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breaking news tonight and it's a bombshell the sexual assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey dropped after the young man who said Spacey groped him in a bar refuses to testify about a key piece of evidence why prosecutors say they had to drop the charges the brutal heat wave bearing down a hundred seventy million people now under heat alerts from the Midwest to the Northeast with temperatures near a hundred and oppressive humidity dangerous potentially deadly conditions that will only get worse into the weekend how long will it last Al Roker is here breaking news the house sports an attempt to impeach President Trump as he holds a rally for the first time since his racist attack on four Democratic Congress women the newly surfaced video showing a much younger Donald Trump at a party with Jeffrey Epstein years before EV scene was first charged with a sex crime the new glimpse into their past relationship and inside the app that's exploding in popularity projecting what you might look like older and younger but now the new warning raising concerns about what it does with your photos this is NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt good evening we start with that breaking news out of Massachusetts where prosecutors have just dropped their sexual assault case against house of cards actor Kevin Spacey the oscar-winning Spacey one of several high-profile men caught on the glare of the me2 movement was accused of groping an 18 year old man in a Nantucket bar in 2016 our Kate snow has the late details prosecutors dropping charges against actor Kevin Spacey something his attorney called for in court last week this case needs to be dismissed and I believe it needs to be dismissed today the state of Massachusetts dropping a Nantucket case due to the unavailability of the complaining witness that witness a young man who was 18 when he worked as a busboy at this Nantucket restaurant his mother told me in 2017 that spacy assaulted her son it wasn't until Kevin Spacey put his hand inside his pants that he really knew he was in trouble you say he didn't consent to that absolutely not the teen sent a snapchat video of the alleged incident to his girlfriend and texted with friends but last week at a hearing his attorney said after police reviewed the phone it went missing we could not locate the farm Spacey's attorney asked if the accuser had deleted messages I don't believe so he said but his mother later admitted she did delete some content at the hearing the alleged victim stopped answering questions asserting his right against self-incrimination u-turn any evidence in and in this case it was electronic in furtherance of a criminal investigation and you altered it that in and of itself is a crime the accusers attorney saying tonight my client and his family have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances and had no further comment no comment either from Kevin Spacey and Kate joins us now are there any other allegations any investigation surrounding it yeah both actually Leicester both in Los Angeles and in London there are investigations underway multiple men have accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault in episodes dating back decades actually in LA we're told today that prosecutors will reach a decision soon on whether to file charges all right Katie no thank you much of the country is feeling the heat tonight excessive heat warnings are in effect from Central Oklahoma to Pennsylvania this evening the start of a heat wave that's spreading fast spreading east and bringing triple digit temperatures for the Northeast by the weekend a hundred 70 million now at risk lane Alexander has more tonight searing summer heat millions bracing for a record-breaking heat wave it will feel like at least 100 degrees across 40 states we are seeing that high heat and humidity today in the nation's capital it feels like 105 in Wichita and Oklahoma City 108 at Busch Stadium in st. Louis it's enough to send fans flee minutes into this midday baseball game Sun so intense it's buckling roads in Wichita and slowing trains in Chicago fears the heat will actually bend the tracks hundreds of cooling centers are opening in New York City and after a weekend blackout their crews are working to make sure the power grid doesn't take another hit we want to make sure we balance the need for people to stay cool with the amount electricity that's being used in the city but the real danger your help how many heat related calls would you say that you've had so far this summer so far this summer I want to say we probably had a few hundred paramedics like Letitia Vaughan are gearing up for more calls stocking up on ice packs and cold water a reminder that heat exhaustion can set in quickly be aware of symptoms including headache nausea and dizziness and here in st. Louis we are right in the middle of this heat wave and it's certainly a reminder that heat exhaustion can turn deadly especially in the very young and the elderly so it's important to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade or inside where it's air-conditioned cluster all right Blaine thanks we'll let you step inside and get cool we want to turn now to Al Roker and Al as we've said it's supposed to be hot in July but this could get very dangerous it really can Lester we're talking about a hundred and seventy million people under heat advisory heat watches heat warnings from Texas to Canada all the way to the eastern seaboard with 170 million people at risk triple digit heat indexes for Omaha st. Louis Chicago Nashville Columbus then as we move into Friday 102 in New York 106 in DC hundred and ten in Chicago and the heat wave continues into the weekend with triple digit heat indexes and if that's not enough Lester we have severe thunderstorm watches with heavy lines of thunderstorms moving in tonight that'll probably cause problems as far as the airports are concerned right on into the late evening after rough days and hours ahead out Thanks there is more breaking news tonight the house thwarting an attempt to impeach President Trump as he holds his first campaign rally since his racist attack on four Democratic Congress women we get late details now from how Jaxson no impeachment for now as the very vote democratic leaders had hoped to avoid is forced to the forefront by a single lawmaker congressman Al Green of Texas he's arguing the president's racist attack on four freshmen