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donald trump finally admits president obama was born in the u.s. but ignites more controversy, falsely claiming hillary clinton started the birther rumors he spread for years. clinton firing back, accusing trump of pushing a racist conspiracy and getting backup from the first lady. of americans, after a massive pipeline spill triggers multiple states of emergency. brought back to life. caught on camera, first responders saving a man at the brink of death from heroin overdose. the feds launching a new mission to battle a growing epidemic. and destroying your data. why all that personal information you thought you deleted from your old phone or computer can come back to haunt you.
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from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. today donald trump publicly acknowledged what most americans have accepted at the truth for years. that president barack obama was born in the united states. trump was an outspoken voice of the birther movement which challenged obama's legitimacy as president. today without apology trump admitted the president ia the same breath, managed to wrongly accuse hillary clinton of first launching the discredited movement. tonight clinton is leading the growing outrage among democrats. we have two reports tonight, let's start with nbc's hallie jackson. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. among the many conspiracy theories donald trump has talked about, few topics as central to his early political identity. even after his campaign tried to
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definitive from the candidate himself behind me, on the campaign trail in miami, until today. donald trump today finally submitting to the truth. >> president barack obama was born in the united states, period. >> reporter: a seven-second statement after 28 minutes of build-up, trying to reverse a position trump's held for five years, championing a conspiracy theory. >> why doesn't he show his birth certificate? >> i'm starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country. >> i have people who have been studying it and cannot believe what they're finding. >> he gave a birth certificate, whether or not that was a real certificate, because a lot of people question it. i certainly question it. >> reporter: today in his reversal, he didn't admit he was wrong, didn't say he was sorry, and didn't tell the truth when he said this. >> hillary clinton and her
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birther controversy. i finished it. >> reporter: neither clinton nor her campaign made barack obama's citizenship an issue. and as he sarcastically said in the oval office today, neither did the president himself. >> i was pretty confident about where i was born. i think most people were as well. >> reporter: the president brushing off trump like he did after releasing his long-form birth certificate in 2011. >> we can finally get back to like, did we fake the moon landing? [ laughter ] >> reporter: it's not just what the gop nominee said today, but how and where he said it. the opening of his new d.c. hotel, a photo op with cameras allowed, but not questions from journalists. who watched the stage collapse after trump walked off. >> finally agreeing to admit that president obama was born in the united states, that's meant to gain him support with white
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>> reporter: trump trying to undo years of perpetuating a lie with a single sentence, a single question remaining. will it work? hallie jackson, nbc news, miami. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker in washington where tonight democrats are attacking donald trump from all sides. >> donald trump is a disgusting fraud. >> reporter: charging trump can't distance himself from the birther conspiracy theory which he helped lead. >> he's not qualified to be coan he's a hater in chief. >> reporter: the outrage palpable in washington, where members of the congressional black caucus unleashed unbridled anger. >> we will not be treated as second-class citizens. >> we will not elect a cheap bigot. >> reporter: it's a fight the clinton campaign welcomes, as hillary clinton tries to rebound from her rockiest stretch yet, a chance to fire up the base. a recent nbc/survey monkey online poll showing more than 8
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clinton even speaking out before trump's announcement at an event for african american women. >> barack obama was born in america, plain and simple, and donald trump owes him and the american people an apology. >> reporter: later her campaign calling trump's statement a disgrace. >> his campaign was founded on this outrageous lie. there is no erasing it in history. >> reporter: all of it happening on a day when michelle obama was out for the first time the first lady getting personal. >> there were those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years, up to this very day, whether my husband was even born in this country. barack has answered those questions with the example he set by going high when they go low. >> reporter: tonight yet another poll showing the race between
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just ten days away. >> the return of the birther issue shows a challenge for hillary clinton. she needs to highlight aspects of donald trump's background that inspire democrats to turn out to vote. but she also needs to continue to sell herself. >> and tonight clinton aides tell nbc news there are few issues that rally their core supporters like the birther controversy. a possible topic when the president and clinton speak tomorrow night at the congressional black caucus dinner. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. turning now tohu moderator of "meet the press." chuck, i need you to help us understand what's happening here. this is the same week in which trump releases the results of a medical exam on dr. oz. today he comes on stage, drops this, and walks off. what's happening? >> i think what's happening, in the race itself, this is the first week where i've truly stared at this race and realized, i don't know who's going to win. it felt before it was in hillary clinton's favor. that's gone.
