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ranieri is also there. head on out, the weather is pleasant in pleasanton. nightly news is next with savannah guthrie. >> see you at 6:00. tonight, the alarming escalation with north korea. the u.n. security council calls an emergency meeting over the new threat, a never-before-seen missile capable of hitting the u.s. tonight how the u.s. could respond as president trump prepares to meet with vladimir putin overseas. deadly police ambush. an officer and mother of three killed in what police call an assassation. what was the motive? selfie outrage. a congressman under fire for taking this video inside a former nazi gas chamber. amelia earhart mystery solved? does a newly found photo finally answer one of the biggest aviation puzzles of all time? and tennis tug of war. the young fan who had his wimbledon keepsake ripped out of his hands and the star player
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who turned to social media to make it up to him. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. tonight emergency meetings, frenzied phone calls. the u.s. is scrambling to deal with a north korea that is more aggressive than ever and now closer than ever to being able to deliver a nuclear blow to the united states. the north's test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on the fourth of july, no less, was a dramatic and disturbing message and a technical milestone. tonight sources tell nbc news the u.s. was caught by surprise. we begin tonight with janis mackey frayer in seoul, south korea. >> reporter: tonight, new pictures of what north korea claims is its first
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intercontinental ballistic missile which could strike the united states. the u.s. calling it a new global threat. in an emergency meeting today of the u.n. security council. >> time is short. action is required. the world is on notice. >> reporter: there was new taunting, too. kim jong-un said the missile test was meant to slap the american bastards in their face. that it was a fourth of july gift package for the yankees and the showdown with the u.s. had reached its final phase. u.s. and south korea forces here fired back with a military drill. precision strike missiles meant to show they're prepared for war. and now, in stunning comments, the commander of american troops here saying all-out war is possible. self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war. we are able to change our choice when so ordered, said general vincent brooks. tonight the pentagon revealing new details on the north korean
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test, confirming the missile has not been seen before and withstood re-entry to the atmosphere, a key technical hurdle the north koreans have been trying to master. this latest test also a dangerous boost to the confidence of kim jong-un who is dramatically increasing the number of missile tests after an all-time high last year. >> he is basically saying, hey, the g-20, you are all the big shots meeting, but i'm the biggest threat to the international community and you need to deal with me. that's the message he's sending. >> reporter: it's early thursday morning here, and while crisis is nothing new to south korea, there is a fresh sense of urgency. the president here had met with president trump in washington, north korea topped the agenda. they say at this point statements are not enough. >> we have heard that tough talk by american officials, but just how can the united states
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confront this new threat by north korea and rein in that regime? put simply, there are no easy options. tonight our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell takes a look. >> reporter: tonight a grave new threat for a new president. a threat sources tell nbc news president obama warned donald trump about when they first met, that the north koreans were working on a long-range missile that could reach the u.s. mainland eventually with a nuclear weapon. still, multiple sources tell nbc news the height and range of this two-stage missile shooting straight up more than 1700 miles dramatically farther than the orbiting space station and at a lower trajectory capable of hitting alaska took u.s. intelligence by surprise. the u.s. options are few. each with critical risks. first a preemptive military strike downplayed by the defense secretary. >> the bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war. >> reporter: that's because north korean artillery would
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likely retaliate against 100,000 american civilians and 28,000 u.s. troops nearby. plus 25 million south koreans around seoul. plus their new long-range missile is mobile. just finding it to take it out is almost impossible. >> by putting a missile on the back of this massive wheeled truck, they can move the missile around and catch us off guard. >> reporter: another illegal option, assassination, using u.s. special forces and, if that fails -- >> when we use regime change, that's the number one trigger that would cause the use of a nuclear weapon by kim jong-un. >> reporter: then there is a cyber attack sabotaging future missile launches. the u.s. did that to iran's nuclear program. or a naval blockade if china would cooperate. but today the president tweeting, trade between china and north korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. so much for china working with us. we had to give it a try. the most likely option, dialing up the economic pressure on china to take action against north korea, but china is refusing.
