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cooler by the weekend. >> thanks, jeff and thank for joining u to see you here at 6:00. night donald tru hillary clinton's planes within yards of each other as they blitz a key battle ground and kick off the unofficial homestretch of the campaign. speaking out. the parents of a toddler speaking out after their child was killed at disney world on a day filled with emotion. president obama warns of a potential cyber arms race after a meeting with vladimir putin and allegations that russian hackers are trying to undermine the u.s. election. and so long
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summer, one last thrill ride on the world's fastest wooden roller coaster. "nightly news" begins next. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm kate snow in for lester. tonight for millions of americans up and down the east coast this holiday, wasn't quite what they hoped. churning surf, dangerous rip currents and high winds from hermine closed down beaches and forced a lot of vacationers to leave the water on this labor day. it's the latest impact of a deadly storm that has lingered for days and the affect on businesses that rely on summer tourist dollars is still being tallied. gabe gutierrez is on new york's long island. >> reporter: tonight the stubborn storm is stalling off the northeast coast. hermine now a post tropical cyclone that just won't quit, bringing fierce waves and rip currents. >> the wind's coming
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from the north and when you're out on the beach, it's hard to keep your head up and look. >> reporter: though hermine is 200 miles offshore in parts of massachusetts, tropical storm warning is still under effect. >> i had taken the 9:30 ferry over and it was cancelled. >> reporter: after hermine made landfall in florida on friday, it's been blamed for two deaths, hundreds of thousands of people are left without power. emergency declarations in eight states. on its way to birmingham, the cruise ship anthem of the seas rocked by hermine's waves. >> i ate in the restaurant, dishes going all over the place, it was pretty exciting. >> reporter: on new york's long island today, choppy water kept people out of the water. >> we take it more seriously when they start giving out the warnings, but montock people are different, they go out anyway. >> reporter: in ocean city, maryland, the
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financial hit already stinging, several cancellations at this hotel on this last summer holiday weekend. >> this is our last hurrah, so to speak . this is our last big weekend to really make lasting memories. >> reporter: in new jersey some business owners in seaside heights say their business was slashed in half. >> there was lots of people on the boardwalk, but people were on standby, people going back to their homes and staying in town, and it hurt business a whole lot. >> reporter: this might be the best view of hermine's power off the coast of long island. treacherous rip currents are expected along with beach erosion in the next few days. kate? >> thanks. meteorologist dylan dreyer is joining us with more on where this stubborn storm is going next and the new hurricane that's out there now. dylan? >> we'll talk about that one in just a second, but let's start with hermine, which has been producing some heavier bands of rain across southeastern massachusetts. it still has winds
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right now of 70 miles per hour. and it is still moving to the west/northwest. it will take a turn to the northeast tomorrow. then weaken as it passes very close to nantucket wednesday into thursday. we are looking at sustained winds across eastern long island and nantucket up around 40 miles an hour. tomorrow sustained winds around 30 miles an hour with even higher gusts, that will lead to more coastal flooding around high tide and beach erosion and those dangerous rip currents. out in the pacific, we have hurricane newton making landfall along baja california tomorrow. could produce some flash flooding tuesday into wednesday across the southwestern united states. to presidential politics now, neither candidate took today off with labor day marking the unofficial homestretch of the race, as donald trump and hillary clinton descended on the battle ground of ohio today, their planes were parked just across from each other on the tarmac. we start with andrea
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mitchell, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. hillary clinton flying with her traveling press corps for the first time since she ran for the white house eight years ago, and answering questions about the russian hacking, the e-mail scandal that's been shadowing her for months and her meeting with the fbi. tonight hillary clinton finally boarding an official campaign plane and coming face to face with reporters. >> i'm so happy to have all of you with me. i was just waiting for this moment. >> reporter: on the plane, clinton blasting russia and vladimir putin after national security officials raised concerns about cyber attacks and possible interference with u.s. elections. >> when putin was asked about it, he could barely muster the energy to deny it. >> reporter: she was also asked about her e-mails and the fbi. does that to critics indicate a casual attitude towards classification and towards the way secrets were kept and protected when you were secretary of state? >> i take classifications seriously, the fact that i couldn't remember certain meetings whether or not they had occurred doesn't in any way
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affect the commitment that i had and still have to the treatment of classified materials. >> reporter: clinton kicking off labor day in the final stretch of the campaign, with a rally in battle ground ohio and a near encounter with donald trump on the tarmac, their campaign planes parked only 100 yards apart. her top surrogates all out today. >> for so many people like trump who look at us like we're not their equal, i'm sick of it. i have had it up to here. >> reporter: bill clinton at a labor day parade in detroit. and for the first time in a solo rally for clinton, former rival bernie sanders in new hampshire, a critical state. >> on every issue, hillary clinton is the superior candidate. hands down. >> reporter: after ohio on to illinois to the border with iowa, another clinton battleground. clinton says she's more than ready for the mad dash to the finish line.
