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breaks. >> that will do it for us and we hope to see you tonight at 6:00. nightly news is next. tonight, behind closed doors, a wild day in washington. nbc news learning details from inside the meeting of gop powers at odds. donald trump and paul ryan. can the party unite? new fallout from a police beating caught on camera. the shocking scene after a car chase. officers pummel a man on the ground. up in arms. george zimmerman sparks a major new furor, auctioning off the gun he used to kill trayvon martin, calling the weapon a piece of american history. >> breaking news in the death of joan rivers, late word of a major settlement between the doctors and her daughter, melissa. an alarming rise in strokes, striking people in 20s, 30s and 40s. why is it happening? the risk factors everyone should be aware of. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from washington. good evening. mr. trump goes to washington. insiders are telling us a reaccept ty -- receptive donald trump came ready to listen in the most talked about political summit this city has seen in some time. today's meeting between trump and house speaker paul ryan created plenty of buildup and drama but largely left us still guessing whether the most powerful republican will endorse his party's expected presidential candidate. the word of the day, encouraging, ryan's term. after sitting down with trump and other party leaders, ryan looking for common
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ground, trump looking for acceptance and both looking for a way for party union. a party that may be nbc's katy tur on a meeting and starting to warm to trump. >> reporter: donald trump stopped by a swarm of press and circus of protesters as he faced off with republican party leaders in a day of closed-door meetings. a week since becoming the presumptive nominee, trump flew to washington to fight for the gop's blessing. >> i think we had a very encouraging meeting. look, it's no secret donald trump and i had our differences. we talked about those differences today. that's common knowledge. >> reporter: trump and speaker paul ryan at odds on a lot, including immigration while trump is hard lines favored mass deportation, ryan is open to reform. another issue, trump's muslim ban which ryan openly condemned. >> this is not conservatism. what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for. >> reporter: sources familiar with today's meeting tell nbc news trump came in knowing what he needed to do, receptive to the gop's concerns. >> what trump was seeking today was very
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simple. he wants respect and wants respect for his political accomplishments. >> reporter: ryan armed with charts about debt and entitlements left without endorsing trump but the pair made progress. >> there is never 100% unanimity of anything. like regan said, my 80% friend is not my 20% enemy. we believe that. >> reporter: other high-ranking republicans now warming to their presumptive nominee. >> i felt a lot of progress was made. i really do. >> there is way to talk about these issues that people don't find offensive but yet, still make a point that we're all for secure borders. >> reporter: congressional sources across capitol hill acknowledge trump is anything but ideal. >> that unpredictability and uncertainty is something that would concern any candidate. >> reporter: but in another sign the outsider candidate is starting to breakthrough, late today nbc news learned trump met with james baker, one of the gop's most respected elder statesman. the former chief of staff for ronald reagan and george h.w. bush. even lindsey graham is talking to trump. the senator confirming he had a phone
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conversation about foreign policy with trump and although trump asked good questions, senator graham says his position remains the same. he won't vote for trump or hillary clinton. lester? >> thanks. let's bring in the moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd. walk me through the political calculus here if you're ryan or any republican standing on the sideline. >> if you're standing on the sideline, you obviously believe trump could do more damage around the party than unifying around him could to damage the party itself. that's the catch 22 that i think ryan and some of these never trump people are in. look, overall today, today was a very good day for donald trump. he did everything he was supposed to do. he said everything he was supposed to say. i think now the question is follow through. he still needs ryan in his corner. if he doesn't have ryan in his corner, then there is always going to be this air of hey, there is still a divide in this party and let me tell you this, if you don't go with trump, you better hope he gets blown out
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because if he loses a close election, then guess who they will point the finger at? people that didn't unify at the moment they tried to get the party to unify, which is right now. >> chuck, thanks very much. >> you got it. to the fallout in the police beating of a suspect that led authorities on a high-speed chase. two officers are facing disciplinary action over the incident. a helicopter overhead recorded it all as officers beat the unarmed man while he lay on the ground. nbc's rehema ellis has the latest details. >> reporter: a disturbing conclusion to a car chase that spanned two states, all caught on camera. after an hour-long pursuit, dramatic arial video captured the suspect getting out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground seeming to surrenderer. police move in and at least two officers appear to repeatedly punch him. tonight, two of those officers who have not been identified have been relieved of their duties. >> the unnecessary unjustified use of force will not be tolerated.
