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s tonight, nbc new goes inside that desert compound wher11 children were rescued and a suspected kidnappeis accused of training kids to commit school shootings. we're at the shooting allegedly taught to kill as many people as possible. the property owner says he begged police for months to do something. >> yeah, he had said that i didn't want to risk a waco situation. >> reporter: why didn't anyone go in sooner? tragedkes in the california inferno. a firefighter killed and one of the major fires was arson. unspeakable horror, dozens killed in an air strike. many children. the kids out on a picnic when the bomb hit the school bus. first lady melania ents p, her p nsrand-new u.s. citigetting
citizenship being sponsored by his daughter. a legal process president trump wants e nd. parents outraged after their kids flying alone ended up diverted and taken to a hotel by an airline employee. >> no supervor tried to call. no phone call, no e-mails. nothing like that ever took place so we were really in the dark. >> tonight, what the airline is sayin > this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there are new developments recording that hidden desert compound in new mexico where children may have been trained to kill. tonight, we're getting the first look inside the compound whereli say 11 neglected kids were fo d allegedly in the hands of muslim extremists. we're also hearing from the father one
of the suspects as questions are raised why authorities didn't move quickly. gadi schwartz is live. >> reporter: this is the outer perimeter of the compound where the kids were being held and even though investigators seized all the evidence they need, there are tail tale tale signs. these are rounds, this is a bag full of live ammunition. here is a otgun shell, a similar card and even a drone. inside this isolated compound a chilling mix of cldren's toys and lethal weaponry. 223 for assault rifle. >> reporter: the property littered with trash, gas masks and korans. the only section kept clear is this makeshift shooting e raere authorities think children were given advanced weapons training to prepare for a school shooting. according to court documents, one boy was trained in the use of an assault rifle to kill as many as possible. five adults were arrested and charged with child abuse. investators saying the suspects are muslim extremists, all five related to a controversial
muslim faith leader in brooklyn wholaims he had no recent contact with his adult children. >> our family says every day this is so bizarre. weird, it's like what is going on? >> repter: the local sheriff confirming the fbi was watching the compound. the property owner jason badger says for lmonths he beggedal investigators to do something about the family hisatting on land worried about the little boy named abdul. >> i called the missing children's hot line, new mexico state troopers, tri ss and notified them they are on our property. >> reporter: he wishve igators would have moved sooner. >> he said they didn't want a police officer to come up here and do that stuff because they didn't want to risk a waco situation. >> reporter: tonight the sheriff denied te inrview requests and e fbi is not commenting. now the property owner says he was ceparticularly coned because after
investigators left and said they seized everything they needed, he came over to the truck and opened the back and saw a tactical shotgun in plain sight and a glock and a passport from one of sue ects with a visa from saudi arabia. >> remarkable so much of that is still there. thank you.> ere is heartache from the fire zone, a crew member assigned to that fire has been killedringing seven the number of lives lost there so far connected to the fire and another major wildfire is on the march in south were california. miguel almuer has details. >> reporter: exploding in the mountns, it's not just the size of the holy fire that worries firefighters, the speed and strength of these flames are the biggest threat. with new evacuations ordered, the inferno is just uphill from subdivisions in riverside county. this police say the work of an arsonist. investigators say this man, forest clark ignited the blaze just before his arrest spoke to a photographer. >> you know how this fire started?
>> no idea. i was asleep with ear plugs in. >> reporr: with a dozen large fires burning in california, the u.s. forest service says 90% of wildfires are human caused. in redding where 2,000 structures are royed, another firefighter, the seventh this year was killed on duty. veafternoon winds ha been fanning flames all they are pushing small embers up to two miles away. that's igniting brand-new fires. with fires on pace to burn more land than ever before, toxic smoke is choking much of the state. the dangerous air also blinding the a attack. where for now, this is the best way to slow an unstoppable force. is so much fuel from this blaze it will likely burn for weeks, if not months. lester? >> all right. miguel almaguer, thank you. overseas now to a
horrific attack i a country facing one of the worst hu manitarian crisises in the world. some of these images are graphic. we get details from nbc's matt bradley. >> reporter: the images disturbing and heartbreaking, children pouring into a hospital, most of them under 10 years ri old, still wea their backpacks and school uniforms, covered in blood. after their school bus was hit by a bomb, a f crater at the site the air strike, the smoke from the blast visible for miles away. tonight, at least 29 children returning from a school picnic among the dozens killed. aid groups demanding an investigation. >> children shouldn't be collateral damage. >> reporter: this
little boy covered in soot andurrounded by the dead was asked if he is okay. my legs hurt he said. saudi arabia and the united arab emirates have been bombing for more than three years helped by intelligence, advice and equipment from the u.s. they are trying to fight off the rebels backed by iran. saudi arabia said this fi attack was jus, the u.s. said it had nothing to do with it but as the war goes on, the consequences have bn devastating. more than 10,000 people dead, mostly civilians. but it's the children, half of yemen's population that bear the blunt of the war. >> hrtbreaking images. it's been nearly a year since hurricane maria hit puerto rico and we haven't got a straight answer how many was killed. the official toll is today the puerto rican government gave an unofficial estimate showing those dead is more than 20 times higher. nbc's gabe gutierrez was in puerto rico duri maria and went back for this update.
