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breaking news tonight, the embattled chief of the epa is out, scott pruit facing scandals and spending taxpayer money stepping down today. supreme court suspense, president trump narrowing down finalis. de >>erate hours, rescuers facing a critical decision to save the soccer team trapped in a cave. >> it's zero visibility. it's a confined space. >> the clock ticking beforeonsoon rain. on the front lines, infernos raging and scorching heat is adding fuel to the flames. nearly 90 million under heat advisories and also heavy rain triggering flash floods in a major american c a mother to the
rescue shooting a carjacker trying to steal her suv with her two childrennside. and are you in the market for a high-tech home? nehe security warning you to hear. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" lester holt. good evening. i'm kate snow in for lester tonight. t t was announced by presidump on twitter late this afternoon, he has accepted the resignation of his environmental protection agency administrator. scott pruit was under fire for months facing more than a dozen separate ethics investigations and not just activists calling for resignation but republican members of congress, as wl.si the administration, president trump was one of pruit's biggest supporters publicly defending m and tonight the presidentid ruit made the decision to step down because he didn't want ego be a distraction. rwe b with peter alexant the white
house. >> reporter: tonight for pruit, it's thepo tical climate that got too hot facing legal and ethical scandals, one of the original trump cabinet picks is out. president trump tweeting i accepd e resignation of scott pruit adding scott did an outstanding job. relaxed scott at the white house at the fourth of july picnic but under siege from at least 15 separate federal ethics inquiries many zeroi in on ex spending and a sound proof phone booth. installed in his officeinstalled in his office. >> much of what has been targeted towards me and my team has been half true or at best stories so twisted they do not resemble reality. >> reporter: just this week a schoolteacher ro coing pruit at a d.c. restaurant. >> i would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out. resignation letter
obtained by nbc news, pruit acknowledges the unrelenting attacks on me and my familyre unprecedented and took a sizable toll on all of us and pruit a hero ofor rolling backma era environmental protections under cl cutting the ean undercuttingn water act and stalling tougher fuel economy standards. president praising him just last month. >> scott pruit is doing a great job within the walls of the epa. we're setting records. >> reporter: tonight, president trump says there wainal straw that scott pruit first came to him a couple days ago and that pruit cse to resign still his departure will not change the agency's direction. pruit's replacement, his deputy andrew wheeler a former lobbyist for the coal industry. kate? >> peter alexander at the white house tonight, thank you. with the drama h ov latest cabinet resignation still playing out, president trump is moving closer now to decing who he'll nominate to the supreme court. late today he said he had narrowed the short list down to four candidates with two three finalists among them. nbc justice correspondent pete
mo williams wit on the contenders. >> reporter: with the decision just four days away, president trump has aprently narrowed the list to three fedal appeals court judges. a source familiar with the process tells nbc news it's brett kevin va ka va kavanah of washington and raymond kethledge and amy coney barrett. he's a strong advocate >> we can't under estimate how important ntthe second amend is. judge kethledge is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. >> reporter: kavanaugh ces some conservative opposition over his time serving in the bush white house but he says that's a plus. >> i believe my white house experience made me a more knowledgeable judge certainly and also more independent judge. >> reporter: and barrett a devote catholic is popular with evangelicals hoping to overturn roe v wade. not on the short list,
mike lee despite an endorsement rom ted cruz of texas. democrats are still smarting over the senate's refus two years ago to even consider president obama's final nominee, garland. center chuck schumer says it would unify the cotry. e choice will be revealed monday night at 9:00 p.m. at the white house. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to the race against time at the flooded cave in thailand where a boy's soccer team has been trapped now for nearly two weeks. officials are about to l make a criti decision, do they attempt a dangerous rescue mission before ns n rains return. nbc's bill neely is at the cave with the latest. >> reporter: the world is watching them but a dozen boys with brave faces, their rescuers with one huge problem, flood water. divers struggling to t fi. the boys still too weak to cross it. they can't swim and it's six hours to the
cave entrance. they are getting a crash course on diving but e risks are deadly, the narrow passageways are trapped, even for the experts. >> it's quite allenging, obviously. t't's zero visibility. so is a challenge. >> reporter: rescuers are drling and digging and it's desperate because it's a race against time. getting rid of water before the monon ins fill the caves again. they are pumping millions of gallons of water out of the caves every day. meanwhile,p on the hills, up to 30 teams are looking for holes or shafts they could e usto winch the boys out. th no rain for three days, commanders are now tempted to try a fast rescue. yesterday, they said they needed 100% recertainty there no risks. today, if there is 90% e safety says governor, we're ready to bring the boys out.
