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tonight, the horror at a college party in south carolina when the floor collapses sending a room full of dancers plunging. >> the floor broke. the floor broke. >> dozens are injured. what the school is saying tonight. a disaster in taiwan after a speeding train derails on a curve and cars flipping over, killing at least 18 people. president trump blaming russia, says the u.s. will terminate a decades old nuclear arms treaty amidrizing tensions s.another arms race on the horizon? protecting the elections as the miss terms approach, an inside look at how big social media companies are trying to prevent more interference.
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a new and effective ways for police officers to deal with stress, meditation becoming part of the job. and home on the range. a treasured symbol of america and the people working to make sure they still roam. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. it was supposed to be a joyous occasion, a college party to celebrate homecoming weekend after the clemson university tigers scored a big win, but just after midnight cheers abruptly turned to screams at an apartment complex in south carolina, dramatic cell phone video shows people dancing at the off-campus party when the floor gives way sending them into a free fall leaving people piled on top of each other. dozens were injured, and tonight survivors are sharing their harrowing stories from those terrifying moments. tammy leitner starts us off from south carolina. >> reporter: celebration turning into chaos in just seconds at this homecoming party.
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when the floor suddenly collapses. >> the floor broke. >> reporter: sending dozens of people plummeting several feet down into the basement. >> the whole piece, i saw that fall on a girl? ricardo arroyo shot this horrific video, bodies piled on top of each other, some desperately trying to climb out, others too stunned or injured to move. >> a lot of students in pain, a lot of bloodshed. i saw a lot of open wounds, not something we anticipate seeing at a meter. >> reporter: the floor gave way after dancing revelers began jump is at the same time. 30 people were left injured, some taken to the hospital, including tyrese blocker whose knee was stitched up. >> i felt the floor give in, but by the time i felt it it was too late. >> reporter: the kappa alpha phi hosted the party at a private clubhouse about three miles away in clemson university. >> this is not atypical for an organization to have an event at a facility such as this. >> strike and a catch. >> reporter: the party coming hours after the clemson tigers
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big win against north carolina. hundreds of party-goers packed into the room. for some lucky to be alive. >> it was a crazy moment. i'll never forget it for sure. >> we reached out to the fraternity to find out what exactly happened inside here, but we haven't heard back. meanwhile, police are investigating. kate? >> tammy leitner down there, thank you. a manhunt is under way in georgia for a teenage suspect wanted in the killing of a police officer this weekend. officer antoine tony was shot in snellville, georgia, east of atlanta while check out a suspicious vehicle near the school -- near a school. one suspect was captured. another got away. officer tony later died at a hospital. he was just 30 years old and just days away from marking his third anniversary on the force. new developments tonight with the migrant caravan that's been getting a lot of attention this weekend. house thousands of people have crossed from guatemala into mexico with many hoping to make it into the united states where
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president trump is making it a political issue heading into the mid-term elections. gabe gutierrez reports tonight from the city of tapachula in southern mexico. >> reporter: tonight the migrant caravan is growing. the group fleeing violence and poverty in central america has pushed through mexico's southern border and many mexicans are joining in as they move north. >> reporter: this is now a massive exodus of around 7,000 people, and they are making their way to tapachula, the most important city here in the southern part of a country. it's a critical juncture for this caravan. it's where the prior caravan reorganized to move north to the united states. >> translator: we're going to keep moving forward, this man says. he's been traveling for monthan a week with his 2-year-old daughter. unlike friday's clash at the border, now the mexican government says it won't use force to stop migrants. here on the guatemalan side of the border patience is wearing thin. rather than wait in this line to apply for refugee status in the
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heat, some desperate migrants have decided to cross into mexico illegally. we met this woman gilma as she climbed on to a rost hoping to eventually reach the u.s. she doesn't believe applying for refugee status will work and she's afraid to return to honduras. we live in a terrible situation in our country, she tells, telling us her son was beaten by the military. but others are turning around, boarding buses back to honduras. has it been very hard? rosa made the gut-wrenching decision because of her 4-month-old doubt ir. for her there was too much at risk. tonight many migrants have gathered in the rain at this park in southern mexico. the government is urging them to head to shelters and apply to stay in this country, but many here say that they plan to continue marching north towards the u.s. tomorrow. kate? >> gabe gutierrez in mexico for us, gabe, thank you. saudi arabia issued new denials today in the killing of
