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overnight camp. look at this little boy. oh, my goodness. that's a summer camp for kids in hawaii. pretty but ty. tonight, no charges recommended against hillary clinton by the fbi despite calling her private e-mail use extremely careless and revealing hostile actors possibly hacked her account just hours before she campaigns with barack obama for the first time. the system is rigged says donald trump after the fbi news while the deals with his own firestorm over accusations of anti-semitism. dangerous extremes. a scorching heat wave growing across the country and tonight a new threat of tornadoes and floods. american murderers, police make an arrest in the death of a u.s. college exchange student killed hours after arriving in europe. guilt free eating, a surprising good news for your
waistline if you like foods like this. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." good evening. hillary clinton got some very welcome news today from the head of the fbi but it came along with a virtual public shaming. james comey said today he's not recommending criminal charges against hillary clinton over her use of personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state but he said she should have known better. he called her handling of sensitive e-mail extremely careless. it may still leave her under a political cloud. pete williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: there's never been anything quite like it. the director of the fbi publicly announcing his agency's recommendation after investigations whether classified information was
mishandle while hillary clinton used a private e-mail server while secretary of state. >> although the department of justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing our view that no charges be pressed in this case. >> reporter: comey confirmed that him clinton had more than one server. discovering in all 113 e-mails containing classified information, eight of them top secret. a picture very different from the one she has described, a blistering attack of her handling of government secrets. was the material marked classified? >> i am confident i never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received. >> any reasonable person insects clinton's position or the position of those with whom she was corresponding with unclassified matters should have known it was no place for that conversation.
>> reporter: was her private server safe from hacking? >> it was on property, guarded by the secret service and there were no security breaches. >> all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers. not even supported by full time security staff. >> reporter: comey said she sent and received private e-mails to and from her staff while outside the u.s., in countries where hackers thrive while no conclusive proof of hacking was found. comey said the sloppiness did not meet the standards of bringing criminal charges in past cases against her or the former staff members who e-mailed her. past prosecutions he said involved willful mishandling or disloyalty to the u.s. or vast quantities of classified material. a former federal prosecutor agr agrees. >> no charges have ever been brought when there wasn't evidence that someone intentionally mishandled classified information or gave it to someone who wasn't entitled to have it. >> reporter: the fbi's recommendation now goes to the justice department. damage loretta lynch said she will follow the advice of career
prosecutors there and officials say tonight it's a virtual certainty that they will go along with comey's recommendations. >> pete williams. thank you, pete. the fbi announcement came just hours before hillary clinton hit the campaign trail for the first time with president obama. that moment was largely overshadowed as clinton seized on the fbi's findings against her. more on that from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: the fbi's bombshell announcement spoiling what president obama and hillary clinton were hoping would be the political picture of the day, stepping off air force one together, after pointedly not discussing the investigation on the flight down. former rivals now campaigning as a team. clinton even using the rallying cry obama used to defeat her in 2008. >> we are fired up and ready to go, ready to win this election. >> hillary!
>> the fbi backing up -- in a statement concluding we are glad that this matter is now resolved. it's the fbi director's stunning rebuke of clinton. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. >> reporter: that's ready made for republican attacks. donald trump already tweeting, fbi director said crooked hillary compromised our national security. no charges, wow, rigged system. along with a chorus of republicans led by house speaker paul ryan, saying comey's recommendation defies explanation. all this complicating a trust deficit for clinton. in our latest poll, 69% questioning her honesty. >> i personally know i have work to do on this front. >> reporter: clinton hoping the president with a 51% approval rating can help her fix that problem. >> there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than hillary clinton.
>> reporter: and take down donald trump. >> everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you have sat behind the desk. >> reporter: but today those attacks on trump overshadowed what the fbi director said about clinton. >> he laid out a non-legal but political indictment for republicans to use about what hillary clinton did with her e-mails. >> reporter: all of this spoiling the big democratic rollout in a state obama narrowly lost in 2012, but the clinton campaign still believes they have a good chance of winning despite what happened today. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. fbi director james comey when announcing the agency's finding on clinton did announce how unusal it is to comment on the public investigation. comey is no stranger to such highly charged controversies. kristen welker has more on the fbi boss who stepped back into the spotlight today.
