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>> rob outside, take it to the end for us. >> cool temperatures and maybe some showers in far northern california. a closer look tonight at 6:00. >> lester holt is next from miami. good night. >> bye. president trump's border chief is out as outrage grows over detained migrant children. more than 100 taken back to a detention center described as appalling where attorneys say they were denied soap and toothbrushes tonight new images of migrants confined in a tent city sweltering in the summer heat. the president's new warning to iran, threatening obliteration after iran blasts new u.s. sanctions as outrageous and idiotic and accuses the white house of suffering from a mental illness dramatic body cam video of a baby girl abandoned side of the road in a plastic bag. >> oh, i'm so sorry. >> deputies racing to pull off a miracle rescue tonight she is safe, but police
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are searching for her parents. the chilling ransom call released by the fbi in the cold case kidnapping of a teenage baby-sitter. >> $10,000 might be a lot of bread, but your daughter's life is a better topic. >> investigators asking the public to help solve a mystery that's baffled them for 45 years. and stopping those annoying robocalls, the new crackdown targeting scammers across the country. one man nicknamed the dialer, accused of personally sending nearly 60 million calls. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from miami >> good evening from miami where the candidates are starting to arrive for tomorrow's night one of the first democratic presidential debate. one of the issues at the center of this campaign, of course, is immigration. and today in the midst of the unfolding crisis over the treatment of detained migrant children came the surprising news that president trump's acting commissioner of customs and border protection is
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stepping down. we have two reports from the white house to the border, which is where we start with nbc's gabe gutierrez gabe, what can you tell us from there? >> reporter: lester, about 100 migrant children are back inside this facility tonight because federal authorities say it is no longer too crowded but many advocates say the conditions here along the border are getting worse and we want to warn you, an image in this story is especially disturbing these are images of detained meyer grants in the hot texas sun. it has been overflowing, more and more immigrants making the grueling journey a man and his 23 month old daughter drowning in the rio grand, her arm wrapped around her father now more accounts of children in detention with little food, going without soap, showers or toothbrushes for days, even weeks. >> treating these children as animals is completely unacceptable >> is this a funding prop problem or management problem?
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>> i think it's definitely a management problem >> reporter: today a cbp official said civil rights abuses are taken seriously and acknowledges there is overcrowding they disputed accounts of inadequate food saying, quote, i don't buy it and i personally don't believe the allegations. for months we've seen the surge of undocumented migrants here firsthand border patrol officials telling us these facilities were only meant to be short term, but now there is a massive backlog >> they're out of room they just don't have anybody and there's nowhere for them to go >> reporter: there's growing scrutiny of migrant detention across the country, luz from honduras didn't want us to show her face or use her last name. she spent months in an i.c.e. detention center in texas while her son was sent to a different one. they treated me like an animal, she says it was horrible. after federal authorities announced yesterday that nearly 300 children were being removed from this facility, tonight about 100 have been brought back and there's no telling how long they'll stay
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gabe gutierrez, nbc news, clint, texas. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson in washington, where the departing head of customs and border protection never explained exactly why he's leaving. writing in his resignation letter, even though there is uncertainty during change, there is also opportunity. president trump says he did not ask john sanders to step down. >> i knew there was going to be a change there i've made changes, very good changes. >> reporter: two administration sources say acting i.c.e. director mark morgan is now the favorite to take over cbp. other employees believe sanders' resignation is connected to the treatment of children in border facilities conditions the president says he's concerned about >> it's all about hugh mantd it's about helping children, what's happened is just so sad because of the democrats approved the loopholes where they knocked out the loopholes and we changed asylum, the whole border would be fixed. >> reporter: changing asylum laws now is unlikely, but the house is set today to vote on 4 1/2 billion dollar on
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emergency aid for supplies like food and medicine. l >> the children, the children, the children >> reporter: still, a democratic divide has erupted as some progressive members argued initially against giving more money to an administration they don't trust. >> i just cannot see giving more money to this lawless administration but with some new protections, i am willing to try. >> hallie joins us now there is news about the replacement for outgoing white house press secretary sarah sanders. who is taking over >> reporter: stephanie grisham, lester she handles communications for the first lady now, but she's been with the president since the early days of his campaign and is still close with him. grisham will now become the third press secretary in the president's administration so far. lester >> okay, hallie, thank you meantime tonight, the president's war of words with iran is ratcheting up even further.
