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sunday night right after sunday night football. it's a phenomenal series. >> good night. . >> tonight taking care of business. 13 days to go. donald trump detours off the campaign trail to promote his new hotel and personally congratulate his surrogate newt gingrich on this final exchange. >> you are fascinated with sex, and you don't care about public policy. >> a new attack on megan kelly as hillary clinton barnstorms florida where a new poll shows trump edging ahead. too drunk to fly? a pilot arrested at the airport after tsa agents sounded the alarm. the latest in a string of troubling incidents. nbc news exclusive. pentagon chief shares plans for the next u.s. mission against isis. and campus shock at one of the nation's top universities. a student accused of stalking and sexually assaulting women. authorities make a disturbing discovery in his apartment.
"nightly news" begins right now. zpliefrmts in a from nbc news world head kwaurts in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. with 13 days until election day, it was down to business today for donald trump in a way that you might not expect for a candidate behind in the polls and running out of time. trump making a detour from a campaign trail and critical battleground states to showcase his hotel business in washington d.c. a questionable investment of time with two new tracking polls showing clinton with a nine point lead over trump nationally, illustrating the urgent challenge before him. nbc's katie is in north carolina with more on trump's competing priorities. katie, good evening. >> reporter: hi there, lester. donald trump is about to take the stage here in kinston, north carolina. this after, as you said, another unconventional day on the campaign trail that began with a
photo op. now critics again saying that he uses his attention from his presidential campaign to advertise for his brand. >> this is what i want to do for our country. >> reporter: 13 days until the election, trailing in the polls and struggling to stay on message, donald trump took a break to advertise his new hotel. >> with a notable exception of 1600 pennsylvania avenue, this is the most coveted piece of real estate in washington d.c. >> it's the 32nd time trump has taken reporters to one of his properties since announcing, and though the campaign called it a corporate event, he was accompanied by his campaign manager and senior advisors. >> five words. under budget and ahead of schedule. >> reporter: proving if it looks and sounds like a stump speech,ing it probably is a stump speech. criticism trump rejected, arguing clinton was off the trail last night at an adele
concert. >> i think it's a very rude question, to be honest with you, and what i do is i want to back my children. >> reporter: campaign or commercial, it isn't going well. trump's high-end business is taking a hit. his star on the walk of fame smashed today by a vandal. raids said trump's new hotel already slashed. golfers looking for new courses. a new on-line poll showing 40% of americans say they're now less likely to buy trump products. >> he may have to actually reconsider the value proposition of the trump name. it may be better that he starts slapping the trump name on things that will be more appealing to his new support base. >> reporter: tonight trump is in north carolina. another must win swing state. he is down in the polls here and today a new nbc news wall street journal meris poll shows he is down in new hampshire and tied in nevada. mooiks pence could help him out in such battle grounds, but today he is in utah. >> in any other year utah should be a red state, a very red
state, and a republican lock. >> it's not. conservative voters are rallying behind evan mcmullan, a long-time republican running as an independent for president. >> right now i'm really excited about the momentum in evan mcmullan campaign. >> reporter: momentum trump needs to find for himself if he wants to live in that other historic building on pennsylvania avenue. katie toure, nbc news, north carolina. i'm halle jackson in washington where an unexpected shout-out stood out in the hotel promo. >> congratulations, newt, on last night. that was an amazing interview. >> reporter: trump talking about the fiery back and forth between former house speaker newt gingrich and fox news anchor megan kelly. >> you are fascinated with sex, and you don't care about public policy. that's what i get out of watching you tonight. >> you know what, mr. speaker, i'm not fascinated by sex, but i am fascinated by the protection of women. >> it was an amazing -- we don't
