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tonight, nbc news exclusive. for the first time, donald trump's doctor speaks out about his letter declaring trump to be the healthiest person ever elected president. why he tells us it was written in just five minutes, what we know about trump's health. as trump throw conspiracy theories about hillary clinton. tropical threat moving in, major flood warnings in florida and new concerns along the gulf coast. zika blood fears, a new alert from the fda declaring all donations should be screened for the virus. nun murder mystery has shocked the nation. snoring solutions? there's things to help
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we put them to the test. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." good evening, we begin tonight with an nbc exclusive, the doctor who attested that donald trump will be the healthiest person ever elected president is telling how that letter came to be. it fell well short of the full medical history trump had promised. the medical paper trail of both candidates has been of interest lately. mostly fueled by rumors and theories about hillary clinton's health. >> reporter: tonight a remarkable revelation, the only documentation of donald trump's medical history, was written in five minutes, his doctor says. >> i thought about it all day and at the end, i get rushed and i get anxious when i
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i tried to get four or five lines done as fast as possible. >> reporter: the doctor who examines trump everybody may, remembers that december day when a black car from the trump team waited outside his office. >> i had to write that letter while the driver waited. >> five paragraphs, filled with words dr. bornstein describing his patient as the healthiest person ever elected. >> in my rush, some of my words didn't come out exactly the way they were meant. >> reporter: trump would be the oldest person ever elected president. and he enjoys fast food. >> reporter: but beyond the letter, trump hasn't shared anymore details about his medical status. his doctor is not concerned.
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mental health. which works out just fine. >> reporter: adding -- >> he would be fit because i think his brain is turned on 24 hours a day. >> the doctor board certified in gastrointerology, a graduate of tufts medical school. trump's doctor for three decades, the candidate's picture, hanging in his office. the gop nominee's health is back in the spotlight as trump surr physical fitness. >> google hillary clinton's illness and take a look at the videos for yourself. >> reporter: hillary clinton's campaign saying those are conspiracy theories. she released a three page letter about her health. 2016, unprecedented how little the public knows about either candidate's health. >> reporter: the campaign tells us that the doctor has been
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familiar with his, quote, excellent health record. in the meantime the fallout continues from trump and clinton trading barbs over race. hillary clinton continuing to press her case against trump in an interview with msnbc. but clinton is also finding it hard to get beyond the questions about her family's charitable foundation, >> reporter: hillary clinton keeping up the pressure on donald trump again today. going after his record on race, on "morning joe". >> he's been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. he's attack adjudge for his mexican her stage. >> reporter: and now duelling video from the candidates, each portraying the other as a racist. the clinton campaign
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>> i have a great relationship with the blacks. >> reporter: and trump slamming clinton for her comments 20 years ago. >> they're the kinds of kids that are called super predators. >> reporter: >> my work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. >> reporter: tonight one such donor, slim fast founder billionaire danny abraham, who huma abedin asking for a meeting. but he says it was all about his work on middle east peace. >> my meeting with hillary was to try to promote peace between palestine and israel. >> reporter: but swing voters like these women in wisconsin are clearly bothered by clinton's controversy. >> the trust to know between right and wrong and integrity. and i don't think that she has that. and it's a shame.
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has she done that we don't know about? and i'm sure there's a lot. >> reporter: and that focus group last night had very few good things to say about either candidate. ask to describe the scent of the campaign, the words they chose, skunk, rotten eggs and garbage. today a big new development in the fight against zika. the government telling all blood banks in the screening for the mosquito born virus, a major expansion indicating the growing concern and uncertainty that the virus can cause. gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: maria rivas's newborn daughter appears healthy, she's infected with zika. maria says she contracted the virus in venezuela and tested positive in april. doctors were surprised
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microcephaly, but the 2-month-old does have a scar on her left retina. do you know what the future holds? her mother says she's terrified about what the future might bring. >> everything is very new, most of the data that's come out has happened in the last six months. >> reporter: a study out in the journal radiology suggests that even a baby born without zika symptoms can have brain problems months later. explain to me what's going on here. >> you can see this black spot here, this is all fluid in the brain. and this last one is a severe amount of fluid in the brain. >> reporter: florida already had been screening blood donations for zika, but now says 11 other states must do it within a month because they're at greater risk and all blood banks should within three months.
