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bay area dot com, and on facebook and twitter. tonight, trump's tirade. donald trump lashes out in a middle of the night rant, attacking a former beauty queen again with sex-tape allegations. now she and hillary clinton are firing back. crash cause. the ntsb begins questioning crew members in the aftermath of that train disaster, as the black box is pulled from the twisted wreckage. caught on camera. police release video showing a fatal officer encounter with an unarmed man. sex abuse scandal. dozens of disturbing allegations against the doctor who treated top olympic gymnasts. now the fbi is investigating. tonight one athlete tells her story. and hurricane threat. matthew strengthens to a powerful category 4 in the caribbean. some forecasts tracking it to impact the u.s. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a sleepless night for donald trump has breathed new life into a testy exchange from monday's presidential debate. one that his campaign would prefer to move on from, and it's providing fresh fodder for his critics. before most americans were awake, trump went on a social media rant against some of his favorite targets, including the former beauty queen he's been battling with ever since hillary clinton brought her name up in the debate. nbc's hallie jackson with the story. >> reporter: intensifying tonight, the feud between donald trump and a former miss universe winner, after an early morning twitter tirade, starting at 3:20 from trump, aimed at the media and alicia machado, calling her disgusting, accusing her of having a sex tape. machado today calling the attacks cheap lies
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with bad intentions. >> he's trying to distraction. he's not the person that can be a president of this country. that is another truth. >> reporter: trump later making light of his 3:00 a.m. tweet storm. quote, at least you know i'll be there to answer the call. but again apparently unable to resist taking hillary clinton's bait. >> he called this woman miss piggy. >> reporter: now concern his remarks could haunt him with women voters. >> we're in an era where it's not okay to shame a woman about her looks, about her sexual history. it's a misogynistic throwback to the caveman era that donald trump seems to be lingering in and wallowing in all week long. >> picking fights that have nothing to do with election day itself is just simply time wasted and time donald trump can't get back. >> reporter: trump's rhetoric highlighted in new video of a deposition in d.c. this summer. trump unsurprisingly unapologetic when
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asked about his comments on mexicans and other immigrants. >> did it cause you any concern that all of these entities wanted to apparently distance themselves from you in the wake of your comments? >> i'm a big boy. i understand. >> reporter: "usa today" taking sides for the first time ever, asking its readers to vote against trump. >> not much of a newspaper, as far as i'm concerned. you know, i really don't know. nobody called me. all i know is, we're leading in the polls. >> reporter: only trump is not leading in new polls out today in florida, new hampshire, and here in michigan. at this rally, trump pointed to a bad mike at monday night's debate, and now he's getting some backup from the debate commission, confirming there were audio issues that affected the sound in the debate hall. lester? >> thank you. both hillary clinton and that former miss universe are firing back after trump's attacks, and clinton is also seizing on a new report about trump's alleged business ties with cuba. let's more on that
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from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: hillary clinton in battleground florida tonight responding to donald trump's tweet storm about alicia machado. >> i mean, really. who gets up at 3:00 in the morning to engage in a twitter attack against a former miss universe? >> reporter: clinton clearly enjoying trump's fixation on machado, now in its fourth day. >> his latest twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. >> reporter: clinton calling machado today to thank her for speaking up. also, seizing on a "newsweek" report that trump's company allegedly violated the u.s. embargo against cuba in 1998. citing documents, including this bill for more than $68,000 paid to drum up future business in havana. only months bere trump promised cuban americans he'd never spent a dime in cuba while fidel castro is in charge. >> he's a killer. he's a bad guy in every respect. >> reporter: trump responding to the
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report thursday. >> no, i never did anything in cuba. i never did a deal in cuba. >> reporter: but just spending money to explore a business deal was illegal at the time. >> you can't go to cuba and buy a bottle of soda. you have to get a license. >> reporter: clinton also responding to her own shortcomings, criticism that she's not authentic, appearing with mary j. blige. >> maybe i'm not communicating clearly enough what i care about and what i do. >> reporter: riding a small, post-debate bump tonight, clinton is improving in several battleground states, including florida, where a new poll has her up by four points. and any suggestion that trump violated that cuban embargo could cost him votes, especially with older cuban americans. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. let's turn now to new developments in a deadly police shooting near san diego.