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>> i believe that's the car they have been looking for. >> reporter: it started wednesday afternoon when massachusetts police tried to pull over richard simone who had several outstanding warrants. police say he refused to stop and took off. >> notify state police, tell them we need assistance. >> reporter: leading them on a nearly 50-mile chase through massachusetts into new hampshire. tearing through several towns. at times, speeding more than 100 miles per hour. eventually simone came to a stop on a dead end street in a new hampshire neighborhood. his cousin believes the officers' force was excessive. >> he definitely deserves a punishment, but that type of punishment he does not deserve. >> reporter: simone is 50 years old. police say he was wanted on warrants including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny. in a new hampshire court today, he agreed to return to massachusetts to face previous charges. >> mr. simone looks forward to going back to massachusetts and handling these charges there.
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>> reporter: local and state police from both massachusetts and new hampshire were involved in the pursuit. tonight, both states are investigating whether the officers' use of force was appropriate. authorities say richard simone was also someone who had previous warrants out on him for failing to stop for police. tonight, this son of a retired police officer is in custody being held without bail. lester? >> rehema ellis tonight, thank you. there is breaking news this evening in the death of joan rivers, word of a settlement reached between her daughter melissa and the doctors and the clinic where something went very wrong during a throat procedure two years ago. nbc's joe fryer with late details. >> reporter: tonight relatives of joan rivers reached a settlement in their malpractice suit against doctors in a new york clinic.
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attorneys for the family says details of the settlement including the dollar amount will remain confidential. with the matter closed, melissa rivers says i'm able to put the legal aspects of my mother's death behind me and ensure those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation. >> this was a lightning fast settlement that suggests the doctors had a lot to answer for. >> reporter: joan rivers suffered fatal complications during a throat procedure at yorkville endoscopy. they took photos and waited 12 minutes to call 911. >> in my opinion, it was 100% preventable. >> reporter: a spokesman for the clinic tells "the new york times" the parties agreed to settle to avoid protractive litigation. joe fryer, nbc news, new york. the man who killed trayvon martin has ignited a controversy once again. george zimmerman acquitted of second-degree murder is now auctioning off the gun he used to kill the teenager during an altercation in 2012. and despite a torrid of criticism and one website removing his
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auction, nbc's gabe gutierrez reports zimmerman is not backing down. >> reporter: today as the controversial auction was set to begin, the website yanked it saying we want no part of the listing on the website and publicity it's receiving. tonight, it's up on a new site >> george zimmerman, not guilty. >> reporter: george zimmerman claims self-defense and was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of trayvon martin. now the pistol used to kill the 17-year-old is being offered to the highest bidder. zimmerman writes the firearm for sale is the firearm used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from trayvon martin. he spoke by phone with orlando's wofl tv. >> what i decided to do is not cower. i'm a free american and i can do what i'd like with my possessions. >> reporter: martin's family is outraged. >> this is devastating.
