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it has quickly been swallowed up by the volcano. as a reminder, lester holt is next with nightly news. breaking news tonight, nbc news learned disgraced hollywood mogul harvey weinstein will surrenderer to authorities the new york expected to be charged with connection with sexual misconduct allegations against him. and also tonight, gwyneth paltrow, details for the first time, a confrontation between weinstein and her then boyfriend brad pitt. e said if you ever make her feel uncomfortable again i'll kill you or something like that. >> we take you inside the collapse of president trump's planned summit with kim jong-un, why it was cancelled and what now for those nuclear weapons. a big tropical threat, what could become alberto, the first named storm of the season barrelling towards the u.s. and putting millions on alert this holiday weekend. a soaring number of pedestrians struck
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and killed by suvs, why it's happening and what one city is doing to sound the alarm. and the family taking a love of star wars to a new level. who needs the movies when you got your own millennium falcon at home? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. nbc news learned harvey weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul whose sexual behavior made him the ground zero of the me too movement is expected to turn himself in to new york city police tomorrow. weinstein is expected to face charges. not the first powerful man to face allegations the list of accusers is long and includes familiar names and accusations that range from harassment to rape forcing a painful reckoning across the country. rehema ellis has details. >> reporter: tonight, fallen hollywood mogul harvey weinstein expected to face charges stemming from
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multiple allegations of sexual abuse according to a source familiar with the case. this after authorities today wouldn't reveal how many cases are involve. >> it's more than one. we have several complaints actively being investigated. >> reporter: reports say the charges are in connection with one accuser, actress lucia evans, who that told the new yorker weinstein sexual assaulted her in 2004. weinstein expected to turn himself in to authorities denies all claims of non-consensual sex. >> there are a number of potential crimes that harvey weinstein may be investigated for. one of these is criminal sexual conduct in the first-degree. that's oral sex by forcible compulsion without consent. >> reporter: oscar winner gwyneth paltrow is one of the women he helped catapult into stardom. now in a radio interview she explains the stunning
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accusations she made last year in a "new york times" article alleging weinstein sexually harassed her. >> you were in alone in a room with him? >> alone. >> did you have a vibe leading up to that? >> definitely not. >> just came out of the blue with it? >> it was out of the blue. >> reporter: paltrow claims it was one instance in a hotel room where weinstein made a pass at her. >> and then all of a sudden, let's go take a massage? that's the move. >> that's the move. >> reporter: paltrow says she rejected weinstein's advances and later he then boyfriend brad pitt had words with weinstein. >> he said if you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, i'll kill you or something like that. >> that's awesome. >> yeah, it was great. >> and, lester, this week news came that a special grand jury in new york is looking into charges against weinstein once one of the most powerful men in hollywood. >> rehema ellis, thank you.
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tonight we're learning late new details what led up to the collapse of planned summit between president trump and north korea leader kim jong-un. the president's sudden cancelation leaving even our allies off guard and leaving lingering questions about what happens now. kristen welker is on duty at the white house. kristen, it's stunning turn. >> reporter: it is. the president made it in a letter. he was worried north korea would pull the plug first and the state media saying the world wants this summit and they are willing to resolve any issues. the historic summit with kim jong-un had been on shaky ground. today that ground gave way. >> i believe this is a tremendous setback for north korea and indeed a setback for the world. >> reporter: a senior administration official says the president made the decision to cancel the summit after north korean statements overnight threatening the u.s. with a nuclear to nuclear showdown and referring to vice president pence as a political
