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9:30. aren't you guys working? >> yeah. we will just cut out. have a great night. thanks for joining us. tonight trump and putin, the two leaders finally come face to face. the president confronting putin on russia's election hacking, but both sides putting their own spin on what happened in that marathon meeting. while outside protests continued to erupt at the g20. nuclear plants hacked, an urgent warning, hackers targeting critical u.s. facilities. could they trigger a massive black out? air rage, a delta flight attendant assaulted in the air. passengers smashing wine bottles on the alleged attacker's head as they leapt in to help. moment of impact, what new video reveals about that fatal car crash involving tennis superstar venus williams. and perfect matches, the emotional moment when donor recipients meet those who gave them
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lifesaving gifts. nightly news begins right now. >> announcer: 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. it was the first encounter watched around the world. president donald trump and russian president vladimir putin meeting face to face one on one for the first time. every handshake, glance and utterance closely watched, and poured over for meaning. tonight the big question is answered. we've learned the president did, in fact, confront putin for meddling in the u.s. election, but that was just the beginning of a high-stakes meeting scheduled to last 30 minutes that stretched into hours. our team has it all covered tonight, and we begin with nbc's chief white house correspondent halle jackson. halle, good evening. >> reporter: savannah, good evening to you. this may have been the most important diplomatic meeting yet
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for president trump. formally face to face for the first time with the leader of the country accused of meddling in our election. and that was topic number one for the u.s., with two different stories tonight on how that discussion went. the world watching to see where this relationship goes next. in front of the cameras, every move scrutinized. >> it's an honor to be with you. >> reporter: behind closed doors, every word, with president trump starting talks by pressing president putin on russia's interference in our election. >> the president opened the meeting with president putin by raising the concerns of the american people regarding russian interference in the 2016 election. they had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. >> reporter: that, coming just a day after the president declined to definitively say moscow did meddle. both sides acknowledged the issue came up today, but each describes it differently, sharing
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only what they want to in a diplomatic dance. russia's foreign minister says president trump accepted putin's denial of the election interference, but a trump administration source tells nbc news that's not accurate. tillerson, who says russia asked for proof, calls moscow's meddling an intractable disagreement. >> i think the president at this point, he pressed him, and then felt like at this point let's talk about how do we go forward. >> reporter: the secretary of state, one of just six people in the room, both presidents, their top diplomats, and two translators, watching as president trump reached out twice to shake president putin's hand, then as reporters started to leave, putin leaning over to whisper something. a joke, jabbing the jurntists asking if they're the ones who insulted president trump. the marathon meeting set to last roughly 30 minutes instead stretched to two hours 16 minutes. not even an appearance by melania trump who later sat next to putin at dinner could help wrap things up. >> they sent in the
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first lady at one point to see if she could get us out of there. that didn't work either. >> reporter: both leaders so engaged neither one of them wanted to stop, according to tillerson, who described the positive chemistry. for most of the meeting, the two talked syria, the u.s. announcing a cease fire set to start sunday framed as the first indication both countries can work together there. though critics point to similar moves in the past that didn't last. on north korea, stark differences acknowledged by tillerson, with moscow just this week refusing to back tougher action against kim jong-un. though both the president and putin agreed the rogue regime should not develop nuclear weapons. >> president putin is never going to be your friend. we need to treat him with extreme caution and not read too much into a warm sense in a meeting. >> reporter: president trump also today met with the leader of the mexico, and when asked if he still wanted mexico to pay for that border wall, something the country has said it wouldn't do, president trump seated
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next to president pena nieto responded absolutely. savannah? >> halle jackson in hamburg, germany for us. let's turn to michael mcfaul he served during the obama's administration. read the tea leaves for us, the body language. you had a meeting that went on longer than expected. some signs of cooperation. who is the bigt winner? >> well, both presidents wanted to have a good meeting. they both said that before and they came out afterwards and they sboegt said that they had a good meeting. so, for what they wanted to achieve they both feel like winners. from my point of view i think putin's the winner because in particular, in the conversation about russia's interference, their violation of our sovereignty in 2016, it sounds like they kind of agreed to disagree. we can agree to disagree about policies. we can't agree to disagree about facts and the facts are russia hacked our elections. there should be push back to that. >> ambassador michael mcfaul, thank you for
