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the podiums will be about 20 inches apart. half of the distance apart they were in the first debate. that means if you want to make a point, you may whack the candidate standing next to you. and they will be standing for nearly nathree hours, allowed onnge bathroom break but that is enough time to tire you out and could cause interesting moments tonight. >> peter thanks. let's bring in chuck todd from "meet the press." it could be make or break tonight. wharo can't afford to have a bad showing. >> i think it starts front and center with ben carson. with donald trump. that is somebody that the country is not familiar with. how will he handle the bright lights. here he is. him. is he the interesting alternative to donald he sort of melted in the first half of the last debate. he had a good moment at the end. he admitted he had stage freight. and then everybody else, scott walker,
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marco rubio and rand paul, a year ago we were talking about those guys as potential front-runner and they are struggling with an important end of the month deadline. they may see money dry up. >> everybody is compelling to make some noise. >> they are. and trump is an easy punching bag. if i'm jeb bush i'm worried that some might flex. and i don't like washington and therefore i don't like bush. so they need to be prepared to take a lot of incoming tonight. >> if you see something. >> say something. that is the mantra in this age of terror. but a troubling story out of texas. has many wondering whether the lines of vigilance and caution weren't terribly twisted, leaving a muslim high school student handcuffed and humiliated over a science project. janet shan lynn has the story that has
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touched off a national conversation. >> a high school stcaudent, ahmed mohamed took his home made digita clock to show his new engineering teacher. >> i took it to the teacher to show the talent i had and in m perspective it didn't look like a bomb but several teachers at macarthur high in irving, texas, thought it looked like. he, was handcuffed in the hallway. his sister tweeted this photo. later fingerprinted and questioned. >> i brought somethi stng to school that wasn't a threat to anyone. i didn't do anything wrong. i just showed my teacher something and i end up getting arrested. >> reporter: the incident lit up the internet. the #i stand with ahmed. and the clock showing solidarity. mark zuckerburg showing if you want to come by facebook, i would love to meet you. and president obama issued this invitation. cool clock, ahmed.
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want to bring it to the white house. >> they went after this young man and treated him like a terrorist and we know what people think terrorists are. that they associate that with people that are muslim. >> reporter: tonight school officials are defending their actions. >> we were doing everything what an abundance of caution to protect all of our students. >> reporter: and police are denying that a nonmuslim student would be treated any differently. >> our reaction would have been the same. >> reporter: the ninth grader won't face charges charges. still suspended until thursday, he is planning to transfer schools. janet sham lynn, nbc news, houston. >> >> it was a car defect that led to the deaths of over 100 people and one gm knew of and kept to it self-for a very long time. tonight nbc news has learned that gm has reached a settlement with the feds over the faulty ignition switches and pete
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detailed. >> nbc news has learned the agreement announced tomorrow settles charged that the company failed to obey federal laws quiring prompt disclosure of safety probllems. last year gm began recalling 2.5 million cars with ignition switches that could suddenly shut off the engine, cutting off the power to the airbags and disabling ths e power steering and brakes, causing crashes. but prosecutors say pe company knew about thodeloroblem for more than a decade before reporting it. good morning has since determined that the switches caused accidents that led to 124 deaths and 273 injuries. the family of nursing student sadie john sud saw who died in her chevy cobalt said it has been an ordeal. >> quite frankly, i just want this to be over. it is very painful. >> reporter: officials familiar with the settlement say gm will pay the government a fine of over half a billion dollars. that is far less than the $1.2 billion
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toyota paid last year for concealing acceleration problems in its cars. but officials say gm under the ceo mary barra has been cooperative with federal investigators, admitting that the company concealed the problem. >> repeatedly, individuals failed to disclose critical pieces of information that could have fundamentally changed the lives of those impacted by the faulty ignition switch. >> gm gets credit for cooperating with federal prosecutors, reducing the potential fine. >> reporter: officials familiar with the case say no current or former gm employees will be charged. separately 308 victims and family members have accepted compensation from gm of at least $1 million each. lester. >> pete williams in washington, thank you. in europe, the crisis took an ugly turn as hungarian po.lice turned tier gas and water on migrants, including women and children desperate to
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cross the border. many escaped wars. all survived a long and dangerous journey to see the door to a better life violently richard engel was in day. >> reporter: they made it this far but got here too late. hundreds of might rants and refugees are now stranded on the wrong side of the border. dreams of a better life in western europe blocked by riot police.day a group of young man tried to push across the border. police pushed back. tempers flares and when bottles started to fly, the cops let loose the pepper spray and teargas. clouds of it. disappointment that the people feel because they are not allowed to go further has just boiled over. this woman just collapsed in front of me. this woman just collapsed.
