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>> lester holt joins us next for "nbc nightly news." >> we'll see you at 6:00. breaking news tonight -- a bombshell from the fbi director, 11 days until the election, the feds investigating newly discovered emails related to the hillary clinton private server case. found during a separate probe into sexting allegations against her top aide's husband, anthony wiener. new information still coming in. donald trump seizing on a stunning turn of events. more breaking news, emergency at o'hare, an american airlines jet burst into flames on the runway. panic on board, smoke billowing from the plane as passengers race to escape with their lives. and baby powder and cancer -- a jury awards a woman $70 million after she claimed it caused her ovarian cancer. did johnson & johnson fail to warn the public about a possible link? "nightly news" begins right
now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news," with letter holt. with 11 days to go, the head of the fbi dropped a bomb in the race for president this afternoon. one that has the trump campaign celebrating and the clinton camp scratching its head. director james comey revealing that newly discovered emails have turned up that have fbi agents once again back on the trail of hillary clinton's use of a private email server. the source of the emails is the other big surprise here. nbc news has learned they didn't come from clinton's server or even wikileaks, but rather were found on a computer belonging to anthony wiener. the estranged husband of clinton's long-time aide houma abedin. and a target of a sexting investigation. clinton came before the cameras to call on the fbi to immediately release all the information it has. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has late details.
>> reporter: nearly four months after saying its investigation of hillary clinton's e-mail server was over and recommending no charges, fbi director james comey today said new emails have come to light. in a letter to congress, he said the emails surfaced in an unrelated case and quote appear to be pertinent to the investigation. he said the fbi cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant. and that agents will now determine whether the emails contain classified information. and evaluate their importance. comey declined to say what the unrelated case is. but law enforcement officials say the emails were found on a laptop computer belonging to former anthony weiner. his wife huma abedin is running the campaign. the fbi is investigating whether weiner broke the law. he was sending photos to an underage girl. investigators used the abedin
used laptop to email clinton. the official also said there's no indication so far that anyone was with holding evidence. fbi officials say comey sent the letter today, out of an abundance of caution and that investigators have no idea whether the email would change his conclusion in july about whether her use of the private email server for classified information was a crime. >> our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> unless there's evidence that shows intent or shows withholding. it's hard to see that there would be a different result just because there are more classified emails that were sent by the same method. >> reporter: fbi are officials insist tonight the case is not being re-opened. they say that the case had not been formally closed, largely because of pending freedom of information act issues. comey said he felt obligated, though not legally required to send the letter today disclosing this new development after telling congress in july that the investigation of the private server was completed. lester? >> and pete of course the campaigns, a lot of voters waiting to see how this plays out. is there a timetable as to when
they might have resolution? >> reporter: no. comey says in the letter he doesn't know. and so far officials say investigators have no idea even whether these newly found emails actually contain classified information or not. and it's possible some may duplicate what the fbi has already seen but there's absolutely no way it will be done by election day, lester? >> pete williams in our washington news room. as you can imagine, the stunning news sent both the clinton and trump campaigns scrambling to react. the clinton campaign now demanding the feds release more information to the public and donald trump down in the polls pouncing on the new developments. we have it covered starting with nbc's kristen welker with the clinton campaign in iowa. what's the word there? >> reporter: lester, good evening. clinton campaign officials tell me they learned about the fbi's decision from news reports. stunned, they put the rally into damage control mode and they're calling on the fbi director to release more information, saying the short statement plays right into republicans' hands.
tonight the clinton campaign calls the fbi's director move extraordinary for its timing. >> it boggles the mind why the step was taken with 11 days to go. >> reporter: the political bomb shell hitting before hillary clinton even landed for her first event in iowa. on the plane the campaign touting its early voting numbers. >> the hillary coalition is turning out in record levels across the country and overall we're seeing very high turn-out. >> reporter: but then moments later in mid-flight news that the issue that's haunted clinton for months, her emails was back. clinton slow to get off her campaign plane after huddling with staff for 20 minutes and a photo shoot with photographer annie lebowitz. in iowa she rallied her most dedicated supporters -- women. >> we've got work to do. >> reporter: but no mention of the fbi's announcement. clinton responding late tonight. >> we are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetime.
