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as a reminder lester holt joins us neck. breaking news as we come on breaking news as we come on the air tonight. reports of a new missile launch from north korea. a new provocation from kim jong-un. we're live from seoul with late details. also, nursing home horror. amid a criminal investigation, new details about the eight seniors who died in sweltering heat. and over 100 more evacuated. some reportedly with body temperatures up to 106 degrees. what's the deal? mixed messages from the president and from democratic leaders regarding what was said over dinner about protecting d.r.e.a.m.ers and building the wall. a storm of anger on the right. was there a missed warning that could have stopped the security breach that's hit nearly half of americans? so many of you racing to freeze your credit. and the life-saving gift for
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music superstar selena gomez, shining a light on a misunderstood disease. "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, and thank you for being with us. there is breaking news as we come on the air tonight. word late today of a new missile launch from north korea coming from the capital of pyongyang. japanese media is reporting the missile flew ovenorthern japan. the japanese government broadcaster advised people to seek shelter. it comes weeks after north korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb. ginger zee continuing to rapidly develop his nuclear and missile programs, defiant in the face of threats from president trump. we want to get right to nbc's ron allen in the region. he's in seoul, south korea. ron, what's the latest from there? >> reporter: good morning, lester.
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yes, another major act of defines by the north koreans. we understand that missile flew some 2,000 miles in an easterly direction out over japan. important to note it did not fly in a southerly direction toward the u.s. territory of guam, like the north koreans have threaten. the japanese nor the american military did not attempt to shoot the missile down. they did not see it as a threat. it landed in the pacific ocean. air raid sirens did go off in japan and people were told to take cover. very similar to the test that the north koreans conducted a couple of weeks ago. we also understand that in response, the south koreans have conducted a live fire exercise of their own ballistic missile. nothing so far from the united states. we await to see how the trump administration will respond. lester? >> ron allen in seoul, where it is now friday morning. thank you. we're learning more about the circumstances that led eight florida nursing home patients to die in sweltering conditions in the aftermath of hurricane irma, including new questions about why
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the first patient's death apparently did not trigger emergency action. our gabe gutierrez has the latest details. >> reporter: tonight, as investigators prepare to search this sweltering florida nursing home, new details about the eight senior citizens who died and the 145 who were evacuated. some had body temperatures of 106 degrees, says the state senator who represents the area. >> it's horrifying. i mean, not to be callous, but people were literally baked to death. >> reporter: authorities revealing one of the eight died on tuesday and had a do not resuscitate order, so no one at the facility called 911, instead turning the body over to a funeral home. it wasn't until wednesday at 3:00 a.m. that the fire department got the first of several 911 calls. >> the facility had some power. however, the building's air conditioning system was not fully functional. >> reporter: 87-year-old edna jefferson is among the survivors. her daughter is outraged. >> i'm extremely upset. i mean, words, you know -- there are no words. shame on you.
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shame on you. >> reporter: the facility's administrator says it's cooperating fully with authorities, that the center immediately contacted florida power & light after irma knocked out a transformer, "and the staff continually checked on our residents' well-being." fpl says it provided power to at least part of the facility. state senator gary farmer wants tougher regulations for patient/staff ratios, insurance requirements and corporate accountability. >> this facility is a perfect example. they've been cited dozens and dozens and dozens of times. >> reporter: also tonight we're learning more about the victims. among them 84-year-old betty hibbert. >> what a price to pay. what a price to pay. not just my betty but all the people. >> reporter: in 2014 and 2016, inspectors cited the facility, the rehabilitation center in hollywood hills, for failing to properly maintain a backup generator. lester? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. now to the growing controversy over what exactly happened when president trump
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welcomed democratic leaders to the white house for dinner. mixed signals about whether they cut a deal to protect so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers from deportation and whether it would include funding for a border wall. here's nbc news chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> reporter: today, political ping-pong and caught in the middle nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought here by their parents who could be deported if congress can't cut a deal. for a few hours, it sounded like maybe they had, after democratic leaders dined with the president. >> no, there's no done deal. >> sounds like a deal to make a deal. >> all i can say is there's a deal to be made. >> we all agreed on a framework. >> there is no agreement. >> reporter: are you confused? so is congress. after a whirlwind 24 hours that started in the blue room. nancy pelosi, chuck schumer, the president and his team around the table. two hours later, the democrats announced they'd agreed to save the daca immigration program and work toward more border
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security, but not money for the border wall. within minutes, overnight outrage from the president's base who felt sold out. laura ingram scoffing at what she called the art of the steal. breitbart dubbing the president amnesty don. at 6:00 this morning, the walk back. "no deal" tweeted the president. and no citizenship either. >> we're not looking at citizenship. we're not looking at amnesty. >> reporter: at almost the same time -- >> there's an eventual path to citizenship in the d.r.e.a.m. act. >> reporter: bottom line, even the president says they are fairly close to a deal, but as always, devil's in the details, like whether conservatives will accept delaying the fight about money for that border wall. >> they can't obstruct the wall whether it's in a budget or something else when we're ready. >> reporter: for now, no sign the president will stop dealing with democrats, like schumer, caught on a hot mike today saying what a lot of lawmakers might be thinking. >> he likes us. he likes me, anyway. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house.
