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. tonight a > tonight a dangerous war of words escalates between the u.s. and iran after the attacks on two tankers. president trump says g iran did do it sitin avideo said to show iranian boat recovering evidence the attack while iran and other countries cast doubt on the claim. so what really happened and who was really responsible? the deepening mystery after the deaths of two more americans in the dominican reblic. >> she was where anywhere else in the world, she would be alive today.
>> the question being asked, is there an alcohol connection? the price you pay with a sharp and unexpected plunge in interest rates. why this may be the best time in years to inpply for a mortgage or refce the one you have. an uplifting message from the brave teenager that survived 's shark attack and her father heroic effort to save her. >> when i lled her , a shark came up with her, and it was a big shark. >> he tells how he battled the shark with his bare hands and run with his daughter to shore. and the astonishing video showing man asleep at the wheel for 30 miles. tonight, a sious wakeup call as we enter the age of the self-driving car. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. claims to have the smoking gun linking iran to those fiery attacks on two oil yankers in the middle eastterday. the pentagon releasing surveiance video it says captured an iranian boat crew in the act of removing key evidence from one of the stricken vessels but tonight wildly conflicting accounts of how the
ships we struck cloud an already dangerous and confusing cture as president trump warns iran not to blk one of the world's most critical sea fairing passages. richard engel has the latest. >> reporter: iran is escalating rhetoric taho attacked two persiaers. there was damming evidence released. aerial video which u.s. officials say shows iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from one of the attacked tankers. apparently to hide iran's involvement. this photo showing where the alleged mine was placed. president trump called in to fox news to say the iranians were caught red handed. >> well, iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat. i guess one of the mines didn't explode and it is probably ges sentially iran written all over it. >> reporter: the japanese owner of one of the tankers insists his vessel was sottacked not by a mine but me kind of fast-moving explosive, which is how rescue ships first reported the attacks. >> all stations, all
stations motor tanker front altair in fire. >> reporter: iran says it was not involved. nbc is in tehran. >> iran is ruling out talks with the u.s. blaming america for threatening stability in the reg with so much ani and absence of dialogue, the odds of conflict by accident is increasing every day. >> reporter: tonight, tensions remain high. a s. military official said iran was preventing tug boats from recovering one of the tankers. gh>> richard, toni we're learning about a different effort by iran to target u.s. surveillance assets. >> reporter: so, lester, the u.s. military doesn't talk about it much bu eshere are a lot of dronlying around this part of the world and officials tell us in vent days there were two incidents, one in which an iranian backed militia shot down an american drone over the red sea and another in which
the iranians tried to fire on a drone but so it shows the tension. >> richard engel tonight, thank you, richard. an about face by president trump today after his explosive comments and what he would do if offered campaign information s from a foreignrce. let's get more from kristen welker. >> reporter: on his 73rd birthday president trump reversing course saying he would tell wa the fbi if h offered dirt on another candidate by a foreign entity. >> of course you have to look at it, if you don't look at it, you don't know if it's dead. of course you give it to the fbi or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. >> reporter: t backtrack comes after the president got a e of criticism including from a few republicans for saying this. >> i think i'd take it if i thought there was somethinong i'd go maybe to the fbi. >> reporter: tonight outraged democrats
arguing the damage has been done. >> it's just shocking. 's disrespect for our country and constitution. >> reporter: on thursday, senate republicans blocked legislation that would require gns to notify federal ntuthorities if they are coted by a foreign power. as the top senate republican aimed to down play the controversy. >> thee is closed. why don't we move on? >> reporter: the president is also making headlines tonight disputing the testimony of his former white house counsel don mcgahn who told robert mueller that the president instructed him multipleimes to have the acting attorney general removed as special counsel. >> now the story on that very simply, number one, i was never going to fire mueller. i never suggested firing mueller. >> reporter: tonight a person close to mcgahn president's comments are fantasy land. tonight, the president just tweeted thanking top republicans for blocking democrats' efforts to pass tougher legislion on reporting damaging information from a foign power.
lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. in the dominican republic, the deaths tourists have been confirmed at resorts there. the question is there something wrong th the alcohol and could that have played a role in at least some of the deaths. morgan chesky has the latest. >> reporter: lelah cox came to these blue waters to celebrate her 53rd birthday but she never made it home. >> she lovhe beach. i truly believe in someway, shape or form the dominican republic is responsible. >> reporter: she was found in her hotel room, the causof ath a reported heart attack. cox the eighth american to die within the past year, at least half of them falling violently ill after reportedly drinking from their room's mini bar. jerry died in january. he became sick after a din night of dinner and drinks. their deaths have not been connected and the d.r.'s tourism e officials arlling these incidents tragic but isolated. the mysterious deaths
are raising questions about the alcohol in the country. in 2017 five locals died aer consuming bad alcohol. authorities conducting several raids shutting down five illegal labs producing alcohol not safe for human consumption. that same year, 20-year-old abby conner died on vacation in mexico. her parents sued the resort accusing them of serving contaminated liquor. so >> it's for mebody else that lost children or loved ones as well like this. >> reporter: authorities there seized 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol from more than 30 popular tourists spots. back in the dominican republic. >> i want to know how my mom died. >> reporter: a search for answers, these families may never find. morgan chesky, nbc news. let's turn to that survival in north carolina. hearing from the 17-year-old girl who lost part of her leg in a shark attack less than two weeks ago and from her father who made a heroic effort to save her. kerry sanders is tre tonight. >> i'm not alone.
>> reporter: -y 17r-old paige winter lost her left leg and two fiers when she was attacked by a shark in these waters off north carolina. >> i want people to see that i'm doing all right. >> reporter: today just 12 days later, az amgly upbeat. >> when i was in that water, i wasike praying like i'm 17, i got so much to do. >> reporter: today her dad charlie recounted his fight with the shark, pulling paige from its jaws. >> it was just immediate dad thing. i grabbed her with my left arm. i pulled her up over the water, and when i pulled her up, a shark came up with her. >> rorter: he struggled to shore, his daughter in his arms. >> i don't think i've ever told any of my children i loved them so much so many times. >> reporter: as a paramedic, he knew stopping the bleeding was vital. doctors say the two most critical elements in paige's survival, her courageous father and a belt used as a
tourniquet. >> her patient is brave and determined. m >> she looked and said okay, we're going to get out of the bed tomorrow. >> reporter: paige remains an advocate of marine life. her hashtag are sharks are still good people. the fight to survive fueling a teen with an unstoppable attitude. >> to be able to do everything. >> reporter: kerry nd sas, nbc news, atlantic beach, north carolina. >> what a story. now to the economy and stunning news that home mortgage applications soad 20% compared with a year ago because mortgage rates are at historic lows. jo ling kent tonight on the price you pay. >> reporter: it's officially high season for house huing, and these days buyers can get more for their money. that's because the average rate on a 30-year xed rate mortgage is 3.8%, the lowest in nearly two years. a sign of a strong economy. >> the labor market is the best it's been in
50 years. people are working and making more money. that's what gives people the confidence to buy homes. >> reporter: for buyers, it means more flexibilitand choice. for sellers, it's a good time to list. the average price for an existing home is up 3.6% if you're staying put, low rates could be an opportunity to refinance. these factors are already mang a dent in the market. mortgage applications are surging 20% with many homeowners refinancing at the low rates. but homeowners aren't the only winners here. it's good news for buyers, too.yo sore on the fence, what do you do? >> go for it. it's a good time to buy. if rates are 4% and 5% before, that increases purchase by 10%. to >> reporter: so what does that mean for you? if your budget was $500,000, with lower ,0ates you can afford a $550 home at a $550,000 home at roughly the roughly the same monthly payment.roughly the roughly the same monthly payment.% roughly e same monthly payment. a chance to save this
summer on home sweet home. jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. we have less than two weeks until the first 2020 democratic presidential primary debate, nbc news revealed which candidates will face-off each night battling it out wednesday, june 26th. , t will be cory bookerlian castro, bill de blasio, jay ensley, amy klobuchar, beto o'rourke, tim ryan and elizabeth warren and debating on thursday, june 27th is michael bennett, joe biden, pete buttigieg, biden, pete buttigieg, kirsten gillibrand, cahi cahi cahi cll -- camillkamala harr harr harr harris,kamala harris, eric sanders and andrew yang. idour series my bi is giving some candidate as chance to tell voters what makes them stand out. tonight, former housing secretary julian castro tells our harry smith out his big idea for our nation's children. >> my big ea is universal pre-k for 3 an
