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incredible shots of whales in the bay. >> incredible. thanks for joining us. join us at six:. service had kremlin, who offered dirt on hillary clinton. tonight, new details on that meeting. absolute victory. u.s.-backed forces strike a major blow against isis. wildfire emergency. infernos raging in 11 states. thousands under mandatory evacuations as flames consume dozens of homes. hit-and-run, caught on camera, a car slam no, sir a cyclist and takes off. the driver facing charges. while having another cup of this could have major health benefits. the one veteran's dream comes true, a
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face for summer fun for fellow wounded warriors and their families. nightly news begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. it's great to be back with you on this monday night. we learned late today that the senate intelligence committee is looking to speak with presidential son don jr., as he becomes the closest person to president trump so far to acknowledge meeting with a russian contact during last year's campaign. that contact, a kremlin-connected lawyer, offered to provide what donald trump jr. says was information helpful to the trump campaign. the revelation has piqued interest on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight donald trump jr. has hired a lawyer,
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becoming the fourth person in the president's inner circle to seek legal representation as investigators probe possible connections with russia. this after trump jr. met with a lawyer with ties to the kremlin in june at trump tower, days after his father secured the none nation. at first, trump jr. said the encounter was to discuss russian adoptions, then acknowledging he was mommised information about hillary clinton that might be helpful to his father's campaign. now the senate intelligence committee says it wants answers. >> donald trump jr. will be somebody that we want to talk to. >> reporter: trump jr. says he's happy to meet with the committee, saying no inconsistencies. meeting ended up being about adoptions, in response to further cues, i provided more details. also in attendance, jared kushner and paul manafort. the white house says the president learned about the meeting just days ago. can you say definitively there was no collusion with
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russia yeah. >> i can say that we did not meet with russian officials. and there's no collusion. >> reporter: nbc news has learned the meeting was set up it at the request of a russian pop star with family it ties to president putin. he first met trump during the 2013 ms. universe pageant which trump owned and later appeared in one of the pop star's music videos. >> you're fired! >> reporter: a publicist says nothing came of that meeting and there was no follow-up between the parties. it took place amid a campaign in disarray. one campaign official saying he saying we had a patten of unplanned meetings. >> i don't think this establishes that the trump campaign colluded with the russians, but it comes close to difficuefinitively showing that the russians were reaching out hoping they could move it in that direction. >> reporter: donald
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trump doesn't work for the white house, jared kushner did disclose the encounter as part of his security many a cation. tonight the kremlin says it doesn't know the lawyer in question. as the senate returned from its holiday recess today, republicans remain sharply divided over health care. moderates and conservatives is still fighting over just how far to go in repealing and replacing obamacare. president trump tried to turn up the heat as republicans worked to rewrite the bill. kasie hunt has the latest for us tonight. >> don't kill us! >> reporter: republicans feeling the heat over health care. activists staging loud protests in more than a dozen house and senate offices of at least 80 demonstrators arrested. republicans still huddling behind closed doors, trying to thread the needle between conservatives who say the first draft of the bill wouldn't fully repeal obamacare and moderates who thought it went too far to
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slash medicate. congressional sources tell nbc news they're hoping to release a second draft by thursday. but moderate susan collins saying that's not good enough. >> i don't think we can fix this bill by doing a tweak here and a trim there. it needs a complete overhaul. >> reporter: collins is under pressure from both sides. liberals spending millions on the the air waves. >> when you vote on the health care bill, think about what's right for maine. >> reporter: the president tweeting this morning, i cannot imagine that congress would dare to leave washington without a beautiful new health care bill, fully approved and ready to go. in tiny sayer, oklahoma where the only doctor is 87 years old and the sole hospital closed last year, kathy benson relies on medicaid and feels abandoned by the president she voted for. >> when he said on the campaign that everybody deserved the right to good health
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insurance, i think he should have stuck with that. as it is right now, a lot of people are being looking to him as a turn quote. >> reporter: it could shake even the president's strong oels supporters. tonight conservatives trying to build support for a plan to allow americans to buy cheaper insurance that covers less. meanwhile, the vice president saying if the republicans can't get to 50 vote, the white house will push for a repeal that doesn't replace obamacare. lester. >> kasey hunt at the capitol tonight. turning overseas, iraq's prime minister declared victory over isis in mosul, finally retaking the city from the jihadist group, but now there are fears the isis terror threat could grow elsewhere the nbc's richard engel is on the front lines. >> reporter: tonight, the biggest city in isis's so-called islamic state is in the hands of iraqi troops. the prime minister
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came, sounding triumphant. here in the heart of a free and liberated mosul, he said, we announce absolute victory. iraqis did fight hard for this, but they had a lot of help, about 1600 american advisers, men like lieutenant colonel keiser followed the battles and called in airstrikes from command centers near the front lines. >> this time they wanted us, they needed us and they see us more as helping the iraqi army liberate. >> reporter: and iraqis were out today, cheering mosul's liberation. there is still fighting going on in possibilities pockets of the city. but clearly they're beginning to celebrate. but they're dancing on rubble. mosul's old city has been absolutely devastated. 800,000 forced from their homes and isis held thousands as human shields during its three-year
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occupation. mosul was the crown jewel. and there are concerns among u.s. intelligence officials that it could try to retaliate and show strength by carrying out terrorist attacks abroad like it has before in cities, including paris, brussels and beyond. the loss of mosul is a major blow to isis. the next step in this offensive is to go after smaller towns and villages in iraq still held by the group. and there is a major offensive under way in syria against the isis capital there, the city of raqqah. >> richard engel in iraq. thank you. now to a developing story out of hawaii. an active duty u.s. soldier has been arrested and charged with planning to provide support to isis. officials say the 34-year-old swore allegiance to isis and swore to provide documents and training to the group. he was not plotting attacks in the u.s.
