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>> lester holt is next with "nbc nightly news." >> bye, folks. breaking news tonight -- health revelations, new details released late today about hillary clinton's pneumonia diagnosis. and our exclusive interview with tv's dr. oz, what donald trump told him about his own health. hack attack. leaked e-mails from colin powell that include scathing takes on both trump and clinto and a new warning to key democrats that their cybersecurity has been breached. tropical trouble, millions under flash flood alerts, a dangerous system lashing part of the country with heavy rains. road ready? we go for a ride in the first american city to get a self-driving fleet of cars. are they safe? and new cancer weapon, a less painful test that can be almost four times more effective than mammograms alone. "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. mark this as another one of those unusual days in the 2016 race for president. within hours of each other, both candidates under pressure to be more transparent have released new details about their health. hillary clinton's campaign offering up details of the pneumonia diagnosis that has sidelined her this week. and a statement from her doctor, declaring her fit to serve. donald trump, meanwhile, revealed the results of his latest medical exam, including his battle with cholesterol during a tape of a "dr. oz show" that will air tomorrow. in both cases, we know more than we did before, but what does it tell us? nbc's andrea mitchell starts us off with details.
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>> reporter: with hillary clinton at home for the third day, tonight her campaign providing new details about her health. after that startling video where she was seen nearly collapsing sunday. and the revelation that she had been diagnosed two days earlier with pneumonia, but kept it secret. today her doctor reporting a chest scan revealed a noncontagious bacterial pneumonia in her right lung, for which she's taking antibiotics, clinton's doctor writing that she's recovering well. how serious was the incident? >> it was a very serious situation did she get into it because she didn't follow doctor's office? possibly. >> reporter: clinton's doctor listing other medications, including that she continues to take coumadin, a common blood thinger. after the concussion three years ago resulted in a blood clot. but her physician concluding she continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the united states. for the first time, her doctor adds, she's in excellent mental condition. what's her condition? >> the doctor's letter is fairly complete, showing that she's a very healthy person. >> reporter: clinton has been under fire for not
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releasing more information to the public, not even to her running mate. >> when were you notified of this pneumonia diagnosis? >> we talked sunday. >> you weren't informed on friday? >> you talked to her on sunday. >> reporter: clinton has been dogged by health questions, especially after labor day. the campaign now wanting to put to rest the health questions repeatedly raised by donald trump. >> i think you're seeing politics here. where the clinton campaign is trying to release a lot of information to put the medical issue behind her. and throw the hot potato to donald trump. >> reporter: clinton now planning to get back on the trail again tomorrow. andrea mitchell, nbc news, new york. >> i'm hallie jackson in ohio, for the former reality tv star, a showbiz reveal. >> if your health is as strong as it seems from review of your systems, why not share your medical records? >> i have really no problem in doing it. i have it right here. i mean should i do it? i don't care. >> reporter: results from a recent physical happened to be handy. >> these are the tests? >> these were the tests that were just
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done last week. >> reporter: donald trump choosing to share certain medical information with dr. oz, and by extension the rest of america, even after his campaign said it wouldn't happen today. his blood work, normal, trump says. cancer screenings, yearly. his diet? trump likes fast food, one audience member tells nbc news because at least he knows what's in it adding as for exercise, that apparently comes on the campaign trail when trump moves his arms during speeches. >> the only thing he takes a statin for cholesterol. otherwise, he's healthy man. >> even dr. oz said that you know if it was his patient he would be extremely happy. just kind of send him on his way. which was very cool, but it was very convenient. >> reporter: but the physical performed last week by trump's long-time doctor is just a snapshot of trump's health, experts say, not the full picture. still less than what past nominees have shared and may be crucial for a candidate who, if elected, would be the oldest president to take office. >> why do you think you have the stamina for the job?
