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lester holt is next with nigh y ly news. >> don't forget your credit card. tonight new screening changes mandatory starting tomorrow. why it could take longer to clear the airport security line. victory lap -- has president trump staved off a revolt after high-profile republicans unleashed a fierce attack on his character, silence on the hill. and the president fires back. nbc news exclusive. new revelations in the wake of that deadly mission in niger. senior intelligence and military officials say the u.s. is paving the way for armed drones in the region. in-home delivery -- drivers unlocking your home leaving packages inside when you're not there. would you sign up? new vaccine to fight a painful condition. doctors now recommending millions get the shot. caught on camera. what critics call twisted fight clubs inside juvenile
prisons. teens allegedly encouraged by their own guards to beat each other up. and a rock 'n' roll legend is gone. ♪ ain't that a shame >> we remember the great fats domino. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. the same terror concerns have prompted the urgent ban on carrying laptops aboard some international flights to the u.s. last spring have resulted in more big changes at the airport you should know about starting tomorrow. that's the deadline airlines were given to adopt new strict security procedures on overseas flights to the u.s., including more face-to-face interviews, some changes that could mean more time spent at the airport. our tom costello has details. >> reporter: the new security measures apply to every flight coming into the u.s. from a foreign airport, from london to amsterdam to taiwan.
2,100 daily flights, 325,000 passengers. security upgrades both seen and unseen, including closer inspections of personal electronic devices, beefed up security in passenger areas and around the aircraft, and more thorough interviews with passengers as they check in hoping to identify terrorists. the changes were announced this summer after intelligence suggested isis was able to smuggle explosives into laptops. homeland security even required passengers flying from ten middle east airports to check their laptops until security at those airports improved, which they did. among the top concerns today, terrorists could travel through multiple countries before boarding a flight to the u.s. >> i think with european airport security, they are challenged because they -- they can't control as much access from one country to another from border to border. >> reporter: for 180 airlines flying to the u.s., including u.s. carriers, the deadline is now to upgrade their security. again, this affects
overseas airports, not in the u.s. still, airlines are telling passengers at those overseas airports get to your flight even earlier, 30 to 60 minutes earlier to the airport because of the security. tsa says the vast majority of airlines have already implemented the new security procedures. lester. >> all right. tom costello, thank you. a day after retiring senators bob corker and jeff flake stood up to the president in terms we've rarely heard, there were largely crickets from other elected republicans today quieting speculation that a floodgate of resistance might quickly follow and emboldening mr. trump who happily stood before the cameras to shrug off those damning remarks. our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson tells us more. >> i will say this. i think the republican party has a pretty good unity. >> reporter: tonight a victory lap for the president as a brewing republican resistance simply hasn't materialized one day after two retiring republicans slammed the president's character.
[ inaudible question ] >> well, i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. you know, people don't understand. i went to an ivy league college. i was a nice student. i did very well. i'm a very intelligent person. >> when is it okay for you to pull punches? >> i think it's always okay when somebody says something but that's false, i think it's always okay to counterpunch or to fight back. >> reporter: to senators bob corker and jeff flake, that's part of the problem. >> we can't continue to just remain silent when the president keeps going on like this. >> reporter: but the silence on capitol hill speaks volumes. many republicans moving on rather than rising up. >> we've got a job to do, damn it, and so all of this nonsense. i've got nothing to say on it. everyone shut up and do your job, is my view. >> reporter: all of it a win for steve bannon, too. a source close to the president's former chief strategist tells nbc bannon feels like it's another day, another scalp with flake's retirement
