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celebrity. did you notice how excited she was about that story? >> "nightly news," is next. ght all eyes on this major hurricane bearing down on texas. evacuations under way. warnings to get out now. emergency preparations and fears that harvey will hit as a ferocious category 3. blame game. president trump turns his fire on the republican leaders of the house and senate. as the threat of a government shutdown looms over money to pay for his border wall. the winner is, the massachusetts mom claims one of the largest jackpots in history. one lucky ticket, $758 million. a priest's kkk past, a confession sends shock waves through the community. cheerleading outrage over video of a coach holding down a girl who cries out in pain, pleading with him to stop. and an accidental icon, taking the
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fashion world by storm. "nightly news" begins right now. sno sno snoip. >> announcer: from nbc news headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. thanks for being here tonight. the warning from officials is an ominous as it is blunt, get out now. tens of thousands living along the texas gulf coast under a hurricane warning right now, as harvey whips itself into a major hurricane. a lumbering but dangerous storm that could come ashore a little over 24 hours from now, and dump some truly unbelievable amounts of rains, flooding rains over the next several days. sustained winds are already 85 miles an hour. they could be over 100 when the storm comes ashore near corpus christi late tomorrow or early saturday. that's where jacob rascon begins our reporting tonight.
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>> reporter: tonight the forecast is urgent and distressing. >> this is a very, very bad scenario for us here. >> reporter: hurricane harvey intensifying rapidly expected to slam into texas as a category 3. >> we're going to, in the strongest possible terms, encourage the residents in the low lying areas, as they say, get out of dodge. >> reporter: harvey would be the first hurricane to make landfall in texas since 2008 when hurricane ike killed 21 people in texas, arkansas, and louisiana. and caused billions of dollars in damage. in 2005 hurricane katrina and hurricane rita also made landfall as category 3 tomorrows. devastating texas and louisiana. more than 1,000 people killed and more than $100 billion in damage. from beaumont to san antonio and dallas to new orleans, the preparations are urgent. >> it's getting more and more serious as time goes by. >> reporter: a rush on gas, water, food, and flashlights. the nation's fourth
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largest city, houston bracing for catastrophic flooding throughout. expecting more than 15 inches of rain over the next five days. here in corpus christi, boards are coming up and sails are coming down. as chuck griffin prepares his boat, he remembers the last time a storm this strong hit here. >> 47 years ago. >> reporter: wow! and what did that do to the town? >> decimated it. it was a disaster. >> reporter: so what do you think now? >> i'm concerned we're going to have some of the same damage if we get a category 3 or 4 here. >> reporter: the national hurricane center says get out, issuing a storm warning for the first time a storm surge warning of up to 10 feet. >> we need people to get out of those areas where they can potentially drown because of the life threatening storm surge. >> reporter: we're standing outside what would normally be a busy restaurant. but now like so many others, it's boarded up. and this would otherwise be a busy marina, but like so many other areas, it's now evacuated for the most part.
