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>> thanks a lot. thank you for watching. "nightly news" is next. we'll be back at 6:00. >> we'll see you then. tonight, breaking news the country's intelligence chief is stepping down dan coats, the director of national intelligence, who has often clashed with president trump on major policy issues involving russia, iran, and nortkorea. the president now nominating a republican congressman and trump loyalist to replace him. the american teens held in the killing of an italian police officer. court documents say they blamed each other for the murder. a disturbing image why was one of them bound and blindfolded? the army and air force now involved in rugged terrain where even polar bears roam. hey, siri, who else may be listening in when we ask for
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help whata whistleblower now claims and a giant challenge. >> why come all the way up here to get your cocones? >> why the redwoods of california are being tapped for a higher calling >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow >> good evening. we begin tonight with a shake-up at the highest level of america's national security network. dan coats, the director of national intelligence, charged with overseeing the country's intelligence agencies, is stepping down in less than three during his tenure, coats' public assessments often contradicted those of the president late today the president named his successor. hans nichols is at the white house. hans >> reporter: kate, it's believed coats will leave august 15th, marking the end of a tumultuous
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relationship between him and the president he served. dan coats oversees 17 different agencies but his tenure was often at odds with president trump over issues, including north korea and russia. >> the white house announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall >> say that again. [ laughter ] >> vladimir putin coming to the -- >> did i hear you -- >> yeah, yeah. >> okay. >> yeah. >> that's going to be special. >> reporter: coats publicly contradicted the president on kim jong-un's willingness to give up his nuclear weapons. >> north korea will seek to retain its wmd capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities. >> reporter: the president announcing coats' replacement,
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congressman john ratcliffe, who impressed him during the mueller hearing last week. >> donald trump is not above the law. he is not, but he damn sure shouldn't be below the law >> reporter: the president is fomenting politics on twitter, doubling down on attacks against a baltimore congressman calling him racist elijah cummings cummings getting support from his hometown newspaper in an editorial, writing, "this is a president who will happily debase himself at the slightest provocation. while the white house acting chief of staff tried to explain the president's attacks were not racist. >> it has absolutely zero to do with race. >> and, hans, back to the president's nomination for director of national intelligence what kind of intelligenc experience does congressman ratcliffe has? >> he's a former united states attorney and small town mayor. s kate >> hans nichols at the white house. now let's go italy and disturbing new details about two
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american teenagers, being held in the killing of an italian police officer one of them, blindfolded while in custody sarah harmon has the latest. >> reporter: a disturbing twist after two americans teens were arrested in the killing of an italian police officer officials investigating, thi newly surfaced photo showing one of the suspects, 18-year-old gabrielle christian bound and blindfolded. blindfolding is illegal in italy. officers say they don't know how the photo got out. on friday italian police arrested him along with 19-year-old finnigan lee elder, both from northern california. family friends shocked at the allegations. >> i hope to god there is some missing link, some piece of the >> reporter: police th in a drug deal gone wrong.g toog interrogation. in a 911 call a witness claims the suspects fled the scene saying, how did they escape? on a motor bike?
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on foot? on foot, on foot police will be looking at the surveillance video from friday which shows two people running from the area around the time of the stabbing elder's family said they haven't spoken with him since an initial call from the police station on july 26th, saying in a statement, we plan to go to rome as soon as the state department assures us we will be able to see our son. meanwhile, a solemn tribute. the coffin of the slain officer on display in rome on sunday as thousands paid final respects. his grieving widow prepares for his funeral on monday at the same church where they married last month. >> sarah joins us from london. what's next in the >> kate, both suspects will remain in custody until the preliminary investigation is complete under italian law, anyone who participates in a killing can be charged with murder, even if they didn't deliver the deadly blow there's a lot at stake here.