d 4-year-olds. >> reporter: what doesth at mean? >> to make sure every child out there can start at 3 years old with a great education, great public education. >> reporter: elected mayor of san antonio at jt 35, julian castro gave the keynote speech at the 20 democratic national convention. >> thank you. became secretary of housing and urban development. >> i see universpr as a ke as a key ingredient making sure the united states in the 21st century is the smartest nation on earth. >> reporter: we met castro at dartmouth college. >> i'm a proud product of the public schools but my dad was a public schoolteacher for 31 years. >> reporter: at castro's urging, voters in san antonio agreed to raise taxes for universal pre-k, which is free to low-income families. what he nts now is free pre-k for all 3 and 4-year-olds nationwide. what's the price tag? >> well, in 2012, president obam proposed one version of universal pre-k and
the price tag was $75 billion. it does cost to invest in great ecation foran 3 d 4-year-olds but cheaper than a year ofpr on. >> reporter: an investment in universal pre-k, that's julian castro's big idea. harry smith, nbc news, new hampshire. >> we continue with this tomorrow when former colorado governor john hickenlooper talks about his big idea. tonight, new eillance video that led to the arrest of actor cuba gooding junior. video shows him having contact with a woman who accuses him of groping heat a new york bar. gooding pleaded not guilty and was released without bail. more fuel tonight rs in that controy over delaying a new $20 bill showing
hard harriet tubmriet tubman. $20 bill showing we're getting a first look at what could it d cove looked like. blayne alexander has more. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, a ok lot what the new $20 bill might have looked like. secretary steve y mnhin announced an obama era plan to put tubman would be delayed until 2026. mnuchin calling it a security issue. >> it's my responsibility now to t focus on whais the issue of counter fitting and the curity features. >> reporter: but tonight "the new york times" is reporting a preliminary design of the bill was almost
nished created before president obama left office. in a new statement to nbc news, mnuchin standing by his decision saying the tion that this process is being stalled is completely erroneous. the burro of engraving and printing said the bill was never scrapped and they never planned to l' unveil the b design in 2020 but the timing of the delay causing controversy. on twitter, some calling it a political move to delay the replacement of president drew jackson, a slave owner with tubman with the projected release date coming after president trump would leave office. blayne alexander, nbc news. the is a lot more to tell you about tonight. just ahead a driver appears to be asleep on a street his tesla is driving on a highway. american pressure, if you're stressed simple step that may be the best prescription. less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. don't stop eliis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding. don't take eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. if you had a spinal injection while on ellquis our doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness.
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we're back now with america under pressure and if you're stressed, there may be a simple fix. here is tom costello. >> reporter: for millions of americans, life in 2019 is full throttle and stressful translating into medical complaints butse rearch suggestions one prescription is cheap. a minimum of two hours outside every week, golf, cycling, swimming, skis, a walk or hike. it reduces stress and depress, lowers blood pressure and can even help with asthma. pediatrician stacy is with park rx. >> you write prescriptions for pe le to go into the parks, why? >> these days both children and adults spend way too much time indoors and on electronics and we're seeing a lot of increase in obesity and diabetes. il>> reporter: the hls above stressful l.a. today a chorus of agreement.
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know. because he already had the present. >> what presents did he have? >> you? >> already. >> what is father's day? >> a day that you give father's stuff. >> is that the day at the gets to relax and do whatever he want >> no. >> no? [ laughter ] >> what do you think he would like for a present? >> a chicken. >> a chicken? >> and a gorilla. >> a lizard. >> a lizard? ou? that behind if you were talking to a brand-new father, what would you tell him his job is? >> his actual job is to protect. >> and like work hard like love them no matter what. >> surprise us. co>> do you like to for your father? >> i don't cook. >> you don't cook? >> i'm only 6 years old. >> i'm sorry. tell me about your father. makes me laugh a lot. >> how does he make you laugh? >> he tickled me to death.
>> do you ever play tricks on your dad? no? >> i play jokes. >> oh, what kind of jokes? >> knock, knock? >> who is there? >> boo. >> boo who? >> don't cry, don't cry. >> that's an old one. i know that one. >> if your father was a super hero, which super ro would he be? >> a ninja turtle. >> hayden? >> invisible man. >> i'm a grandfather. two little grandsons. what are grandfathers supposed tdo? >> i think they should like maybe like a babysitter or something. >> if i'm the grandfather, don't it have more fun? >> sometimes you get more fun. >> can i give treats to my grandsons? >> a little bit. >> what do you mean a little bit? >> because they will get hyper. >> whoas the best dad in the world? >> i do. >> how much do you love your dad? >> like 100 and 1,000 and infinity percent. >> happy father's day. apparently i have