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storm elsa drenching the east coast warnings for nearly a thousand miles the new track. the tokyo olympics banning fans days before the games begin. a state of emergency declared as covid cases rise new video of assassins outside the home of haiti's president, and tonight a u.s. citizen is among the suspects the dramatic body cam. a 6-year-old girl rescued from an alleged kidnapper's car. the hero officers speaking to us and tennis superstar naomi osaka's new message on mental health ahead of the olympics >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening. i'm peter alexander in for lester tonight what could be major news in the fight against covid. pfizer now says a booster shot of its current vaccine strongly extends protection against the virus. they're also developing a booster intended to target the rapidly spreading delta variant, now the dominant strain here in the u.s pfizer reports a third
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dose would likely be needed between six months and a year after you're fully vaccinated, the fda still to weigh in. miguel almaguer has the breaking details >> reporter: tonight pfizer says a booster shot, a third dose of its current vaccine, could offer americans five to ten times more protection against covid, given six months after the second dose pfizer believes those inoculated would be highly protected against the delta variant, which is now exploding across the u.s. the company expects to deliver new data to the fda within weeks and is also working to develop a delta specific version of its vaccine. it comes as new covid cases and hospitalizations both climb at a dangerous pace some hospitals are now in the middle of their most dire days >> the competition for beds is higher now than it was during the peak last year >> reporter: perhaps the nation's new epicenter, the delta variant is now fueling
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over 90% of cases in parts of missouri, with the federal surge response team on the ground, 93% of covid patients in one icu are on ventilators >> we're seeing some younger population become very ill. we see patients becoming more ill quicker than we did before >> i'm so glad that's over. >> reporter: though vaccines are effective against delta, the unvaccinated are fueling the spike, with a third of adult americans not yet inoculated, researchers at georgetown say these five undervaccinated clusters of the country could become a breeding ground for new variants, putting the rest of the nation at risk. as pfizer and moderna both get closer to a booster shot, it's important to note that the fda will have the final say on if one is actually needed. pfizer also says they data soon that shows a decline in vaccine efficacy six months after the second dose.
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peter? >> miguel almaguer with those breaking details. miguel, thank you. now to america's withdrawal from afghanistan. president biden today moving up his timeline to pull troops out he is also defending his decision amid intensifying pressure, because as the u.s. leaves, the taliban is rapidly making gains kelly o'donnell is at the white house. >> reporter: today answering criticism and questions. the president defended his decision to end the war in afghanistan august 31st. >> i judged that it was not in the national interests of the united states of america to continue fighting this war indefinitely >> reporter: long before he became commander in chief, mr. biden, who made multiple visits to afghanistan, was himself a vocal critic of keeping u.s. forces there indefinitely achievable goals he said happened long ago. >> to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and to deliver justice to osama bin laden >> reporter: but dangers remain real and expanding. after the draw-down
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was announced in april, taliban fighters rapidly gained ground against afghan forces. some republicans say removing american forces will embolden groups like isis and al qaeda >> prel support, and i a return of terrorist attacks either inspired or otherwise here in the united states. >> reporter: the president flatly rejected the u.s. would bear responsibility for bloodshed among afghan civilians. >> no, no, no. it's up to the people of afghanistan to decide on what government they want. >> reporter: this direct message to critics. >> let me ask those who want us to stay. how many more, how many thousands more america's daughters and sons are you willing to risk? >> reporter: after sacrifices made by a generation of american warriors, the president said he is satisfied the job is done kelly o'donnell, nbc
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news, the white house. i'm richard engel in kabul, where american troops are leaving afghanistan, threatened by a taliban takeover and civil war. president biden tonight insisting the afghan government and military have sufficient force to maintain stability >> is a taliban takeover of afghanistan now inevitable >> no, it is not. >> why >> because you have the afghan troops have 300,000 well equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world. >> reporter: but afghan soldiers and police have been surrendering to the taliban in droves, often without fighting, handing over their weapons. to hold on, the afghan government is relying on its elite special forces, the commandos. nbc news joined them this week for a mission. the commandos are motivated and effective, but a small force, only about 30,000 the president also delivering this message to the
