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temperatures in the 50s and a little bit of fog. still think you will be able to see the fireworks. >> lester holt is next. see you back at 6:00. breaking news tonight. the heartbreaking new images from the border drawings from detained migrant children, depicting themselves in cages, as outrage grows over dangerous conditions found inside these facilities by government investigators. doctors now issuing dire warnings. >> the psychological effect that it will take o- you can't even explain. and tonight, the urgent search for a 2-year-old girl swept away from her mother as they crossed the rio grande the navy s.e.a.l. walking free after a bombshell verdict acquitting him of murder the sentence handed down for the one count
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he was acquitted on. and president trump tweeting congratulations. the police officer who froze during the worse mass shooting in u.s. history now off the course body cam shows him hesitating in the hallway as a gunman murdered 58 people in las vegas. travel nightmare a garbage truck falls over an overpass, snarling traffic on a major roadway as millions hit the road for this record-breaking july 4th holiday. and our spectacular inside look taking you behind the scenes of the biggest fourth of july celebration of them all. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening i'm kristen welker in for lester we begin tonight with the growing outrage over the conditions at those migrant detention facilities at the southern border we've seen the images from inside these centers. and tonight, these are the heartbreaking drawings by the children themselves.
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some of the depictions showing kids in crowded cages, side by side now the head of homeland security has launched an investigation into what he calls disturbing social media posts allegedly made by border patrol agents our gabe gutierrez starts us off from el paso >> reporter: tonight, these images of overcrowded migrant detention centers from fueling more outrage government investigators say 88 men were crammed in this cell with the capacity of just 41. one migrant held up a sign with the word "help," writing he had been in custody for 40 days the report from homeland security's ecr general says children had limited access to a change of clothes and two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals. now these drawings paint a heartbreaking picture. the american academy of pediatrics says they come from 10 and 11-year-old kids after they were released from the custody of customs and bordsxh borand borr protecti protection >> what do these pictures tell you? >> it's horrible i can guarantee you within the next few
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years the psychological effect that it will take on these children is -- you can't even explain. >> reporter: dr. carlos gutierrez is a pediatrician who volunteered to treat minors after they're released from cpb custody. but he's frustrated by the lack of access to border patrol facilities >> you don't believe that children should be in detention centers at all >> absolutely not. >> reporter: today acting homeland security secretary kevin mcaleenan announced an immediate investigation after a report that highlighted disturbing and inexcusable social media activity that allegedly includes active border patrol personnel. according to pro publica, the private facebook group included crude and sexist jokes that mocked migrants. >> we don't even know that all of those people that mocked them are agents or officers but we certainly don't condone that that's not the way we act. >> reporter: john man ahand is the cpb union president in el paso and says his members are overworked and overwhelmed by the flood of migrants,
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144,000 praenapprehended crossing the border in may alone. still, after the inspector general's report on conditions inside migrant facilities -- >> i have never seen unsanitary or unlivable conditions >> reporter: tonight, border agents are still searching for a 2-year-old migrant girl, swept away while her mother tried to cross the rio grande >> and gabe joins us now. gabe, president trump weighed in on all of this late today. so what is he saying >> reporter: yes, kristen, the president tweeting late today, "our border patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors, or nurses," saying "migrants are living far better now than where they came from and in far safer conditions." meanwhile house democrats are planning to hold a congressional hearing next week about these detention centers and plan to call top dhs
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officials to testify kristen? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. there is more breaking news at the war crimes trial of a decorated navy s.e.a.l. in san diego. chief edward gallagher walking free today after learning his sentence following his acquittal on all but one charge nbc's steve patterson is at the courthouse >> reporter: tonight, chief edward gallagher is a free man. >> the case of eddie gallagher is finally concluded. >> reporter: after being found not guilty of murder but guilty of posing for a photo with a dead body, the navy s.e.a.l. was sentenced to four months' confinement. but because of time served, gallagher will return home today. for that single code violation, he's being demoted in rank and will be forced to take two months in reduced pay. >> we were certainly hoping for a different sentence >> reporter: the trial began when the decorated navy chief was accused of killing an iraqi prisoner and shooting at unarmed civilians. prosecutors called members of gallagher's own s.e.a.l. team, who
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described him as unhinged, testified they saw him stab the young fighter. >> this group who decided to concoct this story in no way, ways, or form represent the community that i've, you know, loved and gave my soul to. >> reporter: president trump a vocal supporter, congratulated the s.e.a.l., tweeting, i'm glad i could hope. >> thank you to congressman duncan hunt and her congressman ralph norman and also to president trump for intervening when he did. >> reporter: attorneys for gallagher concede today was not a complete victory but gallagher did address the court, saying i bounced back fromrothis kristen? >> steve patterson reporting from san dilicefficer is out of a job after he was caught on body cam freezing uin las veorst mass shooting in modern u.s. history.
