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killing two people and the growing threat of rolling blackouts. also tonight the tragic discovery, a identified as missing jogger eliza fletcher. as her suspected killer makes his first court appearance, new details on his violent past. the doj weighing an appeal after a judge ordered a special master in the mar-a-lago search battle and the new video pro-trump operatives escorted into a georgia election office. the same day the voting system there was allegedly breached. the emotional return, uvalde studentsigoing back to school the colorful show of support across the state. the alarming new report of that nuclear plant in ukraine why u.n. inspectors say they are gravely concerned. queen elizabeth's first publicuk's new prime minister. the on-air health scare for a news anchor, her sudden symptoms and her warning to others.
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and missing in america. after seeing our report, one family's 30-year-old mystery finally solved >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening. the american west is scorching tonight under a smooth ring heat dome that won't giving producing temperatures never before seen in september. breaking records by as much as 5 degrees. sacramento no stranger to summer heat reaching a record high of 114 yesterday at 104, salt lake city topping its september record for the third time this month. and now a deadly emergency playing out in southern california where two people died in a fast moving labor day fire the region now a week into a dangerous heatwave the brutal conditions are also threatening california's power grid which remains on the brink of rolling blackouts to cope with demand miguel almaguer is in hemet, california,
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where firefighters are still battling that deadly and lightning fast wildfire. >> reporter: it exploded out of control so quickly, authorities say at least two people were unable to escape the flames another burn victim narrowly made it out alive during evacuations. the southern california blaze destroying homes near the town of hemet fueled by conditions that acted like a blow tore >> in alignment with the can none and the wind and topography, so everything lined up for a critical rate of spread. >> reporter: the inferno blew through so quickly, many of the homes that were ze destroyed were lost in minutes. those that made it were protected by fire retardant dropped from the skierks or random luck with california wildfires killing four people in just days, historic heat is still baking the west. >> horrible. it's so hot. >> reporter: the 46 million struggling
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through sweltering conditions that lasted a week won't see relief for days after shattering records, several cities will stay above or near triple digits through much of the week the worst heatwave of its kind in 150 years. >> yeah, we're melting. >> reporter: as some cities record their hottest day today, the suffocating heat dome over the west has only intensified because of climate change fall temperatures increasing nearly 3 degrees across the country since 1970 making today's record temperatures five times more likely. tonight the strain on california's fragile power grid could snap with demand for powe forecasted out pace supply on the verge of plunging in the dark. >> let's talk about the power and the threat of rolling blackouts. how real does that look >> well, lester, the possibility of rolling
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blackouts is serious with so much of california still in the triple digits, the demand for power to run the a/c units is high you can see that substation behind me, just behind it is the wildfire still burning out of control. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. heartbreaking news tonight in memphis where police announced they found the remains of a missing teacher who was abducted while jogging last week as the man accused of killing eliza fletcher appeared in court. jesse kirsch was there. >> reporter: more than four days after eliza fletcher vanished tonight the desperate seven for the memphis mother of two ending this tragedy police finding fletcher's body late monday behind an empty home roughly half a mile from where court documents say her alleged killer tried to cover up the crime. standing before a judge this morning, 38-year-old cleotha abston faced multiple charges, including especially aggravated kidnapping tomorrow he will be arraigned on two more charges, including
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first-degree murder. he has not yet entered a plea. >> while the outcome of this investigation is not what we hoped for, we are nonetheless pleased to remove this dangerous predator off the streets of memphis. >> reporter: authorities say abston abducted the 34-year-old teacher on her morning run frifriday forced her into this suv and killed someone he did not know. >> to lose someone so young and so vital is a tragedy in and of itself in this way with a senseless act of violence is unimaginable. >> reporter: evidence eventually leading to abston as fletcher remained missing did the suspect ultimately help you find this victim >> we have not gotten very much information from that individual. >> reporter: now memorials grow near the university of memphis where fletcher disappeared. her church and school reeling as her family suffers immeasurable loss saying in a statement, they are heartbroken and devastated, asking for privacy, saying eliza was such a joy so so many