>> reporter: tonight, new confusion toll with them ath acknowledging more than 1400 people m have died, dramatic higher than a previous count of 64. the president talked about the real death toll. >> if you look a at real catastrophe like katrina, and hundreds and hundreds of people died, everybody watching can be proud of what took place in puerto rico. >> reporter: the actual numbe controversial. a harvard study said it could be 4600, the official government count unchanged waiting on another study that's not yet done. this as people like david are still ggling almost 11 months after the storm. does this island feel forgotten? >> yes. >> reporter: he lives off puerto rico's southeastern coast. dropped the ball here? >> the federal government and the
local government. >> reporter: he is forced to make a grueling ten-hour round trip three days a week for kidney treatment. the loan dialysis center is still shut down due to mold. for you this is life or death? >> yeah, because now coming another season of hricane. >> reporter: another hurricane season on horizon for an island fighting not to be forgotten. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, puerto rico. federal investigators released disturbing new findings abode the strian bridge collapse that killed six pele were caug caughta cas on camera and newly released photographs showed large cracks in the bridge in the days before it collapsed raising questions about why the bridge was in use and why traffic was allowed to flow beneath it. now to new questions tonight about a possible double standard when it comes to the first family. first lady melania trump's parents becoming brand new u.s. citizens today through a process president trump railed
against and says he wants to end. we get details from nbc's peter alexander. ht>> reporter: ton the first inlaws melania trump's parents sworn in as american citizens. the slovenia immigrantsg the oath y inork city.fa ly unification process president trump repeatedly denounced. io> we have to end chain and we have to build the wall, we're going to build it. >> reporter: victor and amelia until today legal permanent residents declined to commt but their lawyer saying they got no special treatment. >> the application process, the interview was no different than anybody else's. >> reporter: asked if they used chain their ion, lawyer told "the new york times" i suppose it's a dirty, dirtr word. the first lady's parents are familiar faces at the white house. s rs. trump missing todaprivate ceremony but apparently sponsored
her parents' visa applications after she was a citizen in 2006. the trump administtion is owonsidering a crackdon legal immigration. a proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards. if they or anyone in their household used popular public assistance programs like obamacare or food stamps. a ve that could impact 20 million legal immigrants in the u.s. also tonight, a federal judge ordered the trump administration to stop deporting some grants seeking asylum to escape gang and domestic violence. the judge even ordering a mother anpmother al andamother annmother anemother an mother cmother andamother and daughterel salvador to turn around and bring them
back to the u.s. >> thank you. there is a staof mergency in the city of charlottesville, virginia as we approach the nanniversary of the whitonalist rally that ended in a woman's death and the same group that held the rally is said to but this time right across from the white house where we find nbc's catie beck. catie? >> reporter: well, lester, d.c.'s mayor and police chief th are bracing foe rally. there is going to be tyan enormous secu presence here. unite the right is the same grot held last year's volatile event in charlottesville, virginia that ended with a deadly cata that killed one person and injured many others. this location is just across the street from the white house, still park officials have given permits to both white nationalist rally organizers and counter protesters. they saywo will be kept separate but emergency operations here in d.c. will be on high alert. lester? >> all right. catie beck in washington, thank you. the trump administraegan the countdown today to begin president trump's y.pace force into a real there is a whole new military branch by 2020 target. as chief white house
hallie jackson explains, there are still some obstacles before liftoff. >> space, a final frontier. >> reporter: it may be trhe final frontier on "sta" but in real life, it's the next frontier for the military with plans now unveiled for the sixth branch of service. >> the united states air force. >> reporter: and trs t since the creation of the air force in 1947. >> it is not enough to merely have an americ presence in space. we must have americami nce in space. >> reporter: the trump administration wants to build this space inforce by reorgan existing programs and personnel creating an elite group of space war fighters equivalent to the navy ngeals or green berets and asongress for $8 billion over the next five years. all part of a push to combat aggressive moves by russia and prina. esident trump today tweeting space force all the way. with his campaign asking supporters to pick their favorite logo offering up six options.