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we get details now from nbc's miguel almaguer >> reporter: as a rain of gunfire showered into the crowded music festiv festival, officer cordell hendrix arrived on the 31st floor of the mandalay bay with a trainee and armed security guards. for nearly five minutes hendrix held his position, taking cover by a door as hundreds of rounds were fired from one floor above. with 58 people killed, officer hendrix was terminated by the las vegas metro police department for performance of his duties mike cronk survived the shooting >> i believe if this guy would have reacted, there would have been a lot fewer deaths and a lot less, you know, casualties >> reporter: hendrix admitted he was terrified and froze. inaction after the mass shooting at
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marjory stoneman douglas high deputy scott peterson was criminally charged. the las vegas police union says hendrix should not have been fired. >> all these so-called experts and retired officers that say, oh, i would have done this, i would have done that, he's a coward, you don't know until you're faced with that type of situation. >> reporter: tonight, one officer terminated for not answering the call of duty while so many other officers did. miguel almaguer, nbc news and finally preparations are under way for tomorrow's fourth of july celebration in washington, d.c., complete with tanks and fighter jets at the national mall. but president trump is facing backlash for the millions of dollars in extra costs for the event. nbc's hallie jackson has the details. >> reporter: the scene now set, ready for rehearsals with military vehicles in place on the national mall, moving through the city overnight. last minute prep that comes with a cost. >> usa >> if there are demonstrations and
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protests, those are additional police costs as well. so we don't know what our total costs are yet. >> reporter: according to "the washington post," the national park service is diverting $2.5 million from entry fees to help pay for the president's plan to beef up the july 4th festivities with flyovers, the army band, and those tanks in a show of military muscle and that's only part of the total bill, one the president is downplaying. he's tweeting today, the cost of our great salute to america tomorrow will be very little compared to what it's worth. on the mall today, a mixed reaction >> we have military capabilities in k he for the meilitary to sh have to be here, to be politicized like this. >> hallie joins us now. hallie, the controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census that the supreme court blocked last week, what's the latest there? >> reporter: kristen, the census forms are getting printed without that question. but the president says he's going to move forward with the legal fight. the justice department is now working to find
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a way to include it. that said, hopes are not high, kristen. >> hallie jackson covering all the angles from the white house, hallie, thank you. now to the escalating war of words with iran. iran's president today threatening to further enrich uranium, a violation of the nuclear deal president trump walked away from it's a move that could bring iran closer to a nuclear weapon in response, president trump warned iran the threats could, quote, come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before. a sea of blue on the streets in new york city today as thousands paid a powerful tribute to a 9/11 first responder who spent his dying days fighting for others like him. here is nbc's stephanie gosk ♪ >> reporter: in queens this morning, they celebrated a life ofrve. >> a man who served, defended, protected, 'til his last dying day. >> reporter: nypd veteran luis alvarez used his final days, his last remaining
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energy, to make sure those suffering from 9/11-related illnesses would get the support they needed. from hospice, he sent a handwritten note to the senate majority leader days after his moving testimony on capitol hill >> never forget to take care of the 9/11 responders >> reporter: today david alvarez spoke of his dad's courage and commitment >> before he became an american hero, he was mine >> reporter: alvarez joined the u.s. marines at the age of 18 >> the camaraderie, the guy sitting next to you is your brother, and you'll give your life for him, he'll give his life for you >> reporter: it's that kind of camaraderie he said he felt during his 20 years with the nypd he and his fellow officers worked for months shoulder to shoulder at ground zero the night before he died, the 53-yold couldn't sleep exhausted, he said, from walking in his dreams a nurse asked him
