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MAJOR DEVELOPING STORIES AS WE COME ON THE AIR. A SHOCKING GRAND JURY REPORT FROM PENNSYLVANIA. AT LEAST 1,000 CHILDREN AND POSSIBLY THOUSANDS MORE MOLESTED BY HUNDREDS OF PREDATOR PRIESTS. AUTHORITIES SAY IT WENT ON FOR DECADES AS SENIOR CHURCH OFFICIALS, INSTEAD OF RUSHING TO EXPOSE IT, COVERED IT UP. >>THE TIME OF TELLING THESE VICTIMS TO KEEP THEIR TRUTH TO THEMSELVES HAS ENDED. >>>PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIES TO PUSH BACK ON ALLEGES HE USED A RACIAL SLUR BY CALLING OMAROSA A DOG, AND SHE WASTES NO TIME MAKING NEW EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS. THE WHITE HOUSE ASKED TO GUARANTEE THERE ARE NO TAPES OF TRUMP USING THE “N” WORD SAID THIS. >>I CAN’T GUARANTEE ANYTHING. >>Reporter:. >>>A DEADLY BRIDGE DISASTER. A SPAN COLLAPSES IN A POWERFUL STORMS, CARS PLUNGING BELOW. TONIGHT MANY DEAD AND A SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IN THE RUBBLE. A TERROR ATTACK IN THE HEART OF LONDON, A CAR PLOWING INTO A CROWD NEAR >>>AND PRAYERS FOR THE QUEEN. THE LATEST ON THE HEALTH OF ARETHA FRANKLIN, AILING TONIGHT IN DETROIT >>>THIS IS “NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” WITH LESTER HOLT. >>>GOOD EVENING. WE BEGIN WITH A SHAMEFUL TRAGEDY NOW REVEALED AND ROCKING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TONIGHT FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO THE VATICAN. AN EXPLOSIVE GRAND JURY REPORT IS OUT REVEALING GRAPHIC DETAILS OF A MOLESTATION OF MORE THAN 1,000 CHILDREN BY HUNDREDS OF PREDATOR PRIESTS IN PENNSYLVANIA, ABUSE ALLEGEDLY COVERED UP FOR DECADES BY SENIOR CHURCH OFFICIALS. TONIGHT WE HEAR FROM A VICTIM AMID QUESTIONS OF WHETHER JUSTICE CAN BE SERVED. OUR ANNE THOMPSON HAS DETAILS. >>Reporter: IN SEARING, DAMNING LANGUAGE, THE GRAND JURY REPORT REVEALED THE DARK SECRETS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PENNSYLVANIA. PRIESTS WERE RAPING LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS AND THE MEN OF GOD WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM DID NOTHING. THEY HID IT ALL. >>IT WAS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, INCLUDING RAPE, COMMITTED BY GROWN MEN, PRIESTS, AGAINST CHILDREN. >>Reporter: THE REPORT FOUND OVER 1,000 CHILD VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN THE CHURCH’S OWN RECORDS. THE ALLEGED CRIMES WERE OFTEN DESCRIBED AS INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT OR BOUNDARY ISSUES. >>I AM SO ANGRY! >>Reporter: JULIANNE BORTS SAYS SHE WAS MOLESTED AS A TEEN. WHEN SHE CAME FORWARD IN 2002 THE CHURCH SAID IT WAS HIRING A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. >>I FOUND OUT TODAY THAT IT WASN’T HIM THAT THEY WERE LOOKING AT, THEY WERE LOOKING AT ME. >>Reporter: THE REPORT FINDING A PATTERN AMONG THE BISHOPS AND CHURCH LEADERS. THE MAIN THING WAS NOT TO HELP CHILDREN BUT TO AVOID SCANDAL. IT NAMES MORE THAN 300 PREDATOR PRIESTS IN SIX DIOCESES, FROM ONE END OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER, HOME TO MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION CATHOLICS. ALMOST EVERY INSTANCE OF ABUSE TOO OLD TO BE PROSECUTED, BUT THE INVESTIGATION DID RESULT IN TWO PRIESTS BEING CRIMINALLY CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CHILDREN DURING THE PAST DECADE. FROM THE DIOCESE