therefore, it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue, in question whatever it is, without any delay. ripe it's an issue her team thought she had put behind her. >> i made a mistake using a private email. >> that's for sure. >> reporter: and it comes after a rocky week days of headlines about hacked emails released by wikileaks, including a 2011 memo where a top aide to bill clinton describes what he called bill clinton, inc. a strategy for securing millions of dollars in speaking and consulting fees for the former president from clinton foundation donors. clinton's team hoping to move that story off the front page, with reports she was looking past election day, considering joe biden to be secretary of state. although biden tonight saying he's not interested. so could the fbi announcement with a game-changer? voters reacting in battleground florida. >> it is very, very concerning. we, we want to know all the facts. we have to find out what's going on. it's alarming. >> for weeks, james comey has been the clinton campaign's best
friend, he gave hillary clinton a clean bill of health. now he has injected at the last minute major uncertainty into this race. >> reporter: on a day where the clinton team appeared upbeat and optimistic at the start. tonight more somber as they face a big hurdle, kristen welker, nbc news, des moines. this is katie tur covering the trump campaign. a re-energized donald trump took the stage in new hampshire this afternoon. >> the fbi have discovered new emails pertaining to the former secretary of state hillary clinton's investigation. >> reporter: after weeks down in the polls, today's fbi news came as a shot in the arm to trump's struggling campaign. >> this is bigger than watergate. >> reporter: trump, who has called the election rigged, the system corrupt and derided the fbi's investigation, suddenly changed his tune. >> it might not be as rigged as i thought. right? right?
>> reporter: the trump team hoping to regain momentum long saying anthony weiner would prove to be a problem for hillary clinton. >> anthony weiner. who is a sleaze ball and a pervert. >> reporter: the gop nominee is welcoming the distraction from a slew of headlines questioning his commitment in the final stretch. as the latest s.e.c. report shows he only contributed $30,000 to his campaign this month. trump's big cash promise made as recently as this afternoon. >> i'll probably have over maybe close to or over $100 million of my money spent. on the campaign. >> reporter: so far, falling short. now trump is saying he gave his campaign $10 million more. nbc news has learned from campaign sources this latest donation is intended for battleground state tv ads. some much-needed on-air messaging, now with a renewed attack line. >> i don't know if it will change the race in his favor. it does i think put a pause to you know, maybe some of the movement towards hillary clinton.
>> reporter: i just spoke to a source close to the campaign who tells me donald trump didn't mention anthony weiner at his last event because he wants to keep the focus on this negative headline for hillary clinton for a change and not his reaction to it. we'll see if that strategy continues into tonight. lester? >> katie tur, thanks. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, i know we're hours into this, but 11 days from the election, what are the potential political ramifications? >> you see it by watching the reaction and who jumped on this first and there wasn't a republican in washington, there wasn't a republican on the ballot that didn't jump on this news in a hurry. this week alone, i do think we may see this news added to the obamacare news, added to the foundation, all of it, giving republican candidates down the ballot, a closing argument. if it's a president hillary clinton don't you want us to keep an eye on her.
as a presidential, if it has an impact, we have to know more information. what is it? i have to say, i will be surprised if director comey thinks he can just let this sort of meatball hang out there for 11 days without providing more details. this is something that i think is going to bother a lot of voters. forget you hear partisans on both sides being upset. you throw this out there, but not with a lot of details. what is it? what does it mean? i got to think the fbi can't let this wait until after the election. >> chuck i know you'll have a lot on "meet the press" on sunday. >> you know it. emergency on the runway in chicago. an american airlines jet aborted takeoff and caught fire at o'hare, it was a harrowing scene as passengers rushed to escape as smoke and fire engulfed one side of the plane. nbc's ron mott is at o'hare with late details. >> reporter: panicked passengers rushing off a burning american airlines jet at o'hare today, single file, urging one another to go. >> go, go, go!