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where he was going >> my brother responded, i was walking to find first responders to make sure they get help >> reporter: the service today ending with a son's promise >> i promise to be the man you inspired me to be >> reporter: his father's bravery and selflessness have inspired us all. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york >> remember a true american hero. also outside new york today, a travel nightmare, just as millions hit the road for the holiday rush this garbage truck shot off an overpass and landed on the busy highway that leads several peopleoln including a 15-year-old girl and it's going to be a hot and humid fourth with the threat of severe storms for millions of americans. meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking it all. dylan, a lot of people traveling this weekend. >> good evening, kristen. if you are traveling on thursday, keep in mind that we will see pop-up showers and storms, especially up and down the east
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coast. so that could lead to some slowdowns on the roads. modified country will just be dealing with the heat and humidity. temperatures will be very summer-like, in the 90s, it will feel like the mid- to upper 90s. we should see most of the afternoon thunderstorms fizzle out in time for fireworks thursday evening. the best chance for seeing heavier rain will be above the upper midwest. florida in the southeast has the best chance of heavy rain, kristen. >> dylan, thank you for that and today we're remembering lee ie iacoc iacocca. the iconic american ceo died yesterday at 94 he led two of the three big american automakerers our joe fryer has more on his legacy as a captain of industry and man of the people. >> reporter: he was known as father of the flashy ford mustang and promoter of the less than flashy minivan. lee iacocca. >> if you can find a better car, buy it >> reporter: a larger than life executive who could not be confined to the boardroom. >> in this business,
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you lead, follow, or get out of the way >> reporter: he was president of ford for it's years before he was suddenly fired he rebounded and went on to run chrysler he became the company's persistent pitch man. >> no cars are perfect, but these come pretty close. >> reporter: so revered was iacocca, he once flirted with running for president but decided otherwise. >> i know that i wouldn't fit i'm from a different wou world. >> reporter: he served in other ways, like leading the effort to save the crumbling statue of liberty. in 1992, iacocca hit the brakes >> it's here time for me to step down and retire as chairman of chrysler >> reporter: he always remained an auto icon, even appearing in a commercial with snoop dogg >> if the ride is fly, i mu you must buy >> that's what i hear. >> reporter: a visionary with relentless drive joe fryer, nbc news. ahead, safety warnings before your family hits the water before this fourth of
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july what you need to know. another surprise at wimbledon from this 15-year-old american wonder and our inside look at the country's most dazzing display this july 4th. stay with us
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tonight marks the kickoff to a long july 4th weekend, but also a particularly dangerous time in the nation's pools, lakes, and shores nbc's tom costello is on the water tonight with ways to keep your family safe. >> reporter: on lake st. clair, michigan, a violent altercation on the water. one boater arrested for dui after crashing into a yacht nationwide today, americans are flocking to the water but 3,500 people down every year ie 830 under the age of 14, most in private pools. 330 people die in boating accidents with alcohol a common factor in manhattan beach, california today, lifeguards on full watch. >> it's about that first 500 yards from the sand to the outer waters, where we do
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most of our rescues. >> reporter: cross-country, alexandria fire rescue boat 201 was on the potomac river near washington busiest time of the year for the potomac virginia on that side, maryland on that side. they have a tremendous amount of boat traffic and fourth of july activities swimming here is dangerous and illegal. >> there is a significant undercurrent that can pull you under many people drown from that >> reporter: follow boating laws, say the pros, wear live preservers, always swim with friends and near lifeguards, and keep an eye on children drawn to the lure of the water. tom costello, nbc news, washington coming up, she's done it again. the american teen taking wimbledon by storm.