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>> just about the same age as ronald reagan. i feel as good today as i did when i was 30. >> reporter: trump, back on the campaign trail here, has only shared those physical results with dr. oz. so far the most trump has revealed since the four-paragraph letter from his personal doctor in december. and today, true to trump form, he apparently didn't shy away from verbal flourishes, one audience member tells nbc trump said he hasn't been to a hospital since he was 11, because he's too healthy. lester? >> all right, hallie. we do have more with dr. mehmet oz, revealing exclusive new details about the conversation with donald trump about his health. there was much back-and-forth from the campaign over how much, if anything trump would divulge. so as dr. oz tells our kate snow, he was a bit caught off-guard by what trump revealed. >> i was surprised, i looked at them and tried to process it pretty quickly. and i have to say, as
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a doctor if he was my patient, pretty good for man of his age. >> what does it say? >> it details a colonoscopy, a calcium scan of his heart that looked good. he had results from chest x-rays and ekgs, and the laboratory results from last week. >> there will be blow-back because he did this on a television show. you know, you're a doctor on tv. you're not his personal physician. you didn't grill him. you said it wasn't your role to ask him tough questions, you're not a journalist. what would you say to critics? >> i'm a doctor. i host a television show that talks about health. i did not run the tests myself. but it is a comprehensive view of a person. that would be revealed from one doctor to another. >> dr. mehmet oz with kate snow this afternoon. trump is facing a new investigation into his charity foundation spending practices. including tens of thousands for a portrait of trump himself and an illegal donation to a state attorney, whose office elected not to investigate
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trump university for fraud. we get more from nbc's katie turr. >> reporter: tonight donald trump who claims to have given millions away to charity is under investigation for his philanthropy. the new york attorney general looking into the trump foundation, after the "washington post" uncovered a series of questionable donations. at issue, a six-foot-tall portrait of trump by speed painter michael israel. by using foundation money at a charity event. the painting possibly a gift for trump himself. >> melania, his wife, was the one who bid on it and i remember the first bid was $10,000 and then she graciously increased that bid to $20,000. >> reporter: if he kept it, and the campaign won't say, that violates new york law and the irs code. another issue, a $25,000 political donation to a superpac linked to florida attorney general pam
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bondi. around the time her office considered, but never opened, a fraud investigation into trump university. both bondi and trump deny improprity. >> his campaign called you a partisan hack over this investigation. how do you make them know that this is not a witch hunt? >> it would be incredibly unusual if there were allegations of impropriety by a nonprofit and we didn't investigate. >> "newsweek" posting a cover story, examining trump's international business dealings and the conflict of interest they would present. the magazine arguing unless the organization is shut down, it would be impossible to know if trump was acting in the interests of the united states, or his wallet. daughter ivanka responding. >> my father already said that he would put the company into a blind trust and it would be run by us. >> but that isn't enough, according to some legal experts. >> it doesn't do any good to put it in a blind trust, frankly or to ask one of your children or all of your children to handle it for you. it simply doesn't erase the conflict of interest.
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>> as for the investigation into the foundation, the trump campaign calls it nothing more than a left-wing hit job. designed to distract from clinton's disastrous week. unless they remember, we would know a lot more about his charitable giving and his business ties overseas if he released his tax returns. >> katy tur tonight, thanks. a website with suspected ties to russia has released private e-mails from colin powell that strongly criticized both candidates for president and there could be more. democratic officials are warning of possible cyberattacks at the state level. we get more on this tonight from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: in newly leaked private e-mails that colin powell confirms are real, he calls donald trump quote, a national disgrace and an international pariah. as for trump's questions about president obama's birthplace, powell says the whole birther movement was racist, that's what the 99% believe. writing about hillary clinton, saying his advice was part of the
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reason she used a private email server. powell says her minions are making a mistake trying to drag me in. and referring to her speaking fees, powell calls her the gift that keeps taking. the e-mails were posted on, a website calling itself the work of american hacktivists. but some cyberexperts say it's run by russian intelligence. it's almost been two months since officials say that the u.s. has yet to publicly blame the russians, but the fbi director says something is being done in response. >> i'm not talking about russia, but just because you can't see something doesn't mean that your government is not doing something to try to change behavior. >> and tonight as states prepare for the november voting, the democratic party says some state party officials have been victims of person hacking attacks. in a message that warns them not to search the wikileaks website, fearing
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computer mall -- malware cube it there. >> the system so diffuse and disconnected, it's almost impossible to change the election result. >> pete williams, thank you. parts of the seas are on high alert for heavy rain, dangerous flooding and powerful winds as a tropical storm system makes its way through the region. our gabe gutierrez reports from charleston. >> reporter: more than a million people are under a flash flood watch as tropical storm julia drenches parts of the southeast. >> to wake up to this this this morning, it was quite a shocker. >> reporter: one of a few-known instances of a tropical storm forming over land and the first to do so in florida, dumping torrential rain near jacksonville. 40-mile-per-hour winds damaging this gas station. the storm spawning a tornado with winds of up to 85 miles per hour in brevard county. >> in 2002 we had a tornado come through our back yard. i think this is like a magnet for that stuff.
