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on this sunday night, states of emergency. the devastating aftermath of flooding in west virginia. dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed. while in california, an army of firefighters try to bring a deadly wildfire under control. in the lead, hillary clinton ahead of donald trump in our latest nbc poll as the candidates argue about britain's vote to leave the eu. roller coaster nightmare. a derailment at a theme park sends riders plunging. paying the price. the soaring cost of prescription drugs forcing americans to make a tough choice. and holy work. we are with teams preserving history at the site that many believe to be the tomb of jesus. "nightly news" begins now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news' world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. thousands of people on opposite sides of the country are dealing with the aftermath of devastating natural disasters tonight. the images out of west virginia are haunting. a muddy mess where there once were homes. at least two dozen people lost their lives and many residents have lost everything. thousands remain without power tonight. the president today declared a major disaster in that state. and out west, it's fire causing the heartache. the erskine fire in california has scorched 36,000 acres and as of this morning, was only 10% contained. we have both disasters covered starting with morgan radford on the ground in west virginia. morgan? >> reporter: kate, 300 national guard troops are already on the ground here in west virginia and we are standing in the heart of it. you can see crews toiling away behind me and this mud having
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washed up into that home and that home, kate, is one of 500 all across the state that has already been damaged or completely destroyed. tonight, floodwaters receding revealing what looked like a ghost town, roads caked in mud leaving families like this one who have lost everything. >> 43 years of stuff being thrown out is hard. >> reporter: pastor charles and his wife tina run a small church. their home behind it completely flooded. >> i don't know if i can save the pictures or not. >> reporter: all of your furniture is ruined. >> yes, all of the furniture is gone. >> reporter: before the disaster, they were collecting donations for those in need. >> we had just gotten in six bags of clothes and they are all ruined. >> reporter: but just as quickly as the floodwaters rose, new donations poured in. >> we'll organize it, food here. >> sometimes you need to be the one who receives but you can't stop giving. >> reporter: just two mile downs the road, lisa atkinson's home in shambles. >> you can see clear up past the -- >> oh, wow.
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i mean, there's mud caking the bottles of soda. >> reporter: now she's staying here, nine people all under one roof. >> i don't know what i would do without these people. >> reporter: the family of her deceased partner whose ashes she can't find. these families among the hundreds beginning the long road to recovery. thousands of homes across west virginia still don't have power. president obama declaring it a federal disaster and areas where authorities haven't yet reached, neighbors are filling in the gaps. rebuilding homes and rebuilding hope. >> it will never be the same. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, clendenin, west virginia. i'm gadi schwartz were crews are having to look through the damage clear out to those mountains. it's a careful spot for human remains, the aftermath of california's most destructive fire this year.
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200 homes and buildings gone and at least two people dead and hundreds left with nothing. >> i lost everything i own. literally everything i own. >> reporter: at this checkpoint, emotions are running high. a woman comforted by an officer after learning her mother has survived. >> my mom is okay. my mom is okay. my brother lost everything, but my mom is okay. >> reporter: in a church parking lot we meet carl and anita who are staying in their rv. >> i'm praying for all of the people that have been involved in this that have gotten hurt. i'm like my husband. we are so blessed and we couldn't do without the support of this church. >> reporter: they once lived in a place they called happy land. now they are grateful to have escaped the flames. >> the good lord's the only reason i'm alive. ♪ >> reporter: at sunday's service, they are thinking of their neighbors. >> some of you are homeless right now. >> reporter: while the pastor leading the sermon is worried
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about another member not in attendance, a woman in her 90s. today, her church family is praying that she is safe. gadi schwartz, nbc news, south lake, california. we turn to politics now and our new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows hillary clinton widening her lead over donald trump with a little more than four months to go before the election. kristen welker has the latest. >> reporter: hillary clinton is back on the trails marching in new york's gay pride parade today. and in indiana, speaking out for the first time about britain's decision to leave the eu, clinton using the moment to pace donald trump is a volatile leader without using his name. >> bombastic in turbulence times can cause more turbulence and who puts the interests of the american people ahead of their personal business interests. >> reporter: the clinton
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campaign has been lambasting trump for suggesting in scotland this weekend the market volatility caused by brexit will help his golf course there thrive. >> when the pound goes down, more people are coming to turnberry. >> reporter: today, clinton pounced. >> no one should be confused about america's commitment to europe. not an autocrat in the kremlin, not a presidential candidate on a scottish golf course. >> reporter: this, as our latest poll shows clinton leading trump by five points, 46-41%. slightly up for her three-point lead last month. another poll has clinton with a more commanding 12-point lead. ♪ trump spent the weekend promoting his business in scotland while his newly installed campaign manager played defense on "meet the press" today. >> first of all, trump is an international businessman. when he says he's going to bring real change to the country, voters believe him. >> reporter: and trump is still struggling to unify the party.