>> reporter: he's a long-time prosecutor who has never shied away from big battles. something director james comey proved again today. >> this investigation was done honestly, extently a competentl independent independently. >> reporter: with a history of fighting terrorism cases and white collar crimes, comey is the seventh director of the fbi. >> congratulations. >> reporter: president obama nominated tommy in 2013, prai praising his 15 years as a freshman prosecutor and his integrity. >> he doesn't care about politics, he only cares about getting the job done. >> reporter: comey famously prosecuted the martha stewart securities fraud case in the district of new york. david kelly succeeded him there. >> he never shied away from tough cases. as a prosecutor, as fbi director, you don't really get to pick what cases you do, you really have to do the cases that need to be done. >> reporter: comey went on to become the deputy attorney general in the george w. bush administration.
one night in 2004 as then attorney general john ashcroft lay ill in a washington hospital, white house counsel alberto gonzalez and chief of staff, andy card, stood by ashcroft's bedside, seeking his approval of a then secret program to eavesdrop on foreign terrorists. he later told congress -- >> i thought i just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man. >> reporter: comey has faced a very direct threat of homegrown terror like the attack on orlando three weeks ago. >> we are looking for needles in a haystack. >> reporter: today, the married father of five made yet another mark on history. kristen welker, nbc news. donald trump wasted little time in blasting the fbi's recommendation not to charge clinton calling it quote very very unfair. trump however is facing hiss own -- facing his own controversy after posting an ad
on social media labeling hillary clinton anti-semitic. >> reporter: donald trump getting fuel for hiss fire today. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless. >> reporter: after that scathing fbi rebuke, the rnc quick with a match. >> based on what the fbi director said today that hillary clinton clearly does not have the judgment or character to be that president. >> reporter: and donald trump following up with a statement saying hillary clinton lied about sending classified information. the candidate is trying to recapture the narrative after losing it this weekend when a tweet derided as anti-semitic appeared on his feed. the image was deleted then corrected and reposted. trump then blamed the media and clinton for the outrage, blasting the criticism as ridiculous. but the anti-defamation league argues trump has done this before. >> enough is enough. it's an easy layout for the campaign. acknowledge the error, apologize to those who were offended, and
accept the fact and state it in a clear way. anti-semites have no place in this campaign. >> reporter: this morning speaker paul ryan, again forced to distance himself from his nominee -- just like he did after trump's attacks on a federal judge's heritage and an proposed muslim ban. >> sanity semitic statements have no place in a presidential campaign. >> gerald kushner says my father-in-law is an incredibly tolerant person who embraced my judaism since i began dating my wife. i know he does not embrace any such thinking. sweltering temperatures are gripping much of the nation and tonight the heat wave is spreading up the east coast. while in the midwest and plains, thunderstorms are bringing the threat of damaging winds, large hail and potential tornadoes, nbc's blake mccoy has more on these weather extremes.
a suspected tornado, touching down today in western minnesota as a huge swathe of the upper midwest is bracing for more severe weather tonight. hail, thunderstorms, and tornadoes all possible. the threat comes after this tornado ripped through the town of louisa, kentucky last night, declared today to be an ef-2. five people injured with 120 miles an hour winds, tossing r cars, damaging homes and tearing apart this warmest. in wichita, kansas, they're d drying out after heavy rains over the holiday weekend caused the arkansas river to flood itself banks, now the threat for kansas on east is sweltering heat. >> all that high heat and humidity over the southern pl n plains will be building and spreading to the east coast, places like washington, d.c., philadelphia and new york city will have temperatures in the 90s for at least three consecutive days feeling closer 100 degrees. >> reporter: the holiday weekend over but punishing heat, leaving many wishing those holiday
beaches would have lasted a little longer. nbc news, chicago. also in chicago, the fourth of july holiday once again er t erupted in gun violence. homicide so far this year, already up nearly 50% over last year. nbc news spent the holiday weekend tracking the violence on the streets with police and found an image that says it all. don't shoot, kids at play. today the grim tally is in, 50 people shot this weekend, three of them children, three adults were killed. tonight our ron mott takes us on to the streets with those trying to end the bloodshed. >> reporter: since the beginning of the year, chicago has more homicide than new york and los angeles combined. >> two little kids are among the victims of gun violence in chicago. >> reporter: caught in the cross fire last night, two young kids cousins playing at family celebration. corey is 8 years old, his cousin, just 5. corey's mother, alicia.
>> it's sad because i tried to protect my kids as much as possible. so for somebody to come out and just [ bleep ] open fire and shoot my baby like that, that's crazy. so -- >> reporter: during the weekend we spent on the streets, we tracked shootings near play grounds and schools. this block is virtually empty and maybe this has something to do with it. >> that's a shame, man. that we have to have our kids gated in in order for them to play. >> reporter: raymond richards is a grandfather now. used to be in a gang. tries to turn those lives around. can the police stop all this? >> they can't stop it. >> every one of us is better than any one of us. police, elected officials, we must all come together. >> i know everybody's working hard but 72 homicides in june is just ridiculous.
that's just unacceptable. >> reporter: before the weekend, a gang roundup, 88 arrests, mostly convicted felons, superintendent eddie johnson calling all hands on deck. nbc news was given rare access to the crime prevention and information center where officers keep close watch over a vast network of surveillance cameras. this weekend a little progress, fatalities down from previous holidays. there are police everywhere, >> right. >> reporter: that's obviously not sustainable or is it? >> to a certain extent. >> reporter: overall happy, though? >> i don't know if happy is the word i'd use but i am encoura encouraged. >> reporter: tonight this 11-year-old is one of three kids recovering from gunshot wounds. >> the doctor said that this bullet was meant to kill someone. >> reporter: a city struggling to contain its violence despite its best efforts. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. >> a grim realty in america.
