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>> that's all for now. i'm lester holt. thanks for joining us. tens of thousands lose power, at least half a dozen deaths are reported fromhe sweltering temperatures. but meteorologist janessa webb says relief is on the way. >> a supersonic moment caught on camera a venezuelan fighter jetta gressel i havely shadowing a n u.s.avy plane over the caribbean, putng a creat risk >> a deadly home explosion caught on doorbell camera, a utility worker is kied, and hers are injured >> the wisconsin town that was promised thousands of jobs when president trump made a deal to bring a faory there. now some residents are calling it a scam. >> developing overnight, a construction crane collapses on two new jersey homes, one including eight female residents. late details ahead >> plus, is this going to be the
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united kingdom's next prime minister "early today" starts right now good mornii' m marlie hall. >> and i'm dara brown. hundreds of people will have some relief this morning from sweltering temperatures after an extreme heat wave settled across 40 states for several days in some places it felt like 110 degrees. as many as seven heat-related deaths have been reported. authorities in arkansas say 32-year-old former new york giants player mitch petris died from heat stroke while working in the triple digit temperatures the blisring heat is finally breaking along the east coast after some areas of new york matched record highs about 44,000 new yorkers lost power overnight and mayor ll de blasio says power was temporarily cut to several neighborhoods soepairs could be made. power was expected to return to 500 customers at aime. meanwhile, in new jersey, a crane collapsed onto a house and apartment buildingaung major damage to both
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the storm swept through the area also bringing down trees and power lines. there have been no reports of injuries >> now to a owdown in the sky, after a fighter jet in venezuela makes an unsafe approach to a u.s. navy aircraft the close encounter happened over the caribbean sea fu 30 flanker flew aggressively close to a u.s. na reconnaissance plane. morgan chesky has the latest >> reporter: dara, marlie, good morning. todathmilitary is calling the high-flying encounter highly reckless saying the venezuelan jest acted not only aggressively, bu the lives of the american crew the u.s. military says there's no mistaking the missionf this venezuelan su-30 fighter the video captured high abov the caribbean shows what officials call an aggressive shadowing of a u.s. surveillance plane. the encounter so close, southern command said the russian-made jet endangered the american crew with an unsafe maneuver. now the crossing of paths only raises tensions.
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russia backing venezuela president nicolas maduro as the u.s. actively supports the man trying to replace him, juan guaido theenezuelans are obviously lashing out against their principal antagonist which they >> reporter: military leaders say the action demonstrates russia's irresponsible military support to maduro's regime and the irresponsible behavior florida senator marco rubio not mincing words. venezuela only has three fighter jets they can fly. if they harmed any u.s. aircraft, they would soon have zero also importent to no this high-flying incident occurred on friday, the very same day the trump administration announced sanctions against four top officials in venezuela's counter intelligence agency. back to you. mgan, thank you >> president trump is promising to meet with the senate's top democrat to talk immigration the offer comes after sfwh minority leader and otatr democrtoured a texas
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detention center to get a look at the border crisis thpresident tweeted overnight schumer must have seen how bad and dangerous it is for our country. he said he wants to meet i will set up a meeting asap the president is launching a salvo one week after his initial tweet was lled racist by cr nbc's tracie potts joins us with the latest hi, tracie >> reporter: good morning, dara, good morning, everyone if yov thought the consy was simmering down, a week later it is not. take a look at the president's latest tweet president trump saying over the weekend that these four congress women of color that he does not believe they are capable of loving our country and that they should apologize to america and to israel for what he horrible and hateful things that they've said he also called them weak and insecure cklawmakers now ba and forth about this latest tweet being asked is president trump a racist
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>> do you believe president is a racist >> i believe he is -- yes, no doubt about it and i tried to give him the benefit of the doubt >> i fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin that makes it a racial criticism. >> reporter: the president supporters saying this is not about race, it's about what the president has called anti-semitic, anti-american comments and policies by these four women of color. democrats are urging republicans to speak up. back to you, dara. tracie potts, thank you so much >> now to a serious confrontation out of the middle east, iran's revolutionary guard released this dramatic video showing mass commando seizing a british tanker and 23 crew members. iranian media calling it reciprocalr action aftethe british impounded an iranian btanker in the sea two weeks ago. joining us from doha, qatar, is matt bradley matt, what's the latest there?