play games, newt, right? we don't play games. >> reporter: the gop nominee clearly pleased with what he heard from one of his top surrogates, even if 134 republic -- some republican women are not. >> they're losing their minds. they're not acting like a campaign that's going to close strong. >> reporter: mitt romney's former top aide tweeting every time you talk about it like a neanderthal you push more and more women away from the gop, so stop it. >> what do you think about the women that are upset by that interview. >> i haven't seen that on twitter or anywhere. >> he just is another bomb wiping out republican women voters. not judge us for thst for this the long-term. >> reporter: polling shows trump has struggled with women voters his whole campaign. a demographic mitt romney lost by 11 points in 2012. trump now trails hillary clinton by almost double that. 20 points. >> we step into that ballot box and we think about the big things that matter to us. i think more women are going to side with donald trump than
hillary clinton. >> reporter: still, with trump needing help winning women, new questions on whether those tasked with helping him really are. halle jackson, nbc news, washington. meantime, hillary clinton celebrated her birthday on the campaign trail today. tried to rally votes in florida where a new poll shows trump edging ahead and clinton using trump's own hotel event to open a new line of attack on her opponent. let's get the latest from nbc's kristen welker. >> how are you feeling on your birthday? >> reporter: on her 69th birthday hillary clinton barnstorming critical florida for a second day, urging supporters to go to the polls with early voting underway here. >> we've got to get everybody out to vote. donald trump says he can still win, and he is right. >> reporter: a new poll out today shows trump leading clinton by two points in the sunshine state. clinton turning to celebrity chef jose andreas to help make her case. he famously pulled his restaurant out of trump's new washington d.c. hotel after trump's controversial comments
about latinos. today clinton taking aim. >> he once again relied on undocumented workers. the same people he has been insulting and demonizing throughout this campaign. >> clinton hoping rhetoric like that will help drive turnout. an nbc news flalsz of early voting in florida shows an equal number of democrats and republicans have voted so far, but more women have turned out in 12 battleground states where early voting has started. potentially a good sign for clinton. more women so far have turned out to vote than men. why do you think that is? >> because a woman is running for president. >> reporter: that's an energizing factor? >> yes, and it's history. >> reporter: the clinton campaign says the priority this week is hitting early voting states, including nevada, iowa, and north carolina. and pushing all-important millenial voters to make their voices heard. that strategy on display last night when clinton made a surprise stop at the adele
concert in miami. the biggest concern for democrats now? >> if our people are over confident and they don't turn out because they figure it's in the bag, i think that the trump voters are coming out come hell or high water. i think it could be a problem. >> reporter: the clinton campaign announcing they'll hold what they hope will be a victory party on election night at the javits center which literally has a glass ceiling. clinton hoping to make good on that metaphor about women breaking through the highest barrier. lester. >> kristen welker, thank you. tonight in south dakota an airline pilot is out on bail after being arrested and charged with showing up drunk for a morning flight to salt lake city. it is the latest in a string of pilots arrested for allegedly trying to fly while under the influence. we get details from tom cost eli don't -- costello. >> reporter: it was rapid city to salt lake city. delayed at the gate after tsa officers smelled alcohol on the first officer. >> we assumed with the local
authorities there that it probably wasn't a medical issue, and indeed, the first officer was drunk. >> reporter: within a few minutes the first officer russell duszak, 38 years old, was taken into custody. police say his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. >> this is one of the areas where pilots and all flight crew members have a virtual zero tolerance for impairment for any reason. >> reporter: sky west airlines operated today's flight for delta. it quickly brought in a replacement pilot. in a statement telling nbc news, "skywest holds its employees to the highest standards of professionalism and the safety and security of our customers are type priorities." the arrested pilot now on administrative leave. darren farmer who was flying with his 9-year-old son, calls the incident outrageous. >> you know, it could have injured myself, my son or, frankly, killed us if the plane goes down based upon him just showing up to work drunk. it's absolutely ridiculous. >> reporter: still, it's just the latest case of pilots
allegedly trying to fly drunk. in august two veteran united pilots arrested in scotland, and in march an american airlines pilot in handcuffs at the airport after failing two breathalyzer tests in detroit. he pleaded no contest. tonight yet another pilot accused of trying to fly while intoxicated. tom costello, nbc news, washington. want to turn now to new developments in a story we've been following for days now. tonight the government has halted efforts for now to take back enlistment bonuses for members of the california national guard almost a decade after they were paid. these incentives improperly handed out to boost ranks during the iraq and afghanistan wards rsh. >> reporter: the pentagon's temporary about-face on recouping bonus payments greeted with skepticism by an iraqi veteran and member of the california national guard. >> how is anybody joining the military going to sign a contract if these contracts mean