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dummy. the president dictating a three-paragraph response to the north korean dictator, blasting kim's tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement. >> hopefully positive things will be taking place with respect to the future of north korea. but if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before. >> reporter: a senior administration official calling north korea's actions a trail of broken promises including last week standing u.s. diplomats who are prepping for the summit. >> we received no response to our inquiries from them. >> reporter: and kim backtracking on news to discuss denuclearization made in statements to secretary of state mike pompeo at the dmz. and today, claiming it destroyed a nuclear test site but refusing to let inspectors verify that. in recent days, mr. trump signaling the summit was in
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jeopardy. >> there is a very substantial chance that it won't work out and that's okay. >> reporter: the cancellation comes after three american detainees had been released, even discussion of a nobel prize. >> no belle. nobel. i just want to get the job done. >> reporter: but today, the president still leaving the door open writing to kim if you change your mind, please do not hesitate to call me or write. a diplomatic drama waiting for its next act. kristen welker, nbc news, the white house. this is andrea mitchell. after the president's bombshell announcement what now? tonight, u.s. allies scrambling. the secretary of state pressed why no warning to them. >> did we advice them this was coming? >> president trump said repeatedly he was hopeful it would proceed. >> sure, i understand that, but that's a very different situation than saying this letter is coming tomorrow. >> reporter: the biggest loser south korea's president moon blind sided, holding a national security
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meeting at midnight, only two days ago in the oval office with president trump. the biggest winner china which kim jong-un visited for the second time two weeks ago. did china sabotage this summit? >> i think things changed after that meeting so i can't say that i'm happy about it. >> reporter: why would china break up the summit? >> they feel a break in the relationship between themselves and north korea if this summit goes forward without chinese participation. >> reporter: the possibilities now a new summit including china and south korea. are will the president and kim jong-un continue to trading threats? >> reporter: will they resume trading threats. >> we don't need to hear about rocket man and fire and furry. >> reporter: the pentagon is ready for any military challenge from north korea even if the president's announcement sets off diplomatic shock waves while the u.s. says it is still willing to meet under the right conditions, lester? >> andrea mitchell tonight, thank you.
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noaa has released its forecast for the 2018 hurricane season and it's expected to be active with up to 16 named storms and as many as nine hurricanes. this after three major hurricanes -- harvey, irma and maria -- devastated houston, florida and puerto rico back to back last year. noaa says there is a 75% chance this season, which officially begins about a week from now, will be near or above normal. and as we speak, this is a tropical threat that could spell big trouble for millions of americans' memorial day weekend plans. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking that for us. >> reporter: good evening, lester. we're already keeping a close eye on the tropics. there is a disturbance down near the yucatan peninsula and it's going to move into the eastern gulf of mexico heading into the memorial day weekend. the exact track is yet to be determined but friday and saturday heavy rain overspreads florida and the gulf coast. moves up into the southeast into sunday and monday. we could see as much as three to six inches of rain at least out of this system that could lead to brief
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flash flooding and rip currents will be an issue along the gulf coast. some of this moisture tries to move into the northeast by memorial day making it unsettled with scattered showers and storms. and the middle of the country looks sunny and hot with temperatures in the 90s and northern plains looks to be unsettled, as well. there is certainly a lot to keep an eye on this holiday weekend. lester? >> dylan dreyer. in hawaii there is growing concern three weeks after eruptions began at kilauea. the national guard says there may be one evacuation route left for those who refused to leave as dangerous amounts of lava and gas continue to spew. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer is on the big island watching it for us. >> reporter: tonight a new eruption as catapulting fire balls and tidal waves of lava roll over roads, highways and homes. the national guard fears those who have stayed behind will soon be trapped.
