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♪ only you breaking news tonight, the biggest union strike in more than a decade set to start at midnight. tens of thousands of gm employees walking off the job, the longer it lasts, the more impact on the economy. accusations and denials, iran pushing back against claims from the u.s. tt they were behind the strike on the saudi arabiaen oil field that could send gas prices higher. what the president says he'll do to keep prices low. the collapse trapping people under the debris. how a nearby firefighters convention made the rescues possible. defiance, nfl player antonio brown on the field for the first
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time since he was accused of rape, and not backing down. >> end zone, touchdown! >> the nfl set to interview his accusers tomorrow. an emotional moment, the late night post going viral after opening up about his struggles with his weight. i struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight. >> how the issue of fat shaming became the latest late night feud. good evening. we are hours away from the biggest work stoppage in america in a dozen years. members of the united auto union set to strike an after impasse with management. the union arguing its members aren't making enough while the company rakes in billions. and tonight concerns about what would happen if a strike lasts a while. >> reporter: at midnight
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tonight, nearly 50,000 general motors workers at 31 plants across the country will walk off the job. >> this strike is about us. it's about standing up for fair wages. >> reporter: gm argues it presented workers with a solid new contract according to gm, that offer included over $7 billion in investments and more than 5,400 jobs, but the union fired back saying they want better pay and lower health care costs after gm turned $35 billion in profits in north america over the last three years. >> what we're asking of general motors is simple and fair. >> it could cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. the 2007 strike lasted for two days and cost the auto maker more than $300 million each day. >> the stakes are high for both sides. >> the work stoppage comes just after the justice department
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implicated leaders in the growing scandal involving misuse of union money including on a steak dinner costing over $6,500. >> i think some of this is the uaw leadership proving to its rank-and-file membership that it is negotiating in their best interests. >> and joe is with us now. will we see impact on the cost of cars? >> these negotiations have gone on for some time now. general motors has a stiek pile that should last. experts are telling us that customers and dealers should not feel any different if it's a short strike. more breaking news tonight. oil markets have just opened and they are already spiking double digits after that drone attack on the saudi arabia oil field yesterday. president trump said he authorized tapping into a oil reserve to keep gas prices low
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here. >> reporter: a blame game and rising tension tonight after the biggest attack on the saudi oil industry in decades. iranian-backed rebels from yemen releasing this propaganda video today to bolster their claims that ten drones hit two saudi signaluatio uati installations rejecting the claim that iran had attacked the energy supply. iran foreign minister tweeting. the u.s. provided no evidence iran carried out the attack, smoke from which could be seen from space. >> even the saudis who of course are no friends of the iranian regime have yet to accuse iran of being responsible for this. >> reporter: president trump has yet to decide if he will talk to iran. >> i can tell you that iran
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wants to meet. >> reporter: the first opportunity in new yorn just over a week when world leaders meet at the u.n. the attack will likely drive up u.s. gas prices. one analyst told nbc news by as much as 25 cents a gallon. saudi officials telling the wall street journal only a third of their output will be back online tomorrow. full production may take weeks. >> let's go back to the late word from the president that he is stepping in now. >> reporter: yes, he is intervening to keep the oil flowing in the u.s. and perhaps to try to keep gas prices down. he tweeted within the last hour that he would like strategic petroleum reserve. he says to keep the markets well supplied. the attack on saudi arabia, he says, may have an impact on oil prices. as you said, it already has in the last hour has increased by
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ten percent. so not only a serious attack, but a serious spike in gas prices. >> thank you. there are new allegations tonight against supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. nbc news has confirmed there was another alleged incident of sexual misconduct reported to the fbi last year, but that allegation was not investigated. now some democrats are calling for him to be impeached. kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter:onight a divisive political fire reignited around supreme court justice brett kavanaugh surrounding allegations that he denies a drunking sexual misconduct in the '80s. >> i never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever. sexual assault is horrific. >> reporter: a new book out tuesday examines past accusations against kavanaugh,
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describing witnesses who say they were not interviewed by the fbi before kavanaugh's senate confirmation. nbc news reported on claims made by deborah ramirez that kavanaugh exposed himself. the authors say in an exclusive interview to air in the third hour of the "today" show tomorrow that they got furger kwauberation. >> we have seven sources including two classmates from ramirez and kavanaugh's year at yale who remembered hearing about the event. >> reporter: and a separate allegation made public. nbc news confirms the instance of kavanaugh exposing himself in college which the fbi did not investigate. today 2020 democrats call for kavanaugh's removal with multiple democratic candidates calling for kavanaugh's impeachment. >> impeachment is something you can look at, but you've got to get the documents to be able to prove the case.
