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europe to the u.s. are expected to take off severe weather the tornado strike in michigan and the record heat spreading across much of the eastern u.s. the first funeral for one of the ten victims of the buffalo supermarket shooting new york city investigating a possible case of monkeypox after massachusetts confirmed the first u.s. case of the year, the growing global spread and inspiring america. the fifth grader giving other kids just like her a reason to smile. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt good evening there is breaking news as we come on the air tonight. a federal judge has just blocked the biden administration's plans to lift covid-related restrictions at the southern u.s. border the trump-era rule known as title 42 was set to end on monday but will now remain in place. it allows border agents to expel
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migrants without a chance at asylum the case was brought by a large group of republican state attorneys general amid warnings lifting the rule would unleash even more people trying to enter the country. sam brock is along the border tonight with late details sam, what happens now? >> reporter: lester, good evening the dramatic ruling is a defeat for the biden administration just three days before they wanted to lift title 42 it means that a two-plus year freeze on asylum seekers continues. but the administration says it disagrees with the decision and plans to appeal as border crossings reach new heights. tonight, a major legal blow to the biden administration at the border where the desperate scenes are virtually nonstop. we met this couple from ecuador, emotional and clutching one another as they crossed into the u.s. we asked how they're feeling. i'm nervous, this father says, i can't believe i put my family in danger
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as this mother from columbia, who left her two kids at home, fights tears pleading with president biden, give us an opportunity. we want a better future for our family, she says now a federal judge barring the biden administration from lifting a covid-era border restriction known as title 42 as the administration had planned. two dozen republican state attorneys general have sued to stop them. the federal judge ruling ending title 42 would cause immediate and irreparable harm, saying it could result in a threefold increase in border crossings. it comes as the biden administration faces bipartisan criticism over its border policy last year, there were an all-time record 1.7 million illegal border crossings and just last month 234,000 migrants crossed into the u.s., the highest monthly total ever recorded. even with title 42 in place, a majority of those migrants were released into the u.s. >> we were not prepared for the
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immigration problem. >> reporter: the sheriff here tells us they don't have the resources to handle the already soaring numbers. will you -- are yo losing sleep over this >> i'm worried, very worried, yes very worried i wish they could hold back on the title 42 maybe another three or four months. maybe we can be a little more prepared >> reporter: the sheriff gets his wish, more time. and as you can see, the state of texas has put up miles of barbed wire here. this as the department of homeland security says it could need up to $2 billion to manage that kind of search lester >> sam brock along the border for us tonight. thank you. inflation and the jittery state of the u.s. economy sowing uncertainty in american households tonight after another turbulent day on wall street the dow managed to climb into positive territory after a day of heavy selling. and the s&p 500 recovering, too, after dipping in and out of bear market territory. tom costello tonight on new concerns for the economy. >> reporter: facing the growing possibility of a recession, wall street spent another day in turmoil. >> the body blow this
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market keeps taking and when it might end. >> reporter: the broad s&p climbed back after heavy selling, but it's still down 18% year to date the dow was down 600 points, then rallied, but still lost ground for eight consecutive weeks, the first time that's happened since 1923 among the inflation sensitive retailers getting hit hard year to date, dollar general, target, home depot and ross from housing to groceries to gasoline to air fares, hotels and restaurants, inflation is forcing families to make tough choices. >> i have three kids and see what i'm going to do with them for recreation because everything is crazy expensive. >> reporter: to tame inflation, the federal reserve is raising interest rates, but going too fast could push the economy into recession. now, treasury secretary janet yellen is warning there's a real risk of something even more concerning, stagflation. >> higher food and energy prices are having stagflationary
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effects, namely depressing output in spending and raising inflation. >> reporter: stagflation is a stagnant economy while unemployment and consumer prices continue to rise, something the u.s. last saw in the '70s and early '80s >> consumer prices were up again last month. >> reporter: while unemployment is now near a 50-year low experts are concerned. >> there's a real risk we could have a problem with stagflation in the months ahead and years ahead as the fed begins to try to slow this economy but inflation remains high >> reporter: like nearly every city in america, denver is struggling with skyrocketing inflation. rents have jumped 20 40, even 50% and more. our nbc station 9 news met gabby reese, whose landlord just raised the rent from $1600 a month to $2500, up 56%. >> just a feeling of panic because the money doesn't exist. >> reporter: with family budgets under
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extreme pressure, concern that the economy is in jeopardy >> tom, the stock market slide is very concerning for anyone who's invested what do experts say? >> reporter: well, the s&p is where it was in march of last year, and experts say it's really going to depend on whether the fed can avoid a recession. if you are at all considering selling, experts say talk to your financial advisor, your investment advisor don't do anything on your own, lester >> tom costello, thank you. desperation is growing tonight for those families still trying to get their hands on baby formula as the shortage becomes even more critical the first shipment from overseas is expected this weekend. jo ling kent has the latest >> reporter: the baby formula shortage is getting worse. new data shows the national out of stock average rose to 45% last week. that's the highest level yet. >> you have a full cart look at this look at all this >> but i need it for my baby.
