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way -- yeah. >> snickers over here, watch ama californiaits here. >> and pillows. >> we'll see you back here at 6:00. >> bye. tonight, u.s. ship attack, another missile is fired at a u.s. navy destroyer. he the second attack in just a week. officials now pointing to iranian-backed rebels. sinister deal -- donald trump suggests a secret plot inside the gop to keep him out of the white house. and wikileaks unleas more potential damage of hillary clinton. accused of teaming up with russia. intentional crash, investigators now say a small plane was brought down on purpose. what happened on board in the tense final moments. now hiring -- why the power is in your hands this holiday season if you're looking for a job. and pets on planes, the battle breaking out over comfort animals. why some airlines say passengers are taking things too far. "nightly news" begins
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right now. >> announcer: from nbc news, world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news," with lester holt. good evening, the u.s. is promising to respond after an american naval destroyer came under missile attack tonight near yemen, the second time in less than a week. pentagon officials say the missiles were launched from territory controlled by iranian-backed rebels. the ship was not hit and there were no american casualties. but the attacks have raised the stakes in the already dangerous region, and 24re9en to draw the u.s. into yemen's civil war. nbc's hans nichols has late details. >> reporter: it's just the second time in four days missiles have been fired at the american destroyer. the "uss mason." the suspects behind the brazen attack? militias backed by iran. the latest incident began around sundown tonight. at least one missile was fired from an area in yemen controlled by
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iranian-backed rebels, the houthis. in rapid response, the "mason" deployed its own missiles as defensive countermeasures. the u.s. officials did not confirm if the u.s. destroyer scored a direct hit. no missiles reached the "mason." the "uss san antonio" was also in the vicinity. the "mason" was also fired on over the weekend. no americans were hurt. >> one possible motive for the targeting of american ships? u.s. support for saudi arabia, which has been bombing the iranian-backed rebels since last year. 140 people were killed after this air strike on a funeral on sunday. hours later, the "uss mason" was attacked. the incidents against the american ships, now a topic at a national security meeting at the white house. >> the trigger is going to be when the next missile is fired. that may very well be tomorrow. >> reporter: tonight the surgeonant question -- how will the u.s. respond to an attack that was potentially directed by iran hans
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nichols, nbc news. to the political war intensifying inside the gop as donald trump suggests a quote sinister deal inside the party to undermine him and now wikileaks has released more purported e-mails from hillary clinton's campaign chairman and he's pointing the finger at russia and the trump campaign. let's begin with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: hey there, lester. instead of trying to expand his base, donald trump was in florida trading substance for insults. and capitalizing on his supporters' unsubstantiated fears that the election is rigged. nothing left to lose, donald trump is going rogue and his supporters are in for the fight. >> if he doesn't win, i believe it will be because of all the deceitful cheating. >> reporter: trump rallies, always fraught, now swallowed by fear, anger and misinformation. trump is reveling in it, driving a gop civil war, accusing paul ryan of disloyalty. >> there's a whole deal going on.
