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breaking news tonight. police attacked. two officers assaulted by a man wielding a cleaver. the attacker shot at the scene, the fbi trying to determine, is this terrorism. don't use them. a new federal recall on the samsung phone blamed on sparking now growing fears about other samsung models as well. back on the trail, hillary clinton returns after her health scare, to a virtual dead heat in a new poll. and a new call for donald trump to release his taxes from the leader of the gop. desperate 911 call. an abducted woman leads police right to her captor. tonight the shocking discovery made at the scene. and sniffing out danger. an nbc news investigation revealing k-9 units at
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their noses. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, we begin with a story breaking here in new york city this evening. a horrific attack during the height of the rush in mid town manhattan that sparked fears initially it might have been terrorism. it involved a man with a meat cleaver who attacked two police officers andn as you can imagine, it all sparked panic on the crowded streets, sending hoards of people running from the scene near madison square garden and penn station. nbc's rehema ellis has the latest. >> reporter: during tonight's crowded rush hour, just blocks from new york city's penn station. >> you can see a lot of police activity going on down here. >> reporter: officials say two police officers were attacked by what's being attacked as a cleaver. one of them struck in the face. the officers fired at
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bustling commuter hub, wounding him. the two officers and the suspect were transported to a hospital, one in serious to critical condition. and the other two with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. according to one law enforcement official, the fbi is sending agents from the joint terrorism task force to the scene as a precaution. this incident eerily 2014 attack on an nypd officer in queens. zale thompson attacked four officers with a hatchet, striking one in the head. thompson was shot dead by police and all of the officers survived. still, this most recent incident once again triggers fears about lone-wolf attackers. >> the primary concern of the government is going to be the motivation behind the
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was he inspired, was he motivated, was he working with anyone else? >> reporter: and late this evening, law enforcement officials identified the suspect as a man from queens named akram joudah. law enforcement is investigating his record and his motive for the attack. lester? >> rehema, thank you. now to a major development in the samsung phones that the company says can spontaneously catch fire. the consumer product safety commission says the fire risk is so great, it is ordering an official recall of one million samsung galaxy note 7 smartphones. this turns up the pressure after the own. nbc's tom costello has late details. >> reporter: now under official recall, the phone blamed for dozens of fires, destroying a garage in south carolina, gutting a jeep in florida. >> they present a pretty serious risk of fire and especially if that phone ends up near something combustible, you can have death or serious injury. >> reporter: in the nation's skies -- >> it has been known to cause fires and we're trying to avoid any possibility of that happening on the
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will likely ban the use of the phones on board planes. it was two weeks ago samsung issued its own recall. which critics blame for causing consumer confusion. >> samsung did something that no company that is selling products in america should ever do. they did a product recall without the cooperation of the consumer product safety commission. >> reporter: even today nbc news found several galaxy note 7s for sale online. >> we apologize, especially to those of you who were personally affected by samsung said it's already bought back 130,000 phones. replacements should start arriving wednesday. the danger comes from the phone's lithium ion batteries that operate at a very high four volts. if they're overcharged, or if there's a short due to a manufacturing defect, it can generate tremendous heat. >> if it gets warm enough, you'll engage into what's called thermal runaway. meaning there's nothing you can do. that battery's going to go off. and all of a sudden
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your pocket. >> reporter: now investigators are looking at other fires allegedly involving different samsung models. a child burned handling a galaxy cord. a car gutted tuesday after a different galaxy 7 caught fire. today's official recall means it's illegal to sell the note 7 even second hand. samsung is offering replacement phones with certified batteries or full refunds. customers can go to, type in your serial number for details. lester? you. to presidential politics and hillary clinton back on the campaign trail today after she was sidelined with pneumonia for four days. she's returning to a tightening race with a new poll showing her now leading donald trump nationally by just two points, within the margin of error. for more, we turn to nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton, appearing for the first time in public since sunday. >> how are you doing? how are you feeling? >> i'm doing great,
