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sand and the guy did. >> we're back at 6:00. we'll finish that story. tonight, protests, as president trump takes a break at his scottish golf course. the world is watching his every move ahead of monday's high-stakes summit with vladimir putin. the future of fighting. a first look at the innovative new tech the u.s. army is developing to keep us one step ahead of our enemies. cool under fire. >> it's 2018 and this is still happening d we need to change. >> the victim of an alleged hate crime speaks out. honing in on your heritage. the big shift in the u.s. of dna testing kits, but at what cost? and diversity in the orchestra. how one organization is aiming to make classimore colorful.
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good evening. after a whirlwind trip to europe where president trump confronted nato allies, insulted the british prime minister and had tea with the queen of england, president trump today played golf. he teed off at one of the courses he owns in scotland just a few hours before he heads to finland where he will meet with russian president vladimir putin. it wasn't a quiet day for the president who, until today, was able to avoid the massive protests against him. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell bring us the details from scotland. >> reporter: at one of two courses that bear his name here in scotland, the president was visible on the links today. shortly after he called golf his but his visit energized protesters who jeered when in sight of the president. some carried their signs and their voices right to the greens at turnberry.
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>> i think it's important we're not complicit and i think silence becomes complicity. >> reporter: 90 miles away in ede edinburgh a sprawling crowd filled the city center. >> he's insulted our prime minister. >> reporter: they haven't been happy with the immigration policies at home or about brexit or the european union. >> people are going out of their way to say this is about trump, not about americans. >> reporter: today activists r the president who quickly moved inside the resort. but supporters of presiden embassy in london today. >> he did what he said he was going to do for america and turned the country around. >> reporter: before and after his golf game, the president tweeted his frustration about the russia probe, blaming not the russian hackers indicted friday, but his predecessor.
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these russian individuals did their work during the obama years. claiming the breach of democratic national committee and hillary clinton e-mails had nothing to do with the trump administration. the white house announced today the president and vladimir putin will hold a joint news conference monday in helsinki after their meeting. the president already said he will raise russian interference in the election again. today eight senate democrats wrote a letter to the president urging him not to meet alone with putin and always have other top u.s. officials in any conversations. jose. >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. we will hear from kelly again tomorrow as she joins lester holt and our entire team in helsinki to cover the putin/trump summit, full coverage tomorrow on "nightly news." while president trump prepares to meet with vladimir putin, the u.s. army has a major effort to keep the country's defenses on cutting edge. just this week, they announced a
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new command in austin, texas. the mission, out innovate our enemies to win on the battlefields of the future. nbc's hans nichols got a look at some of the new tech. >> reporter: they look like two normal military transport trucks, but the second one is driverless, guided by the first. the goal, to reduce the manpower needed to drive supplies across dangerous battlefields. for army secretary mark esper, the challenge is to achieve autonomous driving before russia and china. >> we're in a new arms race here. how can you ensure the american army will be first?e it's competition we retain overmatch on the battlefield in the future. o a a future that could or a combat vehicle with cameras embedded in its armor. giving the soldiers inside a sense of what awaits them outside. >> it's a brave new world in terms of this next generation of technologies that will change
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the warfare as we know it now. >> reporter: this is the army's tank research development and engineering center. it has worked with america's auto industry for more than 70 years, transferring the latest commercial technology from under the hood to under armor. engineers work out the kinks by playing simulated war games. for the deputy army secretary, the watch word is modernization. from testing new handguns to night vision goggles that can help soldiers and pilots see through thick fog or sand clouds. it's all part of defense secretary jim mattis' defense strategy to prepare for conflicts with potential adversaries like china and russia. >> we want to maintain the edge everywhere. the best in every category. ce againse thfuture begins here wi systems like this. that's where america's army will be by 2028. >> reporter: a hard deadline to make sure america is never in a fight it can't win.
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hans nichols, nbc news, warren, michigan. the state department is condemning an overnight attack in nicaragua that left two people dead and dozens of unarmed students trapped inside a church pleading for their lives. it's the result of an armed assault staged by groups loyal to the country's president. and as nbc's steve patterson reports, it's just the latest flash point in a deadly struggle to oust him from power. >> reporter: under siege and pin down against the walls of a church, terrified students in nicaragua, leaving heartbreaking farewells for their parents. overnight, bullets rained down for hours on the divine mercy catholic church in the country's capital. students, priests, doctors and journalists, pinned in by gunfire from pro-government groups. two students were confirmed dead after the siege ended this morning.
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the latest flash point in the series of deadly months long clashes between government forces and protesters calling for the removal of president daniel ortega. >> a government that for the last 11 years has implemented policies against its own people. >> reporter: on telemundo friday, jose interviewed the opposition leader. >> human catastrophe, violations of human rights, more than 300 people have been assassinated in the last three months. >> reporter: ortega, a crucial leader of the fight to overthrow nicaragua's occupying forces in the late '70s is now widely considered a dictator, serving a third consecutive term, alongside his wife, who's also the country's vice president. and ortega's offered to meet with the opposition hasn't cooled the rebellion led by students. nearly 500 have been occupying nicaragua's oldest university since early may. a life and death struggle as a nation plunges deeper into violence.
