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battery and improved displays and maybe a fingerprint scanner on the back instead of the front. >> oh, okay. >> there you go. >> lester holt joins us next. bye-bye. hurricane. matthew blasts the caribbean. the deadly category 4 storm bringing historic rain, flash floods, and potentially catastrophic wind. tonight, the growing threat it will strike the u.s. earthquake fear. a swarm of 200 small quakes triggering an unprecedented warning. new worries that the big one may be coming. trump's taxes. donald trump boasts he's brilliantly used tax laws to his benefit after a bombshell report alleges he may not have paid anything for nearly two decades. mystery illness. growing concerns that a virus which may cause paralysis in children is making a terrifying comeback. and $10 million heist. a celebrity robbed of jewels at gunpoint by masked men in her own home. could it have been an inside job?
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"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. hurricane matthew, the most powerful atlantic storm in nearly a decade is taking aim at cuba and haiti at this hour, on a slow and deadly march that could impact the united states by the end of the week. florida's governor in fact has already declared a state of emergency. but the immediate concern right now, are the caribbean islands where the category 4 storm is expected to drop rain amounts measured in feet, triggering floods and mudslides. this view of the monstrous storm is captured from the international space station. the eye clearly visible as sustained winds up to 140 miles per hour swirl around it. already there have been three storm-related deaths. our gabe gutierrez is in haiti now with the latest. >> reporter: tonight
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hurricane matthew is pounding the most vulnerable, lashing southwestern haiti, as it slowly churns up the caribbean. drenching jamaica and threatening millions in its path. this child nearly pulled out to sea. eastern cuba bracing for a direct hit, so is the bahamas. even the u.s. east coast is preparing for the storm's impact. >> right now the projected path is a little off the coast. it could change at a moment's notice. when that happens, when that happened, we'll not have a lot of time to get ready >> reporter: matthew is already blamed for at least three deaths, including a fishermen in haiti. the last time a category 4 storm hit the country, thousands were killed and hundreds of villages were washed away. the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, still struggling to recover from a catastrophic earthquake six years ago. >> this storm could be highly devastating for haiti, particularly the rainfall. >> reporter: up to 40 inches are rain are possible in some areas, that could trigger huge mudslides through the rugged
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mountains, worsened by massive deforestation in this impoverished country and leaving thousands in danger. in the outskirts of port-au-prince, cannon is especially at risk, known as the promise land, it's where more than 200,000 people settled after the earthquake. now they're facing yet another disaster. we have nowhere else to go, this woman says. tonight children will ride out matthew under tin roofs, protected only by stray cinder blocks. more torrential rains and hurricane force winds are expected to lash this area later tonight. the government is urging residents, especially in mountain areas, to take cover. but many are refusing to leave their homes, trying to protect what little they have. lester? >> all right, gabe gutierrez in haiti starting us off. al roker is tracking hurricane matthew for us. where is the storm headed? >> the models are starting to say the southeastern united states. it's just a matter of timing. right now matthew is 225 miles southwest of port-au-prince.
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it's picked up forward speed north at 7 miles per hour. by tuesday it's making its way to the bahamas. by the time we get on into thursday, it's making a mess of the bahamas. but look what happens by saturday afternoon. 105-mile-per-hour winds. category 2 storms and the cone of uncertainty, 350 miles wide. everyone in that cone has to watch. the models we check, the u.s., the euro and the national hurricane center, and you can see they all stay fairly close. it's just that one is faster than the other and continues to keep them along the coastline. so, lester, we'll have to watch it right into the weekend. >> all right, al, we'll check for your update tomorrow morning on "today," thank you. to president politics now and donald trump late today coming out swinging over his taxes after a bombshell report claimed he may not have paid any for 18 years. trump still has not released his tax returns, but did boast today of using tax laws to his advantage.
