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on this sunday night, swept away, at least nine people are dead after a flash flood sweeps through a popular swimming hole in arizona. the horror as bystanders watch normally calm waters turn violent. health care on hold. a senate vote on the latest republican bill is delayed after senator john mccain undergoes emergency surgery. tonight, the latest on mccain's health and the health care battle. out of control. a power boat makes a violent turn ejecting all ten people on board causing severe injuries and damage before it's finally stopped. and baby talk. a ground breaking new program to expose children to more words earlier. giving them a better start in
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life. nightly news begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news with kate snow. good evening. it happened so quickly, with no warning, parents and kids were enjoying a day at a popular arizona swimming hole when a rush of water swept into the canyon. the flash flooding came after heavy rains near the verde river about two hours north of phoenix. nine people killed, others injured, and intense search is under way tonight for one teenager still missing. steve patterson has our report. >> reporter: rushing, a bit of summer fun. that within minutes turned into a roaring watery death trap. >> holy mackerel. >> there were 14 people that weren't accounted for after the flash flood went through. >> reporter: officials say a family group of 14 people were he
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debris-filled water swept through the canyon. >> normally it's just a trickle of a creek, but during the monsoon season, it can go from a foot deep to ten feet deep in a matter of minutes. >> reporter: you can see people there clinging to a tree in the rushing waters. video captured by someone who tried to rescue some people in the water. >> we looked down, somebody in a tree, guy in a tree holding his two-year-old daughter. >> reporter: authorities say a fire just weeks ago cleared the area around the creek of vegetation. yesterday afternoon, rolled off the surrounding hills, turning into a deadly wall of water. among the nine dead, at least three children. four others rescued by helicopter, and rushed to a hospital. >> if he sees anything, he's going to holler. >> reporter: tonight more than 40 rescuers are still searching the river banks for a 13-year-old boy. meanwhile in the midwest, unprecedented flooding with thousands of homes underwater after days of severe storms.
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to 7,000 structures are damaged, now a massive sandbagging operation as rivers continue to swell to record heights. >> it's a lot of work, but hopefully it'll protect our things. we don't want all of our stuff destroyed obviously. it's tough dealing with this. >> reporter: mother nature's furry displacing thousands in the midwest tonight, claiming lives in arizona. steve patterson, nbc news. president trump has been pushing congress to move quickly on a health care bill, but a vote is on hold tonight because of a health emergency involving a key senator, john mccain. he is recovering at home after having surgery to remove a blood clot in his head. we get the latest from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: for a second day, the president played host to world class golf at his bedminister club, but his shot at repealing the health care law is on hold, and delivering on his pledge, uncertain. but that's a boost to protesters near the
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the delay follows unexpected surgery for senator john mccain, who had a blood clot removed. he's doing well, but must remain in arizona this week. >> i believe as soon as we have, we have a full contingent of senators that we'll have that vote. it's important we do so. >> reporter: but senate republicans are struggling among themselves. divided over the scope of insurance reforms and proposed medicaid cuts. >> there are about eight to ten republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill. and so at the end of the day, i don't know whether it will pass. >> reporter: a new poll out today shows president trump with the lowest approval rating at six months of any president in 70 years. at 36%. on twitter, the president rounded that up, claiming, almost 40% is not bad at this time. one drag on his
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probe. today the president could watch his defense, times five, on morning tv. >> the meeting and what took place at the meeting, based on all the information you said is not a violation of any loss, action, or suit. >> reporter: the lawyer argued the campaign broke no laws when donald trump jr. and others met with a russian lawyer and russian-born lobbyist who offered information against clinton. >> i wondered why the secret service allowed these people in. >> reporter: but the senate intelligence committee wants to know if the latest smoke leads to fire. >> i want to hear from everyone in that meeting and get their version of the story, as well as, i think, we may find out there may have been other meetings as well. we don't know that yet. >> reporter: the president heads back to the white house tonight and his administration will try to change the subject. aids say they will roll out another one of their theme weeks, this time calling it made in america,