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trail in battleground north carolina. >> it's great to be back on the campaign trail. >> even i had to admit that maybe a few days of rest would do me good. >> reporter: clinton, who revealed her pneumonia diagnosis after that near collapse on sunday, now appearing fine. no coughing spells during her 23-minute speech. and taking shots at donald trump's new childcare plan. >> we don't need a president who thinks only married people deserve paid leave, and only mothers ever stay home with the kids. ep facing questions over why she did not notify her running mate about her pneumonia diagnosis for two days. >> can you expand on how often you talk. >> i communicated with tim, i talked to him again last night. >> reporter: clinton is returning to a race where her big lead over the summer has now disappeared. a new national poll showing among likely voters, clinton is up by just two points in a two-way race. in a four-way race, clinton and trump are tied. earlier today, clinton making a pitch to
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tom joyner radio show. >> he has incited violence and he has been more than willing to align himself with the so-called alt-right. >> reporter: and getting back up today with a sharp attack from the top senate democrat. >> trump is a human leach who will bleed the country and sit at his golf resort laughing at the money he's made. >> reporter: now some democrats wondering how much her time off the trail has cost her. >> any time you're off the campaign trail for four days, it's something you wish she's back on today, she looks strong. >> reporter: clinton aides say in the home stretch, every day matters. that's why she'll be blanketing battleground states like north carolina, pennsylvania, and ohio. lester? >> andrea, thank you. donald trump meanwhile is facing new pressure from inside his own party after the most powerful republican in congress, house speaker paul ryan, joined the chorus of those calling for trump to release his
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son defends himself over remarks some jewish groups found offensive. let's get more from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: a renewed call for trump to release his tax returns, this time by the head of the republican party. >> i released mine, i think we should release ours. i'll leave it to him when to do it. >> reporter: paul ryan responding to questions after donald trump jr offered yet another explanation for why trump isn't releasing those returns. >> because he's got a 12,000-page tax return. w auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that are going to distract from his main message. >> reporter: a new poll shows 75% of likely voters say trump should release his tax returns, including 60% of republicans. later in the day, don jr caused an entirely different distraction when he said this about the media giving hillary clinton a pass on what he called lies. >> if republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now.
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tweeting trivialization of the holocaust and gas chambers is never okay. trump jr said he wasn't talking about the holocaust and said he also makes the same point, usually using the electric chair. all while donald trump was in his own controversy over this. a pastor interrupted him at a church in flint, michigan, yesterday. >> now hillary clinton -- >> mr. trump, i invited you here to thank us -- >> oh, okay. >> not give a political speech. ha pastor had it out for him. >> she was so nervous. she was like a nervous mess. so i figured something -- i figured something was up, really. >> reporter: hillary clinton seizing on it. >> she deserves better than that, and flint deserves better. >> reporter: it all overshadowed trump's economic speech today where he predicted a 4% growth rate, touting his tax plan, but neglecting to mention two major changes. adding a cap to personal deductions
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>> we cannot grow at 4% unless there's huge productivity improvements, but nobody's expecting that right now. so we certainly can't count on it. >> reporter: donald trump is trying to lay out policy, but his plans keep getting drowned out by daily if not hourly controversies. often crass fights with individuals. now he's telling jimmy fallon that he is trying to stop saying shocking things. lester? >> katy tur, thank you. tonight, are pleading for calm after an officer responding to reports of an armed robbery, shot and killed a 13-year-old african american suspect. investigators say during a chase, the boy pulled a bb gun that looked very much like a real gun. ron mott has more. >> reporter: a 911 call detailed the drama, an armed robbery on wednesday night. >> this man just had a gun on this white dude