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police late today releasing video of the incident saying officers had little choice in their fatal encounter with an unarmed african american man. and the release comes after nights of violent protests. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: the surveillance video captures the chaotic confrontation between police and alfred olango, an unarmed black man. a tense stand-off, also seen on cell phone, followed by a fatal shooting. [ gunshots and screaming ] >> reporter: investigators in suburban san diego say olango took this, quote, shooting stance, rapidly drawing an object from his pocket, grasping his hands together, before officers shot and tased the father of two. >> this was done to counter misinformation and correct a misperception that was being perpetuated. >> reporter: the newly released video comes after violent overnight protests in el cajon. for four days, crowds have demanded the officers involved be fired after police confirmed olango was
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unarmed and the object in his hand was a smoking device. >> it's been -- everybody that has gone through losing their son to officers, they cannot give them a chance. >> reporter: a refugee from uganda, olango had a lengthy criminal history. authorities had tried to deport him twice. >> full disclosure to the public builds trust. and it demonstrates respect. >> reporter: tonight olango's family said they're glad this video has finally been released. a shooting death that has sparked outrage and protest for nearly a week. miguel almaguer, nbc news. there is late word that the ntsb has begun talking to crew members after the deadly commuter train crash in new jersey yesterday. but they've yet to interview the engineer who was at the controls. investigators have also been working to download critical data from the train's black box but so far with no success. nbc's tom costello has the latest. >> reporter: tonight,
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engineers are still trying to shore up structural damage and contain falling asbestos that is delaying investigators access to the scene where train 1614 came crashing into the terminal. federal investigators had hoped to interview the engineer today. 48-year-old tommy gallagher, but instead were only able to talk to other crew members on board. >> our investigators are in touch with the engineer. unfortunately, as you may know, he was injured, so we're scheduling the interview with him. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to download data from one of two black boxes which should have recorded the train's speed and if and when the brakes were applied. the only person killed was standing on the platform at the time. 34-year-old fabiola bittar de kroon, just moments earlier, she had left her only child at a daycare. >> that poor child doesn't have a mom. her whole life changed a minute ago, or a few hours ago. >> reporter: new jersey transit and state government are under fire tonight for not yet equipping its trains with the automatic braking system called positive
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train control. >> they're the third largest transit system in the world. so they have a very good safety record, but no accident is acceptable. and so we have to get to the bottom of what happened and i promise you that we will. >> reporter: lawmakers and the governor fighting over a statewide transportation budget. >> it shouldn't take losing a young mom and another tragedy to get us in gear on this. >> it says you're going too fast. you have it 90 miles per hour. >> it's slowing it down for me. >> it just took over control of the train for me. >> reporter: at amtrak training center in delaware, we saw how positive train control works. amtrak's entire northeast corridor is now ptc equipped but not new jersey transit. investigators have also sent blood and urine samples to a lab in oklahoma city for advanced toxicology screening, that is a standard practice in all investigations. and they're also trying to gather together all the personal electronic devices, cell phones, that belong to crew members to see if any of them was in use at the time of the crash
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and might have proven to be some sort of distraction. lester? >> tom costello in hoboken tonight, thank you. a powerful hurricane is churning in the caribbean and may have parts of the u.s. in its sight. late word that hurricane matthew is now a category 4 storm packing maximum sustained winds at 140 miles per hour. meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking matthew for us. where's it going? >> it is going too move through the caribbean over the next several days. actually, this storm has been intensifying at twice the normal rate. winds are up to 140 miles per hour right now. and while it is expected to weaken to a category 3 hurricane before it makes possible landfall in eastern jamaica by the time we get into monday, it's expected to be a very strong category 3 storm. we're already hearing of very long lines at gas stations in kingston because people are preparing for a major hurricane. then it moves through cuba and then weakens to a category 2 storm before it makes its way to the bahamas possibly on wednesday. after that, there are a lot of question marks.
