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breaking news tonight. monster holiday storms, states of emergency as hermine batters the southeast. torrential rain, flooding, powerful winds, 30 million on alert, all the way up to connecticut. and just in time for labor day. soap crackdown, a bombshell from the fda, why it's banning anti-bacterial soap used by millions. >> clinton's fbi files. inside him clinton's fbi interview. what she didn't understand about handling classified material and how a concussion impacted her answers. and donald trump on the attack. outrage over a former stanford university swimmer now free after serving just three months for sexual assault. and exploding batteries. the dangerous flaw
triggering an unprecedented recall by the world's largest smart phone maker. "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 thomas roberts in for lester tonight. we begin with states of emergency and the havoc of hermine. after slamming florida as a category 1 hurricane, the deadly system now downgraded to a tropical storm could potentially ruin the labor day weekend plans of 30 million americans, with tropical storm watches and warnings in place along the eastern seaboard from georgia to connecticut, heavy rain, flash floods, dangerous winds, rip currents all expected to pose serious threats in the coming days. states under emergency order tonight include virginia, north carolina, georgia and florida. and in the panhandle where hermine made landfall, residents are cleaning up from their first hurricane in 11 years. our kerry sanders is in the storm zone.
>> reporter: in the florida panhandle, destruction and heart ache in the wake of hermine. >> the dock is under water as well. >> reporter: where the eyewall with 80-mile-per-hour winds crossed through st. marks at 1:30 a.m. the weather channel's reynolds wolf there in the worst of it. >> unbelievable, look at this stuff. whoa. >> reporter: the storm surge of more than 9 feet coupled with more than 22 inches of rain, left homes and streets flooded. >> a little bit of a loss, but we're good. >> reporter: the first hurricane in more than a decade to make landfall in florida hammered the state's west coast, from tampa bay to tallahassee. >> whoa, we're going to lose something. >> reporter: more than a quarter million homes in florida lost power, at least one man killed when a tree limb fell on him. >> there's trees down, power lines are down, the most important thing is don't drive in standing water, don't touch a power line.
>> reporter: tropical storm hermine moving northeast at 20 miles an hour. hitting georgia where dangerous winds damaged the roof of this middle school, and slamming the carolinas where tornado warnings have already been issued. >> we haven't had any flooding in the house, but the wind's kind of scary. >> reporter: millions now changing their holiday plans with tropical storm warnings and watches in effect as far north as connecticut. most airlines have issued change fee wavers for affected airports. on the jersey shore this afternoon, a pretty start to what could turn into an ugly labor day weekend. >> it's too rough for me. too rough for me. just here to grab a last beach day. >> reporter: dangerous rip currents already keeping many out of the water. this weather we're seeing here in north carolina, why some communities along the atlantic coast have already announced beach closures this weekend. thomas? >> our kerry sanders reporting from wilmington, north carolina. and our al roker is with us once again this evening to fill us in on where hermine is going next.