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we're going to figure it out. i always figure things out. there's a whole sinister deal going on. >> reporter: last night trashing ryan and john mccain. >> i wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people, that i can tell you. >> but mccain's a brave man. >> including ryan. >> he's a brave man. >> including ryan, especially ryan. >> i got that. >> reporter: trump is hoping enthusiasm from his base will carry him over the finish line but that strategy is exposing weaknesses, namely in utah, a deep red state where trump and hillary clinton are now tied at 26%. and third-party candidate evan mcmullen is in striking distance. >> he's speaking to his base. hi really only has one strategy left and it's a scorched earth strategy against hillary clinton. >> reporter: rudy giuliani often leading the charge of clinton conspiracy theories, today accused her of lying where she was on 9/11. >> i heard her say one day she was there that day. i was there that day, i don't remember seeing hillary clinton there. >> reporter: but liquiditien never claimed to be in new york. then a u.s. senator, clinton was in
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washington on september 11th. on september 12th, she stood in the rubble of ground zero, right beside rudy giuliani. katy tur, nbc news lakeland, florida. >> i'm hallie jackson, today wikileaks releasing 1700 new stolen e-mails, part of a hack seized on by republicans. especially one e-mail where jennifer palmeri, a top clinton aide, writes of catholic conservatives, their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals. >> they attack catholics and evangelicals. viciously. and that won't be tolerated, it won't be tolerated by the voters. >> reporter: the e-mail hasn't been authenticated by nbc news. palmeri responding. >> i'm a catholic, i don't recognize that e-mail that we saw, and this whole effort is led by the russians. >> reporter: the u.s. government has said russia is behind prior hacks. clinton campaign
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chairman john podesta blames russia, too, for hacking his e-mails. noting ties to donald trump's campaign. podesta pointing to notorious gop operative roger stone. >> mr. stone had advanced warning in the trump campaign had advance warning about what assange was going to do. >> reporter: stone tells nbc news -- >> i have back-channel communications with wikileaks, but they don't tell me in advance what they're going to do. >> reporter: despite his tweets seeming to preview a damaging document dump stone says he never knew specifics and has never met wikileaks founder julian assange, and while he used to be a trump confidante, said he didn't tell the campaign anything. >> i'm trying to help in the election of the entire republican ticket independently, and therefore i don't coordinate my activities with them in any way. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, panama city. with early voting
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already under way in a number of states, nbc news has crunched the numbers and as nbc's kristin welker explains, hillary clinton appears to have an early edge. >> tonight hillary clinton in colorado, trying to capitalize on chaos in the republican party. hitting donald trump for what she called his scorched earth policy. >> it's all they have left. pure negativity. pessimism. and we're not going to let donald trump get away with it, are we? >> reporter: now exclusive nbc news analysis of early voting shows promising news for clinton in seven critical battleground states. in five states, more democratic affiliated voters have cast ballots so far. in florida and georgia, more republicans have voted. party affiliation is a strong predictor of voter choice, but not a certainty. today the clinton campaign out with this tough new web ad. >> this was locker room talk. >> john mccain who has probably the dirtiest mouth in all of the senate. >> reporter: here in colorado, clinton has a
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double-digit lead, a convincing victory in battleground states like this could help provide an exclamation mark if she wins on election day. but the campaign still facing fallout from the continuing release of hacked campaign e-mails by wikileaks, messages not verified by nbc news, today new e-mails fueling the narrative that clinton is not transparent, avoiding the press. last year campaign chairman john podesta writing, if she thinks we can get to labor day without taking press questions, i think it's suicidal. trump pouncing. >> wikileaks is amazing, the stuff that's coming out, it shows she's a real liar. >> reporter: a bitter battle, with less than a month until election day. kristen welker, nbc news. pueblo, colorado. there's been a shocking turn of events in a small plane crash in a connecticut neighborhood. federal investigators say the evidence shows it was crashed intentionally. so far, senior law enforcement sources say no link to terror has been found. our tom costello has more. >> it happened right on main street in east hartford. >> report of an aircraft crash.
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>> a twin-engine plane engulfed in flames and smoeg. on board a flight instructor who told investigators his student pilot intentionally crashed the plane. local and federal authorities say the leading theory is suicide. and the two had been arguing when the student said he no longer wanted to fly the plane. >> either one of the two occupants could have at any time the ability to control the plane. the instructor, arian prevalla, of the american flight academy was seriously burned. now in fair condition. the student, 28-year-old feras freitekh died. a jordanian national, he had earned his single-engine pilot's license a year ago. his name was the not on any terror database. the two were on final approach to the airport yesterday, when the plane suddenly went down near the pl platt & whitney aircraft engine plant. >> it was way too low. as i looked out my side mirror, i saw him clip the power line
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and hit a pole. >> a mother and three kids in a minivan escaped unharmed. >> it was like a movie scene. like who would have thought that would have happened. >> today fbi agents were searching both the student pilot's apartment and the flight academy offices, but so far, say sources, there's no link toing terrorism. it's not clear what the argument in the cockpit was about or why the student might have used the flight as a way to end his life. lester? >> tom costello. thank you. late word of the embattled ceo of wells fargo is stepping down effective immediately after a scandal involving millions of unauthorized accounts opened by wells fargo employees under pressure to meet sales goals. compensation analysts estimate john stumpf will walk away with more than $137 million. across north carolina this evening, floodwaters that have already 6 destroyed so many homes after hurricane matthew are remarkably now rising and threatening even more communities. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the disaster zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight in kingston, the national
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new evacuations under way. this unfolding disaster is playing out more than 100 miles inland. a network of bloated rivers gushing water that has nowhere to go. stress dams like this one are crumbling in sections. >> a lot of water around here. >> reporter: the coast guard showed us some of the thousands of homes believed to be damaged. what could be a $10 billion loss. for communities like princeville, it's back to the future. the scene after matthew today in hurricane floyd 17 years ago. the devastation is widespread, but is measured one home at a time. >> i look at how the water line is. >> reporter: the smith family is living in their driveway. their picture-perfect home of 21 years is now standing in nearly 21 inches of water. >> no matter how hard we worked to get it where it is. i know what it's going to take to get it back.