absolutely nothing? >> reporter: like thousands of other guard members, struters was ordered to pay back $25,000 in bonuses and tuition assistance for reenlisting in 2007. after an appeal he got the amount reduced to $5,000. a debt that's been taking 20% of his monthly pay. >> i have lost trust, and that's a hell of a thing to say for people that you depend on for your life when you are signing knowing you -- you might pay. >> reporter: today the pentagon announced it's suspending bonus collection efforts, establishing a streamlined centralized appeals process by january 1st, and aiming to complete decisions on those appeals by july 1st. >> most people are just caught up in the crossfire here. we need to give them what they deserve as quickly as possible. >> while carter says some soldiers should have known they were ineligible for the payments, many did not. he has told reviewers to lean in
favor of the soldier. some like chris van meter already paid their debt. >> that was really tough to swallow. it really was. >> reporter: refinancing his house to cover a $46,000 bill. the white house says they will get another chance to appeal. >> presently it's those individuals that need to be treated fairly as well. >> reporter: a fair hearing that for many soldiers has come at a very high price. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. in addition to the bonus controversy, defense secretary ash carter is also weighing in tonight on the fight against isis as iraqi forces continue their forces on mosul. they'll begin on the isis capital in syria in a few weeks. hans nichols sat down exclusively with secretary carter today in paris. >> reporter: 11 days in and more than 2,000 coalition bombs, rockets, and shells. still the islamic state appeared to hold their lines outside of mosul today as iraqi forces
moved more than 1,000 civilians out of harm's way. u.s. secretary of defense ash carter telling nbc news in an exclusive interview that the u.s. and its allies are already looking across the border to syria to the islamic state's self-proclaimed capital of rocca. the plan? simultaneous campaigns against mosul and rocca. >> it starts in the next few weeks, and that's long been our plan and we'll be capable of resourcing both. >> the assault will start in weeks not months? >> weeks from now. yes, that's correct. >> that means this year, 2016? >> that's what we expect. that's our plan. of course, we always try to meet our plan as we have in mosul. >> in mosul u.s. forces will get closer and closer to the city's center riding along side iraqi and kurdish troops, but rocca will be a far different challenge. fewer local forces with less training. the focus in paris? working with allies on how to prevent a cornered islamic state from desperate attacks against
the west, but confidence that the enemy's ranks are thinning. >> remember, we took out the successive military commanders of mosul. we're extremely effective in eliminating the leadership of isil. >> a united offense soon on two fronts. hans nichols, northbound news, brussels. in italy today a pair of powerful earthquakes struck the central part of the country crumbling chufrz and buildings in ancient towns near the epicenter knocking out power and shutting down major highways. officials say the aftershock was felt as far south as rome. it comes less than two months after a deadly quake in august killed hundreds of people in italy. a lot of panic there tonight, but as of now, no reports of widespread deaths or injuries. still ahead, shocking allegations rocking a major university. multiple women accusing a student of sexual assault. the disturbing details authorities say they found inside his notebooks. also, it's a goal many want to achieve, but now experts warn
banned one of its students from campus after multiple women have accused him of sexual assault. >> keep hearing more and more about it, how there's multiple people who have been affected by it, and i guess it just gets more and more sickening as we hear what's happened. >> reporter: minnesota native alec cook is a junior at the school. so far he faces nine charges involving four women, but prosecutors say many more counts are pending after dozens of women have come forward. the first woman who went to police said the 20-year-old strangled and assaulted her for more than two hours at his apartment on october 12th. then as news of his arrest spread around campus, the floodgates opened. another woman claimed he had assaulted her back in february. then another and another. investigators searching his apartment say they found a black book in his nightstand of names of women he met and what he wanted to do with them in a very systematic way, according to the search warrant. disturbingly enough, there were statements of kill and statements of sexual desires.
