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something for everybodor the be. >> right. >> you are going cool. >> thanks for joining usneer. >> we will be back at 6:00. bye. . tonight state of emergency, preparing for potential land fall in the south. thebiggest risk, the potential for catastrophic flooding. as much as two feet of rain and a life threatening stor surge that could hit new orleans hard tonight preparing for the worse as the biggest storm of the season takes aim president trump's labor secretary is out alex acosta resigned a in late details, prosecutors now say epstein tried to pay off two
potential co-conspirators. r kellie arrested again, this time on charges of sexual misconduct involving underage girls and allegations he tried to buy the silence of one of the alleged victims and her family protests and outrage over undocumented immigrants tha country as president trump defends the crackdown. and how a traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy -- >> there we go, come on, honey, there you go >> turned into a heroic life saving mission for a baby >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening on this busy news day, tropical storm barry is being felt along the louisiana coast, now less than 24 hours from land fall as a likely hurricane torren a storm surg expected to produce life threatening floods in new orleans today crews hoping to hold off the rising waters, close the flood gate at lake pontchartrain.
many residents heeding evacuation orders, taking what they can as they run on provisions that left store shelves practically bare our kerry sanders is in the storm zone tonight >> reporter: tonight tropical storm barry and bearing down on southern louisiana portions of the grand aisle under water as time has run out to prepare >> nobody should take this storm lightly just because it's supposed to be a category one when it makes land fall >> reporter: tens of thousands of tourists and convention goers in new orleans packing up and getting out. >> they gave us word and we said that's what we're going to do. >> reporter: 3,000 members of ing lo boats and high water vehicles the biggest worry, not wind, but water which is already rising while storm surge can batter a coastline, this is what storm surge looks like it's a fast-moving, fast-rising flash flood.
with the power of the atlantic ocean behind it. in the crescent city named because the mississippi river makes that hard turn, there's another danger that up to 70-mile-per-hour winds could cause a 5 foot storm surge, pushing so much water up the river it spills over the top of new orleans levees. >> the mississippi is eight feet above its usual levels see the submerged trees? that's where the riverbank should be. >> a slow-moving storm now arriving, residents unsure what's next. >> i've never seen it this high. it's pretty impressive >> reporter: tonight in low lying areas outside of new orleans there are expectations of widespread flooding meantime, in the city, there is a shelter in place order. that means that residents should hunker down and stay off streets. lester, at this point it's now all about riding it out. >> we can see some of the waves overtopping behind you. thank you.
let's get a read of where the storm is let's bring in al roker. al, what are we looking at >> reporter: right now barry is making its way toward the louisiana coast, 70 miles southeast of morgan city, louisiana. it's moving west northwest at 60 miles an hour land fall sometime early saturday morning and makes its way up into the mississippi river valley we are worried about storm surge, anywhere from two to six feet and that will cause a lot of flooding. and then add on top of that tons of rain. we are talking about a high risk of flooding through the lower mississippi river valley rain fall amounts could top out at over 25 inches of rain but generally 10 to 15 inches of rain either way, lester, it will be really devastating flooding with this >> thanks. to our other big story breaking, the resignation of president trump's labor secretary. alex acosta faced harsh criticism for his role in the plea deal in florida
in a sex abuse case against jeffrey epstein 11 years ago peter alexander has that story >> reporter: president trump and alex acosta walking out together before the surprising announcement acosta was resigning >> this was him, not me, because i'm with him he was a - he's a tremendous talent >> reporter: acosta's sudden departure comes less than 48 hours after the labor secretary defended his role as the attorney of jeffrey epstein where epstein spent 13 months behind bars for soliciting prostitution from a minor. >> the goal here was straightforward. put epstein behind bars >> reporter: acosta today. >> i do not think it is right or fair for this administration's labor department to have epstein as a focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today. >> reporter: president trump also revealing new details about his falling out with epstein who
he says he has not spoken to in 15 years >> yes, and i did have a falling out a long time ago. i was not a fan of jeffrey epstein, and you watch people yesterday saying that i threw him out of a club. i didn't want anything to do with him that was many, many years ago. it shows you one thing, that i have good taste. >> peter joins me now. the president has already picked acosta's successor >> that's right. the deputy labor secretary will take over on an acting basis. a list that includes critical departments like defense and homeland security. >> peter, thank you. let's get to those late new details now, the epstein case, federal prosecutors accusing him of witness tampering anne thompson joins us what can you tell us about that >> reporter: these are very serious accusations and they come from a filing this evening by federal prosecutors. in it, prosecutors are accusing jeffrey
