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savannah guthrie in for lester holt tonight. see you bash at 6:00. c at 6. . saving medicine, why critics say it's not nearly enough. and a beloved comedic genous is gone, from a young
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star to a producer, tonight we remember the legendary gene wilder. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester tonight. it has happened tonight. former congressman anthony wiener splashed all over the newspapers, caught in yet another tawdry sexting scandal. but this time with his toddler son dragged into it. it appears to be the last straw for his wife huma abedin. who announced today she has left him. it's an announcement that had immediate reverberations in the political world because abedin is one of clinton's top advisors and donald trump was quick to seize on the news to attack clinton's judgment. our story tonight from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: huma abedin in the hamptons as hillary clinton raised millions sunday.
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clinton's longest serving aid, closest advisor now after a third sexting scandal by her husband, anthony wiener. abedin acknowledging, after long and painful consideration, and work on my marriage, i have made the decision to separate from my husband. anthony and i remain devoted to doing what is best for our son who is the light of our life. but the "new york post" claims wiener was sending an inappropriate picture of himself to a woman while their young son was in his bed. wiener told the post he and the woman have been friends for some time and says their communications were always appropriate. clinton has said if she had another daughter, it would be huma. >> i mean huma is like family not just to hillary clinton, but to the whole campaign, she's like the glue. >> theirs was an interfaith marriages, she a traditional muslim, he a jewish
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congressman. clinton officiating the wedding. then the sexting scandal that drove him out of congress in 2011 s two years later, he re-entered politics running for mayor of new york. >> i know i have let a lot of people down, but i have also learned some tough lessons. >> reporter: even inviting a filmmaker to document the comeback. but then another sexting scandal, their reactions caught by the filmmaker. >> we decided to move forward with our lives. that was a problem and that's behind us, and as we said, other things would come out. >> reporter: still she stood by him. >> what i want to say, i love him, i have forgiven him. >> reporter: he told savannah he has recovered. >> you told me you no longer engage in that kind of behavior. >> yes, i did tell you that? >> is that correct? >> yes, it is correct. >> reporter: last month he visited the dnc. friends now claim they're already living separate lives. donald trump issuing a statement today that huma is making a very wise decision, i know anthony wiener and she would be far better
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without him. trump goes on to suggest with no evidence that wiener could have accessed classified information from his wife. he doesn't mention that he contributed to wiener's campaigns. still the clinton campaign reeling tonight as that latest scandal where the personal becomes political. savannah? meantime another controversy exploding around donald trump tonight as he plans a major speech on immigration later this week. now an african-american pastor in charge of wooing minority voters for the trump campaign is being accused of waging a firestorm on social media. hallie jackson has detail which some viewers may find offense sieve. >> reporter: tonight, another controversial tweet, not from donald trump but a top supporter, pastor mark tweeting that cartoon of hillary clinton in black face. the pastor leading trump's efforts to reach out to african-american voters. >> we put a black face on the democrat party, but the system that's behind the democrat
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party is still designed to not raise up america to the highest level that there can be. >> reporter: another trump surrogate echoing part of that message. >> the image is not appropriate, but the message is that pastor burns and a lot of other african-american around the country are sick and tired of being talked down to. >> reporter: it's an argument dismissed by the clinton campaign as trump makes a push for minority voters including hispanics as he gets set to deliver a major immigration speech in arizona. trump will hit clinton for unprecedented policies on amnesty on wednesday, and it will be a unity rally. according to another republican source. though there may be no display of it. home state senator john mccain, not committed to attending yet, a day before his primary. avoiding a question from nbc's kelley o'donnell. >> is it harmful to the party to have kind of a muddled message from the top of the ticket when it comes to immigration? >> kelly, people judge
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me. i'm john mccain. >> reporter: one of the biggest questions about trump's immigration policy has been whether he's now letting up on that deportation force he's been talking about for months. a top campaign aid tells nbc news that trump's referring to the immigrations and customs authority that already exists but that's news, savannah and a link trump himself hasn't explicitly made clear. >> hallie jackson at trump tower tonight, thank you. moments of chaos and fear last night at los angeles international airport. a false alarm that had passengers running on to the tarmac and for the exits, a scare that then led to hours of delays and inconvenience. miguel almaguer with the story tonight. >> reporter: the sprint to the exits nearly became a stampede, thousands of passengers at l.a.x., racing into the streets, even rushing the tarmac after reports of shots fired. the panic and fear cascading like a wave across the nation's
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second busiest airport. just before 9:00 p.m., a loud noise mistaken for gun fire inside terminal 8. then terminals 4 and 7, more 911 calls, with guns drawn, police swept the airport. >> report of shots fired. >> reporter: traveling on vacation, lester was at l.a.x. reporting live on facebook as the drama unfolded. >> people started flooding out, security people were saying shots fired when we saw two police cars coming down the taxi way at a very, very high rate of speed. >> reporter: in an unrelated incident, just before the reported gun fire, officers took a man dressed as zoro into custody, fearing his plastic sword was real. all the commotion shut down l.a.x. for more than an hour, gridlock on the road, uncertainty in the