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iran's president unleashing a tirade of insults and president trump threatening overwhelming force and obliteration if iran attacks u.s. assets. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in the region tonight. >> reporter: new insults from iran tonight calling u.s. sanctions on the country's supreme leader stupid and outrageous iran's president saying they're a sign the white house is afflicted with mental illness. president trump responded with a new threat iran's very ignorant and insulting statement put out today only shows that they do not understand reality any attack by iran on anything american will be met with great and overwhelming force in some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. the secretary of state also responding to iran's insults >> that's a bit immature and childlike, but know that the united states will remain steadfast in undertaking the actions that the president laid out in his strategy to create
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stability throughout the middle east >> reporter: the president's vow to strike on anything american is a significant switch, after calling off a military reprizal against iran for shooting down an american drone, which iran says was in its air space. the u.s. says the drone was in international air space monitoring waters where iran is accused of attacking six tankers. officials here in the gulf tell us tonight they worry the trip wire for a conflict could easily be triggered by hard liners in the u.s. and iran who want a war lester >> richard engel tonight, thanks on capitol hill, 9/11 recovery workers met on capitol hill with mitch mcconnell. they say he promised to replenish the 9/11 victims fund following the scolding by comedian jon stewart stephanie gosk has the story >> reporter: the fight to secure funding for 9/11 first responders went straight to the senate majority leader's front door >> today mitch mcconnell
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promised to work for us. >> reporter: mcconnell committing to an august senate vote on a bill that would extend funding for 70 years the house vote set for july. >> this bill will offer that relief to thousands of men and women across our country because they came together on september 11th in the days and weeks after. >> reporter: each of the seven men who met with mcconnell suffered some kind of illness or injury, from breathing problems to cancer. >> we're going to leave here and louie alvarez is going to die. >> reporter: louis alvarez testified weeks ago on capitol hill >> you made me come down here. >> reporter: a bomb squad technician at ground zero, his cancer has become untreatable. >> 100% they really are failing us we shouldn't have to go down to congress every five years and beg for money. >> reporter: of the $7 billion allocated to the fund in 2011, more than 5 billion has been paid out
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with the money dwindling, payments on new claims are being cut and will stop altogether in december 2020 unless a new bill is passed. >> in that meeting we gave senate majority leader mitch mcconnell louie alvarez's badge, and we wanted the senate majority leader to be reminded of people like detective louie alvarez. >> reporter: they have been battling for years to get the help they need, hoping this time they will finally get it stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york >> tonight illinois has become the 11th state to legalize recreational pot as the state's new democratic governor j.b. pritzker signed legislation to allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess up to an ounce at a time. the law also means nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for incidents involving small amounts of marijuana may have their records expunged. licensed dispensaries can start selling january 21st, 2020 an indiana community is in mourning after an 11-year-old
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girl scout on a campground, authorities say she was hit by a falling tree several others were injured. let's get more on this tragedy now from nbc's ann thompson. >> reporter: a freak accident is what officials say took the life of 11-year-old girl scout isabel meyer. her death moving the sheriff >> these are girl scouts >> reporter: a law enforcement veteran here >> sorry they were there to have a good time >> reporter: it happened at the girl scouts camp cook as meyers finished a hike. >> we saw a tree fall on a group of girls we're going to need at least two ambulances >> reporter: two adult volunteers were seriously hurt, one suffered a hand injury a local newspaper snapped isabel
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filling gift bags for chemotherapy patients. it is not clear why the tree fell, but to stay safe in the woods, the u.s. forest service says avoid dead trees, trees leaning more than ten degrees, and look for soil heaving or uplift around roots. >> we are prepared for everything but when you actually roll upon a scene, it's hard, it's tough, especially when there is a child involved >> reporter: the camp now closed as the girl scouts mourn one of their own. ann thompson, nbc news >> there are new developments tonight on that helicopter crash on top of a sky scraper in mid town manhattan earlier this month. ntsb investigators say the pilot who was killed thought he had about a 20-minute window to make it out of the rain and fog, but soon after take off he radioed that he did not know where he was and crashed moments later. now to the new crackdown underway on an issue that seems to unite americans left, right and center we're talking about the battle against those annoying robocalls. more than two dozen law enforcement agencies now joining forces to fight back against those calls flooding your phone and targeting the people behind them here's tom costello.