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andrea mitchell nbc, illinois >> reporter: i'm katie tur, two months left and both candidates are trying to one up the other, today their battleground was battle ground ohio. on board his private 757 in response to clinton's new jet parked beside his, trump honored a long standing media request to fly with him. but while his democratic rival has vowed to travel full-time with reporters, the trump ticket was just a one way affair. on the ground, trump grazed through the buckeye state, both at a state fair outside of youngston and with union workers in cleveland, where he put on a good face. citing a favorable online poll. >> i was just handed this. the polls just out,
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ohio, trump is leading 46-43. >> reporter: in almost every current poll, trump is still trailing. >> the whole primary season identifies him as somebody who is vulgar and crude and really doesn't stand for anything and that's a pretty terrible indictment of a major party presidential nominee. >> reporter: now he's facing renewed questions about the trump foundation. last week "the washington post" reported the foundation was fined by the irs for violating tax law for a $25,000 donation for a campaign group tied to florida attorney general pam bondi. the money came as bondi's office investigated an allegation into donald trump university. though never opened one. >> she's a fine person, never spoke to her about anything, never. >> reporter: the trump foundation told us the donation was the result of a series of mistakes and that donald trump has reimbursed the foundation the full
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$25,000. next up for donald trump, north carolina where he's currently down four points. kate? >> katie tur, thanks so much. a programming note, this wednesday, nbc news along with iraq and afghanistan veterans of america will host hillary clinton and donald trump back to back for a live prime time forum focused exclusively on issues the next president will have to confront as commander in chief. that is wednesday, 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on nbc and msnbc. turning overseas now where president obama held what could be his last ever meeting with his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, during a tense face to face on the sidelines of the g-20 summit in china, the two clashed over the issues of syria and cyber security. nbc's ron allen is in laos with more. >> reporter: for 90 intense minutes two of the world's most powerful men face to face for perhaps the last time. president obama his time in office ticking down, and president putin, on the line a measure of peace and relief for the horror that is syria. >> typically our meetings are candid, blunt and business
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like, and this one was no different. >> reporter: over the years, the two unable to hide their contempt. russia backs the syrian regime, america accuses the dictator of massacre. >> given the gaps of trust that exist, that's a tough negotiation. >> reporter: but putin emerged predicting a deal to halt the fighting could come in the next few days. u.s. officials say there's not even a date set for talks to continue. president obama also confronted putin about cyber hacking u.s. websites and called for clear rules for all nations to follow. >> what we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the wild, wild west. >> reporter: mr. putin left for moscow, mr. obama moved on to his last stop in asia, laos. here he becomes the first u.s. president to visit this nation america bombed so heavily during the vietnam war. president obama confronting a
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difficult chapter of america's past. unclear how he will try to end the present nightmare he faces every day in syria and whether he'll ever meet one of his toughest adversaries again. now an update on a story that shocked the country this summer. it's been three months since that horror at the disney world resort in florida where a toddler was killed by an alligator. for the first time the victim's parents have publicly broken their silence to thank the community that supported them and to honor their son on what would have been his birthday. our kerry sanders has more. >> reporter: lane graves would have been 3 years old on saturday. >> happy birthday, laney, you are in our hearts today and every second of every other day. >> reporter: in his hometown, elk horn, nebraska, people gathered to celebrate his life, eating his favorite treat, m&m cookies and forming a heart for his parents and big sister ella. >> when we were apart, you would tell us i missed you as we came in the door, you would always come running to give us a big hug and kiss. we miss you buddy, and we miss those hugs and kisses. >> reporter: lane was building a sand castle