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the governor has preemptively declared a disaster. 30 schools in the region are now cancelled. >> looks like people are heeding the warning. jacob rast cone, thank you. dylan dreyer is here with us, map out the latest forecast and who should be concerned right now? >> well, definitely the middle coast of texas right now. winds are up to 85 miles per hour, so it is a category 1 storm. it's moving into favorable conditions for strengthening. it's forecast to become a major hurricane by friday afternoon with winds up to 125 miles per hour and it could maintain that strength as it makes landfall near corpus christi overnight friday night into saturday morning. after that, it meanders, it weakens but meanders across eastern texas, that's why we could see devastating flooding because of the amount of rain we're expecting over the next several days. even as far inland as san antonio over to houston, 10 to 15 inches with up to 35 inches possible in low lying areas that could lead to devastating flooding. then combine that with this storm surge of 6
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to 12 feet, that could lead to major coastal flooding. there are a lot of details to iron out within the next 12 to 24 hours, but they're all very serious right now. >> anything that goes over water and fires up again. >> that's right, louisiana needs to watch the forecast. because if it moves back over the gulf, it could restrengthen. >> dylan, thank you very much. now to the battle in the republican party over president's threat to shut down the government if he doesn't get the funding for the border wall he once insisted mexico would pay for. the gop's leaders in congress are resistant to funding the project. and today the president took to social media to escalate his feud with them. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. tonight a clash of the political titans. president trump is digging in on his threat to congressional leaders. fund the border wall or he'll force a government shutdown. a warning he unleashed earlier this week. >> believe me. if we have to close down our government, we're building that
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wall. >> reporter: the president attacking gop leaders by name. taking direct aim at paul ryan and mitch mcconnell on twitter. the white house publicly down playing the tensions. >> i think the relationships are fine. >> reporter: but behind the scenes, so white house officials privately worry the attacks could hurt the president's agenda. and one top republican senator calling the ultimatum disruptive. still one senior administration official tells nbc news mr. trump sees his tough tweets as a tactic to hold lawmakers' feet to the fire. now republicans are firing back. >> i don't think a government shutdown in necessary and i don't think most people want to see a government shutdown. ourselves included. >> it would be completely counterproductive. >> reporter: and tonight, more tough questions for the white house after the president promised mexico would pay for the wall. >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> who? >> mexico! >> reporter: so will mexico still foot the bill? >> how is that not a
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concession from the white house that mexico is not actually going to pay for the wall and taxpayers with ill? >> this is something the president is committed to. >> reporter: in border states they're watching the battle closely, texas republican congressman will hurd's district is along the border. he insists the wall is the wrong move. >> we should be using technology and manpower in order to secure the 2,000 miles of our border. that's a fraction of the cost of building a concrete structure. >> reporter: a fierce debate among landowners and ranchers. with rising concerns about drugs and crime. >> if we can stop it, if we can do a partial stoppage with a wall, why not? >> it's a very misguided use of taxpayer money, of resources. >> reporter: white house officials say they're working with congress on a compromised short term funding bill that would keep the government open for a few months without funding the wall, delaying a showdown that's sure to come. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house. thank you, kristen. the navy says it's suspending search and recovery efforts in the pacific to find nine sailors who
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remain missing after the "uss john mccain" collided with a tanker near singapore. they will continue to search the flooded compartments inside the ship itself. the body of a tenth sailor has been recovered, all ten have now been publicly identified. now to a hostage drama that played out for hours today in charleston. authorities say it started when a fire dishwasher shot and killed a chef in a crowded restaurant filled with tourists. he then locked the door to the restaurant and told diners to get down on the floor. all but one managed to run out another exit after a three-hour negotiation, the suspect was shot and wounded by police and the lone hostage was freed. tonight a massachusetts mom has come forward to claim one of the largest jackpots in american history. one ticket worth a whopping $758 million. nbc's rehema ellis has the lucky winner and what she plans to do now. >> reporter: mavis
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wanczyk couldn't believe her own eyes when she checked her power ball ticket after leaving work. >> i go, hey, i have that number. i have that. i have that. and he goes, let me see that ticket. he goes, you just won. >> your winning powerball number tonight -- >> reporter: her picks a combination of birthdays and special numbers. >> today as i'm driving here, i'm still like, this isn't true. this can't be. and then now it's like, i am a winner. >> reporter: the 53-year-old bought her ticket yesterday afternoon here at this convenience store and gas station in chicopee, massachusetts, not far from her home. the store is also a winner. it gets a cool $50,000 for selling the record-breaking ticket. do you remember selling her the ticket? >> yes, i remember. she's a regular here. >> reporter: but it was an early morning disappointment for this massachusetts store owner 80 miles away. overnight the state