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only one evacuation route is left for 1,000 people. how dangerous can this situation get for those who refuse to leave? >> deadly. >> reporter: from 440 miles up, even nasa can see kilauea's furry. on the ground methane is seeping from the earth but despite the explosive threat many refuse to leave. >> where do i go? i'm 77 years old. i'm going to stay right here. >> reporter: this was paradise for the parr family that moved here two weeks before the eruptions began. >> the whole property is under lava now. that was heartbreaking for us. >> reporter: showing no mercy, tonight kilauea is on the move, perhaps angrier than ever. this is what so many neighborhoods look like tonight, a sea of lava that is now hardened while there looks like a moon scape, it sounds like a war zone. we can hear the explosions in the distance and, lester, tonight we moved away
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from an active fissures to get closer to a paved road in the event the national guard ordered emergency evacuations. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. to the extraordinary power play by president trump today appearing to reach inside the investigation into himself. with white house officials joining the starts of two briefings that concern classified information about the russia probe. nbc news chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has the story. >> reporter: today, black suvs delivering two sets of lawmakers to two meetings with two perspectives on the secret material they looked at. that material involves an fbi informant that spoke with members of the trump campaign in 2016, part of a broader investigation. the president suggested without evidence, it was a political play to hurt his campaign. >> the reason the republicans are pressed for this meeting is in the hope that something can be discovered that will bolster the president's case, unjustified, i
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believe, somehow his campaign was spied upon. >> we now call it spygate. >> reporter: the president's top advisors appeared creating controversy. chief of staff john kelly and white house lawyer emmet flood spotted. that is questioning whether the justice department is sharing information about an investigation with people tied to that very investigation but kelly and flood introduced the start of the meeting and did not stay for the rest. >> why is emmet flood here for the briefing? >> the presence no matter how brief it was complicates things here in terms of where this intelligence may end up. >> reporter: the unpress dented duelling debrises at first only included a single session with just republicans. >> this is not the way our system works. >> i think the democrats should have the same briefing, as well. >> reporter: backlash
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sent administration scrambling to include the other side of the isle trying to avoid accusations they are politicizing intelligence. >> there is no evidence to support any allegation the fbi or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the trump campaign. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. also at the white house today, an american war hero received the top military award. president trump gave the medal of honor to a man who led a rescue mission to the top of a snow-covered 10,000-foot mountain in afghanistan in 2002 after the team's chopper crash landed. seven americans died in the mission. today he dedicated his medal to them. shortly before that ceremony today a surprise appearance in the oval office when cameras entered to reveal none other than rocky himself. silvester stallone standing alongside the president for a cause near and dear to his heart, righting a wrong so many years ago to an american champion. nbc's ron mott explains.
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>> reporter: he was a man who struck fear in other powerful men, big and strong, from buoyant and cocky but his affection for white women is something even jack johnson couldn't win. not in early 20th century america. >> jack johnson was a source of great pride to the african american community for defying and standing up to systemic intuitional racism. >> reporter: in 1912, johnson was arrested for violating something called the mann act, he was convicted a year later, still reigning champion and then sentenced to a year in prison, fleeing the country before returning to serve his time. >> he was pretty much unbeatable. >> reporter: today president trump flanked by former champ lennox lewis and boxing super fan actor silvester stallone issued a pardon. the president hinted at this potential forgiveness weeks ago tweeting silvester stallone called me with the story of
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jack johnson, his trials and tribulations were great. >> jack johnson is a great inspiration to me, especially throughout my career. >> reporter: he died in the 1940s and his reputation by inter racial romances and a chance to get up off the canvas at long last. ron mott, nbc news. still ahead tonight, deadly impact as millions get ready to hit the road this holiday weekend, how the type of vehicle you drive could be linked to skyrocketing pedestrian deaths. also, worried about what your amazon echo is overhearing? how your worst fears about alexa came true for one american family.
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we're back now with a growing danger on the road, an alarming number of pedestrians struck and killed by suvs in urban and suburban areas and many of the incidents happening in the dark. nbc's catie beck reports on what is behind the rise and what one city is doing to combat it. >> reporter: for eric, pedestrian safety is
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personal. do you think americans as a whole consider this to be a pressing issue? >> no. >> reporter: his 14-year-old son alexei was killed walking his bike through a crosswalk at night in 2016. >> i'm think i'm just now past the point where i'm not in tears daily. >> reporter: pedestrian fatalities are skyrocketing, up 46% since 2009. a new report by the insurance institute for highway safety found accidents involving suvs increased by 81% over an eight-year period. stating suvs can be especially deadly to pedestrians because they are heavier and higher. >> this is a problem affecting everybody. >> reporter: joel myer is the pedestrian coordinator for the city of austin, texas. a walkable city with fast growth. >> we're well aware this is a problem that our community wants to see fixed. >> reporter: research shows more fatalities happen when pedestrians are jaywalking or crossing at night. he hopes the new
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information will make people pay attention. >> i don't want other people to have the trama and the stress and the tears associated with it that we've had. >> reporter: reminding us that a simple crossing could be a dangerous decision. catie beck, nbc news, austin, texas. coming up here tonight, the home run that wasn't one of the craziest things you will see on a baseball field this season.