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thought this might happen, but not so soon. >> there is great concern and we want to make sure the blood supply is kept as safe as it can possibly be. >> reporter: for maria, the uncertainty is crashing as doctors closely monitor her daughter for the unknown affects of zika. >> reporter: also today health officials in maryland are now reporting the first case of zika sexually transmitted by a man with no symptoms who another reason the medical community is scrambling to fully understand this virus. >> gabe, thank you. as we head into the late summer weekend, there is tropical trouble closing in. flood fears there in florida as well as on the gulf coast, amid anxious uncertainty about where this system is going and how much punch it could pack. meteorologist janice huff is here tracking it for us.
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has really not changed very much. it's producing heavy rain across hispaniola the bams and into cuba. is two models, the american and the european models follow the track into the gulf of mexico where the water is a lot warmer and it's more agreeable to develop into something. but the european model takes it across north central florida. while the american model takes it up into the panhandle of florida. it's going to cause a lot of rain over south as nine inches in the next five days. new developments in a murder mystery that has shocked the nation. the small town investigation of the brutal murders of two catholic nuns in their home. >> this is one of the poorest counties. >> reporter: they came here to give themselves to an impoverished community. they ultimately gave their lives. >> they were the most beautiful women that had ever drawn a breath into their
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paula and sister margaret. >> margaret and i worked together for many years. we just see patients and do what needs to be done. >> reporter: found brutally stabbed in their home, police last night found their missing car, abandoned a mile away. >> >> shocking is not a good term. we are devastated. it's a small, sleepy community. >> reporter: for many in this county, the nation's second poorest. sister paula and maet provider. doctor and social worker rolled into one. the town pharmacist says she was repeatedly touched by the nuns' act of kindness. >> they'll call me and say so and so is coming in, we want to pay for their medicines. >> reporter: durant is a small town with ten officers, but tonight help is pouring in from across the region, and a reward now tops $22,000 as a
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senseless. janet shanlian, nbc news, durant, mississippi. after more than five years of deadly conflict, secretary of state john kerry announced talks of a cease fire in syria. nbc news has learned that high level negotiations are under way this evening that would also allow for humanitarian access. help can't come soon enough in aleppo, where a bombing yesterday killed at least 15. after math as two brothers learn their other brother is dead. the surviving boys rescued by volunteers, are the only remaining hope for so many. >> reporter: for aleppo's children, they are the last lifeline. engineers, shopkeepers, bakers, now experts in search and rescue. every day you see children. >> we see children more than others. >> reporter: ismael taught kids english
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>> when we go, the first thing we hear is we have three kids under the rubble, two kids on the other side. >> reporter: part of the all volunteer civil defense force, the white helmets, 3,000 across syria who save 60,000. they were the ones who rescued omran. whose stare stunned the world. and 2-year-old zack rya, his only possession, his teddy bear. 10-year-old mohammed wa help his mom. when i go to sleep, he says, i feel like my dad is sleeping there with me. this boy lost his dad too. a member of the white helmets, one of 135 killed, the last just three days ago. do you worry about your own safety? >> of course i am scared about myself, but when i see someone who suffers and needs my help, i can't stay away.
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comes every day, the white helmets bring hope. we have more of these powerful stories in our digital feature, "aleppo: children of war" on our website. the death toll in that devastating earthquake in central italy has now climbed to 281. aftershocks continue to hamper the rescue efforts with time running out to find suor tomorrow a state funeral will be held in a nearby city for dozens of the victims. still ahead here tonight, snore stoppers, which of the products you see advertised actually gives you a better night's sleep and put some of them to the test. also parents imagine that bittersweet day your child leaves the nest, now multiply it by seven.
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with is the issue keeping millions of couples awake at night, snoring, million americans, so it's no surprise there are a number of products on the market claiming to alleviate your snoring and give you a better night's sleep. but do they work? >> reporter: jack snores, every single night. allowing us to set up cameras in his bedroom to capture it all. his wife of 11 years loves him so.
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>> reporter: but she can't take it anymore. you kicked him out of the bedroom? >> you know what? i need to get my sleep and at this point i would do anything to get him to stop snoring. >> reporter: now these inexpensive over the counter products claim to be the solution. the snore no more pillow, the snore doc anti-snore chin strap and this mouth guard called the zipa. okay this is zipa, it's a mouth guard. you want to go ahead and put it in? the leaflet says it will immediately stop your snoring. you want to try it? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: jack climbs into bed and i'm watching a live feed from downstairs. he's completely out and good news. not a people out of him. on another night, jack puts on the anti-snore chin strap.