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and showcase products made state by state. it's also a way to talk about policy, their ideas on rolling back regulations, kate. >> kelly o'donnell tonight, thank you. it was a wild and terrifying scene at an indiana lake this weekend after a driver lost control of her boat, sending all ten people in the boat overboard. but it didn't stop there. now several people are seriously injured and that driver is under arrest. nbc's kerry sanders has more. >> reporter: a frightening scene in indiana, a 21 foot motor boat spinning out of control, and no one's behind the wheel. >> oh no! >> reporter: the chaos unfolded when police say 20-year-old dominique hit a high rate of speed and made a violent turn. throwing all ten people overboard, four seriously injured. by the time help arrived, the boat was stocking like a motorized shark, making circles at 35 miles per hour. sheriff's deput
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to untangle the propeller. the boat smashes into that officer's patrol boat. >> whoa, oh no! oh my god! >> what are they doing? >> reporter: another officer on a jet ski leaps on to the boat, finally bringing it to a stop. >> once i was close enough, it was just a matter of stepping from his boat into that boat. >> reporter: authorities say alcohol was a factor and the incident is now under investigation. the operator was arrested and faces charges. kerry sanders, nbc news. tonight, the british government says it is considering tougher punishments for people who commit acid attacks, a vicious crime that's been on the rise. a teenager was charged in several acid attacks in london this past week and lawmakers are scrambling to deter more attacks. matt bradley has more tonight. >> reporter: five victims, in only 90 minutes. police charged a 16-year-old boy today with a frenzy of acid
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night. the victims, all men, were riding mopeds. >> jumped from the bike, and it's burning on my face. >> acid attacks are absolutely horrendous, barbaric. >> reporter: with no common motive, acid attacks have grown dramatically. from 166 in 2014 to 261 in 2015, to 454 just last year. last month, this man and his cousin were attacked as they sat in his car on his 21st birthday. >> i'm never going to be the same again. this guy tried to kill us. i'm lucky i'm alive. >> reporter: both will be scarred for life, but she once dreamed of becoming a model, hopes her trauma will leave a mark on law. she started a petition to restrict the sale of the chemical. british lawmakers are taking notice and tomorrow they'll debate here in parliament about how toon
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seems to resist easy solutions. lawmakers could consider classifying acid and other corrosive substances as dangerous weapons. expanding the list of restricted substances, and introducing harsher sentences. he was badly scarred in an attack two years ago, and he's angry that his attacker only received an eight-year prison sentence. >> i'm living with a life sentence, so, person that done this should be living with the same. >> reporter: the teenaged suspect of thursday's attacks is scheduled to be in court tomorrow. matt bradley, nbc news, london. back in this country, jimmy carter was feeling well enough today to return to the church in planes, georgia, where he's become a sunday fixture, just three days after the 92-year-old former president collapsed while working on a volunteer project in canada. he talked to the congregation about what happened. we get more tonight from nbc's mya rodriguez. >> it's good to be back again. >> reporter: jimmy carter was
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hospital stay behind him. >> the doctors gave me all kinds of tests. >> reporter: he was dehydrated working on a habitat for humanity home in canada and spent a night in the hospital as a precaution. he and rose lin were in several cities this past week, today carter reflected on his busy schedule. >> well, been gone for about a month, and it's been one of the most strenuous months i've had. >> reporter: this was not his first scare. two years ago, diagnosed with mel know ma which spread to his brain. he's cancer-free. >> didn't find cancer at all. >> reporter: the former president shows no signs of slowing down. according to friend jan williams. >> he doesn't rest. he's like a little energizer bun bunny. >> reporter: the congregation of about 100 can swell to five times that. some coming from around the country. making the long drive to planes, georgia. >> six hours. >> nine hours. >> reporter: and then, there are the these
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hours from maryland. >> we are grateful to have that experience and share that experience with our daughter. >> reporter: all for a chance to hear the nation's 39th president teach sunday school, for the 793rd time. mya rodriguez, nbc news. well if you're impressed by president carter's stamina, check out this woman. she is 101-year-old julia hurricane hopkins, and this weekend, she was the only one to compete in the over 100 category in the usa track and field outdoors masters championship. the oldest ever to compete, in fact, and not only that, she ran the 100 meter dash in 42.12 seconds, that is more than six seconds faster than the current world record. and with a flower in her hair, did you notice that? a brilliant young star in the world of mathematics has died. born in iran, was the only woman to ever win a fields medal. the mostre
