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evacuations. >> thanks for join ugh at 5:00. nightly news is next. developing news tonight. emergency at the white house. the secret service opens fire. a man with a gun, the mansion on lockdown and the vice president inside the complex. terrifying final moments of the doomed egyptair jetliner. a rapid burst of alert messages from the plane about smoke, then a cascade of critical warnings, maybe all happening too fast to be just a fire. was it a carefully placed bomb. what mrs. cosby said behind closed doors. her sworn deposition unsealed. the questions she refused to answer about her husband. major changes coming to the way millions of americans count calories. cut the fat, salt and sugar. what you'll notice coming soon to just about everything we eat. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there was high drama outside the white house late this afternoon when a confrontation between secret service and an armed man ended in gunfire. the secret service said an officer opened fire on the man wounding him after he approached a security checkpoint and pulled out a firearm. this all happening in play view of sightseers along the perimeter of the white house grounds and sent heavily armed secret service teams fanning out as the white house was placed on a security lockdown. nbc's jim miklaszewski was there and has late details for us. >> reporter: on what had been a serene sunny afternoon, the white house grounds suddenly looked like a war zone. shouts and shots fired rang out. secret service officers scrambled to their post. one with a sniper rifle atop the white house. a lone man brandishing a handgun was spotted walking to the
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southwest corner of the white house grounds. taylor kate couldn't believe her eyes. >> he had a gun out. just in plain sight. it wasn't even hidden. he looked at me. then kept walking. >> reporter: the armed suspect was approaching a guard post when he was spotted by secret service officers. larry samples said the officer shouted at the man to stop. >> drop your gun. he walked toward the officers. just kept on walking in. >> reporter: as the armed man drew closer, a secret service agent fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the chest. >> after they approached about the third in, they shot him. >> reporter: the suspect was rushed to george washington hospital. his condition unknown. police soon discovered his vehicle parked several blocks away, and searched it for any clues, or a motive.
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federal officials identified the suspect as jesse olivera of ashland, pennsylvania. d.c. police will conduct the investigation, but government sources tell nbc news, it appears this was an attempted suicide by cop. that the suspect said he wanted to die. as for president obama, he was never in any danger. he was out of golfing. vice president joe biden was here at the compound, lester. >> all right, jim miklaszewski, thank you. there is breaking news tonight about the doomed egyptair jetliner, critical information about what happened in the final moments. there is evidence of a catastrophic series of events near the cockpit. automated computer messages transmitted in flight from the plane to its maintenance base suggests systems were failing. smoke was filling the front end of the airplane, all in a span of three minutes. but the pilots never radioed a may day call. that word coming as search crews have found human remains, luggage and seats in the water. now search ships will try to locate the black boxes. nbc's tom costello has all the details. >> reporter: the
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question tonight, was there a fire or explosion onboard flight 804 before it went down. nbc news has confirmed as authentic an automated computer message from flight 804 to its maintenance base. three simultaneous events at 26 minutes after midnight gmt. two sensors from the cockpit's right rear window go off. at the same time, a smoke sensor in the forward lav. one minute later, smoke in the avionics compartment that controls the plane. another window sensor. 29 minutes after midnight, problems indicated with the pilot controls and computers critical to controlling the plane. minutes later the plane went off radar making erratic turns and falling from the sky. john cox is an airbus pilot. >> we don't know exactly what it is. but it's a clear indication something was terribly wrong on flight 804. >> reporter: perhaps a sudden fire or electrical failure or even an explosion near the galley. and if it was a bomb,
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how did it get there? investigators are looking at anyone with access to the plane while it was sitting on the ground, including ramp washers and caters and fuel truck workers. the former heads of tsa global security. >> if it's an insider and he put a device, if it was somebody who had knowledge and put it in an area that could be close to a fuel line, or in some other area that they knew it would be catastrophic, that's very troubling. >> reporter: if it was a bomb, it would be the third attempt in seven months. in february, a bomb in a laptop blew over somalia. last october, a russian jetliner blown out of the sky over egypt. isis released a photo it claimed showed the bomb packed in a soda can. at charles de gaulle airport in paris, dozens of employees with alleged ties to islamic extremism have had to turn over their security badges since last november's deadly attacks. this plane was on the ground at four different airports in 24 hours before the crash. in cairo, and in paris.
