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>> toad cruz. >> lester holt is next with nightly news. cancer break-through. stunning new results about the treatment that saved jimmy carter's life. a common form of cancer once a death sentence, doctors say patients are living a lot longer than they ever expected. supreme surprise. donald trump's appeal to win over conservatives doing something no other candidate has done in modern times. inferno on the tracks. a massive a fireball crippling one of the nation's busiest rail lines triggering commuter chaos. late word on what caused it. pay raise, the controversial new move which means millions of americans are about to get more money. and run for the ages. a stumble, a fall, and an amazing 100-year-old woman who got back up to set a new world record.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. break-through is a word cancer researchers don't use lightly, but tonight it is exactly the word being used by the government about a new drug that has produced remarkable results against a form of cancer usually considered a death sentence. including for former president jimmy carter who was treated for advanced melanoma with the drug and announced late last year he was cancer-free. it is part of a new class of drugs that can save potentially those suffering other cancers as well. >> reporter: former president jimmy carter is living proof of the promise of targeted cancer therapies. >> i want to be a person that loves other people.
>> reporter: today blockbuster news about the drug carter took for advanced melanoma, changing the prognosis for this all too fatal disease. a new study says 40% of advanced melanoma patients were alive three years after taking it. a drat dramatic improvement. the median survival rate was less than a year. >> we've made a huge impact in a disease that had little hope before. >> reporter: just look at erin. how is your health? >> pretty good. >> reporter: so good, she bought a house. this summer will add iceland to her exotic destinations. two and a half years on keytruda did what other therapies could not. stabilize her stage po four melanoma. >> 50% chance of surviving a year. and i'm going on, you know, four years, five years, six years almost since being diagnosed. pretty amazing. >> reporter: keytruda works by activating the body's immune system to attack the cancer with minimal side effects.
it is expensive, about $150,000 a year, but covered by insurance. while it is exciting progress, the study's author cautions keytruda is not yet a cure. >> i think we've made a big leap forward in that, but our first goal is to prove survival, quality of life, and to hopefully turn this into a chronic illness. >> i think for me, the drug has given hope and let me get back to more of a normal life. >> reporter: potentially commuting a death sentence to a manageable disease. anne thompson, nbc news, jersey city, new jersey. now to another wild day in the race for president. and a campaign season where we saw one candidate who wasn't even his party's nominee announce a vice presidential running mate. donald trump naming his own slate of potential supreme court picks. it's just one of several moves trump is making to try and win over skeptical conservatives. nbc's katy tur
explains. >> reporter: tonight another headline grabber from donald trump. not yet the official nominee, but already unveiling his potential supreme court picks. a conservative dream team, and a play to win over trump skeptics. including utah judge thomas lee, brother of utah senator mike lee, who endorsed ted cruz. texas judge don willlet who repeatedly mocked trump on twitter, calling him darth trump. >> i don't believe anything he says. she would be an outstanding choice. >> reporter: the brash outsider trying to convince insiders he's serious. meeting with gop foreign policy icon henry kissinger. and despite trashing politics that take campaign cash as corrupt. >> me, i'm different. i'm self-funding my campaign. i'm working for you.
>> reporter: he signed a joint fund-raising agreement with the republican party. now trump is working on rehabbing his image. making peace with megyn kelly over the words used in his twitter tirades. >> it was a retweet. did i say that? >> many times. >> ooh. okay. excuse me. >> reporter: and this morning, sending out one of his most effective surrogates, daughter ivanka, to push back on accusations in a "new york times" article. >> he's not a groper. that's not who he is. i've known my father obviously my whole life, and he has total respect for women. >> reporter: the campaign doesn't call this changing. they don't like to use that word. instead, they say donald trump is adapting to his new role as the leader of the republican party. but the question is, how much can he adapt before his supporters stop seeing him as an outsider. lester? >> all right, katy. as trump makes moves to unite his party as the presumptive nominee, the democratic party is fraying at the seams. in a new national poll, it shows trump leading hillary
clinton by three points. clinton will almost certainly be the nominee to face trump, but bernie sanders keeps racking up wins, and ratcheting up the rhetoric as he accuses the party of treating him unfairly. nbc's andrea mitchell on the democrats' civil war. >> reporter: in california, bernie sanders continuing his revolution against the democratic party and its leaders. >> state after state, the people have stood up and helped defeat the establishment. >> reporter: this after sanders' big win in oregon, and hillary clinton's apparent razor-thin victory in kentucky. a split decision in tuesday night's primaries. but it's the growing split among democrats that's raising big questions about how they'll ever unite to defeat donald trump. >> a word to t leadership of the democratic party. open the doors! let the people in! >> his followers don't look at hillary clinton as kind of brand b compared to
their man. they look at hillary clinton as an establishment candidate. in many ways, a candidate they don't have any interest to vote for. >> reporter: clinton supporters want sanders to ratchet down his rhetoric. >> bernie has to focus on the issues that matter. and making sure that donald trump never sets foot in the oval office. >> reporter: hoping he'll fall in line once the primaries are over as clinton did in 2008. but tonight sanders' campaign manager telling chuck todd they're fighting all the way to philadelphia. >> the senator has been very clear they're going to go through the process, and then he's going to the convention. >> reporter: vice president biden downtalking strains in the party. >> i'm confident that bernie will be supportive if hillary wins, which the numbers indicate will happen. so i'm not worried. there's no fundamental split or anything in the democratic party. >> but clinton revealed last night that only weeks before she announced she was running last year, she was still making speeches for hundreds
of thousands of dollars. a total of almost $1.5 million in just three months. one reason she's having trouble winning over sanders supporters. lester? >> andrea, thank you. new troubling predictions tonight for this summer's air travel season. the airline industry now predicting a record 231 million people will fly between june and august. just as the tsa struggles to staff up in time to meet the demand. now the head of homeland security is trying to pressure the airlines into letting passengers check their bags for free. to speed things up on the security line. nbc's tom costello has the latest. >> reporter: on the ground at the world's fourth busiest airport, federal security directors from other airports and regions now trying to fix o'hare's tsa problems. today mary wasn't taking any chances. getting here four hours before her trip to san francisco. >> i have a whole bag of tricks here. i've got sewing. i've got my book. i've got lunch and dinner just in case.
