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an average temperature around 43 have swam in that lake many times. middle of august, it's cold. it wakes you up. >> it's so pretty. >> gorgeous. >> thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next. see you at 6:00. >> see you then. tonight, yet another deadly shooting a massive manhunt in austin, texas. three people killed. an entire neighborhood put on lockdown. >> we are concerned that he might hit the hospice. >> joining the search. the suspected killer, a former detective there. indianapolis, new questions tonight about how the shooter who killed eight peoe at a fedex facility was able to purchase guns legally after his mother warned authorities about him. also, a weekend of protests over police shootings, now the derek chauvin closing arguments
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tomorrow cities coast to coast bracing for that verdict the national guard called up from minneapolis to philadelphia. the race to vaccinate. as of today half of all u.s. adults have had at least one covid shot eligibility opens up nationwide for all adults tomorrow. >> and dr. fauci says the j&j vaccine could be back in some form this week >> an out of control fire raging across one of africa's famous landmarks. hundreds evacuated and first flight on another planet. >> i am just on the edge of my seat. >> the helicopter set to launch from that mars rover just hours from now >> good evening. tonigh tavern in kenosha, wisconsin, that killed at least three intot
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mass shooting at a fedex facility in indianapolis instead, we begin with a shooting in austin, texas, just hours ago. and the all-out search now for the person responsible authorities say he killed three people the tentative suspect a former sheriff's detective himself. we begin with ali vitali. >> tonight, a manhunt in austin, texas. >> active shooter incident. >> reporter: three dead and the gunman still on the run. the shooter, opening fire just before noon today. >> this is not an active shooter situation. we are not calling it that at this point this appears to be a domestic incident, and the victims were all known to our suspect so, at this point, we do notng shoot them. >> reporter: the suspect, police say, 41-year-old stephen broderick, former travis county sheriff's detective.
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police urging residents to check on their neighbors. and stay vigilant. >> he is still at large. we do think he is armed and he is very much dangerous >> as law enforcement race to find the suspect, canvassing from above and on the ground unsure if he's even still in the area a manhunt raging on as night falls in texas now for the aftermath of that other deadly shooting at a fedex facility in indianapolis that left eight people dead. new questions tonight about how the shooter was able to purchase more guns even though his mother had contacted police about his mental state here is kathy park. >> reporter: tonight, new questions about how the shooting suspect in indianapolis went to this sprawling fedex facility and began shooting at random with two rifles purchased legall>> since there was nothin
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was questionable, he was able to obtain these guns? >> correct >> reporter: last march his own mother warned authorities he may be suicidal. after a mental health hold, authorities seized a shotgun at his home last march. law enforcement source tells nbc news he didn't want the gun back indiana's red flag law allows police or courts to seize guns from people who are deemed a danger. >> the prosecutor's office, who starts that, in this particular case, it was not submitted to the courts therefore, there was no red flag in the system. >> reporter: nbc news reached out to the marion county prosecutor's office and has yet to receive a response. now we're hearing from first responders who rushed in to save lives. as you're helping the injured, how do you offer comfort to them >> sometimes you just hold their hands and talk to them the calmer you can stay is the calmer they're going to stay and we need them to be calm. ♪ amazing ♪
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>> as families remember the smith's mom paid tribute to her daughter. >> beautiful, amazing, wonderful little girl that was growing into a wonderful, amazing, beautiful woman. >> reporter: the 19-year-old picked up her very first paycheck from fedex on the day she was murdered this community, shaken by violence, now united in their grief. ♪ but now i see ♪ >> so hard, kathy. how are the injured doing tonight? >> reporter: kate, we have learned that four are still hospitalized everyone is in stable condition and are expected to survive. kate >> that's some good news kathy park, thank you. the nation is bracing for a he is the former minneapolis officer, of course, charged with killing george floyd and with closing arguments starting tomorrow, cities across the country are preparing for the reaction to whatever that
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verdict is meagan fitzgerald is in minneapolis. >> reporter: tonight, minneapolis on high alert, windows boarded up national guard members on nearly every block, preparing for unrest as the case against ex-officer derek chauvin comes to a close. >> this moment is of enormous consequence for our city, for our state and for our nation and our world. >> reporter: tomorrow, the jury will hear closing arguments from both sides before their deliberation begins. >> a verdict has to be unanimous. all 12 jurors will have to vote either guilty or not guilty. any split in the jurors, even one juror who is a holdout for, for example, not guilty, that results in a hung jury and a mistrial. >> reporter: from coast to coast, cities are gearing up nypd officers not allowed to take time off starting tomorrow. minneapolis public schools halting in-person learning starting wednesday, bracing for