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but we'll get it back. >> reporter: tonight where there is so much pain, small moments of joy. firefighters in lumberton reach a pack of puppies stranded for days in floodwaters. one small victory in a sea of so much loss. while the damage in this community is bad, it's only going to get worse. rivers all across this area won't crest until this weekend. meantime, lester, the death toll here in u.s. from hurricane matthew now stands at 39. lester? >> miguel almaguer, in north carolina, thank you. the suspect in the ambush killing of two police officers in palm springs, california was just charged with murder. today police revealed disturbing details about the suspect's massive arsenal and apparently vicious intent. here's nbc's steve patterson. >> home surveillance video capturing the sounds of the gun battle. the officers thought they were responding to a domestic disturbance call. >> i would describe this as an ambush. >> 26-year-old john
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felix, a convicted felon, illegally in possession of a firearm charged this afternoon with the killing two of palm springs police officers. >> he put on a vest. so that he would be protected so he could kill police officers. that's the motive. >> police say without warning, felix opened fire. armed with an ar-15 assault-style rifle and armor piercing rounds. officers 63-year-old jose vega and 26-year-old lesley zerebny were killed. a third was wounded, two others targeted. after a 12-hour standoff with tear gas and police robots, felix surrendered. vega was a 35-year veteran and father of eight two months away from retirement. zerebny recently returned to duty after giving birth to a baby girl. >> every day will be hard. >> the shooting comes after targeted police killings in dallas and baton rouge. >> there's an element in our society that's bent on killing police officers. >> prosecutors say felix is eligible for
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the death penalty while the community prepares for memorial services next week, steve patterson, nbc news, palm springs, california. and still ahead tonight, help wanted. hundreds of thousands of job openings for the holidays. who's hiring and the special incentives offered to workers. also, are your kids consumed by homework even in grade school? we'll take you to one school where homework is a thing of the past.
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it may be hard to believe, but holiday shopping season will be here before we know it. americans are expected to spend $656 billion this year, up more than 3% over last year. nbc's jo ling kent explains why retailers are in a rush and pulling out the stops to hire holiday help. >> it's not even halloween and shoppers already seeing christmas all over the country. and unlike last year, seasonal job hunt verse their pick of where to work. 90% of employers plan on hiring this season. that's up 10% from last year. target hiring 78,000 people. macy's, 83,000 and u.p.s. has 95,000 job openings. they're doling out more, too, retail jobs paid $9.70 an hour last year this year's average, $13.90 an hour. the. >> the good news is the economy is better. the bad news, it makes it more difficult to find people looking for a part-time seasonal position.
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>> sandy chose to work at sheryl's cookies, for the money and 40% holiday discount. >> the discounts and perks are very important to me during the holidays. >> attracting workers in this competitive environment is tougher than ever. retailers rolling out other perks like cash bonuses, more flexible hours, the choice to wear whatever you want. even parties for employees at work. >> we'll hire 4500 in new york city. >> toys "r" us is holding its first-ever national hiring day. >> retails season is like the super bowl for us, with the economy being so strong and frankly the job market being tight we know it's a really competitive environment for seasonal hires. >> some stores are opening their doors to candidates with no retail work history to fill their slot. >> my resume isn't for retail, it's for customer service. >> and the opportunities will not end after the holidays. nearly 90% of employers plan to hire holiday workers full time in the new years. jo ling kent, nbc news,
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brooklyn, new york. in a moment, how would you feel if the person next to you on a plane brought along an uncaged dog, a cat or even a pig? we'll tell you about the growing battle over comfort animals in the skies.