epstein of trying to influence potential witnesses. prosecutors claim that two days after the miami herald starting publishing its stories that led to epstein's latest criminal charges, he wired $100,000 to an account controlled by a possible coconspirator and a quarter million dollars to another potential coconspirator. epstein is due back in federal court on monday for bail hearing. he is in custody and pled not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy thank you. r. kelly is back behind bars facing new federal charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice. the embattled singer was arrested last night in chicago on more than a dozen felony counts miguel almaguer is in chicago where 52-year-old kelly appeared in court today >> reporter: this time r. kelly was detained by federal agents today after appearing in a chicago courtroom, he remains in custody
today. a new 13 count indictment accuses the r&b star of engaging sex acts with five minors and recording the abuse. a second federal indictment involves five additional victims. >> we're talking about forced labor, child exploitation, the production of child pornography. >> reporter: with two of his associates also charged, kelly is accused of using his entourage and star power. to recruit girls to engage in illegal sexual activity. at the height of his career, prosecutors say kelly would not allow his victims to leave their rooms to eat or visit the bathroom without receiving his permission investigators credit the docuseries "surviving r. kelly" with helping build their case >> it really put a spotlight on the magnitude of his acts >> reporter: prosecutors also allege kelly paid off a minor and her father at the center of
his 2008 child pornography trial in which he was acquitted. kelly denies all charges. >> i didn't do this stuff. this is not me, y'all. i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] life >> we believe he's innocent we're going to fight to prove he's innocent. >> reporter: but tonight kelly remains in custody and behind bars not far from this courthouse in chicago kelly was arrested overnight while walking his dog. he did not enter a plea today he's expected back in court next week miguel almaguer in chicago, thank you. protests around the country today ahead of the planned crackdown on thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been ordered out of the u.s. the president defended the raids today. let's get more from steve >> reporter: tonight cries of resistance on the eve of highly publicized i.c.e. raids targeting 2,000 undocumented immigrants in ten major cities the operation is only aimed at immigrants who are under court orders to leave the
country. >> people come into our country illegally. we're taking them out legally, very simple. it's not something i like doing but people have come into our country illegally. we're focused on criminals. >> reporter: but many fear that the raids will include other family members at the scene. >> to my family, this means fear it stops us from wanting to go to work. it stops us from wanting to contribute to society. >> reporter: widespread deportation efforts, according to i.c.e. more than 400,000 people were deported in 2012 under the obama administration significantly more than the 256,000 people under president trump's white house last year. the difference analysts say, president trump has politicized it >> it creates a lot of fear in immigrant communities. i don't think that fear is helpful from i.c.e.'s public safety mission >> reporter: prominent democrats warning immigrants of their rights
alexandria ocasio-cortez tweeting nobody can enter your home without a judicial warrant a fight on the eve of a weekend stirring so much fear. the house voted to reauthorize funding for victins if the 9/11 first responders lewis alvarez battled cancer and pleaded with congress during emotional testimony in june he died shortly after. if passed by the senate, funding would extend until the year 2090 breaking news tonight in indiana where firefighters battled multiple house fires. in a neighborhood of west lafayette officials say five houses were destroyed four others damaged. the cause not clear at this moment one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion now to the incredible video a member of the u.s. coast guard riding a drug smuggler submarine in the pacific ocean. the narco submariner
finally surrenders but most of the subs got through the subnet >> reporter: the coast guard intercepting a fully loaded drug smuggler sub off south america, screaming at the smugglers to stop their boat. then a brazen display of courage, riding the sub pounding on the hatch finally five men surrender. it happened in june, the video just now released. in all, three coast guard ships intercepted, 14 narco vessels, confiscating 18 tons of cocaine and marijuana, street value half a billion dollars. >> they acquitted themselves with great distinction and courage on the open seas >> reporter: built in the jungle, the minisubs skim just below the surface. only 11% are ever caught in a never ending game of cat and mouse with the coast guard. tom costello tonight a rare look inside china and how that
country is using artificial intelligence not only to boost its economy but also to keep an eye on its own people chief foreign correspondent richard engel shows us how. >> reporter: tonight china is sparing no expense to dominate the world of artificial intelligence though much of the technology was developed in the united states, president xi jinping wants china to be the world's ai leader by 2030 officials showed up this sprawling port where, thanks to ai, human workers are being replaced >> these automatic cranes are dropping off containers on to driverless cars. >> yes those little blue trucks >> reporter: and while americans encounter ai every day, with companies like amazon and and watched, china is now using there are an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras in china and now they not only know where you are, they know who you are. many of the