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widespread protests as some 3,000 national guard members are activated sooner than expected. >> we planned for the unexpected clearly, even our phases did not account for a specific officer-involved shooting just right in the midst of certainly the trial. >> reporter: that shooting of daunte wright sparking seven straight days of demonstrations in the streets adding fuel to the fire, police shooting of 13-year-old adam toledo in chicago. >> adam, we love you. >> reporter: all eyes are on this courthouse in minneapolis. >> i have to believe that the nation and, frankly, the world will be watching this verdict to to see >> meagan is with us now is there any sense for how long the jury could deliberate? >> reporter: jurors can take as little or as much time as needed to try to reach a decision but legal experts say that when
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a jury is sequestered, like they will be, they can usually return a verdict much faster. kate >> all right we'll all be watching. meagan, thank you. encouraging news tonight on the covid front. more than half of all adults in our nation have now received at least one vaccine. and tomorrow it's available to anyone over age 16 but with the johnson & johnson shot on hold, will there be enough to go around? sam brock has more. >> reporter: tonight, a milestone in america more than half of all adults have now received at least one covid vaccine shot as eligibility opens to everybody 16 and up in a matter of hours but are we ready a reality check, starting with supply. >> we're actually in a very good place in terms of supply without johnson doses available in the next number of weeks actually. >> reporter: cdc numbers reflect the ramped-up distribution
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pfizer, for example, was pumping out about 4 million first and second doses per week when president biden took office. that figure now sits around 10 million, down a tick from peak production at the end of march as for concerns about j&j? >> my estimate is that we will continue to use it in some form. i think by friday, we'll know which way we're going on this. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci trying to calm nerves even as some states like mississippi are seeing heightened hesitancy. >> as soon as we inform them that they had took it off the shelves, they panicked, everybody left and canceled their appointments they didn't want to take moderna. they were out. >> reporter: which leads us to our next question, is there a geographic gap on vaccination rates and hesitancy? yes. pacing the nation. lighter colors are in the south,
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fotwo-week period in march of last year, new orleans had the highest vaccination rate, which may explain why they're lagging overall. >> the vaccines are there. now we have to get people to the shot we have to educate people, decrease any barriers out there. >> reporter: ongoing push to inform with around a quarter of all americans fully vaccinated. >> sam, with tomorrow's expansion, do experts think maybe we're getting closer to herd immunity? >> reporter: that is certainly the goal here, kate. about a quarter of the u.s. population is under the age of 18 if we're going to get to herd immunity, which is 80% or so, it means a significant amount of vaccinations for children. kate >> a lot of parents waiting for that, sam. thank you. you can make your own plan for when and where you get vaccinated visit planyourvaccine.com for more. >> overseas to a deadly train
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derailment near cairo, egypt at least 11 passengers were killed, nearly a hundred others injured as the train went off the tracks there rescuers were on site all day pulling out survivors. >> nasa is holding it breath tonight on the eve of a historic helicopter flight, the first ever on mars engineers are hoping that it will be a wright brothers kind of moment for the future of interplanetary air travel. erin mclaughlin has details. >> reporter: nasa is gearing up for another first for the red planet. a history making power flight on mars >> i'm just on the edge of my seat it is the first time we will have ever demonstrated controlled, powered flight on any other body, anywhere other than earth. >> reporter: known as ingenuity, it's 19 inches tall, weighing in at just under four pounds, powered by solar panels. scheow morning you see it here, testing out its blades the very first flight the
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helicopter is expected to kick off only a few feet from the ground, hover in the air for 20 to 30 seconds, then land. >> it's actually really hard to fly on mars.y much atmospherelybout 1% of the atmosphere we have on earth. it has to listen to commands and do everything all on its own. >> reporter: ingenuity arrived on mars, attached to the belly of nasa's perseverance the $80 million project operates independently. >> if we can prove we can do it, it opens the landscape for all kinds of new ways to explore other parts of the solar system. >> reporter: what are the odds that this will be a success tomorrow >> i think it's going to be almost 100% it will be successful. >> reporter: by tomorrow morning, hopefully ingenuity will soon be known as the little helicopter that could. erin mclaughlin, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead tonight, what this college president is doing to help his students struggling during the pandemic.
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also a trip to stunning iceland and its cutting-edge solutions to creating cleaner air.
