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thanks for joining us here at 5:00. >> we'll be back at 6:00. bye. tonight, a multistate manhunt to catch a killer. authorities say he gunned down co-workers in the office, then opened fire again in another state hours later. controversial call controversy. an uproar over what president trump said or didn't say to the widow of a fallen soldier. an olympic star's bombshell revealing she, too, was harassed by a team doctor. the scandal rocking u.s. gymnastics. players should stand. the new mess sfraj the nfl commissioner. a new turn in the nationwide debate. breaking his silence. the first person to confront the gunman in las vegas, the hero security guard speaks. a silent cancer epidemic striking men, triggered by a virus usually associated with women. knowing the signs could save your life. and those who serve.
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we're kicking off our new series with an extraordinary band of brothers. also tonight, an alert about one of most popular trucks on the road. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, and welcome to our viewers in west. we start with breaking news. a late development in a daylong manhunt for a career. setting a massive police dragnet in motion along the east coast. our tom costello has some late details now. >> reporter: it started just before 9:00 this morning. >> multiple subjects saying there's a shooting at advanced granite. >> reporter: shots rang out at advanced granite solutions 30 miles north of baltimore. police say 37-year-old radee prince shot five employees with a handgun before fleeing. police were on the scene within four
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minutes and found three of five had already died. the two survivors are in critical condition. >> there's a individual out there on the loose who committed, you know, one of the most heinous acts we've ever seen in our county. certainly we consider him armed and dangerous. >> reporter: police say radee prince, who worked at the company for the last four months, had an extensive criminal background. 42 arrests in delaware alone, including 15 felony convictions. he was last seen driving a 2008 black gmc acadia with delaware plates. nearly two hours later, another shooting. this one in delaware. police in wilmington say the victim and the shooter knew each other. police chased the suspect's car but lost it. >> the last time that we've seen this individual today was earlier this morning. >> reporter: for much of the day, police fanned out across the i-95 corridor from washington, d.c., to new jersey, watching highway exits and toll booth cameras, searching for prince. police don't yet have a motive for either shooting, but the father of one employee tells our nbc station in baltimore prince was a loose cannon.
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some very late breaking details. about 4:30 p.m. pacific time the suspect was found in delaware, in glasgow, delaware, he was taken into custody after a short police chase. police also emphasized he was always targeting people he knew, not a series of random attacks. lester. >> tom costello, thank you. now to the public back and forth that has injected politics into something normally seen as deeply personal and solemn. the controversy over what was or wasn't said during president trump's condolence call to the widow of a fallen soldier. one of four u.s. service members killed in action in niger this month. the president denying claims from a democratic congresswoman who says she overheard the conversation in which she says he disrespected that american hero and his family. nbc's peter alexander has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, honor and sacrifice. four families mourning loved ones killed in niger, including sergeant la david johnson, a father of
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two, whose unborn child will never meet his dad. brian black, a green beret medic, and jeremiah johnson, who loved riding motorcycles. the wright family has served in the armed forces for 200 years. 29-year-old dustin, the first to die in the line of duty. >> the kindest, the most loving person you'd ever met. and that's the amazing thing about him. >> reporter: the pentagon tonight still investigating how the low-risk mission was blind sided. a deadly ambush by fighters affiliated with isis. during the attack, johnson becoming separated from the unit. his body found by nigerian troops two days later. tonight his family's pain compounded, they say, by the president's words. president trump denying a democratic congresswoman's claim he disrespected johnson during a call to his widow. >> i had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who -- sounded like a lovely woman. did not say what the congresswoman said. >> reporter: that congresswoman, fredricka wilson, standing by her account of the call heard on speaker phone. >> he said, "well, i guess you know he" --
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something to the effect that he knew what he was getting into when he signed up, but i guess it hurts anyway. >> reporter: the president blasting wilson's story as fabricated adding, "i have proof." that proof not a recording but according to sarah huckabee sanders aides in the room including chief of staff john kelly. the president invoking the memory of his son, a marine, killed in afghanistan. >> you could ask general kelly did he get a call from president obama? >> i think that general kelly is disgusted by the way that this has been politicized and that the focus has become on the process and not the fact that american lives were lost. >> reporter: tonight the white house confirms president trump recently sent a check for $25,000 to another grieving military father after his son, a soldier, was killed in afghanistan in june. officials here say it was a generous gesture made privately by the president. tonight that father tells nbc news that he's yet to receive the payment. lester?