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>> reporter: thousands left without power in georgia, as julia crawled north past savannah. >> the wind was howling outside of my house, the rain was s pouring. >> reporter: the storm expected to soak the southeast for days. >> we could see as much as three to six inches of rain tonight along the coast of south carolina. then the whole storm pulls away tomorrow but we still could see some rain across north carolina on thursday. >> reporter: here in charleston, the wind and the rain has been picking up throughout the afternoon. high tide also expected to increase the threat of flash flooding overnight. isolated tornados are also possible. lester? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. officials in florida say they've arrested a man in connection with the arson fire that caused heavy damage to a mosque on sunday. the suspect was identified as joseph michael schreiber. the islamer center of ft. pierce was the market where the oregon nightclub shooter omar mateen had attended.
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no jush injuries occurred. fighting breast cancer with a potentially game-changing new test. is this the future? uber with self-driving cars. what we found on our own test ride.
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there's exciting new hope in the fight against breast cancer, which kills 40,000 women in the u.s. every year. it's a new test performed in addition to mammograms that is showing it can be up to four times better at finding cancers
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than mammograms alone. as nbc's rehema ellis explains, it may be something every woman will want to ask her doctor about. >> reporter: like many women, 54-year-old kula gets annual mammograms. but last year she had a new test that she says saved her life. >> honestly, i am so grateful that we found it when we did. >> that's clean. >> the test found breast cancer stage 3. >> if i had had just a basic mammogram, the chances are very likely that they would have never found it. >> it's called molecular breast imaging or mbi. and the mayo clinic's dr. debra rhodes says more women need to know about it. >> in my opinion this is the most promising techniques we have towards zero deaths from breast cancer. >> reporter: the technology exists right now? >> it exists and it's available. >> reporter: mbi is nearly four times better in finding cancer in patients who have
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dense breasts. that's half of all women. in mammograms, unlike breasts that are not dense, the tissue shows up as white, the same color as a tumor, making it difficult to tell the difference, with mbi, the patient is injected with a tracer, which is drawn to cancer cells, making tumors much easier to identify and it's less painful, too. >> a picture is worth 1,000 words. >> reporter: in studies of 2600 women, 32 cancers were found. eight detected by mammograms, compared to 29 when mbi was added. if you had dense breasts, doctor, would you have this test? >> i do have this test. >> reporter: dr. rhodes at mitts this technology still requires more research, but thanks to the test, kula expects to be done with treatment this spring. >> by the time my daughter graduates from college in may, i will be cancer-free and i will be healthy. >> reporter: i like the way you're moving along on this, kula. >> i will be there. i will be there. >> reporter: kula is hoping now that women hearing her story will find out if
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they have dense breasts and if mbi is available. rehema ellis, nbc news, rochester, minnesota. we're back in a moment with a highly controversial move announced by one of america's big three automakers.