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♪ ♪ ♪ this is how driving should feel. the tech-advanced nissan leaf. the best selling electric vehicle of all time. this is nissan intelligent mobility. ♪ look at these jaw-dropping images tonight. this is off the italian coast. a volcano erupting on the tiny island of
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stromboli, sending people running for their lives. at least one person was killed while hiking on the volcano. today at wimbledon, another stunning victory for 15-year-old american tennis phenom coco gauff who advances to the third round just days after beating her idol, venus williams nbc's blayne alexander has all the excitement >> reporter: she's done it again. 15 years and now two winning wimbledon matches under her belt, coco gauff has served up another stunning victory, beating slovenia's magdalena rybarikova and barrelling ahead to round 3 >> her composure she looked like she was locked in. >> reporter: around wimbledon, everyone has coco fever >> she's the future of american tennis. >> reporter: you're going to claim her anyway >> and coco herself? >> i'm just shocked
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that i'm even here >> reporter: after this week, who can blame her? the youngest qualifier in u.s. history defeating venus williams, praised by serena and today, advice from roger federer. "play well mission accomplished." >> i think i can beat anyone across the court. if i don't think i can win the match, i won't even step on the court. >> reporter: now showing the world what she's got. blayne alexander, nbc news, london >> 15 years old, just remarkable up next, behind the scenes at the most spectacular july 4th celebration of them all.
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finally tonight, we're counting down to the nation's biggest fourth of july celebration, going behind the scenes of a spectacular fireworks
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display. here's gadi schwartz >> we're going to begin the show >> reporter: deep in the california desert, a lucky few watch a secret preview of what will be the nation's largest display of fireworks. and from 3-year-old gabriel's face, this will be one to remember his mom is susan, executive producer to over 100 people planning and prepping for the macy's fourth of july fireworks extravaganza she can't wait to see skyrockets over the brooklyn bridge. >> it's such an iconic place in new york. it's something everybody will love and recognize. >> the colors, the duration >> reporter: these brothers are in charge of fireworks spectaculars, packing fireworks in their warehous they're most excited about the soundtrack featuring hollywood's greatest hits. >> it looks like an intergalactic battle here >> yes, x-wing fighters then they start swirling this is called a swimming star shell. >> reporter: all these fireworks have finally made their way to new york city, and now it's just a matter of
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placing them all over this bridge. the show promising an astounding 3,000 shells a minute. and placement alone is a feat in itself >> there's over 70,000 aerial shells that have over 150 different firing locations. >> reporter: now the countdown begins to a show bigger than last year's, celebrating our nation's independence now, about that view, it doesn't matter if you're in a manhattan or across the river, as long as you have a full view of the brooklyn bridge, you'll be treated to 25 minutes of nonstop fireworks and a soundtrack that will give you goosebumps. and of course if you're not here to watch it in person, you can always watch it on nbc. kristen, back to you >> gadi schwartz, just spectacular. we hope you enjo wch, and have a great holiday. that's "nightly news" for this wednesday i'm kristen welker for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and have a great night.
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right now at 6:00, instead of running away they jumped into action. the honor today for the servicemen who helped victims in the san bruno and i'm tracking the fog. i'll let you know if this is going to get in the way of your fireworks celebrations coming up. preparing for loud bangs on independence day. the san jose neighborhood cracking down on illegal fireworks. the news at 6:00 starts right now with breaking news. cal fire crews are battling a stubborn fire southwest of tracy in san joaquin county. this is off west coral hollow road. it's near the carnegie state
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recreation area. at last check it's burned 425 acres. it's just 30% contained. we can't see any buildings in the area. you see it right there. it doesn't appear any are threatened right now. firefighters say no evacuations have been issued. we're going to continue to follow the situation and update it online. and thank you for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney in for raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. official bay area fireworks shows will be booming all across the bay area tomorrow night, but the illegal ones, they'v alrey . police from marin to contra costa to santa clara have been getting reports of illegal fireworks for days. in the south bay a neighborhood group is using a makeshift network of home security cameras to try to catch some of those explosions. nbc bay area's robert handa joins us from downtown san jose where the city is having its big fireworks show. there's legal fireworks and there are illegal displays as well, robert. >> reporter: well, that's right.

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