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>> peter alexander tonight, thank you. and there is wavering this evening from the white house on a health care deal all but sinking a bipartisan effort to stabilize obamacare insurance markets. just yesterday the president said he was open to the measure. today he called federal subsidies to help low-income americans pay out-of-pocket costs a bailout to insurance companies. experts say the uncertainty could result in higher premiums on the obamacare exchanges. now to the shocking allegations from a gold medal-winning u.s. olympian. a star of the 2012 women's gymnastics team, mckayla maroney has publicly accused a disgraced team doctor of sexually assaulting her. it's the latest turn in a scandal rocking gymnastics. maroney said she was inspired by the wave of women speaking out about sexual assault. here's nbc's national correspondent, miguel almaguer. >> reporter: she won gold and silver at the 2012 games in london. [ cheers ] >> oh, my gosh! unbelievable! >> reporter: but mckayla maroney took perhaps her most
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important platform on twitter. the olympian sharing her story of sexual abuse, inspired, she says, by the reaction to the harvey weinstein scandal and the "me too" movement. maroney accusing former team doctor larry nassar of molesting her. "this is happening everywhere," she writes. "wherever there is a position of power there seems to be potential for abuse. i had a dream to go to the olympics, and the things that i had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting." maroney says the abuse began when she was 13 and continued during trips overseas. "he'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing i know, i was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a treatment. i thought i was going to die that night." >> when you hear somebody else tell their story and be so brave, it gives you the strength to come forward and say "this happened to me, too."
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>> reporter: dr. nassar is accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 patients. he's awaiting two trials. he's pled not guilty and offered no comment tonight. maroney says it's never too late to speak up. the champion in the gym now an advocate outside of it. miguel almaguer, nbc news. a new turn tonight in the national anthem debate and the nfl. the league's commissioner says players should stand when the national anthem is played before games, and he also responded to questions about why the nfl declined to change its policy to require that they do so. nbc's ron mott has the new details. >> we believe that our players should stand for the national anthem. >> reporter: today nfl commissioner roger goodell explained why the league is encouraging but not demanding its players stand for the national anthem. >> what we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they're protesting and try to address that matter. >> reporter: goodell said he has not talked
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about the players' efforts to bring attention to social issues with president trump who has kept the controversy in the spotlight with tweets and comments. late today the president tweeted again, "too much talk, not enough action. stand for the national anthem." >> we're not looking to get into politics. what we're looking to do is continue to keep people focused on football. >> reporter: goodell says the league's goal is to get the number of players protesting to zero. beyond continuing conversations, he did not offer specifics on how the nfl hopes to get there. >> i don't think the nfl will achieve anything with some kind of mandate. the president is tweeting something or saying something about this issue, you know, every few days. and that ensures that it will become a very, very emotional issue every few days. >> reporter: the next game, the next protest perhaps, tomorrow night. ron mott, nbc news, new york. tonight we are hearing for the first time from the hero security guard, the first person to encounter the gunman inside the mandalay bay hotel in las vegas, sounding the alarm about a shooter on the loose even after he was shot and
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wounded. nbc's joe fryer now with his story. >> reporter: jesus campos is breaking 2.5 weeks of silence, speaking with ellen degeneres. >> i'm doing better each day. >> reporter: the mandalay bay security guard said before the las vegas mass shooting he was called to check on a door alarm near gunman stephen paddock's 32nd floor suite. he took the stairs, but the door to the floor wouldn't open, so he took a different route. >> there was a metal bracket holding the door in place. it was out of the ordinary. >> reporter: campos said he called for an engineer, then started walking down the hallway when a barrage of gunfire came from paddock's room. >> at first i took cover. i felt a burning sensation. i went to go lift my pant leg up, and i saw the blood. [ sirens ] >> reporter: after campos radioed for help, engineer steven schock showed up, unaware what was happening. >> jesus leaned out and said, "take cover, take cover," yelled at me. within milliseconds if he didn't say that, i
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would have got hit. >> reporter: at one point, a female guest came out of a different room. >> and i told her to go back inside, it wasn't safe. >> reporter: investigators say paddock had rigged the hallway with cameras. seconds later he opened fire on the music concert killing 58 and injuring more than 500. degeneres called campos a hero. >> you being shot in the leg saved so many people's lives. [ cheers ] >> reporter: announcing a sponsor is donating $25,000 to the victims' fund in his name. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. in houston today, hundreds of residents lined up to receive disaster relief more than seven weeks after hurricane harvey hit. harvey and other recent storms caused tens of billions in damage including an unprecedented number of flooded vehicles. now experts warn some of those cars may be for sale in your state, and the damage may never be disclosed to you. but nbc news national investigative correspondent jeff rossen tells you how to keep from getting scammed in tonight's "rossen reports."