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we've loss obtained court records from 20 years ago showing he pled guilty to kidnapping a lawyer at gunpoint when he was 16 years old tonight he is back behind bars. new fallout in the battle over documents seize at former president trump's home after a judge gave mr. trump a legal victory ordering an independent review of them so will the justice department appeal? peter alexander now with the latest. >> reporter: tonight the justice department is still weighing whether to appeal a federal judge's ruling to grant an independent third party, what's called a special master, to conduct a review of documes izrom mar-a-lago last month. that ruling a win for former president trump after fbi agents seized more than 11,000 government documents from his home, including hundreds marked classified the decision will not halt the doj's criminal investigation into potential mishandling of secret documents, but it will pause their ability to use those seized documents in their
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investigation. while that special master determines whether any of those materials the fbi took are privileged, making them off limits to federal prosecutors. the former president is blasting the investigation as politically motivated. >> the mar-a-lago raid was a desperate effort to distract from joe biden's record of misery and failure. >> reporter: but tonight mr. trump's 2016 opponent hillary clinton is blaming him for the events surrounding january 6th e speaking with cbs news. >> i would not be honest if i didn't say i think there was a seditious conspiracy against the government of the united states, and that's a crime, led by donald trump, encouraged by donald trump. >> reporter: it comes as nbc news obtained surveillance video from the day after january 6th that shows several trump you linked technology consultants looking for evidence that mr. trump's defeat was fraudulent, access to a georgia elections office by a local republican official. that same day the
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voting system there was allegedly breached the republican official, kathy latham, is now under investigation by federal and state prosecutors and part of a fake electors scheme latham's lawyer did not respond to nbc but has previously denied trump supporters were given access to election equipment president biden is again defending his earlier attyon mr. trum and supporters who believes last week he compared to semi fascism. >> we understand tomorrow we will see former president obama back at the white house again. >> that's right. mr. obama and the former first lady michelle obama will both return for the unveiling of their official white house portraits. former president trump declined to hold that ceremony for his predecessor. >> peter alexander, thank you. this was the first day of school day for so many families and in uvalde, texas, as you might imagine it was a difficult and emotional one as
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children returned after shooting that killed 21 students and teachers morgan chesky is there. >> reporter: in uvalde after months of anticipation a cautious first step. >> i was nervous at first, but then my friend devin came. >> reporter: the first day of school behind this community shattered by the massacre last may. >> hopefully, a better year for all the children. >> reporter: this morning as buses rolled in parents walked alongside their children the trauma still fresh. >> if it happens again, you know, try to make it out the window, run, don't scream, you know, call me. >> reporter: those first day nerves hitting some harder than others. >> i told all of my kids that i love them and would pick them up after school the same thing i told lexi, i promised her. >> reporter: kimberly and felix rubio remembered their daughter lexi, who last year was among those who didn't come home. >> do you feel safer
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dropping them off today more so than three months ago >> when my children aren't with me, i don't feel like they are safe i don't want my daughter to just be remembered for what happened to her. i want her to be remembered for change. >> reporter: schools remembering uvalde statewide as students, teachers, even police officers donned coyote maroon, everyone showing support for the town, forever honoring those 21 lives lost morgan chesky, nbc news, uvalde. >> what a difficult day. the nuclear watchdog agency sit's concerned about a disaster at that nuclear plant. in their report after visiting the plant inspectors said shelling in the area should stop immediately to prevent more damage to the largest nuclear power plant in europe. in the uk a new public glimpse at queen elizabeth and echoes of the past as britain officially gotta new prime
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minister our keir simmons with late details >> reporter: tonight a rare public appearance by queen elizabeth for the first time in over a month, britain's increasingly frail monarch clutching a walking stick while shaking hands with her 15th prime minister queen elizabeth appointing elizabeth truss, the uk's third female leader. making history in more ways than one. prime minister truss traveling 500 miles to b balmoral castle because of the queen's mobility issues. that hasn't happened for 140 years. back in downing street a downpour soaking her supporters liz truss arriving for business her warning of economic storms ahead invoking comparisons to margaret thatcher those years beginning work together we can ride out the storm, she said
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classic. on her first day in 1979, she faced inflation, strikes and recession. >> where there is discord, may we bring harmony. >> reporter: tonight's president biden has spoken to prime minister truss, agreeing to tackled shared challenges like supporting ukraine lester. >> keir simmons in london thank you. in 60 seconds how quick thinking may have saved a liechlt we hear from an anchor at a nbc station who appeared have a stroke on air the warning signs you should know about next .
