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>> wowt( is right. @/>>ñi my ga >> 147 million. >> a lot of zeros inéb that. >> have a good night folks see you back at 6:00. >> nightly news is neck. developing tonight, to the jury, bill cosby facing potentially the rest of his life in prison. the defense rests after just six minutes, and we're at the courthouse awaiting a verdict, suing the president, a new lawsuit accusing donald trump of violating violating the constitution with his foreign business dealings. will he be forced to turnover his tax returns? protesting putin, a wave of rallies across russia, demonstrators face down riot police as a prominent putin critic who issued the call to action is detained. instant pain relief. new treatment for millions with aching knees. in drugs or surgery. doctors say it can work better and last longer with fewer side effects. and 49 acts of love, moms of the 49 lost in orlando
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one year ago today turning their grief into action. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. to our viewer in the west, it's great to have you with us tonight. our top story, bill cosby's fate is in the hands of a pennsylvania jury right now, deliberating the verdict in the sexual assault case against him after cosby's lawyers abruptly ended their case after six minutes and one witness. in dueling closing arguments, cosby was portrayed by the prosecution as someone that posed as a trusted mentor who drugged and sexually assaulted andrea constand in 2004. the defense by contrast reminding the jury of her inconsistent statements. nbc's stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: for the first time since the trial began, bill cosby arrived with his
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wife of more than 50 years. >> she came in holding his hand. you got to see her. it wasn't a show. it was real. it was real love. >> reporter: it took the defense six minutes to present its case, just one witness. the lead defense attorney then delivered a dramatic closing from folksy and low key, to shouting, "stop this! repeatedly. can a powerful close decide a case?can a powerful close decide a case?repeatedly. can a powerful close decide a case? >> it can win a case for a defense attorney by injecting reasonable doubt, connecting the dots. >> reporter: he highlighted inconsistencies in andrea constand's story, arguing her relationship with cosby was romantic and what happened that night was consensual at one point yelling at the jury, you know why we're here, let's be real, we're here because of them. he pointed to a group of women in the audience that accused cosby of sexual misconduct suggesting this trial
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is more about them and the dozens of others who have come forward. the comedian denies all their acquisitions. >> justice for andrea is justice for not only for us 60 women but for all the women that have not found their voice. >> reporter: in the prosecution's close, the district attorney said andrea constand's own words are enough to convict, but he also focused on cosby's words during a civil deposition and a statement to police over a decade ago. there is no ability to get around what came out of the defendant's mouth, steel told them, including an admission he gave constand pills and engaged in sexual contact. as for the idea there was romance the night of the incident, steel asked -- this is romantic? you should be insulted by that. it's criminal. each of the three counts carries a maximum sentence of ten years. for a 79-year-old man, who is not in good health, that could mean the rest of his life in prison. lester? >> stephanie gosk in pennsylvania tonight, thank you. less than a week after fired
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fbi director james comey testified, all eyes will be on the senate intelligence committee once again tomorrow as attorney general jeff sessions gets his turn to testify in public regarding the russia investigation. nbc's peter alexander has the latest. >> reporter: president trump face-to-face with jeff sessions. >> it's great to be here. . >> reporter: the attorney general preparing to break his silence on russia testifying in public before congressional investigators tomorrow. just days after james comey addressed potential conflicts about session's role in the controversy. >> we also were aware of facts i can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a russia-related investigation problematic. >> reporter: will the white house invoke executive privilege? >> it depends on the scope of questions to get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature. >> reporter: sessions is likely to face bruising questions about
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his failure to discuss questions about the meeting with the two russian ambassadors and a third that sessions denies. >> when sessions failed to disclose these meetings with the russians, was it an honest mistake or part of a coverup? >> reporter: unfazed at at his first cabinet meeting, the president touting this claim. >> we've been as active as you can possibly be at a record-setting pace. >> reporter: then an unusual scene. all the president's men and women showering the commander in chief with praise. >> i can't thank you enough for the privileges you've given me. >> i want to thank you for getting this country moving. >> we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you've given us to serve your agenda and the american people. >> reporter: the senate's top democrat on twitter mocking the moment. >> lucy, how did we do on the sunday show? >> your tone was perfect. >> michelle, how was my hair coming out of the gym this morning? >> you have great hair! >> reporter: still hanging over the white house, the president's suggestion he has secret tapes with comey who he
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accused of lying under oath but despite calls he'd come clean, no timetable for an answer. tonight on the eve of jess sessions session, the senate intelligence committee remains huddled behind closed doors after two congressional aides said they met confidentially with jay johnson, the head of homeland security, as the committee examines the role russia played in last year's election. les? >> peter alexander, thank you. the president facing legal challenges tonight, the business dealings prompted him of a lawsuit with conflicts of interest and violating the constitution. our justice correspondent pete williams has those details. >> reporter: adding new legal firepower to challenge president trump's worldwide business holdings, maryland and the district of colombia say he's violating the constitution's ban on public officials, receiving presents or payments from foreign sources. those provisions are walls their suit says against presidential