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being here. good to have your perspective. >> good to be here. >> appreciate it. that high stakes meeting was going on inside the g20, outside the violence intensified for yet another day between the protesters and police. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel was in the thick of it. >> reporter: tonight thousands of demonstrators once again descended on hamburg with a mission, to disrupt this meeting of world leaders. and some had a message for one of them. >> for me personally, it's one of the reasons why i'm here, because of trump. >> reporter: for many, president trump embodies everything these anti-capitalists, antielite protesters are against. the police are clearing people out, moving through the streets using their pepper spray and sometimes you can see here just pushing people out of the way. most of the devon straighters were peaceful, but others often dressed in black, self described anarchists were looking for a fight. >> because of just peaceful protests,
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it's not strong enough. >> reporter: they wanted violence and they got it. the police have just escalated from the water canons charging the protesters and they're trying to get out of here as fast as possible. authorities called in reinforcements, hundreds of officers added to the 20,000 police already on the streets. along with 45 water canons. at one point, the protests keeping melania trump from leaving her guest residence out of security concerns. today wasn't deadly, but dozens of police and protesters were injured by broken bottles or fireworks. one injured protester pulled from the water. and tonight more police are rushing into this city as some of the demonstrations have descended into vandalism with cars set on fire, shops attacked, and it spread to several parts of hamburg. savannah? >> all right, richard engel, thank you. by the way, you can hear much more on the trump-putin relationship in the first installment of richard's special series, on assignment
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with richard engel. it airs tonight on msnbc. turning now to an urjtd warning concerning america's nuclear power plants, officials say hackers have launched a series of cyberattacks targeting a dozen of those u.s. facilities. once again russia is the prime suspect. nbc's pete williams with the details. >> reporter: u.s. officials say tonight they sent a bulletin warning of a series of cyberattacks beginning on may on companies that run a dozen nuclear power plants. serl u.s. intelligence officials tell nbc news russian hackers are strongly suspected because the attacks resimible previous cyber intrusions known to have been carried out by the russians on electrical grids in other countries. among the targets this time, u.s. officials say, the wolf creek nuclear plant in burlington, kansas. the fbi and homeland security say the cyberattack appears to be limited to administrative and business networks, not plant controls. and the company says the intrusion had no
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impact on the plant because the targeted operational computer systems are completely separate from the corporate network. security experts say the hackers' goal could be a threat of a black out. >> to send a message to say, back off because we have the ability to strike you in the heart of your core systems, your networks that matter to your economy and to your life-style. >> reporter: the industry says none of the control systems for any of the nation's 99 operating nuclear plants are connected to the internet, but some experts say the intrusions are a wake up call. >> the problem is that the nuclear industry in the united states is under very great economic strain right now, and they're looking to cut costs in everything. safety, security, and cyber security. >> reporter: the industry says security is a top priority and that nuclear plants know they are not immune from cyberattacks. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >> now to the hostage drama inside an atlanta area bank. police say a man
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claiming to hold a bomb, came to a deadly end. investigators are analyzing the evidence to see whether he really did have an explosive device. nbc' carey sanders now with more. >> reporter: today a tense hours long standoff at this atlanta-area bank while inside a man identified by family as brian easily, claiming to be a veteran u.s. marine who served in iraq held two women hostage, and said he had a bomb. >> i don't want to hurt them. >> reporter: in a twist, the suspect called local tv station wsb to tell his story. >> i just want my money back and i don't want them to get hurt. >> reporter: clearly desperate, he said the veterans administration stole his life savings, $892. >> they took my disability check and i have nothing and i'm going to be out on the street. i've been able to hold up with my last little bit of money i got. i've been able to hold up at a hotel but i'm going to be out on the street. >> reporter: after more than four hours, he released both hostages. soon after, police broke through a brick wall, and confronted