lawmakers telling them to go back to their home countries has demonstrated that Donald Trump is unfit to be President today we take a punishment I will vote to impeach him if you did what the president has done you would be punished but greens motion was effectively killed for now in a vote late today on this vote the yeas are 332 that's because despite pressure for more than a third of her caucus House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opposed impeachment concerned it distracts from Democrats policies she prefers to proceed with a series of congressional investigations that is the serious path that we are on not that mr. green is not serious but I'll deal with that on the floor the president today unfazed do you think you're winning this political fight I do think I'm winning the blind but I think I'm going to get by a lot why I think that they are not espousing the views of our country the for Congress women I'm not relishing the fight I'm enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people and you have to enjoy what you do now another escalation tonight Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross voted in criminal contempt of Congress an extraordinary move by Democrats frustrated with the White House's refusal to comply with subpoenas about a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census and late tonight we are hearing from the president about that impeachment vote ahead of his rally in North Carolina he's calling it a ridiculous project saying it's time for Democrats to get back to work Lester all right Hallie thanks and also being talked about tonight some video shot by NBC News 27 years ago that offers a glimpse into the past relationship between President Trump and Jeffrey Epstein who was now facing new sex trafficking charges NBC's Stephanie Gosk has details a 1992 party at mar-a-lago Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein share to joke and laugh NFL cheerleaders danced among the crowd the video from NBC's archives was shot more than a decade before Epstein served 13 months in a Florida jail for procuring a minor for prostitution last week after Epstein pleaded not guilty to new federal sex trafficking charges the president characterized their relationship people in Palm Beach knew him he was a fixture in Palm Beach I had a falling-out with him a long time ago I don't think I've spoken to him for 15 years I wasn't a fan but in a 2002 magazine article Trump called Epstein a terrific guy adding it is even said he likes beautiful women as much as I do and many of them are on the younger side on Thursday a federal judge will decide if Epstein gets out on bail prosecutors have argued he is both a risk to the public and a flight risk citing is more than 500 million-dollar wealth piles of cash loose diamonds and an expired foreign passport under a different name but with Epstein's photo his residents listed as Saudi Arabia the defense team said the passport was acquired from Austria in the 80s for personal protection when Epstein traveled in the Middle East stating their client was concerned about kidnappers hijackers or terrorists tonight decades later Epstein's fate is in the hands of a federal judge Stephanie Gosk NBC News New York he was once one of the most feared and ruthless drug lords in the world today Joaquin el chapo guzman was sentenced to life in prison but not before getting in a final word Ron Allen reports from the courthouse Judgment Day for crime kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loara also known as el chapo responsible for brutal murders and controlling much of the illegal drug trade across the u.s. for three decades a 12 point six billion dollar empire today Judge Brian Cogan accused El Chapo of overwhelming evil and quickly imposed the mandatory sentence life in prison plus 30 more years a dramatic end to a hunt from the 1990s to 2017 after two infamous escapes from Mexican prisons including one through a mile-long tunnel dug up to his cell never again well Guzman pour poison over our borders making billions while innocent lives are lost speaking for the first time in court El Chapo complained there's no justice here calling his detention torture and inhumane we like to pretend that it was justice it was not justice the evidence against the drug lord overwhelming 300,000 documents satellite surveillance dozens of victims and associates testified against him El Chapo expected to spend the rest of his life at the supermax prison in Colorado with many of the nation's most infamous inmates no one has ever escaped from that prison El Chapo is never expected to be seen in public again Lester Ron Alan thanks tonight Boeing finds itself again of the crosshairs after two fathers who lost children in that 737 max plane crash in Ethiopia say boeing has yet to apologize in person to the families of the people who died in the crash and they warn if boeing doesn't change its ways there could be more victims let's get more from NBC's Tom Costello appearing before Congress Paul Jarreau gay struggled to talk through the enormity of his loss his wife all three of his children and his mother-in-law all died in the crash of Ethiopian flight 302 I missed them every minute of every day we met him just after he landed in Washington they wanted me to take them to the swings that's what I miss yes okay a Kenyan Canadian gyro gay told Congress Boeing acted criminally when it failed to ground the 737 max after the first crash in Indonesia if Boeing's wrongful conduct continues another plane will dive to the ground killing me you or your children in all three hundred forty six people died in both max crashes thus two Moe family lost daughter Samia the FAA they say should have never certified the max for flight we now have 346 tombstones if it's the tombstone agency let's make some changes just as the hearing began Boeing announced fifty million dollars of near-term financial aid to the victims families and communities righting the tragic loss of life and both accidents continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing apologies to cameras have not been apologies to the families among victims families disgust and distrust Tom Costello NBC News Washington the nation is in mourning the passing of John Paul Stevens one of the longest-serving Supreme Court justices in US history and tonight his friends and former clerks are honoring his legacy here's Pete Williams President Gerald Ford put John Paul Stevens a Midwestern conservative