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testifying. mia saying when the gunman entered the classroom, shot her teacher in the head and gun down her classmates. we have the harrowing moments she covered herself in her friend's blood and played had to survive. >> i put the blood all over me. >> me a telling congress, i do not want it to happen again. amen arrested near the home of supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. the shocking threat he allegedly made and the charge he is facing. a capital officer injured in the attack talking to nbc news ahead of the testimony and what still haunts her. the military aircraft crashing in california, what we have learned. simone biles and gymnasts seeking $1 billion from the fbi for mishandling the larry nassar investigation. can a new diet reverse a health condition affecting
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millions of americans? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening from the mouths of babes, 11-year-old girl appearing by video before a congressional hearing today describing in spellbounding detail her desperate and agonizing efforts to save herself from a gunman inside her school smearing herself with the blood of a classmate, pretending to be dead to survive. young miah cerriillo telling lawmakers i don't want it to happen again as the house prepared to vote on a series of gun control measures, families and survivors of the uvalde school massacre appeared in washington to demand new gun laws insisting lawmakers know the depths of their sorrow and their loss their testimony incredibly moving but not necessarily moving republicans from their opposition to new restrictions on guns and those who wish to own them gabe gutierrez was
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inside the hearing room >> reporter: in one of the most chilling firsthand accounts so far of the uvalde massacre, 11-year-old miah cerrillo described the unthinkable horror, the moment the gunman first approached her teacher. >> she got an email. then she went to lock the door, and he was in the hallway they made eye contact. and then she went back in the room and told us go hide >> reporter: the fourth grader at robb elementary in a prerecorded message told lawmakers how she and her classmates hid behind their teacher's desk while the gunman burst into an adjoining classroom. >> there's a door between our classrooms, and he went through there and shot my teacher, told my teacher good night, shot her in the head. and then he shot some of my classmates and the white board.
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when i went to the back, he shot my friend closest to me and i thought he was going to come back to the room so i grabbed a little blood and i put it all over me. >> reporter: she said she smeared blood from a fellow classmate on herself and played dead, hiding from the gunman >> what did you do then when you put the blood on yourself? >> just stayed quiet, got on my teacher's phone. called 911 >> what did you tell 911? >> i told them we need help and to send the police to our classroom. >> reporter: law enforcement would not storm that classroom and take out the gunman for more than an hour, tonight amid growing outrage over the actions of officers, the justice department announced review of the police response to the shooting. >> if there was something you want people to know about that day and about
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you, right, or things that you want different, what would it be? >> to have security. >> do you feel safe at school why not? >> because i don't want it to happen again. >> you think it is going to happen again? >> reporter: deeply traumatized, she was not in the hearing room today her devastated father was. >> she's everything not only for me but her siblings and her mother i wish something will change, not only for our kids, but every single kid in the world because schools are not safe any more. >> reporter: dr. roy guerrero, uvalde's only pediatrician, rushed to the hospital he'd hoped to find more survivors they never came. >> what i did find was something no prayer will ever relieve. two children whose bodies had pulverized by bullets fired at them, decapitated, whose flesh had been ripped apart the only clue to their identity was the
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blood-staine cartoon clothes, clinging to them clinging for life and finding none >> reporter: solace hard to find at the hearing. the mother of lexie rubio in agony, that's lexie hours before the shooting at awards day. kimberly rubio promised her daughter they'd get ice cream to celebrate after school. >> i left my daughter at that school, and that decision will haunt me for the rest of my life. >> reporter: this afternoon, house lawmakers debated new gun restrictions that many republicans oppose. >> what happened in uvalde, buffalo, tulsa is as wrong as wrong could be but the answer is not to destroy the second amendment. >> reporter: everything will depend on what happens with bipartisan negotiations in the senate late today, we spoke with zeneta everhart after her testimony. her son zaire goodman was shot at the buffalo supermarket. >> do you think today's testimony will change any minds >> i hope so they're trying to figure out what they can deal with and what
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they can't deal with, and for me that's a step forward we said something today that struck a nerve with them. >> gabe, that was some tough testimony to hear i know we've learned new details about a texas investigation into the uvalde school shooting what can you tell us >> reporter: yes, lester the texas house of representatives just announced it will hold an investigative hearing tomorrow to interview law enforcement officials. but a key point, lester, that testimony will not be public >> all right gabe gutierrez, thank you. a california man is under arrest tonight, accused of traveling across the country, planning to kill supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. police say they were alerted by a 911 call from the man himself pete williams joins us pete, what have we learned about this >> lester, the fbi says at 1:00 a.m. got this man dressed in black got out of a taxi in front of the home of brett kavanaugh. they say after spotting two federal marshals, he walked a block away, called
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911, said he was suicidal, came to kill the justice. court documents identify him a nicholas john roske age 26 of simi valley, california. they say he was carrying a handgun, ammunition, knife, pepper spray, burglary tools. investigators said he said he was upset th supreme court may overturn roe v. wade and loosen gun laws and that the planned to kill the justice and then himself security for the justices has been beefed up after last month's protests at some of their homes after the leak of a draft abortion ruling. roske is charged with attempted murder of a federal official no comment from his lawyer, lester. >> pete williams tonight, thank you. former president trump and two of his adult children have agreed to testify in a civil investigation of his business practices. the former president, ivanka trump, and donald trump jr. will testify in july unless new york's top court issues a stay. mr. trump has slamme the investigation by new york's democrati attorney general as politically motivated. the former
