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breaking news tonight. tornado outbreak, tornadoes on the ground, twisters, buildings demolished, a coffee shop flattened. >> people just got tropics and alarming forecast check. frantic race against time in italy. scores dead and injured and the army mobilizing a massive rescue mission to find so many buried alive. an american university horror, terrorists storm the campus in kabul, an hour-long siege and teachers and students tracked. racist hack attack, star leslie jones, the target of privacy issue. and out pouring of support. and a homeless pouring o support.
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hope someone would finally believe her. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, it is late at night in central italy where an urgent effort is still under way to free possible survivors in an -- from the rubble of an earthquake that assessing the damage from at least two powerful tornadoes that rolled through late today hitting homes and businesses and cutting off power to thousands. much of the region is under a tornado watch until late evening. let's get details now from nbc's miguel
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first reported tornado steam rolled through central indiana late today, diners took cover. some had nowhere to go and no time to run. >> oh, my gosh, starbucks just got blown over. there's people in there. >> reporter: witnesses see a large menacing twister knocked off the coffee shop in seconds and you can see the roof crashing down with some trapped inside. help arrived quickly. >> me and two other guys managed to get the door hinges off and pop the door hinges out and get everybody out. >> reporter: the fast moving storm flew across the midwestern flames close to 3:0 p.m. the path of destruction. >> joe and hope gardner are lucky to be alive. their house spared. >> my gosh, a mess. >> disaster everywhere. i'm just thankful my kids weren't here. >> reporter: this week, twisters have shown little mercy, rumbling across at least three states.
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back to the storm zone, asking the country to pray for "the hoosier" state. miguel, msnbc nbc news. in central italy, the death toll climbing to 159 after a 6.2 earthquake struck over night as people slept in their homes, demolishing a trio of picturesque villages and exhausted searchers remain at work tonight racing against the clock braving jarring aftershocks trying to pull the injured to safety with bulldozers and even their bare hands. bill neely is there with the latest. >> reporter: it's the dead center of a broken turn, bodies in the rubble and rescuers desperate to save lives. amatrice was hit hardest by a quake that started at the worst time of day, stopping the clock at 4:30 this morning as etch slept. from this apartment they pulled body after body, people stunned and moments of hope, too, on this old man on oxygen but alive. amatrice was three
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quake felt 100 miles away. >> it's terrible. it's like a bomb fell down on it. there's nothing there anymore. >> reporter: just visible under concrete blocks an 80-year-old woman, her daughter killed and rescuers saying stay calm. and another airlifted out while the town still shook. and an 8-year-old pulled out after rocking fragile buildings all around, th in relief. there are rescue operations on every block of this town which has always lived with the threat of earthquakes and on a fault line but always escaped disaster until
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one of italy's jewels crushed, almost every building cracked or destroyed. what is the hope of survivors? >> hope is very very light. >> reporter: the bodies lay outside. a few families tenderly saying good-bye. it's a small town. everyone knows everyone. now, amid broken buildings, broken people and a rising death toll. many survivors are sleeping outside here tonight. they don't dare go back into buildings that could collapse like this one, with good reason. in the last two big tremors in italy, the strongest earthquake in the sequence wasn't the first one so this could get worse. lester. >> bill neely in italy. thank you, bill. back to the weather in this country, a brewing storm in the tropics and forecast track that has a lot of people nervous in florida. meteorologist, dylan dreyer is tracking every move. where's all this
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>> it is going to head into the bahamas and perhaps the gulf of mexico. right now, it is just a tropical wave. there's about a 60% chance of this storm developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next 48 hours. it will move through water temperatures running 80 to 90 degrees and that could be enough to help strengthen this storm. the models are in agreement the storm should be in the bahamas by friday. they're also in agreement it should approach southern florida by the time we get to sunday. this is where they differ. the american model coast of florida, a much weaker storm but the european has this perhaps as a major hurricane getting into early next week. that is something we have to keep an eye on. >> thanks for the update. gunman stormed an american university at afghanistan's capitol, where many americans are on staff. u.s. troops were launched to the scene as america's longest war appears to be resurging. here's nbc's richard engel. >> reporter: it's long been a target, a symbol of american values and education. the coed american
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hard, first an explosion and then gunmen rushed in. trapped inside, american faculty and mostly afghan students. >> my wife called me from canada, and i just told her probably i may die here. >> reporter: afghan special forces stormed the campus and american troops also deployed to help. just two weeks ago an american professor at the university and an australian were kidnapped. >> it's outlandish to have something named american university with american professors in downtown kabul. >> reporter: the white house today praised the work of afghan security forces. >> this underscores a significant challenge