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thousands of afghans who worked as interpreters and contractors for u.s. troops the taliban considers them traitors. >> there is a home for you in the united states >> reporter: but when? translators tell us they're worried the country is collapsing around them. and president biden was asked about the fate of afghan women >> they are very concerned, with good reason >> reporter: we visited a modeling agency in kabul this week, now operating in secret if you went back to your village, which has been taken over by the taliban right now, dressed like this, what would happen to you? >> we will die >> reporter: die >> yes >> reporter: the taliban and other extremist groups in afghanistan oppose women doing anything beyond motherhood. girls' schools have already come under attack richard's in kabul richard, how is the taliban reacting to the u.s. withdrawal? >> i've spoken to taliban leaders who have told me they consider this a major victory, and tonight president biden said that the u.s. is pulling out because it does not want to
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suffer casualties from the taliban. for the taliban, this is a badge of honor. they say they were able to push the united states out of this country by force. >> richard, thank you. and in just 60 seconds, we take you to tokyo, where fans were just banned from the olympics
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the death toll rising in the surfside collapse in florida. what we've learned about a repealed law that might have prevented the disaster our sam brock is there. >> reporter: amidst the lines of first responder, families, and leaders all linked shoulder to shoulder, an acknowledgment that silence can speak louder than words. comfort and faith displayed through clergy clutching rosaries, rabbis in prayer as rescue efforts now turn to the first day of recovery rachel spiegel's mother judy is still missing. >> it's so difficult and what i'm really dreading is the next phase.
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i'm not quite yet there personally my family's not quite there, and my kids are not there. >> reporter: tonight, miami-dade fire and rescue telling families we mourn with you. this powerful scene against a backdrop of community-wide concern. right now many residents in neighboring miami beach want to know what risk am i at with my building. there are about 5,000 commercial properties in miami beach, and around 500 of them are undergoing some form of recertification right now. the city immediately sprang into action how soon after the collapse did you jump in on inspections? >> the next day, friday >> reporter: city manager alina hudak says miami beach just wrapped up a visual inspection of all those buildings as it awaits a deeper dive within 21 days, and 15 complexes, 10 of them occupied, have been red-flagged for visual deficiencies what's your threshold for having to evacuate a building >> if we can't get a letter from a structural engineer assuring us the building is safe for occupancy, we will have to pull that trigger. >> reporter: miami beach could act in a
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matter of days as 76 people in surfside remain unaccounted for. still, those on the front lines lifted tonight by the nearly 500 thank you cards coming from students near and far at this time of silence, the love doing all the talking. sam joins us now sam, we're learning more about a florida law that might have prevented this from happening? >> peter, that's right. a 2008 florida law required condo associations to conduct a survey every five years identifying repairs and how much they would cost. that law, peter, was repealed in 2010 >> sam brock, thank you. and tropical storm elsa is racing up the east coast tonight after carving a deadly path through the southeast. watches and warnings are now posted through new england. a stunning reversal for the tokyo olympics when the games begin in just over two weeks from now, fans will not be allowed to attend with covid cases there on the rise our tom llamas is in tokyo. >> reporter: when the
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olympics kick off in 15 days, these seats will be empty. no claps, no cheers, no fans at all tonight, organizers pulling back on plans announced just two weeks ago to allow some local spectators. the ban on fans coming just hours after japan's prime minister of emergency in tokyo, which begins monday and will run through the entire olympics. one of the reasons for the state of emergency, officials want to thin out the crowds at restaurants and bars like here in downtown tokyo officials are urging those businesses not to serve alcohol they want people to watch at home. even the illuminated olympic rings are being shut off early the new restrictions come after an uptick in covid cases in tokyo due to the delta variant. and while transmission here is still relatively low, compared to other hot spots, the vaccine roll-out has lagged. what is japan so afraid of?