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and finally there is a diplomatic option the u.s. has been resisting -- negotiating with the rogue regime. savannah? >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. the president arrived in poland tonight with another tough leader on his mind -- russia's vladimir putin. on friday the two men will meet for the first time on the sidelines of the g-20 summit in germany. will there be a confrontation and just what is on each leader's agenda? hallie jackson is traveling with the president. >> reporter: with a few final words before leaving washington -- >> we're going to do very well. >> reporter: -- president trump predicting we're going to do very well, stepping on to his plane optimistic, stepping off it into the shadow of russia. in poland, the president's first stop, the threat from moscow looms decades after the cold war as warsaw looks for protection through nato and for a commitment to the alliance from president trump. >> because we are in nato so it
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has to be a very, very close connection. >> reporter: but what happens in poland only the pregame to what everyone will be watching on friday in germany at the g-20 summit. the first face-to-face between president trump and vladimir putin, facing off against a calculating crafty veteran so skilled at political theater in a 2007 meeting with germany's angela merkel, whose fear of dogs is well documented, putin brought his labrador. >> right now we're not getting along with russia at all. we may be at an all-time low. >> reporter: on the agenda for russia, talks about syria, ukraine and the fight against isis. the president's agenda a little looser with even now republicans calling on him to confront putin about russia's 2016 election interference. >> he is going to try to press president trump to say we, the two of us, are allies fighting for the interests of our two countries against the fake media, against the deep state. we can't let them get in the way of our cooperation together. and that's going to present a
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challenge for how president trump responds. >> reporter: aside from whatever policy issues come up, the optics of this meeting will be scrutinized like almost nothing else. that first handshake between these two leaders setting the tone for what will be one of president trump's most important global relationships. savannah. >> hallie jackson traveling with the president. thank you. turning back home now to a new york police officer and mother of three killed in the line of duty. investigators say she was assassinated in an overnight ambush. tonight they're trying to determine whether the gunman, who was killed near the scene, had a grudge against the badge. nbc's ron allen now with details. >> reporter: an unprovoked random assassination. >> shots fired, shots fired! >> reporter: nypd officer miosotis familia shot in the head at point blank range through the window of a marked mobile command center. >> my partner's shot, my partner's shot! >> reporter: the desperate fight to save her life ending some three hours later.
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the gunman, alexander bonds, 34, armed with a stolen weapon, chased down and shot dead by responding officers about a block away. a twice convicted felon out on parole. senior nypd officials tell nbc news they're investigating whether bond is the man in these videos making anti-police statements posted on a facebook page believed to belong to him. >> i'm here to tell you, police roll with police. >> reporter: today outside the slain officer's precinct tributes and grief, mourners paying their respects. neighbors remembering the mother of three, a former nurse, who chose a second career in her 30s and became a cop. >> she was a very sweet person. it's very, very sad. >> reporter: jamie gonzalez says drugs, guns and gangs are everywhere in this neighborhood and officers like familia are making a difference. >> things seemed to be quieting down a little bit until yesterday. >> reporter: the murder eerily reminiscent of the 2014 ambush of two nypd officers in their patrol car.