surveillance cameras feed into an ai system which can not only recognize your face but bring up your name, your social media activity, financial status, and criminal record the ai calculates what's called a social credit score. if your score drops too low, you're denied access to airports and trains >> the chinese government is using artificial intelligence and in particular the rapid and substantial and impressive advances they've made in facial recognition as a way to monitor people >> reporter: chinese authorities are using ai powered facial recognition to help pick out an ethnic group of muslims known as uighurs. and have sent upwards of a million uighurs to controversial re-education camps this week 22 nations urged china to stop what they call arbitrary detention. china says it's part of a war on terror >> they've used ai to create more of a police state
in china >> reporter: china is investing in technology it believes will drive the economy for decades to come and allows the communist party to monitor its population on a scale never before seen in history. >> the focus has been on the trade war with china, but i understand they're taking a broader deeper view. >> of course the trade war is important, has economic implication, but it's short term in china time and time again we were told that there was a national mission now to overtake the united states and the ai piece is just part of it >> richard engel, thanks we want to let folks know you can watch more of richard's reporting "on assignment made in china" on sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. suspects questioned in the shocking death of an american scientist on a greek island also how traffic stop for speeding saved the life of this baby
scientist murdered in greece police say they're searching for a knife they believe was used in the attack >> reporter: tonight police say three suspects are facing questions over the murder of world renowned american scientist suzanne eaton. her body will be returned to germany where she lived leaving behind an investigation that has shocked the greek island police sources tell nbc news they're now looking for a knife believedbe used in the attack eaton was killed by suffocation. detectives working on the theory her body was hidden in a cave after her death. the secluded cave, a former, world war ii bunker only locals would know 59-year-ol eaton was last seen playing piano at her hotel her family believes she had gone for a run. her passport, wallet, phone and cash left behind only her running shoes missing. her husband and two children have flown to crete to help
identify suzanne in a statement this week, her son max calling her a remarkable woman and brilliant scientist. police tell nbc news samples from under her fingernails will be dna tested. it may be their best lead thanks and coming up, how a traffic stop for speeding turned into an incredible life-saving moment
the scene in eden, north carolina, an explosion at a kentucky fried chicken restaurant captured on surveillance video the blast was so powerful it was felt several miles away. there were no injuries no word on a cause a potential speeding ticket turned into a race to save a baby's life in south carolina kristen dahlgren has more on a hero officer who sprung into action >> what started as a traffic stop for speeding turned into a quick rescue she was unresponsive her mom told the deputy she stopped breathing
after taking a bottle >> i'm going to put her on your lap. i'm going to check for a pulse. i got a pulse. she's got a pulse. >> reporter: he never stopped talking to the newborn as he calls for help and makes sure she's breathing. >> come on, baby >> reporter: finally a cry. >> there you go. as long as she's crying like that, she's breathing. >> reporter: eventually paramedics arrived. officials say tonight the baby is doing well thanks to a quick-thinking officer who was right there when she needed him >> what an amazing drama. than gofficer was there. when we come back, an inspiring story of a mother's love baked in a special dish
in tonight's inspiring america, a follow up to a story we told you about a few years ago about a mom who lost her 5-year-old daughter and how she chose to honor and remember her has now gone far beyond her imagination. >> it started with mac and cheese it's just mac and cheese >> when we first met becky nickels two years ago, she was delivering homemade mac and cheese to the children's hospital in austin filling freezers and hearts from her loving libby food truck. >> this is the one the kids chose a long time ago. >> libby was becky's daughter who died of cancer at age 5. when she was sick, becky's mac and cheese was all she would eat. >> this would make her happy that she has inspired me to make other people happy
>> this week a celebration. >> we love you so much >> loving libby's mac and cheese now on sale in more than 200 grocery stores across texas. >> very creamy and cheesey. that's my favorite part >> becky entered a contest impressing the grocery chain he with her food and her mission. parents she has fed for years was there when becky saw her loving libby mac and cheese in the store for the first time >> thank y'all so much as a mom i want people to know that libby was here. i don't want her to go away to hear people saying her name and to see her name constantly has fulfilled that for me >> all profits will go toward providing more children's hospitals in the state with becky's comfort food that's "nightly news" from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
right now at 6:00, broken window screens and crime tape. the new details we're learning in the half hour about the homicide in san jose. plus, it is spreading. where in the south bay there is an increased concern for the kkk, no fascist usa. >> a lot of people emotionally weekend. federal agents get ready for immigration sweeps. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thanks for being with us on this friday. >> the backlash over immigration pouring onto bay area streets. another day of largely peaceful
protests with incredibly powerful and unique voices taking center stage. >> san francisco, oakland and palo alto among the many local cities where they are seeing protests. let's begin with sam brock in san francisco. sam? >> reporter: raj, there is the only saying what's past is prolog prologue. it wasn't shakespeare it was a 97-year-old holocaust survivor and daughter who are fearful if we don't intervene now we will be repeating history. >> how in america will we be able to look each other in the eye if we don't act now? ♪ >> reporter: powered by