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>> the vast majority of the japanese remain unvaccinated, and they're afraid of the olympics kick starting another surge. >> reporter: 70,000 people from around the world are expected here for the olympics, including ioc president thomas bach who just arrived and is now in quarantine as for the athletes themselves, some have described this move as heartbreaking, and we're learning tonight that some events held outside of tokyo could have fans like baseball, surfing, and the marathon peter? >> tom llamas in tokyo. tom, thank you chilling new images from outside the home where haiti's president was assassinated gabe gutierrez has more on the arrests, including one american >> reporter: after more video emerged of assassins outside the private home of haiti's president, less than 24 hours later came the first arrest authorities now say seven suspects were killed during a gun battle, and six others are now in custody >> i'm also aware that a larger group of possible perpetrators
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have taken refuge in two buildings in the city and that they are now surrounded by the police >> reporter: new footage appears to show heavily armed men moving down the street around the time president jovenel moise was assassinated >> dea operations, everybody back up, stand down >> reporter: in separate audio, a voice can be identifying the group in english as dea agents the haitian government said they also spoke spanish and were four mercenaries posing as dea agents the country's ambassador won't say who may have paid them or whether they had inside help. >> we don't want to speculate. there is an investigation going on >> reporter: first lady martine moise was critically wounded and is being treated at a miami hospital in haiti, the prime minister has declared a state of siege today protesters gathered outside a police station where suspects would be being held and late today, haiti's minister of elections confirmed to nbc news that at least one u.s. citizen is among those in custody.
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peter? >> gabe gutierrez. gabe, thank you. after years of negotiations, states that once opposed a settlement with purdue pharma for its role in the opioid crisis are changing paving the way for the wealthy sackler family to pay billions. here is kate snow. >> reporter: with a bankruptcy court deadline looming, 15 states cut a deal with purdue and the billionaire family that founded the company, the sacklers. >> they should be hold responsible for this conduct, their conduct, and that's what we're doing here today. >> reporter: the biggest new item, millions of new documents including emails will eventually be made public. >> our job as ags was to look at what our families needed. they wanted full disclosure, transparency, a light shown, the secrets to be told. >> reporter: the sacklers will pay more than $4.3 billion of what's expected to be an $8 billion settlement sackler family members called the resolution an important step toward providing substantial resources for people and communities in need.
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but no agreement to remove the sackler name from major museums. the sacklers are shielded from future liability, and don't admit any responsibility for the opioid crisis. nine states and washington, d.c. still oppose the deal, though it's highly unlikely they could stop it. washington state's attorney general saying this settlement plan allows the sacklers to walk away as billionaires with a legal shield for life. >> once they pay this, they're done they walk away and live the rest of their lives. i can't do that. >> reporter: we first met sandy blankenship and her adopted daughter eva in west virginia in 2019 eva was born dependent on opioids then 6, she struggled to sit still and sing her a, b, cs ♪ qrstuv ♪ >> she can't count to 20, and she can't say her abcs all the way through. >> reporter: so you think there are some deficits there >> i'm sorry that's my baby.
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purdue bankruptcy. of the total million is being set aside for individuals, and a fraction of that for kids born dependent. eva can sing all the way to z now ♪ w, x, y and z ♪ >> reporter: but she still has behavioral issues and learning delays lawyers expect kids like her to end up with about $8,000 to $12,000. that's before attorney fees the money that they're talking about, is that going to be enough for what eva will need in her life >> i don't think that any amount can compensate for the life-long therapy that she is going to require. >> reporter: she worries even a settlement worth billions on paper is not enough to fix the lives destroyed by opioids. kate snow, nbc news. and next, naomi osaka's new message on mental health.