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>> reporter: anyone with a phone can attest to the aggravation. >> you have to see it to believe it >> a lower rate on your credit card >> just suspend your social security please call immediately. >> reporter: billions of illegal robocalls each year targeting random americans like you and me, and anthony dunkel in minnesota. >> every time i see my phone light up, i roll my eyes now 98% of the time i know it's just another robocall and there's just another annoyance hour after hour >> reporter: today a crackdown, the federal trade commission and 40 state and local partners announcing 82 enforcement actions nationwide >> our collective message to robocallers is simple. it's time to call it quits >> reporter: the action includes five federal criminal cases. among those charged, a robocaller known as "the dialer," a florida-based developer using an auto dialer who allegedly sent more than 57
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million calls in just six months to do not call registered phone numbers. the ftc's message for consumers to stem the surge of unwanted calls, hang up, block it, and report robocalls the agency says it gets more than 10,000 complaints each day. the feds know this won't stop robocalls. the fcc is working with phone companies to automatically enroll customers into call blocking lester >> tom costello, thanks. this week the u.s. hopes to renew trade talks with china when president trump attends the g20 summit in japan. the trade war rages on threatening price increases on so many products american companies are manufacturing in another country and it could save you money. cnbc's carl quintanilla traveled to vietnam for the story >> reporter: this is a story of that nike pullover, or that adidas track suit you might have bought for your kid or grand kids at walmart or costco. it's being sewn here today at a factory in vietnam just north of hanoi. workers stitch, package, and
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ship the product to the u.s. with president trump threatening more tariffs against chinese goods -- >> they took us for suckers. >> reporter: -- american brands are asking, what else can we make in vietnam? >> this would be the industrial zone >> reporter: the company makes clothes for columbia sportswear and abercrombie and fitch. >> whatever china can do, vietnam can do the same at cheaper price. >> reporter: the u.s. is importing 40% more from vietnam than this time last year while imports from china down 13%. it affects your pocketbook retailers like target, best buy and others would likely charge you more to make up for a proposed 25% tariff on china shifting to vietnam could be one solution if the factories here can find enough new workers, and if the country's infrastructure can handle it. american companies trying to work around trump's trade war so you can get the products you want without paying more carl quintanilla, nbc news, hanoi. >> just ahead, the miracle
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rescue caught on camera. deputies racing to save a newborn abandoned in a plastic bag. the search tonight for her parents. also, the ransom call released by the fbi hoping to crack a 45-year-old cold case. and our interview with the newest recipient of the medal of honor. what he did to save his platoon.
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next tonight, the miracle rescue, a newborn found abandoned but alive in the woods, tonight she is safe and healthy. but police are releasing the disturbing and heart breaking body cam video of how they discovered the little girl, hoping to find her parents here's joe fryer >> how did you hear it >> we heard it from a house. >> reporter: they were go to about to go to bet but couldn't resist the persistent cries outside their home >> it was so human we knew something was different about this >> reporter: before long they found the source of the sound along the side of a road in a plastic bag. >> oh, so sorry. >> my girls were in shock. it was an emotional deal
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everybody was upset. >> reporter: the abandoned girl was discovered earlier this month. they've named her baby india and say she's doing well in the care of the state but investigators are just now releasing this video from the body camera of the first deputy who arrived on the scene, hoping it will help them find the mother >> somebody has the answer out there. somewhere there was a woman who was pregnant this is a near or full-term child who was almost seven pounds she was pregnant she's not today, and there's no baby around. somebody knows about that. >> reporter: baby india's stature may be tiny, but that mighty cry saved her young life. >> she was a fighter she was screaming. >> reporter: joe fryer, nbc news >> a tough start to life coming up here tonight, the chilling ransom call from a 45-year-old cold case. everyone's got to listen to mom.