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>> reporter: well, marlie, the very latest this morning the british government is huddling in london in their so-called cobra meeting of senior security officials. we're going to hear more coming up in the next several hours what the british government is planning on doing. it's ait very see moment for them they're kind of caught between the u.s. and iran. all of these tensions between the u.k. and iran, of course, are unfolding as the trump administration really turns the screws on the iranian regime as well remember, the trump administration backed down off the iranian nuclear deal t obama administration entered a fw weekyears ago. what happens next is a big issue o looke this is starting t like tit-for-tat reciprocation as you just mention the. both sides have their own thshi. e british in angie brawl tgibra. the grace 1 waheaded for syria. noe thimperial is headed by
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the iranians it is looking more like a dangerous face off that could imperil a lot of different countries in the region. marlie >> matt bradley live in doha, qatar for us thank you >>s hirning we remember a legend of the legal realm. manhattan'ses longesing district attorney has died at the age of 99 according to "the new york times." throughout his storied 35 year ten year as manhattan's top prosecutor, put away mob king pins like john gotty he was best known for his dogged pursuit ofte whi collar criminals. morgan ethanol was a navy veteran who served a fs u.s. attorneyor new york's southern district and ran twice for governor d.a. was his legacy. he served asra inson for the original district attorney character in law and order and helped mold generations of lawyers inclpring e court justice sonya sotomayor.
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dead at 99 >> the sand man entered the hall of fame as the first unanimous inductee mariano rivera was enshrined on tuesday. the greatest closer of all time found himself in a familiar position, closing out the ceremony >> last 17 years of my career, i always say why i have to be the last one but i guess being the last one was special. >> the inductions got emotiona when holiday's wife accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. november of 2017 when the plane he was piloting crashed into the gulf of mexico another yankees pitcher mike mussina made it into the hall. also outfielder harold baynes, relief pitcher smith and mariners slugger edgar martinez. >> a maryland police department heat wave message has gone viral. the brain tree officer said conducting criminal activity in this extreme heat is next-level
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hin much man status and also very dangerous they urged would-be criminals to stay home. stranger things season 3 saying we will all meet again monda when it is cooler. i wholeheartedly agree with all of those >> that's an interesting correlation. i wonder if ere is more or less crime >> is it was a tough weekend for everybody, right i was running from the heat. it was not enough water intake across the plains to the upper midwest. and still very steamy this morning here for the northeast look at the heat index washington, the feels-like temperature of 83. but i promise you, relief is on the way. and it's all d to these storms that are already making their valley.ugh the ohio that will touchdown in the northeast, potential flooding rain from washington to new york for your ening commute you can possibly see two to 4 inches that's a look at the big weather story of the day now here's a closer look at your day ahead.
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so, look lt salte city, still very hot a juicy at more fear for daytime highs. still warm for the south the cloud coverage is going to be in place for southern texas so i know we're in the heat of summer, but relief is on the way. people are asking for it you're happy >> very happy. thanks so much, janessa. well, in today's quick hits, predicting boris johnson, th favorite to be britain's next prime minister flew above london past the parliament over the weekend ahead of axi bret protest. nigeria ill pants named after the leader of britain's brexit party. >> a retired banker was crowned the winner of the hemming way ntest inest florida. >> a 14-year-oldonhe w t diaper derby, the race where babies are placed on a mat, encouraged to
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leading the news, more protests are expected today in puerto rico after the governor announced he will not quit thousas demanding his resignation amid controversial leaked text messages, he announced on facebook live last night that he will step down as the head of hiy s partd that he will finish his term as governor but the islanders are not satisfied, pledging to drive him out of office. >> newly released video shows the moment a calornia home exploded the blast was captured on a doorbell camera on the home next door officials say utility crews were preparing a gas line when the explosion happened a utility worker was killed and 15 otherwere injured the gas company says the contractor did not mark the gas line prior to digging on the property, which is requid by law. >> firefighters in china say they had tsco re a 5-year-old girl after she slipped out a window and got stuck between a guardrail. ofcials say when first responders arrived, the girl was
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dangling by her head outside of a 5th floor window they believe she was hanging for about ten minutes before firefighters got to the the rescue team worked in groups to free the child. one group was inside the apartment while the other was tside of the building. police say the girl got stuck when her mother went out to buy food what a lucky little girl, though >> really dramatic video that looked really painful glad she's okay. >> i know. >> just ahead, neil armstrong's hometown gives an out of this world tribute on the 50 th anniversary of the moon landing. pridt umesenp's promise to bring jobs to wisconsin fizzling out. why some say the deal was a scam