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president's actions on the day of the january 6 capitol riot will be a backdrop tomorrow night when the house committee investigating the attack holds a prime time hearing and will present new evidence garrett haake is at the capitol with more. >> reporter: the january 6 committee now prepared to present their case in prime time kicking off a series of hearings tomorrow night which they believe will connect the violence at the capitol to a trump white house conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results what are you hoping to accomplish with the first hearing? >> those of us who were here are hoping that it communicates the absolute gravity and immensity of these events as well as how bloody dangerous it was for everybody that was present. >> reporter: one of those present was capitol police officer carolyn edwards who suffered a brain injury battling rioters. on thursday, she will testify about a day she can't forget. >> what is it for you sticks in your head? >> the screaming i -- when somebody
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shows me footage of the 6th, i have to have them turn off the sound because that sound, that screaming, that just constant -- i can't hear it. it takes me back to a very bad place. >> reporter: the hearing's second witness, a documentarian embedded with the far right proud boys who will share violent video of the attack never before seen publicly most republicans dismissing the committee's work as political theater. >> this is completely choreographed presentation, completely partisan. the good news is the american people have figured all of that out. >> reporter: the committee plans to show video of a more than thousand recorded interviews they've conducted, including with trump family members ivanka trump and jared kushner. lester >> garrett, thank you. authorities say military aircraft crashed in glamis, california, a desert area in the southeast corner of the state. four people on the plane reportedly killed and one is
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missing. the plane crashed not far from el centro naval air station. also here in california, th progressive district attorney of san francisco is out of a job. with crime rising, voters rejecting an approach that critics call soft on crime jake ward is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new fallout after a stunning defeat. voters in one of the most progressive cities in america removing their progressive district attorney from his job. >> people are right to be frustrated. there's so much room for improvement. >> reporter: chesa boudin was elected touting alternatives to prison, recalled in a landslide. facing criticism for being soft on crime. with san francisco struggling with rising homelessness, hate crimes and violence, his defeat a warning to other progressive prosecutors, like d.a. george gascon in l.a., facing a possible recall election of his own. and in new york, d.a. brag openl criticized by mayor eric adams. >> no one takes criminal justice seriously any more these bad guys no longer take them seriously.
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they believe our criminal justice system is a laughingstock. >> reporter: tonight, president biden urging mayors and police chiefs to act. >> it is time the states and the localities spend the money they have to deal with crime. >> reporter: meanwhile, boudin supporters are concerned the priorities of progressive prosecutors are at risk professor laura bosali investigates wrongful convictions in san francisco. >> we have other cases that in the pipeline. our work is on the chopping block, too. >> i have been robbed on mission street. i was jumped on 6th street. >> reporter: tonight san francisco voters like liberal democrat and sandwich shop owner demanding change. >> the top cop failed. >> reporter: between the enormous amount of money spent on the recall and enormous national attention it received, it is clear rising crime rates are going to be a major issue in the midterms. lester >> jacob ward, thank you. tonight, olympic gold medallist simone biles and more than 90 other women are
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seeking $1 billion from the fbi for failing, they say, to stop abuse by former team usa gymnastics doctor, larry nassar anne thompson has that story. >> reporter: america's most decorated gymnasts have been outspoken in their criticism of the fbi >> to be clear, i arnd i also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. >> the fbi made me feel like my abuse didn't count, and it wasn't a big deal. >> reporter: but it was, and today simone biles, aly raisman, more than 90 other young women say they intend to sue the fbi for not stopping the sexual abuse by larry nassar the women say the fb was grossly derelict in their duties. resulting in nassar sexually assaulting approximately 100 young women and children in 14 months between when the fbi was first told about the abuse and when the
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allegations became public together, the women want more than a billion dollars in damages. is there more at stake here than money? >> there is more at stake. we need some sort of transparency and some sort of system in place to prevent this from happening ever again. that's the goal here >> reporter: it took the fbi nearly a year to officially act, something director christopher wray called inexcusable. >> i am deeply and profoundly sorry. >> reporter: two weeks ago, the justice department declined to prosecute the agents who its inspector general found ignored the complaints and lied about it. as for nassar, he is serving up to 175 years in prison, accused of molesting hundreds tonight, there's no new reaction from the fbi as the women pursue justice anne thompson, nbc news in 60 seconds, days after his sweeping victory in court, johnny depp's lawyers speak out about the trial, why they think they won, and claims of a smear campaign against amber
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johnny depp's legal team is speaking out to nbc news about his blockbuster defamation verdict against ex-wife amber heard. his attorneys addressing accusations of a smear campaign against heard and whether depp will actually collect the $10 million payout from her here is miguel almaguer >> what is at stake at this trial is a man's life. >> reporter: the trial, the jury, and the verdict was all fair that was the message from johnny depp's legal team after the actor's sweeping victory in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife amber heard. >> the weight of the world is off his shoulders. he has his life back. >> i think an overwhelming sense of relief. >> reporter: speaking today on "today," depp's newly famed attorneys, camille vasquez, just promoted to partner, and ben chew >> why do you think
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the jury didn't believe her? because when you look at the verdict, it really comes down to that >> my sense is it had a lot to do with accountability, that johnny owned his issues he was candid about his alcohol and drug issues he was candid about unfortunate texts he wrote, and i think it was a sharp contrast to ms. heard. >> reporter: saying their $10.4 million judgment was never about the money and hinting they may never collect the cash, depp's team said the six-week trial filled with tabloid fodder was about clearing his name, while also asked if it was a setback for the me too movement >> no. we're here to talk about the case we tried, right we encourage all victims to come forward, have their day in court. >> reporter: with the actor thanking fans on his newly created tiktok account, depp's lawyers also denied accusations his team orchestrated an online smear campaign against heard. >> that is utterly baseless. >> categorically false. >> reporter: they say
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the case will stand up during appeal, confident they won on facts and merit. lester >> miguel almaguer, thank you. up next, a promising new way to treat type 2 diabetes without drugs in our series "beyond the scale.