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short case, a responding officer opened fire on one of the suspects when he reached for a gun. today police confirmed that 13-year-old tyre king was shot at the scene and killed. and that weapon authorities recovered was a bb gun, similar to this one. bearing close resemblance to real service weapons used by columbus police. a second suspect confirmed to local media that king was involved with the robbery. the officer involved who is white, has been identified as brian mason, a nine-year veteran on the force. he was cleared of wrongdoing in another fatal shootiro policy. that's why he was out there. because he still has that great record. this is not something that we're going to take lightly with regard to his future. >> reporter: tyre king's death generated immediate comparisons to that of 12-year-old tamir rice, killed by cleveland police while also carrying a toy gun, setting off nationwide protests. according to "the washington post," since the start of 2015, police across the country have been involved in at least 60 deadly shootings of
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>> why is it that a 13-year-old would have nearly an exact replica of a police firearm? >> reporter: columbus officials say they've reached out to community leaders, urging for calm and patience while the investigation continues. meantime, king's family has retained a law firm to conduct a separate probe. >> it's about actually making sure that we have transparency in these investigations and that we find out the truth. >> reporter: ron mott, now to an nbc news investigation, revealing a major security concern at airports across the nation. the tsa relies on k-9 units as one of its best lines of defense to keep explosives from getting on planes. but as scott freedman from our dallas station, kxas, found out, there are dozens of k-9 teams with troubling failures on their records. >> reporter: at big airports, security officials count on k-9s to sniff out explosives, checking
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>> dogs have always been considered the gold standard in explosive detection. so when you're considered the best, you better be the best. >> reporter: but tsa records obtained by nbc news, show more than 50 times tsa-funded dog teams failed certification tests at ten u.s. large airports from january 2013 to june 2015. the most recent numbers available for airport, records show k-9 teams failed ten times in that period. at love field, four tests failed. 21 tests failed at l.a.x. in los angeles. the records show some teams failed to find explosives. others had too many false alarms that could lead to unnecessary airport evacuations. teams that fail are not allowed to work in airports again until they can pass. in l.a., airport officials say all teams passed more recent tests. >> humans are
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every single day for a hundred percent compliance. >> reporter: nationwide, tsa says newer numbers show improvement. a 93% passing rate in the last six months of 2015. right now just eight failed teams are on the sidelines. experts tell us k-9 teams are more likely to fail if they neglect training time. >> it's conditioning. you can't tell them how to do it. it's just repetition to them. >> reporter: a 2013 congressional investigation found some k-9 teams were repeatedly not in compliance with tsa's monthly training requirement. since then, tsa has launched a new program to hold teams more accountable. trying to keep the top dogs at the top of their game. >> you don't get a do-over in real life. if that team misses a explosive device, that's a device that can end up on an airplane. >> reporter: scott freedman, nbc news, dallas. still ahead tonight, how a young woman kidnapped was able to lead police to the house where she was being held, and the shocking discovery
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happier times. before relationships didn't work out. we'll see now how you can see them in a museum of bittersweet
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we're back now with the harrowing story of a young woman who was abducted in ohio and was able to call for help as her kidnapper lay sleeping next to her. that call captured on a 911 recording. and as miguel almaguer reports, what police
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shocking. >> 911 what is the address to your emergency? >> reporter: the 911 call came in just before 7:00 a.m. a chilling cry for help that could only be a whisper. >> who abducted you? >> shawn grate. >> reporter: the unidentified kidnapping victim knew her captor. the suspect, 40-year-old shawn grate, asleep in the same room within earshot of the caller. >> where is he sleeping at? >> in the bedroom. i'm in the bedroom with him. >> reporter: the victim able to guide police toward this abandoned home in ashland county, ohio. >> you don't know what color the house is? >> no. please hurry. >> reporter: the victim feared she was running out of time. >> are you tied up now? >> well, i, yeah, but i kind of freed myself. >> reporter: for 18 harrowing minutes, she stayed on the line. >> how much longer?