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at disney's grand floridian hotel, when a 7-foot alligator grabbed him. there was no fence but today there is a protective barrier and signs warning of the danger. >> i often speak of how lucky we were to have spent two years nine months and 11 days as a complete family. my wife would tell you those were the happiest days of her life. and i couldn't agree more. >> reporter: the families received more than 25,000 cards and donations from around the world, inspiring them to start the lane graves foundation. it will support families who have lost a child suddenly and promote awareness of organ donation. >> lane and ella used to say to their mommy and daddy that they loved them up to the sky and down to the grass. lane, ella, we love you up to heaven and down to the grass. happy birthday, buddy. we miss you. >> kerry sanders, nbc news, lake buena vista, florida.
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>> our thoughts with that family. still ahead tonight, battling an american epidemic, two brothers who struck such a cord with our viewers. we followed them from the depths of addiction to now a promising new chapter of life.
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in just the past two weeks there's been a spike in heroin overdose as more than 200 in the cincinnati area alone. we have reported often on the families
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confronting the devastation of addiction, but tonight we want to take a moment to tell you a positive story, to revisit a family i first met more than two years ago who now have a powerful message of recovery. >> i have two needles for each kid. >> reporter: we first met denise two years ago, her sons ban and ryan were both living in their childhood bedrooms, both heaven addicts. denise kept narcan on her dresser. on the day we were filming, ryan showed up to one of our interviews high on heroin. you been using? >> no, i didn't use heroin. >> reporter: just drinking? >> i did take a xanax too. >> reporter: his mother knew the truth. are you more worried about him than you were this morning? >> yes. >> reporter: ryan, you look totally different. >> hello. >> reporter: how are you doing? this is what 15 months of sobriety looks like, ryan is living with roommates at faith farm ministries
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an addiction recovery farm in ft. lauderdale, florida. do you feel good? >> i do feel good. >> reporter: ryan is a straight a student studying computer net working he knows his addiction could have killed him. >> it could have gone that way. >> why didn't it. >> god? grace? i don't know. dumb luck maybe? >> two years ago, denise took this family photo thinking it would be their last. >> i just didn't think they would live. for ten years i thought they would be dead every day. now i wake up going, yep, they're alive today. >> reporter: ben took a different road to recovery, through court ordered treatment after going to jail for five months. now he's living with his dad working in construction. >> i had to change everything, all the places i went to and all the things i did to get better. >> reporter: you guys are doing good. the family wants people to know the disease of addiction can be overcome.
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>> there's a life outside of drugs, it's actually a lot better. it may seem like it's going to be miserable and tedious, but it's not, it's great. >> reporter: it's still day by day, but for the first time in years, denise has hope. >> i can actually brag about them now, it's a wonderful feeling. >> denise proudly tells us ryan is on track to graduate from technical school about a month from now at the top of his class. when we come back, cyber spy games, richard engel on the trail of russian hackers suspected of breaking into computers from the white house to the state department.