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last year officers killed in the line of duty spiked to 135. only 6 women. 21 ambushed. and today one of new york's finest. >> a female police officer attacked out of nowhere doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved. >> reporter: ron allen, nbc news, new york. the july 4th holiday weekend was also a deadly one on the streets of chicago. over the four days more than 100 people were shot, 12 were killed. the violence surpassed even last year when the fourth fell on a monday and 66 people were shot, 4 killed over that three-day weekend. now to the explosion of outrage at a louisiana congressman. he has now apologized for a video he made inside the nazi concentration camp auschwitz. it's not first time he's faced controversy. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. >> they would squeeze 700 people in here. >> reporter: it's not what louisiana congressman clay
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higgins said but where that's stirring outrage. this five-minute video shared on his facebook page was recorded inside a former nazi death camp, the auschwitz berken aw memorial and museum in poland. as he tours a gas chamber, higgins warns the u.s. should be more aggressive in fighting terrorism. >> the reason why homeland security must be squared away. >> reporter: on twitter, museum officials scolded the congressman inside a former gas chamber there should be mournful silence. it's not a stage. the anti-defamation league and the anne frank center also took notice. >> it was pure and simple a grotesque exploitation of the holocaust for his own personal purposes. how dare congressman higgins use auschwitz as his own personal tv studio? >> reporter: later today >> reporter: later today higgins retracted the video. my intent was to offer a reverent homage to those who were murdered, he said. my sincere apology for any
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unintended pain is extended. this is not the first time the freshman republican congressman and former sheriff had courted controversy. in a facebook post last month after the london terror attack, higgins wrote that the free world, all of christendom is at war with islamic horror. and when it comes to radicalized suspects, the u.s. should kill them all. >> the united states is more accessible to terror like this. >> reporter: tonight he is apologetic after critics say this message went too far. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. now a story that has captivated the world since it broke on the "today" show this morning. a never-before-seen photo that investigators from the history channel believe may finally reveal what happened to the legendary amelia earhart and her navigator after their plane disappeared in 1937. tonight our tom costello has even more new revelations. >> 25 years ago when the world's most famous aviatrix was missing over the pacific. >> reporter: the question tonight, does this photograph, found by history channel
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investigators in the national archives, prove amelia earhart and navigator fred noonan ended up in japanese custody? >> we discovered that amelia earhart survived her final flight and landed safely in the marshall islands. >> reporter: you're confident? >> we are very confident. >> reporter: the photograph is marked marshall islands jaluit atoll, in 1937 under japanese military control. on the left a man standing next to a sign and there sitting on the dock what appears to be a woman with short hair wearing pants like earhart. facial recognition expert kent gibson overlaid the photo of the man with file photos of navigator noonan. >> the hairline is the most distinctive characteristic, a sharp receding hairline. the nose is very prominent. >> reporter: gibson then compared body measurements of the seated woman with photos of earhart.
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in both cases striking similarities. >> i usually go from not likely to likely to very likely to extremely likely. and i'd say this is very likely. >> reporter: something else, the woman on the dock is staring at the japanese ship koshu which is towing a barge with something measuring 38 feet long, the same length as earhart's plane. for decades locals have said the plane crashed in the marshalls and the japanese ship koshu took it away. also in the national archives this catalog of government files on earhart referencing 170 pages including information that earhart was a prisoner in the marshall islands, but that document is missing. nbc news reached out to the japanese foreign ministry and defense ministry, all of which said they have no evidence of amelia earhart ever in their custody. >> we believe the united states government knew amelia earhart was in the marshalls and in japanese custody. >> reporter: while not everyone is convinced, history investigators say they'll reveal more in their sunday documentary including evidence that earhart
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and noonan died in a japanese prison camp in saipan. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, treating heartburn. tens of millions of americans suffer from it, but now a new way to deal with it without medication. and then an ugly episode at wimbledon. an american player tosses his towel to an adoring young fan who then loses it to the guy in front of him. we'll tell you how this one ended.
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we're back now with important news for the millions of americans who take medication to stop acid reflux.