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i'm peter alexander. the president tonight claiming progress on the premier promise of his campaign. >> i think we're moving very rapidly on the wall. we're renovating large sections of walls. it will be brand new by the time we finish. >> reporter: but eight months into his presidency there is no formal plan for building the kind of wall the president's been touting for two years. >> we're going to build a wall. build a wall. build a wall. build a wall. >> reporter: nbc news has learned the study president trump ordered in january on how to fully secure the border yet to be finalized. the president's transition team did little to advance the project, according to a top transition official, and border patrol authorities concede prototypes for proposed wall are months behind schedule. not much has changed since april. >> i don't know what it will be made of. i don't know how high it will be. i don't know if it's going to have solar panels. >> if the president had all the money he needed to build the wall right now, they still wouldn't be able to do it, because there's so many logistical hurdles in
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order to make it happen. >> reporter: the president remains bullish. >> the wall very soon, but the wall will happen. >> reporter: but the obstacles are piling up. many construction firms fearing political retaliation are shying away from what typically would be a highly sought after and lucrative contract. >> the current predicament is that firms are scared to participate in the wall project because they see a severe -- a potentially severe backlash. >> reporter: americans are expressing their doubts, too. a new nbc news survey monkey poll finds barely 4 in 10 support building that wall. 56% against it. a wall of opposition for one of the president's top priorities. and tonight on the trip back from touring hurricane damage in florida where he tried to buck up storm survivors and local officials, president trump was asked about meeting with the senate's only african-american republican yesterday, and again brought up his controversial comments after charlottesville that there were, in his words, bad dudes, not just among the white supremacists, but among the left-wing
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anti-fascist groups that came out to confront them. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. peter, thank you. in the caribbean, a desperate struggle is playing out in irma's aftermath. on tortola, the largest of the british virgin islands, the first civilian flight leaving the island took off today, more than a week after that tropical paradise suffered a direct hit. nbc's stephanie ruhle is there. >> reporter: driving from the airport into the center of tortola, the images are heartbreaking. homes destroyed, boats tossed. here we are at this marina. it's not just that boats are turned over. many of these boats were on moorings out there in the water and ended up pulled all the way on to land. near the coastline, we meet nolan davis who says he barely survived the storm. >> the hurricane was taking the house apart. pow, rat tat tat. >> reporter: now his family is helping him start to pick up the pieces. >> you lose your bed, you lose all your belongings, but we got to go on. >> reporter: more than
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a week after irma slammed these islands, the necessities, food, water, power, are still scarce. gas stations damaged and abandoned. cell phone service is mostly out. we came here with digicel. their urgent mission is to repair cell phone towers here. >> the islands have been devastated, but our job is to try to get the territory back up and running as quickly as possible. >> any buses wanting to go to the u.s.? >> reporter: today the rush to get out as people scramble to get on the first relief flight off the island. but for those still here, what's critical, how long the island's recovery will take and how quickly they can get tourists back to what was once a paradise. stephanie ruhle, nbc news, tortola, british virgin islands. there's new controversy tonight swirling around fwoogle. google. former employees have filed a lawsuit accusing the company of paying women less than their male counterparts and also denying them promotions. let's get details from
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nbc's jo ling kent. >> reporter: tonight, google is facing a major lawsuit on behalf of all women who have worked at the tech giant over the last four years. three former employees, kelly ellis, holly pease and kelli wisuri, say google discriminates against women by systematically paying them less than men and denying them promotions. they're seeking a class-action lawsuit saying google's failure to pay female employees the same for substantially similar work has been and is willful. >> these women are taking a risk about their careers, and i think they're showing great courage, but they are doing this because they feel that there's a wrong that needs to be righted. >> reporter: in an e-mail to nbc news, google denied the claim saying we disagree with the central allegations. we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly. if we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them. google's workforce is made up of 69% men and 31% women.