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corruption. >> and the one thing we know about president trump is he understands the value of walls. this is one he can't climb over and he can't dig underneath. >> reporter: the lawsuit says mr. trump markets his property as president and benefits from payments from foreign countries and holding event in trump tower, and staying at his washington hotel. too much of a conflict they say when he makes decisions about u.s. foreign policy and they say he never put his businesses in a blind trust. but in a filing last week in a related case, the justice department says the constitution only blocks the president from accepting a gift for personally performing some service for a foreign country. easily, the riches president in modern times, his business ties raise a legal question that hasn't come up before and the lawsuit faces long odds, but even if today's lawsuit doesn't ultimately succeed, it could force the president to turnover revealing financial records. >> and request number
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one will be his tax returns, to see if there is any basis behind these allegations that they are made, that could be very significant. >> reporter: the white house calls this lawsuit partisan politics. also tonight, another appeals court has ruled that the trump executive order restricting travel from six muslim countries is illegal. soon the supreme court will decide whether it will take the case and whether the government can begin enforcing the travel ban while it's on appeal here. lester? >> pete williams at the supreme court tonight, thank you. in russia, a wave of protest erupting against vladimir putin in over 100 cities and towns. some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in years. up to 1,000 people were detained, including a prominent putin critic who issued the call to action. our chief foreign correspondent richard engle is there. >> reporter: they showed up from the kremlin and cities nationwide with one
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message. to show dissatisfaction with russia's president. this is what happens when you try to demonstrate against vladimir putin in today's russia. these demonstrators have come out and denouncing putin calling him a criminal and now the riot police are pushing him back. they are making it very, very clear that this demonstration is not going to be tolerated. the flash mobs answered a call on social media from opposition leader alexi nulvomi. but he never made it arrested outside his home sentenced to 30 days in jail. the rallying cry is anti-corruption. he has a hugely popular youtube show designed to show the fabulous wealth of kremlin insiders. but nulvani has been banned from running for president because of corruption charges against him, which he says has been trumped up. in many ways, nulvani the last
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prominent critic standing. one shot dead near the kreml kremlin. anna shot down in an elevator and vladimir poisoned twice but survived. tonight on russian tv, the top story was putin showing students his office. no mention of the unrest. richard engel, nbc news, moscow. in this country, a fraternity ritual that turned deadly was relived today in a courtroom where a group of penn state students faced a preliminary hearing in the alleged hazing death of a new recruit. nbc's kristen dahlgren was there. >> reporter: 16 of the 18 fraternity brothers facing various charges related to the alcohol-fueled death of 20-year-old timothy piazza heading to court this morning for an emotional and oven fiery hearing. video footage from the fraternity house shown publicly for the first time recorded the night piazza died.
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piazza is seen falling multiple times. fraternity brothers throwing things at him and trying to dress him before calling 911, 12 hours after his first fall. >> we have a friend unconscious. >> reporter: also in the courtroom, timothy piazza's parents for the first time coming face-to-face with most of the accused. they spoke to matt lauer last month. >> this was men who intended to force-feed lethal amounts of alcohol into other young men. >> reporter: today, piazza's father teared up and rocked in his seat as the lead detective said timothy looked dead, he looked like a corps. piazza's parents left the courtroom before the video was played. >> they want to remember their son as the bright young handsome man who he was. >> reporter: penn state disbanded the fraternity chapter and created a board to oversee changes in the school's greek system. charges for the 18 range from involuntarily manslaughter to tampering with evidence. william brennan represents
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joseph emms, charged with reckless endangerment. >> i can't say enough. it's just an unspeakable, horrific, sad event but for joey, it's not a criminal case, in my opinion. >> reporter: kristen dahlgren, nbc news, bellfontaine, pennsylvania. the next congressman from montana avoided jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected. gianforte wrote a letter apologizing to "guardian" reporter ben jacobs for attacking him as jacobs tried to ask a question in may. that infamous encounter caught on audio tape. instead of jail, he was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling, and a $385 fine. he's expected to be sworn in later this month. it's not summer yet but it feels like it across much of the country. millions baking in a heat wave and temperatures in the 90s from new york to chicago. the northeast will start to cool
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a bit on wednesday, but the above average highs continue continue through the midwest through the end of the week. . in the midwest, storms are rolling through colorado tonight. tornado watch in the northern part of the state. the tributes today in orlando on the first anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. 49 people died when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub, and some mothers of the victims have found a way to start moving beyond their grief and help others in the process. nba's gabe gutierrez has their story tonight. >> reporter: never have these church bells went so long, 49 times for 49 lives lost when a gunman opened fire at the pulse nightclub.