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"washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi as new security pictures were released of khashoggi before he entered the saudi consulate in istanbul. the saudi foreign minister again denied in an interview with fox news that any of those involved had ties to crown prince mohammed bin salman. >> this was an operation that was a rogue operation. this was an operation where individuals ended up exseeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. they made the mistake when they killed jamal khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for. >> the foreign minister also offered his condolences to khashoggi's family. a desperate search for survivors sun folding tonight in taiwan where a high-speed passenger train derailed killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 170. we get details tonight from nbc tonight. >> reporter: the deadly aftermath of a deadly train wreck in northern taiwan. this aerial footage revealing the scale of disaster, a zigzag
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of twisted metal and flashlights being used to scour for survivors. some of the victims were crushed to death. the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals as desperate families checked white boards for updates. the express train was carrying more than 360 passengers from a suburb in taipei towards a city on taiwan's east coast when it suddenly derailed. capable of handling 93-mile-per-hour speeds, this was one of taiwan's newer and faster trains on a route popular with tourists. taiwan's president tweeting today's accident is a major tragedy. authorities tonight have launched an investigation into what caused taiwan's worst rail disaster in more than three decades. there is new friction with russia tonight over nuclear weapons, and now president trump is threatening to pull out of a landmark arms agreement that was
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negotiated decades ago marking a turning point in the cold war then. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: this demonstration of putin's arsenal ratcheting up tensions with the u.s. president trump says he is ready to act, withdrawing from an historic nuclear missile treaty. >> russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so we're going to terminate the agreement. we're going to pull out. >> reporter: tonight national security adviser john bolton is in moscow to deliver the message. >> we still have issues and disagreement. >> reporter: more than 30 years ago, a legacy achievement for president reagan and the soviet union's mikhail gorbachev who sign the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty or int that eliminated ground-launch nuclear missiles that could travel about 3,500 miles of, but under vladimir putin something changed. nato says flatly russia is in violation of the inf treaty. but in helsinki in july putin
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complained about u.s. missile launchers positioned in europe calling that a dangerous situation. former acting cia director john mclaughlin sees risk in the president's decision. >> this is one of the few channels of communication we have with russia on serious matters at a time when our overall relationship with russia is not very good. >> the senate foreign relations chairman says the president could be testing putin. >> so this could be something that's just a pre-cursor to try to get russia to come into compliance. >> reporter: but senator rand paul is worried. >> i don't want to see another nuclear arms was russia or with any other country. >> reporter: white house officials say they expect another one-on-one meeting between president trump and vladimir putin sometime in the next few months, but nothing is set in stone. these conversations begin tomorrow, and then both leaders are going to paris in just three weeks for a major celebration marking 100 years since the end
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of world war i. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, kelly, thank you. as the miss trmd elections approach many campaigns run folding on social media in realtime. on friday a new caution about that as federal prosecutors accused a russia woman of orchestrating posts aimed at meddling in the elections so what are the major social media companies doing to stop that kind of activity? nbc's jo ling kent went inside the war room to find out. >> the drive to protect the mid-term election is in high gear at facebook. >> welcome to the war room. >> thank snow the world's biggest social network is mounting a coordinated war against false news and hacking in the final two weeks before election day. >> we want to be as quick and agile as we can here. all of these things help us really prevent problems before they can become viral. >> russia, russia, russia. >> reporter: the hope to prevent another 2016 disaster when the company allowed meddling and
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fake information to fred. >> we were slow in identifying the russian meddling operations in 2016. >> reporter: facebook claims the investment is paying off, saying it's found accounts from russia, iran and inside the u.s. targeting users in recent months. reddit, another powerful social network, is in the fight, too. is reddit ready for the mid terms? >> i think so. i think so. >> reporter: reddit is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories, violent threats and racism that unfold in real life, like the charlottesville unite the right rally last year, making its efforts even more critical. >> we've spun off a couple of teams this year specifically to work on this problem, on the data side and engineering side to find people, whether it's state-sponsored or not, attempting to manipulate reddit. >> reporter: they ceo said they found 1,000 questionable russian accounts but facebook's recently departed security officer alex stamos says winning will require
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more government operation. >> the united states could do better. the issue is we have organized foreign groups whose entire desire is to mess with the election. >> reporter: an uphill battle to protect your vote online and off. jo ling kent, menlo park, california. substance abuse and particularly opioid abuse has touched people in every corner of this country, we know that, but tonight we want to focus on the orthodox jewish community where historically the stigma around talking about substance abuse kept people from getting help. as part of our series one nation overdosed we looked at how that's now changing. >> it's a busy morning from this rabbi and his wife aviva. >> did you get your scissor? >> getting their four kids ready for school. >> what time is school today? >> i've had parents come to me at certain times say your kid came in class talking about someone who overdosed. >> reporter: that's because he isn't just a rabbi and a dad. >> have a great day, everybody. >> reporter: he's the guy people