>> reporter: two meals. >> well, i've been watching the news. >> reporter: at times, today at o'hare, somewhat shorter lines thanks to a lighter travel wednesday, more tsa officers, and dog teams. if the dogs or officers don't detect explosives, more passengers can move through expedited screening lanes. airline staffers are now helping with the traffic flow. >> if we can have employees do that, that can hopefully free up the screeners. >> reporter: meanwhile, the homeland security secretary is now joining members of congress in pressuring the airlines to do more. >> we've asked airlines to consider possibly eliminating the checked baggage fee, to encourage people to check their luggage rather than put it in the carry-on. >> reporter: but the airline industry says no to cutting bag fees, insisting the tsa needs to staff up and fast. >> the airlines are not about to change their fees, even for a short period of time,
because it's millions of dollars in revenue, and billions of dollars a year. >> reporter: the airlines today predicted even more profits over the summer, with a record 2.5 million passengers each day. 100,000 more than last year. live now at o'hare airport here in chicago. there's been a lot of talk about the baggage fees. last year they totaled about $4 billion for the airlines. but they say that's just a drop in the bucket for most airlines on the bottom line. back to you. >> quite a line behind you there, tom, thank you. millions of americans are now in for a pay raise, after president obama announced a sweeping change to the country's overtime rules. it means bigger pay days for mostly white collar workers who put in more than 40 hours a week. it's also sparking new fears among some employers. nbc's ron mott has the details. >> reporter: extra hours in the office don't always translate to extra dollars in their paychecks. but starting december 1st, a new federal labor rule is expected to increase the number of americans eligible for overtime pay.
>> you're deprived your dignity in my view when you know you're working much, much harder and much, much longer, and you're getting compensated for. >> reporter: here's what the new rule means. salaried white collar employees making less than $47,476 will now be guaranteed overtime when they work 40 hours, up from the threshold of $23,660, a change that is expected to affect 4.2 million people. this is welcome news for melissa, a microbiologist at ucla earning about $42,000 a year and expects another $5,000 in ot. >> it means the difference between me worrying at the end of each month, to now being able to relax and actually do my work and do my research. >> reporter: but it's not welcome news for everyone. >> employers start making tradeoffs, who are they going to now work less and who are they going to work more. >> reporter: extras say employers worry
about their bottom line, convert others to hourly and limit their hours or even hire part-time staff. jeremy owns a chain of four restaurants in new york city and new jersey. he's already feeling squeezed by recent changes to the minimum wage and health care. >> we hope to not fire anybody. what it might end up being is cutting down the hours, and probably not hiring as many new people. that's significant. >> reporter: ron mott, nbc news, chicago. mark zuckerberg welcomed some today to ease concerns after contractors accused facebook of bias against right-learning top picks in the trending session. we get more from olivia sterns. face time at face book. tonight more than a dozen conservative
leaders invited to a private meeting with facebook founder mark zuckerberg. rob louie is with the heritage foundation. >> this will be the first time many conservatives have been to facebook's compass. it's probably a long over due visit. >> what do you need to hear today. >> i'd like to hear from mark zuckerberg a commitment to free speech regardless of your view point. >> the face-to-face comes after fallout. facebook routinely suppressed stories on the popular trending topics lists. >> this is something facebook was not forthcoming with. >> facebook says the trending top picks list is identified by employees only review to make sure its tied to a relevant event. but it's not the first time the social network has been accused of bias. earlier this year zuckerberg taking a shot at donald trump. >> instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges. >> right now do conservatives trust
facebook? >> i would say no. >> can't live without the social media giant. there is late word of cause of a massive fire that crippled one of the nation's busiest rail lines. investigators say fuel was accidently spilled on a hot generator at a garden center below the elevated tracks of new york's metro north line. it took more than 150 firefighters to douse the huge flames and thousands of computers were left stranded. it has been more than two years since more than 200 school girls were kidnap in nigeria marking the worldwide bring back our girls campaign. for the first time, it's believed one of the victims has escaped to freedom. >> reporter: tears after news a kidnapped girl is free, a break through say activists after two years of searching. the army released this