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>> look at the shelves >> reporter: this video posted to tiktok illustrating just part of the problem appearing to show one person at a target store stocking up. >> you don't think i need it for my baby, too? >> reporter: according to the white house the first flight bringing formula to the u.s. from abroad is expected to leave europe for plainfield, indiana, this weekend. landing in the u.s. soon will be the equivalent of 1.5 million a-ounc bottles of three types of formula from manufacturer nestle. these three were prioritized because they serve a medical purpose as they ar for babies with cow's milk protein allergies. once in the u.s. the formula will be distributed nationwide by a third party contracted by the department of health and human services, this as more babies with sensitivities are admitted to the hospital, five for formula issues at children's health care of atlanta >> this is an unprecedented time i think we've really taken for granted that
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we've had a pipeline of formula to feed infants and children for a long time. so we are doing the best we can. >> reporter: 4 month old payton from texas has struggled with different brands >> his spittle was curdled and he began screaming. his hair was falling out on the side and we noticed some rashes. >> reporter: he had been on abbott formulas that were recalled back in february since then his moms have turned to a donor milk bank as a stop gap measure. with donations limited they got clearance from their pediatrician to start him on solids two months earlier than planned. >> we're trying to get him weaned off of this formula because we don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: one of millions of families hoping that flight from europe is ready for take off jo ling kent, nbc news, austin, texas. all right, we're following severe weather tonight including a confirmed tornado that ripped through the small town of gaylord in northern michigan ripping roofs from warehouses, causing heavy damage to mobile homes and tossing rvs. bill karens joins me now and some parts of the country seeing violent weather,
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others record heat >> we'll start with this strong tornado just hours ago we know homes and businesses were destroyed, cars were tossed we know there were injuries search and rescue continues at this hour for the people that are missing. we've also been tracking some strong to severe weather through pennsylvania and new jersey that tornado watch has been dropped so we're no longer concerned with severe weather heading to the new york city area now let's talk about the heat 36 million people are in these heat advisories from upstate new york through philadelphia and these temperatures are going to be july-like. not just hot, but also very humid, too. should have record days both days in boston, d.c. in saturday, close in new york on saturday if philadelphia hits 97 degrees tomorrow, it'll tie the hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of may >> looking like july bill, thanks very much. an emotional day in buffalo the first of the ten people killed in the supermarket shooting there laid to rest and we're learning disturbing new details about the suspect's online activity leading up to the massacre
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here's emilie ikeda. >> reporter: the final good-byes beginning in a brokenhearted buffalo. >> this is my son. he is 12 years old, and they took his father he will grow up fatherless >> reporter: his father and church deacon heyward patterson laid to rest today with nine more funerals still to follow after this town was shocked by what police call a hate-fuelled massacre. the 18-year-old suspect now indicted for first degree murder >> payton, you're a coward. >> reporter: tonight, victims' families reacting to the emotional day in court. the moment the suspect came through the door what went through your mind >> it was an eerie feeling to see this person walk in that had caused this traumatic thing to happen in the community. no matter what happens to him, the damages