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and acting on his own. there are new details on the hazing case. in court today, prosecutors presented tex messages which they say showed the panic among fraternity members. gabe gutierrez was in the courtroom. >> reporter: today with former penn state fraternity brothers back in court, prosecutors revealed new text messages after tim piazza stumbled drunk in the beta theta pi house. make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and the situation. he looked expletive, dead. also, a google search. how will nine drinks in an hour affect a 200-pound guy. in the courtroom today, piazza's parents. >> the text messages were devastating. the piazzas find it extraordinarily difficult to hear that and see it in front of
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their very eyes. >> reporter: the charges range from involuntary manslaughter to evidence tampering in a case that scrutinized the darker side of greek life on college campuses. today a shouting match erupted between the prosecutor and defense attorneys who say their clients did not intend for piazza to die. >> i think the charges that have been brought with respect to my client in particular have stretched the bounds of the law and the facts as they relate to him. >> reporter: the hearing continues tomorrow as the judge decides whether this case should head to trial. a dangerous combination of wildfires and heat shows no letup in the west tonight. more than a dozen wild large fires are burning. nbc's national correspondent, miguel alma fwar is in the fire zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight firefighters say their battle is shifting. not just losing land but now homes at an
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alarming rate. this weekend in california at least 37 structures burned to the ground. in santa barbara, they almost lost lives. flames creating a tunnel of fire, as crews struggled to evacuate 80 young campers. the fortune family escaped the fire but lost their home. tonight, shopping for the basics. >> i'm just grateful that we got out and we're safe. >> reporter: across the west, 65 large wildfires are burning in 11 states. the biggest firefight in california, where more than of 6 100 men and women are on the front line. that effort costing more than $1 million a day. >> your heart drops when you look out and see the giant orange glow behind you. it is not a good feeling. >> reporter: firefighters are scrambling to wherever the need is greatest. and the next call for help could come from canada, as 220 wildfires destroy homes in british
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columbia. >> we probably won't even be able to save a picture. >> reporter: out west, the firefight is now a war. with lives and property on the line. tonight crews are doing all they can to save what matters most. in the hills of santa barbara where this fire has already taken down hopes, it will likely burn for weeks. and firefighters say the most dangerous part of this blaze will likely continue to be a threat for several more days. lester? >> all right, miguel alma fwar in the thick of it there in california. thank you. it's been called black friday in july. tonight amazon is launching its annual prime day early. offering thousands of deep discounsels. it's expected to generate $1 billion in sales many here's our business correspondent on how to score the best deals. >> reporter: die hard amazon shopper amy kline. >> alexa, buy elmo
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toothbrush on aprmazon. >> reporter: has been scouring the online retailer for days. >> i'm waiting for prime day to see if the things i want go on sale. >> reporter: they sold 1 million pairs of shoes last year in just 24 hours. this year prime day is expanding to 30 hours in 13 countries. tens of thousands of deals, a new one every five minutes. among the deep discounts, the amazon echo smart assistant is 50% off at $90. 70% off, samsonite luggage. the catch, shoppers must join prime, the $99 subscription service. it is deploying its jets to deliver orders faster. >> it forces its competitors to either act ahead of time or react once april smazons to this. >> reporter: in response, best buy,
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target and others slashing prices without membership fees. shoppers recommend downloading the amazon app which will notify you when the items you want will go live. >> i can do my holiday shopping now. >> reporter: an edge that feels like christmas in july. >> we're back with more right after this.
