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#trump16. don't go looking for it now because the message has since been erased. >> nightly news is next. ee you at 6:00. loping news tonight. bombshell announcement from the speaker of the house, paul ryan, not ready to support his own party's presumptive nominee, donald trump. as trump sparks a new uproar with a tweet about tacos. the monster inferno exploding now bigger than new york city. tonight we go behind the fire lines. an astonishing scope of devastation. e-cig crackdown. major new rules and warnings as use skyrockets among young people. the feds move in. grim sleeper guilty. judgment day for an infamous serial killer after a decades-long mystery. how a bite of pizza helped catch him. and the hacker who first exposed hillary clinton's private e-mail accounts while secretary of state. his first american tv interview. what he's claiming he did. "nightly news" begins
right now. >> narrator: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening there is a virtual civil war being waged tonight. an inner party fracture of a magnitude virtually unheard of in modern american politics. in a shocker late today the most powerful republican in congress, house speaker paul ryan, said flatly, he's not ready to support donald trump. joining some other prominent names, including two former presidents who say they'll stay on the sidelines. the republican party's presumptive nominee finding himself having to win over key members of his own party. but his response to ryan just a short time ago may not get him there. nbc's katy tur has today's stunning developments. >> reporter: donald trump may be headed to cleveland to accept the republican party's nomination, but the
leader of the party, paul ryan, says he cannot support or endorse yet. >> i'm not there right now. and i hope to, though, and i want to. but i think what is required is that we unify this party. >> reporter: the speaker of the house saying trump needs to live up to the gop legacy. >> we hope that our nominee, as far as lincoln and reaganesque. >> it really calls into question the future of the party. whether or not the gop past november will be able to be a viable, national party that can elect presidents. >> reporter: just today ryan's former running mate mitt romney announced he would not go to the gop convention. joining both president george h.w. bush and george w. bush who said they will not endorse. today john mccain tepidly said he'd support the party's nominee but privately worried to fund-raisers about his own re-election bid in arizona. >> if donald trump is at the top of the ticket, no doubt that this may be the race of my life. >> reporter: trump is still drawing record crowds. today thousands waiting in the rain in west virginia. a state filled with white working-class voters. to win in november, trump will need to
capitalize on that demographic, making rust belt stet obama won in 2012 like ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, and michigan, turn red again. while mitigating a potential loss in arizona. a republican stronghold. and home to a large latino population, turned off by his anti-immigration rhetoric. trump tweeting today, i love hispanics. with a photo of himself eating a taco bowl on cinco de mayo. hillary clinton immediately firing back with video in english, and spanish, targeting trump's deportation plan. >> -- have to go. >> late tonight donald trump responded to paul ryan saying he doesn't endorse speaker ryan's agenda. meanwhile trump is about to take the stage here in west virginia, and as you can see, this room is packed, lester. it's just another sign of how disconnected the gop leadership is from its base. >> katy tur. thank you. tonight a monster inferno raging through the canadian province of alberta has exploded to a size bigger than new york
city. a crisis spiraling further out of control consuming at least 1600 structures, including entire blocks of homes. firefighters working around the clock, but the question tonight, are there enough forces on the ground? our national correspondent miguel almaguer takes us beyond the fire lines. >> reporter: the fire here is raging. now ten times larger than yesterday. tonight, fort mcmurray is up in flames. this, our firsthand look at the firefight. a battle crews are often losing. entire neighborhoods are decimated. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: and overnight, more heart-pounding evacuations. now nearly 100,000 have fled their homes. with cars abandoned along highways, thousands are sleeping in cots. nowhere to go. >> all you see is red flames. it's pretty scary. >> reporter: in the town of anzak, women, children, the elderly,
evacuated for a second time, bused five hours away. >> it just sucks going from one vehicle to another, town to another, who knows if it even goes further. >> reporter: the flames are still racing through neighborhoods today. 49 wild fires burning in alberta. many of them out of control. because this fire moved so quickly, crews have not yet been able to tally the damage. tonight, they're still trying to fight the blaze. with at least 1600 structures destroyed, and counting, tonight there are 350 firefighters on the ground. in a similar size fire in california, there are typically thousands. but firefighters say each blaze is unique, and the focus in fort mcmurray is saving lives. >> no one is hurt, and no one is passed away right now. i really hope that we get to the end of this and we can still say that. >> reporter: tonight the fight continues, a