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we get more from nbc's senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden. >> the unfairness of the tax laws is unbelievable. >> reporter: he's based much of his candidacy on being a successful businessman. but tonight, donald trump defending why he lost nearly a billion dollars in 1995. >> i was able to use the tax laws of this country, and my business acumen to dig out of the real estate mess. i have brilliantly used those laws. >> reporter: trump has refused to release his taxes, but three pages from his 1995 return have been published by "the new york times." where they came from, still a mystery. how did donald trump's tax returns come to you? >> it was a friday afternoon, i was walking by my mailbox, and i looked in, and there was a manila envelope from the trump tower. i opened it up and there was three pages of donald trump's tax returns there. and i just went, no way. >> reporter: at issue,
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a totally legal tax loophole that may have made it possible for trump to use the nearly billion dollar loss to avoid paying taxes for 18 years. >> what would be the effect of having nearly a billion dollars in losses? >> you could have about nearly a billion dollars of income in the next 15 years and not pay tax on them because you could just use the losses to wipe it out. >> reporter: but nothing illegal about doing it? >> well, it's not illegal to be a bonehead. it's not illegal to lose $916 million. it's stupid, embarrassing, but it's not illegal. >> reporter: the massive loss may have come as a result of deep trouble in multiple trump businesses in the late 1980s and '90s. >> donald trump's businesses, a lot of them hit the rocks. he had casinos that were filing for bankruptcy. the plaza hotel filed for bankruptcy. there was just a lot of red ink flowing out of these companies. a lot of people lost their jobs. creditors were left with pennies on the dollar. >> reporter: but trump was left with a debt he could use to his advantage. saying tonight, it all adds to his
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qualification to be president. >> i understand the tax laws better than almost anyone, which is why i am one who can truly fix them. i'm working for you now, i'm not working for trump. >> reporter: but tax experts tell us mr. trump's published tax plan wouldn't eliminate any of these provisions, it would actually make things more favorable for real estate developers like himself. lester? >> cynthia mcfadden, thank you. also under fire, the trump foundation. new york's attorney general ordering the charity to cease and desist fundraising in the state because it's not properly registered. it has 15 days to comply. something trump on said to veterans about veterans has many outraged, while hillary clinton takes new aim at his taxes. we have it all covered starting with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: donald trump's foundation ordered to cease and desist by the new york attorney general. demanding the foundation stop taking donations.
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the a.g.'s investigation revealing the foundation didn't have the correct certification in new york, which would force rigorous oversight. in a statement, the trump campaign said it intends to cooperate fully but remained very concerned about the political motives behind a.g. eric snyderman, a democrat who endorsed hillary clinton. that as trump stepped into another fire storm earlier today. this time during a q&a with veterans, suggesting those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder aren't as strong as other veterans. >> they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it. >> reporter: ptsd started trending on twitter almost immediately. veterans groups warned it stigmatized those who need help. vice president biden weighing in. >> i don't think he was trying to be mean. he is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed. >> reporter: trump adviser and retired general michael flynn
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fired back, blaming the media. >> they cherry pick this. they cherry pick here. >> reporter: arguing trump was highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country. katy tur, nbc news, pueblo, colorado. >> reporter: this is andrea mitchell. tonight hillary clinton seizing on trump's tax bombshell to try to undermine his message that he's a good businessman. >> what kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year? >> reporter: and increase the pressure on him to release his tax returns. >> i think we need a law that says if you become the nominee of the major parties, you have to release your tax returns. >> reporter: clinton in battleground ohio for the first time in a month. a new poll shows her trailing trump there by five points. >> hillary clinton doesn't have to win ohio to win the presidency. donald trump does. but by forcing trump to spend money,