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several studies have suggested these drugs can sometimes cause serious side effects. so now some doctors are using a surprising alternative to drugs that can make a significant difference -- hypnosis. nbc's kristen dahlgren explains. >> reporter: for amber a stack of pancakes is something to celebrate. there was a time when she could hardly eat anything. >> it was completely debilitating. >> reporter: nothing brought relief until her doctor suggested hypnosis. not this. >> focus all of your attention -- >> reporter: but a science-based system doctors say can work wonders treating a variety of stomach problems. >> there's patients who often think of, oh, she's going to make me lose control, cluck like a chicken, bark like a dog. >> reporter: there's none of that. >> there's none of that. >> the rhythm of the waves. >> reporter: the psychologist specializes in digestive issues. she says there is a powerful mind/gut connection. >> everyone kind of relates to that idea of feeling that pit in their stomach when something is not going right. >> reporter: she leads patients
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through a carefully scripted series of hypnosis sessions over the course of three months offering suggestions to help their bodies function better either in person or remotely. >> you breathe that clean, fresh air into your lungs. you feel it going through your body especially into your intestines. >> reporter: hypnosis can treat problems from reflux to irritable bowel syndrome. studies show more than three-quarters of patients see at least a 50% reduction in symptoms, many going off medication, including popular acid reducing drugs. amber is still taking some meds, but says adding hypnosis has made a remarkable difference. and now she's eating for two. do you think you could have gotten to this point without this treatment? >> i don't think i would have been able to do anything without this treatment. >> reporter: hypnosis now helping exert mind over what's the matter. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, chicago.
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and we're back in a moment with the world leader who really knows how to make an entrance.
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there was new violence in venezuela today as that country battles an economic crisis. this was the scene at the national assembly. chaos as about 100 supporters of president nicolas maduro burst into the assembly which is dominated by the opposition. with sticks and pipes they attacked lawmakers and sent several of them to the hospital. back home, mandatory evacuations have now been ordered near breckenridge, colorado, where a wildfire has rapidly exploded in size burning over 70 acres and counting. air tankers are assisting in the fight now. authorities are asking people not to fly drones near this site. the fire's just a few miles from homes in that area which is very popular with tourists. it turns out that the new president of france is quite the daredevil. when emmanuel macron paid a visit to a nuclear submarine yesterday, he made something of
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an entrance. he was lowered to the sub by helicopter in a scene that could have been right out of a tom clancy novel. once on board the french president reportedly took part in a simulated missile launch. when we come back, where's the love? a young fan at wimbledon has his souvenir snatched away. up next, the outcry, and how it all turned out. officers.
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and from world number one andy murray's mom? you should be ashamed. jack sock wasn't happy either, tweeting if anyone knows the kid that unfortunately had the towel ripped out of his hands, tweet his name at me and i'll be sure to get him one. that swipe out of bounds at wimbledon where politeness and manners matter. >> that was bad sportsmanship. >> reporter: it happens at baseball games. >> took it right from her. >> reporter: at hockey games. >> are you kidding me? somebody get that. >> reporter: sometimes with a little help from derek jeter, the kids win. >> yep. >> reporter: now, it's wimbledon's turn. the young fan and the man in the hat haven't been named, but tonight a spokeswoman for jack sock said the fan answered sock privately on instagram. sock offered a new towel and a personal invitation to watch him play. who's the winner now? kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. >> and that's going to do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. see you tomorrow morning on "today."
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for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and have a good night. sanctuary re-defined. the move san francisco )s police chief just m nutes right now at 6:00, sanctuary redefined. the move the police chief just made and how the city is handling immigration. the news at 6:00 smartarts righ now. tonight an updated sanctuary city ordnance. the move on the heels of a $190,000 payout to a man who said he was arrested after sfpd violated its own sanctuary policy. we are joined live in front of city hall with details on this one.
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tom? >> reporter: and this meeting just started. there was a closed session, a lot of people don't understand that the sanctuary law's been on the books for a long time, last updated in 1995, 22 years ago. he wants to make it clear tonight that his officers will not be involved in any arrests with federal agents except in cases of serious crimes. >> they don't know how to run the government. >> reporter: miguel, a former migrant worker who is now a u.s. citizen knew exactly what he wanted to hear in the police chief. >> he should tell the commission we aren't going to help. we're going to run the city for san francisco. >> reporter: an undocumented document named pedro figueroa cake to sfpd looking for a car and left in federal custody. >> they picked him up immediately after. >> reporter: sarah hussain is

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