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is suddenly feeling his oats a little bit. the question will be, how does he handle this moment where for the first time people are going to judge him more as a potential president. i think for the last few months, perhaps for the last year, no one's believed he could get as close as he's gotten. now that he's here, the conversation could change among a lot of people in front of their kitchen tables and things like that. all it does, it raises the stakes for the first debate even more. be campaign who so desperately can't wait for that debate. they need desperately to reset this race. as it's going right now, it's not going well for her. >> chuck todd, thank you. much more on the race for president this sunday on "meet the press." among chuck's guests, democratic vice presidential candidate tim kaine. the stage is now set for the first presidential debate and only donald trump and hillary clinton will be on it. the commission on presidential
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have enough support in the polls to be included at the first debate which will be held on september 26th. turning now to a developing story, the governors of five southern states have declared states of emergency this evening. out of an abundance of caution following a massive fuel spill. it has forced a shutdown of a crucial gasoline pipeline and is not only driving up prices at the pump for millions of americans, it's sparking fears of fuel shortages. nbc's ann thompson now with the latest. effect. a knoxville, tennessee, gas station on empty. because of a pipeline leak in shelby county, alabama. the colonial pipeline's line one stretches from houston to new york harbor. servicing 13 states, delivering 40% of the gasoline used on the east coast. but six southern states could be hard hit by shortages and most certainly price spikes. >> you'll feel it in your wallet quickly. >> reporter: says gas
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>> across the six states, an average of 5 to 20 cents a gallon, and it could be even worse. >> reporter: overnight, he says, atlanta's price jumped seven cents a gallon. >> i'm going to fill up and try to conserve, most definitely. >> reporter: the epa says the spill is contained to a retention pond and it's doing everything to keep the gas out of a nearby river. >> i hope it doesn't get any worse. like, especially leaking into the nd the spill poses no danger to people in this rural area, but for those depending on the pipeline's fuel, colonial says it will be next week before repairs are finished and gasoline is flowing freely again. until then, consumers are bracing for impact at the pump. ann thompson, nbc news, chicago. turning now to the gripping images of first responders in action that are taking us into the dark trenches of a deadly and growing epidemic in this country.
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government is launching a new initiative to curve the opioid crisis that claims tens of thousands of american lives every year. we get more from nbc's pete williams. >> reporter: when a cleveland, ohio, woman saw this man slumped behind the wheel of a parked car, she feared the worst. >> i thought i was staring in the face of death. it was scary. i was just thinking, like, what can i do? >> reporter: she posted these pictures after police responded, suspectea gave life-saving medication. a scene disturbingly similar to what ohio police recently posted. a couple passed out in a car from a suspected overdose with a 4-year-old in the back seat. the drug enforcement administration estimates 28,000 people die each year from heroin overdoses. heroin overdose deaths are now three times what they were in 2010. one reason, street suppliers are mixing in the drug fentanyl
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but it's 50 times stronger, making it even more dangerous. and the dea is cracking down. now the justice department is launching a new push against doctors who over-prescribe painkillers. >> if you get addicted to a prescription pill, it gets real expensive to replace that on the street. heroin is a plentiful and cheap and deadly substitute. >> reporter: the nation's police feel overwhelmed. in janesville, wisconsin, officer chad woodman tells addicts, reform or face prison or death. and out of their environment and placed into a safe environment is rare. it's incredibly difficult. >> reporter: 34 states now have laws giving legal immunity to people who call 911 to report overdoses and to the victims themselves, hoping to save more lives like this one on a cleveland street. pete williams, nbc news, washington. a suspected serial killer in ohio is being held this evening on a million dollars bond.
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he's facing two murder charges and one count of kidnapping. as we reported last night, grate was arrested after a woman he allegedly abducted called 911, leading police to rescue her at an abandoned home. they discovered two bodies at that scene and a third elsewhere. after surviving a vicious attack here in new york, a brave police detective is now out of the hospital. detective brian o'donnell emerged to ches police, who say that they caught him trying to remove a boot from his car. he was left with a gash from his temple to his jaw. turning overseas where the pentagon says an air strike earlier this month near raqqah killed the isis information minister. the man behind the group's often gruesome propaganda videos. a fragile ceasefire remains in effect in syria between rebels and regime forces, but as our
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reaching desperate civilians. >> reporter: rare moments of joy for children under siege. free to play. in rebel-held eastern aleppo, they celebrate while they can. they were afraid of air strikes, he says. now they can relax a little. but they're still waiting for the food the ceasefire deal promised. it's stuck on 40 trucks. the u.n. blaming syria's government. forces to let the food through, but the rebels didn't. it's a blame game. the u.s. and russia joining in. their ceasefire deal is shredding. there was fighting today beyond aleppo. and there's no ceasefire here in damascus. just behind me, there's been heavy shelling today. the syrian army firing repeatedly after they say they were attacked by rebels. in aleppo, rescuers, the "white
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the nobel peace prize, wait anxiously tonight. >> we need everything, we need bread, we need rice, we need fuel, we need medicine. >> reporter: it is still dangerous here. even u.s. special forces came under fire today, apparently friendly fire, say defense officials. the troops coming to raise their american flag to identify themselves. nobody was injured. lester? >> bill neely, thank you. still ahead this evening, think twice before selng computer. why they can be a gold mine for thieves looking to rip you off, even after you've erased your personal data. also, that's not a crater on the moon, it's a phenomenon here on earth and it's sparking