two of them hart ebys this week, no ctions here, just preparations for a resc that can't come soon enough. but the rescuers know the clock is against them. rain forecast this weekend, so little time to strengthen those boys, train th in under water masks and take the risk and doctors are quite clear sothose boys just aren't up to it yet, kate. >> bill neely, thank so much. back home to the extreme weather from coast-to-coast. in the west a double threat nearly 60 major fires burning across 11 states as extreme heat now begins to gr the region. across the country, 90 million under head advisories and thousands without power in pittsburgh after heavy rain triggered flash floods. we're covering all of it beginning with nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: with racing across the west, conditions are epic on the front lines.
in colorado, these are e fireworks crews faced overnight. the lake christine fire exploding so quickly in eagle county, firefigh are struggling to slow it down. but the largest in the state is sweeping across the mountainsth ree hours outside denver. >> the only thing left is the foundation. reporter: the spring fire destroying more than 130 homes, including russ and lisa white house's. >> there are no words to describe what that feels like. [crying] >> just to see rubble. >> reporter: from texas to california g.infernos are ragin in wine country, the county fire the size of the city of atlanta is threatening 1500 homes and structures. >> yeah. orretty scary. >> repter: and the blistering conditions that be the east. are now headed west bringi triple digit heat fueling fires
ady racing out of control. miguel almaguer, nbc newslos angeles. >> reporter: i'm kristen dahlgren. residents on alert around pittsburgh tonight with swift water teams on stand by as flash flooby as flash flood watches are in effect after parts of the city's roads thumped turned into rushing heivers. >> t current was fast. >> reporter: more than two inches of rain fell in some places and more on the way. >> it will be a massive one. when is it going to stop? >> reporter: 911 was da inted with calls from stranded drivers as dangerous floods hit during the morning rush hour. officialgoing door to door to evacuate homes. >> my adline was rushing. even my son said he was scared a little bit. >> reporter: residents pitching in to help >> i have water. i have food, you know, if they need something, i'm here. >> reporter: as
thousands rema without power tonight facing sweltering temperatures and the threat of more storms on the way. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. some terrifying moments today at the hospital campus in baltimore. two research buildings evacuated after what a spokeswoman calls a small sample of frozen tuberculosis was accidently released inside.pl emees were isolated and evaluated but tonight, the evacuation is over and officials there say no one ist risk. the mystery is epening over a deepening over a couple in the u.k. poisoned with the same powerful nerve agent that almost killed a former russian spy and his daughter. investigators believe they know how the toxin was transmitted in this most recent case. nbc's kelly cobiella has the latest. >> reporter: tonight w security camera footage shdon sturgis in the hours before she and charlie
rawly ded up ill in the hospital. police say they were exposed to nova chalk. the same agent that poisoned russianpy sergei skripal and his daughter nearly four months ago. they were foun unconscious on a park bench seven miles from where the british couple lives. >> the ability these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of >> reporter: six sites visited by the couple c visited by the coupli visited by the couplt plvisited by thei visited by the coupl e visited by the couple cities visited by the couple have been return kwir teened but not everyone believes it. >> these people but children touching it? it wouldn't be strong teight to fight it. >> rr: there was no guarantee they brould survive. two ish citizens are in the same fight for their lives. the british government accused russia of the