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trayvon was their son, and it is very, very outrageous to them that he would do this as they continue to grieve the loss of their child. >> reporter: zimmerman's online post states a portion of the auction's proceeds will be used to fight black lives matter violence against law enforcement officers and to ensure the demise of hillary clinton's anti firearm rhetoric. today clinton tweeted a message from martin's mother, you and all mothers of gun violence victims taught us hate will never win. thinking of you today. a law enforcement officials says the fbi returned the weapon to zimmerman last year. he's now listing it with a starting price of $5,000. but lester, late today the new action website crashed overwhelmed with traffic. >> all right. gabe, thank you. less than three months before the summer olympics, host country brazil moved towards impeaching its leader. president dilma
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rousseff has been forced to step aside after the senate voted to try her for allegedly breaking budget laws. protests have grown against her since the economy has slumped. she calls what happened a coup and vows to fight. the trial is expected to take about six months. staying with the olympics and a major international scandal breaking today over a alleged state-sponsored doping scheme to propel russia's athletes to gold during the sochi games. if true, it means many athletes from many countries including the u.s. were essentially cheated out of medals. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has details for us. >> these are the gold medali medalists. >> reporter: the russians weren't just golden at the 2014 olympic games in sochi, they were dominant. the host country taking more medals than any other but tonight, allegations involving dozens of russian athletes, including at least 15 medal winners said to be part of an elaborate government run doping program. >> there is a full
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assault on the olympic values of fair play and they have to be held accountable to give clean athletes the opportunity to win. >> reporter: according to the new york times, gregory who ran russia's anti doping laboratory admitted to developing a cocktail of banned substances for athletes while russia anti doping experts replaced tainted urine with clean samples. bobsledder steven holcomb won two bronze medals in sochi. in both events, the russians took home gold. >> why do i continue to do this knowing it's not a level playing field? >> reporter: with the national olympic committee calling for a full investigation, russia's sports minister calls the allegations absurd. their track athletes already face a possible ban in rio. american sprinter elicia finished behind two russians in london that violated doping rules. >> i was stolen from
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and for me to stand on the podium and to hear my national anthem would have been the culmination of my hard work. >> reporter: the olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger but tonight some athletes are asking at what cost? miguel almaguer, nbc news los angeles. to the on going travel nightmare in this country. the man that runs the tsa says the agency is doing what it can to cut wait times at airport security checkpoints after an abysmal past few months. but he also told congress today tsa is struggling with a lot of turnover and the prediction for the summer is not good. here is nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the numbers tell the story, a record 2.2 million passengers each day, some days 3 million. but not enough tsa officers. 117 walk off the job each week, 35% within the first year. that's more than 6,000 officers. >> i'm boarding in a half hour. i don't know if i'll get through. >> reporter: it's led
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to closed check points and backups stretching one, two, even three hours at airports nationwide. on capitol hill today, the tsa chief on the hot seat. >> a lot of upset people here today and obviously, we have a management problem. >> reporter: with lawmakers complaining about years of mismanagement. >> it's just a huge failing government program and it will fail. >> reporter: of in-house retaliation against whistle blowers. >> if there is retaliation, we have a major problem with that. >> reporter: and a $90,000 bonus for an assistant administrator. >> those bonuses were given to somebody who oversees a part of the operation that was in total failure. >> reporter: on the job for just a year, tsa chief said another 768 screeners should be in place by late june. >> it's the carry on baggage that's one of the major slow down points in a check point. >> reporter: tonight travel pros are warning families the coming summer will be rough. their advice, pay the $85 and sign up for tsa precheck that speeds travelers through the process
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with shoes and belts on, laptops in the bag. tsa also urging companies to sign the traveling employees up, as well. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, strokes are skyrocketing in younger people. look at what is behind this alarming rise and the risk factors that many never know to look for. also, if you've got a young football player in your household, the major move announced today that may forever change the game.
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we're back with a new warning about the alarming rise in strokes for a surprising age group. at a time when strokes are declining in older americans, they are also skyrocketing for younger adults. nbc erica hill has more on the risk factors you may not have heard about until now. >> reporter: always active, chelsea thought she was healthy until she collapsed at age 28 with a stroke. >> it's scary because you can't move and you can't speak. >> reporter: this is her just a few weeks after. >> know -- >> reporter: trying to read a children's book. she had to relearn how to communicate, walk and dress. >> the whole left side is numb, pain. >> reporter: strokes aren't often associated with people in their 20s or even their 40s, yet, those numbers are on the rise. a new study by researchers at the university of southern california found over 10 years there has
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been a 44% increase in strokes for 25 to 44-year-olds while strokes for those over 65 decreased. the big question, why is this happening? among the risk factors according to scientists, sports injuries, hormonal changes from birth control, undiagnosed heart defects and an increase in diabetes and obesity. while the vast majority of strokes every year, 90% affect those over 50 experts say the symptoms of a stroke may be less recognized by younger people. a sudden loss of control in your nervous system, symptoms that spell fast. facial drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty, all signs it's time to call 911. now more than a year after her stroke, chelsea has made remarkable progress while she may never know what caused it, she hopes it will serve as a wakeup call for others. erica hill, nbc news, new york.