just the beginning. the politics playing out at randy's restaurant in scottsdale, arizona. jeff flake's state. >> where was all of this high-mindedness that flake has shown when obama was in? >> reporter: but donald trump's territory. >> he doesn't back down. >> reporter: the schoops wish their lawmakers wouldn't either. >> they are dedicated to the party, not to the country, and they are just trying to cover their ass so they can get re-elected. >> reporter: a lot of republicans are getting tax cuts done as a key to getting re-elected and a new development tonight. the president signaling he might be open to cutting down on how much americans can save in their 401(k)s without getting taxed right away, even after initially suggesting he didn't want to touch those savings accounts. lester. >> all right, hallie jackson at the white house, thank you. the president today tearing into democrats and former rival hillary clinton over reports that the clinton campaign and the democratic national committee helped fund opposition research that wound up in a dossier containing salacious
and unverified allegations about him. we get more from nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. >> and they were embarrassed by it. i think it's a disgrace. it's just really -- it's a very -- it's a very sad commentary on politics in this country. >> reporter: president trump emboldened after revelations that democrats helped pay for that now famous dossier. >> it was made up, and i understand they paid a tremendous amount of money, and hillary clinton always denied it. >> reporter: according to a source familiar with the matter, the clinton campaign and democratic national committee hired the firm fusion gps for opposition research in 2016 which concluded before the election. christopher steele, a former british spy, producing an explosive cument, including some salacious but unverified information about donald trump and his potential ties to russia. >> this was the democrats coming up with an excuse for losing an election. >> reporter: clinton campaign officials declined to comment today. brian fallon, clinton's former national press
secretary, tweeted, if even a shred of that dossier ends up helping mueller, it will prove money well spent. that's a reference to special counsel robert mueller. he's investigating russia's meddling in the u.s. election and potential links to president trump. democrats say regardless of who paid for the research, what's important is the information in the document. >> i think that the key issue for the investigation is how much of the dossier is accurate? >> reporter: according to "the washington post" which broke the news, a republican initiated the original research. so who is that republican? >> i'm sure that will come out. >> reporter: the president playfully adding -- >> i have one name in mind. >> who? >> it will probably be revealed. >> reporter: nbc news has reached out to all of the major republican primary candidates, and their campaigns all deny paying for the opposition research that led to that dossier. lester. >> okay. kristen welker, thank you.
even if your family is up to date on all your shots you'll want to hear this story. new advisories are out on which vaccines adults and children need to stay healthy. a federal panel recommending a new vaccine for shingles and new guidelines for mumps after last year saw the most cases in a decade. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details for us. >> reporter: like 1 million americans every year, tory gustafson knows the pain of getting shingles. >> it's just pain that was like a -- like a throbbingness. >> reporter: an often excruciating skin rash related to the chicken pox, shingles vaccines used to be recommended to those over 60, but today a change. the cdc's advisory committee now recommends those over 50 get a new vaccine called shingrix even if they have already been vaccinated. the recommendation means insurance companies are more likely to pay for the pricier new vaccine which in one study reduced the risk of shingles by 97%. there are also changes on the way for mumps vaccines. with current mumps outbreaks spreading at universities like
syracuse, many worry the standard two doses of mmr vaccine given to children can wear off. so today the cdc recommended a third dose for those considered high risk during an outbreak, like college students and health care workers. already this year almost 5,000 people nationwide have been diagnosed with the mumps. >> our immune system occasionally needs a boost. we have to remind our immune systems by getting another dose of the vaccine. >> reporter: as for gustafson, he's already scheduling an appointment to get his new shingles vaccine. >> you don't want to have shingles, that i do know. >> reporter: hoping an extra dose of prevention can keep millions from feeling his pain. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. now to an nbc news exclusive. new revelations in the wake of that deadly ambush in niger. senior government officials say the u.s. is considering ramping up the drone mission in that region of africa, and we're also learning new details from the day the ambush occurred. our senior
investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden has details. >> reporter: tonight, as the president appears to distance himself from the deaths of four american soldiers in niger -- >> it's a dangerous business. so what, no, i didn't. no specifically, but i have generals that are great generals. these are great fighters and these are warriors. [ inaudible ] >> i give them authority do what's right so that we win. >> reporter: senior intelligence and military officials are now telling nbc news the trump administration is in the process of deepening our military involvement in africa. quietly paving the way for lethal strikes against terrorists in niger where a planned armed reaper drones that fly over the country. u.s. counterterrorism documents show the french have already decided to arm their reaper drones for use in the region. >> having armed drones in niger would be a big deal. it would be an expansion of u.s. capabilities, and it
would demonstrate clearly that the u.s. is expanding its sense of the war on terror battle space. >> the u.s. is constructing a $100 million air base in niger. the plan is to position the armed drones there, and the death of the four u.s. soldiers has accelerated pressure on the niger government to allow it, according to u.s. officials. nbc news is also learning more details of what happened on the day that the green berets were killed. multiple military and intelligence sources tell nbc news there was a second more secretive u.s. special operations team working less than 100 miles away from where the ambush took place. it would be intelligence like this that would provide targets for any new drone campaign. all of this, lester, underscoring the complicated nature of the niger mission and may explain the difficulty that the pentagon has had an answering basic questions about what went wrong even three weeks after the incident. >> a lot of layers here. >> indeed. >> cynthia mcfadden, thank you. there's developing news involving the u.s. ambassador to the
united nations. nikki haley reports she was evacuated from a camp for displaced people in south sudan because of a raucous demonstration against that country's president. u.n. security guards reportedly firing tear gas after she left. her spokesperson tells nbc news the ambassador was never in any danger. rather, she left the rally a few minutes early when the crowd appeared to get out of hand. we turn now to the investigation blowing the lid off an alleged culture of abuse inside one state's justice system. "the miami herald" uncovering shocking video showing teenage prisoners beaten, mistreated and even pitted against each other in fight clubs at florida juvenile detention centers. we get the story from nbc's tammy leitner, and a note, some of these images you're about to see may be upsetting. >> reporter: critics say these videos show a disturbing pattern inside florida juvenile detention centers. fight clubs, teens allegedly encouraged by guards to beat each other.
>> the guard told me to beat up another kid. >> reporter: andrew ostrovsky who was sent away for joyriding in his dad's car, said he didn't want to the fight so a guard retaliated. >> at the end i said, you know what, i'm not going do it. >> reporter: this surveillance video shows the officer tossed the then scrawny 14-year-old to the ground, punching him in the face, breaking andrew's nose in two places. >> and i still have the thoughts about it, and, like, i'm still thinking about it. i still have the visions of it. it changed me -- it changed me a lot. >> the system went against my son. >> reporter: the officer resigned after an investigation found he used more than necessary force, but some beatings go even further than broken bones. according to the investigative reports, witnesses say 17-year-old elord revolt died because of something called honey bunning, where an officer bribes a juvenile with a sweet treat to carry out a beat-down.
in this 68 seconds caught on video, a dozen inmates beat elord, kicking him, stomping on him. he died 30 hours later. prosecutors said the allegations officers instigated that attack were not corroborated by evidence but that across the detention system they found staff likely engaged in the practice of offering honey buns or other food as a reward to youth detainees to carry out physical attacks. >> kids were said to have a honey bun on their head or a bounty. >> reporter: carol marbin miller of "the miami herald" spent two years poring through records from the florida's department of juvenile justice, uncovering almost 1,500 allegations of abuse. >> the turning of children into goons was occurring in every corner of florida. >> reporter: this teenager needed his kidney removed after being thrown on the ground. and here -- two teens fight mma style while a staffer appears to referee.
we asked governor rick scott about the allegations. >> no abuse is acceptable and so, you know, the goal is to constantly hold people accountable. >> reporter: meanwhile kids like andrew are left to pick up the pieces. >> kind of traumatized me a little. i sure wish i never had to go through this. >> reporter: tammy leitner, nbc news, miami. >> we'll take a break here. when we come back. how would you feel about delivery people being inside your home when you're not there? we'll tell you about amazon's next big idea to stop package thieves. also thinking about visiting one of america's majestic national parks? why it could cost you a lot more.