TODAY, APOLOGIES. >>I ASK YOU, THE CHURCH ASKS YOU FOR FORGIVENESS. >>Reporter: BUT FOR SOME, WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH. >>PEOPLE WANT TOTAL TRANSPARENCY. THEY WANT THE BISHOPS TO REPORT WHAT HAPPENED, WHY IT HAPPENED, AND HOW THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. >>Reporter: MANY OF THOSE SAME BISHOPS AND THEIR PAST HANDLING OF ABUSE CASES ARE IMPLICATED IN THIS INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING CARDINAL DONALD WHIRL, THE FORMER BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH. WHIRL, NOW IN WASHINGTON, SAYS HE ACTED WITH DILIGENCE, CONCERNED FOR VICTIMS AND TO PREVENT FUTURE ABUSE. >>SO, ANNE, YOU SAY SOME OF THE CASES ARE TOO OLD FOR COURT. SO WHAT CAN BE DONE? >>WELL, THE GRAND JURY WANTS TO CHANGE THAT, LESTER. THE GRAND JURY AMONG ITS FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDES ELIMINATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS THAT ENDS UP PROTECTING PREDATORS INSTEAD OF VICTIMS, AND IT ALSO RECOMMENDS BARRING THOSE NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS IN CRIMINAL CASES. >>ANNE THOMPSON. ANNE, THANK YOU. >>>NOW TO THE UGLY WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN A PAIR OF EX-REALITY TV STARS, ONE NOW THE PRESIDENT, THE OTHER HIS FIRED WHITE HOUSE AIDE. PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED TO PUSH BACK TODAY ON OMAROSA’S ALLEGATION THAT HE HAD BEEN CAUGHT ON TAPE USING THE “N” WORD, BY CALLING HER A DOG. OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER WAS AT THE FIRST WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING IN 12 DAYS AND ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT THAT ALLEGED TAPE POINT-BLANK. >>Reporter: CAN YOU STAND AT THE PODIUM AND GUARANTEE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY WILL NEVER HEAR DONALD TRUMP UTTER THE “N” WORD ON A RECORDING IN ANY CONTEXT? >>I CAN’T GUARANTEE ANYTHING, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THIS QUESTION DIRECTLY. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I’VE NEVER HEARD IT. >>Reporter: JUST TO BE CLEAR, YOU CAN’T GUARANTEE IT? >>LOOK, I HAVEN’T BEEN IN EVERY SINGLE ROOM. I CAN TELL YOU THE PRESIDENT HAS ADDRESSED THIS DIRECTLY. >>Reporter: A DEFIANT PRESIDENT TRUMP DENIES USING THE “N” WORD AND OVERNIGHT TWEETED THAT “APPRENTICE” PRODUCER MARK BURNETT TOLD HIM THERE ARE NO TAPES, I DON’T HAVE THAT WORD IN MY VOCABULARY AND NEVER HAVE. BUT THAT’S THE LOOMING QUESTION AFTER OUSTED TOP ADVISER OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN SAID SHE HEARD AN OUTTAKE FROM THE FIRST SEASON OF “THE APPRENTICE” WITH MR. TRUMP ALLEGEDLY USING THAT SLUR. >>HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HEAR HIM USE THE “N” WORD? >>MULTIPLE TIMES. >>Reporter: TODAY MR. TRUMP ESCALATING HIS ATTACKS CALLING HIS FORMER APPRENTICE A CRAZED LOW LIFE, ADDING GOOD WORK BY GENERAL KELLY FOR QUICKLY FIRING THAT DOG, A RACIALLY-CHARGED TERM THAT SPARKED CRITICISM AND THIS FIRM RESPONSE. >>IT JUST SHOWS YOU IF HE WOULD SAY THAT PUBLICLY, WHAT ELSE WOULD HE SAY ABOUT ME PRIVATELY? HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN, FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS. >>Reporter: IT IS NOT JUST MANIGAULT NEWMAN. THE PRESIDENT HAS USED DEHUMANIZING TERMS TO TAKE AIM AT A RANGE OF POLITICAL