on the Supreme Court in 1975 but by the early 1990s Stevens was the courts most powerful liberal and his retirement in 2010 marked a turning point from then on all the courts conservatives were appointed by Republican presidents with all the Liberals appointed by Democrats a former clerk says justice Stevens was seldom predictable there is nobody who exemplifies better the idea of an independent Supreme Court a Supreme Court following the law and the facts in each case without preconception he voted to support abortion rights until that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay challenged their detention justice Stevens insisted he didn't change and said it was the court that shifted to the right the after Nixon became president every appointment to the court was more conservative his or her predecessor but some of his views did change at first a critic of affirmative action he ended up supporting it in college admissions initially a supporter of the death penalty he became one of the courts most vocal skeptics of its fairness with the benefit of DNA evidence we have learned that a substantial number of death sentences have been imposed erroneously he dissented when the court said the Second Amendment provided an individual rights who owned a handgun and when the court okayed corporate and union contributions to support political campaigns Stevens remained unusually active publishing his third book this year at age 99 until a stroke this week ended a remarkable American life Pete Williams NBC News at the Supreme Court we'll take a break here a lot more still ahead tonight new privacy and security warnings about a highly popular Russian developed app you've likely seen the craze making you look older or younger but where exactly are your photos going and massive protests underway with star power their plea to oust the governor amid a growing scandal today was a fun and hugely popular app developed in Russia is prompting some new warnings here tonight about privacy and what the company does with your photos Gotti Schwartz has that story it's an Internet challenge promising a glimpse of your future wrinkles saggy skin gray hair and all there's this wrinkle everywhere first shared by people who stumbled upon something called face app and just feel like it now but I'm gonna look like crying all day then quickly spreading through social media transforming the likes of Justin Beiber Kim Kardashian not even the rock immune to virtual old-age today it's the number one app on iPhones and androids more than a hundred million downloads you basically take a picture then click here and oh yes but what exactly are these pictures going and how are they being stored turns out the developers based in Russia in a statement the company says user data is not transferred to Russia but in their Terms of Service you agree to the transfer and storage of your information in and to the US and other countries this is essentially creating a surveillance technology it's gonna be worth billions of dollars and we'll always know what you look like think Minority Report when Tom Cruise walks by stores that know him by name but experts say while there is concern other companies are collecting a lot more information than what you might look like down the road sites like Facebook and Google those services look at all the different parts of your life where you go what you look like what you buy so is this happening worse than they are the question we all should ask as we face the future Goti Schwartz NBC News we're back in a moment with the massive protests underway over a scandal involving the governor tonight a huge protest is underway in Puerto Rico where the governor is refusing to step down over a scandal involving leaked private messages NBC's Gabe Gutierrez is there tonight tonight more protesters on the streets of San Juan demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign there have been other demonstrations in Miami DC in New York were late today Hamilton creator lin-manuel Miranda sounded off today a second Royal Caribbean cruise ship canceled its visit to the island after police in riot gear fired tear gas to break up a crowd in San Juan Monday governor ricardo rosado has been under fire since nearly 900 pages of a private group chat were leaked and published by the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico the reported messages between Rocio and several close aides contain vulgar jokes about female politicians in journalists as well as an anti-gay slur aimed at pop star Ricky Martin who join today's protesters Rocio insists he won't resign he's faced mounting criticism over his government's response to Hurricane Maria in 2017 there were now thousands of at his protests and political pressure here had intensified after federal authorities arrested several local officials last week accusing them of corruption all that pent-up frustration spilling out into these streets Lester that's Nightly News for this Wednesday I'm Lester Holt for all of us at NBC News thank you for watching and have a good night NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

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  1. Locals protesting in Puerto Rico over a governor who isn't 'perfect enuf'… When will people get a life???

  2. Spacey is a Monster! I have met CS like him, makes my skin crawl. but a good actor. that should not give him privy to do such Acts.

  3. Donate Border Wall @ We Build the Wall . U S by Brian Kolfage God Bless America & All Involved in this PROJECT ! by The PEOPLE for. the PEOPLE ! ! !

  4. Summer is the hot season. Why is so much time spent on the heat?

    I remember the early 1980s. They told us that we had to worry about Global Cooling. … Now – the campaign is for Global Warming.

  5. Every time, after watching NBC Nightly News, I wish that I had my 20 minutes back. Such an awful news outlet.

  6. has anyone ever heard of free speech freedom of speech has anyone ever heard that this is our president is enforcing his right to have freedom of speech

  7. A Supreme Court Justice who voted approving the "infringing" of your 2nd amendment right. The right that says " shall not be infringed". They have ONE job, "Does it violate the constitution? " NOT is it a good law – is it needed .

  8. El Chapo's replacement has already started work, making the necessary cash donations to congress to stop the border wall that threatens his business .

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