what have you got? >> we have been talking about this things for 16 days now. we have tropical storm warnings and watches, 900 miles stretching from georgia all the way into new york right now. and we have tornado watches from the carolinas and we're going to watch this as the system pushes further to the east. it's currently located 30 miles west/northwest of charleston, north carolina, 50-mile-per-hour winds, it's moving northeast at 20-mile-per-hour. it comes out into the ocean by sunday afternoon, it starts to intensify to 70-mile-per-hour winds, and look at this, monday it remains 75-mile-per-hour wind strength, that's hurricane strength. we have got storm surges from north carolina all the way up into connecticut and new england. rainfall amounts that will equal anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of rain for virginia and north carolina. less here in the
northeast, but we're going to be talking about this for a long time to come with beach erosion. >> busy week, busy weekend to come. appreciate it. we turn now to a major announcement that could impact millions of american households. the fda banning more than a dozen common ingredients in anti-bacterial soap, saying there's no evidence that they actually stop the spread of germs. in fact as nbc's tom costello reports, they may pose even bigger health risks. >> reporter: affecting by today's fda ban, 2,100 products on the market. 40% of the soap and body washes on the market. >> because it's so hyped an marketed, people think this is what you have to do. >> reporter: the concern, 19 chemical ingredients found in anti-bacterial products. >> there's little evidence or no evidence in some cases that adding these chemicals to plain soap and water does any better in preventing infection through spread of germs. >> reporter: surprising news at the blank home in virginia, with two small kids, anti-bacterial soaps
are always close at hand. >> i thought it was better than the alternative and it would make their hands cleaner and prevent germs and therefore i bought it. >> reporter: but researchers now believe anti-bacterial soaps could actually pose a risk. the fda is most concerned about those which contain chemicals that could spark drug resistant bacteria. even interfere with estrogen and testosterone levels. >> these drugs can be endocrine disrupters. which means they can mess with the hormones in your body and possibly cause thyroid problems. >> reporter: the american cleaning institute insists anti-bacterial soaps are safe and washing your hands with an antiseptic soap can reduce infection better than washing hands with non anti-bacterial soap and water. still many manufacturers are already phasing out
the chemicals in question. back at the blank home tonight. >> at the end of the day, you're just trying to keep your kids clean and healthy. >> reporter: it's back to basics, soap and water. the fda is not suggesting throw out your anti-bacterials, just don't buy any more. the rule of thumb say hygienists about washing your hands, 20 seconds with soap and water, that's enough time, they say, to hum "happy birthday" twice, and we're not talking about hand sanitizers, we're only talking about anti-bacterial soaps. the fbi took an unusual step today releasing its notes from hillary clinton's lengthy recent interview with agents about how she handled her emails while secretary of state. the release is certain to fuel the controversy that has hounded clinton for a year and a half. we get more this evening from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: hillary clinton's 3 1/2 hour fbi interview exactly one month ago, about a subject she seems to resist.
the fbi notes reveal that are things she actually didn't know about classified information, didn't recall being trained on how to handle it, relied on staff to use their judgment when emailing her, telling the fbi she didn't know the letter "c" on an email meant confidential, the lowest level of classification. speculating it was referring to the order of paragraph. donald trump pouncing. >> that's a lie, unless she's not an intelligent person. she's put you and me and everybody else in danger. >> reporter: the fbi has said her emails had classified information, but she said she doesn't recall receiving any emails that shouldn't be on an unclassified system, including information about future drone strikes. clinton says she does not remember being briefed on preserving her emails when she left office, but she had just suffered a concussion. the fbi was sharply critical. >> she was extremely careless in her handling of highly
classified information. >> reporter: when you can't find any evidence of intent to do wrong, there's no way to go forward with the case. >> reporter: the fbi says she acknowledges that her using a private email server was a mistake. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. as for donald trump, he was in philadelphia today reaching out to a group he desperately needs, african-american voters who give him very little support, if at all. it was a highly orchestrated event. it was on the heels of several controversial comments that trump surrogates made regarding minorities. halle jackson has the details. >> reporter: in the city of brotherly love, donald trump finding some, surrounded by african-american supporters. afterwards, attendees, peppered by protesters. >> it was not a photo op, it was a good, solid meeting. >> reporter: a similar reaction expected in detroit tomorrow with
