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risk. >> thanks for joining us at 5:00. as a reminder, lester holt is up next with nightly news. >> bye, folks. breaking news tonight. protests erupting at the capitol with the supreme court cliff-hanger now hours from a make or break vote. democrats blasting the fbi's report as a sham. republicans hailing it as vindication. as we await word from critical, undecided senators, stunning words tonight from a former supreme court justice about brett kavanaugh. russian spies charged for hacking the files to falsely accuse them of cheating. the hunt for a masked killer dressed in black and terrorizing chicago. executing people seemingly at random. >> the fact is somebody in this room probably knows who he is. he's somebody's neighbor.
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one of the biggest superstars on the planet cristiano ronaldo now accused of rape. his national team sidelining him. tonight nike weighs in on its billion-dollar man. growing questions after seven officers are shot while serving a warrant. one of them killed. others in critical condition. was it an ambush? gas prices rising and soon could hit their highest level in four years. why your family could pay more next year. and parents behaving badly. brawling on the handshake line at their kids' football game. fists flying, kids crying, and adults in need of a time-out. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, everyone. drama, anger, and frustration playing out at the u.s. capitol tonight on the eve of a key vote in the confirmation of brett kavanaugh to the supreme court. today protesters crowded the halls confronting senators who in a secure room got their first look at what the fbi learned in its five-day background investigation of kavanaugh.
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republicans reading those findings as a green light to confirm him. democrats labeling it incomplete. both sides counting heads for confirmation or rejection. once again, peter alexander leads off our coverage. >> reporter: tonight thousands of demonstrators marching on the supreme court protesting brett kavanaugh. >> shut it down! shut it down! >> kavanaugh has got to go! >> reporter: tensions on capitol hill, too, where they're blasting the fbi background investigation. these women confronting orrin hatch. >> don't you wave your hand at me. i waved my hand at you. >> when you grow up -- >> when i grow up! >> reporter: all day senators filing into a room for classified briefings getting a look at the classified findings. two crucial republicans seemed satisfied with the report. susan collins saying it appears to be a thorough investigation. and jeff flake who originally
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called for the investigation saying it offered no additional corroborating information to back up sexual misconduct allegations against kavanaugh. but heidi heitkamp already announced her decision. >> i will be voting no on judge kavanaugh. >> for goodness sake, this is the united states of america. nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent. in this country. >> so why don't we document water and see if he floats? enough. enough already. let's vote. >> reporter: democrats slamming the five-day investigation as intentionally restricted and incomplete. >> democrats agreed that the investigation scope should be limited. we do not agree that the white house should tie the fbi hands. >> i'm not allowed to discuss it. the public can't see it. it's a complete sham. >> reporter: in total, fbi agents contacted ten potential witnesses interviewing nine.
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among those not interviews, kavanaugh and christine blasey ford whose allegations he denies. ford's legal team tonight denouncing what they call, quote, the investigation as a stain on the process, on the fbi and on our american ideal of justice. can the white house say to americans right now they did a thorough job of vetting these claims. >> anybody that pushes back on the fact that dr. ford wasn't given ample opportunity to state her case has been living in a cave. >> reporter: getting off air force one in minnesota tonight, president trump greeting supporters and praising his pick. >> i think he's doing very well. the judge is doing well, right? >> reporter: tonight 300 of the protesters at the capitol have been arrested. meanwhile, retired supreme court justice, john paul stevens who once applauded kavanaugh now says he doesn't belong on the court. saying his performance in the hearings, the temperament changed hid mind. >> all right. tonight all the drama shifts to the senate chamber where the
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first of two votes is set for tomorrow morning. kasie hunt is at the capitol where the future of the court and the nominee hang in balance. what can you tell us? >> reporter: we are on the eve of an historic moment for the senate. republican leaders insist they're going to hold the first vote on judge kavanaugh tomorrow morning. setting up a final confirmation on saturday. but it's friday's vote that's make or break. it's going to tell us whether or not judge kavanaugh has the votes to be confirmed. and at this hour, there are four senators who are undecided. republican susan collins, lisa murkowski, and jeff flake. they are still reviewing the fbi report and staying silent on what they plan to do. then there's the wild card. senator joe manchin. a democrat from deep red west virginia. he still doesn't know how he's going to vote either. if republicans lose three of these senators, judge kavanaugh cannot be confirmed. lester? >> thank you.as crged seven top russian spies with
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hacking into anti-doping agencies and stealing the medical records of u.s. athletes like serena williams and simone biles to falsely accuse them of cheating. the motive? apparently revenge. our justice correspondent pete williams has the stunning details. >> reporter: the justice department says after russia was banned from the 2016 olympics in rio for giving athletes performance enhancing drugs, russian intelligence officers began hacking into the u.s. anti-doping agency in colorado. the russians stole medical records of 250 athletes, prosecutors say, including serena and venus williams and gymnast simone biles falsely claiming they were doping. olympics. were tryin they were mad. they were banned from the and they ria intelligence unit. three of them were separately charged in july by special counsel robert mueller for meddling in the u.s. presidential election.
