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>> thanks for joining us here at 5:00. as a reminder lester holt is next with nightly news" tonight, a massive terror manhunt. after an explosion in a london subway. dozens wounded and it could have been far worse. isis claims responsibility as the uk raises the threat level to critical. the prime minister warning another attack may be eminent. city on edge. protesters storm the streets in st. louis after a white former cop is acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black man. a new flash point in missouri haunted by memories of ferguson. a new hurricane threat getting too close for comfort. al roker has the new forecast track. hazing investigation, a deadly incident involving an fraternity pledge rocks another university. a final plunge after a 20 year mission capturing the most spectacular images of our time.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone and good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for being with us tonight. isis is now claiming credit for a bomb attack on a suburban london subway as the uk braces for yet another possible hit. late this evening, the threat level there'll advocated to critical. it's highest level meaning another attack is considered imminent. more than two dozen people were injured in britain's fifth terror attack of the year when the homemade device only partially detonated. tonight there is an all out effort to find who did it. nbc's kelly cobiella has details from london. >> reporter: a massive manhunt on for the person that sent wall of fire and panic through the london subway, and multiple senior law enforcement officials briefed on
the investigation say a suspect has now been identified. >> the fire ball just engulfed the whole jeep carriage. the whole carriage was orange like coming towards us. >> reporter: it happened at 8:20 in the morning in a quiet suburb west of the city. the train packed with commuters and children on their way to school. >> there were a lot of people who had burns around their face and upper parts of the body. >> reporter: afterwards the device sitting in the subway car by the train doors still in flames. authorities quickly calling it a terror attacks. homes near the tracks evacuated. ian wallworth saw the s.w.a.t. team from his balcony. >> i heard a loud bang to the door and we were told to evacuate and we had to leave. >> reporter: did you smell anything? >> i did, yes. it smelled like a chemical burning. >> reporter: and it could have been worse. the homemade bomb did not fully explode which could help authorities track down suspects. >> though the attack was relatively in effective it is part of a series of quickening attacks in london that not only worries officials in london and
the uk but also in europe and in the united states. >> reporter: it's now the fifth time this year britain has been a target for terror, including the suicide bombing at an araiana grande concert in manchester and a car attack and stabbing at the iconic parliament. tonight the prime minister defiant. >> the threat of terrorism that we face is severe but together by working together we will defeat them. >> reporter: and tonight those same u.s. law enforcement officials briefed on this say there was a timer on that device and it didn't detonate properly. isis has claimed responsibility for this but police here say so far there's no evidence of a direct link. lester. >> kelly tonight in london, thank you. >> meantime, this evening, president trump is facing fresh scrutiny after firing off a series of messages on twitter after the london attack including one that took a swipe at uk authorities.
he then turned his focus to his embattled travel plan. we get details from hallie jackson. >> reporter: hours after the explosion in london, an eruption of tweets online from president trump blaming a loser terrorist for the subway attack, adding these are sick and demented people who were in the sites of scotland yard. that reference to the london law enforcement agency raising questions. >> does he know something we don't? >> i never think it's helpful to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation. >> reporter: the prime minister polite by pointed. >> reporter: did the president share information that he wasn't supposed to and why was he speculative. >> i think what the president was communicating is obviously all of our law enforcement efforts are focused on the terrorist threat for years. he means generally that this kind of activity is what we're trying to prevent. >> reporter: it all came up in theresa may's call today with
rump in which the u.s. promised close collaboration with the uk. >> our absolute commitment to eradicating the terrorists from our planet. >> reporter: that fight against terror is why the administration says it's taking its fight for the travel ban to the supreme court next month which will hear arguments on the order that restricts people from six mostly muslim countries. critics call it religious profiling, insisting it wouldn't make this country any safer but the president wants to go even further, tweeting today after the london attack, the u.s. ban should be far larger, tougher and more specific. >> why is he fighting for it if it's, in fact, too small, not tough enough and too broad. >> reporter: the trump administration got a partial win on that travel ban when the supreme court agreed to let current restrictions on refugees stay in place but the administration also gave up the fight over keeping out grandparents of citizens who want visas. arguments on all this set for october 10th. lester? >> thanks. >> the administration gave up
fight ov the trump administration and leaders from around the world condemn north korea's latest missile launch today. the president's national security adviser said there are military options to stop north korea but said those are not the preferred options. we get more on the simmering tensions tonight from our chief foreign correspondent richard engle. >> reporter: kim jong-un jong-un's latest, unching people to find shelter including some american tourists. >> that's a nice wakeup call. it's a north korean missile launch. >> reporter: it was a ballistic missile launched around 6:30 a.m. local time. it traveled 2,300 miles over northern japan landing in the pacific ocean. the u.s. military said it posed no threat to american territory guam is far to the south, which kim jong-un has threatened before. south korea responded to the
launch by firing two missiles of its own into the sea but at the same distance they'd have to travel to hit the north korean launch site. the u.n. convened an emergency session just days after imposing new sanctions. watered down by russia and china. but president trump today again talking up the military option. >> after seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, i am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming. >> kim jong-un has learned from his father and grandfather that military provocations to the united states and south korea we never actually respond to. i fear he has misjudged the current situation. >> reporter: two weeks ago kim jong-un detonated what is widely believed to be been an hydrogen bomb.