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air. over 300 flights would be delayed, diverted or cancelled. >> i'm literally trying to sleep on these uncomfortable chairs. >> reporter: the incident, the second scare in just two weeks. officers at jfk stormed a terminal there after false reports of gun fire. >> we don't want people to hesitate, we want them to call us if they believe there is something suspicious. >> reporter: tonight at l.a.x., business as usual. but only after a scene many here will never forget. airport police say they are still investigating what that loud bang was that was heard by so many people late yesterday. savannah? >> miguel almaguer at the airport, thank you. tonight, florida is bracing for impact as a tropical threat we have been telling you about closes in. there are concerns about a flooding nightmare and meteorologist dylan dryer is here. >> the tropics are getting very active
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right now. we have hurricane gaston which is a category 2 storm that's moved out to sea, so we want to focus on tropical depression 8 and 9. 9 as already dropped more than a foot of rain on parts of cuba. it should become a tropical storm sometime tomorrow and take this turn towards florida by the end of the week. that could produce tornadoes and flooding rain, we also have tropical depression 8 off the coast of north carolina, it should also become a tropical storm at some point tomorrow, producing rip currents and perhaps flooding rain across the carolinas as well where up to five inches of rain is possible. but in south florida, there could be up to ten inches of rain which could lead to flooding by the end of the week. after days of ever growing outrageous, the drug company that manufactures the epipen made a surprise announcement today. mylan pharmaceuticals says it will now offer a generic version of that drug at half the price, apparently caving to the public pressure. but at $300, critics say the generic epipen is still too costly. for a drug that can mean the difference between life and death. tom costello with our report. >> reporter: the
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announcement follows weeks of backlash and outrageous over price hikes for a drug used most often to save children's lives. over 10 years the epipen has gone from $100 to $600. today mylan pharmaceutical says the generic two back will cost half that, $300. but consumer advocates say it's too little, too late. >> mylan should cut it's price at least down to the 2007 level of $100. >> reporter: in fact mylan's new generic version will still be more than a typical generic by a competitor. meg terrell says that mylan is just changing the label. >> it is an identical product, and they're calling it an authorized generic. mylan still has the whole market of the generic and the whole market of the branded.
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>> reporter: last week the ceo told cnbc the company has spent millions of dollars on product development. >> you need the right amount of epinephrine injected in seconds. and that's what our auto injector does. safely and it needs to work every time. >> reporter: but the drug itself epinephrine has been around for 100 years and costs only $3. analysts say the plastic auto injector is also cheap. epipen has earned the company more than a billion dollars a year. in may, a statement i think you'll see opportunities for us to have the price for the pen increase. concern among consumer advocates that parents may stick with the more expensive brand name they know. lost late word tonight that the fbi is warning state election officials to enhance security on their election systems. pete williams is on the story tonight from washington. pete, what can you tell us?
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>> reporter: this comes after an attempt to hack into two election systems this summer. so the fbi has issued an advisory urging the state to look at different signs that could indicate similar cyber attacks. in july, hackers got successfully into the computer system that illinois uses for online vote registration, copping some files that apparently didn't change anything and they apparently tried and failed to do the same thing in arizona. officials say the russians seem to have been behind both attacks. so far no sign that any of those have been compromised, but the fbi says states should be on guard to protect against computer attacks that could jeopardize the integrity of their elections. savannah? >> pete williams in our washington newsroom. thank you. a grim milestone to tell you about in
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chicago where august is now the most violent month there in 20 years. the city has seen 84 homicides this month alone. among the 11 people shot and killed this week, the cousin of nba star dwyane wade. as nbc's kevin tibbles tells us what suspects in that case. >> reporter: the sound of a broken heart. >> all this senseless killing to stop. what is it doing to us? >> reporter: diane aldridge lost her daughter friday, 32-year-old nykea aldridge caught in the cross fire while pushing her newborn in a stroller. she was the cousin of nba superstar dwyane wade who took to social media. four kids lost their mom for no reason. unreal, enough is enough. two brothers who police say are convicted felons out on parole were today charged with their murder. chicago has seen a dramatic strike in killings, 459, compared to 308 this time last year. >> how tired are you of hear the phrase, enough is enough? >> i'm sick of it.
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>> reporter: chicago's police superintendent wants the courts to come down harder on gun crimes. >> you spend more time in jail for retail theft than you do for a gun offense. >> shoplifting? >> yes, shop lifting, a guy stealing a pack of hot dogs because he's hungry. >> reporter: donald trump weighed in today, tweeting, african-americans will vote for trump because he knows i will stop the slaughter going on. >> if he has a magic potion that can solve the violent crimes, i say share it with us. >> she says she's already for given the killers and prays for all those touched by the violence. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. still ahead tonight, playing defense, the star nfl
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quarterback gets blitzed with criticism after refusing to stand for the national anthem before a game. and also he made generations of movie goers laugh, we're going to have a look back at the life and career of the iconic gene wilder.