>> we're starting to take off. we didn't get in the air, the right side engine blew. >> reporter: video captured by one passenger recorded the frightening exit. some passengers tumbling down the emergency chute. eventually standing on the grass off the runway, watching the plane they just escaped go up in flames. >> oh! >> oh, my god. >> chicago american 383, we're evacuating. >> second 383, roger, trucks are on the way. >> reporter: the chaos began as american flight 383 rolled down the runway, the airline said, headed for miami when the right-wing caught fire and partially collapsed. >> we heard a loud pop and then flames. >> reporter: officials say all 161 passengers and nine crew members got off the plane safely as firefighters fought the flames on the other side of the aircraft. 20 passengers and one crew member suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. >> we were 30 seconds into the safety video. about do not grab your luggage,
if in an emergency. and probably seven or eight people that stopped and went overhead and grab their luggage. which made everybody start falling forward. >> reporter: a groundstop was ordered bringing ground operations to a stop for some time at o'hare. though flights began taking off an hour later. the ntsb is sending investigators to o'hare to look at the incident. tonight american airlines says this was an engine fire. the cause so far unknown. >> there's developing news of yet another plane emergency today, this time in ft. lauderdale where a fedex dc-10 cargo jet caught fire after the landing gear collapsed. crews covered the plane in foam, putting out that fire. and investigators with the national transportation safety board are looking into still another scary plane incident involving republican vice presidential nominee, mike pence last night here in new york. 48 people were on board, no one was injured, but there are a lot of questions about exactly how it happened.
here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: on the tarmac today, ntsb investigators were examining the mud-covered landing gear of the charter plane that carried governor mike pence. it was just before 8:00 p.m. on a rainy, windy night when the flight came in for a landing. suddenly, trouble. >> he said stop, stop. >> reporter: the plane was too far down the runway. >> we have an emergency in the airport. >> felt the plane fishtailing a little bit and then it slid sideways and when we saw the mud splash up on the windows, up in the front of the aircraft. >> reporter: on board with pence, nbc news campaign embed vaughn hillyard. >> as soon as the impact happened, brace for impact. we started to slide off and came to a complete halt. >> reporter: the plane stopped 300 feet from a highway. thanks to the crushable concrete arrestor beds like this at the end of the runway. the black boxes have revealed nothing unusual about the plane's mechanical performance. the question, did the pilot land
too far down the runway, or did he skid? were the wind and rain factors? >> in determining the point of touchdown will be key to this investigation. it's no secret that many airplanes landed ahead of this airplane and did so successfully. >> reporter: meanwhile, governor pence has changed planes now using the san francisco giants team plane. tom costello, nbc news, new york. still ahead, $70 million verdict, a jury sides with a woman who claims a major company failed to warn the public that an iconic product used by millions may cause cancer.
we're back with a massive $70 million verdict over a product millions have used for decades. it was handed down in a lawsuit that claimed johnson & johnson failed to warn the public about a possible link between its popular talcum baby powder and cancer. now as our stephanie gosk explains, the company faces thousands more legal challenges. >> reporter: johnson's baby powder has been around since 1894. one of the country's most recognizable products. ♪ for the fourth time a jury has ruled that johnson & johnson failed to inform the public about a possible link between ovarian cancer and its signature product. awarding deborah giannecchini, a california woman diagnosed with stage iv ovarian cancer, $70 million in damages.