attempted assassination of the father and daughter and demanding answers in the latest poisoning. the kremlin continues to deny any involvement with people here fearing more of the deadly nerve agent may be out there. kelly cobiella, nbc news, engld. > back in this country, the federal government confirmed today it is using dna testing to help reunite migrant families who entered the u.s. illegally and were separated under president trump's zero tolerance policy.ab asgutierrez reports, the t overnment faces a courdeadline to bring those families back together. [ applause ] >> reporter: as a few emotional reunions play out in public, behind closed doors the department of health and human services is scrambling to reunite filies separated at the border sending 230 workers to speed things up. >> this is an unprecedented situation. >> reporter: today hhs said it will meet a deadline to reunite migrant children younger than 5 by tuesday. >> we'll compile even if those deadlines prevent us from arconducting stand
even a vetting process. agency is conducting dna tests by taking a cheek swab of every child. >> we're concerned this information could be used to potentially track these famili d these children for the rest of their lives. >> reporter: previously hhs said it had about 2,se0 rated children in custody but today it said there were just under 3,00use the quart order required reunited them. t 100 ose, ab are younger than 5. it was this mother jocelyn from brazil who sued the government prompting a federal judge to impose the deadline. she was separated from her 14-year-old son for nine months. how does a mother survive for so long without knowing where her child is? >> reporter: we have to suffer a lot of pain she says. it's very difficult not knowing how they are. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, el paso, texas. to a harrowing
story out of texas. police in dallas say one mom's trip to the gas station turnin a terrifying fight to save her children when a carjacker tried to steal the suv with the ki still inside. nbc's catie beck has more on the terrifying ordeal. >> it happened so fast. not even five minutes. >> reporter: still shaken, michelle asked us not to reveal her identity. >> if someone was trying to do ing, any harm to my kids, i'll do what i need to do to protect them by any means necessar >> reporter: around 10:00 wednesday night, michelle stepp inside a shell station leaving her two toddlers waiting in the car. she says she returned finding a e didn't know in the driver's seat of her car attempting to drive away with her children inside. >> i don't know whathe was coming after. i don't know what was his tentions. for it to happen to me, a woman, he probably thought he would get away with it. >> reporter: police identify that man as 36-year-old ricky wright. smith quicklmanaged to get inside the moving suv demanding that wright stop the caen e refused, she pulled a gun from her glove compartment shootingforcing the vehicle to crash
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finally tonight, we turn the spotlight on skate boarding legend tony hawk, a man that made his living defying gravity now at age 50 he is revisiting some of his biggest tricks from career that launched generations with kids on skate boards. gadi schwaaught up with hawk on the half pipe. >> reporter: they say kids don't try this at home, if you're 50 definitely don't try this at home. >> happy bthday, man. >> reporter: for tony hawk, this ithe big 5-0 and his birthday present for himself capturing 50 of his most epic tricks. >> most people when they tur50 might go to a golf course. >> yeah. i had a lot of these tricks in my back pocket. there we a few that i tried and had to let gof. >> reporter: getting olr isn't easy for anyone and for tony hawk, that means occasionally you fly
off the ramp. since picking up his 9first skate board years old, the birdman had his share of highs but some tricks hata n a lot longer to master. >> i'd say i'm a much better parent than i was when i was younger in the throws of success. i'm a much more effective father. than i used to be. than i used to be. >> reporter: with son in raleigh followin his dad's kick flips, hawk is bringing the or spt to kids across america through his tony hk foundation funding 600 skate parks in low income communities but his 1999 video came, tony hawk proskater that p bridged the ga between those who could skate and those who wished they could. he's not done launchininto new heights. up next, the olympic debut at the 2020 games. as for his bag of 50 birthdayricks, he hit 51 proving tony hawk can still fly. schwartz, nbc news, california. >> still very young.