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tesla has it, google and others are experimenting with it and now uber has become the latest company to test a fleet of self-driving cars while driverless cars may be the future, here in the present there remain questions about their safety. uber rolled out the cars on the streets of pittsburgh and we got to take a test drive. >> reporter:self driving ubers hitting the road in the city of bridges, picking up their first customers in a new pilot program. >> we're going to go for our first ride in a driverless uber. it has 20 cameras, 7 lasers, let's see what it can do. uber has outfitted a fleet of ford fusions with 360-degree radar. customers won't be
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riding alone. an uber engineer hovers over the wheel in a driver's seat while another monitors real-time data on a laptop. >> reporter: now it's our turn to take it for a spin. but it's a driverless car, we won't be doing much driving. with the push of a button, the car morphs into self-driving mode. there are 600 people inside uber's new research lab. >> we can build cars that are safer than you know people. that's the ultimate objective. >> i was driving the other day -- >> uber drove pittsburgh because it's a tech hub with challenging roads. >> we have an opportunity to build a new industry within pittsburgh that otherwise will be built in singapore or san francisco. >> so would you put your family member in a driverless car with full faith? >> yeah, i would. >> but regulators and many writers aren't all on board. after a tesla driver was killed while using the autopilot function in may. our self-driving uber topped working halfway through the ride. i had to put my hands on the wheel to make a right turn. the national highway safety transportation administration says
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nbc news it will soon issue guidance on self-driving vehicles. >> we have a long way as to go. it can't be the wild west out there when people's lives are in the hands of cars that are run by computers. >> but that's not stopping uber from moving ahead into a new frontier. jo-lonn kent, nbc news, pittsburgh. ford announced many something that's certain to resonate with a lot of americans. it will move production from all of its small cars from the u.s. to mexico over the next two to three years. the focus and the c-max are the only small cars still produced by ford in this country. many such moves, of course, have become an issue in the presidential campaign. ford says the michigan plant where the cars are made will shift to production to other vehicles. when we come back, he has spent years selling ice pops on the streets. now a sweet future he might have never imagined. >> announcer: nbc news "nightly news" is brought to you by pacific life. help generations of families achieve long-term financial security for over 145 years. next at 6: an 88-year-old woman
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is beaten but not beaten down. ===raj/vo=== her friends hope she can return to her active lifestyle. ===jess/vo=== nbc bay area responds with how. banks process deposits that could lead to extra fees. ===jess/close=== the news is next. finally tonight he's a beloved fixture in his chicago neighborhood. a man who has spent years pushing his cart selling popsicles. and when some customers became
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concerned about whether he would have enough money to pay bills and retire, they decided to help out. kevin tibbles tonight on the remarkable response. >> reporter: for more than two decades, fidencio sanchez has wound his way through chicago's little villages, peddling popsicles and the smiles they bring are free. it makes me smile, too. but in recent months, he has pushed a heavy burden. his only daughter died this summer. his wife can no longer work and fidencio, just shy of his 90th birthday has bills to pay. that's when joel cerventes snapped this picture. he is bent as if defeated. >> slumped over, a senior citizen that's supposed to be enjoying retirement. it broke my heart >> reporter: he and joe laura started a go fund me page to raise money for the neighborhood popsicle man. hearts melted. more than $300,000 raised from 52 countries.
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more than enough for retirement. >> human beings can create something so much bigger than themselves, they really can. >> perez says her grandfather will be able to slow down. >> with this blessing, it's more relief that he can finally listen to his body and take a break. >> reporter: the dictionary definition of a good neighbor is a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward others. the popsicle man is surrounded by them. he calls it a milagro, a miracle. kevin tibbles, nbc news, in chicago's little village. and that would do it for us on a wednesday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. have wives.. we have
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sisters.,and this is a horribles we all have a grandmother, wives, sisters, this is a horrible act. >> right now at 6:00, a crime that shocked neighbors and police officers, they're now looking for new clues in the brutal beating of an 88-year-old woman. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm raj mathai. >> they savagely ripped jewelry off her neck and left her battered and bruised. that elderly south bay woman is in the hospital robert honda joins us live from san jose, where neighbors are anguished
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over what happened. she's in pretty bad shape still. >> that's right. vistors said they were told her condition has not changed. she remains in intensive care. now at the request of her family, public visits will stop, even as the investigation ramps up. sheriff's investigators went door to door today, searching for possible witnesses to try to find out who beat up flo douglas during a home invasion robbery that started sunday and extended into monday. officers say the savage level of violence is very unusual and makes them take the case personally. >> we all have a grandmother, wives, sisters, this is a horrible act committed to a person we usually hold in high regard in society.


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