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lotto commission told the handy variety store just outside of boston that it sold the winning ticket. but officials later had to take that back saying they announced the wrong store. >> this was the result of a human error. >> reporter: mavis, the mother of two grown children, says now after 32 years of working at a hospital, she's calling it quits. >> i've called them and told them i will not be coming back. >> reporter: rehema ellis, nbc news, chicopee, massachusetts. amazon announced today that its $13.7 billion takeover of whole foods will be finalized on monday. and the tech giant says it will immediately slash prices and soon offer in-store deals to amazon prime customers. the move could help refocus whole foods' image with critics who've long nicknamed the chain whole paycheck over complaints of prices being too high. tonight with the
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new season a couple weeks away, the nfl is under pressure and facing problems, a high profile quarterback whose been to the super bowl who now can't find a team that will sign him. it comes after a season of controversy in which colin kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem in protest. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> give a job to kaepernick! >> reporter: the protests outside of nfl headquarters in new york, among the largest the league has seen. more than a thousand fans, advocates, athletes, and the naacp standing by the quarterback who took a knee. after a season in which colin kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem, the talented quarterback who took the 49ers to the super bowl in 2012 has not been signed by a pro team. payback for protests say his supporters. >> we are all standing with colin. it is time for the nfl to put up or shut up. >> reporter: kaepernick's protests
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over race relations turned the popular star into a polarizing figure. while some joined his movement, a backlash of anger followed him to every game. opting out of his contract with the 49ers, kaepernick is no longer in the spotlight on the field. but is widely considered better than many quarterbacks in the league. >> the nfl may well look back and say, hey, we missed something at a crucial moment. >> reporter: tonight kaepernick tweeted thanks to his fans, but the nfl says it's up to the league's 32 teams to decide if kaepernick should ever play again. a decision over the player who took a knee to stand up for what he believes in. miguel almaguer, nbc news. still ahead, the shocking confession from a priest. his parishioners stunned after he admitted to a past with the kkk. but a family he victimized says his apology doesn't go far enough. also a
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cheerleading scandal caught on camera. young teens screaming in pain as their coach appears to push them way past their limits. the growing outrage when we come back.
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we're back now with a priest's confession that has stunned an entire community in northern virginia. revelations that the man leading the congregation used to be a member of the kkk. he's apologized to the community, but a family he's accused of terrorizing years ago says he hasn't apologized to them. now they want to know who helped him.
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nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: at saint leo the great catholic church in fairfax, virginia, the revelations have been jaw dropping. in a catholic newspaper, father william achedson confessed he had been a member of the kkk in the 1970s, writing, my actions were despicable. the images from charlottesville brought back memories of a bleak period of my life that i would have preferred to forget. in maryland, the butler family has been unable to erase the night of terror when he left a burning cross on their front yard. >> i will never ever forget that. we didn't deserve this. no one deserves this. >> reporter: he was convicted of multiple cross burnings, making homemade bombs and sending these letters to martin luther king's widow. threatening death by lynching. he said he was the exhausted cyclops of the robert e. lee lodge. he never apologized or paid $23,000 of restitution. in 1982 after learning of their story, president reagan visited the butlers.
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>> i thought maybe we might just call attention to how reprehensible something of this kind is. >> reporter: now, 35 years later word that he's been a priest in nearby northern virginia since 1993. >> i feel like he has changed, since he's in the catholic church religion for so many years. >> reporter: the butlers say he should pay the restitution and reveal the other kkk members he was with. he only came forward after a reporter started asking questions. the diocese says they knew of his criminal history but there were no accusations of racism here. tom costello, nbc news, fairfax, virginia. there's more to come. we're back in a moment with not one, not two, but three bench-clearing incidents in a single game.
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emmy award winning actor jay thomas has
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died. he was best known for his roles in a pair of tv classics. as a tabloid talk show host on "murphy brown" and as carla's hockey-playing husband on "cheers." he starred on his own '90s sitcom "love & war." letterman fans know of him from his appearances. most recently he appeared on radon van and hosted a show on sirius xm. his agent says he battled cancer. jay thomas was 69 years old. there is outrage in denver after disturbing video surfaced appearing to show physical pain from exercises forced on young teens at a cheerleading camp this summer. some coaches and school officials have been placed on leave. it's all triggered a police investigation. lucy kafanov has the story, and a warning, some of these images may be difficult to watch. >> no, no, no, no, no, no. >> reporter: pushed to her limit and beyond. >> i can't! >> reporter: tonight outrage in a denver high school over disturbing footage showing teenaged cheerleaders crying out in pain.