RIVALS, BUT HIS RECENT ATTACKS QUESTIONING THE INTELLIGENCE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN POLITICS AND POP CULTURE HAVE COME UNDER SCRUTINY. >>THIS HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENT CALLING OUT SOMEONE’S LACK OF INTEGRITY. >>Reporter: BUT MANIGAULT NEWMAN SAYS A NEW RECORDING, NOT CONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS, BACKS UP HER CLAIMS. SHE SAYS IT CAPTURES A DISCUSSION DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE ALLEGED “N” WORD TAPE WITH OTHER AIDES, INCLUDING WITH THEN-SPOKESPERSON KATRINA PIERSON WHO SEEMED TO ADDRESS THE CHARGES. >>HE SAID IT. HE’S EMBARRASSED. >>Reporter: PEERSON SAYS THE CONVERSATION IS INCORRECTLY CHARACTERIZED. “APPRENTICE” PRODUCER MARK BURNETT DID NOT RESPOND TO OUR REQUEST FOR COMMENT. THEY ARE PLANNING TO SHUT HER DOWN BY FORCING HER INTO ARBITRATION OVER A NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. AS THE VOICES GROW, INCLUDING ACTOR TOM ARNOLD AND A MEDIAN, LESTER. >>SHE HAD A LOT TO SAY, NOT JUST ISSUES OF RACE TODAY. SHE TALKED ABOUT OTHER ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. WHAT WERE THEY? >>Reporter: SHE DID, LESTER. MANIGAULT NEWMAN SAID TODAY SHE HAS HN INTERVIEWED BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND’DED SHE WOULD BE WILLING TO SPEAK WITH HIM AGAIN AND TURN OVER HER TAPES. AND ANOTHER POTENTIAL BOMBSHELL, MANIGAULT NEWMAN SAID THE PRESIDENT KNEW ABOUT THE E-MAILS STOLEN FROM THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED BY WIKILEAKS BUT DECLINED TO GIVE ANY EVIDENCE. NO RESPONSE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ABOUT ALL OF THAT. >>ALL RIGHT. KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THANKS. >>>OVERSEAS NOW TO THE HORRIFIC BRIDGE DISASTER IN ITALY. AT LEAST 23 ARE KILLED AND 15 MORE INJURED. IT HAPPENED AT A PORT BRIDGE IN GENOA WHEN A BRIDGE COLLAPSED DURING A STORM SENDING DOZENS OF CARS PLUNGING. LET’S GET THE NEWS FROM LUCY KAFANOV WHO MADE HER WAY TO ITALY. >>Reporter: THIS VIDEO CAPTURING THE HORROR. >>OH, DEAR, GOD, NO. >>Reporter: THE MOMENT A MASSIVE BRIDGE COLLAPSES DURING A POWERFUL STORM, SENDING CARS PLUNGING, WITNESSES STUNNED. >>I GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND I SAW PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY FROM THE BRIDGE AND SOME PEOPLE — THERE WAS EVEN A GUY WITH HIS FACE COVERED IN BLOOD. >>Reporter: HUNDREDS OF FIRST AID RESPONDERS RUSHING TO THE SCENE, DIGGING THROUGH TONS OF CONCRETE AND STEEL. THIS FIREFIGHTER CARRYING OUT ONE RESCUE, LOWERING A SURVIVOR DOWN FROM THE BRIDGE. >>Reporter: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DANGER FOR POTENTIAL SURVIVORS? >>WELL, NOW THERE ARE NO GAS LEAKS OR ANYTHING. IF THERE WERE ANY SURVIVORS, THEY ARE TRAPPED IN MAYBE SOME CONFINED SPACE. >>Reporter: THE BRIDGE SEEN HER BEFORE THE COLLAPSE, STRETCHED OVER RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND THE WATER. THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS TONIGHT. THAT GREEN TRUCK AVOIDING DISASTER BY INCHES. OFFICIALS SAY AS MANY AS 38 VEHICLES WERE ON THE 50-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE WHICH IS PART OF A MAIN ROAD TO FRANCE WHEN A 260-FOOT SPAN BEGAN CRUMBLING. TOMORROW IS A MAJOR SUMMER HOLIDAY. MANY TRAVELING ON THE BRIDGE TO GET TO NEARBY BEACHES AND