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>> there is no moment i don't think of my daughter, and when i'm driving, when i wake up, when i go to bed, when i eat, everything. >> reporter: her daughter amanda was on the dance floor snapchating, then that horrible sound. >> i wanted her to be remembered as love, pure love. >> reporter: at first, grief consumed her until a realization. >> you know, what good it's going to do? that grief i have to turn it into something positive. we cannot live with grief. >> reporter: on that awful night, 49 lives were stolen by an act of hate so myra and other mothers of the victims came up with 49 acts of love for this june 12th. >> they go from as simple as smiling 49 times that day at strangers. >> reporter: in orlando today beyond the public tributes, volunteers brought breakfast to first responders. >> thank you guys very much. we appreciate it. >> reporter: they sorted 49,000 pounds
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of produce at a local food bank and they hugged, oh, did they hug. >> we're here for you. >> reporter: something myra has been doing all year with complete strangers. on this somber anniversary. >> through this tragedy, great things can happen. the world needs love. the world needs unity. >> reporter: 49 is much more than a number. it is now a purpose. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, orlando. we are back with more right after this.
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we are back with a new alternative to treating knee pain when something else is working. it could help 10 million americans suffering because of arthritis. once more, it doesn't require surgery or powerful drugs to control the pain. we get more from dr. john torrez. >> reporter: a simple task like grocery shopping used to be impossible for felicia.
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>> it was painful. it was extremely painful. >> reporter: arthritis in her right knee left it swollen like a golf ball, cortisone injections, physical therapy, medications, nothing worked. >> i thought i was going to limp for the rest of my life. >> reporter: now a new treatment just approved by the fda could be a game changer for people like felicia who suffer from debilitating knee arthritis but not ready for surgery. it's called coolief. doctors insert specialized needles that emit radio frequency into the need and stops the pain. this is not getting rid of the arthritis, it's taking care of the pain? >> we're not changing the structure of the knee, but if we get rid of the pain, she can be functional. >> reporter: one steady comparing coolief to popular cortisone injections show it not only gave patients more pain relief but that relief lasted longer, about six to 12 months with minimal side effects. so this is a knee? coolief costs up to $4,000 and covered by some insurance companies. >> file the relief.
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>> reporter: last month felicia underwent the procedure that lasted less than an hour. she says the pain relief was instant. >> i can just do things now and i don't even know what i want to do but i know it's everything, you know? >> reporter: because the nerves regrow, the pain can return after six to 12 months but at that point, the procedure can be done to stop it again and as felicia told me, unless you're living with chronic pain, you don't know how life changing getting one year's relief can be. >> this could be a real game-changer for folks. >> reporter: it certainly could. >> thanks. up next for us tonight, a new distinction for this country that should have us concerned.
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tonight, researchers say the global obesity problem now affects one in ten people in the world. an estimated 603 million adults are obese, including 107 million children. the study, published in the new england journal of medicine, finds the problem is rising in countries both rich and poor. among the 20 largest countries, the united states had the highest level of obesity among
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children and young adults. it was a homecoming at the white house this weekend with the trump family all living together full-time under the same roof five months after the president took office. and for the first time in a long time, there is a first son in the white house. we get more from white house correspondent kristen welker. >> reporter: it's a new chapter for the first family, as melania trump and 11-year-old barron move into 1600 pennsylvania avenue. the first family arrived together on sunday after a weekend at the trump resort in bed minister, new jersey. the first lady posting this photo and writing looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home. anita mcbride was laura bush's chief of staff. could melania trump bring an element of calm at a moment that the white house is is dealing with a moment of controversial situations? >> being there during this very turbulent time could potentially
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have an impact on even at the white house because the president's mood may be different. >> reporter: could mrs. trump have an impact on the president's late-night tweeting? during the campaign telling "today." >> what's the one habit you wish he would give up? >> tweeting. [ laughter ] >> reporter: but the first lady's first job will undoubtedly be taking care of barron. he's the first son to live in the white house since 1963 when john f. kennedy junior was just 3 years old. melania's parents were also at the white house over the weekend, likely to, at times, lend a hand. mrs. trump delaying a move for nearly five months so barron could finish fifth grade in new york. new he'll attend a private school here. >> for family history in the white house, this adds to and contributes to our story, to our american story. >> reporter: a first lady who has kept a low profile, now stepping into a brighter spotlight as they make the white house her home. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. when we come back,
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a surprise meeting for a plane load of people when a former president is on board. a man describes a strange
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has gone viral many enjoying that simple and kind gesture. as always, we appreciate your spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monday night, i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a hammer, a naka curious conversation. witnesses describe a hicid right now atñi 6:00 the hammer, a naked woman and axd curious conversation. witnesses describe a homicide scene ine1 the south bay. the news at 6:00 starts round. %jájájjuá @(t&háhp &hc% >> raj and jess have the nightñ off. a murder mystery int( couperxd o, appear 74-year-old woman dead in her home and the suspect in the case in an odd runneyçó wita neighbor afterok the killing.
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