we're back now with what could be the future of home deliveries. amazon says it's rolling out a new service in which drivers, with your permission and approval, virtually unlock your home leaving your packages inside when you're not there. the question is are you okay with that? let's find out more. nbc's miguel almaguer explains how it works. >> did you know now we deliver here? >> reporter: amazon calls this the future of home delivery. while you're away your package dropped off inside your house by a driver with access. it's called amazon key giving the company a virtual key to your home. >> customers are going to love the convenience, and many of them are also going to love the fact that it's a very safe place to leave their packages. >> reporter: the company says prime
customers will need a smart lock and amazon's cloud cam. the consumer is notified when the delivery person arrives, using the one-time code to unlock the door, dropping the package off inside. the delivery is recorded so consumers can watch. rick deckman has had packages stolen before. in 2016 thieves swiped an estimated 11 million packages nationwide, but deckman says while amazon is delivering convenience, the new service could invade his privacy. >> i wouldn't want a stranger even peeking inside my house. >> reporter: amazon says their new delivery service is a game-changer. >> alexa, what time is it? >> reporter: but after introducing product like alexa, the virtual home assistant, some worry the company that is already listening will soon be able to see and get past your front door. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> something to think about.
your future vacation to see some national treasures could get more expensive. the national park service is proposing a sharp increase in entrance fees at 17 national parks, including the grand canyon, yellowstone and yosemite. visitors would be charged $70 per vehicle. that's up from the current $30. interior secretary ryan zinke says the fee increases will help restore and renovate the parks amid record-breaking visitation. soon we'll turn the clocks back, but massachusetts is reportedly thinking about skipping the whole fall back thing and essentially keeping daylight saving time year round. many there experience sunsets soon after 4:00 p.m. when the clocks go back because the state is so far east, but a commission says having more sun later could have health and economic benefits.
and it's an engagement photo one couple will never forget, a couple in line to see one of our favorites, fiona the hippo at the cincinnati zoo when suddenly nick got down on one knee, haley said yes and fiona, well, fiona wanted in on the action making the perfect face at just the right moment. when we come back, the tributes pouring in tonight for a pioneer music legend. ♪ only in court -- until now.
an nbc bay area exclusive... pictures of the suspect taken moments before kate steinle was shot. and we investigate how the red cross performed during the north bay fires. that )s next at 6 finally tonight, if you found yourself today humming "blueberry hill" or "ain't that a shame," then you likely heard the sad news about the passing of music legend fats domino who gave us those and so many other hits on his way to becoming a rock 'n' roll hall of famer. tonight, even in death he leaves our toes still tapping. >> here is fats domino singing "blueberry hill." ♪ i found my thrill >> he was a soft-spoken superstar. ♪ on blueberry hill >> who let those piano keys do all the talking. a piano prodigy, he taught himself to play at age 10, and while fats domino never had
the supersized stage presence of his contemporaries like elvis or chuck berry, he blazed an incredible trail just the same. an astounding 37 top 40 hits. ♪ >> his music a pop culture staple. ♪ i found my thrill >> john lennon said that without fats domino there would be no beatles. the first song lennon learned to play was "ain't that a shame." ♪ ♪ ain't that a shame ♪ this time i'm walking to new orleans ♪ >> domino, a new orleans hometown hero, was feared dead after katrina flooded out the lower ninth ward. the music legend and his wife rescued from their second floor balcony. he lost everything in the storm. through it all, his sunny spirit never faded. asked what made him happy?
>> playing the blues and drinking the booze. ♪ on blueberry hill >> fats domino was 89. and 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 we have exclusive photos -- tht were shown in the courtroom -- from the day kate steinle was shot and killed on a san francisco pier. we have exclusive photos shown in the courtroom. the news at 6:00 starts now. thanks for joining us. >> day 3 of the kate stienly murder trial. sam brock has the exclusive video. what does it reveal and what's the significance here? >> reporter: good evening. we're talking about impactful and case defining video. it comes from a fire boat.
it was about a quarter mile away from pier 14. before the prosecution played the video for the jury today, we were able to obtain still images from the video right before the shooting. for the first time the public defender's office provided nbc bay area with these exclollusiv still foes. video taking from boat. this is first time you're seeing it on television. the jury did view portions in court. the images are grainy. the defense argues all those people hovering around the chairs may have put something there just 30 minutes before he arrived at 6:07. a spokesperson confirms they shared the fire boat video