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>> reporter: president trump invoked justice kavanaugh at both rallies and today delivered a fierce defense on twitter, protect kavanaugh. brett kavanaugh should start suing people for liable. when does it stop. kelly is with us now. that additional allegation, was that previously known to some members of congress? >> reporter: it's our understanding that at least a couple of members of the judiciary committee which was responsible for confirmation were aware of this allegation last year ahead of confirmation. and it is now just becoming public so we all know about it, but they had some knowledge about it then. the woman involved has not come forward. we also reached out today to justice kavanaugh through the court. he declined to comment. and today mitch mcconnell tweeted that he expects to see kavanaugh's service on the court for years to come and implicit is that he expects there will be
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impeachment of the justice. >> kelly, thank you. in new jersey, a terrifying scene after multiple decks on a home collapsed injurying 21 people including children. a large group of firefighters just happened to be nearby for an annual meeting and they quickly stepped in. >> reporte >> reporter: the stunning crash happened at the jersey shore. at least 21 victims including this young boy were rushed away after the second and third floor decks of the multi story condo collapsed. >> what we describe as a pancake collapse. >> reporter: the building looking different before and after. >> i can't imagine when the floor goes out underneath you, shame. hopefully they are okay. >> reporter: one witness described seeing several people outdoors on the deck, enjoying a warm late summer evening. >> second level collapse and the
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third level may be standing there looking like a deer in the head lights. >> reporter: rescues from the trapped guests began immediately with thousands of firefighters in town for an annual convention. emergency responders working together to help their own. >> they did help us out tremendously. you couldn't have asked for a better weekend to have an unfortunate event with the extra piece that was here. >> reporter: michael harris was at the hotel across the street. he rushed in before additional help arrived on the scene. >> i figured i would try to do what i can. from there it was holding it off until they got there because one side would shift down if we ended up moving. >> reporter: tonight investigators are sorting through the debris to find out why these decks turned dangerous. >> reporter: at least three people were transported to the trauma center. no fatalities and most of the injured are out of the hospital
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tonight. the nfl says tomorrow it will interview the woman who has accused star player antonio brown of rape. while they investigate, brown played for the patriots for the first time today. in fact, he was one of the stars of the game. >> reporter: tonight the most talked about player of the league, happy to let his play do the talking, catching tom brady's first three passes and a touchdown for good measure. facing allegations of rape, antonio brown made his patriots' debut. >> i love antonio brown. he's a great player. >> reporter: the star wide receiver playing after being sued by brittany trayler. brown able to play under nfl rules since the suit is in civil court and no criminal charges have been filed. >> we don't know if he is innocent or guilty.
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we don't know anything as far as the end result of this. as long as he is eligible, then he's going to play. >> reporter: brown's attorney says he denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. the nfl now fast tracking the investigation interviewing both parties starting with brown's accuser on monday. after the game, the wide receiver was first into the locker room and out, not making any public statements. his new team stressing despite the controversy, the focus remains on football. >> it is what i is. we can't control what everybody's talking about. we can control what we have been talking about. >> it's one week. there are a lot of things we can work on. >> reporte >> reporter: there are new details on settlement negotiations between brown and the accuser. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: two people with direct knowledge of the issue say brown and his accuser had been in negotiations for months
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>> reporter: in a world of late night laughs, a rare serious moment. >> let's be honest, fat shaming is just bullying. >> reporter: on his program he opened up about his own struggles with obesity. >> now, there is a common misconception that fat people are stupid andlies. >> reporter: a direct response to fellow late night host. >> being fat isn't a birth defect. nobody comes out of the wound newound -- womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane. fat shaming doesn't need to end. it needs to make a comeback. it's what goads people into saying maybe i can do better. >> reporter: gordon shot back. >> we're not all as lucky as bill mahr. we don't all have a sense of
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>> reporter: 20-year-old crew member is too young to remember the cold war. her focus is on saving her beloved north. >> in my generation because we're like growing up with the problem. >> reporter: up here climate change is not up for debate. >> it's going to happen to the rest of the world. >> reporter: tonight people wonder if the rest of the world is listening. nbc news, norway. >> you can watch climate in crisis all week on msnbc and nbc including right here tomorrow. lester holt goes back to alaska where he grew up. i saved hundreds when i switched my car insurance to geico. this is how it made me feel. it was like that feeling when you pull your green sock out of the dryer and then the very next sock is the other green one. and then you pull out two blue ones. and you keep going till you've matched every single sock in perfect order.
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