>> it's been a long fought battle. >> reporter: for decades she used the product for feminine hygiene. >> i hope that johnson & johnson will step up and take responsibility and post a warning on their product. that says this is not as safe as you may think it is. >> reporter: johnson & johnson says in part we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. we will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science. which supports the safety of johnson's baby powder. the american cancer society says scientific findings have been mixed. adding for any individual woman, if there is an increased risk, the overall increase is likely to be very small. johnson & johnson is now appealing three decisions, including nearly $200 million in damages. but it succeeded in having two cases in new jersey thrown out by a judge, who ruled there is no reliable scientific evidence to support the claims.
still, the fight is not over. >> this was the goal for me, to help bring awareness and i think i accomplished that. i'm doing my little part, anyway. >> reporter: her case has helped generate many more. now, nearly 2,000 other women like deborah have filed similar suits. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with a highly controversial case now headed for a supreme court showdown.
a battle over transgender bathrooms is going to the supreme court. the case involves a student challenging the policy of a school district in virginia. the district argues that it is not required to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match to their gender identities. in north dakota, more than 140 people have been arrested in a tense standoff over a controversial oil pipeline project. a violent confrontation stretched into the morning hours.
as police clashed with protesters who were seeking to block construction near a native american reservation. nbc's miguel almaguer is there and has the latest. >> reporter: today construction along the dakota access oil pipeline kicked into high gear. crews losing little time, working where native american protesters tried to block the massive project. >> this is not okay. >> reporter: after violent confrontations with police -- 140 arrested. the standoff shows no sign of ending any time soon. police and protesters both standing their ground. the pipeline is nearly complete. it's designed to funnel more than half a million barrels of oil a day across four states. energy transfer partners says the pipeline alternative is safer than transporting oil with a truck. the standing rock sioux tribe says construction is destroying sacred land and threatens to pollute the missouri river.
this woman says water is her family's lifeline. she waits for her brother and husband to return from the protest every day. >> that's the motto here is water is life. >> reporter: what began as a rally has now brought together more than 400 indigenous tribes in one cause. tonight there is fear, more violent confrontations are looming. miguel almaguer, nbc news, cannon ball, north dakota. when we come back, to the windy city we go, where fans at wrigley field have been waiting for this night for seven decades.
finally tonight after two games in cleveland, the world series has moved to chicago cubs' territory with the series tied up, cubs fans are hoping to win it all with a sweep at home over the indians. for chicago's iconic wrigley field, tonight has been seven decades in the making. here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: in chicago their is going to party like it's 1945. party like it's 1945. >> we're going to win. >> are you sure? >> yes, i'm very sure. >> reporter: that kid wasn't around 71 years ago when the last world series game was played at wrigley field.
but 87-year-old phil killburn was there. >> if they win the world series, that will be both miraculous and wonderful. >> reporter: back then a ticket was just $6. for tonight? in the thousands. sadly, the cubs didn't win in '45. in fact they haven't won in 108 years. it was here seven miles from wrigley at what they call the old west side ground that the cubs last won. long-suffering cub fans, it's now the neuropsychiatric institute. fans have been driven crazy ever since. back then the field often hosted buffalo bill's wild west show. that was 12 presidents ago. as the nail-biting build leading up to tonight's first pitch, out come the dogs and the babies. sprinkled in, the odd cleveland fan, seeking a friend. kind of lonely. >> exactly. i have to zip up my jacket just a little bit. >> reporter: the wrigley stage is set. who will make history? ♪
kevin tibbles, wrigley field in chicago. and that's going to do it for us on a friday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. and good night. right now at 6:00, a bay area cold case solved. and detectives got thir big break from the very man they say committed the crime. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> and i'm raj mathai. it's a crime that shocked a community. and now four years later some closure. you might remember that hohorrific crime. someone beat and raped an 82-year-old grandmother while she was out for a morning walk. nbc bay area jodi hernandez with
the exclusive information. jodi. >> reporter: richmond police say what happened to that 82-year-old grandmother is as bad as it gets. but they never gave up on bringing justice to the family and tonight a suspect is behind bars. >> very sweet, very kind and loved life. >> reporter: those who knew 82-year-old quan are feeling a huge sense of relief after learning the man police believe raped and fatally beat the richmond grandmother in 2012 is finally behind bars. >> i was wondering if it would ever happened. >> grandmother of six was out for a walk in january of 2012 when this man, jonathan jackson, attacked her just a few blocks from her apartment. an employee of a tire shop found her in this parking lot barely