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others were accused of hacking into this chemical weapons agency as it was investigating the nerve agent attack on a former russian spy and his daughter in england. dutch authorities say the four traveled on diplomatic passports, took photos of their target, and stuffed a car with electronic spy gear to hack into wi-fi networks that they abandoned when police got on to them. >> the russians got caught with their equipment, with the people who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. they're going to have to be held to account. >> none of them here have been arrested but the charges make it more difficult for them to travel putting a dent in their international hacking. tonight as chicago prepares for this weekend's marathon, there is growing anxiety over a masked killer terrorizing one of the city's normally safe neighborhoods. he's dressed in black, caught on camera, and appears to shoot his victims at random. we get details now from nbc's stephanie gosk.
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>> reporter: chicago police say this man is a killer. dressed head to toe in black. and he's terrorizing a neighborhood, his own neighborhood according to investigators just days before the chicago marathon. >> the fact is somebody in this room probably knows who he is. he's somebody's neighbor. >> reporter: sunday morning 73-year-old douglass watts was killed. a single gunshot to the head. security footage shows the suspect running away moments after the shooting. 36 hours later and just 5 blocks away, eliyahu moskowitz was shot to the head. a single gun wound. detectives say it was the same gun. no clear mote. ere park home to loyola university. >> now that the murders happened, i'm nervous to go anywhere alone. >> reporter: patrols roll through the streets. 40 detectives are dedicated to
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the case. an entire neighborhood is now looking over its shoulder. until an arrest, their sense of safety is shattered. stephanie gosk, nbc news. one of the world's most famous athletes is facing scrutiny for a rape allegation made nearly a decade ago. las vegas police have reopened an investigation into the alleged rape of a woman who says her attacker was famed soccer superstar cristiano reinaldo. ronaldo denies all allegations. miguel almaguer has more on the story. >> reporter: the most popular athlete on the planet, tonight soccer superstar cristiano ronathis biggest challenge of his career. he faces a rape allegation in the u.s. >> she suffers major depression. >> reporter: lest of all the attorney for the woman says he raped his client after drinks
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and dancing at the palms casino in 2009. a civil suit claims ronaldo pulled the plaintiff int bedroo she said she was sodomized screaming no, no, no. >> in our legal system, you can't give her back what she's lost. i wish we could say what occurred on june 13th, 2009, did not occur. >> reporter: with vegas police re-opening the investigation, in 2010 they reached a $375,000 nondisclosure settlement. her attorney wants thrown out. ronaldo taking to social media. >> fake, fake news. >> reporter: before releasing a statement reading, i firmly deny the accusations. rape is tonight one of the richest athletes on the planet and the face of the world's most popular sport says he's a target because of his fame and fortune. lester, the victim says she was inspired by the me too movement.