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the american model is a lot faster and brings it closer to north carolina by the end of next week. the european model is slower and brings it more out to sea. so there's a lot to watch this weekend and into next week. >> thank you. the 14-year-old suspect in a school shooting in south carolina this week has now been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder. police say he shot and killed his father at his home and then drove to the school and opened fire on the playground. a teacher and two young students were injured, one of those students, 6-year-old jacob hall, is on life support after being shot in the leg. overseas, president obama was among the world leaders who attended the funeral today for former israeli prime minister shimon peres. mr. obama said although peres never saw his dream of mideast peace fulfilled, he did not stop working for it. today, a handshake between israel's current prime minister and the palestinian president. although the peace process remains stalled. shimon peres died on
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wednesday at age 93. in syria, thousands of government troops are said to be massing around the rebel-held city of aleppo tonight. and senior u.s. officials tell nbc news they are expecting a major government assault there. and as the bombing of aleppo and other cities continues, a dramatic rescue of a baby girl once again focuses us on the civilian lives at stake. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has that story. >> reporter: rescue workers from the white helmets dig through the debris of a building destroyed they say by a russian attack in syria. pulling out a tiny, dust-covered baby in yellow from the rubble of a four-story building. they rush to a nearby ambulance where, with a tiny gurgle and a cry, the newborn stirs to life. it's too much, even for this hardened member of the white helmets. our camera caught up with former construction worker
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mohammed hours later. he says the baby he rescued is a girl named hamida. we saved a woman and she told us her two daughters were still buried. we went back and found the baby, he said. over the past week, the syrian regime and its russian backers have been bombing rebel-held areas of syria relentlessly. in audio leaked to "the new york times" secretary of state john kerry appears to apologize to the syrian opposition, that the u.s. isn't doing more. >> i think you're looking at three people, four people in the administration who have all argued for use of force. and i lost the argument. >> kerry acknowledging that u.s. diplomacy hasn't stopped the bombings. richard engel, nbc news. still ahead tonight, an nbc news investigation. explosive allegations of sexual abuse against a team doctor who treated some of america's elite
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olympic gymnasts. also, the nerve. who kept president obama waiting today on air force one? prompting a presidential plea to hurry up.
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we're back now with disturbing news in the world of elite gymnastics. the former team doctor for usa gymnastics for 20 years is facing dozens of accusations of sexual abuse, including one from a former olympian. a law enforcement source tells nbc news
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that the fbi is investigating along with local authorities in michigan where the doctor has his practice. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: former gymnast rachael denhollander first met dr. larry lassar after suffering a back injury. she was 15. >> he was very charismatic. he knew how to make you trust him. he was going to take care of you. >> reporter: dr. nassar practiced medicine at michigan state university, but he was famous for being usa gymnastics team doctor. treating the highest profile olympians. >> i was struggling between feeling like i should be grateful for seeing him but being very confused because something seemed very off. >> reporter: denhollander, who first went public with "the indianapolis star," alleges nasser sexually abused her. using invasive exams for months. >> dr. nassar is a very sophisticated predator. >> reporter: attorney john manly represents an unnamed olympic athlete, a bronze
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medal winner from the 2000 sydney games who says he was abused by nassar, as well. in a lawsuit filed in california, the gymnast alleges that during exams, nassar would digitally penetrate her in order to adjust the bones in her hips. performing the procedure without gloves and/or a chaperone, and it was done for nassar's own sexual gratification. the alleged incident sometimes took place when the team was on the road, including a trip to china, outside the view of any adults. manly says he now has 12 clients. >> the idea that you would put your hand in the private parts of a prepubescent child because they have a sore back is laughable and it's sexual assault. >> reporter: the lawsuit accuses usa gymnastics of ignoring warning signs, but the organization denies the accusation saying it first became aware of a problem in the summer of 2015 and fired him. according to a statement, when usa gymnastics learned of athlete concerns, they reported dr. nassar to the fbi.