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a chilling recording made decades ago. it's a phone call from a kidnapper demanding ransom from the mother of a missing girl authorities now hoping someone out there may recognize "the voice" and help solve a mystery. here's miguel almaguer >> reporter: just days after 14-year-old margaret fox vanished, a ransom call was made to her home in burlington city, new jersey now for the first time, 45 years after her disappearance, the fbi is releasing this chilling audio. >> $10,000 might be a lot of bread, but your daughter's life is the buttered topping. >> reporter: the call a haunting lead in the 1974 cold case, authorities also releasing a photo and new composites of what fox would look like over the years. >> we will tirelessly pursue all viable leads in the interest of delivering justice >> reporter: after margaret fox graduated the 8th grade, the 14-year-old placed an ad in the local paper seeking baby-sitting jobs
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from a pay phone, police say a man asked to hire fox. she was last seen taking a bus to meet the caller >> we hope this renewed effort might give margaret fox's family some sense of closure. >> reporter: while fox would be 59 years old today, authorities fear she was killed decades ago. tonight it's unclear if this caller is connected to her abduction. >> $10,000 might be a lot of bread. >> reporter: but for now, it's the best lead authorities have miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> up next tonight, those who serve. our interview with the medal of honor recipient who made history today. finally in tonight's "those
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why did a man killed four people before ending his own life? >> and months of frustration over flooding a san jose street. the combination to keep the water underground. finally in tonight's "those who serve," the very first living iraq war veteran to receive the nation's highest military recognition, the medal
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of honor nbc's peter alexander has his harrowing story of bravery in battle >> reporter: for american troops it was the bloody est fighting of the iraq war, the second battle of fallujah and staff sergeant david bellavia's 29th birthday bellavia and troop's mission that night they cleared out a block of buildings wherein surge entitles were believed to be hiding it was captured in this hbo documentary. at the 10th house, an ambush bellavia and his team trapped in the dark facing relentless fire. >> you don't know who, how many, who is shooting, what's the situation. it's total chaos >> reporter: bellavia squeezed the trigger of his machine gun until it was empty, saving the soldiers' lives, allowing them to get outside later bellavia went back in. >> you're waiting for your life to end there's no, there's no chance of getting out of it.
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>> reporter: an assault at close range. first targeting insurgents preparing to fire a rocket propelled grenade. how many guys did you single handedly take out? >> four and mortally wounded a 5th. >> reporter: for that heroism bellavia became the first living iraq war veteran to receive the medal of honor >> today we honor your extraordinary courage and salute yourselfless courage >> reporter: in this era of deep division, bellavia has a message of unity >> it doesn't matter who you love, what god you worship there's no dog tag that has a political affiliation. we're in it together >> reporter: a life of service and sacrifice that bellavia hopes will resonate with a new generation of soldiers peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. >> and we salute staff sergeant bellavia for his incredible service. that's "nbc nightly news" for this tuesday from miami. we hope you'll join us for the first democratic debate tomorrow night and thursday night, each night beginning at 9:00 eastern. for now, i'm lester holt for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.
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right now at 6:00, we're live and we're taking your donations of unused airline miles and cash. how one moment of generosity can make a sick child's wish come true. also the wife of the ghost ship warehouse master tenant in tears, as she testified in this high-profile trial. but first why did he do? a gunman killed four family members in san jose. thanks for joining us.
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>> troubling details are emerging about the san jose man who killed four people before killing himself. in the past 20 minutes, "the mercury news" is reporting that the gun was stolen in tucson two years ago. a record shows that the accused gunwaleman was al gunman was also -- this neighborhood is shaken up. >> reporter: it truly is. this happened on sunday night. the gunman was apparently fuming that his wife's relatives were living in the home with him while he was unable to bring his own relatives here to the u.s. a man who knew the gunman said he talked about killing before. sunday night san jose police swarming a neighborhood with a gun plan on the loose. neighbors say they can't shake what they saw and here here on


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