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a school bus driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that killed a middle school student and a teacher on a school trip in new jersey last week. authorities say the 77-year-old driver attempted to make an illegal u-turn disregarding the no u-turn sign. when the bus was hit by a dump truck. if you have an amazon echo, this might be your worst nightmare. a family in portland, oregon, says their echo recorded a private conversation
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that sent it to a random contact. in a statement amazon says the amazon misheard the conversation and mistook words for a series of commands to record and send. the company says it's evaluating options to make mishaps like this less likely. going, going, not quite gone at yesterday's twins tigers game, brian dozier belted one to center field that looked like it had the distance until it didn't landing smack into the seam of the outfield wall. instead of a homer, he had to settle for a ground-rule double. sign up that wall. when we come back, may the force be with them. the family that lives and breathes "star wars" as an all new chapter hits theaters. attacking a 93 year old woman.
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what he just told us... in an exclusive jailhouse interview. and a high school football star is accused of rape. what the accuser claims the school failed to do.
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finally in our spotlight tonight, solo, the newest installment of the "star wars" franchise premiers in theaters nationwide and you would be hard pressed to find a family more excited than the powells in northern california. their devotion to all things "star wars" spans generations as a big part of their neighborhood. >> get ready. >> we're used to seeing the millennium falcon in a galaxy far, far away, not however in a suburban neighborhood. but the powells aren't an ordinary family. this san francisco bay area clan is out of this world for "star wars." >> i can't really think of another movie or event that has transcended generations like "star wars" has. >> i seen every movie like about ten times or something. >> i have seen the films too many to count. >> their home a jedi temple of light sabers, toys, and posters but a few
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halloweens back they took fandom into hyper drive. >> somebody came up with the idea of building a death star but we couldn't just build a little death star. we had to build a big one. >> and a new empire was born. like any good saga, it cried out for a sequel. >> everyone wanted to know what the next project would be and i was, oh, here we go again. >> with "solo" coming out, the choice was obvious. >> fastest hunk of junk in the universe. that's right. >> friends and family pitched in to bring hans solo's ship to life. they brought in a crane to make it fly. >> it's going to be something that we look back on and have great memories about. >> all i got to do is give them the signal you're surrounded. >> i was 5 as a fan when the original "star wars" movie came out. i got a 7-year-old who can't wait to go see the new movie. so that's pretty exciting. >> there is no force that can change tonight's plan. >> solo. >> solo. >> solo. >> i guess we're going to go see solo, sorry.
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>> they should give them walk on parts in the next film. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this thursday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right now at 6: i don't know why i did it. i just wasn't in my right mind, i don't know why i did it. >> right now at 6:00, a nbc bay area an exclusive. a jailhouse interview with a man accused of snatching the purse of a 93-year-old woman and knocking her down. the news starts right now, i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. >> no judges, no jury, but he did admit guilt. o he talked to us in jail and admitted to stealing the purse.
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the attack left the 93-year-old woman with a broken hip. jodi hernandez joins us with this interview. >> reporter: we are at the contra costa jail. we just got out from talking with him. he says he takes full responsibility for what happened. he admitted to the purse snatching and says he is very sorry. he appeared near tears as he admitted he indeed snatched the purses of two elderly women in a concord bank of america parking lot last friday. but he says he didn't mean to hurt anybody. he says he was hungry. he needed gas and was under the influence of drugs when he saw the two women in the parking lot. he says he grabbed the purses but didn't push anybody. 93-year-old ann peterson remains hospitalized with a broken hip. he says he is asking for


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