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we're back now with the controversy swirling around an nfl star who took a stand by refusing to stand for the gnarl anthem. he was protesting racial injustice in america, but critics have pounced. colin kaepernick also has plenty of people jumping to his defense tonight. >> reporter: san francisco 49er quarterback colin kaepernick is sticking to his playbook,
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standing, he says, on his principle. >> i'm going to continue to sit, i'm going to continue to stand with the people who are oppressed. to me this is something that has to change. >> reporter: this after he decided not to stand for the national anthem at a preseason game sparking national outrage. all the players i spoke to inside the locker room at levy stadium say they support him. >> i can't say i agree to sitting down during the national anthem. but that's his right. >> obviously something needs to be done. cap stood up and he spoke out on it and i respect him for that. >> reporter: the team making a statement, saying we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate or not in the standing for the national anthem. in 2014, five rams players took to the
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field in support of the ferguson protesters. they were not fined. kaepernick's $11.9 salary is not guaranteed. but there could be some repercussions they could face. >> fans could say we're not going to go to games or support the franchise if you have him on your team. >> reporter: back in the locker room, there is one main focus. >> we all have to come together and work for the main goal and that's to win football games and that's why we're here. we're back in a few with something dog owners have long suspected and now it's proving to be true.
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the u.s. has hit a controversial goal set by the white house one month ahead of schedule. the number of refugees in the u.s. from the war in syria has now reached 10,000. that's according to
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the obama administration who said the president would like to increase that number by thousands more in 2017. last year more than half the nation's governors, most of them republicans objected to syrian refugees resettling in their states. two united airlines pilots are out on bail tonight after they were arrested on suspicion of drinking alcohol before a flight from scotland to new jersey on friday. they were arraigned in a court outside glasgow today. they were removed from the flight that at 134 passengers on board, which took off nearly 10 hours late. dog owners, we may now have the answer to an age old mystery. according to a new study, dogs really do understand what we're saying to them. researchers found that dogs comprehend words and tones using brain regions similar to those we humans use. the team used an mri to measure the dog's brain activity as they listened to their trainers talk. when we come back, saying good bye to one of the all-time comedy greats on the silver screen. ===janelle/take vo===
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a deer found shot to death with an arrow. who or what is being blamed. ===raj/vo=== plus...timing is everything. nbc bay area responds to a man who cancelled a hotel reservation but was denied a refund. ===raj/next close=== next. sot this team has to stick together..that's our finally tonight, we remember one of the most legendary comedic talents of all time. gene wilder has died from complications from alzheimer's disease.
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his family says he passed away peacefully at the age of 83. now reunited with his late wife gilda radner. nbc's harry smith with a look back. ♪ there is no life i know to compare with your imagination ♪ >> reporter: gene wilder was an unlikely leading man, gentle, sweet, hilarious. >> you've got to remember that these aren't just simple farmers, these are people of the land. you know? >> reporter: and through a span of several decades, he starred in big and small and brought to the screen performances that were unforgettable. >> it's alive! it's alive! >> reporter: from "young frankenstein." to "blazing saddles,"
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wilder was magic in those roles. he was equally magic with richard pryor in a series of buddy movies including "silver streak." and while it was a failure at the box office, the role wilder was most identified and beloved for was willy wonka. >> we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams. >> reporter: after his third wife gilda radner lost her battle with cancer, wilder was a pillar of the cancer support group gilda's club. wilder who knew he wanted to be an actor from childhood, tired of hollywood and once said, i like the show, but i don't like the business. >> don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted. >> what happened? >> he lived happily
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ever after. >> harry smith, nbc news, new york. >> and how we loved him. that will do it for us on a monday night, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow on "today." for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. trying to move on from cn kapernicks's protest. but tonight -- pressure for the 49ers quartyerback to try to move on from colin paper nick's protest, but tonight pressure for the 49er's quarterback to aprol jies. the news at 6:00 starts now. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm janelle wang in for jessica aguirre. colin kaepernick has attention of the nate and local bay area police officers. tonight a swift response. a san francisco police officers soshs is demanding an apology from kaepernick. it's angry, not at the quarterback's choice to sit during the national anthem, but they say the reason he is doing
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it. nbc bay area's marianne favro is live outside the stadium. >> reporter: yes, today the san francisco's police officer's association was so upset about the comments he made about police officers that today the president wrote a letter to the nfl commissioner and jed york demanding that kaepernick apologize. after colin kaepernick remained seated during the national anthem at friday's game at levi stadium, he said he couldn't stand and show pride for a country that oppresses minorities. he also talked about officer-involved shootings. >> officers getting paid leave for kimming people. >> reporter: he also questioned officer training. >> you can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same amount of training as i do. that's insane. >> reporter: now the san francisco police officers association is responding, sending this letter to the nfl commissioner and


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