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we're back with a story about the increasing mental toll on college students during the pandemic, gripped by isolation and anxiety. it's such a concern at one school that the university's president is stepping up in an unusual way to offer his support. catie beck reports. >> reporter: lunden crews in her first semester away at college
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was struggling. >> my classes were hard. and, you know, i just felt lost. >> reporter: academically and socially virtual classes were more difficult for crews, who has a learning disability and isolating covid restrictions made her anxious and depressed >> i attempted to take my life i instantly called my boyfriend and said i'm so sorry. >> reporter: that call saved her life after she had taken a handful of pills. >> there is no other feeling as a parent to see your child in a coma and knowing that it was too much for her to handle. >> reporter: a recent study that in the fall of 2020 found that students are struggling at an all-time high.ed positive for symptoms of major depression
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another 66% battling loneliness, and 13% have seriously considered suicide in the past year. >> you could feel their mental health slipping. >> reporter: this colonel saw it firsthand, president of norwich university moved into the student dorms for a week during in-room quarantine to offer his support and did it again this week in general, do you think it's a good idea, this type of isolation for this age group >> yeah, it's a very interesting question my short answer is no. >> reporter: when the school's covid numbers spiked, he followed cdc guidelines but says despite how numbers may change, he won't do it again. >> i think it's unhealthy and not fair to those young men and women. >> reporter: gesture to join ranks with a mission to listen and learn from his own students. >> they're here for the social interaction, for experience of learning. >> reporter: without it, many found themselves in a dark place. >> i would tell people, i just need a hug right now that's all i need right now. >> reporter: would you describe
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this as one of the lonelier times in your life >> yes, 110%, yes. it is so difficult facetime can only do so much. >> reporter: partly why crews has taken this semester off and is living back home.e fall when restrictions have eased and when she feels whole again. >> i learned it's okay to ask for help. >> and larger lessons about the protections and harm of social distance catie beck, nbc news up next, a world-famous natural landmark is burning out of control and we're also taking you to scenic iceland for a look at the remarkable high-tech way they're cleaning the air
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there's a massive effort to battle an out-of-control fire on a famous landmark, south africa's table mountain began burning this morning the flames quickly spread. hikers overlooking capetown had to leave and hundreds of students from a nearby university were evacuated. tonight, we're kicking off a week-long series of special reports addressing the climate challenge facing our planet. sarah harman traveled to iceland to see the remarkable new technology they're using to literally clear the air. >> reporter: in this barren lunar landscape lies a cutting-edge experiment to combat climate change. these huge fans, sucking carbon dioxide directly from the air. it's called direct air catcher the co2 is mixed with water and pumped deep underground by the icelandic company. carb fix >> we're looking at one of our
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wells. >> the mixture ultimately injected into highly reactive basalt rocks >> before, it was very open, very porous. this is what it looks like after. >> reporter: co2 in the environment yesterday is in this pipe today tomorrow it will be underground and in two years it will be stone? >> absolutely. >> reporter: from an invisible environmental threat in the air to a rock in the ground. iceland is full of this rock from cooling lava. much of this country's breathtaking landscape from the snow-capped mountains to the pebbles in the crystal clear streams are made of basalt when it's finished later this year the orca plant will be able to remove 4,000 tons of co2, the equivalent of 2.2 million tons of coal burned, 11 rail cars full of coal and it's not just iceland getting in on the action
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elon musk has offered a $100 million prize for the best carbon dioxide technology and bill gates has invested in a canadian company with plans to capture a million tons of co2 each year, the equivalent of 40 million trees. right now, the big drawback of direct air capture is the cost, removing just one ton of carbon cost said anywhere from $500 to $800 and considering the u.s. alone emitsd -- emits about 5.1 billion tons each year, the adds up pretty quickly. can this work in the united states >> absolutely. there are many parts of the u.s. where this technology can be applied. >> reporter: it's one tool that could be a step in the right direction. sarah harman, nbc news, iceland. >> our climate challenge coverage continues with a special edition of nightly news with lester holt in houston. when we come back, the giving wall. the growing movement that has restaurant goers helping their neighbors.
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there's good news tonight about a small gesture turning into a large movement and the town helping those in need get healthy, hot meals along historic route 66 in northeast oklahoma, you'll find miama, a town of 13,000 hit hard by the pandemic. but it's restaurants and residents are making challenging times a little easier. one hot dish at a time on this giving wall anyone can offer any amount to pay for a meal up front. >> we have been helped many times when we were in a position
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where we needed it >> anyone can claim it, judgment free, no questions asked >> each meal we purchased, we added an extra meal to that and put it up on the wall. >> the simple idea, kicking off a movement of kindness in this tight-knit town. >> we're a giving community. we take care of each other >> just like to help people out. >> there are lots of people out there now that need it. >> jennifer white put up the first giving wall in february at her restaurant, the doghouse. >> i knew our town was awesome, but i didn't know that they were going to step up in such a big and impactful way. >> after just one day, the wall was full of free meals >> all i've done is put up a sign and given people in our town the room to give and they took up the torch and embraced it with a passion. >> that spirit quickly spreading just up main street to zack's cafe. >> we started it and said we'll see how it goes. it blew up the community every single day is taping tickets on the wall.
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every single day >> between the two giving walls, the little town has made a big impact, donating more than 1,000 meals so far this year the generosity, a lifeline for neighbors like mary and her husband. >> a small town helping when it's needed most. >> these meals truly matter to the people who come in and get them it's been a tough year for everybody. why not do everything we can to make people smile, make them feel warm inside and out, give them a hot meal? >> makes us all smile. so far the movement to provide meals shows no signs of stopping, and the idea has even spread to restaurants and nearby towns. that is "nbc nightly news" on this sunday. i'm kate snow. for all of us at "nbc nightly news," stay safe and have a good night.
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right now at 6:00, another step closer to normalcy, one bay area county is eyeing a move into the yellow tier this week. what it will take to get there and stay there. good evening, i'm sierra johnson. >> and i'm terry mcsweeney. it could be one step closer to prepandemic days. how's that sound? marin county could in order to make that move, the ht be there. just ahead, two cases per
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100,000 people and a positivity rate below 2%. according to the latest

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