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tennis superstar naomi osaka is opening up about her stunning decision to quit the french open over mental health concerns stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: "it's okay to not be okay," writes naomi osaka, a month after her dramatic exit from the french open. the world number two explaining in "time" magazine, "i wanted to skip press conferences at roland-garros to exercise self-care and preservation of my mental health. i stand by that. athletes are human." but tournament officials insisted she face the press, like every other player osaka writes "i felt under a great amount of pressure to disclose my symptoms,
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frankly, because the press and the tournament did not believe me i do not wish that on anyone." after withdrawing from wimbledon as well, the 23-year-old is back in the public eye with a netflix special and a new olympic campaign >> people might think i'm quiet. >> reporter: her message to young female athletes -- >> if we don't fit that expectation of what people think we're supposed to be, good >> reporter: in the essay, osaka says she is uneasy being a spokesperson for mental health, but adds michael phelps told me that by speaking up, i may have saved a life. if that's true, then it was all worth it. stephanie gosk, nbc news now to our series "priced out" of the skyrocketing cost of home and apartment rentals, and how you can still save here is stephanie ruhle. >> reporter: for renters, there has been no relief from the summer's hot housing market >> it's been a calamity. >> reporter: chris moved his family from a pittsburgh
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rental to hi parents home in maryland to wait out the recent price hike. >> it's been an excruciating process. as a 35-year-old adult, it is not fun to move back in with your parents. >> reporter: in may, rents nationally made the biggest nationally jump since 2015. median rent is up 5.5% year-over-year, and 7.5% since may of 2019 markets like phoenix, arizona, and boise, idaho have seen double-digit price increases over the past two years even cities like new york, boston, and san francisco where rents are still lower than prepandemic levels are now seeing price jumps. >> people have confidence so they're ready to sign long-term leases, and renters are also willing to pay more for rent in order to have that extra bedroom. >> reporter: he hopes prices come down, but the market shows no immediate signs of reversing course >> this house, 1600-square-foot is $1200 a month. we're seeing rates here in pittsburgh at about $1800 to $2,000 for a similar property. >> reporter: experts
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say if you're having a hard time finding a rental in your price range, ask for concessions like free parking or a month of free rent. consider widening your search to get the amenities or the price you're looking for, and be ready to negotiate rates. house hunting not for the faint of heart stephanie ruhle, nbc news up next, the amazing rescue caught on camera. >> hello
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finally tonight, the quick
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thinking neighbors and heroic officers who returned a little girl home safely after a terrifying ordeal. neighbors say it happened in an instant. >> he came around the corner, parked his car, got out i mean, within 15 seconds. >> reporter: just like that, a 6-year-old girl outside with her bike in louisville, kentucky disappeared >> grabbed her by the collar, threw her bike, threw her in the passenger seat. >> reporter: they immediately called 911. >> everyone from the entire division dropped everything they were doing. we probably had 13, 14 cars >> reporter: among this sergeant joseph keeling and officer jason burba. >> it's like the world stopped. every second feels like hours. >> reporter: within minutes they found that car >> your hands, hands put your hands in the air. keep walking back. keep walking back. get on your knees. >> reporter: a 40-year-old man arrested >> when i approached the vehicle, i didn't know what was going to be behind the door >> reporter: and in the front seat, that brave little girl. >> it's okay, it's okay >> reporter: both fathers themselves, the moment hit home. >> it's tough. you get kids
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>> i want my daddy. >> i know. >> it's overwhelming very overwhelming. especially when you hear her crying and asking for her family. it's definitely a gut check. >> reporter: a gut check, and thankfully a rescue just so glad that she is okay. and a huge thank you to those officers as well that is "nightly news" for this thursday. we thank you for watching i'm peter alexander. have a good night.
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♪ watch the sun rise ♪ ♪ run in the shadows ♪ ♪ damn your love damn your lies ♪ ♪ and if you don't love me now ♪ ♪ you will never love me again ♪ ♪ i can still hear you saying ♪ ♪ you would never break the chain ♪ ♪ and if you don't love me now ♪ ♪ you will never love me again ♪ ♪ i can still hear you saying ♪ ♪ you would never break the chain ♪ ♪ and if you don't love me now ♪ ♪ you will never love me again ♪ ♪ i can still hear you saying ♪ ♪ you would never break the chain ♪
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♪ run in the shadow ♪ ♪ runnin' in the shadow ♪ ♪ runnin' in the shadow ♪ ♪ runnin' in the shadow ♪ ♪ keep us together ♪♪ [cheers and applause] >> kelly: yeah! welcome to "the kelly clarkson show," give it up for my band y'all playing "the chain" by fleetwood mac! josie in the seats requested that song, why did you want to hear that, sophia? >> hi, kelly, tha

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