MOUNTAINS. TONIGHT OFFICIALS SAY WORK WAS ON THE WAY ON THE BRIDGE’S FOUNDATION WHEN THE COLLAPSE HAPPENED AND ARE LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION TO FIND OUT WHAT SPARKED THE DISASTER WERE FOR DOZENS OF DRIVERS CAME WITHOUT WARNING. THE NEXT FEW HOURS ARE CRITICAL FOR FINDING ANY SURVIVORS TRAPPED BENEATH THE RUBBLE. RESCUE TEAMS SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT, BUT OFFICIALS FEAR THE DEATH TOLL MAY RISE. LESTER. >>ALL RIGHT, LUCY. THANK YOU. >>>IN LONDON TONIGHT INVESTIGATORS SAY A CAR THAT PLOWED INTO A CROWD NEAR PARLIAMENT WAS A DELIBERATE ATTACK. SEVERAL PEOPLE HURT IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LATEST IN A STRING OF TERRORIST INCIDENTS USING VEHICLES AS WEAPONS. WE GET THE LATEST FROM NBC’S BILL NEELY. >>Reporter: THE CAR THAT WAS USED AS A WEAPON CRASHED OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT, CCTV CAPTURES IT SWERVING INTO THE WRONG LANE, HITTING CYCLISTS, THEN HEADING FOR THE MOST HEAVILY-GUARDED BUILDING IN BRITAIN, TWO POLICE OFFICERS JUMPING OUT OF ITS PATH. >>ARMED POLICE SURROUNDED THE CAR, THE DRIVER HAULED OUT AND HANDCUFFED. HE IS 29, BRITISH, BORN OVERSEAS. >>WE ARE TREATING IT AS A TERRORIST INCIDENT. >>Reporter: IT HAPPENED JUST YARDS FROM LAST YEAR’S VEHICLE ATTACK THAT KILLED FIVE. THIS DRIVER ALSO IT APPEARS ACTING ALONE. POLICE ARE NOW SEARCHING THE MAN’S CAR. THEY HAVE FOUND NO WEAPONS AND THEY’RE SEARCHING FOR A MOTIVE. HE WASN’T ON ANY BRITISH TERROR WATCH LIST. THIS, ANOTHER FRIGHTENING REMINDER OF THE TERROR THREAT. BILL NEELY, NBC NEWS, LONDON. >>>THERE IS WORD TONIGHT FROM CALIFORNIA, A FIREFIGHTER WAS KILLED WHILE BATTLING THE LARGEST WILDFIRE IN THAT STATE’S HISTORY, THE MENDOCINO COMPLEX FIRE. OFFICIALS SAY DRAPER CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT BATTALION CHIEF MATTHEW BURCHETT, A VETERAN FIREFIGHTER FROM UTAH, WAS IN CALIFORNIA TO HELP CREWS THERE WHO HAVE BEEN STRETCHED THIN. HE IS THE EIGHTH FIREFIGHTER KILLED DURING THIS YEAR’S CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. >>>TONIGHT HUGE PARTS OF THE EAST CONTINUE TO BE PLAGUED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS AND FLOODING. NEW RESCUES IN CITIES AND TOWNS LEFT UNDERWATER, AND THE WEATHER IS CREATING HEADACHES AT THE AIRPORTS, DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS, AND THE RIPPLE EFFECT IS BEING FELT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NBC’S KRISTEN DAHLGREN HAS THE LATEST. >>Reporter: TONIGHT RESIDENTS IN THE NORTHEAST COMING HOME TO HEARTBREAK. >>IT IS COMING IN FASTER THAN WE CAN PUMP IT OUT. >>Reporter: THIS FAMILY STILL WAITING TO SEE JUST WHAT THE RUSHING WATER LEFT BEHIND. >>I’M HOPING IT IS THE WAY I LEFT IT, MY HOUSE IS STILL THERE. >>Reporter: FOUR MILLION PEOPLE SPENT ANOTHER DAY UNDER FLASH FLOOD WATCHES, THE SATURATED GROUND NO MATCH FOR MORE RAIN. >>WE HAD A GUY TRAPPED ON A TRACTOR, STANDING ON TOP OF THE TRACTOR UNTIL WE GOT A BOAT DOWN THERE AND GOT HIM OUT. >>Reporter: IN CONKLIN, NEW YORK, THE GOVERNOR GETTING A FIRSTHAND LOOK. >>WHEN YOU HAVE TWO, THREE FEET OF WATER COME THROUGH YOUR HOME, YOUR LIFE IS SHATTERED. >>Reporter: IN PENNSYLVANIA, A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WITNESSED A COUPLE GETTING SWEPT AWAY. >>THE WATER COME UP, OF COURSE, AND PICKED THEM UP LIKE A BOAT. >>Reporter: IN NEW ALBANY, THE FLOOD SO POWERFUL IT PUSHED THE LOCAL LIBRARY ON TO THE STREET, WHILE IN LITTLE FALLS, NEW JERSEY, THE WATER HAS RECEDED, ENOUGH TO SEE THE SEVERELY DAMAGED FOUNDATIONS OF HOMES. >>THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE OF 32 YEARS THAT SAY THEY’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. >>Reporter: AND AS THE RAIN STARTS BACK UP HERE, MILLIONS REMAIN UNDER THOSE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES. MEANTIME, WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE CREEKS AND RIVERS AND YOU SEE JUST HOW FULL THEY ARE, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY OFFICIALS SAY THE THREAT IS FAR FROM OVER, LESTER. >>KRISTEN DAHLGREN TONIGHT. THANK YOU. >>>IN A DRAMATIC TWIST A JUDGE IN NEW MEXICO HAS GRANTED BAIL TO MOST OF THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED WHEN 11 STARVING CHILDREN WERE RESCUED FROM A DESERT COMPOUND IN NEW MEXICO. NBC’S GADI SCHWARTZ HAS THE LATEST ON THE CASE. >>Reporter: FOUR OF THE FIVE SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF ABUSING CHILDREN AT A NEW MEXICO COMPOUND EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED FROM JAIL. WHILE THE SHERIFF OF TAOS COUNTY CONTINUED TO DODGE QUESTIONS OVER HOW THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN HANDLED. >>HOW ARE THEY ALLOWED TO LEAVE JAIL? >>THANK YOU. >>Reporter: THE RELEASE IS A DRAMATIC TURN IN A CASE FOCUSED ON ALLEGATIONS OF STARVING CHILDREN BEING TAUGHT TO CARRY OUT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. BUT IN A PRETRIAL DETENTION HEARING THOSE ALLEGATIONS RARELY CAME UP. >>I DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE CHILDREN, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT I KIND OF EXPECTED TO HEAR. >>Reporter: INSTEAD, PROSECUTORS FOCUSING ON INTERVIEWS WITH TWO TEENAGE BOYS RESCUED FROM THE COMPOUND WHO DETAILED HOW ONE DEFENDANT PERFORMED WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS AN EXORCISM ON HIS THREE-YEAR-OLD SON ABDUL UNTIL THE BOY DIED DURING ONE OF THE RITUALS IN FEBRUARY. >>ABDUL WOULD BEFWIN TO CHOKE AND HAVE WHITE FOAM OR SLIME COME FROM HIS MOUTH AND THEN PASS OUT. >>Reporter: THE CHILDREN WERE TOLD ABDUL WOULD BE RESURRECTED AS JESUS AND TELL THEM WHICH CORRUPT INSTITUTIONS THEY SHOULD ATTACK. >>IF THESE WERE WHITE PEOPLE OF A CHRISTIAN FAITH WHO OWNED GUNS, THAT’S NOT ANY BIG DEAL. WE HAVE A SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO OWN FIREARMS IN THIS COUNTRY. >>Reporter: THE JUDGE ASKING ABOUT ABDUL’S DEATH AND THE CONDITION OF THE CHILDREN REMAINING IN FOSTER HOMES, ULTIMATELY DECIDING TO RELEASE FOUR OF THE SUSPECTS WITH GPS MONITORING. WAHAJ REMAINS HELD ON A GEORGIA WARRANT FOR KIDNAPPING HIS TON. TONIGHT IN TAOS, THE JUDGE AND COURTHOUSE PUT ON LOCKDOWN AFTER WHAT AUTHORITIES CALL A CREDIBLE THREAT. LESTER, I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING LIVE. THESE ARE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT VEHICLES JUST BROUGHT IN. THERE’S A SECURITY TEAM THAT JUST WENT IN. THIS IS THE TAOS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, IT IS AN ENTIRE COMPLEX. WE KNOW THE JUDGE INSIDE HAS NOW RECEIVED OVER 200 THREATS, ONE OF THEM EXTREMELY CREDIBLE SAYING SOMEBODY WANTED TO SLIT HER THROAT. THIS OVER HERE, THIS IS THE DETENTION CENTER WHERE THE FIVE SUSPECTS