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investigators will have to review all of the people who had access to the plane at all of those airports. lester? >> tom, you raise a lot of issues. let's bring in former ntsb investigator. greg fife. greg, you heard tom's report, you've been studying these acars messages. could this have been an electrical short or someone smoking in a forward lavatory who accidently set off a fire, or do you see something suspicious in the sequence of timing of all of this? >> there's definitely something suspicious, lester. electrical fires don't burn that fast. of course, if somebody were to have put a cigarette in a trash can with paper towels, it definitely wouldn't have burned that fast. it would have set off that sensor. the flight crew is trained to handle those type of fires. and it would have given them time, and they probably would have made a radio call. this is something that's more catastrophic, more extreme. when you look at the timing of the last transmission and the start of those acars messages tom talked about, it's only two minutes, maybe two minutes, if not less. >> that leads us to want to talk about the
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idea that an explosive device was placed in a very critical area of the airplane, where as tom pointed out catering equipment is stored. is that stuff ever screened before it gets on a plane? >> typically not. it's basically a trust factor with the company who's providing the catering. so they don't screen the food. they don't check and make sure that every can has liquid in it. they don't open them up and things like that. if there was a device in a catering cart in the forward galley, that forward galley butts up against the bulkhead wall to the cockpit. so there's critical elements there. all the circuit breakers are just on the other side of that wall. >> it's all very disturbing and unsettling. hopefully we'll get answers very soon. greg, thank you. trying to shore up support from skeptical conservatives, donald trump addressed the nra today declaring his strong support for gun rights and shifting some of his past positions on guns in the process. nbc's katy tur was there and has details for us from louisville. >> reporter: donald trump hammering hillary clinton while picking up the
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national rifle association's endorsement tonight. >> she wants to abolish the second amendment. she wants to take your guns away. >> reporter: clinton has not called for overturning the second amendment, although she does favor more gun restrictions. trump making clear where he stands. >> we're getting rid of gun-free zones. 13 million right to carry permit holders in the united states. i happen to be one of them. in the past -- nobody knows that. boy, would i surprise somebody if they hit trump. >> reporter: trying to convince wary gun owners trump 2016 is far removed from trump in 2000, who wrote in his book, the america we deserve, i generally oppose gun control, but i support the ban on assault weapons, and also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. the gop convention fast approaching, trump hopes to charm the doubters. and so far, it's working. a new poll showing 8 in 10 gop voters now believe party leaders should embrace trump. but some gun owners
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have a long memory. and here at the nra, trust is hard won. >> he does have a record of flexibility. on this one it is a core issue. and so i'm hoping he will stick to his words. >> reporter: in contrast, trump's call to abolish gun-free zones, some of his own profits, including mir-a-lago, don't allow guns. we reached out to the campaign for comment to find out if they're changing that in the future. so far, we have not heard back, lester. >> katy, thank you. the cdc today revealed a big jump in the number of possible cases of monitoring the zika virus in pregnant women. the number doubled to 279 in the u.s. and u.s. territories. but it's because the government is changing the way it keeps track of infections, and it now includes women who haven't shown symptoms yet. prosecutors in georgia today released dramatic body cam video showing sheriff's deputies trying to subdue an erratic man and repeatedly tasing him until his death. the district attorney's office has
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launched an investigation. we should mention some viewers may find this video disturbing. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. >> what's your problem, buddy? >> he's out of his mind. >> that's a good way to get shot. >> reporter: the confrontation last november started with sheriff's deputies trying to restrain an unarmed man south of atlanta. he was resisting the deputies and was handcuffed. >> stop fighting! >> okay, i quit. i quit. >> reporter: records show deputies discharged their tasers 15 times in less than 7 minutes. 32-year-old chase sherman died at the scene. >> he always had a smile on his face. i'm going to miss that smile. and his phone calls. >> reporter: he and his family were flying home to florida after attending his brother's wedding. during their layover