tough battle waged on the front lines where they're still losing ground every day. miguel almaguer, nbc news, fort mcmurray, canada. tonight hazmat teams in houston are trying to clean up hazardous material from a massive four-alarm fire that erupted at a chemical warehouse. explosions and toxic smoke billowed into the sky forcing hundreds to evacuate or shelter in place. nbc's janet shamlian is there with more. >> reporter: explosions. amid a massive fire, rocking houston today. >> like a bomb. >> reporter: starting in a home the blaze quickly engulfed a neighboring industrial building. inside, ammunition, and drums of chemicals that blew up like fireworks. >> the explosion, that was big. you could feel it. it shook the ground a little bit. >> reporter: with billowing smoke spewing hazardous material into the air, authorities sent out an urgent shelter in place order. people urged to close windows and stay inside. >> we don't really know the product of
combustion at this time. what we do know is that it appeared to be petroleum based, and pesticides can be also included. >> reporter: more than 600 students evacuated from a nearby elementary school. the fire went to four alarms, with almost 200 firefighters on the front lines. fighting the flames amid high winds, and flying debris. >> that thing flew over and that's when a big ball of fire erupted and we just felt the heat. >> reporter: the still smoldering aftermath looking like a battle zone. firefighters say it's a miracle no one was hurt. houston firefighters and hazmat teams are still here working the scene tonight. they've identified the chemicals and pesticides and petroleum additives that have now flowed into a nearby creek. at this hour their focus is on cleaning that waterway. >> janet, thank you. for the first time ever the feds will regulate the 3.5 billion dollar
industry, e cigarette industry. the fda announcing new rules about who can buy them and how they're sold. all of this to snuff out what the government sees as an alarming increase among the youngest users. we get more from nbc's anne thompson. >> you like that one? >> reporter: today's action is aimed at extinguishing e-cigarettes' growing popularity among teenagers. kids producing puffs of vapor instead of using traditional tobacco products like 17-year-old ryan. >> i used to chew tobacco and i use it as an alternative to that. i think it's a lot safer. >> reporter: the government says 3 million middle and high school students use e-cigarettes last year. among high school kids, an eye-popping 900% increase in four years. >> we need to bring these products out of the wild, wild west and into the world of regulation so that we can protect the public with sensible, reasonable, regulation. >> reporter: under the new rules, e-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under 18. they won't be in most vending machines, and free samples are prohibited. the products and ads must have warnings.
the state the product contains nicotine and that nicotine is addictive. the sellers and makers of e-cigarettes claim that it is a safer alternative to cigarettes. but under the new rules, they'll have to prove that to the fda, as well as get the fda's okay for their products. the industry is fuming. >> what i see this regulation as doing is decimating a industry and driving consumers back to smoking. >> reporter: the government says the rules will also make the devices and batteries safer. ryan's battery operated e-cigarette exploded in his face. >> i was really, really scared because it's a traumatic experience. >> reporter: the industry plans to kick off a campaign to promote safer usage in the next month. a move too late to avoid regulation. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. now to the verdict late today for one of the most infamous serial killers in recent times. the so-called grim sleeper. found guilty in the murders of nine women and a teenage girl over the course of two
decades in the south los angeles area. and as nbc's steve patterson tells us, he was caught by a piece of pizza. >> -- guilty of the crime of first degree murder -- >> reporter: after eight hours of deliberation, a verdict. 63-year-old lonnie franklin jr. found guilty of ten counts of murder and one of attempted murder. for families of the victims, closure. >> what goes around, it came around. and now his turn. >> reporter: nicknamed the grim sleeper because of a 14-year gap in his killing spree, prosecutors say franklin murdered nine women, and one teenage girl between 1985 and 2007. police used a dna sample from franklin's son in an unrelated criminal case, which closely resembled dna they found at the grim sleeper crime scenes. dna found on a slice of discarded pizza connected franklin to the crimes, and led to his arrest in 2010. authorities believe there could be other victims, because hundreds of photos were found in his home. the three-month trial included more than 400
pieces of evidence, and 80 witnesses, including the sole survivor of the attack, who told jurors franklin raped and then shot her. during her testimony, she pointed at franklin and said, if i die, i'm going to haunt you. in closing arguments, the defense questioned the dna evidence. >> this is a circumstantial evidence case. >> reporter: but prosecutors said the evidence was overwhelming. >> you have dna, firearms evidence, the murder weapon. what more is there? >> reporter: next week, jurors decide if lonnie franklin jr. should be put to death. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. now to a major warning that might send you rushing to change your e-mail password which may not be a bad idea when you hear this. cybersecurity experts recently uncovered a massive trove of stolen usernames and passwords, hundreds of millions of them. and as nbc's tom costello tells us, it involves some of the biggest e-mail providers in the world.