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>> reporter: tonight, the numbers are still rising from hurricane harvey to hurricane irma. more than 637,000 cars flooded out and damaged. and some of those cars ended up here in this flooded car graveyard. just how many? let's show you. we have our nbc drone up. we'll bring you up and give you some perspective. believe it or not, this is just a fraction of the flooded out cars from hurricane harvey and hurricane irma. these are only the people that turn their cars in to their insurance companies. but around here, over 60% of the people don't have any car insurance, and experts say they could try to resell these flooded cars on the open market across the country without ever telling you there's a problem. >> it's obvious from the dirt and debris this car has been in a major flood. but somebody could come along and for a couple of thousand dollars, clean it up, sell it to an unsuspecting buyer. everything's great until they're driving it down the road in a few weeks and the
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electronics go out, and boom, you have a bomb on your hands. >> reporter: roger morris is with the national insurance crimes bureau. >> that's how high the water came up. >> that's the water line? >> it got the engine, and it also got the anti-lock brakes. >> reporter: how can you tell? because chances are a seller would clean that up. how can you tell? what should i look for when buying a used car? >> be on the lookout for things like condensation. >> reporter: the lights? >> it has water in there, yeah. >> reporter: he says there are other clues, too, that a car was under water like rust or corrosion on the engine. brand-new upholstery in a used car or sand and dirt in unusual places like deep under the seats. and here's another big tip -- >> so, if you are looking to buy a used car, take the vin number from the car, run it through our data base, vin check, at it's free. and if that car was flooded and insured, it will show up in there. >> reporter: if it wasn't insured? >> buyer beware. >> reporter: because for every car in this
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graveyard, experts say there are thousands more dangerous and on the market. jeff rossen, nbc news, texas. >> that's a lot of cars and some important information tonight. it was another record day on wall street. the dow closing up 160 points and closing over 23,000 for the first time, finishing the day at 23,157. still ahead, silent epidemic. a virus most often linked to cancer in women now spreading at an alarming rate among men, too. why you may not know you have it until it's too late. also, police officers striking a chord with kids in their community. our new series "those who serve." we'll be back.
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we're back now with a warning about what doctors call a silent epidemic among men. the hpv virus is most often linked with cancer in women. but a new study shows an alarming rise in hpv-related cancers among men, too, especially oral cancer. and the symptoms are often silent. nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres has more on the risk factors and what you can do to prevent it. >> reporter: when married father of three jason mendelsohnn felt a strange lump on his neck a few years ago, he got it checked out right away. >> when i got diagnosed with stage-four hpv-related oral cancer, my life stopped. all of a sudden, i had to worry about who was going to take care of my wife and kids. >> reporter: jason's cancer was caused by hpv. the human papillomavirus. most commonly linked to cervical cancer in women.
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a new study now reveals men are increasingly infected with the virus. more than 11 million men have oral hpv, and like jason, don't even know it. >> when we have hpv infections, whether they're genital infections or infections in the throat, the infection itself with the virus doesn't cause symptoms. >> reporter: in some people, the virus can progress to oral cancer years later. risk factors for oral hpv may include the number of sexual partners, performing oral sex, and smoking cigarettes or marijuana. jason has since recovered from his cancer and is determined to raise awareness about the virus. >> let me tell you why i love your mother -- >> reporter: he's gotten his kids vaccinated and wants everyone to know it is preventable. doctors say boys and girls should be vaccinated starting at about 11 years old. they should get two doses at least six months apart. those who get the shot after age 14 need three doses.