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forcing trump to spend time there, it's not a bad investment for clinton. >> reporter: the campaign is hoping voters can still be swayed by new trump controversies. >> she can't make it 15 feet to her car. give me a break. give me a break. >> reporter: mocking clinton's near fall when she had pneumonia. and a baseless charge that she cheated on bill clinton. >> i don't even think she's loyal to bill, if you want to know the truth. and really, folks, why should she be, right? >> reporter: we played those comments for undecided voters in ohio today. >> if he were to become president, it would not look very well for our country. >> a different reaction from trump supporters. >> he says some offensive things which i don't necessarily agree with, but i gotta get past that. i'm looking more to the economic and stuff like that. >> reporter: while ohio looks tough for the democrats, clinton did get good news in her firewall, pennsylvania, where she is maintaining her lead. she's also ahead tonight in florida and north carolina, states trump would need to win. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. an ominous warning
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has been issued to millions of people on the west coast to prepare for the possibility of a major earthquake. scientists say hundreds of small quakes recently threatened to awake the sleeping san andreas fault and say the recent spike in activity could be a precursor to the long-feared big one. nbc's gadi schwartz has more now from los angeles. >> reporter: the ground started shaking. 200 small earthquakes in a little more than 24 hours, almost exactly where earthquake simulators have shown the big one could erupt. enough to trigger a warning from seismologists fearing a swarm of earthquakes could set off an even bigger quake than the one that rocked north ridge 22 years ago. the recent spike in activity just a few miles away from the monster fault san andreas. >> people will die. and a lot of those deaths could be prevented with different actions. >> reporter: dr. lucy jones has been warning angelinos for decades about the growing stress on southern california's
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criss-crossing fault lines. here in san bernardino, there are several major faults running through this area. this neighborhood, above the san andreas. the line you see shows the direction of the fault and many people here are still unprepared. a catastrophic quake would bring fires and flooding and building collapses. >> absolutely neighborhoods will burn. our estimate was the equivalent square footage to 130,000 single family homes. >> reporter: scientists say there's an 85% chance of a large earthquake ripping through southern california within the next three years. but the state is two years away from an early warning system. experts say, a 7.8 could kill as many as 1800 people and injure 50,000. now an unprecedented warning in a region still far from ready. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. in south america tonight the government and leftist rebels in colombia are vowing to press forward for peace after voters
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rejected a deal to end a 50-year war that's claimed 220,000 lives. it was a stunning defeat that almost no one expected. the margin less than 1%. opponents said the agreement was too lenient on the rebels. it's unclear whether the president and rebel leaders can salvage a deal. more ahead tonight, alarming health news, a common virus causing concern over a devastating side effect, especially in children. also, imagine being on this flight as strong cross winds force a pilot to decide, not this time.
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there are rising concerns tonight about a common virus that can have devastating effects. most adults and children recover from it in a few days, but a certain complication has been linked to sudden paralysis. after an outbreak two years ago, the cdc warns cases may be surging again. nbc's dr. john torres has details. >> reporter: in less than 72 hours, carter roberts went from a lively 3-year-old to a quadriplegic. the suspected cause, a rare complication from an common illness. called an entero virus. were you ever thinking, how could a virus do this to my son?
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a simple virus? >> a virus puts you out of commission for a couple weeks maybe. it doesn't take away all of your motor function from the nose down. >> reporter: some doctors are now warning, it could be the same mysterious polio-like illness that sickened clusters of children around the country two years ago. >> my concern is that we are seeing a trend now in 2016 that mirrors what we saw in 2014. >> reporter: two years ago, the cdc reported 120 cases. last year, just 21. but through august of this year, already there have been 50 cases in 24 states. >> reporter: he strikes me as a tough kid. >> he is a tough kid. >> reporter: as doctors try to learn more about what causes the sudden paralysis, they recommend keep vaccinations current to boost general immunity, wash hands frequently, look out for weakness in throat, face, and arms. >> we owe it to these families to better understand this condition and to work forward on research. >> reporter: most patients don't recover, but carter's mother is hoping her son will. >> carter is very much still carter. he sticks his tongue out and blinks his eyes on certain questions. that is really the silver lining is that carter is still very much there. >> reporter: as
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researchers race to understand why this devastating virus is circulating again this fall. dr. john torres, nbc news, baltimore. we are back in a moment with a crime making headlines around the world. $10 million in jewels stolen from a big-name celebrity.