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a massive cement juul agreed to may nearly $440 million to resolve an investigation into allegations the e-cigarette maker marketed products to children they did not acknowledge any wrongdoing with the settlement. also we are glad to report one of our colleagues from the nbc affiliate in tulsa
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says she is doing well after suffering stroke-like symptoms on live tv tom costello now on the warning signs her co-workers spotted right away >> to tulsa our -- the tulsa air response space museum is hosting a launch today. >> reporter: the first signs of trouble came during kjrh tulsa's saturday morning newscast. >> at the -- at the event. the event features live -- >> reporter: anchor julie chin suddenly struggled to read the words on the teleprompter. >> sorry something is going on with me this morning i apoll swriez to everybody. >> reporter: staffers called 911 on facebook sunday chin wrote i'm so glad to tell you i am okay. doctors believe i had the beginnings a stroke live on the air. chin says she started to lose vision in one eye, then her hand and arm went numb and she couldn't speak she spoke with her station in tulsa. >> they did testing o
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me and the good news is that everything came out great bad news is we don't know why it happened and if it could happen again. >> reporter: nbc's dr. john torres says it could have been a tia, sometimes called a mini stroke. >> it doesn't matter how old you are, your medical condition, doesn't matter how athletic or nonathletic you are, anybody can suffer a stroke at any time and it always needs immediate attention. >> reporter: to watch for possible stroke systems remember be fast balance or eyes that seem off, facial drooping, an arm that drops or drifts, slurred speech, time to call 911 to prevent permanent brain damage thankfully, julie chin's colleagues acted in time. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> we are glad she is well important information there. up next, a family discovers what happened to a missing
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loved one after more than 30 years. how our report helped them get answers
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permanently. only pennies on the dollar for the homeless permanently. and with loopholes, the homeless get even less permanently. prop 27. they didn't write it for the homeless. they wrote it for themselves. update on a story we first brought you in april about a team of cold case investigators in new york after seeing our report, one family finally got answers to a mystery that has haunted them for more than three decades here is stephanie gosk. >> reporter: 1990 was a long time ago. >> you never know when it's the last opportunity you are going to see someone.
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>> reporter: ebony was 12 the last time she saw her mom, myrtle brown. >> she was going to new york to get away. >> reporter: myrtle's brother robert was living in california. >> they had always been close >> i had a message on my answering machine all she wade is i'm trying to get a hold of you. >> reporter: that's it >> yeah, back in those days she didn't have a cellphone, so i was not able to call her. >> she had called my grandmother to let her know someone stole her purse, her money and it included medication because she was epileptic. sh so she talked about going to the hospital so she could get a refill then that was the last moment, you know, we ever heard from her. >> reporter: the family checked the hospitals, called the police, but nothing. weeks and months with no answers turned into years and decades. >> it was very hard. you know, when you have your prom and just, you know, becoming a young woman, it's hard. >> reporter: she wasn't there for it? >> no. >> reporter: and you thought that if you didn't have an answer,
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maybe she didn't want to be there? >> right >> reporter: robert worried that she had suffered. >> they found the pocketbook how did they get the pocketbook did they beat her up or was she raped >> reporter: then this spring he watched "nightly news." >> who were they people whose bodies were found but whose names were not cold cases. >> reporter: our story pro sf profiled an all woman team in the new york city medical examiner's office trying to identify remains stretching back decades. >> i saw a young lady and said to myself, i wonder if that could be her. >> maybe a day or two after the piece ran a family member called our office i took a look at the reconstruction and noticed i'm probably looking for a middle-aged black woman. >> reporter: the re-creation wasn't a match but dr. soler had all she needed. >> she went missing in may of 1990, so i knew
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where to start may search. >> dr. soler called me. >> reporter: what is did she say? >> she says, robert, i think we found your sister. >> i said, well, i have a photograph that i can show you that will help us confirm this is her. >> reporter: that gives you a chill a little bit, doesn't it >> a little bit, yeah. >> it took me a second to realize that's her. >> yeah, instantly i saw the photo, like all 30 years, just, you know, i knew it was her. >> reporter: the family learned that myrtle died from a seizure in an emergency room at a brooklyn hospital. she didn't have i.d. she was never formally registered >> when someone's in your mind missing, you don't close the chapter. >> yeah. >> so we were able do that. >> reporter: you had a chance to say good-bye >> yes >> reporter: which is why dr. soler and her team take the calls and they never give up stephanie gosk, nbc
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news we'll take a break. next, a pilar of the community and a place of refuge in a city that has been through so much.
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s a makeshift memorial in uvalde fades and as the school year begins, families are finding hope and healing in an unexpected place priscilla thompson takes us there >> reporter: it's a place where children are normally told to be quiet but here at el progresso memorial library in uvalde joy. third grader alana de leon, her mom and other families have been coming automatic summer. >> this is a positive distraction from everything that's kinda been going on. >> reporter: alona lost her friend annabell rodriguez in the robb elementary shooting >> she is the one with the wonderful dress. >> reporter: for the kids, fun activities help them process their loss. >> the balloons are really fun and sometimes when they pop it gets rids of the bad meme m em reese. >> reporter: art therapy, grief counseling, even kong ga lines
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what do you think families are looking for when they come here >> peace and normalcy. >> reporter: library director mendel morgan has filled the entry way with tributes from around the country >> this was tudone by children in pittsfield, massachusetts. >> reporter: the newest edition a bench honoring the 21 victims. when a child sits on this bench, what do you hope they think about? >> well, i hope that they will think of the children that were victims of this terrible event, but i hope that they will also mean to them that there is life beyond the despair. >> reporter: a source of hope and healing as the community moves forward. priscilla thompson, nbc news, uvalde, texas. and that's "nightly news" for this tuesday thank you for watching i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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