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mathematics, she was a professor at stanford university. she died following a long battle with breast cancer. she was just 40 years old. the issue of sexual harassment and misconduct in silicon valley is a focus this evening on sunday night with megyn kelly. and megyn joins me now with a preview, megyn. >> thanks, kate. we have got a lot ahead for you this sunday night. they are high-powered women in the world of tech. and the stories they're telling are powerful too. >> his body was pushing up against me. >> i said no, i said no multiple times. >> to experience that can really take a toll. >> the scandal rocking silicon valley. how many here have experienced what you consider to be sexual harassment? women speak out together for the first time on television. also, katie tur takes us inside the revelations about russia. >> donald trump jr. said he was interestinged in getting information from the russian government, should that have raised a red flag? >> for a experienced campaign
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operative, yeah. for a family member, i'm not surprised. >> and one of the most inspiring stories you will ever see. >> i felt very much alone. >> your interview, kate, with star ballerina. born in a war zone, or fanned at three, and now she's earning applause on stages across the world. >> the only way i could survive was to prove everybody wrong. >> over and over -- >> it helps me to continue to fight. >> a journey nothing short of miraculous. looking forward to your report, big time. it's unbelievable. i've seen it, the michaela specie powerful, kate. >> thanks so much, megyn, appreciate it. stay tuned right after this program, tonight, 7:00, 6:00 central time. still ahead tonight, words of wisdom. a new way to talk to young children so that they learn more earlier, and become smarter in the process. also, a light show you will not want to miss. where in the country you can get the best you hear these stories
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this family wanted to keep the game going. son: hey mom, one more game? tech: with safelite, you get a text when we're on our way. you can see exactly when we'll arrive. mom: sure. bring it! tech: i'm micah with safelite. mom: thanks for coming, it's right over here. tech: giving you a few more minutes for what matters most. take care! family: bye! kids singing: safelite® repair, safelite® replace. back now with an innovative approach to giving young children a head start in life. it's well known that the more parents talk to their babies, the smarter they'll become, but now, a ground-breaking program in providence, rhode island, is teaching new parents that the way they talk with their children can make a big difference. here's the report. >> reporter: at nearly two years old, kaylee is quite a
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her language skills considered advanced for her age, thanks to a novel program called, providence talks. >> look. >> reporter: built to boost kid's vocabulary. >> it's been great. she's speaking a lot. and everybody can understand her. >> does the child have different -- >> reporter: her mom gets free home visits twice a month from language coaches like jennifer. is it important for a parent to speak clearly to their baby? >> yes, and to respond what they're babbling about. >> reporter: the program encourages something called, enhanced conversation from the day a child is born. so instead of saying something simple, like, kitty sleeping. parents should add details, such as, the grey striped scat speaking on a warm blanket. expose to 21,000 words a day, almost double what they typically
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to ensure the vocabularies will be on par with their more affluent peers by the time they start school. >> i want to make sure all children start at a level playing field. when you start behind, it's harder to read, get a job, graduate high school. >> reporter: providence talks combines old fashioned conversation with high-tech data, participating children where what's called a digital language processer. it measures what a child hears during the day, a kind of fitbit for words and shows parents how many times the baby had so-called conversations with the grown-up. >> you have 24 stars in total, that's awesome. >> reporter: has this given her a head start? >> oh yes. i think that when she get into school, she's going to be like brilliant. >> superstar. >> yes. >> reporter: a promising start to a future that looks and sounds bright. nbc news, providence, rhode island. >> brilliant idea. when we come back, they are
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robotics from all over the world, and for them, just getting
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thanks to a solar flair, people in the northern most parts of the u.s. now could have another chance to see the dazzling display tonight. experts say optimal viewing will be about 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. a team of young science students is beaming tonight after they finally made it to the united states to compete in an international robotics competition. they're from achg and up until a few days ago, it appeared doubtful that the team
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get to come. morgan radford tonight on their long journey. >> reporter: in the heart of afghanistan, six teenaged girls measuring, testing, and building a robot. here, only one in five girls makes it passed middle school. but 16-year-old rodaba nori wants to set a different example. >> nothing is impossible. >> reporter: this team is entering the first global challenge. international competition to try to solve world problems to clean water. >> 158 nations each with one team just like the olympics, coming here to address a common problem. >> reporter: after spending months building their robot, all six girls packed into a taxi, making the 500 mile trip to the u.s. embassy in kabul to apply for visas. each time they were denied. >> why is visa is granted or why a visa is denied is something that's going to be kept confidential.
