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support. why are you laughing? >> well, that's donald trump. >> reporter: tonight, trump's team stressing it's an ongoing conversation. now to the west where there is an urgent battle being waged against wildfires burning in more than half a dozen states scorching more than 112,000 acres. >> reporter: from border to border, the west is on fire, a flames and smoke, more than 100 fires across eight states. in southern california, the fire briefly threatened the famous castle. and in nearly two weeks since the fire sparked, it's only 2% contained. outside spokane, duelling fires fueled by high winds,
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to evacuate. >> when the real thing hits, you can't run fast enough. >> reporter: and the cost of the fire fight is piling up. u.s. forestry service has spent more than $1 billion this year. but the cost on the ground is even higher. >> does it take a toll? absolutely. >> reporter: a toll that keeps climbing, with no end in sight. from fire to the ongoing flood disaster in louisiana. surveyed the damage there where thousands remain in shelters. his visit comes after donald trump and criticism from some republicans he should have cut his vacation short and been there earlier. we get details from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: with homes in shambles and thousands still in shelters, president obama toured the devastation. >> i'm asking every american to do what you can to get local
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>> reporter: coming just days after donald trump and pence surveyed the devastation. >> reporter: has the federal response been adequate? >> there's been i believe unprecedented cooperation and collaboration. and we're getting what we're asking for. >> reporter: lleyton rigs is the -- >> like so many others we didn't have flood insurance. here after the flooding from hurricane katrina. tonight she's trying to salvage any memories from her deceased husband. >> reporter: there are more than 100,000 people like her applying for federal aid. it has been a summer of heart break for this region. the president also met with the family of alton sterling who was killed in a shooting last month and the family of officers in a separate shooting
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news investigation into the clinton connection into the controversial for profit university. hillary clinton has slammed some of these schools as predatory. but cynthia mcfadden found that president clinton made millions from one such school. >> reporter: since announcing for president, hillary clinton has been a vocal critic of for profit universities in general. >> we will crack down on predatory >> reporter: and of trump university in particular. >> he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people at trump u. >> reporter: but it isn't just donald trump who's profited. for five years, bill clinton was the honorary chancellor of the biggest for profit education in the world, laureate education, inc.
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an enormous fee. $7.6 million over five years, visiting 19 campuses in 14 countries, the clinton foundation also got between $1 million and $5 million from lawyer yet. >> stepping down only 12 days before his wife launched her run for the presidency. >> there are students who take out loans to pay for an expensive degree from a for profit institution only to find little >> reporter: but as secretary of state, she praised laureate, writing to her staff, the founder doug becker is someone who bill likes a lot and that laureate should be included in a state department dinner, they were. over the last three months, nbc news has taken a closer look at laureate's flagship, walden university. more than two dozen students tell us the school misled them,
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staggering amount of student loan debt. >> that's a lot of money. >> it's taken me from a successful career to poverty. >> reporter: these five phd students claim that walden's constant churning caused them to go further and further in debt. while raking in profits for the university. they're part of a group of 80 students who hope to file a class-action lawsuit. >> i had five committee members over the six years. >> reporter: so they the scam that we're talking about. >> reporter: laureate tells us that their program is vigorous and challenging. laureate and walden declined to give us graduation rates for their phd candidates but pointed us to three students who were satisfied with their experiences, one
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scholarship. is it possible that you're just not qualified to get a phd? >> they could have told me, you are not cut out for this, have a nice life. >> i have lost everything, i have nothing else to lose. >> reporter: what would you like bill clinton to know? >> that he can forgive our loans because i don't think he would want to be representative of something that is basically unfair or unethical. he can't give us back our years, but he can give us back our >> reporter: bill and hillary clinton declined to comment on these students aelgtszs, but bill clinton says he's pleased to support laureate's plan for higher education. and hillary clinton says that all universities should be held to high standards and that she intends to clamp down on bad actors. a lot more to tell
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evening, more on the medicine that's
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we're back now with the outrage over a dug company's dramatic price increase for a life saving medication. epipens are used in emergencies to treat people often children who experience a
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the makers of epipen has raised the price over 400% over the past four years and has been accused of price gouging. >> reporter: it's a life saving drug for patients with potentially deadly allergies. 48 million americans keep an epipen close at hand. since 2008, the price pharmacies pay for an epipen two pack has shot up from $100 to >> i have to protect to provide life saving medications to my child. and at the current trend, i worry how i'm going to pay for it in the future. >> reporter: she now gets her epipen from a company that orders it from canada. >> i consider it gouging because what happens is they now control by some estimates 85% of this market. >> reporter: the
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epipen, mylan says that it -- allows people with high insurance deductibles that don't cover the price. while racing epipen prices by more than 400%. top company executives saw their total compensation jump by more than 600%. in an emergencies, it's not ideal. >> the medicine itself part. it's cheap, it's the auto injecting part that's expensive. you can learn to do it yourself with the pen, you you have to do it correctly. we're back in a moment with a teacher's letter going
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a dire warning
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calls the quote apex of horror in syria. he says convoys have been unable to travel into aleppo to bring relief to thousands cut off from food, water and supplies. nbc news has much more from this city under siege in our new series "aleppo: children of war" on our website. things are starting to fire up in the tropics. tropical storm gaston has formed, but it's not expected to be a threat t there's another tropical disturbance that the hurricane center is monitoring. impacts for the u.s. are uncertain as of now, but folks along the southeast coast should be keeping a pretty good eye on it. a dallas teacher is now a viral sensation, sending home a note to parvelts declaring a no home work policy. she won't assign it regularly.