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back now with our new series "beyond the scale. tonight, new hope for more than 30 million americans who suffer from type 2 diabetes a new kind of targeted dieting aimed at
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reversing the condition. let's get more from kate snow. >> reporter: kelaf sharp always thought he was in pretty good shape. he is a personal trainer and realtor in birmingham, alabama. but type 2 diabetes runs in his family. >> my grandmother had diabetes my mom my sister has it >> reporter: kelaf was so busy, he used to grab fast food, sweet tea, energy drinks. >> people see you and think, oh, you work out. you're healthy there's nothing wrong with you that's not the case. >> not if you're not eating right. >> exactly >> reporter: a few years ago he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and prescribed medicine. but kelaf wanted alternatives so he volunteered for a study at university of alabama at birmingham, looking at two diets. kelaf was put on a low carb diet for three months every tuesday, a box of food arrived with recipes. >> eggs with vegetables you can put whatever vegetables you want in it >> no carbs? >> no carbs. >> reporter: this nutrition researcher launched the study
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five years ago. >> americans tend to eat a lot of sugar and carbohydrates and you reach a limit to the ability to store the excess calories. and that essentially is what ultimately leads to type 2 diabetes >> reporter: the white we are seeing is fat in between the organs? >> that's right. >> reporter: the key to the study, targeting fat around organs like the pancreas and liver. >> when someone has diabetes, they no longer have the ability to really metabolize carbohydrates correctly, and we feel they're converting a lot of those to harmful fats, stored in and around the organs we take those carbohydrates out of the diet with the idea if we do that, we may be able to allow the body to recover. >> could that potentially reverse type 2 diabetes? >> yes, it could. >> reporter: the results so far are promising. for decades people have been on medication for type 2 diabetes could this be a wholesale change how you look at it >> oh, it absolutely could be i am convinced we can treat individuals with type 2 diabetes with diet.
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>> reporter: today, kelaf is no longer considered diabetic and he's found creative ways to satisfy his sweet tooth. >> i may take a chocolate protein shake, eat some almonds. to me, it was a hershey almond bar. >> reporter: new habits he plans to keep kate snow, nbc news, birmingham, alabama. up next, join us cheering these kids on, the fields of dreams "inspiring america.
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finally, summer means baseball and there's one league making america's past time accessible to all and it is "inspiring america. they are the sights and sounds of baseball but on this field, the score doesn't matter everybody is a winner. >> i'm going to try to hit the ball and if the ball gets hit i just run for my life to first base. >> here, they've truly leveled the playing field. >> the miracle league is an organization that brings opportunity for individuals with special needs the chance to play baseball. >> this week a new field opened in watkinsville, georgia, thanks to a partnership between the miracle league and the charity extra special people >> we give them dreams they didn't know were possible we say, yes, they can. >> kids and adults of all abilities can play together the game is modified and every player is assigned a buddy. >> drew never played in a sport, so for us,
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it means a lot to see him doing something his friends all do at school. >> established in 2000, there are now more than 300 miracle leagues across the country. differences are celebrated and in this game, smiles are like grand slams. and miracles really do come true. >> we knew when we first came around the bend and everyone was cheering for our daughter that she was right where she needed to be. >> that's a home run and that is it for "nightly news" on a wednesday. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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tonight, ousted by voters. the da has been recalled. what the election says about the city. talking about what is next. >> this does not mean that criminal justice reform in san francisco is going anywhere. picking a replacement and what she is saying about it tonight. >> we will talk to the woman who was inside at the time. making it in the bay got harder for people who want to buy


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