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professionalism of afghan security forces improve. begin >> reporter: if things were going so well the president last month wouldn't have canceled a planned withdrawal of more than 4,000 u.s. troops. over the past several months, the u.s. military has dramatically increased operations. just yesterday the pentagon announced the death of an american soldier there. >> the war in afghanistan has several months. now, it's unclear how much longer american personnel can remain teaching in kabul. >> 15 years in. >> 15 years in. >> thank you. to presidential politics now, nbc news has learned hillary clinton will receive her first classified intelligence briefing as a presidential nominee on saturday at an fbi office near her new york home. meantime, donald trump is out on the campaign trail continuing his new push to appeal to minority voters, a tough sell as polls show him trailing hillary clinton badly with american latinos and african-americans. and what he is now saying and the way he
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>> reporter: call him the comeback kid, he hopes. donald trump arguing why not to black and latino voters in tampa today. >> to the hispanic voter, who have been absolutely treated terribly, i say, what do you have to lose? to the african-american parent, you have a right to walk down the street of your city without having your child or yourself shot. >> reporter: his hard line stance on immigration slashing his support among hispanics toto lows in battleground florida. now, trump is recalibrating. >> there certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. >> reporter: the crowd in tampa, mostly white, just like the line for trump's second rally in jackson, mississippi. >> he needs a broader base and the republican party needs a broader base. >> reporter: the city of jackson is 80% african-american but his recent appeals fell flat with black voters today. >> i don't take him serious. i just don't. >> the african-american community didn't deal with trump and he
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is. >> we have a lot to lose if we get the wrong person in office. >> you should try to get votes from every person across the country and every american. will he be able to erase his statements over the last 13 months? absolutely not. >> reporter: trump's campaign is hoping outreach in not only two but in every minority communities will help diversify
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he said his poll numbers among african-americans and hispanics have gone way up. frankly, lester, that is not true. >> katy tur, thank you, katy. now to an nbc news investigation into the complex maze of donald trump's finances. as trump continues to resist calls to release his taxes, nbc news is taking a hard look at his money trail. cynthia mcfadden has more. >> reporter: donald trump has a thing for debt. >> i'm the king of debt. i love debt. >> reporter: in fact a three month investigation by the "new york times" revealed donald trump liked debt twice as much as his financial disclosure forms indicate, even though that was more than h rules. >> what's the bottom line? >> bottom line we found a lot of opaque ties and things hard to explain i think could be of concern to some people if donald trump were elected to the white house. >> reporter: on fox & friends, trump dismissed the time's story saying it shows how small his debt-load is. >> i have very little debt relative to the assets. i have massive assets. >> reporter: it's those assets that are now raising questions. first, how rich is he? is he worth the $11 billion he claims or the $3 billion bloomberg reports? second, how much does he owe and to whom? >> i think we would need to know who he owes money to, who he would be accountable
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ken gross, has helped democrats and republicans running for president with their financial disclosures. >> no president can be totally free of conflicts of interests particularly if they're wealthy and have a lot of holdings. disclosure would go a long way towards helping. >> reporter: for example the "new york times" reports trump owns 30% of this new york city office among the lenders, the bank of china and goldman sachs. that captured the attention of the clinton campaign today. >> tell me how he can stand up to goldman sachs and a state owned bank of china when he continues to receive funds from a property he owes money to them to. >> reporter: the trump campaign hit back telling nbc news today that neither mr. trump nor his company were responsible for the debt associated with the limited partnerships. trump has further dismissed concerns about possible conflicts of interests saying he would put his assets into a blind trust even though he doesn't have to, which means he wouldn't know how
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>> if i become president, i couldn't care less about my company. it's peanuts. i have ivanka and eric and don sitting there. run the company, kids, have a good time. i wouldn't ever be involved because i wouldn't care about anything but our country, anything. >> actually, to set up a blind trust in the u.s. executive branch is actually quite difficult. your children can't run it as a legal matter. problem, experts say a blind trust would only be truly blind if mr. trump doesn't know what's in it. so, would he have to say, good-bye trump tower? cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. still ahead tonight, the senator's daughter at the center of a firestorm, how she personally profited while her company hiked the price of life- saving epi pens by 400%. the essential "ghostbusters" star in a hacking take, many
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tonight, there is a growing anger against a growing u.s. drug company for raising the price of a life-saving medication by over 400% in the past eight years. as we reported last night, millions of americans, especially children rely on epipens in the event of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. tonight we learn about
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daughter, ceo, her own compensation has grown millions. >> reporter: because it can save children from allergic reaction, the backlash is growing fast. in 2006, they charged $90 for an epipen two pack in 2010, $150, then $300, $400, $400, with a near monopoly, $600. no other term for it. morally bankrupt. >> reporter: the price change reflects better product features and the value the product provides. the ceo is heather bresch. as the price for the epipen rose so did her total compensation going to $19 million. ceo heather bresch is the daughter of