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steve patterson, nbc news. back here in the united states, as the government works to reunite migrant children with their parents, our tammy litner spent several days embedded with border patrol agents. it seems at least in one area the administration's zero tolerance policy is not having its intended effect. >> reporter: officer jose is on the front lines of the immigration crisis. while border apprehensions are down from the 1.6 million peak in 20. this officer from the border town in texas says he's seen a spike since the trump administration started zero tolerance. and you guys are seeing an increase, a decrease? people coming? >> increase. >> reporter: one of the families that crossed the rio grande, anita and her son henry. they were separated for more than a month once they entered the u.s. reunited last night. >> translator: it was like a
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dream that became a reality. >> reporter: henry turned 6 while in government custody. >> translator: i prayed, too, mommy, so everything would turn out all right. >> reporter: so far, 57 of the 103 children under the age of 5 in government custody have been reunited with their parents. just starting on the 2,500 between 5 and 17 who need to be reunited by july 26th. the government says it will t t. >> a whole bunch of them. >> reporter: flying with these elite agents, we witnessed dozens surrendering to federal agents. for them, a united states with no tolerance for people crossing this line. tammy litner, nbc news, us/mexico border. more than 2 dozen people injured when their tour bus flipped on a los angeles freeway early this morning. this was the scene. it happened just before 4:00
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a.m. as the bus was on its way back from a casino. officials say the bus collided head on with sand-filled buffers before crashing and skidding on to its side. the cause still under investigation. earlier this week, we told you the story of the young woman who recorded a now viral video showing a man berating her for wearing a puerto rico flag shirt. now that man has been charged with hate crimes and the police officer involved is off the force. and for the first time, she is speaking out. here's nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: she was there to celebrate her 24th birthday. >> why are you wearing that? >> reporter: instead, mia was confronted at a chicago park last month by 62-year-old timothy tribus about her puerto rico flag shirt. >> you should not be wearing that in the united states of america. >> okay. >> are you a citizen? >> yes. >> are you a united states citizen? >> reporter: mia is a citizen and talking publicly for the first time about the incident and the officer would seemed to ignore her pleas for help. >> i realized at that moment i
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was really being treated like the minority and if i would have decided to perform any type of action in self-defense, i probably would have been the one to get criminalized. >> can you please get away from me? >> reporter:tribus was charged with two hate crimes. >> reporter: the officer quit his job after mia's video went viral. >> he was very remorseful and he just, you know, considered it being a really unfortunate incident. >> as you san see, the police are not even -- he's not even grabbing him. >> reporter: at one point, the officer could be seen with his hands inside his vest, looking the other way, but mia remained calm. >> i asked the officer, why did you ignore me? his response wasn't "i didn't hear you," his response was, he's a regular and has a nonviolent history. >> reporter: she says she's equally offended by both men, adding the officer should not be used to taint police in general. >> i just hope this serves as a learning experience for people, you know, as an eye opener that it's 2018 and this is still
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happening and we need to change. >> reporter: one change she'd like, getting the benefit of the doubt. >> i'm proud of being able to say i'm an american and i am puerto rican. >> reporter: about whether she belongs. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. today officials in thailand said the young soccer players who were trapped in a flooded cave for 18 days will be released from the hospital next week. the good news comes as the boys talk about their terrifying ordeal for the first time. nbc reports from thailand. >> reporter: from their hospital beds, the boys sent thanks to the rescuers who saved them. >> now i am very fine. i am very thank you so help me. >> reporter: heard for the first time. saying theretrg, hungry and grateful. my health is good, said dom who had his 13th birth day inside the cave, one day after the boys and their coach were found. the team had gone into the cave
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late last month to explore for no more than an hour. then came the rain and a rush of water. dom's uncle, who raises him, told us the rising water forced the boys to scramble deeper into the cave, where they used their bare hands to dig for an air pocket. divers, at times dangerously close to failing. australian doctor richard harris was the last member of the rescue team to get out. >> some moments of significant fear and then a great resolve and some really joyous moments to finish. >> reporter: then he learned that his father had died. the incredible rescue thrusting this quiet mountain area into the spotlight. and now hollywood has come calling. with two producers planning projects. it doesn't faze dom's grandmother. she says "i'll tell dom you're
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not a hero, just a normal boy who got lost in the cave." on her coffee table, a picture dom drew in the hospital of the wild boar soccer team in their boldest victory yet. nbc news, thailand. still ahead tonight, the exploding popularity of those dna testing kits. the big questions driving a booming new interest.
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have you ever wanted to know more about where exactly you came from?