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>> please stop, please stop. >> reporter: 13-year-old ali wakefield begs her coach to stop nine times. the video from cheer camp given to kusa shows ali and teamma teammates struggling to do painful splits. >> i just didn't expect to have to do elevated splits and be forced into it. he was pushing, like, with his other knee on my back to try to keep my posture straight. >> reporter: wakefield's mother said she contacted the school back in june after her daughter tore muscle and damaged ligaments. >> this is a grown man pushing my 13-year-old girl so hard against her will that he's ripping tissues in her body. >> reporter: at denver's east high school this morning, turmoil. five top school officials have been placed on leave, including the principal and the coach. standard procedure during an investigation. denver public schools saying, we will not allow any situation in which a student is forced to perform an activity beyond the
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point at which they express their desire to stop. denver police also launching an investigation. known for his tumbling stunts, this was coach williams' first year at the school. although he's not commenting now, his methods are in question as investigators question how much is too much when pushing aspiring athletes to be their best. >> cheerleading camp this summer. some coaches and school officials have been placed on leave and it's all triggered a police investigation. nbc's lucy kafanov has the story. it started when miguel cabrera threw punches at the yankees catcher triggering a brawn. later they cleared the benches twice more. in all, eight players and coaches were ejected. when we come back, how a twist of fate led this 60-something grandmother to become a fashion icon. we'll be right back. department... focusing on the
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lgbt community. =sot= "i think it )s just brilliant" ===jess vo=== the message san jose pd is trying to send. ===raj vo=== and nbc bay area responds to another consumer complaint. why every second mattered for one man )s car wash. ===next close=== finally tonight, at an age most americans may be looking to retire, she's become a sensation in the fashion world with her impeccable sense of style. and it all started with an accidental twist of fate.
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nbc's cynthia mcfadden has the story. ♪ >> reporter: looks can be deceiving. you're a lot of things. >> i am. >> reporter: a full professor, ph.d.. a former child advocate. and a fashion icon. meet 64-year-old lynn slater. two years ago during new york fashion week, the impeccably dressed fordham university professor was waiting outside lincoln center for a friend when suddenly she was swarmed by photographers who mistook her for a fashion icon. >> my friend comes upon the scene and she's laughing, of course. you're an accidental icon. >> reporter: the accidental icon became the name of slater's fashion blog and instagram account. it landed her a modeling contract and turned her into a true fashion influencer. but more than the clothes, it's the attitude. no apologies for being a woman of a certain age. >> i want people to
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know that you do not have to accept the box that society puts you in. reinvent yourself the way that you want to be. >> reporter: her nearly quarter of a million online followers, predominantly young people by the way, can't get enough of her irreverent fashion sense. >> i love some of the comments on the blog. slay my life, lynn. >> look. >> reporter: and she is slaying it. she's still a professor, but now she also travels the world for fashion shoots. if you could do it all over again, would you still get the ph.d. in social work or would you go into fashion? >> regret is not in my vocabulary. it's all about what i do in this moment and from here on in. >> reporter: and in this moment, it's the joy of striking a pose on a new york city rooftop. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news"
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for this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right now at 6: i want to protest peacefully and i want to ruin their photo o'. >> the barricades are coming up. counterproteste counterprotesters with alternatives. i am jessica aguirre. >> and i am raj mathai. san francisco and berkeley are digging in. not just law enforcement but people who live in the neighborhood. everyone bracing for the worst but hoping for the best.
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christie smith is in san francisco. >> reporter: raj, there are about ten stacks of fencing laid out today. workers said they could not talk about it though. the park service has laid out some of their plans including limiting access on the day of the rally. neighbors and demonstrators say they still have their questions about how this will all play out at chrisrissy field, plans are l being laid out for saturday. >> they don't know what to expect. >> christy nealy lives in the marina district. >> i would like to counterprotest but not sure about the situation down here. plus having kids and stuff, not sure if it is

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