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she is breathing. they are calling to bring her some water. she is breathing. she's waking up. she's waking up. whoa! i try to keep her head up. leaning her against her back. pregnant. people carry her off to a make-shift infirmary. aid workers try t ve. but as she comes around, teargas came into the infirmary. woman outside. she can barely walk. she's carried off for care. children. hours later, we manage [lain. smiling, reunited with her husband. her name is zanib and she's 19 years old. weeks. she told me her the syrian army. if they go back, she said, he'll be executed. even if we wanted to any money left. she said. i asked her how she
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felt before, in the gas? >> translator: efrpg was burning, she said. my eyes, my ev, my stomach was hurting. she doesn't remember falling. she's more worried about what happens next. no way forward, no money left. and a baby on the way. richard engel, nbc news, serbia. >> a difficult and heartbreaking story. in northern california, the so-called valley fire is a volatile force tonight, continuing to explode. contained, the fire has now spread to more than 70,000 acres. our nbc news team experienced a firsthand with firefighters when the flames reached incredible speeds. our national correspondent miguel almaguer is with crews on the ground. >> reporter: traveling out of middletown, we could see flames in the distnoce but quickly without warning, we face a tunnel of fire. >> this fire has burned for several miles and it is still
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so intense. and there is so much brush in front of us, it looks like it will never end. it was too danger to turn back. burning debris was falling on the road. you could hear the fury. and feel the intensity. crews, who were just in front of us, tell usas the flames are shooting at 40-50 places. and even here in the vehicle you can feel the heat. >> everything became a blowtorch, an in furno on the road. . >> reporter: some fire crews pass forward. we found safety with veteran firefighters like bill vieras. >> it sounds like a sucking sound that people describe as a jet plane. so it is just pulling in air and kmuming the fuel. >> reporter: the fire here is able to create its own weather. it is shooting embers into the air and creating intense feet. and we see another off. raining embers sent
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refighters scramble. a v thehicle catching fire. these are the epic conditions crews now face every day. and tonight another extreme. we've had heavy rain for the last several hours. that several is good news for the blaze. as for the flank of the fire that we were covering, it burned out and moved into an area that already had a burn scar. nine times out of ten we are following fire, this time it came to us. >> you really showed us what it is all about and what they face out there. miguel, thanowks very much. and still ahead, a centuries old way of life in danger of being wiped off the planet. we take you to the nomerthernmost area of the planet. and the tragedy grows in the flooding in the west. the discovery rescue crews made today in on wee of our ncaional technology empowers us to achieve more. it pushes us to go further. special olympics has almost five million athletes in 170 countries. the microsoft cloud
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the stakes could not be higher tonight. in the ser s of special reports from the top of the world, an entire civilization of world caught between the ways of the past and the challenges of the future. melting sea ice threatening to send their way of life into extinction. our cynthia mcfadden has the story. >> this is the furtherest furthest northern tip. >> they are protecting a way of life. >> there is no costco up here so we eat off
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the land. >> down below, barrow, alaska is celebrating another successful whale hunt. some over 200 years old and 100 tons had harpooned, carved up and shared with the community. >> everybody gets fed. nobody goes hungry. >> whale has kept us alive for thousands of years. >> reporter: but can the beat that has echoed here for so long survive? >> that is a jaw of the whale. >> this whaling captain said climate change is making it harder to pull the massive whales out of the sea and changing the migration patterns of the caribou and the seal. >> we've been seeing it and we know our world is changing. >> earth that has been frozen forever, now melting. threatening their underground utilities. >> our community's sustainability is at risk. >> this whaling captain isn't just
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weather, he warned that nearby profits that have fueled thic community are drying up. the alaska pipeline is running at a third of the capacity. >> you were growing up here and it was aar lot rougher living, right? >> right. we didn't have running third world conditions. >> he and his wife laura are trying to move federal while holding on to tradition. >> that is a good caribou skin. 60% of the diet is caribou. >> being able to hunt is important because a gallon of milk costs ov.er $10. and a case of pepsi is near $30. and the warming is getting worst. this past may was the warmest ever in barrow, in the middle of the hunting season. marty martinson mans the northernmost out pest. he said record co2 is driving the dramatic change. >> why is everything happening at two times the rate here than anywhere else in the world. >> if you melt the
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ice, you are not reflecting light and you are absorbing light and you add more heat and melt more ice. >> and less ice means fewer successful hunts. but through don't just need whales. they need cash. >> we're not asking for handouts. we just want to be heard and have some local input and local control. >> because it is a major gamble made possible by the melting ice could make this region rich for years, the off-shore drilling for oil. >> we still have lives to live and children to feed. >> but could it destroy their way of life forever. >> once you have an accident, there is no turning back. >> cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, barrow, alaska. we're back in a moment with a big could protect you from diabetes? what if one sit-up could prevent heart disease? one. wishful thinking, right? but there is one step you can take to help prevent another serious disease. pneumococcal pneumonia.