ARE STILL BEING HELD. IT IS UNCLEAR HOW THE LOCKDOWN WILL AFFECT THEIR RELEASE. BACK TO YOU. >>CONTINUES TO BE A CURIOUS STORY. GADI SCHWARTZ IN NEW MEXICO TO NIGHT, THANK YOU. >>>WAS HE PUSHED TOO FAR? THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO COLLAPSED ON THE FIELD, NOW THE UNIVERSITY ADMITTING TO MISTAKES THAT COST HIM HIS LIFE. >>>ALSO, THE SUDDEN BLAST LEVELING HOMES AND THE RUSH TO RESCUE SO >>>WITH COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER, THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND APOLOGIZED TODAY FOR A TRAGEDY ON THE FIELD EARLIER THIS YEAR. COLLEGE OFFICIALS ADMITTED TO MISTAKES THAT LED TO THE HEAT STROKE DEATH OF JORDAN McNAIR, A PLAYER WHO COLLAPSED AT PRACTICE IN MAY. NBC NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS THE STORY. >>Reporter: AS THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S FOOTBALL TEAM RESUMED PRACTICE, TODAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY SAYS THE SCHOOL ACCEPTS LEGAL AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISTAKES MADE IN THE DEATH OF A STAR PLAYER. >>YOU ENTRUSTED JORDAN TO OUR CARE AND HE IS NEVER RETURNING HOME AGAIN. >>Reporter: IN MAY, 19-YEAR-OLD JORDAN McNAIR DIED OF HEAT STROKE FOLLOWING A PRESEASON WORKOUT IN COLLEGE PARK. THE SCHOOL SAYS TRAINERS NEVER TOOK McNAIR’S TEMPERATURE OR ICED HIM DOWN, BOTH STEPS SOME EXPERTS SAY COULD HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE. THE UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATING THE FOOTBALL TEAM’S CULTURE AFTER ACCUSATIONS HEAD COACH D.C. DURKIN AND MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF BERATED PLAYERS WHEN SHOWING SIGNS OF EXHAUSTION. >>WE HAVE CHANGED HOW WE PRACTICE AND ALSO HOW WE TRAIN OUR STAFF. >>Reporter: WITH DURKIN AND MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF PLACED ON LEAVE, THE SCHOOL IS NOW PARTING WAYS WITH CONDITIONING COACH RICK CORT AMID ALLEGATIONS OF A TOXIC CULTURE. THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, MEETING WITH McNAIR’S FAMILY TODAY TO APOLOGIZE. >>THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND KILLED MY NEPHEW. THAT TRAINING STAFF, THEM PEOPLE, THEY KILLED MY NEPHEW. >>Reporter: WITH THE McNAIR FAMILY ATTORNEY CALLING FOR THE FIRING OF THE HEAD COACH, THE TEAM’S FIRST GAME IS NEXT MONTH, A SEASON DEDICATED TO A STANDOUT FRESHMAN WHO HAD A PROMISING FUTURE ON AND OFF >>>TAKE A LOOK AT THE MASSIVE DAMAGE FROM A REPORTED NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION. THE BLAST DESTROYING A MULTIFAMILY BUILDING IN DENVER. IT INJURED AT LEAST TEN PEOPLE, ONE PERSON RESCUED BY FIREFIGHTERS AFTER BECOMING TRAPPED INSIDE. OFFICIALS ARE CALLING THIS THE BIGGEST HOME EXPLOSION DENVER HAS SEEN IN A DECADE. >>>HOW MUCH IS A BASEBALL SIGNED BY THE LIKES OF BABE RUTH, TY COBB AND CY YOUNG WORTH? IF YOU GUESSED HALF A MILLION YOU’RE NOT IN THE BALLPARK. THE BALL SIGN BY 11 LEGENDS WHEN THE HALL OF FAME OPENED IN 1939 SOLD AT AUCTION FOR OVER $623,000 TO AN ANONYMOUS BUYER. >>TELL ME, IS THERE ANYBODY BETTER? ARETHA FRANKLIN IS IN OUR THOUGHTS TONIGHT. I’M LESTER HOLT. FOR YOU WILL OF US AT NBC NEWS, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND GOOD NBC NEWS, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND GOOD NIGHT. NIGHT.
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