photo of a 19-year-old with a baby that fled her captors yesterday. her parents then identifying her as one of the more than 200 girls taken by islamists from one of the world's deadliest terror groups boca ha har haram. >> she escaped. she is one of the girls. >> reporter: during that mass kidnapping of children, just a few got away. since then, no one made it out in spite of huge searches and a global hashtag campaign bring back our girls, michelle obama joining celebrities. the escaped girl told rescuers six of the girls are dead and the others being held in a forest. human rights groups say many others were forced to become suicide bombers and over 2,000 more have been abducted by boca haram. few have been ever found. bill neely, nbc news,
and the theory it would have been more than one killer. nbc's miguel almaguer has details. >> reporter: it may have been the defining moment of the o.j. simpson murder trial. >> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit. >> reporter: simpson appearing to struggle to put on the glove found at the scene of the double-murder the move suggested by robert shapiro breaking his silence, offering insight into the calculate gamble. >> i tried the glove on. it was a little wide in my palm. o.j. simpson has enormous hands and i knew that glove would not fit him. >> reporter: that moment played out by actor john travolta was played out in the series "the people versus o.j. simpson". >> i tried the glove on myself. >> reporter: sitting down with megyn kelly, shapiro says the prosecution may have relied too heavily on what it calls a one-killer theory.
>> it was within reasonable medical probability that more than one knife was used. there is a strong possibility that more than one person was involved. >> reporter: the veteran attorney dropped another bombshell. 20 years after the victim, he still had thought he's keeping to himself. >> i felt legal justice was done. as far as moral justice, i haven't discussed it with anyone including my wife. >> reporter: new insight into an old case that continues to captivate the nation. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we're back in a moment with the world's most expensive diamond and how much it just sold for.
zimmerman is still verifying payment after fake bidders interfered with the auction. how would you like to have $60 million wrapped around your finger. the most expensive diamond in the world selling for over $58 million. it's a 14.6 carat blue diamond named after an empire that gave it to his wife as a gift. the 100-year-old woman proving it's never too late to wind up in the sports record books. mayor libby schaaf takes on
donald trump. his controversial comments she's not taking lightly. ===raj/take vo=== plus, our exclusive interview with w/ bryan stow. the promise he made to the people who helped him recover after his beating. ===raj/next close=== finally tonight, an athlete that shattered a record getting back on her feet to show everyone she's the fastest and one more thing, she happens to be 100 years old. >> reporter: dancing a shuffle on this south carolina athletic field. at the chants of a cheering crowd. >> she's a major inspiration. >> reporter: at 100 years eold, ellie may colbert had a rough start at first.
a stumble and cut on her chin. >> you do not stop. you'll have trials and things that get in your way but you don't let it get you down. get up, go again. >> go again. >> reporter: the retired elementary schoolteacher did just that. >> i'm going to take these 100s and run over ya. >> reporter: dashing 100 meters in what looks to be a new world record. >> i didn't pay that any attention. i didn't feel like i had broken any record. i almost broke myself falling down. >> reporter: that old record set just weeks ago by another ida keeling of the bronx. during that race keeling shy of her 101st birthday wowed the crowd with pushups after her run but it isn't competition that motivates eloquent lo ellie ma >> she was my sixth grade elementary school teacher and
she's as tough now as she was then. >> reporter: no plans of slowing down. >> i'm still running the race. >> reporter: nbc news. >> awesome. that's going to do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for live pictures of oakland - whee lots of people are hot and bothered tonight. ==jess/takeo= . right now at 6:00, live pictures of oakland where lots of people are hot and bothered tonight. over what? the gop candidate donald trump took a swipe at oakland. tonight the mayor is firing back at trump. good evening thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. i'm raj mathai. this is a twist. trump trumps oakland or so he thinks. the presidential candidate said oakland is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
jodi hernandez is in oakland this evening. what's the mayor's response? >> reporter: mayor libby schaaf isn't holding back. oakland has issues like any other major city but they are defending oakland and blasting donald trump. >> i think mr. trump is an absolute idiot. he knows nothing about this great city that i live in, that i call my home. >> that's how oakland city leaders are reacting tonight to donald trump's controversial remarks about the east bay city. "the new york times" said if he's ever been to iraq, trump responded there are places in america among the most dangerous in the world. you go to places like oakland or ferguson, the crime numbers are worse he said. oakland's mayor libby schaaf fired back on social media posting, let me be clear, the most dangerous place in america is donald trump's