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earlier this year, the labor department sued google, also alleging compensation data revealed systemic compensation disparities against women across the workforce. google has also denied those allegations. the ballooning controversy comes just weeks after google fired engineer james damore for writing an internal memo claiming that women and men differ in their abilities because of biological causes. >> this lawsuit has the potential to impact the way that google is able to fire in the future, and that's a big deal. >> reporter: jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. there's a new twist tonight in the equifax security breach which is affecting nearly every adult in the u.s. the company is now accused by a software supplier of failing to install a security patch months before it was hacked that it says might have prevented the breach. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: tonight, with reports that mastercard and visa are notifying banks that 200,000 of their customer credit card numbers were among those lost in the equifax breach, public outrage continues to
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boil. in texas michael whip's information was first stolen two years ago. now with the equifax hack, he and his wife have frozen their credit reports. total cost $40. >> it makes me angry that i have to pay these credit bureaus money to do what they should have been doing to begin with, and that's protect my information, my wife's information. >> reporter: credit scores aren't just used for loans and credit cards, they can also affect your ability to get a job, car insurance, rent an apartment, turn on the power, even sign up for a new cell phone. >> i think what this breach points to is that we need better control for american consumers over the information in our credit reports. >> reporter: also tonight, more allegations of negligence at equifax. in a statement online, equifax blamed the may hack on criminals who exploited a u.s. website application vulnerability and apache strut software. but apache says it issued an urgent security patch to fix that vulnerability two months earlier on march 7th. today apache says
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equifax bears responsibility for lax security. >> the equifax data security breach was absolutely due to their failure to install the associated patches for the apache strut project. >> reporter: late today equifax told nbc news it did not identify the vulnerability until july 29 when it then took immediate action to stop the intrusion. among the questions investigators had, why did it then take six weeks for equifax to go public? >> they kept americans at risk during that period of time. we want to know why that is and get to the bottom of it. >> reporter: it was a week ago today that equifax announced the breach. that very same day it was on capitol hill lobbying congress for fewer regulations and liabilities in cases of data breaches. lester? >> tom costello tonight. thank you. still ahead, a pop star's secret struggle. selena gomez surprising fans by revealing a life-saving gift from her best friend.
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we're back with that surprise announcement from a pop superstar. selena gomez, one of the biggest acts in music, said she stepped away from the spotlight because she's been recovering from a kidney transplant. a life saving gift from her best friend. and it's now shining a light on a disease that a lot of people don't know much about. here's nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: selena gomez appears to lead a charmed red carpet life, going from "barney & friends" to disney channel stardom. then the top of billboard's charts. ♪
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now the pop star sharing dramatic health news on instagram. "i needed to get a kidney transplant due to my lupus." posting the hospital photo with donor and best friend actress francia raisa, writing, "she gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me." the 25-year-old gomez is one of 1.5 million americans with lupus. called the great imitator because its symptoms mimic other diseases, with extreme fatigue, headaches, painful or swollen joints and fever, all signs of the autoimmune disease that attacks the body's organs. >> when lupus attacks your kidney, it starts to kill your kidney cells and ultimately your entire kidney will stop working. >> reporter: lupus primarily strikes women of child-bearing age and is two to three times more prevalent in women of color. african-americans, hispanics and asians. dr. sammonds says gomez's kidney transplant indicates she suffers from a severe form of lupus,
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but the anti-rejection drugs that protect her new kidney should keep the disease at bay. can you live with lupus? >> you can live with lupus. you can have kids with lupus. you can be happy with lupus. >> reporter: sammonz hopes gomez's fame raises awareness of a misunderstood disease and encourages women of color to participate in research that will make life with lupus easier for those on and off the red carpet. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we'll take a short break. up next here tonight the latest on two dangerous incidents for the u.s. military far from the battlefield.