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in atlanta, he started hallucinating and said he used synthetic marijuana. they decided to drive the rest of the way but his erratic behavior continued so his mother called 911. but they think deputies used excessive force. >> he was having a mental problem. you can look at him, his eyes. he has no idea where he was at. >> reporter: the local district attorney is now reviewing the case. the deputies are still on duty. the sheriff said the video speaks for itself and there's nothing to hide. in the incident report, the deputies say sherman reached for their tasers and despite repeated warnings, yelled and pushed against them several times. tonight sherman's family is planning a lawsuit. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, noonan, georgia. with her husband facing a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim bill cosby sexually assaulted them, we're learning for the first time what camille cosby said in a
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deposition under oath, including the questions she refused to answer. nbc news senior legal correspondent cynthia mcfadden has details. >> reporter: it was the legal version of stand by your man. over several hours of questioning, camille cosby refused to answer questions in a deposition taken in february, unsealed by a federal court today. the deposition comes as part of a defamation lawsuit brought against her husband of 52 years, bill cosby. by seven women who allege that he sexually assaulted them, and then called them liars. can we agree that throughout your marriage, mr. cosby acted with a lack of integrity? objection. you do not have to answer that question. mrs. cosby responded, and i won't. would you agree that throughout your marriage, mr. cosby deceived you? objection. same objection to the privilege of marital communications. do not answer. in order to limit her testimony, mrs. cosby, who has a ph.d. said her sources of
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information were very limited indeed. do you read the newspapers? no. do you get information off the internet? not very much. do you watch tv? very seldom. where do you get your information? i discuss it with my husband, with my public relations person. does that mean all of the information that you have regarding the sexual allegations against your husband came from conversation, either conversations with your husband or conversations with counsel? correct. that is my answer. the deposition got heated several times with mrs. cosby at one point saying, i'm done. but in fact, she wasn't. mrs. cosby was questioned again last month in the case. that transcript yet to be released. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. tonight oklahoma's governor, mary fallin, has vetoed a bill which would have made performing an abortion in the state a felony,
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punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a move that would effectively outlawed abortion in oklahoma. the governor said the bill was vague and could not have withstood a challenge in court. sweeping changes coming to the supermarket. also, bueller, bueller? hard to believe it's been 30 years since ferris took his epic day off.
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we're back with a big overhaul that will affect virtually everything you get
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from the supermarket. the fda along with first lady michelle obama announcing today a major revamp for nutritional labels. nbc's anne thompson explains how the changes could affect how you shop, and how you eat. >> reporter: seen on nearly 800,000 products, after two decades, the nutrition facts label is getting a much-needed makeover. announced today by first lady michelle obama. >> you will no longer need a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you're buying is actually good for our kids. >> reporter: the new labels will feature larger type, servings per container, calories and serving size that will now reflect what we actually eat. ice cream used to be measured at a half cup per serving. now it will be 2/3. because package size also affects how much we eat, how things are labeled will change, too. this juice says there are two servings. does anybody drink just half? >> most people will
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actually consume that as their entire beverage. the labels are going to change, so that's now going to be labeled as one serving. >> reporter: under sugars, you will see a new category, added sugars. >> added sugars are sugars add the during manufacturing. they add calories to food without adding nutrients. >> reporter: the sugar association said it's disappointed by the requirement and distracts from the real issue, calories. but it's just what angelique wants when shopping for her toddler, montana. >> it gets really tricky with the sugar. i don't want to give my daughter a lot of sugar. >> reporter: vital information coming to a supermarket near you in the next two years. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with tom brokaw and tom hanks receiving one of the world's highest honors.