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the armed suspect. he died in what police often call suicide by cop. kerry sanders, nbc news. >> and now the scary moment from a delta flight from seattle to beijing, they were forced to turn back when police say a passenger attacked a flight attendant while trying to open an exit door. one other person was also injured when fellow passengers jumped in to subdue the man and tied him down. nbc's miguelal ma gear has the latest. >> reporter: shortly after the delta flight was airborne, chaos in the aisle. >> approaching delta 129. >> reporter: joseph assaulted a flight attendant and injured at least one assisting passenger after he was seen pacing and tried to open the exit door mid flight. >> we could hear screaming, commotion, and you know, my first thought was is this a terrorist attack? >> reporter: passengers on that delayed flight
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arriving in beijing today say the injured flight attendant is a hero. >> she hit the man over the head with a bottle, which knocked him down. >> she was winded and then they got -- five passengers got him down and zip tied him. >> reporter: delta flight 129 departed seattle thursday night, headed to beijing when it turned around 45 minutes after take off. 207 passengers were aboard. the suspect was in first class when the plane circled back. >> what is wrong with you? >> reporter: physical a salts on crew members are rare, unruly passengers were involved in at least 92 incidents last year alone. >> hey, hey, hey. >> reporter: tonight we've learned he turned the door lever 90 degrees which at a lower altitude could have opened the door. he was traveling on a dependent pass meaning a family member works for delta. miguel almaguer, nbc
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news, seattle. >> the killing of a new york city officer brought attention to the dangers of the job. a problem faced by those around the country. more and more deciding to leave the force and they are having a hard time replacing them. nbc's gabe gutierrez now with that story. >> reporter: for the dallas police department, the pain is still raw. today marks one year since five officers were ambushed and killed during a march against police violence. >> not lost on us what you went through on that horrible night. >> reporter: the tributes coming on this same day san antonio officer miguel moreno was laid to rest after being shot. and the same week n.y.p.d. officer, mother of three was randomly assassinated at point blank range in her patrol car. >> that was an attack on all of us. >> reporter: so far this year, officer deaths are up 18%. >> when these guys are
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saying they don't want to do it any more, we have a problem in america. trying to get officers to come here, it's almost been impossible. >> reporter: since just october, 317 officers have left the dallas p.d., another 67 plan to leave soon. more and more departments are bleeding blue. atlanta is one of the cities trying to actively recruit cops nationwide, even handing out hiring bonuses to military veterans. >> i am the recruit. >> reporter: fort worth texas made this viral recruitment video featuring "star wars." still cities are struggling to fill officer vacancies. philadelphia has 300. baltimore more than 100. little rock arkansas, 75. >> it is definitely a profession you don't get into for the pay. it's for the love of wanting to interact with people, wantling to do great things and the ability to give back. >> reporter: tonight officers around the country are paying tribute to the fallen. there may be fewer wearing the uniform, but it remains a badge of honor. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta.
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>> still ahead for us tonight, the video just released showing the fatal car accident involving tennis great venus williams and the new twist in that case. also, what the vice-president did that so many people are talking about tonight. we'll be right back.
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we are back with new developments in the fatal car crash involving tennis great venus williams. for the first time we are seeing video of that accident in florida. police initially had said williams caused
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the crash, but nbc's tammy lightener has new information tonight about what police are saying now. >> reporter: tonight palm beach gardens police releasing this new security footage, the first images showing the moment venus williams' suv and another car collided. police say the video reveals williams lawfully entered the intersection on a green traffic signal. then a car turned in front of williams causing her to get stuck in the intersection. the lights changed, williams started moving again when linda bar son says she was unable to avoid hitting her. bar son had a green light. police say the crash remains under investigation. linda bar son's 78-year-old husband jerome who was a passenger in the car died two weeks after the june 9th crash. his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. >> court is back in session. >> reporter: lawyers for both sides were in court today. the key question, how both cars should be inspected and how data from their black boxes should be downloaded. >> we are confident that the evidence will
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show ms. williams was at fault. >> reporter: williams wasn't in court today. instead, battling away to a straight-set victory at wimbledon. >> she's very distraught about it. it's unfortunate and she, of course, conveys her deepest sympathies. >> reporter: earlier this week the tennis star broke down when asked about the accident. >> there are really no words to describe like how devastating and -- yeah, i am completely speechless. >> reporter: despite today's victory on the court, the crash taking a visible toll on williams. tammy lightener, nbc news, west palm beach, florida. >> we are back in a moment with uber adding a new feature, but will it impact your customer rating?