>> reporter: they were being offered for sale on the so-called dark web, where hackers hawk their goods. 272 million stolen e-mail accounts, among them yahoo! gmail and microsoft addresses including passwords. offered for sale by a russian hacker, and discovered by a milwaukee security consultant alex holden. >> we know that he's a young man in central russia who collected this information from multiple sources. >> reporter: hackers use stolen e-mail information to lure users into giving away more information. including dobs, social security numbers, and bank account details. all the more reason, say experts, to change passwords regularly, even monthly. >> don't reuse a password. don't use the same password for your bank as you do your retail shopping as you do your e-mail. >> reporter: what makes a good password? they do not include names of children, pets or home addresses that could be found online. instead abstract combinations of letters, numbers, and characters that a hacker's computer program would never guess. perhaps mixing languages.
even running together the lyrics of a song. experts also advice paying for credit monitoring to watch for suspicious activity and be very skeptical of all incoming e nails that could be phishing for more personal information. a moment of distraction and a click on a bad link can invite cyber crooks a world away. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight and on the topic of securing your computers, explosive new claims from the hacker who exposed hillary clinton's use of private e-mails to the world. not only did he discover her server. he tells nbc news he broke in to it. in his first-ever american tv interview. also caught on camera, powerful turbulence rocking a plane full of people, sparking panic on board.
nbc news has confirmed that the fbi has interviewed several of hillary clinton's top aides in the investigation into her private e-mail account, including her close confidant huma abedin. and tonight, in his first american television interview, the romanian hacker who was the first to reveal that clinton was using a private e-mail address while she was secretary of state, makes alarming new charges. senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden went to a romanian prison to interview him. >> when hillary clinton says that her server is absolutely safe, you're laughing. >> translator: that's a lie. >> that's a lie? yes?
>> yes. >> it's not safe? >> it's not safe at all. >> his name is marcel hasar. better known as guccifer. since we talked to him he's ben extradited to the u.s. to face a variety of hack ing crimes against american political figures, including clinton confidant sidney blumenthal. you hacked your way in to the bush family e-mails. you hacked your way in to colin powell's e-mails. you've uncovered that hillary clinton was using a private e-mail -- >> much more. >> and many more. >> yes. >> he says he got in to clinton's private server itself. >> translator: by running a scan i found that server was completely unsecured. >> i want to make sure i'm understanding what you're saying. you're saying the clinton server was unprotected? >> translator: yes. >> and you had total access to it had you wanted to download -- >> >> translator: yes,
it was like an open orchid on the internet as many such servers are. >> just this week hillary clinton told andrea mitchell on msnbc the private server which she used as secretary of state was safe. any indication that your private server was hacked by foreign hackers? >> no. not at all. >> clinton campaign spokesman brian fallon slams these new allegations. there is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from's prison cell. in addition to the fact he offers no proof to support his claim, his descriptions of secretary clinton's server are inaccurate. it is unfathomable that are he would have gained access to her e-mails and not leaked them the way he did his other victims. we asked several cybersecurity experts to review how lazar claims to have gotten into clinton's server. all concluded it was possible. among them, former fbi cyber crime expert
chris tarbell who led the successful prosecution of the criminals behind the online black market called silk road. he cautions that hackers like guccifer are notorious liars but still he says he takes these allegations seriously. >> it's plausible. because he did get access to e-mails that allegedly came from that server. each e-mail has a header and that tells you the information and the path of where that e-mail came from. >> and if he's lying? >> that seems silly to me. to go on television and admit to a felony you didn't commit seems a little silly. >> a source with knowledge of the investigation tells nbc the fbi review of the clinton server logs did, in fact, show no evidence of hacking. but tarbell says server logs are not necessarily comprehensive. so, it may be that there is no breach that was recorded? that doesn't mean there was no breach. >> correct. >> a source close to the investigation tells us the fbi escorted him to the u.s. and spoke to him in transit. though tonight, several officials emphasize investigators have seen nothing yet that