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4, 3, 2, 1 >> neil armstrong's hometown loved mm to then and opback the pele in ohio celebrated the anniversary of his historic moon landi with a party and live music they even counted down to the ext minute that armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago saturday such an exciting weekend and everybody that watched it remembers exactly where they were watching. >> that was some kind of party with the live music and confetti >> do that every year. >> it was two years ago this week that president trump and thtaiwanees production giant foxconn struck a costly deal to bring a factory to the town of
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mount pleasant, wisconsin. it came with the promise of jobs and economic revitalization. but as nbc's joe lien kemp reports, many believe those promises were broken >> reporter: it was heralded as a great deal >> this is the 8th wonder of the rld. >> reporter: two years ago president trump offered a massive new job for forks con the manufacturer breaking ground in mount pleasant wisconsin last year >> this is just the beginning. >> reporter: the plan, build a $10 billion manufacturing hub to make lcd tv screens, creating 13,000 blue collar jobs. in return, foxconn securedore than $4 billion in tax breaks from the state >> so it started out, i think people were very excited >> reporter: community activist kell hy galleher been tracking foxconn since day one. to make the planlet possib, mount pleasant endedp borrowing money to buy land. >> mount pleasant is on track to spend close to $900 million in
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land acquisition and that's 38 times our nual budget >> reporter: the town's credit rating has been downgraded because of that. foxconn has also changed the scale of the proje, telling reuters it's too expensive to make tv screens in the u.s >> then they said it was goingch to be a logy hub, and then they said it was going to be an a.i. institute >> reporter: the drama has homeowners furious, too. this is prairie view drive, and this road here used to lead into an entire neighborhood of houses but foxconn's building they have been cleared out and residents are asking was it worth it kim mahoney was one of them. this subdivision with a dozen neighbors. >> the whole process has been somewhat of a nightmare. >> reporter: now mahoney's is the last house standing. her neighbors took offers from the villaggovernment to move out and raze their homes she said she received a low ball appraisal so she stood her t ground >> ink this whole project
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was a scam i don't trust anything our president says he is not looking out for the residents of mount pleasant. he's looking out for himself >> reporter: nqu news reested interviews with foxconn and the village of mount pleasant. boec dned. in a statement, foxconn says undation and is thrilled to be moving into the next stages of construction the company says it looks forward to beginning production in late 2020 the lo tl governmentls us they remain optimistic and the deal includes strongax tyer protections. >> have residents been taken for a ride here? >> there is a real fear that we have been taken for a ride ouonly hope is that they build something. >> reporter: jo ling kent, nbc news, mount pleasant, wisconsin. >> still ahead, a-listers set t tremarvel movies. >>orntial rain triggered devastating flooding in southwest china. you're watching "early today."
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but it's going to split daytime highs in half. so we are sitting in the 90s this weekend look at highs for today. they're gointo slowly start to drop here, a 12-degree temperature change for new york. a high of 83 degrees out towards pittsburgh, 73 i think i'm going to be erybody's favorite person this afternoon again. >> i'll take the 80s works for me >> great, thanks, janessa. >> happy 6th birthday to prince george the royal family celebrated by releasing some adorable new photos of the little prince. duchess kate took the pictures, which showed the birthday boy smiling on the lawn of kensingtonalace wearing an english soccer jersey. george is third in line for the throne and let's hophe gets a few nor years under his belt before he is to take over. >> i tnk that's likely to happen when we return, the giant concert promoter live nation accused of selling tickets directly to scalpers and sending prices even higher next 'll admit. i didn't keep mul place as clean as i wolike 'cuz i'm way too busy.
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good morning. i'm jummy olabanji. >> i'm molette green. next up you are seeing back-to-school sales in store. bwhich items you shoulduy now and which you should wait on. >> more severe weather is coming. chuck? >> unfortunately, another storm team 4 wather alert today day. a chance of severe storms and f
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good morning. as you is see, aaron gilchrist and eun yang have the morning
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off. >> i'm jummy olabanji. we are helping you get the week started on the right foot because of there weather look at day. >> melissa mollet is standing by with your traffic. >> but let's get it started with storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. storms are on the way? >> right.il that wbe the end of the heat wave we melted our way through the weekend enenduring. no rain just yet. rain chances past lunch time today and the cold front moving through part o ohio now. not to get here until 8:00 or 9:00 tuesday morning. how ahead of that, we have a or risk f severe weather today pretty much along the i-95 corridor from richmond to washington to baltimo and new york and philly and parts of new england. temperatures in the 7s. another hot and humid day but nowhere nearsintense heat and

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