he's carried out more missile tests than his predecessors combined and there are mounting signs he may be preparing for a new nuclear test. >> kim jong-un vowed to complete his country's nuclear weapons program despite the sanctions. the goal to quote, reach an equilibrium with the united states. u.s. sanctions are still not deterring the regime. >> thank you. in this country it was a tense day in st. louis after a judge found a white former police officer not guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black man after a high speed car chase six years ago. the police were on high alert for the verdict and this evening there are protests that are still ongoing. nbc's blake mccoy is there. >> reporter: things got ugly early as protesters clashed with police on the streets of st. louis. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> reporter: some promising more unrest. >> we are going to shut this city down. >> reporter: police have responded with a show of force tonight after a judge's decision to acquit former st. louis
police officer jason stockley in the shooting death of anthony lamar smith. smith was shot dead after a police chase in 2011. stockley claimed he saw the suspected drug dealer reach for a gun but only the officer's dna was found on the weapon leading to allegations that it was planted. officer stockley can be heard on dash cam during the chase say he's going to kill smith. in issuing his decision today the judge said he couldn't say that the state had proved every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt. >> the verdict has created frustration and anger for many in our community. >> reporter: smith leaves behind a young daughter, his family spoke through an attorney. >> they were shocked. >> reporter: the case has echos of the 2014 unrest in nearby ferguson following the fatal shooting of michael brown by a white police officer.
brown's family has been in contact with the smiths. >> i'm reliving, i'm reliving right now what this family going through. >> reporter: tonight concern that protests will grow forcing this community to relive ferguson as well. many businesses here in downtown st. louis closed early today. you can see barricades in front of the court house and schools have canceled afterschool activities. the governor has even placed a national guard on standby should things escalate. lester. >> thank you. as we head into the weekend we're monitoring a new hurricane threat swirling in the atlantic. jose has been meandering around the atlantic for more than a week but now the new forecast track takes it a bit too close for comfort for folks on the east coast. al roker is here, where is it headed? >> it's going to be running parallel to the u.s. coast. it's 640 miles south of cape hatteras, 75-miles-per-hour winds moving northwest at 10. cape hat truss is within that cone of uncertainty or at least the effects of it. we'll see dangerous surf this weekend, monday we're looking
for rain and wind in the north carolina outer banks. it continues up and within the cone of uncertainty, coastal new jersey, new york, boston, tropical storm winds near shore potential for coastal flooding down to a tropical storm. but it's got plenty of warm water to start to really intensify but as it gets closer, lester, to the northeast colder water so it may weaken. we'll have to continue to watch this right through the weekend. >> thank you. five days after hurricane irma smashed into florida, utility companies say they have restored power to almost 80% of homes and businesses that lost it, officials say almost 2 million are still without electricity. we learned that another person died and at least seven were injured when carbon monoxide from generators seeped into their homes. that raises the death toll there to 25. parts of the caribbean remain in a much more dire situation tonight. in tiny barbuda, officials say
95% of the properties have been destroyed. barbuda's ambassador to the u.s. says the entire island has been evacuated and a civilization that has existed for over 300 years has been extinguished. the u.s. virgin islands were also hard hit. nbc stephanie ruehl has more from st. john tonight. >> reporter: today we got a first hand look at irma's wrath on st. john. you cannot go anywhere on this island without hearing incredible stories of survival. >> i was underneath my house, i could listen to my house fall apart upstairs but i had my kids and wife there with me so i have to be -- >> reporter: so much of st. john is destroyed. officials say schools could be closed for a year. >> one of the things that's the most stunning, the vegetation gone. this was lush and green. now it looks completely burnt out. it truly looks like a war zone. >> reporter: and tonight many are left without a livelihood on an island where tourism is critical. >> i work at the weston and that
was destroyed, so i don't have a job right now. >> reporter: he runs the chateau bordeaux restaurant once famous for its picturesque views now completely flattened. >> how long will it take to rebuild? will you rebuild? >> they will rebuild. >> reporter: people here told us they're determined to help each other rebuild, an island living up to its nickname love city, stephanie ruehl, st. john. there was a new salvo today with a war of words. between president from in and prominent sportscaster on espn. all began monday when, jemele hill called the president a white supremacist and today on twitter he demanded an apology. let's get more from peter alexander. >> reporter: president trump whose long made the news media a target. >> fake news, fake news. >> reporter: taking aim at the sports network espn. >> we'll see a lot of teams off to slower starts.