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have already been done >> reporter: and tonight new questions around whether someone could have intervened. a source familiar with the messaging platform, discord, says just ahead of the attack 15 people accessed a server detailing what's believed to be the suspect's months-long plot in a separate online rant, allegedly by the suspect, he admits turning to racist chat forums at the start of the pandemic out of boredom. the justice department announcing today it's allocating $10 million for hate crime reporting hot lines and prevention lester >> emilie ikeda, thank you. president biden is in south korea tonight on his first trip to the region since taking office. kelly o'donnell is traveling with the president in seoul, where there was an incident involving the secret service kelly, what happened >> reporter: lester, this is an unwanted embarrassing distraction. two secret service employees are flying back to the u.s. tonight on administrative leave officials say outside the president's hotel wednesday, there was an off-duty incident, an altercation involving a variety of people
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this happened before mr. biden arrived. today, the president went to electronic giant samsung which will be making semiconductor chips in texas, creating new jobs and a warning. u.s. intelligence says north korea could conduct a missile launch, so officials are preparing contingencies for these meetings, and security lester >> all right, kelly, thank you. also developing tonight, nbc news has learned the january 6th committee is in talks with former trump attorney general bill barr, hoping that he will testify. garret haake is at the capitol. garret, what's the committee hoping barr can tell them? >> reporter: well, lester, barr would be the highest ranking trump administration official to testify yet. while he resigned from his position in the administration weeks before the attack on the capitol itself, the committee believes he has significant information relevant to the investigation he told people in interviews and written his book while he was at the doj he opened multiple investigations into voter fraud in the weeks immediately following the election
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and finding no widespread fraud, barr said he confronted the president about his stolen election claims calling them fantasy and much worse he then offered his resignation to a furious trump. and barr could provide information about those investigations and those conversations with the then-president should he decide to sit down with the committee lester >> garret haake on capitol hill, thank you. in 60 seconds growing concern about monkeypox now confirmed here in the u.s. so what is this rare disease, and what are the risks?
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there is no alarm, but as we struggle with covid, another potentially serious viral infection, monkeypox, is spreading around the world and turning up here gabe gutierrez tonight on what you need to know >> reporter: tonight a potential case of monkeypox is being investigated at this new york city hospital after the u.s.' first case of the year was confirmed wednesday in massachusetts. a man who'd only recently traveled to canada >> this was really unusual because the
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patient had no travel history, no exposure to animals that would be known to be reservoirs >> reporter: monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that's usually found in west and central africa but what's strange this time, researchers say, is that it's spreading in western countries. the world health organization meeting today to discuss the outbreak has already deployed an incident response team in the u.k. germany, france, spain, canada and even australia are among other countries also investigating cases. at least three cases had been linked to a festival in belgium. >> we've never seen cases of monkeypox occur all over the globe at the same time >> reporter: monkeypox was discovered in monkeys in 1958. more than a decade later, in africa, it spread to humans in 2003, there were at least 47 confirmed or probable cases in the u.s. across six states all associated with prairie dogs symptoms include fever, fatigue and rashes
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researchers are looking into why clusters of cases have been identified among gay or bisexual men. >> the likelihood of further spread of the virus through close contact, for example, through sexual activities, is considered to be high. but the likelihood of transmission between individuals without close contact is considered to be low >> reporter: in other words, nowhere near as contagious as covid. monkeypox can be fatal, though that's very rare. lester >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. up next for us tonight, as russia claims its biggest victory in ukraine, richard engel returns to a village retaken by ukrainians. his powerful interview with a survivor of war.