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their evenings reading, playing outside and eating dinner together.
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finally tonight, it's been a year since we met a boy who made medical history by becoming the first child to receive a double hand transplant. his story has touched so many of our viewers. now he's back to show the world how far he has come. rehema ellis who first brought us his story has his next chapter. >> when we first met zion last year, he was unstoppable. and legs to an infection as a toddler. >> keep monitoring things. >> reporter: and even after ground breaking surgery to attach new hands, his energy was drained, but not his determination. and take a look at him now. oh, my goodness! his new hands are growing with him. >> when i got my hands, it's like here's a piece of my life that was missing. now it's here. now my life is
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>> reporter: now he can cut -- look what you can do. color and play, beating me at jenga. you are not giving up. he can do nearly all the things most kids take for granted. he cudled up to his mother patty, his hands can feel hers. >> like right now, her hands are cold and sometimes they're warm. sometimes they're ho taken a year of grueling rehabilitation. zion had to reteach his brain to communicate with his new hands. >> there you go. >> reporter: chief surgeon dr. scott levin says that zion has inspired the doctors at the penn medical center. >> we are grateful to him, and our whole team now is energized.
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son has a new freedom. >> one of the major concerns that i had for him was him growing up and being able to do certain things and have that independence and not need me forever. >> but i need you, without you i wouldn't remember to do everything, that's why i have you. >> reporter: this afternoon, zion talked about his hopes for the future. >> convince mom to let me play football. >> i knew that was coming. >> reporter: one remarkable boy -- >> before you quit and say i give up, try everything first. >> reporter: learning to grab hold of his world and sending a message to the rest of us. rehema ellis, nbc news, philadelphia. leave it to a little boy to help put life's challenges in perspective. that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night, for all of us
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lester holt and thank
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breaking news in italy right now. a strong earthquake with powerful aftershocks has rescuers scrambling in a frantic search for survivors. and a major military offensive including military backed forces to clear militant from a syrian border town. >> north korea launches a missile. >> and hillary clinton faces criticism over curious state department meetings. "early today" starts right now. good morning, herb and thanks for joining us today. i'm betty nguyen. a 6.2 magnitude earthquake has rocked central italy.
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could be felt hundreds of miles away in rome. but officials warn the death toll is expected to rise. local media reporting 13 deaths and people still trapped beneath the rubble amid widespread blackouts and looking at these live pictures you can see tons of rescue workers. multiple trues on the scene and i'm sure many other places as well trying to dig people out of so far 13 people are dead in this earthquake, but with aftershocks and with people still trying to find their loved ones we're going to be hearing more about how many people were in fact affected by that. in the meantime 49 states down. one more to go the zika virus
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a third outbreak popped up in pinellas county. while officials work to figure out how a local transmission could have spread that far florida's governor says he's not declaring a new zika zone there just yet. >> just because we have one case here doesn't mean we have local transmission. >> health officials say a serious epidemic is not expected in the u.s. but with 42 people now affected in florida's outbreak health officials are ramping t pregnant women. a new study, a baby affected with zika in brazil shows just how destructive the virus is to the brain. the images show the worst brain infections that doctors will ever see and that even babies born with normal size heads may have serious developmental problems. donald trump with an abrupt
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might be able to change that would accommodate to society, have been law abiding, would there be any room in your mind because i know you had a meeting this week with hispanic leaders. >> i did. great hispanic leaders and there certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. we have some great people in this country. >> that softening comment came shortly before trump's s proposed deportation force. >> does that mean that mass deportation of the estimated 11 to 12, 15 million illegal is off the table? >> does it mean it's off the table? i don't know, you know, i don't know the exact details of it in terms of that but he's always going to do something humanely. he's a good guy. >> this came the same day trump took the same line before an
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most vital issues of all. border security. we are going to build the wall. and who is going to pay for the wall? >> after getting a quick hair cut on the trail, vp mike pence told cbs the campaign's immigratiola deportation will be quote, worked out in the days ahead. and nbc is now reporting that trump will meet with african american and hispanic activists at his trump tower headquarters tomorrow, the very same day he was scheduled to hold a major immigration speech in denver. the meeting is to expand his base beyond his white voter support. african american support stands
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same survey. meanwhile hillary clinton is embroiled in controversy. a new report has clinton on the defense and republicans pouncing. new details reveal the extent to which she provided access to clinton foundation donors while serving as secretary of state. more than half of people outside of government gave money to the clinton foundation. donald trump is bashing >> the specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech. this is corruption. and this is why i have called for a special prosecutor to look into this mess. justice is supposed to be blind. it's never supposed to be for
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detals were further evidence of the pay to play politics that clinton's state department but the clinton camp is fighting back saying the story relies on flawed data, it cherry picked a limited subset of clinton's schedule. the foundation faces more scrutiny but for her high dollar fund raisers like she held in the afternoon at justin timber lake's house. according to the washington post, last count fit at 263 days since her last press conference. donald trump holds rallies in mississippi. hillary clinton is expected to remain off the trail for another day focusing fund raising out west. developing now, i want to tell you about this, new details are coming in about a submarine
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korea early this morning. it was launched off the country's east coast. it flew about 300 miles into the sea of japan. we're live in london. what more can you tell us about this missile launch? >> reporter: well, yes, good morning, betty. this is the latest in a series of missile launches by north korea. it's what successful ballistic missile launch so far by the north. a spokes person tells nbc news that the presumed kn 11 submarine launched ballistic missile occurred off the coast of north korea. it was tracked for 300 miles over and into the sea of japan adding that it did not pose a threat to north america. although japan's prime minister


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