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governor, she received an mba from the west virginia university and later rescinded and forced out and said she did not finish the coursework. more recently, she then stoked controversy relocating them to the nerve lands where the tax base is lower. >> those who portray >> pharmaceutical companies that try to portray >> pharmaceutica companies that try to portray themselves as inventors of life-saving medication often do real damage to their reputation by being greedy and jacking up prices. >> mylan has raised prices on other drugs, too, some by 4 to 500%. tonight, no comment by bresch or senator manchin. tom costello, nbc news, washington. when we come back, does planet earth have a twin? an amazing discovery that is closer than
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fans and fellow celebrities are
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and "ghostbuster" star leslie jones after she became the victim of a vicious racist hacking attack. this isn't the first time she's been harassed online this summer. >> reporter: after appearing at the olympics in rio, today, actress leslie jones took down her website after it was hacked. her home page was littered with what appear to be explicit nude photos of the comedian and unconfirmed pictures of her driver's license and passport. this is just the latest episode in a jones. last month, her twitter account was flooded with hateful and racist tweets. one tweet compared jones to harambe, the gorilla with a tweet saying, i know you only wanted to protect that kid. recently, jones, a cast member of "snl" and costar of this
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our very good friend, leslie jones. >> reporter: responded to the tweets on late night television. >> i'm used to the insults. that's unfortunate. >> reporter: she tweeted it's so sad most comments sound like they're from ignorant children. >> it appears she was attacked, at least in some respects because she's a black woman, a public figure and vocal. >> reporter: today, fans and celebrities rushed to her side. katy perry with 92 million followers tweeted istandwithleslie and another, these are sickening, ugly and racist and sexist. attacks leslie is once again, facing head on. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. have scientists found another earth? astronomers announced today the discovery of another planet next to our solar system and say it's like a next door neighbor that happens to be 25 trillion miles away, no sense trying to buy sugar. o
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w a ny sugar. it is by far the closest potential habitable planet ever found outside our solar system. when we come back, no one would believe her story but a homeless woman is getting a long overdue
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a valley doctor accused of child the station caught trying to leave the country.
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that could help people suffering heart disease. more than a dozen dogs taken from a valley home the government owed her tens of thousands of dollars. after years of fighting a homeless woman finally found someone who believed her. it turns out she was right all along. >> reporter: for 20 years, rhonda witter was homeless in the nation's capitol, living in shelters and even calling this street corner home. >> this is where i t witter now 80, a divorced mother of four, was also stubborn. she knew the federal government owed her lot of money and determined to prove it. your daughter offered to let you live with her in tennessee. you said no, why? >> i just didn't want
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that was due to me. >> reporter: it started when witter lost her job as a machinist and couldn't find work. what was the hardest part for you of being homeless? >> i lost my freedom and my independence. >> reporter: when she started collecting social security, the checks didn't add up. >> reporter: you made multiple attempts to social security and said you owe me more money. >> right. >> what happened when you said that? >> nothing. >> reporter: what would say they say to you? >> nothing. they wouldn't respond. >> reporter: she had prove enough to fill three suitcases and eventually convincing a lawyer to take up her cause. >> she was so organized and so documented i felt confident her case did have merit. >> reporter: after 16 years, waiting for her at the bank, almost $100,000. >> it's just 999 all the way across. >> reporter: witter moved into an apartment just last week. her dream now, some new furniture and meeting her great
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. our big story tonight at 6:00. a west valley doctor accused of child listing, arrested in florida trying to leave the to arizona after police caught him last month. charly edsitty doug into the charges he now faces. >>reporter: an employee inside this healthcare center told me dr. mendoza no longer works there him after he now faces several federal charges. dr. rafael mendoza caught off the florida coast trying to board a cruise ship set to leave the country. customs and border protection arrested him after discovering
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said -- four and sexual conduct with minor, molestation and the greatest all. the victim under 15 years old alleges dr. mendoza kissed her on the mouth and touched her inappropriately including her private parts. the doctor's license suspended by the arizona medical board after mendoza informed the board of his indictment. the doctor practice obstetrics and gynecology. a potent -- a spokesperson 12 news dr. mendoza is no longer employed and declined to give any information. the doctor is due back in court in early september. now to decision 2016. we just learned that donald trump will deliver a major speech on immigration, wednesday afternoon at the downtown hyatt. arizona proving to be a

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