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but after age 26, doctors say it's too late. >> and let's talk about adults right now who think they may have come in contact with this virus. anything they can do? >> and, lester, unlike pap smears for cervical cancer, there is no good test for oral hpv now. prevention is the best course of action, meaning quitting smoking, and limiting sexual partners. >> all right, dr. torres, thank you very much. >> you bet. coming up, the major safety recall impacting america's bestselling line of vehicles. vehicles.g. it can transform a frog into a prince. but it can't transform your business. for that you need dell technologies. we are transforming jet engines into turbo powered safety inspectors. dairy cows into living, breathing, data centers. and though it seems like magic, it's not. it's people and technology working together. magic can't make digital transformation happen. but we can. but he hasoke up wwork to so he took aleve.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ a manhunt is under way for suspects caught on dramatic surveillance video. it shows a group of men carjacking a woman and her 11-month-old niece at gunpoint in broad daylight in houston this week. police believe the suspects are also linked to a shooting nearby that killed one man and injured another. one suspect was captured. the other three are at large. tonight, ford says it's recalling over a million f-150s from model years 2015 through 2017 and 2017 super-duty vehicles because of a potential
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problem with doors, making them either unable to open or close, or appear closed when they're not actually latched. the company says dealers will install the fix. blasting off soon to a toy store near you, lego's new women of nasa play sets honoring female space pioneers like astronaut sally ride and mae jemison, computer scientist margaret hamilton, and astronomer nancy grace roman. the idea came from a fan who works for mit. lego launched it after it received 10,000 votes. when we come back, above and beyond. police connecting with kids through their shared love of music. our new series "those who serve" is coming up next. is coming up next. new series s your body was made for better things than rheumatiod arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist move to another treatment, ask if xeljanz xr is right for you. xeljanz xr is a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. it can reduce pain,
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and if you have any medical conditions. so now that you know all that, what do you think? that it's time to think about jardiance. ask your doctor about jardiance. and get to the heart of what matters. now a new development.... and the investigative unit broke the story. plus, flames at their door, but no alert to evacuate. we investigate the decision by sonoma county. next. finally tonight, a story that is literally about the brotherhood of police officers, brotherhood siblings in this case, with over 30 years of law enforcement experience between them who brushed off some talents they thought they had put behind them to help some new orleans high school kids' march to success. it's part of our new series of stories i look forward to sharing with you about those who serve. before he ever walked
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a beat, officer james care learned how to keep a beat. ♪ >> in high school, college, i started in middle school, and just stuck with it. ♪ >> and so when asked by a friend to help out the cash-strapped band program at mcdonough 35 senior high school, this new orleans policeman stepped in line. when does your day start, and when does it end? >> generally 6:25 in the morning when i report to work, and it end roughly 7-ish. >> he came to our practice one time with his uniform. i was like, "you're a police officer?" he was like, "yes, i am." >> so is mr. greg, color guard instructor, also known as sergeant greg johnson of the new orleans police. he is also james' brother. >> had a kid last week say, "is mr. greg really your brother?" "yeah, he's really my brother." >> what drives their passion is getting the kids to college. >> a lot of these kids, they have the talent and ability to have a college pay them to be there.
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>> and as cops, they have even more to teach. >> we sit down and talk to them about real-life issues, things that are going on in the world like how to interact with the police. >> band practice is after school. a period these lawmen know can be risky for teens. >> most of the crime that's occurring are from kids that's high school ages. so, if we could take these kids and keep dealing with us as long as we can, it gives them a better chance at succeeding than getting in any type of trouble. >> in band of brothers leading, protecting, and building trust. >> everybody take care of everybody who needs someone. he got you. >> we're like a family. just one big family. >> do you get attached to the kids? >> definitely. definitely. as much as you would like not to, you do. >> if you know someone who serves in law enforcement, medicine, military, or any other
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capacity and is doing something extraordinary that you think we should know about, we would love to hear from you on our facebook page. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. critical conditon... and in the i-c-u. the new details we )re learning aboa right now at 6:00, critical condition and in the icu. the new details we're learning about a san francisco bike cop run down by a driver. we have exclusive information. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. thanks for being with us. >> the officer is out of surgery. as we mentioned in critical condition. the san francisco bicycle officer in the hospital. this happened a little after noon near van ness. a man was being invest ga gattir having a gun in his car when he
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sped off and hit an officer on his bike. we were first to break the news that the officer took the man in custody just a half mile from the accident scene. we are joined live from sf general hospital. >> reporter: the officer is out of surgery and is in the icu. we're told his family is coming in from out of town. we do not know the officer's name but we do know he's been with the force for about four years. let's go ahead and take a look at video from earlier today. police say this all started around 12:30 this afternoon when officers in the tenderlion district were conducting a firearms investigation and saw a suspect they believed in possession of a gun.


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