>> he will not be allowed to be on university grounds. we hope that gives folks a little bit of a peace of mind that this threat is no longer on our campus. >> reporter: cook's attorney saying no facts have yet been proven. they're urging the public to keep in mind that not everything you hear is true and that in the past few years several grave accusations in similar cases were later proven groundless. >> i hope that, i don't know, more people are starting to feel safe now that this person has been arrested for it. >> i think this is just a problem on any campus. i think you could go anywhere in america and find, you know, a case of this nature. >> reporter: cook is now being held without bail. he is due in court tomorrow. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, madison, wisconsin. we will take a break now and switch gears when we come back. we're going to tell you about the uninvited guest that wreaked havoc inside a restaurant.
women to get payee quality around the world? a very long time indeed according to a new estimate by the world economic forum that says the global pay gap won't close for a whopping 170 years if trends don't change. in recent years the white house says american women have earned 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. the cleveland indians shut out the chicago cubs to win game one of the world series. meet their newest fans. newborns who arrived yesterday sporting world series babies onies. a gift from the cleveland clinic. the tiny sluggers got here just in time for what could be the indians first championship since 1948. zbliefrmt and t the video of the day comes from northwest indiana where diners are looking for a quiet meal and instead got a shock that had them running for the exits. a deer crashing through a window running over tables nearly colliding when a woman near the entrance before smashing through another window on the way out. he didn't leave a tip. when we come back, why one high school football team has been
that's because they are so dominant many opponents refuse to even step on the field with them. our joe fryer takes us through a season filled with ups and downs and it's taught these players valuable lessons. >> for a team that's undefeated a wildcat of archbishop murphy high used rather long words to describe their season. >> a mess. it's disappointing. >> they won their first three games by a combined score of 170-0. after that five of their opponents decided to forfeit. call it friday night lights out. >> we don't want to be sitting at home or watching other teams play. we want to be on the field ourselves playing a game we love. >> the team is not just really good. they're really big. >> i'm 6'3". how tall are you? >> 6'8". >> reporter: abe lucas is one of six players topping 250 pounds which concerned opposing players and parents. >> we will not play archbishop. >> that's like putting a vw bug up against a mac truck.
>> reporter: the forfeits are having a trickle down effect on the cheer squad and pep band. >> it's brought down our spirits a little bit. >> reporter: so many schools have forfeited the team hasn't played a game in a month and a half, but now it's about to change. >> we have a game again. >> reporter: across puget sound the olympic high trojans are fine-tuning their slingshot with a battle with goliath. >> it's exciting for me. >> the team never considered forfeiting. >> you know, there's not only lessons of football and lessons in life we can learn from this. >> reporter: so finally, archbishop murphy takes the field. a victory for the band, the cheerleaders, and the team which wins big, and with no injuries it's a game best defined by the size of the players' parts. joe fryer, nbc news, everett, washington. >> that's it for us on a
wednesday night. i'm lester hoemlt. for all of us on nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. d activis now out ofail ter really try to take it step by step. >> right now at 6:00 a filmmaker, an activist out of jail arrested for murder and then let go. tonight he's telling his side of the story. >> good evening and thanks for joining us. >> 48 hours ago he was arrested for killing a man inside his home. tonight he's out of jail and talking to us. >> kevin epps is well known around town, what's his explanation? >> yes, he is.
it's been a roughly 48 hours for kev kevin epps. he sat down with me, tired and emotional about the entire ordeal there were rules to this interview, epps could not talk about what happened in his home. he talked openly about why this is so devastating to him. >> no, in the process of going through a traumatic experience and take it step by step. it's an overwhelming situation. i can't convey what i'm feeling, because