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will eliminate your snoring immediately after you start wearing it. >> excellent, let's try it. >> reporter: all right, try it, sweet dreams. most of the time it works, but jack had his loud moments. the company says the end result, there is no snoring. well, there's some. we reached out to the company, no response. but on yet another night, a real surprise, with that special snore no more pillow. in -- yep, he's snoring, has been for a little while now, so much for the pillow. the maker of the pillow said without knowing more they can't comment on jack's experience, but the pillow has helped many of its users and sleeping partners achieve a better night's sleep. in the end, for jack, only the mouth guard stopped his snoring entirely. a solution for this. and maybe those
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orlando. we're back in a moment with the scary incident that made a famous billionaire
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under armour has always been more than an apparel company. we've always been an innovation company. using technology is a critical differentiator. changing the expectation that the consumer will have for what a sports brand should be for them.
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p. under armour is a live business. we can anticipate the issues and needs that you're going to have using live data, to really understand the needs of the athlete. to make better decisions that meet our consumer where they are. the right place with the right product at the right time. the days of the eighteen month supply chain are something that we are quickly putting in our rearview mirror. with plans in place right now to cut that by as much as twenty, to thirty, to forty percent.
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we have an update on a story we first told you about last night, that so called burkini ban. today that country's top court suspended the controversial ban on the full body swimsuits worn pril mayors of several french towns barred them from their beaches arguing the garment posed a public risk after several terrorist attacks across europe. tonight billionaire richard branson is recovering from a pretty gruesome bicycle accident. that left him bloodied and bruised. branson said he thought he was going to die when he went head first off his
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the next chapter is here for the iowa mccoy kids, the first sextuplets ever to survive infancy, made their tv debut on the "today" show in 1987. today four of them are off to hannibel la grange university. go are going to junior college and one is going into the military. a tough moment for mom and dad, but maybe they'll get some well earned peace and quiet. when we come back, a new twist on summer you love amusement parks, but hate the lines, these families have it all figured
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the first person to survive alzheimer's disease is out there. they're going to hold on to everything the disease steals away. that smile they can't hide. the dance class they love. every single piece of them is going to make it through. and the alzheimer's association is going to make it happen and spurring scientific breakthroughs. and by providing local support to those living with the disease and their caregivers, we're easing the burden for all those facing it until we accomplish our goal. alzheimer's disease has devastated millions of lives. but that's all going to change
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visit alz.org to join the fight. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid, where to go... and how to deal with my uc. to me, that was normal. until i talked to my doctor. she told me that humira helps people like me get uc under control medications haven't worked well enough. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores.
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ask your gastroenterologist about humira. with humira, control is possible. colorado. a slip-and-fall lawsuit where the city of denver is the one suing - instead of being sued. and the city's most two well-known epidemics are mixing in an unexpected way. a lawsuit where denver is the on finally tonight, crowds are too much for you this summer, maybe you could just stay home like these families who are taking backyard fun to new heights. >> are you ready for this? >> yes. >> you got your go pro ready? >> yes. >> reporter: there are certain perks that come with being the grandson of a retired boeing engineer, like unlimited roller
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weightless. it's just kind of a whoosh. >> reporter: it all started when rio was 2 and september his grandfather paul greg this drawing. >> it wasn't even my best drawing. >> reporter: where most might see squiggles, he saw twists and turns. and if you think greg's project is out of control, check out what we saw all across america. one in indiana even has a fall loop. but not everyone thinks this is a good idea and there are concerns over a lack of regulations. >> we have strict rules about what we're doing and where people can stand when people are riding and haven't had any problems so far. but we try to be as safe as possible.
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maps and safety. >> it took quite a bit of work to put all the pieces together. >> reporter: they built their coaster for about $500, the same amount of money a trip to disneyland would cost for the family. >> disneyland has lines. >> this one has lines of two people, at the most. >> reporter: ten seconds of joy, again and again. >> one more time and then your turn. >> reporter: projects forever remembered as the summer they built roller coasters in their backyard. >> looks like fun. that's going to do it for us on a friday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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to epidemics are colliding in a dangerous way, you know about both of them but the way they combine is not well-known. the surge in heroin use is national news and we've reported on the theft of fentanyl from hospitals. the elevated risk to users and law enforcement officers when
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>> you don't expect to get it. >> sometimes you feel and fear it can happen. >> that's why it caught me by surprise, you could not tell he was doing anything. >> his brother was found in the bathroom of his parents house. >> sometimes it feels like he is not gone but then you realize area overdosed on fentanyl and methadone. we don't know where he got it and if he intended to take it which is kind of the point. >> what we are seeing is the drug being put in not only fake oxycodone pills or making pills themselves. >> the drug enforcement administration division in denver. >> they may actually think they

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