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this is lucy
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kafanov. a plane crashed earlier this afternoon in mississippi's lafore county. the plume of black smoke could be seen for years. it is unclear at this time how many people died. we'll continue to monitor the story, but for now, back to lester in new york. we're back now with good news for coffee drinkers. some two-thirds of american adults have at least one cup of joe per day. now a new study out today, the largest of its kind finds coffee could potentially help you live a longer life. dr. john torres explains. >> reporter: at spilla park coffee shop in atlanta today, excitement is brewing over new research showing that morning cup of joe may help you live longer. >> i look to be here for a long time. so that's perfect. >> reporter: researchers followed nearly 200,000 people over 16 years and found drinking coffee was linked to reduced risk of dying from heart disease, cancer,
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stroke, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease. how much? just one cup a day lowered the chance by 12%. bump that to three cups a day and the risk drops by 18%, and it didn't matter if coffee was regular or decaf. >> they contain a lot of antioxidants, so those are probably the compounds that might have benefits. >> i think it's great. i say drink up. >> reporter: the benefits of coffee seem to be the same for men and women from many different ethnic backgrounds. >> it can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle and really, there's no long-term harm. >> there's no long-term harm as long as you watch what you are putting into that coffee, all that sugar, whipped cream can help you gain weight. >> all i have is water right now. we're back in a minute with the lucky
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lotto winner with twice the reason to celebrate.
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now to a shocking hit-and-run caught on camera and a reminder to share the roadway. video shows a suv slapping no a cyclist and keeps going. tonight the driver faces multiple charges and the volcaictim is speaking out. >> reporter: tyler noe did not expect his first bike ride in years to end like this. >> i thought tyler was dead. >> reporter: his friend, greg goodman caught the hit-and-run on a gopro. >> can you see as he turned into our lane, hit tyler, didn't brake and kept going. >> reporter: the individual video shows noe on the natchez trace parkway where drivers share the right-of-way. >> seeing that happen was so cringing. >> reporter: accidents are a growing problem as more people choose bikes over cars.
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t in 2015, 818 cyclists were killed. the driver in this incident was later arrested and spoke with a local radio station. >> i did not see the biker. i did not hear the hit. >> reporter: he faces ult multiple charges. luckily for the cyclist, only minor injuries and a reminder of dangers of sharing the road. winning the lottery is hard enough, but how about winning it twice in one week. that's what happened to a woman in california who won over $500 in a scratchoff, then she b bought another and won $100,000. she plans to spend some of her winnings on a new car. we go to a camp where they set an example for inspoiring america.
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t finally tonight, heading off for a summer break is something a lot of folks take for graned. yet for veterans injured in the line of duty and their families, it's not always easy. a quadruple amputee is making sure everyone
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gets to have summer fun. how he's inspiring america. >> reporter: travis mills lost beau his arms and legs in afghanistan. >> i happened to set my bag on the ground and underneath the bag was a bomb. >> reporter: but he never lost his spirit. >> you cans chan't change the past, why cedwell on it. i thought what can i do. >> reporter: they opened a retreat. >> it's not just the person that gets blown up. it's the family. my wife and daughter are the big reasons i was able to get better. >> reporter: giving veterans and their loved ones a we well-deserved vacation, boating, archery, horseback riding, all expense paid and fully accessible for families who have endured so much. >> i cans fully explain it, other than i feel like i've
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really got to live out high vo my vows i made the day i married him. i'm sorry. >> reporter: tears here don't last long. there's too much to do. >> no one's sitting and feeling sorry for themselves. >> reporter: from a first father/son kayak to learning the perfect cast. here, there are no limits. >> just really having a great time. >> how fast did you go? >> a million. >> reporter: kids finally have friends who can relate. >> you know there are other people out there with the same kind of dad helps. >> reporter: and memories that will live long after their time here is done. memories to last a lifetime. or at least until next time. kristen dahlgren, rome, maine. >> a very special place.
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we appreciate you 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. right now at 6:00, breaking news, a car fire sparks a brush fire in southeast san jose. i am raj mathai. >> and i am jessica aguirre. we have been tracking this story on air and online. this is a live look from nbc bay
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area sky ranger. nbc bay area marianne favro is in that area. >> reporter: if you see behind me, this is the neighborhood that is closest to the fire right now. lots of large up scale homes in this area and right now, if you look over here, you can see that cal fire is doing arial drops of water. this fire started shortly after 4:00 and it has now burned 40 acres. more than doubled in the past hour. all residents within a mile of metcalf road and san felipe are

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