still ahead tonight, it's what every parent fears when their child travels overseas, police now unraveling the mystery of an american student killed so soon after arriving for studies in europe. also the kindness of strangers, opening their homes so families can stay together in the toughest of times.
europe. he had just arrived in italy, ready to begin his studies when the worst happened. days later, he was found dead and tonight police have a suspect in custody, even as the motive remains a mystery. nbc's bill neely has the details. >> reporter: bo solomon had been in rome just for hours enjoying a night with friends. the friends say they were well mann mannered. this bartender says they were all gentlemen, paid their bar bill and left. he was 19, a student from wisconsin, in rome to learn italian. jake solomon, his older brother. >> we called the credit card company and realized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his card. >> reporter: police have arrested a homeless italian man on suspicion of aggravated murder. his brother spoke before knowing of beau's death. >> he's an amazing kid. when he grows up he wants to be a politician. >> reporter: another brother remembers his courage overcoming childhood cancer.
>> he had over 15 to 20 procedures growing up throughout his life and was able to overcome all of that. >> reporter: police still don't know exactly why bowe solomon was killed. both parents have now flown to rome to identify him. both schools back home, the university of wisconsin and madison, the university in italy saying the university takes steps to mick sure that our students operate -- our programs operate in safe environme environments. scott walker tweeted a photo of him taken last month. so sad, he said. they held a vigil for a student who left here just days ago, excited and with such high ho hopes. bill neely, nbc news, london. we're back in a moment with a historic success in space, that's now being called the toughest thing nasa has ever done.
traveling nearly 2 billion miles, nasa's juno probe had successful entering jupiter's overnight. it will now collect data for the for 20 months in hopes of learning more about our solar system. if you love linguini and spaghetti, we have good news, a new study shows that pasta doesn't actually make you heavier. italian researchers say that eating pasta does not lead to obesity. in fact they say it's the opposite that less pasta consumption leads to a lower body mass index. there may be other factors at play here, like smaller portions of typical mediterranean diets. two sisters, one in colorado, one in california each gave birth to their first child on the exact same day. not only that, it was at the exact same time in their respective time zones. there is one key difference, it's a boy for one, a girl for the other.
story about strangers opening their hearts and their homes. often families with seriously ill children have to travel to get the best care, paying for a hotel on top of those medical costs can break the bank. but finally they can find a home away from home in a program that is inspiring america. >> hi. >> reporter: on the verge of his first birthday, oliver huffman might think the average home might look like a hospital. born in minnesota with a series of intestinal problems, oliver's family headed east for treatment at boston children's. but parents brandon and chelsea also needed a home and found one with total strangers. >> the esophagus looks great. >> holly and ben have become an extended family. >> they're sort of like an extra set of in-laws. >> i was just saying we know a lot about pam and harvey and they know a lot about us.
>> reporter: for 30 years, harvey and pam have been offering a place to stay for families through a nonprofit called hospitality homes. >> it provides relief and a quiet haven away from the hospital. >> reporter: the program finds free short term programs for those who are in need and vetted. a welcome alternative for a hotel room that in boston averages $270 a night. >> it breaks our heart. we heard stories of people sleeping in lobbies, sleeping in their cars. >> reporter: last year alone, hospitality homes offered hou housing to 359 families, saving them a total of $1.2 million. for little oliver, the first home he ever saw upon leaving the hospital belonged to the lodushes. >> so a lot of memories for sure have been made here that we expected to make in our actual home but this is our home. >> reporter: one that's defined by those who care enough to open their doors. joe friar, nbc news, brookline,
massachusetts. and that will do it for us on this tuesday night, i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. . i -- [ crying ] >> he's no longer with us. >> right now at 6:00, what really happened? disputed details about a deadly police shooting in the south bay. good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. i'm jessica aguirre. the gunman threatened him but his family say it isn't the case. police are describing him as armed and suicidal. he waved a gun at the officers
moments before they shot and killed him. we're joined live from police headquarters. the boy's grief-stricken mother is struggling to believe that's the way it happened. >> reporter: that's right, jessica. the boy's mom says the gun was in the back of the house at the time. now she is just trying to make sense of it all. >> i have to bury my son. my son. >> a heartbroken sandy sanchez breaks down and sobs while talking about the death of her 18-year-old son, anthony nunez. >> i come home to -- he's no longer with us. >> sanchez says she was out of town when she got a call that nunez had shot himself grazing his head with the bullet. >> for whatever reason, he was really sad. he was very depressed. i don't know why. >> sanchez told her family to call 911. >> san jose police chief eddie garcia says moments later two officers showed up. >>