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the latest jobs report is out, and it is better than expected. the economy added over
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220,000 jobs in june according to the labor department. but the unemployment rate did tick up slightly from 4.3% to 4.4% because more people entered the work force. so far this year, job growth is on pace with 2016, all thoi across the board salaries haven't risen much since the last recession. ride sharing giant uber just rolled out a big change to its service. the app now has an option to tip your driver in more than 100 cities. it is something uber drivers have long called for. but if you don't tip, will it affect your customer rating? a lot of people want to know that and apparently it won't. drivers reportedly won't know whether passengers have tipped them until after they have rated them. and we've all been there, the sign says do not touch, and yet that's what happened to vice-president mike pence at nasa's kennedy space center. the sign said, critical space flight hardware, do not touch. and the picture of the vice-president doing just that broke the internet today. for his part, pence tweeted to nasa that
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he was sorry, and he joked that senator marco rubio dared him to do it. when we come back, the remarkable bonds they share, giving up a part of themselves so others could survive. tonight, how their stories are inspiring america. ===raj vo===
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and finally tonight, let's end the week on a high note with a story about an unusual meeting today in chicago. a group of organ donors introduced to those whose lives they helped save. nbc's kevin temple on how they are inspiring america. >> we are here today to celebrate some amazing gifts. the gift of life. >> reporter: together for the very first time. >> i'm so grateful. >> reporter: matches made in heaven is what chicago's northwestern memorial hospital calls them. regular folks with an extra special bond. >> i think i got the monkey end of the deal. >> reporter: four helping to save the lives of the other four, thanks to the hospital's kidney paired donation program. >> i feel real good. [ applause ] >> reporter: the donation dominos took off when family members who were not a match gave up one of their kidneys to give
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someone they had never met before the gift of life. >> this is my mother and father. >> reporter: in return, a kidney was donated back to help save their loved one. >> there is still some humanity in all of this. we see this inkretably heroic in what they do. the humility the donors have is really amazing. >> reporter: patrisha received her kidney from donna. >> do you feel like a hero? >> no. >> she's a hero. >> well -- >> she's a hero. >> absolutely not. >> hero, my angel, everything. >> reporter: today becoming instant friends, an emotional embrace. >> i am so blessed. it's a new life for the whole family. >> reporter: new connections that will last a lifetime. >> thank you just seems too small. >> reporter: kevin temples, nbc news, chicago. >> and that is a.m. going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester who will be back on monday. for all of us on nbc news, thank you so
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much for watching, and good night. caught in the crossfire. a postal worker -- on the job less than 3 months... shot wh right now at 6:00, caught in the cross fire, a postal worker on the job less than three months shot while delivering the mail. thank you for being with us on this friday, i am raj mathai. >> and i am jessica aguirre. we have been tracking this. mail strewn across the road. that is what is left when a gunman opened fire.
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jodi hernandez joins us live. >> reporter: well, that mail carrier was just doing her normal deliveries when bullets started flying. you can see the glass from the broken mail truck window still out here on the street. we talked to a witness when saw it all go down. >> i just saw her just a minute ago delivering mail over at that house and the next thing she got shot. >> reporter: he says he can't believe what unfolded right before his eyes. he watched in shock as a man fired a gun. >> i couldn't see who he was shooting at. i saw him running down the street, in the street firing shots. >> reporter: a mail carrier in the middle of her delivery route was hit by a bullet that


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