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and tonight the fallout from ronaldo may just be beginning. nike who has an endorsement deal with the megastar said it is deeply troubled by the allegations. >> thank you very much. an update now on that shootout in south carolina that led our broadcast last night. one police officer was killed, six others injured. deputies were serving a search warrant when the shots rang out. tonight a police department is mourning the loss of one of its own. here's nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: a q proceion l gentle a giant of a man but giant. and i loved him. >> reporter: emotions raw remembering sergeant terrence caraway. killed in the shootout in florence, south carolina. >> i'm not sure that knowing a why is very reassuring in any way. >> reporter: because you lost a friend. >> because you lost a friend. >> reporter: six other officers wounded, two critically, in what is now being investigated as a
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possible ambush. residents in the quiet neighborhood shaking. >> vehicles started racing towards our house and i ran back inside. >> reporter: it happened after police went to this home with a secharar wrant. according to law enforcement, the 27-year-old man inside, th target of a sexual assault investigation. instead, his father 74-year-old frederick hopkins met them allegedly armed with a high-powered rifle. four foster children were also in the home and hiding during the shootout. byron black has known mr. hopkins for years. he knew how to prepaim for that. he had military rifles. he was in vietnam. >> reporter: tonight the alleged gunman is in custody but he is yet to be charged. >> thanks. a tragic new twist in the deadly car explosion in pennsylvania we've been following. today investigators said the blast was labeled a murder/suicide when a father used a home made explosive to kill himself, his 2-year-old
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son, and a friend after sending letters to police describing himself as deeply depressed. overseas now after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami wiped out parts of an indonesian island, it has claimed 1500 lives. >> reporter: this is a wasteland of mud and misery. the ground churned like a giant wave here then collapsed forever changing the landscape. is what scientists call th to reaching hard hit areas has taken nearly a week. people are growing desperate. tens of thousands are living in limbo and grief. this man found his wife pulled from the mud she was carried away to be buried again in a mass grave. nbc news.
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>> so much heartbreak there. back in this country, if you commute to work or drive the kids to school and practice, you've probably noticed you're paying more to fill up the gas tank. prices across the country have been on a slow march higher this year. and tom costello reports they could soon hit the highest level in four years. >> reporter: it's been four years since the national average for gas was $3 a gallon. but $3 a gallon may be weeks away as global demand starts to exceed supply. the national average now $2.91 a gallon. but californians pay the most. a stunning $3.69. as voters consider repealing a state gas tax. in metro chicago, drivers are paying $3.12 on average. >> with gas prices going up and my check decreasing, it's like i got to find another job to put gas in my car. >> reporter: here's how it affects your wallet. the average car today guzzles about 600 gallons a year.
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americans are paying 40 cents more per gallon than they did last year. analysts estimate that a two-car family will spend $500 more for gas this year than last year. but if gas goes to $3 a gallon in 2019, that two-car family will spend $740 more for gas than in 2017. the higher gas prices come just as new u.s. sanctions against iran kick in next month. >> that effectively is going to cut off a good portion of crude oil that flows into the market. that is also having an impact. >> reporter: with americans literally paying the price. tom costello, nbc news. we need to tell you about a major recall that's beenwith sa. netes have gotten sick in this outbreak. the products came from an arizona company and were packaged between july 25th and september 7th. the complete list can be found on our facebook page. still ahead, how police cracked a murder mystery using a fitbit the victim was wearing.
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caught on camera. scary moments on a runway when two planes collide.
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next tonight, the surprising tool police are using to solve crimes in the digital age. it's a device worn by millions. the fitbit fitness tracker. it could be the key to cracking a murder case in california. here's nbc's gabe gutierrez with more. >> reporter: 90-year-old anthony aiello said he brought homemade pizza to higgs stepdaughter but days after he left a home, the co-worker found her dead. deep cuts on her neck. friends and family stunned. >> i am very devastated. >> reporter: the murder mystery took a dramatic turn when police took a closer look at the fitbit tracker she wore on her left wrist. investigators say it showed her heart rate spiked at 3:28. then stopped moments after her stepfather left the house. police arrested him and charged him with murder. today in court he pleaded not guilty.