>> reporter: after african-american an score, jemele hill tweeted, donald trump is a white supremacist. hill is coanchor of flagship sports center. in a series of tweets monday she called the most ignorant offensive president of my lifetime. today without naming hill, president trump demanded an apology, espn is paying a really big price for its politics. apologize for untruth. this from a president who rarely, if ever apologizes. the president's press secretary wednesday suggested the sports caster should lose her job. >> i think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that i think is fireable offense by espn. >> reporter: sanders was asked whether the network should fire hill. >> that's not a decision i am going to make, that's something for espn to decide. >> reporter: it sports hill's first rights. the sports anchor has deleted the offending tweets. posting, my comments ex-pressed
my personal leaves. late tonight espn's president sending out a company wide statement reiterating its social media policies that comments should not be inflammatory or personal, adding our handling of this is a private matter. peter alexander, the white house. there is more ahead here this evening. coming up, a big university suspends all fraternities after a student dies possibly because of hazing. we'll be right back.
university are investigating the death of a teenage student possibly related to fraternity hazing. the university president has now suspended all greek activity on campus. we get details from national correspondent miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight as louisiana state university, the phi delta theta fraternity house is a crime scene as all greek activity on campus is now suspended. it comes as police investigate the possible hazing death of 18-year-old maxwell groover, a freshman rushed to a baton rouge hospital thursday. >> as we have continually warned over and over again, hazing is dangerous, irresponsible and unacceptable. >> reporter: according to a preliminary autopsy report, groover had a highly elevated blood alcohol level plus the presence of thc found in marijuana. no arrests have been made on a campus overcome with shock and sadness. >> i didn't even know what to think because it's just so sad. >> reporter: with the national
chapter of phi delta theta investigating the u.s. house, charters across the country have wracked up dozens of violations for breaking rules. it follows the high profile hazing death of penn state student timothy piazza. >> one death is too much but recently we've had several with penn state, not with lsu and whose next. >> reporter: tonight greek life is again at the center of a potential criminal investigation, this time for a student who was a freshman for only 24 days. miguel almaguer, nbc news. and a program note on monday, nbc news -- is going to examine the issue of hazing. it's a special series of reports including on today, msnbc and here. on "nbc nightly news." we'll take a short break. it was a dream job today for a boy who likes to mow lawns.
there's late word tonight from equifax, the credit monitoring company at the center of that personal information breach hitting nearly half of all americans. the chief information officer and chief security officer are retiring effective immediately. the first heads to roll as congress demands information and lawsuits pile up. it was an unusual letter to president trump from an 11-year-old boy and it got the president's attention. today frank giaccio of falls church, virginia, got his wish to mow part of the white house lawn. he seemed to do it with such determination that it was hard for the president to get his attention. afterward mr. trump called frank the real future of the country. frank also got to visit the oval office. the winning streak continues in cleveland and number 22 in a row came in dramatic fashion. a come from behind win in the
ground theirs for months. ===next close=== finally tonight, after a 20 year mission, a sad and joyous day at nasa as the cassini space craft made its final voyage 5 billion miles away in a fire ball over saturn. nasa scientist called cassini a perfect space craft that delivered until the very end sending back spectacular images and challenging years of scientific conclusions about saturn. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the final moments came just before 8:00 a.m. eastern time. nasa's beloved cassini space craft in a fatal dive into saturn's atmosphere. >> and this is the place where cassini took its final plunge. >> it first arrived in saturn in 2004 after a seven year journey. ever since we've all had a sort of ringside view of this spectacular corner of the solar system, the night side of
saturn, those radiant rings that have so captured or imaginations, raging hurricanes and images that forced a scientific rethink. the moon titan looks like mars rather than frozen ice and geisers on another moon suggest an ocean lies beneath the ice. could something be alive down there. >> this is truly been beyond my wildest dreams. >> reporter: then just four months ago, cassini took all of us on a series of deep dives between saturn's rings. >> you feel like you're there and you you could reach out and touch the rings. >> reporter: but after 20 years and 5 billion miles, cassini was out of fuel and nasa feared crashing it into a moon could contaminate any potential life forms, so it put cassini into a fast dive fire ball, 75,000 miles per hour. >> the space craft is gone. thanks and farewell faithful explorer. >> reporter: the little space craft that could that took all
of us on a journey to another world so far from our own. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> pretty fascinating. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this friday night. i'm lester holt. have a good weekend, everyone. actual like the berkeley police to issue an apology and correction. >> right now at 6:00 free speech or criminal behavior. nine people arrested following last night's plikly charge event at cal. tonight the suspects are pointing the finger at police. we're live on campus where more protests are soon to come. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on friday. raj mathai. >> janelle wang sitting in for jessica aguirre. all nine arrested at uc berkeley are accused of carrying banned weapons. but were they really dangerous. >> we have team coverage starting with nbc bay area thom
jensen who spoke with a woman arrested and what's her side of the story? >> reporter: raj, she says this sign it was large probably up to about my chin and about a foot wider than my body. she said she did carry it here before the speech started she was arrested. she had no idea it could be deemed a weapon. >> the arrest was captured on video, 44-year-old sarah rourk of sand brunn of cuffed and held in jail overnight accused of having a prohibited weapon at a admonition. >> i wish i could say i was shocked. >> what pam i charged with. >> rourk of one of nine arrested by lerkly police for carrying certain signs or items the department deemed dangerous at an antifacist demonstration thursday. >> my heart don't doesn't want to believe what i've been seeing. but my eyes don't lie to me. so i wish i could say i was deocked.