trump's first campaign visit to a black church. carefully choreographed with pre submitted questions from the pastor, the "new york times" publishing a leaked memo of trump's scripted comments targeted to an african-american audience. >> we're going to make things so good, we're going to help with crime and improve the schools. >> reporter: some detroit voters saying that's problematic. >> we have always said we need some savior to come help us. >> reporter: it may be intended for another audience. >> it may be to prove to college educated white voters that he is able to relate better than he has to the african-american community. >> reporter: as he tries to win over more minorities, including hispanics, trump's getting help from supporters like marco gutierrez, defending trump's immigration plan, but bizarrely -- >> my culture is a very dominant culture, it's imposing and it's causing problems. if you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks every
corner. >> reporter: our recent nbc polling shows 14% support from latinos, about half of what mitt romney received in 2012, and with african-americans, trump has just 1% of support. >> halle jackson in new york. the world's largest smart phone maker has announced a massive recall on millions of its top rated phones for a potentially very dangerous flaw. samsung says the batteries on the galaxy note 7 can explode and catch fire. it's already happened dozens of times. >> reporter: burning and melting. samsung issuing an unprecedented recall of millions of new galaxy note 7 smart phones. >> i wanted to post this and share what happened to my note 7. >> reporter: in this youtube video, ariel gonzalez says his two-week old phone went up in flames while i was charges. >> everyone rocking the new note 7, it might catch fire, t was charge. >> everyone rocking the new note 7, it might catch fire, y'all. >> reporter: so far at least 345 devices ha5 devices
burned or exploded soon after charging. 2.5 million have been sold worldwide. the problem, the lithium ion battery. the company saying we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue, samsung immediately halting sales in ten countries. the explosions are the latest in a string of lithium ion battery dangers. the recall is a major set back for samsung. the tech world has called the samsung note galaxy 7 one of the best phones out there. samsung's business starting to turn around after declining sales and the smart phone giant's sales starting to turn around after two years. >> if it takes a while for those phones to come back on the market, people might just buy a different phone. and that's going to have an affect, especially with apple coming online with it's own phone next month. >> reporter: if you have a galaxy 7, samsung says it will work with wireless carriers to replace them in the coming weeks. but the only way to
avoid this problem is to stop using this phone. tonight, the new outrage after a judges orders the early release of a former stanford university swimmer convicted of sexual assault after many thought the original sentence was already too light. also, he did it again, refusing to stand for the national anthem. and it turns out, he's not the only nfl player making this kind of statement.
there is new public outrage after a former stanford university swimmer convicted of sexual assault was freed from jail. brock turner was freed after only serving three months of a six-month sentence that drew wide criticism when the judge first imposed it. we get the very latest this evening. >> reporter: with a hard push of the jailhouse door, former stanford swimmer brock turner was met by a crush of cameras. he spent only 90 days in jail for sexual assault. nbc news was given exclusive access to evidence in turner's case file, pictures show him with a torn shirt, hours after he was tackled by students who saw him on top of another student unconscious on stanford campus. a calm turner responding to questions from a detective, saying my intentions were not to try and rape a girl without her consent, i
was just trying to hook up with a girl. when pressing turner about the victim, the detective asked, if you saw her again, would you recognize her? turner responds, probably not. turner faced up to 14 years in prison for felony sexual assault, but the judge sentenced turner to only six months in jail, which in california meant only three months for good behavior. today protesters took to the jailhouse steps outraged over what they call a lenient sentence, the crowd calling for the judge to be removed from the bench. his defenders saying judges should not be influenced by public opinion. >> not only is justice supposed to be blind, it's supposed to be meted out independently. >> reporter: in front of the county jail, an ex-con, just out of lockup, offered this perspective. >> i stole a purse from a shop in the mall, and i got more time than he did. >> reporter: turner returns to his home state of ohio where he
we are back now with a pair of scary accidents caught on camera involving school kids in austin, texas. now in one incident, a truck hit a middle schooler who was in the crosswalk, and in the other, a teen was hit while crossing the street. both victims had just gotten off of their busses. now neither victim was seriously injured, both drivers were cited and police released the videos as a back to school warning for drivers out there to pay attention. now to the controversy growing around san francisco 49ers' quarterback colin kaepernick in his final preseason game he once again refused to stand for the national anthem in