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turn to with personal struggles. he's constantly on the move running from meeting to meet, a phone glued to his ear, a bridge between the tight knit or the dockets jewish community and the resources they need to tackle substance abuse. why is it hard to get people to talk about substance abuse in the orthodox jewish community? >> it's hard in any insular community, not just unique to the orthodox jewish community, the belief if we keep everybody sheltered they will keep themselves immune from the outside world. >> reporter: four years ago he battled the stigma sounding addiction. he pull nod punches with a series of startling videos. >> i thought when i put out the first one that i would be ostracized. >> reporter: and were you? >> not at all. i will tell you all the volume that came in after that video came out was insanely large. >> reporter: another signature of his approach, awareness
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events, drawing standing room only crowds, he often invites families who struggles with substance abuse to speak. >> if we can help one person, that is no-brainer. >> i think it's a struggle both on, you know, the religious level and the personal level, and it's all kind of intertwined. >> reporter: leanne and etl foreman raised their five kids in the orthodox community in teaneck community, they were stunned when their eldest daughter ellie revealed she was using drugs for years. >> the orthodox jewish traditions as such felt constricting to me and they didn't feel -- i felt no connection to it. i was looking for whatever else there was in this life that would fill that hole that i felt. >> reporter: started at 13 with alcohol. by the time she was in college, she was also using marijuana is cocaine, adderall and pain killers. >> we realized very quickly and very early on this is a disease like any other disease. you don't choose it. it chooses you, and it chose her. >> reporter: eventually ellie chose recovery. she's been clean now for a year and a half.
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this group has taken on more than 200 substance abuse cases this year. how would you describe the change over the last four years? >> light years, went from everything being hush-you are under the carpet to people finally saying this is real, let's get people the help that they need. >> reporter: the company name means pillars and they feel like they are pillars in the community support. coming up, how police officers are relieving stress with an anc
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trainer at this oregon police department. >> i do not want to be this weirdist weirdo that bringing meditation to police officers, no possible way. >> reporter: but after seeing what a difference meditation made in his life he started thinking about how it could help other officers especially with so many accusations of excessive force and growing tensions within police departments in communities of color. >> we're paying attention of what's happening when we think of somebody we have conflict with. >> reporter: in 2012 he launched the mindful badge initiative teaching mindfulness across the country. >> with this you hope to see fewer instances of this unnecessary or excessive use of force? >> i'm hopeful we'll she. >> reporter: researchers at pacific university in oregon have seen improvements in officer stress and decreases in burnout. >> we also found that officers reported less aggression after eight weeks of this training, that they were less likely to inflict physical harm and have anger outburst.
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finally tonight, the buffalo is one of the great symbols of country, thriving once again in the protected parts of the range, and to make sure they stay that way, a dedicated team looks after them. kevin tibbles tonight from south dakota. >> for a half million years they have thundered over the plains, sacred to native americans. the bison or buffalo were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s. but today here in wind-swept custer state park in south dakota, they are protected. chad kramer manages the herd. his office is his saddle. we're about 1,350 head roughly this year, so our capacity is just under 1,500, and we've been
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growing the herd to that. >> reporter: in a tradition dating back half a century, cowboys and girls have braved chilly mornings to suit up, round 'em up and bring 'em in. trying to convince a 2,000-pound animal to go where you want it to go isn't easy. levi olver is a third generation rider here. >> it's an adrenaline rush. working cows is nothing like pushing buffalo. they push back. >> reporter: thousands of spectators around the world come to savor the old west, and as they hurtle through the picture postcard of the black hills, there is a purpose. >> watch that gap. >> the bison are coming in for their annual checkup. and melissa killson wouldn't miss it for the world. >> seeing the bison herd just moving as one, i mean, it's majestic. >> reporter: they are given the once over for disease, pregnancy tested. the little ones are branded and others chosen for sale. >> it does serve a purpose for
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herd management, but it's -- it's a thrill ride lout there. nothing beats chasing the buffalo across the prayery. >> melissa and husband mark hendricks are living and reliving american history. >> being here in south dakota and working with the bison here in custer state park is definitely my part of the american dream, yes. >> and all-time roundup for the ages to ensure the buffalo roam forever. kevin ticketbbles, custer state park, south dakota. >> thanks it for "nightly news." lester holt will be back here tomorrow. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night.
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