncomfortable, unwanted, unwelcome, especially with her child there, you know, i just want to offer my sincerest apology for that. >> reporter: can you understand why many people online are labeling you a racist? >> when people see a couple seconds of your life and don't see it in total, i think they can jump to conclusions. they aren't there. >> do you want to apologize? >> reporter: bloom has resigned from his homeowner's association position, and lost his job at a local packaging company. gabe gutierrez, nbc
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news, salem, north carolina. moment with a wild chase in texas today and caught on camera, one family setting out to make a dramatic rescue.
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why are so many americans having fewer babies? the u.s. birthrate at a record low for the second year in a row. a new survey by the "new york times" says the top reason is child care is too expensive. others said they wanted more time for the kids they already have. and a third factor, fears about the economy. a dramatic end to a police chase outside of houston. a tow truck being chased by officers after police say it was involved in a crash and left the scene. it ended when the tow truck crashed again at that intersection. the driver was taken into custody. caught on camera, a family rescuing a baby deer in danger of drowning after spotting the fawn struggling in the waters north of seattle. they brought it on board their boat. the family says the deer didn't appear to be injured. so they released it later on land.
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we'll meet rescuers going above and beyond to bring the boys trapped in the cave back home. reuniting f
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the border, a man reveals his daughter )s horrifying experience inside a shelter. plus, stuck on a bay area beach. the new idea to get this boat back in the water next. the news at 6 starts right finally tonight, we've been riveted by the scenes all week of the boys soccer team trapped in a cave, and the registration crescuers desperately trying to get them out. janis mackey frayer on some of those. >> reporter: it was this miraculous discovery by two british divers. >> we're the first, many people are coming. >> reporter: that triggered the massive rescue mission that captivated the world. richard stanton, a firefighter, and john
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vilanthan, an i.t. consultant, volunteering to dive in these treacherous conditions. >> they are record-breakers. they are real pioneers. >> reporter: now just two of the dozens of divers interrupting jobs or vacations to assist thai navy seals in this dangerous race against time. this man is a diving instructor who has been here all week. >> there is lots of risks. this is of a mag -- magnitude rescue that's never been done in the history of known man. >> reporter: the death of a diver, a tragic reminder of the risks in this global effort. a whole community of volunteers working here cooking food, donating time, offering support. >> it's an amazing experience to be part of. so much kindness, especially from the thai side. >> reporter: the world watching and waiting, hoping this remarkable group can bring the boys back home. nbc news, thailand. >> everyone hoping. that is "nightly news." jose diaz balart will be you tomorrow.
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i'll see you on sunday. i'm kate snow. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have a great night. now: good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m raj mat the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. the clock is ticking. the federal government has until tuesday to reunite many of the immigrant children who have been separated from their families. >> this stems from the border but stretches here to the bay area. one father on the peninsula is waiting to be reunited, not only with his child but also his wife, each one being held in a different state. nbc's damian trujillo has the exclusive interview. >> reporter: walter lopez spends most of his time near the phone these days, hoping someone will call to say he can see his wife and child again.
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walter's family was detained at the border while traveling north from guatemala. walter sayings the s the ordeal crushing for him, especially since he has no idea how his daughter is doing. what has him really worried is a phone call he received from the detention center this week, saying another child inappropriately touched her at the center twice. that is why we are blurring her face. walter says he's furious and that his daughter needs him now more than ever. but his own immigration status prevents him from traveling to arizona to pick him up. >> it's heartbreaking. it's hardelieve our government is doing this. >> reporter: he says there was no plan or strategy in place to suddenly house thousands of children. >> you put them all together in one place, of course t

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