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in ukraine, russia says it is now in complete control of mariupol and the steel plant where the last ukrainian forces surrendered this week. our richard engel is in ukraine, where russian forces are stepping up attack in the east tonight >> reporter: russia tonight is trying to claw back territory in eastern ukraine using indiscriminate attacks, bombing a market in kharkiv, and this cultural center ukraine's president zelenskyy saying there were seven victims, including an 11-year-old. russia has reportedly replaced officers who have been retreating or been pushed back from the villages around kharkiv, which is where we first met prescovia ivanova, sitting outside her
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home, scaref, confused and overwhelmed. ukrainian troops had just bombed the russians out of her village. that was several weeks ago. we decided to check in on prescovia hello? how are you? it's nice to see you it's nice to see you again. explosions from the fighting blew out her windows. her roof leaks, too, but things are now improving. after freshening up in new clothing, prescovia wanted to show us her borscht. onion, dill, parsley, cabbage all go into boiling potatoes prescovia grew up in the village. her only photos from
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her youth show her carrying flowers and wearing garlands in her hair her husband died nine years ago. her son and daughter, both living in russian controlled areas, haven't called in months finally, the borscht is ready this is delicious. very good, thank you and this is her homemade vodka which goes with the borscht. cheers a little strong but good, smooth loneliness seems to be hurting prescovia as much as the war. she was sorry to see us go, but at least now much of the time she's smiling. richard engel, nbc news, ukraine. >> nice to see a happy reunion and smiles in that part of the world. up next, she was bullied when she lost her hair now she's finding a way to help other kids that's inspiring america.
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finally tonight, a young girl who is teaching other kids to embrace the beauty of who they are meet rosy quinn, a fifth grader from chicago. she was a typical happy baby, when one day rosy's mom, paula, noticed something concerning >> i would wake her up in the morning and there would be curls she had these beautiful, brown curls, and i could just pick them up off the pillowcase. and it was alarming. >> rosy has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes your hair
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to fall out. >> my body's allergic to my hair >> at first rosy didn't notice she was different, but as she got older she kept hearing the same question -- why she had no hair. >> it was kind of irritating, too. i'm not any different. i don't have any different abilities than you do. >> rosy's mom came up with an idea >> she printed a painting that i had painted on a head scarf, and she gave it to me. and after five minutes of looking in the mirror i said, i want to give this to all the bald children. >> so rosy and her family got to work and created "coming up rosy's." together they assemble smile kits of paint, brushes, canvases, everything you could possibly need to create your own head scarf or super hero cape so far, their non-profit has distributed 2,000 kits to children's hospitals across the country, along with some sage advice from rosy >> do not stop smiling. always stay happy. it's okay to be bald bald is beautiful.
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>> even in the hardest times, eventually everything comes up rosy and we'll hear more from rosy on our special "nightly news" kids edition tomorrow morning. check your local listings that's "nightly news" for this friday. thanks for watching. please take care of yourself and each other. good night . ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪ ♪ ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, oh-wah ♪ ♪ only the lonely ♪ only the lonely ♪ only the lonely ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪ ♪ know the way i feel tonight ♪ ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ only the lonely ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪
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♪ know this feeling ain't right ♪ ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪ [ gunshot ] ♪ there goes my baby ♪ there goes my heart ♪ they're gone forever ♪ so far apart ♪ but only the lonely ♪ know why ♪ i cry ♪ only the lonely ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪ ♪ ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, oh-wah ♪ ♪ only the lonely ♪ dum, dum, dum, dum-dee-dee do-wah ♪ [ beeping ]
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blood leaking into the lungs is a very common blast injury. doctor believes it was re-induced by sudden stress. such as the stress of seeing a sniper rifle aimed at her sister's head? yes. i was conducting the fire ritual far away from you. and yet i still almost lost my life. and my sister hers. i'm facing a savage opponent. why was weecha with you? she was supposed to rest and recover. well, she followed me. against my advice. i have no control over the women in my life, nor do i seek it. you're both free to come and go as you please. we'll be going. my sister and i are as different as the sun and the moon. but the same blood flows in our hearts, and the fire ritual has called that blood home. we're not safe here.


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