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it's never been easier to find out, thanks to the explosion of at home dna testing kits. millions of people have tried them. they've turned your heritage into a massive new business. >> reporter: andrea edwards spent her life with more questions than answers. >> i kept hearing this phrase, what are you, what's your ethnicity, what are you. that was always, like, one of the biggest questions in my life. >> reporter: adopted, edwards had never met her biological parents. her adoption papers said italia convd.fent. i knew i was brown. i had like this kind of hair which is different from, you know, caucasian hair. >> reporter: last year on a whim, she bought a genetic test from 23 and me, a silicon valley company that says your dna can reveal your ethnic makeup with just a tube of spit and about eight weeks. 5 million people have already done it. >> i think that every
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technology, it takes a while for adoption. now it's suddenly become relatively normal. people share their stories online. >> reporter: in addition to ethnicity, 23 and me tests your risks for certain diseases including parkinson's, breast cancer and late onset alzheimer's disease. >> we're big believers in the more i can educate you earlier in life, the more you're going to have information to try and prevent a condition. >> reporter: the market for dna testing is booming. last year, the number of people who had their dna analyzed with for many, it's exciting. but the widespread use has also can consumers trust 23 and me not to give up their information to -- for a subpoena or for law enforcement? >> we have always, you know, been super vigilant that we will do everything reasonably possible to fight subpoenas, to make sure we're protecting your information. >> reporter: but the journey for most is about self-discovery.
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edwards found out nearly 40% of her dna points to african ancestry, answering lifelong questions and leading her to her biological father and new extended family. >> makes me feel empowered. i feel like i was given a gift from the world. >> reporter: when you realize what your company is doing on that emotional level, what do you think, what do you feel? >> it's amazing how much we, you know, really change lives. >> reporter: nbc news, mountain view, california. we're back in a moment with a stunning women's final at wimbledon and what serena williams said afterwards that is touching fans around the world.
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and with that, germany's angelique kerber won the wimbledon women's title defeating serena williams and denying her 24th grand slam title which would have tied the all-time. kerber, the first wimbledon championship. an emotional williams said she was pleased to reach the final after giving birth just ten months ago. >> to all the moms out there, you know, i was playing for you today and i tried. >> kerber also called williams an inspiration. france doesn't face off against croatia in the world cup finals until tomorrow, but millions of french people all over the world are already celebrating because today's bastille day, their version of the fourth of july. that means plenty of parades,
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parties and fireworks. today, we are mourning the death of nancy sinatra sr., the first wife of legendary frank sinatra. they were childhood sweethearts who were married for 12 years and had three children. her daughter, a singer also named nancy sinatra, tweeted that her mother died peacefully friday. nancy sinatra sr. was 101. still ahead, changing the color of classical music.
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finally tonight, we wanted to tell you about a group that's helping make american symphony orchestras look a little more like america. a sound idea whose time has arrived. for a group of accomplished young musicians, the road to carnegie hall starts in miami beach. they've come from around the country to take part in a new program helping minority musicians make it into major thskin y orchestras. that i'm in to do the thing i was doing. >> reporter: african-americans make up less than 2% of the musicians in orchestras nationwide. latinos less than 3%. >> i've had plenty of cases where people have told me that i won't, because of the color of
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my skin. >> reporter: why is it there are so few african-americans and latinos in orchestra? >> well, you know, we're an art form that came here from europe, you know, our unions were segregated until 1964. the musicians union, either black union or white union and there was active discrimination. >> reporter: to give these musicians a leg up, the program, the national alliance for audition support, focuses on just that. the all important audition. tell me about the audition. what that's like for you. >> i think just the word alone scares a lot of us. it's a really nerve-racking experience., it's important that you're able t emphasizes mental preparation and resilience. akestice more or worrying on how to focus with built-in distractions and mock auditions, or not. >> reporter: there's a seminar where candidates audition behind a screen just as they would in a real trial.
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heard but not seen. so the focus is on music, not the person. >> you're trying to prove to somebody you can blend in, but you also have an individuality in your playing. >> kind of like give your all in a basketball game knowing, you know what, i may or may not have won but i couldn't have played any harder or any smarter. k and join us tomorrow night where we will be visiting the place trying to prevent the extinction of endangered animals. remarkable science happening at the world famous san diego zoo. i'm jose diaz balart reporting from new york. thank you for the privilege of your time. and good night. a fire chief, iny
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tonight. but he wasn )t hurt by a fire. he was mauled by a family )s pit right now, at 6:00, a fire chief in surgery tonight. he wasn't hurt by a fire. he was mauled by a family pit bull. the news at 6:00 start rs right now. good evening. thank you so much for joining us. >> and an al neameda county fir department says the chief is in rec reconstructive surgery. >> how is the firefighter tonight? >> reporter: we know that he just arrived and he will go
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through evaluation. s the fire happened at the brown house. inside the house, a 15-year-old and her dogs. the firefighters were able to walk the 15-year-old all the way across the street. she was sifting over there where the drawers are. the dog was sitting with her on a loose leech. that is when chief john witting went over to ask questi h attac him. according to the fire department, the fire was in the back of the house and you can't really see e that much damage. it was put out


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