>> space force. space force. space force. people love it. >> reporter: but retired astronaut mark kelly does not love it. >> it's unnecessary reaucracy and unnecessary costs because currently, the air force, the u.s. air force is dealing th he threat adequately. >> reporter: the space force needs approval by congress and only then can the president complete his mission to boldly go where the efilitary hasn't had a branche. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington. we got a lot more ahead tonight. a family's travel nightmare, a brother and sister flying out their parents, the plane diverted and kids ta n to a hotel but why didn't the hotel tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. steps to fight type 2 diabetes... ...with fitness ...food tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. i tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. rl tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. i tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. ne tell mom and dad? we'll be right back. it's one pill a day and although it's not a weight-loss drug,
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on a frontier airline's flight were diverted ther state and the kids were in a hotel room but their parents had no idea because the airline didn't tell them. tammy leits the story. >> reporter: carter and etta had just visited their grandparents and were heading home to orlando as unaccompanied minors on frontier firlines. when tght was diverted to atlanta overnight, their parents say the nightmare began. >> no supervis tried to call. no phone call, no e-mails. >> reporter: they say they only knewhat ty their children were in because they were following the flight on an app. chad gray says his son had to borrow a phone to textim and they were taken to a hotel at 4:00 a.m. >> for frontier to leave that messaging in the hands of a 7 and 9-year-old, to me is really unacceptab >> reporter: frontier telling nbc news our records show the children were in contact with their parents and attended
to at all times by a frontier supervisor, placed in a hotel provided with food but gray says his children were given only rice krispy treats that night and put in room withixther minors, his son in a bed with a boy five years older. >> they were scared and didn't know what to do. >> reporter: the faa does not he any blanket federal regulations when it comes to unaccompanied minors so every airline comes up with their own policy. >> reporter: tonight the grays say their kids will not be flying alone again. tammy leitner, nbc news. coming up tonit, was it excessive force? an 11-year-old tased for allegedly shoplifting. her outraged mother is speaking out. we'll have it.
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market. blake mccoy has that story tonight. >> why would they even do such a thing? >> rorter: donna describes the moment her 11-year-old daughter was tased. >> she fell down and rolled over and was shivering. >> reporter: doneshia was caught shoplifting snacks from this kroger monday night. >> i couldn't really breathe. >> i'm not saying what she did was cool. you knownot vouching for that but the way he went about it was totally wrong. >> reporter: the securi guard was an off duty cincinnati cop currently on restricted duty following the incident. police picy states a taser may be used on a suspect over age 7 or under 70 but also that officers should consider the severity of the crime. the city is now reconsidering that pocy. i can see no reason why an11-year-old child would be tasered given the circumstances for orhoplifting. >> rr: the police union is defending the officer and current policy. >> i would hate to see edure change to a certain age that restricts an officer afrom using a tasernd
have something tragic happen. >> reporter: taser manufacturer axon purposely leaves its guidelines vague.ge >>s an improper gauge when you can use a taser because the age doesn't tell you how big they are. indicator when you can use it and not. ht>> reporter: tonig charges against the fifth grader have been dropped but her mother worries this could have ended much worse. blake mccoy, nbc news. still to come as we continue, feeding families, the way to fight hunger. inspiring america is next. actually, you do. harmful bacteria lurk just below the gum line. crest gum detoxify works below the gum line to neutralize harmful plaque bacteria and help reverse early gum damage. and, now there's new crest gum & enamel repair. it gives you clinically proven healthier gums and helps repair and strengthen weakened enamel. gum detoxify and gum & enamel repair, from crest. gums are good, so is my check-up! crest. healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
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businesses with extra food that goes to waste. 's where a college student with a brilliant idea steps forward to inspire america. at a providence food pantry, a portrait of hunger com into focus. >> pretty tough when your grakids are asking for food when they come to visit and you don't have anything. >> a group of tech savvy college students led by senior maria rose have found a new way to solve an old problem. tell me our ah-ha moment was about food. >> i have always been working in food pantries. i was always sorting cans and stacking them but when i was 14 itwa clear we could not communicate at all. there was no completely free online network for emergency food providers so eighth grade, set out to build it. >> reporter: she helped create the means database s connecting businesse
who have extra food with charitiethat don't. >> there is this whole untapped market of prepared foods from caterers and restaurants and bakeries. >> here is how it works, a bakery has an extra six dozen l bagels, they ft a form that sends out a text or e-mail to soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantriein the area. the first to claim the donation gets them. for a company with a sense of social responsibility, this must be a god send. >> that's the idea. ie it should be er to give your food to people in need than ditch it in a dumpster. >> reporte these donations from the original italian bakery, 110 bags of baked goods will help feed 80 milies out province's community action partnership. >> we are able to distribute more breads, grains and things that the pantry normally cannot provide. >> reporter: but now they can because of college students who found a way to feed the need. eeou're confident you'reng now more people than you could before. >> we have found homes
for 1.8 million pounds of food. >> that's a lot. om >> that's aw >> a good idea helping so many families. that's nightly news for this thursday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. there is a place where everyone is a member of the board and shareholders are known for sharing. where coins don't make change people do where wealth is measured by the number of lives touched and the size of a check is powerless against the size of a heart. in this place we call home paying it back doesn't come in the form of an iou
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