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>> no. >> okay, they're in the area. >> police would find the home just in time. >> oh, [ bleep ], woke him up. >> reporter: officers storming in. >> come on out, come on out. >> reporter: the bodies of two other women were later found inside. a third discovered at another abandoned property. relief for neighbors. >> i am so happy that he's caught. >> reporter: tonight multiple counts of murder, because of one brave woman making the most important call of her life. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> absolutely chilling. when we come back, follow the bouncing ball. how this giant menace caught on camera got
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i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. i know more about isis then the generals do. john mccain, a war hero. he's not a war hero, he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured ok. donald trump compared his sacrifices to the how would you answer that father? what sacrifice have you made for your country? i think i've made a lot of sacrifices, built great structures. i've had tremendous success, i think... those are sacrifices? here's something you have to see to believe. what is that giant thing rolling over streets and cars in the middle of a city?
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balloon replica of the moon that was on display at a festival in china. but high winds from typhoon meranti knocked it loose and sent it tumbling. fortunately no balloon-related injuries are reported. something you might want to keep in mind before you book your next flight, for the second year in a row, alaska airlines was ranked the best domestic airline by consumer advocates. it's based on canceled flights, mishandled bags, and on-time arrivals. delta and jetblue round out the top three. his habit was well known. john boehner is a smoker is made no apologies for it. so perhaps his new job is fitting. he's joined the board of tobacco giant reynolds american. his spokesman notes the company is trying to speed the decline of tobacco use among young people, a goal boehner supports. when we come back, we'll stop by a most unusual museum that
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los angeles, you can do what many tourists do -- check out hollywood, let's say, or sunset boulevard. or you can stop by a museum in which art really does imitate life. including the parts that some of us would rather forget. our guide tonight is joe fryer. >> reporter: as far as museums go, this could be the smithsonian of sorrow. the louvre of loss. they call it the museum of broken relationships. >> about how many items do you have here? >> we have 105 items on display in the >> reporter: each one tells a story. sure you'll find the standards, love notes, and poems and fluffy gifts from relationships that didn't last, but there's more. >> this is like your mona lisa, right? >> i think so. >> reporter: like the wedding dress from a failed marriage, stuffed inside a pickle jar, or the envelope of leaves shipped from a boy in canada to a girl in california. >> being a california girl myself, i also
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in southern california. >> i think people find it very, very engaging. >> reporter: john quinn opened this museum in hollywood after seeing something just like it in croatia. >> this is really different than anything i've ever seen. it's very powerful. >> reporter: he's found plenty of donors. these wedding cake toppers came from alison bennett after her six-year marriage crumbled. >> i was like, oh, finally there's a place where all of my sad broken memories can have a happy home. >> reporter: she even visited the museum with her new >> ah, it's cute. >> reporter: that's right, some visitors drag their dates here. >> yeah, i was wondering if she was trying to tell me something. >> about a quarter of the way through, it's like holding hands a little bit more tightly, then it's arms. by the time they're leaving, they're making out, or they're like complete pretzels. >> reporter: turns out, it might be the perfect place for unbroken relationships. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> a real heartbreaker. that's going to do it for us on this thursday night.
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goodnight. right now on news 3 li ve at 6:00 -- a serial robber terrorizing local businesses. several in a matter of weeks, in fact. after months of back and forth of the proposed stadium to bring the raiders to las vegas moves forward. the mayor of oakland says she won't lose the team without a fight. when you are going inside of the business and threatening people for money and electronic devices, that pose as
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business. >> a serial robber is on the loose. the thief has sit seven stores in the past couple of weeks. i'm reed cowan. >> i'm marie mortera. the robberies have happen near rainbow and charleston. business owners say the criminal has terrorized them. the crime spree is our top story. news 3's antonio castelan joins us live outside of the latest store that was robbed. antonio? >> reporter: marie, surveillance caught the robber roaming outsided of this at&t store. he hit it during broad light. some of the business owners fear he could strike again. this surveillance video taken just this week inside an at&t store near rainbow and charleston appears to show a robber getting ready to make his move. then going in. metro police say in the past couple of weeks, this bearded thief has sit seven businesses. >> goes in there, threatens employees with a note and takes electronics an cash.


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