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we're back now with a warning that's especially timely after recent hacks of high profile americans like colin powell. it's about selling or recycling your old cell phones and computers. yoy your personal data from them, but as tom costello explains, it's very easy for the next owner to recover it all. >> reporter: the last time you upgraded to a new computer, did you first take a drill to the old computer's memory? because if you thought just deleting all those bank and tax forms, credit cards, passwords, photos and e-mails was enough, think again. >> delete doesn't mean gone. so if you just delete files from
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it's still there. >> reporter: to prove it, the recovery experts at kroll ontrack had me delete from my computers personal photos, mock financial information and passwords. then send a computer and hard drive off to their lab in minneapolis. but recovering all that data was as easy as downloading free software from the internet. >> in all honesty, it was really easy. yep, didn't take very long at all. it was a matter of hours and we had access to all your data. >> we created this bank statement. it's not real. >> and it was there for the taking. we have your bank statement, your bank account numbers, how much money you have. >> reporter: it's a big problem. kroll ontrack recently bought a hundred phones and pcs online. nearly half still contained personal information. if the person who buys or inherits your used computer or phone has basic free software, your data becomes his. the advice, buy a program that truly deletes all your data and
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the other option is to get physical. taking a hammer or drill to the platters and memory chips inside your computer. >> there's data stored on both sides of the platters. >> the whole thing must be destroyed? >> yes. >> reporter: a little destruction can bring peace of mind. tom costello, nbc news, minneapolis. we're back in a moment with why some lining up for the new iphone 7 might be awfully
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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 sacrifices of two parents who lost their son in war. 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? a massive sinkhole discovered in florida is raising serious safety concerns. it's about 45 feet across with depths unknown. officials say it allowed over 200 million gallons of radioactive water from a fertilizer plant to aquaphor. the company maintains surrounding areas are not at risk. the wait is over for apple customers.
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today with the traditional lines wrapping around the block. but if you didn't preorder, you may be out of luck. the company says the jet black model of the iphone 7 plus sold out. the new version has controversial changes including getting rid of the controversial headphone jack. the u.n. got star power today from world renowned human rights attorney amal clooney. she was on hand to support one of her clients, nadia murad, who survived isis captivity. she was named a goodwill ambassador for the u.n. today and also nominated for the nobel peace prize today. amal sits down with her and clooney, as she opens up about her biggest case ever -- taking isis to court. that's monday on "nightly news." when we come back, a real, live super hero on a quest to bring smiles to children's
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>> "making a difference" is brought to you by the makers of non-drowsy claritin. join claritin blue sky living today. finally tonight, being a super hero doesn't always mean leaping tall buildings in a single bound. there are plenty of real life super heroes around us every
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tonight kevin tibbles introduces us to one who is making a difference for some very brave kids. >> i'm batman. >> reporter: battling the evil forces of illness. >> what's he wearing today? batman? >> reporter: is the super hero nurse at chicago's children's hospital. where's the phone booth that you get changed in? >> ask superman. >> reporter: for 12 years tobin matthew has swooped down with one purpose -- to fight the fear. >> that no matter what there to go through this together and i will do my best. i will try. >> reporter: this super nurse has played all sorts of good guys over the years. >> spiderman is around the corner. >> reporter: even hanging upside down as spiderman. anything to put a smile on a sick kid's face. >> they feel he's there to help them, that he's there to make things not so scary. >> and he is? >> and he definitely does. >> reporter: on his rounds, batman encounters a teeny weeny
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>> positivity helps you for sure get healthier, helps you want to do things, getting out of bed. >> reporter: positive persuasion, more powerful than a locomotive. >> we need nurses who are definitely focused on the whole patient, not just the ailment. tobin is definitely focused on the whole kid. >> reporter: for 11-year-old cancer patient shane callahan, anyone with a stethoscope is a caped crusader. >> all doctors and nurses in the world are super heroes in my eyes, beca comic book page to be a force for good. >> there you go! >> reporter: or just a friend. >> doing good, though? >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank
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right now on news 3 li ve at 6:00 -- buckle up. we're hours away from a major freeway shutdown. he's going to prison for rape but daren shaper could be going to the football hall of fame. the hall of fame says it doesn't have have anker. and a man in london is looking for the man he never valley. see if you can help the two reconnect. i'm gonna stay inside. i want to come home. not travel too much. >> that's the option a lot of people are taking as a traffic nightmare heads our way as the busiest interchange in nevada will close for 36 hours. i'm marie mortera in for jim snyder. >> i'm reed cowan.
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95 to the 15 will shut down at 10:00. construction crews will begin massive upgrades to the spaghetti bowl. that's our top story. nathan o'neal is live near downtown las vegas where preparations for the closure are already underway. >> reporter: this is a big project that we're talking about. crews are already on stand-by at this hour. you can see all of the equipment ready to go right over here. in a matter of for hours, the bridge will be it's one of the busiest roadways in nevada. >> 3100 vehicles travel during peak hours. >> reporter: tonight, all of this traffic will come to a halt a little pain, but i think we can live through it. >> reporter: for 32 years, maria garcia has lived in this neighborhood. >> my daughter works at the


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