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back now with more on the tensions between the u.s. and russia over hacking attacks. president obama today warned about a possible cold war style cyber arms race after his meeting with vladimir putin. tonight our richard engel is on the trail
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of russian hackers. u.s. officials say they might be trying to undermine confidence in america's election. >> reporter: even if hillary clinton took to the stage of the democratic convention, party officials were scrambling with a major security breach, they had been hacked. investigators now say it was a cyber attack, launched from russia. who are these hackers? >> basically they are coming from the russia underground. >> reporter: former hacker is now a leading expert on the russian hackers. they do services for the russian state and in exchange they get protection? >> yes. >> reporter: the attack on the democratic party's computers was not the first time russian hackers have hacked their way into other counties. last year, one of them hacked its way into the servers of germany's parliament penetrating the very heart of the german political system. in germany cyber crimes are investigated by the equivalent of our nsa, andreas conan oversees its work.
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>> what you see here on this typical kind of attack, those are the ones with the origins there. and you see they are clear cut. >> reporter: there meaning russia? >> there meaning russia. >> reporter: and right there is the direct link between the german parliament hack and the dnc break in. does that mean that the russian government is attacking germany, attacking the united states? >> i think we have to take this into account. >> reporter: experts believe the same russian hackers are the ones who recently penetrated the unclassified computers of the white house, state department and the office of the chairman of the joint chiefs. why are we seeing so much activity from russia now? >> i think this is because russia has discovered the power we have. >> reporter: so russia is doing it because it learned it can? >> yes. >> reporter: russia has denied any involvement in the attacks on the u.s. and president putin
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called the accusations an attempt to distract the public's attention, welcome to the age of cyber warfare. richard engel, nbc news, berlin. when we come back, before we say goodbye to summer, we say hello dolly and take on the hit attraction at a theme park owned by a country music superstar. next at 6: another freeway
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finally tonight, one last bit of summer fun as the season unofficially comes to a close, we sent our kevin tibbles to dollywood to brave what is billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, as kevin found, it's a real scream. >> reporter: there's just something nostalgic about those old wooden roller coasters. the cyclone at coney island has been providing thrills and chills for nearly 90 years. these days, everything old is new again. except way faster. it's called the lightning rod. and the fearless are lining up at dolly parton's dollywood in tennessee. >> i'm ready. let's do it. >> i got to see this. >> it looks really fun and i brought an extra pair of pants. >> reporter: maybe i should have thought of that. ♪ what a way to make a living ♪ >> reporter: after climbing a mere 20 stories, it then plummets, top speed 73 miles an hour.
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more twists and turns than a bucking bronc, more horsepower too. and something about 20 seconds of air time. what does that mean? >> you're pulling negative g's, so technically you're coming off the seat and you're floating to some degree. >> reporter: oh, my. lightning rod lasts just under two minutes, which for some is just under two minutes too long. but for others -- >> my heart rate was beating so fast. >> nonstop thrills. >> reporter: if that makes sense, it's the ride for you, yes the wooden roller coaster ain't getting older, it's just getting wilder, can't you tell? kevin tibbles, nbc news, dollywood. >> sign me up, i'm
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totally in. that will do it for us on this monday night, lay day, i'm kate snow, for all of us at nbc news, thanks so much for watching, and i'll see you tomorrow. good night.warm welcome. controversy has followed brock turner h right now it is 6:00. a warm welcome. controversy has followed brock turner home to ohio as his neighbors stage armed protests. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this monday evening. i'm janelle wang . >> i'm jessica geary. not the home come canniing he w have hoped for. there to greet him are neighbors outside his home protesting the convicted sex offender's short jail stoon. rick boone is live in pal owe
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a alto. oh, yeah, they would like a nice long conversation with him. what a welcome home for this guys. these protesters with armed assault rifles say they are there to put him on edge, and say they are ready to deliver instant justice if they see him assaulting another person. >> the community is not going to tolerate raping women and getting a slap on the wrist. >> reporter: micah naziri and some of his fellow greene county ower, ohio neighbors say they're using these ar- 15 assault riechls to show brock turner an unwelcome message after serving three months of his six-month sentence. >> i think it is despicable what this judge did and he is getting out some early. >> reporter: turner, who was release willed friday from santa clara jail, is now serving out his probation at his parents' house in this ohio neighborhood. turner must register as a sex offender and be monitored by sheriffs, something he will have


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