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usa gymnastics is not commenting further due to the ongoing investigation. since the initial allegations became public this month, the michigan state university police have received two dozen complaints of sexual abuse against nassar dating back to the '90s, according to a source familiar with the investigation. as the complaints came in this month, nassar was fired from msu. he's the subject of a criminal investigation but he has not been charged with a crime. in a statement, dr. nassar's lawyers say his techniques are medically accepted and appropriate. and any allegations that they were performed for any purpose other than proper medical treatment are patently false and untrue. denhollander knows she's facing a fight. >> i'm scared, but i know that if the silence ends and if justice is done and his ability to prey on women ends, every tear will be worth it. >> reporter: with allegations mounting, the question is, are there still more athletes, more olympians, with similar stories to
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tell? stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with why you don't have much longer to visit a famous american landmark.
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by the end of the year, an american landmark and popular tourist destination will be no more. after 79 years, the original iconic carnegie deli here in new york will serve the last of its famously overstuffed sandwiches. the owner says the long hours are finally taking a toll, so she's closing up shop on new year's eve. after attending the funeral for former israeli prime minister peres today, president obama boarded air force one to go home and at the airport in israel, he let the man keeping him waiting know it was time to go, appearing on the the door of air force one, shouting out to the man still on the ground. this went on for a few minutes until former president bill clinton finished saying his goodbyes, finally
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climbing the stairs, catching his ride home. and from china tonight, a big debut in black and white. 23 pandas were introduced to the world at a research and breeding facility. they're between one and four months old. as you can see, one of them had a little trouble staying with the group. when we come back, tom brokaw with some thoughts about the momentous decision before us. next at 6: a guilty plea and a
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confession. ==jess/vo== the courtroom drama in a high- profile murder case in marin county. and, people living in the
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sinking millennium tower revolt. what they're asking the city to do to keep them from losing everything. ===janelle/next close=== the news is next. finally tonight, some thoughts on what it has all come down to. where we are at the end of a week that began with the presidential debate that only amplified the differences and divisions we face. tom brokaw now has some thoughts on where the country has been and the challenges ahead just over five weeks before the election. >> this is ground zero in new york, the elegant memorial to the thousands of people who died on 9/11. and on that day, here in new york, the pentagon, and washington, in pennsylvania, we were all united in our sorrow, our grief, our determination, and our anger about what had happened. we were a whole country. but that didn't last. it was followed by a long, disastrous war
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in the middle east. a great recession at home, the housing crisis, the divisions in this country over the haves and the have nots, and the divisions over race. so when the primaries of this year came, many people were still very angry. they had lost faith in their country. and donald trump tapped into that anger, often with coarse and demeaning remarks for anyone who didn't agree with him. but those were the primaries. now he's competing for the big prize. as for hillary clinton, her advisers still are concerned that she has not completely made the case that she is best equipped to put this country back together again and just how she would do it. so with 38 days to go, the single most important issue in this country that has not been examined is, how do you put the country back together again? who is best equipped to do that? that is the issue that will define the election of 2016 more than all the others.
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>> tom brokaw framing where this country stands. that's going to do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. outrage. tonight -- it's led to new laws in california. ==jan/2-shot== the news at 6 starnow. thanks for joining us. mathai. lle wang -- in for raj ==jess/2-shot== the news at 6:00, starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us on this friday. >> i'm jessica aguirre. this won't change brock turner's punishment, but it will lead to stronger penalties for future offenders. just hours ago, governor brown signed mandatory prison sentences on people convicted of
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sexual assault. scott. >> reporter: good evening. we spoke to law makers who wrote the bill sign bide the governor and we spoke to the woman who prosecuted the brock turner case. >> the next brock turner goes to prison. >> reporter: santa clara county d.a. made it clear he appreciates the bill just signed by governor brown to insure that those convicted of sexual assault on someone who is unconscious will get prison sentences, not probation. >> our journey isn't complete yet and it will not be complete until we've eradicated this scourge. sfwlr >> reporter: it was also assisted by the d.a. >> we were sick and saddened by the sentence but now women on college campuses are safer. so, it's full circle. and it's really nice to be able to give her that message today. >> repr:

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