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authorities in california are investigating the apparent suicide of a los angeles police detective who was among those investigating sexual assault allegations against new york knicks star derrick rose. detective nadine hernandez had argued to protect the anonymity of rose's accuser. police say there's no indication her case work had any connection to her death. new focus tonight on so-called comfort animals from dogs to pigs that are becoming a growing part of air travel. at a meeting hosted by the feds today, the airlines argued for limitations on the types of animals allowed to fly. here's nbc's kristin dahlgren. >> turtles, turkeys, even pigs that fly, the debate over emotional support
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animals on airplanes has become a dog fight. 100,000 animals fly in airline cabins every year. >> flying is already not super fun. now you add a great dane sitting there beside you. you know, it's going to be a little unnerving. >> maggie does travel with her dog. but says she pays to have him in a carrier at her feet. >> i don't like to see how people are abusing it. >> for as little as $69 it seems anyone can fill out a form and get a letter making almost any animal a service animal. in washington today, a department of transportation meeting, airlines asking to restrict the definition of service animals. to trained dogs and miniature horses, but heidi pagano says she needs her dog, toby. >> toby helps to alleviate anxiety especially in situations where i feel uncomfortable such as plane rides where i have no control. >> advocates point out emotional support animals may be used for unseen disorders like ptsd. the committee expected to vote this week on which animals may no longer find friendly
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skies. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. when we come back, the growing trend at our nation's schools. a dream come true for a whole lot of kids. san jose police staffing
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for every kid who spent hours on homework and for the parents who helped them, this might be music to your ears. a growing number of elementary schools are doing away with homework altogether. some experts worry it could have a negative impact on learning. here's joe friar. >> for families at cherry park elementary in portland, homework is now history. a new school policy that surprised the campbell family and their three kids. >> i was a little nervous at first. >> it's an experiment. if we're honest, but so far, so good. >> the principal says teachers delved into the research and found little evidence that homework benefits elementary students. >> our children have the rest of their lives to work. we want to focus on positive play and give the evenings back to our families. >> let's go, buddy. >> parents and kids are encouraged to spend more time playing outside and bonding as a family. >> amen.
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>> it's safe to say most kids are not complaining. >> we do enough work at school, so we shouldn't have to do any at home. >> and they're still finding time to read without logging the hours. >> across the country, more schools are adopting no homework policies. but some experts worry they're an overreaction arguing a little homework can help elementary students develop study habits. >> the important thing is that the homework for young children be short, simple and lead to success. >> so far, teachers and parents at cherry park are on board, though on occasion a few kids long for the old days. >> i miss it a lot. >> a lot of other students who have homework might look at you and think, i'm jealous, i wish i didn't have home work. >> yeah. >> what would you say to them? >> i would say that you're lucky you still have homework. >> no worries, they'll have plenty of homework down the road. joe fryer, nbc news. portland. that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night.
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i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. now.. i'm at a loss for words."8 ==raj/take vo== rht now at 6a blow tohe schools. safety zone. and everything going on right now? wow. left me with a loss for words right now. >> at 6:00 a blow to local schools staffing shortage trickling down to city's classrooms news at 6:00 starts right now. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. not about just keeping streets safe but less cops on the street but less on the ground. parents worried about schools
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where violence is an issue. damian. >> reporter: there was a time when there was a police officer on every campus for security reasons and to act as deterrent against outside criminals. but with a short staffed police department schools are left to plug the holes. more than a dozen police officers swarmed this crime scene in san jose, some working jofr time shift because of the staffing problems. that means they're not working that overtime here as resource officers in local schools. >> all of the 13 schools don't have officer every single day. not enough to go around. >> superintendent of the east high school district said just raised stipend for officers but few available for working in schools are filling overtime shifts, sometimes mandatory,

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