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we're back in a moment with high drama at an amusement park.
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high anxiety late today at bush gardens in florida. a roller coaster got stuck in the lift position. 65 passengers on board had to be evacuated to the ground. the park says no one was injured. certainly not the kind of thrill those riders were likely hoping for. parents, listen up. if you have a child that loves playing football, pop warner, the nation's largest youth football league announced today it is is eliminating kick offs for ages 5 through 10. the league says it's aimed at reducing high-speed hits to the head. after the season, the ban will be reviewed and may be extended for older players. when we come back, paradise lost and found again. a journey where tv cameras have never been until now. next at 6: troubling new signs
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for hi-tech companies in silicon valley. ===jess/vo=== what triggered a downturn and how experts say we can turn it around. ==raj/vo== plus, our exclusive interview with sir richard branson. his plans to connect worlds from outer space to the internet. ===next close=== next. finally tonight, we travel to a far off land where no tv cameras have ever ventured before. the palmyra atoll once ravaged during world war ii is a bustling playground for wildlife. harry smith takes us to paradise lost and found again as part of the new nbc news series "on assignment.
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>> the palmyra atoll, 1,000 miles south of hawaii, this spectacular marine wilderness, so remote fewer than 100 people have been here in the last 15 years. it's about as close to paradise as still exists on the planet. >> this is a place thats teeming with length. it on land, in the sea, in the air. >> you want to show me around a little bit? >> with nature zoologist eric as our guide, we checked out the reefs. >> cool down here. >> 170 feet coral. >> most of the coral was in great shape, but there were spots of concern. >> this here is bleached. >> reefs bleach when water temperature gets warmer than normal killing the coral. if global temperatures continue to rise, it will make it difficult for reefs to rebound. >> i think what is happening with coral
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reefs is really an sos signal for the planet. >> sos signal? >> sos signal. think about it. to me, that's a coral screaming that we have to do something. >> reporter: for as the reefs go, so do the oceans, oceans that feed us, oceans that help us breathe. because it is protected by a 50-mile no fishing zone, it is free from many environmental stresses. the reefs here have held up well against el ninos' warm temperatures. crabs the size of garbage can lids, birds galore and a healthy reef teaming with fish, amazing what can happen when with a little help left to its own divisions, nature can heal itself. harry smith, nbc news. the palmyra atoll. >> what a place. you can see more of harry's trip on our special series "on assignment" sunday night here on nbc. that will do it for us on a thursday. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news,
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thank you for watching and good night. with the help of you guys.. nbc bay area news starts now. we feel good that we all came together and with the help of you guys, get it out there and we got it back. >> right now, at 6:00, a piece of american history found because of a nbc bay area report. that stolen canon recovered in the east bay. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. tonight the canon conclusion. we want to show you some surveillance video that shows someone stealing a canon from richmond. after seeing that video on our air, a man came forward saying
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he had the relic. jodi hernandez is live where the canon is back where it belongs. >> reporter: richmond police are elated. not long after the story aired, they got a phone call, and tonight veterans have their canon back. >> they found our canon! they found our canon. >> reporter: this 79-year-old veteran, art hunt is overjoyed. the canon that was stolen last week from outside the richmond veteran's hall has been recovered. >> it's been sitting right here since '47. right here. and i don't know, i still don't know who or why they took it. >> reporter: police say they cracked the canon caper after a martinez man who says he bought the world war i weapon from an undisclosed seller watched nbc bay area's news report on the shocking shift. >> his


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