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how much money do you think you'll need in retirement? then we found out how many years that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9? how did this happen? it turned out, a lot of people fell short, of even the average length of retirement. we have to think about not when we expect to live to, but when we could live to. let's plan for income that lasts all our years in retirement. prudential. bring your challenges. tonight, the military is investigating two major accidents at bases on both ends of the country. today at ft. bragg in north carolina, several soldiers were injured during a training exercise at a firing range. and on wednesday at camp pendleton in san diego, several marines were seriously injured. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: the explosion at ft. bragg killed one soldier and sent several others to the hospital.
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the members of the u.s. army special operations command were at a training range when something went wrong. the north carolina facility is often used for live fire exercises. where elite members of the army are based. the accident comes a day after marines were injured at camp pendleton in california. on wednesday, an amphibious assault vehicle, used to transport marines from sea to land, caught fire and left three marines in critical condition and five more in serious condition. >> we now have many more accidents due to the lack of readiness and training and maintenance than we do in combat. we are asking them to do too much with too little. the result is an overworked, strained force with aging equipment and not enough of it. >> reporter: tonight the military is investigating two new accidents while congress is being asked to do more to
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protect those who serve. miguel almaguer, nbc news. up next here tonight, the cartoonist dad whose mini masterpieces are a school lunch smash. begun...
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now that the school year is in full swing, lots of parents are back in the routine of packing lunches and sending them off with their kids every day, but we're going to tell you about a dad that goes above and beyond. he's a cartoonist who turns every one of his daughter's lunches into a work of art. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the story. >> reporter: while some kids have been known to complain about brown bag school lunches, for high school junior maggie jenkins -- >> let's see what the lunch bag is today. >> reporter: it's an event. >> it's so cute. >> reporter: every day her turkey sandwiches come wrapped in a hand made one of a kind work of art. >> they're always unique. never the same one twice. >> reporter: that's because maggie's dad mike is a political cartoonist turned caricature artist. >> when the older two went off to college and our youngest, maggie, she had such an imagination. >> reporter: so he started drawing. the bags such a hit, he couldn't stop. now he spends about four hours a day crafting the next day's masterpiece. >> this is a steam locomotive, and the cab is a lunch bag. >> reporter: each is
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elaborate. mike doesn't miss a thing. >> the clutter even is the same clutter that was on my nightstand. >> reporter: memorializing holidays, homework and, of course, friday freedom. over 600 lunches. >> here you are. >> reporter: do you ever think about how much work goes into all this? >> all the time. it just blows my mind like how many hours have gone into making these lunch bags. >> reporter: the two know they have a time limit. mike probably won't be sending lunches to college. >> in an ideal world, it would be nice, but, of course, i'm not going to ask him to do that. >> reporter: but the bond they have is unlikely to fade. >> i'll always be able to look back and i'll always be able to have these times when my dad put aside his time and put in so much hard work. >> reporter: and if you ask maggie, there's no question her dad's got father of the year in the bag. >> bye-bye. >> have a good day. >> reporter: kristen dahlgren, nbc news, arlington, virginia.
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we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" 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 6:00, free speech comes with a price. berkeley is preparing for protests. businesses board up. a popular conservative speaker is about to take center stage on cal campus. officers are outside armed with pepper spray to control the crowds. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. >> i'm janelle wang sitting in for jessica acquire. protesters started packing in the cal campus hours ago. the stanl is set with 1,000
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tickets for people to see ben shapiro. sky ranger over berkeley right now. you can see lots of people gathered on campus. >> it looks like a couple hundred people there right outside zellerbach hall. the 33 harvard grad arrived 3:30 in the afternoon. you see him there getting off the plane at sfo. berkeley police willically be proactive this evening in controlling unruly protesters. they've arrested this man for carrying a banned weapon near campus. we have several reporters in place, including our sky ranger up above. let's begin with nbc bay area jodi hernandez on campus with the latest. jodi. >> reporter: raj, we are inside the perimeter in front of zellerbach hall. those who have a ticket have lined up here as you can see. and they are getting ready to go in. we are told the doors are about to open. now these folks have all gone


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