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it is the heist that has shocked many people around the world. reality tv star kim kardashian robbed at gunpoint inside a posh hotel in paris. masked men, making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry. as nbc's kelly cobiella tells us, she may have inadvertently tipped off the thieves over social media. >> reporter: kim kardashian makes millions sharing her life, but this time she may have shared too much. at a private paris hotel for fashion week, she gave a play by play, sunday, leaving her hotel. >> on our way to givenchy. >> reporter: and back again on snapchat until 2:00 in the morning. her regular security guard not present at
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the time. around 2:30, five armed robbers dressed as police hit her hotel. according to paris officials, three of them handcuffed the lone security guard while two masked men bound and gagged kardashian, pointing a gun to her head, throwing her in the bathroom. the prize, a $4.5 million ring. and a jewelry box with $5.5 million more in gems. husband kanye west cut his new york concert short. >> i'm done. family emergency, i have to stop the show. >> reporter: security consulting don levy believes the robbers knew the hotel layout. >> you think it was an inside job? >> yes. it is very easy target. >> reporter: and kardashian herself may have unknowingly told them what she was carrying. kardashian unharmed, but badly shaken, returns to new york with extra security. her ring finger now bare, as police examine the security camera footage from inside the hotel to try to find the robbers. kelly cobiella, nbc news, paris. it was literally touch and go at an
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airport in england this weekend. scary moments. this is how it looked as an airbus a-321 tried to land in a fierce cross wind that rocked the plane, as it neared the runway. the pilot deciding at the last second to 1 give it another go and pulled up to try again. on the second pass, the plane landed hard, but safely. the passengers getting a little more excitement than they bargained for. lots of celebrating after team usa beat europe in the ryder cup. their victory in minnesota broke a three-tournament losing streak by the americans. and it was only their third win in 11 years. as the players were congratulated by wives and girlfriends, there was golfer rickie fowler in the middle of them all, still clearly enjoying the victory nonetheless. when we come back, fit for a president. meet the tailor who has been helping presidents dress the part for decades. t east bay? ==ess/take vo=men in
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to six armed robberies in linked three days. ===raj/take vo=== n. nbc bay area responds.ebate. money.ou should know to get your ===raj/next close=== next. ==sot== finally tonight, when it comes to a well-fitting suit, presidents, both democrats and republicans, can agree. a certain tailor here in new york is the man to see. he's been dressing presidents going back to the 1950s and is ready for the next president, whether it's making his suits or hers. our peter alexander takes the measure of this remarkable man.
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>> reporter: on this brooklyn side street in an unassuming brick building, martin greenfield has been fitting and fashioning celebrities, billionaires, and presidents for the last 60 years. while his suits made him famous, greenfield considers himself blessed that he has a story to tell. >> before the concentration camp, i was the happiest kid you ever met. >> reporter: a holocaust survivor he was liberated by general eisenhower in 1945. but that wasn't the last time their lives would intersect. two years later, he immigrated to america taking a job as a floor boy at triple g clothes in brooklyn. >> 30 years later, i bought the business. >> reporter: greenfield's skills led him back to eisenhower in the 1950s, creating that signature three-piece look. greenfield added to his presidential resume, designing suits for ford and clinton. today nearly every suit in president obama's wardrobe bears
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the greenfield name. >> we convinced them that there's other colors than charcoal and blue. >> reporter: so who is next? trump is already a client. and if hillary clinton becomes the country's first female president? >> we make ladies' and we do men's. >> reporter: even hollywood's come calling. leonardo dicaprio in "the great gatsby." he even made a cameo on nbc's "the blacklist." >> it's a little snug. >> reporter: today his isn't the only uniquely american story. he employs about 120 people. >> dominican republic. >> ecuador. >> reporter: from 17 countries. >> they're all refugees like me. >> reporter: at 88 years old, greenfield, likes his suits, is made to last. you still work six days a week? >> yes. >> reporter: why? >> because i like it. it makes me young. >> reporter: peter alexander, nbc news, brooklyn. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. community terrorized by bay
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thieves. we'll tell you what you all of the crimes -- have in common. the news at 6 starts now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm raj mathai. ==jess/2-shot=and i'm jessica a. ==jess/2shot== a warning tight om police icontx armed robberies in three days. ==raj/2shot== the suscts are tgeting people parked in their own driveways. ==boxes== new at 6, nbc bay a six armed rock robberies in just three days. >> new at 6:00, nbc bay area's elyce is in the corridor.
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>> reporter: very quiet communities and detectives don't know for sure if the suspect said are tied to all these that have occurred throughout the county. all the incidents include the corridor here behind me. cell phone video captures a high-speed chase in the east bay. wednesday night two armed men raised down 680 driving more than 180 miles per hour. suspects got away. >> they both had had guns. >> reporter: it began in danville and car jacked a car. >> i'm totally shocked because i consider this a very safe neighborhood. >> reporter: an armed rockery happened just hours earlier


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