protest over racial injustice and police brutality. it provoked boos from the crowd. but as miguel almaguer reports, some other blares are now following his lead. ♪ and the rockets' red glare ♪ >> reporter: as the national anthem filled the stadium, colin kaepernick took a knee and got an earful. but this time he was joined by teammate eric reid. while in oakland, seahawks' cornerback, jeremy lane, also refused to stand. kaepernick says he's protesting racial injustice and police brutality. >> we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. we have a lot of people that are oppressed. >> reporter: in san diego, kaepernick's protests came on salute to the military night, a stadium filled with veterans and their families. >> honestly, in my opinion, i think
kaepernick is a fool. because we live in america, you should have respect. >> kaepernick who has worn socks depicting pigs as police, says he supports the military, that his protest is aimed at rogue cops. after green beret and snapper, nate boyer, wrote an open letter to the "army times," kaepernick and boyer were side by side in the game. >> the right to stand or to sit, as much as people may hate that, that is what that flag is supposed to represent. >> reporter: tonight kaepernick says he'll donate a million dollars to organizations working for racial equality. the presidential debate commission announced today the moderators for a series of debates leading up to the november election and our own lester holt is going to moderate the first debate between hillary clinton and donald trump. that is on september 26th. two additional presidential debates will be moderated by abc's martha raddatz,
cnn's anderson cooper, and chris wallace of fox. the sole vice presidential debate will be moderated by elaine quijano of cbs. when we come back, the sweetest story of the day, how one man is making a difference with kindness, combined with ice cream. >> "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by weather tech, the ultimate made vehicle protection. an exclusive interview with a
the news is next. finally tonight, as we head into this last unofficial weekend of summer, we meet a man who's been making a big difference in the lives of kids in buffalo, new york. as rehema ellis discovered, while it begins with a cool treat, it's really about kindness and appreciation. >> reporter: on a hot day, this is the sound of a cool treat. >> this one. thank you. >> reporter: james karagiannis is an ice cream man, pedalling around buffalo, charging just a dollar for anything you want. and for kids in neighborhoods where there's not much pocket change to spare, james gives the ice cream away for free. >> what's up guys? i really remember not having a dollar sometimes, it's not a good feeling. >> can i get the watermelon bomb pop? >> yes. >> reporter: but it's not exactly a good business plan. you needed some help? >> we had a problem and we had to find a solution. >> reporter: so
working out of his garage, james went online to raise donations. in just one month, he collected more than $34,000. >> we have had donations from all around the world. >> reporter: but the kids have to work too. what did you have to do to get the ice cream? >> i wrote a thank you note. >> reporter: so far more than 800 thank you cards have been signed by the kids and mailed to donors. erica rogers buys ice cream for her two sons, donating her change to help even more kids in her neighborhood. >> not a lot of people like to come into the projects, you know? he's a good guy. >> reporter: for james, it's not just about the bottom line. >> you can see it in their face that it really made their day. and by making their day, it makes my day. >> reporter: and that's the sweetest
treat of all. rehema ellis, buffalo, new york. >> treat indeed. that's going to do it for us on this friday night, i'm thomas roberts in for lester, for all of us at nbc news, have a great and safe holiday weekend, thank you for watching and good night. ==janelle/take vo== tonight at 6: asking for action. the santa clara pice oicer's association is now makindemands to fight as at 6:00, asking for actions. the santa clara police officer association is making demand of the san francisco 49ers. news at 6:00 starts right now? thank for joining us. i'm janelle wang in for raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. taking a stand over kaepernick's stand on the national anthem. the santa clara police officer association warning officers may stop working 49ers' football games because of kaepernick's protest. >> nbc bay area's ian cohl obtained this letter exclusively.
what does it say? >> reporter: a source provided this letter hours ago and since then we learned that the police officer's association in santa clara, which provides about 70 office ofs for every 49ers home games, hand delivered the letter to them. says, his actions have threatened our harmonious working relation shl. the letter goes on to say if the organization doesn't stop this inappropriate workplace behavior, it could result in officers choosing not to work at your facility? also saying te have a duty to protect members and work to make their working environments free of harassing behavior. the letter states officers are upset over kaepernick's blanket statements about officers, quote, murdering minorities. they're also upset that the organization allowed kaepernick to wear socks at practice showing pigs in police uniforms. tonight the 49ers say that they stand by their statement mad