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a proud moment today for those of us who work at nbc and "nightly news," as our friend and colleague tom brokaw was awarded one of the highest
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honors in the world. france's legion of honor, alongside another guy named tom, you might have heard of. nbc's richard engel was there for the occasion in paris. >> reporter: a moment today to honor the legacy of american sacrifice. recognizing decades of work by three men from different walks of life. >> i accept on behalf of the greatest generation. they'll never get enough recognition, in my judgment. >> reporter: the three worked tirelessly to bring the national world war ii museum in new orleans to life. >> the american spirit made a difference. our innovation, our ingenuity, and the fact that we were fighting for our democracy, a fight to the finish. >> reporter: in "saving private ryan," tom hanks brought humanity to his portrayal of captain john miller. the film is required viewing for french infantry troops to learn what it took to free a continent. >> it takes hours and days and it takes individuals. and i think we lose sight of that. that concrete reality that still holds for
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all of these clashes that we still have. wars are fought in human time. >> do you think europe is at a turning point again, or crossroads with all the refugees coming in, with all the terrorist attacks? >> yeah, i think that the west is going to have to find ways to bond again, quite honestly, because it's a different kind of war. >> reporter: but the toll of war remains the same. today each honoree was presented with a flag from the american cemetery in normandy, a symbol of the enduring bond of two nations. richard engel, nbc news, paris. when we come back, ferris bueller, you're still our hero. why the '80s classic still connects 30 years after its release. # # next at 6: a windswept fire
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forces evactuations in fairfield. ===jess/vo=== we'll update you on the damage and the progress crews are making. ===raj/vo=== plus, the bay area has one of the nation's highest rates of car theft. why this san francisco woman knows that better than most. ===raj/next close=== next. three decades ago, a wisecracking teen played hookie and invited movie audiences along for the ride. now the '80s classic "ferris bueller's day off" is reaching its 30th anniversary, and it's still a great reminder that life moves pretty fast, and if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> how can i possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this. >> reporter: can you believe it? 30 years since that prince of truants
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ferris bueller played sick and took his day off. >> you played hookie, didn't you? >> yeah, sometimes. >> i wish i could have been ferris in high school. >> me, too! >> ferris bueller is on line two. >> reporter: the ensuing high jinks unleashed by ferris and friends drove half of chicago to distraction. before appearing in the ferris film, ben stein was a mild-mannered writer, lawyer, and economist. >> bueller? bueller? >> reporter: playing the teacher calling out that name made him about 360 bucks. but -- >> being a movie icon, even in a very small way as i am, is paradise. >> reporter: but why has this teenage troublemaker who crashed a parade, helped trash a
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ferrari, and took in a cubs game, resonated with every generation from x and y to z. >> that's why i don't have a ferrari. so my kids can't drive it. >> you're pulling a ferris bueller right now? >> of course i am. >> we want to escape from fear and anxiety and worry. ferris gave us that day. >> we all want to be ferris bueller. >> we all want to be ferris bueller. and being his teacher was pretty good, too. >> reporter: and hey, if ferris could get away with it -- >> tibbles? tibbles? tibbles? >> looks like tibbles took the rest of the day off, too. that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. i'll see you this weekend. hope you join us for our series "on assignment" on nbc. from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching, and good night. this is the way it looks across
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the bay area.. right now at 6:00, this is the way it looks across the bay area. the wind whipping up trouble. it has been a roller coaster week for our weather and it is about to change again. good evening. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. but first the breaking news we've been following for the past 60 minutes and the wind has a lot to do with it. this is new video of the four-alarm fire in fairfield. people have been evacuated as the flames were spread from a nearby brush on to the homes here.
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as of last check, three homes were damaged. ten homes were under evacuation orders. this is happening near fairfield high school on santa barbara raw way. in fact at some point you could see smoke from interstate 80. here is another look at the fire from the tower camera. this is taken about an hour ago in the distance there, if you can, make out that smoke. here is the good news, though. right now crews say they have stopped the forward-progress and have nearly full containment. no injuries have been reported thus far. again, this is near fairfield high school. we'll keep an eye on this fire and bring you any updates as soon as they come into the newsroom. a live look outside at fremont and emeryville and you could see it there, it is blowing. the flags flying on the left and that is our camera on the right just bouncing up and down. all because of the wind. so causing major headaches for people getting in and out of sfo. the average delay is 90 minutes. and while we're seeing wind, the sierra is getting snow.


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