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>> sarah harmon in london, thank you. parts of the midwest are on alert for severe weather reports of a possible tornado touching down just outside minnesota's twin cities. a tornado watch is in effect from southern minnesota all the way to central wisconsin until 10:00 p.m. eastern time. no reports of major damage at this hour. authorities in canada have expanded the manhunt for two teenagers wanted in the killing of an american woman and two others now the military has joined the search as well morgan cheskey has the late details. >> reporter: a massive manhunt in canada. the military joining forces with police in a growing search air crews tackling remote areas as officers go door to door, clearing hundreds of homes >> we are activating all necessary resources to protect the public. >> reporter: the targets, teens cam macleod and briar smigelski who police say may be hiding in the woods in an area known
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for biting flies, mosquitos and polar bears. police releasing this photo of a bear encountered while hunting for the suspects >> this is challenging terrain, a large area with dense bush, forest, swampy areas. >> reporter: the childhood friends wanted for murder last seen in this surveillance video. the pair taking their time to casually walk through a hardware store. the clip captured a week after police say the two murdered three people including american china dees friends describing dees as a kind and adventurous soul, as her family called for justice. >> they have absolutely nothing to lose. they're willing to risk anything >> reporter: police say she was on a road trip with her boyfriend lucas fowler when they were found shot dead outside their broken down van. tonight, thousands of miles
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away, the two teen suspects are still on the loose new york city's police department this weekend is grappling with a troubling trend. another officer on saturday took his own life, the fifth since june on new york city's staten island, a silent salute for a sergeant lost to suicide yesterday's death makes five officers gone since just last month. nypd commissioner james o'neil calls it a mental health crisis. >> depression is real. people need to understand this this is not, okay, i don't feel myself i feel down. i'll bring myself out of it. >> reporter: in new york and agencies across the nation, more police officers die by suicide than are killed in the line of duty >> sometimes it's a downward spiral unless there is intervention from the outside it's not g >> for weeks, the nypd has been trying to reach 36,000 officers on social media >> know what you are never, ever alone. there is always someone that can help you. >> encouraging anyon who needs help to reach out,
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call or text a hotline the department planning new training and a peer support program. even with resources, officers across the country are sometimes reluctant to call, fearing judgment or job repercussions. that's what kept lapd officer david swales from finding help. >> i wish he would have called he knew it was available to him. >> his wife, melissa said she kept his anguish a secret. >> he was afraid that if the other officers knew they wouldn't want to work with him. >> they would judge him? >> yeah. that he would become a risk or a liability. >> three years ago, th family was supposed to go to disneyland on their youngest boy's second birthday but david locked himself in a bathroom. >> i still don't understand how we went from planning to go to
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disneyland for dinner to suddenly having to plan a funeral. >> denise kay is a psychologist with the lapd. >> this is a population that's very strong, reluctant to ask for help they are reluctant to acknowledge that they are having a problem, and they just kind of suck it up. >> all the more reason the push is on now to open dialogue about on the job stress and depression before anyone else is lost >> we need to talk about it. we need all members of the police department to understand that to call for help isn't a weakness it is a strength >> across the u.s., only 3% to 5% of law agenenrces have specie prevention programs. there's been a lot of discussion about how to bring more resources to officers. r e needing help tonight, please call the national suicide prevention lifeline. it's 800-273-8255. now to an nfl star facing suspension tonight after testing positive for performance-enhancing drug golden tate of the new york giants said he didn't know it
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was banned and took that drug for a good reason. nbc's kathy park has more. >> reporter: super bowl champion golden tate, signing a $37 million deal this spring with the new york giants. today, he's facing a four-game suspension at the start of the season announcing on social media that he failed a drug test after taking fertility medication i started the treatment prescribed to me and days later discovered it contained an ingredient on the banned substance list that list stretches seven pages. while tate didn't disclose wha e for, he immediately discontinued use, adding the treatment didn't give him a competitive edge. >> the three big categories banned by the nfl but could be used for fertility are steroids, growth hormones and clonofin
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>> the nfl had no comment. players are responsible fo what's in their bodies and a positive will not be excused because a player wasn't aware he was taking a prohibited substance. it is not the first time an nfl player has violated the policy by using fertility drugs in 2014 indianapolis colts defensive end robert mathis was suspended four games after testing positive. >> as physicians we don't always know what the person's work is prohibiting. it is up to the person and the physician to look it up and say you have a banned substance here we need to get permission beforehand. >> rte the imminent suspen. >> for him right now, it's business as usual. he's out there, practicingreadyt >> kathy joins us now. what can players do to avoid punishment if they legitimately need to take drugs like this >> the nfl said they granted medical exemptions in the past
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but it comes with prior approval they are not aware of a request that has to do with fertility reasons. going back to tate, if he wins his appeal he'll no longer face a suspension. >> kathy park, thank you another sports note. history was made at the world's most famous bicycle race today for the first time, a south ish ur american won the tour de france. egan bernal rode to victory on the champs-elysees in paris. at 22 he's one of the youngest winners of the tour de france. with your smartphone, who else is listening when you say, "hey, siri". and using the redwoods of california in the battle against climate change
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we are back with new privacy concerns involving siri, the ever-present voice inside your apple iphone siri may not be the only one listening in on your conversations. molly hunter has the story >> hey, siri, where's the best pizza? >> reporter: the idea behind apple assistant siri is she's always there, and always listening. >> whether it's amazon or apple or google, they are all building a big surveillance economy that makes its money watching you and me >> reporter: as we reported, much like amazon's alexa and google's assistant, siri records you, as soon as you activate her. >> hey, siri, what's the