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today, the top senate republican sidestepped questions about trump's ability to lead. >> i'll let the american people decide. >> reporter: clinton is working to unify her own party and tomorrow she'll get some help from progressive senator elizabeth warren. the two will campaign together for the very first time in battleground ohio. kate? >> kristen welker tonight, thanks. as we head into the monday after britain's vote to leave the european union and the fallout that followed, all eyes are on the financial markets. keir simmons is following the next moves from london. keir? >> reporter: good evening, kate. britain is still feeling the aftershocks from this political earthquake. and secretary john kerry visiting both brussels and britain tomorrow, urging the uk and european union to limit the damage from what will likely be a messy divorce, saying it's important to provide as much stability and certainty as possible. but uk lawmakers are now vying to see the leadership of both main parties after david cameron announced he would deny and
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leaders of scotland are threatening to block the uk from leaving the european union while online a petition calling for a new referendum has grown to more than 3 million signatures. against this backdrop, the secretary of state's visit is aimed at partly calming global markets, traders bracing themselves for more turbulence after friday's staggering losses. kate? >> keir simmons, thanks. another story out of the uk, a harrowing afternoon at a theme park in scotland where a roller coaster derailed injuring ten people, most of them children. we get details now from lucy cavanaugh. >> reporter: in scotland, the chaotic aftermath of an amusement park accident a roller coaster flying off the rails, plummeting at least 20 feet, crashing into a ride below. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: ten people injured. eight of them children. >> start moving back, please.
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>> reporter: rescue workers rushing to the scene. shocked families looking on helpless. on social media, photos of the terrifying aftermath, including this, what appears to be one of the coaster's wheels. "never been so scared in my life," wrote an eyewitness. "it's something like something out of a horror film." police shut the park down after today's terror, a happy summer day turned into a nightmare. lucy cavanaugh, nbc news, london. celebration and sadness at pride events around the country today as the lgbt community remembered those killed two weeks ago in the massacre in orlando. the largest event was here in new york and anne thompson was there. >> reporter: a wave of emotions flooded the streets of manhattan to greenwich village. the largest gay pride parade
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ever. traditionally artistic and outrageous, this year it was something more. the anguish of the massacred orlando's pulse nightclub two weeks ago still vivid. remembered with a moment of silence. constant reminders of the 49 victims. >> we are here together to show that we love and love will overcome hate. >> reporter: the pulse nightclub owner rode on a float saying that people just being here was an act of defiance. standing here today, what are we telling the world? >> that we're not afraid. >> reporter: orlando united pride events around the world. in mexico city, this picture carried in chicago, a strong visible police presence in san francisco and events across the country. there was no specific threat here in new york city but police took no chances. they marched past the stonewall inn where a police raid ignited
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the gay rights movement. this weekend, president obama declared it a national monument. >> to be able to march down here in front of a national monument is amazing. >> reporter: 47 years later, some member he is of the new york city police department wore a rainbow flag. now, also today, pope francis said the catholic church should apologize for the mistreatment in the past of gays and to any group where the church could have defended people but did not. kate? >> anne thompson here in new york, anne, thank you. at a far different kind of rally, mayhem today in sacramento, california, outside the state capitol building a big fight broke out between members of white supremacist groups and protesters. at least six people were stabbed. two of them are reported to be in critical condition. the supreme court is expected to issue the final decisions of its term tomorrow. one of the most closely watched cases involves abortion and a restrictive texas law.
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12 other states have adopted similar restrictions. more tonight from justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: valerie peterson of austin was devastated when her doctor told her the son she was carrying had developed severe problems and would live at most a few minutes after birth. >> i just knew that i wouldn't be able to emotionally handle carrying that baby, that i knew he wasn't going to survive. >> reporter: it was so hard to get into an abortion office in texas quickly enough, she ended up having to go to florida. since texas passed a tough new law three years ago, the number of abortions in the state have gone from 42 to 19 and could drop to 10. they must meet the same standards of surgical offices and clinic doctors must have hospital admitting privileges. sponsors said it would protect patients. >> our objective is to make sure that we provide a strong facility that meets those minimal commonsense standards for the women's health.
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>> reporter: but the opponents say they wanted to stop it. >> what they did instead was go a round about way to make it impossible. they couldn't make it illegal so they made it impossible. >> reporter: when the case was argued, the court's liberals were clearly skeptical. justice ruth ginsburg asked "what is the benefit of having an ambulatory surgical center to take two pills when there's no surgical procedure at all involved?" >> reporter: and justice anthony kennedy, likely the deciding vote, says the law has a side effect. >> this law has really increased the number of surgical procedures as opposed to medical procedures and that this may not be medically wise. >> reporter: if there's no majority to uphold or strike down the law, the court could send it back for more fact finding about how it works. a 4-4 tie would leave the law in effect but there's no precedent. kate? >> pete williams at the court tonight, thanks so much, pete. still ahead on this sunday
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night, the soaring price of prescription drugs. what's behind it and what you can do. also, inside a renovation project like no other, 200 years in the making.
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if you're one of the millions of people who take prescription drugs, you may have noticed that prices are on the rise. a recent investigation found that almost one-third of americans have seen a jump in the past year. it's forcing some to make tough choices, as we hear from tom costello.