substantiates his claim. the investigation continues. >> all right. cynthia, thanks very much. you can hear much more from him on the premiere of our special series "on assignment" sunday night here on nbc. we're back in a moment with a shocking moment caught on tape. dangerous sparks flying in one of the biggest subway systems in the world. # #
a wild and disturbing scene caught on camera on a flight to indonesia. 31 people injured by severe turbulence. passengers heard screaming aboard the etihad airways jet about 45 minutes from arrival. nine passengers were hospitalized, while others were treated at the scene upon landing. in this country, more problems today for the d.c. metro system. service shut down on three lines, and then this. a fireball caught on camera. the result of an arcing insulator that filled the tunnel with smoke. the latest in a series of disturbing mishaps.
>> a spectacular show will light up the sky tonight at the peak of a meteor shower created by halle's comet. the meteors will be coming in fast about 150,000 miles per hour. but they can be seen by the naked eye. sky gazers in the southernmost parts of the u.s. are in the best position to catch a glimpse of the show. when we come back, how johnny carson saved a classic american game, now celebrating 50 years of bringing fun to american families. ==vo==
what soured his relationship with apple. ===raj/vo=== and, the kitty countdown. a peninsula shelter's on the verge of closing its doors. the last few days it has to save more than 140 lives. ===raj/next close=== next at 6. finally tonight an iconic game that's given americans so many hours of entertainment is turning 50. when it was created in 1966 it was call the pretzel. we know it a lot better today as twister. but as nbc's morgan radford explains, it might not be so popular all these years later if it weren't for a certain late night host. >> reporter: the game that asks you to put right hand on red, now marking its 50th birthday. but it hasn't always been such a hit. when it came out in 1966, sales were poor. >> red. >> left. >> yellow. >> reporter: department stores even thought the game was too risque because of all the bodily contact. but then -- >> "the tonight show" starring johnny carson. >> reporter: johnny
carson and ava gabor played on "the tonight show." suddenly the game selling millions of copies the next year. and decade. ♪ twister >> reporter: and decades. spinning its way to succession, and becoming a corner stone of pop culture. >> reporter: last year country store thomas rhett broke the record for the world's largest twister game, unrolling a 27,000 foot matt in arlington, texas. today twister is sold in over 35 countries. cashing in on the fun, and the nostalgia. >> i'm very happy that people are still enjoying it. and still having fun. playing the game. >> 50 years the game hasn't changed but fans are still willing to tie themselves up in knots. >> back in my day we didn't have cell phone, it was just good old family fun time. >> i am 42. i've been playing since i was little. >> left foot on green. >> reporter: the game that ties you up in
knots, still tying people together. morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. that will do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news thank you for watching and good night. i heard this loud crash, so loud, and it threw me. i went flying off my trailer. >> right now at 6, lightning strikes the bay area. the unusual weather rattling nerves and causing panic at a local school. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessicaing laaguiler, it happened oakley near contra costa county.
meteorologist. we'll begin with jodi. a lot of the area out there. >> that's right, jessica, especially for the folks living here, these are just a few of the wooden pieces of the porch that the lightning tore apart. the family says they have never seen or heard anything like it. >> it vibe rated everything. it was so hard and it hit so father, and it went everywhere. >> reporter: donna describes the force she and her family felt when lightning struck the front door. >> it was the main source where the lightning hit. >> reporter: the family believes the lightning bolt traveled through the flagpole. >> it followed the flagpole and went into the wood, it blew everything all over the place. >> reporter: splintering the wood post it was attached to and sending pieces flying. >> and it knocked this right out of there. split that post inside the house. >> reporter: force knocked pictures off of the walls a