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weather? >> reporter: activation happens by accident at inconvenient times. >> syria and -- >> i found something on the internet. >> it's rare you are heckled by your own mobile phone. >> indeed. >> reporter: a whistleblower tells the guardian newspaper when computers can't understand apple's human contractors take over and can wind up hearing drug deals, confidential medical information, drug deals and even couples having sex a spokesperson says a small portion of requests are analyzed to improve siri and dictation. >> the business model here is not to use humans to listen to you. it's to use computers to learn as much about your business. >> this question of whether they are listening to you or recording you, all of to this larger issue, which is that there are these surveillance
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systems built to try to predict what you like and what you are going to do next so they can sell you things. >> reporter: that's the point. as machines get smarter, expensive human resources won't be needed to listen in >> this scares a lot of us what can consumers do to protect themselves >> the easiest thing is disable siri go to settings on the phone. scroll down to siri and type listen for "hey, siri" and press home for siri. turn both of those off you can turn it back on at any time that just deletes your user data each time. kate >> molly, thank you. when we come back, the heights to which one man is going to fight climate change. also, the unique program teaching young people real life saving lessons
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there is more political chaos in puerto rico after governor ricardo rossello announced his resignation. today his designated replacement, wanda vasquez said she doesn't want the top job and asked the departing governor to appoint someone else rossello will step down friday following weeks of mass protests over a corruption scandal and his inappropriate texts that went public. in italy a spectacular show of nature this weekend mt. etna erupting in sicily, filling the night sky with volcano ash and spewing out lava two airports closed briefly. mt. etna is the tallest an most active volcano, erupting often and rarely causing damage. back in this country, they are the biggest, strongest trees in the world, the redwoods it is that strength some hope to harness to slow climate change anne thompson on one tree farmer's higher calling. >> reporter: here in nature's cathedral, a ray of hope to
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combat climate chang that's only found by going up and up jake, why come all the way up here to get your clones? >> we want the best needles we can for propagation. >> reporter: that's where arborist jake milar begins the process of cloning the ancient trees. >> close to a thousand years old. it's pretty amazing. >> reporter: amazing when you consider the decimation that this forest has survived it looks lush and dense but it is not what it was once or what some say should be. >> pretty much all of it was harvested in the 20th century by humans for use in houses and other commercial uses. >> reporter: among the 5% left are what jake's father david calls champion trees. >> every time i walk through an old growth redwood forest it never ceases to amaze me. >> reporter: like dr. seuss'
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lorax, david speaks fong their absorb the gas, fueling climate change >> they are sucking up and whisking out of the atmosphere ten times the co2 of normal trees. >> reporter: he takes the tree cuttings and clones them in a northern michigan warehouse. >> you are holding a 2,000-year-old redwood in your hand. >> reporter: it doesn't look 2,000 years old. >> that's because we set the clock back you are holding a tree that started its life when christ walked the earth. >> reporter: he clones oaks. >> who wants to make another black willd ow . >> black willows, gian sequoia and redwoods and plants them around the globe including in san francisco >> this tree could really help the future for our grandchildren around the world isn't it a beautiful thing >> reporter: spreading his gospel, sharing what he and jake see. >> do you ever just take a moment and look around and appreciate what this is?
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>> yes, i do i'm very thankful and grateful >> reporter: for the practical and essential beauty of trees. anne thompson, nbc news, california >> it is a beautiful thing when we come back, everybody in the pool some life-saving lessons in more ways than one.
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finally tonight, lifeguards have the reputation of being longtime swimmers, b g of young lifeguards here in new york took a different path morgan radford explains. >> reporter: 17-year-old kaykel avila is spending her summer as a lifeguard at one of new york city's busy ymca pools remarkable because two years ago she couldn't swim. >> you watch it on tv and know you have to move your arms. >> reporter: she's a graduate of
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a special phys ed class. >> move them around. >> reporter: at grover cleveland high school, where students learning how to swim also train to become lifeguards with a show of hands, how many of you knew how to swim before starting this program? nobody none of you are swimmers 70% of student come from families that are economically disadvantaged meaning they are more likely according to usa swimming to have no or low swimming ability, putting them at risk for drowning the skills they learn in this class could save their own lives, too lifeguard certification is also a pathway to a well paying summer job up to $800 per week at city pools or beaches >> i'm going to put into my college fund and recently puerto rico had a hurricane and my grandmother and my family over there are really struggling with money so i'm going to like send money over there
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>> reporter: swim coach chris sullivan said it's about much more than just the money >> it's amazing. the change in them, it makes me feel so gratified to see a kid become a young adult. >> reporter: since it started 13 years ago, the class produced more than 325 lifeguards. >> the school quote for swimming is never satisfied that's something all the swimmers go by. >> reporter: life-saving lessons paying off in and out of the pool morgan radford, nbc news, queens, new york. >> a great idea. that's "nbc nightly news" on this sunday night. lester holt will be with you tomorrow i'm kate snow. for all of us at nbc news, have a great night. right now, earn 60,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases when you apply and are approved
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the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thanks so much for joining us. i'm anoushah rasta. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. >> the killing of an officer, two teenagers accused of that crime. this picture is raising questions, 19-year-old natale-hjorth blindfolded and handcuffed. >> a statement was released in reaction to the photo being released, it said "the general command of the carabinieri corps distances itself from the release and dis-clowe sewer of photos of restricted people for the murder of deputy brigade mario cerciello rega. the provincial command of rome is carrying out investigations with the utmost timeliness in order to identify


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