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one of the six mostly muslim countries under the trump administration's travel ban. their case sparking international attention, and then a last minute intervention by the president himself. the girls were granted a visa. elated, they packed their bags to make the journey. at an airport just outside washington, d.c., fans waited to greet them at midnight. >> they are powerful. they are strong. and they are not silent anymore. >> reporter: for her, a dream come true. >> i am so happy, i can say to you how much we are happy. >> reporter: happy to make history. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. and up next, why a little radio station is having a big impact on the lives of it's young fans. >> we are
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finally tonight, for kids facing long stays in the hospital, there is no easy way to put it, it is tough, but at some children's hospitals around the country, they're making the time just a little bit brighter by creating their own radio and tv stations for the kids, run by the kids. nbc's joe frier has that story. >> we have so much stuff in store for you today, you're not going to to want turn the dial. >> wait -- >> reporter: listenership is confined to a single building. >> e
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>> reporter: yet it's reach is beyond measure. >> it probably went like -- >> reporter: the hosts and audiences are patients at children's hospital, colorado. >> how much do you look forward to doing this? >> a lot. they have bigger compound eyes. >> reporter: just eight years old, carter lewis hosts a show dedicated entirely to his first topic. that's right, bugs. on this stay, his musical guests informed insect-inspired songs. >> i get to meet people here at the hospital feel better. >> reporter: carter's parents say the show is life changing for a boy bat amecan league juvenile form of arthritis. >> carter didn't choose to have arthritis, but he chose to have a bug show. >> reporter: you'll find ten such stations in children's hospitals across the country, they're called seacrest studios, as in ryan seacrest. his foundation is behind it all. >> this is
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>> reporter: young patients request songs and play games. >> it rotates -- >> yes. >> reporter: and those unable to leave their rooms watch on tv. >> nice to see you. >> reporter: sometimes celebrities drop by. >> what is your favorite flavor of ice cream? >> more than i can count, we've had a mom crying, not tears of sadness, but joy, this is the first time they've seen their kid dance in three months. >> reporter: station that's transmitting good times in a surprising place. joe frier, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >> that's good stuff. that is nbc nightly news for a sunday night. lester holt will be in tomorrow. i'm kate snow, reporting from new york for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night.
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welcome to sunday night. i'm megyn kelly. how many of you here have experienced sexual harassment? they're high-powered women in the shiny world of tech. but they're dealing with something dark. >> his body was pushing up against me. >> he backed me into a corner. >> all of a sudden his hand is on my inner thigh. >> what are you thinking in that moment? got to get out of here. >> sexual harassment in silicon valley. meet the women standing up. and speaking out on camera together for the first time on television. >> i don't say something, who will? also, the russian plot thickens. >> like his father, he wants to win. nbc's katy tur takes us inside the latest revelat.


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