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>> anything that is not a statement by a witness is considered circumstantial evidence. i think certainly the fitbit is relevant to establish the time of death, but it does not establish what the cause of death was. >> reporter: the case is just the latest example of how digital footprints are increasingly being used in solving crimes. a connecticut man was accused of killing his wife based on evidence they found on her fitbit. and this year sttbit of mollie tibbets. >> it's a revolution in law enforcement investigation leveraging technology. all the digital equipment against a criminal. >> reporter: fitbit is intended to help consumers take control of their health. but tonight a district attorney in san jose is crediting detectives for thinking outside the box.nbnews. coming up, the shocking football field brawl. and it's not the kid players. it's the coaches. plus crash on the runway.
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scary moments as two planes collide.
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dramatic video on the runway. the scene at the airport at the capital of sudan. two military planes collided while trying to land. one of the planes ended up nose down, tail in the air, its wing on top of the other plane. amazingly no one was kille in a violent brawl in virginia. fighting. but it wasn't the players it was the coaches, the grownups. it's hardly the first seenoache behaving badly on the field. let's get more from kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: a post-game hand shake gone terribly wrong. the coaches' fists flying. an all-out brawl in front of 9 and 10-year-olds. grown men fighting at a pee wee football game today. please make this go viral. >> i just want these coaches to see, hey look, your players are looking at your actions. look what you done. >> reporter: today the coach is
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apologizing for the poor display of sportsmanship in front of those we are expected to mentor. it is not an isolated incident. the problem so pervasive, referee brian barlow started this website posting videos of parents behaving badly. >> when people see themselves, they change their own dynamics. >> reporter: the hope that viral videos like this one might get parents to act their age., c ne. >> pretty ugly to watch. up next, those who serve. the woman in need of help and r move.
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the part of his testimony.... he now regrets. plus, scary moments for a south bay man out walking his dog. the paintball attack that left him feeling like he )d just been shot with real bullets. next at 6 right now at 6: paintball bandits, on the run. finally, the officer getting praise from all around the country for the roadside now viral video of him doing
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something he never expected to help a woman in need. it's tonight's "those who serve." >> reporter: that's deputy steven montenez. he and his partner received a call about a wheelchair blocking traffic. they found an elderly woman stalled in her electric wheelchair. the battery died a mile from home. montenez decided there was only one solution. push.ehind her only means his partner joking with the of transportation. woman as they followed behind. >> you could pic about 1 miles hour >> reporter: a good deed by officers willing to go that extra mile. and today there were so many comments on the department's facebook page including one that said what great officers, thanks for serving your community in every way big and small. i second that one. that's "nightly news" for this thursday. i'm lester holt. from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watchingpaintball.
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the surveillance video that shows them terrorizing a south bay neighborhood. plus: new tweets from elon musk... he eggs on the feds, just days after settling fraud charges. but first: objecting to his confirmation. the thousands of law professors, including those in the bay area, demanding senators rethink brett kavanaugh )s potential position on the supreme court. the news at six starts right now: good evevning and thanks for joining us. i )m raj mathai. and i )m anoushah rasta, in for jessica aguirre. the senate is hours away from "judge brett kavanaugh )s confirmation vote. but behind the scenes, is turmoil. drama, anger, and frustration are all playing out at the u-s capitol tonight. protesters crowded the halls and confronted senators. in a secure room, senate members got their first look at what the f-b-i learned in its 5-day background investigation. republicans reading the findings as a green-light to
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confirm him. democrats label it "incomplete." right now, both sides are lobbying and counting heads, for confirmation or rejection. right now both sides are lobbying and counting heads for confirmation or rejection. of course, the legal voices from around the country calling for the senate to block the nomination. and that list is growing by the hour. >> nbc bay area some brock joins us. he joins us from san francisco. sam.

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