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>> reporter: shari never thought gardening could be risky but after suffering severe allergic reactions from bee stings and insect bites, doctors told her she should carry a life-saving epipen. the trouble, she says, she can't afford the $525 price tag. >> it's a crap shoot. do you spend the money and hope you don't need it or do you go without it and pray to god that you don't need it? >> reporter: a new consumer reports survey has found that roughly 30% of all americans have been hit with pharmaceutical price hikes in just the past year. up $63, on average, in some cases up $500, forcing some americans to cut corners. >> when they did fill their prescription -- and many times they didn't -- when they did, they may not take the drug as it was prescribed for them. they shared medication, split pills when they shouldn't. >> reporter: it's not illegal. drug companies can charge whatever they want. the pharmaceutical industry tells nbc news there are many factors that may go into the price of a medicine, including
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development costs, how well a drug works and whether it helps reduce other health care costs. the advice for patients, ask your doctor for the least expensive prescription, most patients don't. and compare online. promises to save up to 80% on meds. last fall, a new ceo suddenly raised the price of a life-saving drug for aids and cancer patients by 5,000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. >> we're not the first company to raise drug prices. >> martin shkreli has since been arrested on unrelated fraud charges. and he's parted ways with the company which insists that they pay far less for the medication. as for the $525 epipen, mylan pharmaceutical says it offers assistance for patients who qualify and it's committed to working with customers and payers to find solutions to meet their needs. but shari has decided to take her chances and go without the epipen. >> i have to be more cautious
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because of that fear that something would happen. >> reporter: making a potentially life or death decision based on dollars and cents. tom costello, nbc news, washington. up next, swimming their way to rio. we're with the american stars as the olympic trials get under way.
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we are now less than six weeks away from the start of the summer olympic games and tonight the excitement is in a swimming pool in omaha. it's the start of the u.s. olympic swim trials and miguel almaguer is there with some of america's biggest stars on the road to rio. >> reporter: the rush for gold is on. america's best find to punch their ticket to rio. for many in this sold-out crowd, the biggest draw is michael
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phelps. >> it's so cool to be able to see all of these people like phelps that we've seen on tv so many times to see them swimming in person. >> reporter: the most decorated olympian, since london, phelps who turns 31 this week, has made a dramatic comeback, both personally and professionally. after spending time in rehab, he's a changed man and a proud new dad. >> it's awesome to be able to welcome a new person into this world. >> he'll face a familiar rival. ryan lochte, who famously defeated phelps in the 400 i.m. in loon done. >> to be able to sometimes beat him, it's definitely an honor. even if this is our last go-around together, we'll definitely make it count. >> reporter: missy franklin is also back. >> yes! >> reporter: the 6'1" powerhouse captured america's hearts and
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claimed four golds in london. >> this is the best that the usa has to offer and to be here is an honor. >> reporter: tomorrow we'll see katie ledecky who stunned the world in the 800 freestyle at 15. she's already set an astonishing 11 world records. >> katie's legacy will be one that she will definitely be the greatest distance swimmer in history. >> reporter: with the first round of finals about to get under way this week, more than 1700 swimmers are vying for just 52 possible spots. tonight, ryan lochte could be the first american swimmer to officially punch his ticket to rio. kate? >> as a swim family, we can't wait. thank you so much. there is word tonight that pat summitt, the tennessee women's basketball coach, may have taken a turn for the worst. she was struggling with alzheimer's disease for five years. her family says the last few days have been difficult and ask for prayers. four years ago, summitt was
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honored with the presidential medal of freedom. up next, on the job in jerusalem, the repairs going on at one of the world's holiest sites.
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finally tonight, a most unusual and long-awaited repair job is going on in jerusalem at the site many believe holds the tomb of jesus. chief correspondent richard engel got an exclusive look. >> reporter: in jerusalem's church of the holy sepulchre, many faithful say christ's tomb. it's long been crumbling, intervention impossible because of ancient and passionately felt religious struggles. now, for the first time in 200 years, the tomb is being renovated.
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architects and a team of specialists are removing rotten plaster and stone and will drill titanium support rods into the tomb. >> this is the actual tomb of christ? >> yes, exactly. >> reporter: even the slab covering christ's burial place will be lifted. >> it was an agreement and the agreement was -- in details. >> reporter: custody of the tomb is shared by the roman catholic, greek orthodox, armenian orthodox and three other christian denominations but seemingly simple disagreements over who gets to worship here at which time of day has sometimes led to brawls. but there's a long tradition of leaving things exactly as they are. you see that ladder, it was put out below that window outside the church during a much earlier renovation. but then, the different
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christian orders couldn't decide who had the right to move it. it was first recorded in this spot in the 1700s and except for a few very brief occasions, it's been there ever since. it's now called the immovable ladder. but this time the immovable is being moved, proof that negotiations in the holy land can work, they just take a long time. richard engel, nbc news, jerusalem. and that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be here tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york and i'll see you tomorrow on msnbc. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. ==topvo==
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