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to compare themselves to ronald reagan. >> he is somebody that i knew and liked and he liked me. >> i remember our wedding anniversary because it is ronald reagan's birthday. >> jeb bush undressed to show his reagan connection. >> reagan and bush. >> he was the great debater. >> i'm not going to exploit for political purposes my opponents youth and inexperience. >> but he skewered his opponents with a self-deprecating quib, not an attack said his son michael. >> he believed thou shalt not talk ill of another republican. >> and donald trump is trying to make america great again. but reagan has the flip side of today's angory rhetoric. >> he said once, i hope history will say i tried to appeal to people's best instincts, not the worst fears. >> and reagan compromised on taxes ab immigration.
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talk about building walls -- reagan enacted immigration reform. >> you solve a problem in the ronald railg nod and you get together and get >> reagan saw america as a shining sit on the hill. a country welcoming people in, not shutting them out. >> if there had to be had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will here. >> in reagan's words, a shining city teaming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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tyra in tears. her new tv breakdown. >> now on "extra."
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>> tyra banks' surprise new confessions about her struggles to become a mom at 41. >> you just have no idea what people are going through. kylie jenner knocking big sister kick off her throne. >> why the youngest jenner is fast on her way to blowing kim's bank account out of the water. rosie o'donnell and tatum o'neal spotted on a secret lover's retreat? >> are they ready to only out as a couple? donald trump fired up for round two. >> i changed my flight plan so i could stay home and watch it. plus jimmy fallon's new donald spoof. >> i cherish women. then carrie underwood's first words about accidentally locking her son in the car. >> i was like, they locked the door, they locked the door. >> "extra" with the new mom on her incredible post-baby slimdown. >> how do you do it? "extra" inside new york fashion week with proudly curvy serena williams. >> me, you know what, i'm not a stick.
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cohen have a thing for tracey? >> i love being spanked by powerful women. now, on "extra" from universal studios hollywood, the entertainment capital of l.a. >> hey, everyone, welcome to "extra." i'm mario lopez. coming up john stay mos taking a dig at the olsen twins. is bravo's andy cohen the next stern? tyra banks' heartbreak about trying to have kids telling her fans about trying to have kids. >> tyra banks' tearful confession. >> sorry. >> the supermodel who told mario in 2013 -- >> oh my god, i so want kids. >> -- now breaking down opening up like never before about her struggle to become a mother. >> you don't know what i'm going through. you have no idea. >> the stunning news breaking on her "fab life" set angry one minute. >> i'm tired of seeing on my
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social media, why don't you have kids? >> emotional the next revealing she put it off for her career until now. >> after a while it's like, okay, now i want to and it's not so easy. >> tyra reveal to "people" magazine she's been using in vitro fertilization to try to get pregnant. "extra the" behind the scenes of her makeup on and off photo shoot, telling the mag she hopes to have children with her boyfriend of two years. she's not alone, chrissy teigen confessing she and husband john legend have been trying as well. >> if anyone is asking me, are you going to have kids? i hate it. stop asking me. kylie jenner dethroning her sisters. the youngest jenner about to steal the crown as most popular of the multimillionaire empire, her brand new all-access to her life app featuring this encounter with caitlyn. >> i hate your brows. >> you hate them? >> yeah, they're too perfect.

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